General Jake Taylor and his army of cyborg soldiers are veterans of Erastus, a planet so brutal, so hellish, it is called Gehenna by the men sent to fight and die there. He and his comrades battled for years in the most appalling conditions human beings have ever endured, believing the entire time they were protecting Earth from bloodthirsty alien monsters. But it was all a lie, the cynical propaganda of the totalitarian regime that rules over all mankind.
The alien Tegeri, and their bio-mechanical soldiers Taylor's men call the Machines, were the victims, targeted by a regime that needed an enemy to consolidate its absolute rule over mankind. For decades, men like Taylor and his soldiers were the aggressors, unwittingly fighting an unjust war. But when the Tegeri chose Taylor as their contact and finally told him the horrible truth, he rallied the veterans of Erastus for a new battle, one to free Earth from its self-appointed masters.
Taylor's soldiers begin the long campaign back to Earth, toward a reckoning with the brutal government they are sworn to destroy. The heart of this force is the Ten Thousand, surgically-altered Supersoldiers, products of an experimental enhancement program, and the first of their kind. But they are not the last, and on the planet Juno they will meet their counterparts, the Black Corps, a force created by Earth's government specifically to destroy them. The Black Corps outnumbers Taylor's soldiers 2-1, and they have a vast advantage in supply and logistical support. But Taylor's men are veterans of the furnace of Gehenna, and they don't die easily.
But there is more at stake than the freedom of humanity, greater consequences to their fight than even Taylor can imagine. For there is another alien race, one shrouded in legend and myth, known to the Tegeri only as the Darkness. Long ago the Darkness.
©2014 Jay Allan Books Inc. (P)2014 Jay Allan Books Inc.
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"Loved the first book, this one, too redundant."
Wasted too much time on reintroducing the first. Good thing in the front of a sequel, however, continued to do so throughout.
"Good story great narrator"
He likes to do flash backs in the middle of things happening which makes it very difficult not to be frustrated and it's not just that he does the flash forward or back it's how he does it don't make us feel like we just dropped off a cliff in a storyline other than that well written excellently narrated
"Great Military SciFi"
I place the entire series in the top tier. That being defined as books that have caused me actively find excuses to keep me listining or have caused me to lose sleep from not wanting to put it down for the night
It was somewhat predictable, however it was very satisfing
"good story but horrible editing and dreck."
long periods of the same old dreck. review of the past and how horrible the situation is occurs almost every third chapter.
Enjoyed the story can't wait for the next one UN must go down. The dark ones shall fall under his wrath
"Intriguing in concept"
The conclusion should be fitting to the build-up, having taken us this far, let's finish this thing Together!
"Ugh. I Can't Believe I Listened to the Whole Thing"
The story had potential, but...... The repetitive prose was trying. I understood after the first time that the combat veterans of Gehenna were the toughest in the earth armies. I really did not need to be reminded every chapter. The underlying nationalism was a bit awkward. How is it that all the good guys came from the U.S. (one did come from Ireland) and all the bad guys came from Spain, Russia, and China? The not-so-subtle dislike of the United Nations tasted of the fear-mongering, right-wing extremist propaganda of some talk radio personalities in the U.S. Military fiction should at least try to make battlefield tactics believable. No advanced army in their right mind would fight as those in this story did. The sound editing was less than professional. The several edits and splices were so obvious as to be distracting. Finally, did no one notice the narrator's mispronunciation of at least a dozen words and incorrect substitutions of similarly spelled words in sentences where they did not belong (i.e. "soldier" for "shoulder")?
"Great Continuation of the Story"
I am enjoying the overall story however I would like to see the next book extend beyond the timeframe of a single battle. The reader does a great job and the occasional sound affect was a nice addition.
"Loved the narration and story"
Story is good. Narration is wonderful. It is a quick listen. I am anxiously waiting for book 3 and four...
"Another great performance!"
Loved book 1, boo2 also brings a great story to life. Love the special effects and voices used here, great listen!
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