Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £41.29

Buy Now for £41.29

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

A planet’s future is about to take a dramatic turn.

Joseph Colsco, Mark Caldwell, and Heather Chen. Cast away by aliens onto a planet inhabited by humans, transplanted there by a second alien race thousands of years in the past, and for reasons unknown. Each of the three found themselves left naked on beaches scattered across the planet Anyar. Each struggled to survive as strangers amidst humans with technology centuries behind Earth’s. Each lived through years of adjustments, trials, dangers, and new lives beyond anything they could have imagined - or feared. The aliens who left them to fend for themselves wanted them far enough apart so they would never meet, assuming that as individuals they would have no impact on Anyar’s civilizations.

Only now they have come together, and nothing will ever be the same.

©2021 Olan Thorensen (P)2021 Podium Audio

What listeners say about A Dubious Peace

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    14
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    10
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    12
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An interesting progression in Anyar's story

Aah, it's good to get back to Anyar and follow Joe's story, now with his two compatriots, Mark and Heather. I found the book interesting and with a promise of further interesting things to come over the next books (Thorensen, on his Web site, notes that at least another two books will be needed to finish the Anyar story).

I've noticed that quite a number of reviewers in Amazon.com have panned this book because of its slow pace, apparent digressions, and detailed information (and probably limited action). I can see what they are getting at, but they seem not to be aware that after a climax there needs to be a hiatus where we all take stock and prepare ourselves for the next big push. Don't forget that it took four books to get to the first major climax of "total war" in Forged in Fire. Skipping Book 5 as this was a set of short stories, we are now in the second book of the second major episode in Caedellium's history. Much of the detail those reviewers have difficulty with I personally find interesting and some are definitely preparing the groundwork for the following story. Perhaps some of those reviewers should reread the book with this view in mind (see, for example, Chapter 11, "Amabssadors", or the changing relationship with Fuomon) as it may help them get a more useful perspective on this story.

I'm definitely looking forward to the continuing story. Just how is the small nation of Caedellium going to influence the downfall of Narthon? What roles do the three "Amerikans" have in this endeavour? How much social change can a small nation accept, even if it is for its continued existence in a changing world?

Jonathan Davis again does an excellent job of bringing the story to life.

[Aside: Thorensen does a good job of ensuring his chemistry is accuate. However, in Chapter 20 of this book, under "Truce" we find the following: "... fluorine, sodium, potassium, iodine in another (column)". Well, sodium and potassium fall under Column/Group 1, the alkalie metals, whereas fluoine and iodine fall under Column/Group 7, the halides. Oops!]

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant

I’ve been waiting for this book some time, it was well worth the wait!
Brilliant!!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Suspect
  • Suspect
  • 15-07-21

A Dubious Book

I enjoyed the previous books. This one is terrible. There’s absolutely no plot. The writing is lousy. And every character says “however” in every other sentence — it’s the most stilted dialogue I’ve heard.
Don’t waste your credit and time here.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-21

Slow moving due to excessive detail

All of the previous books in this series have been action packed and a great story line. This book seems to have gotten bogged down in too much detail concerning steps in developing new products. TMI and not enough action content. Having said that, I would still buy this book to keep up with the series but it will not be a book I read more than once.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-07-21

Good story progress, but tedious to get through.

I love this universe and it's been great following the characters lives. With that said nothing happened in this book.

The book would be better as 7.5. Everything that happened is more like the background story to the next book. An intermediate book between two major events.

I am looking forward to the next book because I get it. The paramount needed to get to the decision leading into the next world shattering event. What about the AI and it's creators? will they move the bipeds, kill them off, or something else entirely?

More should have happened though.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for John Harris
  • John Harris
  • 18-07-21

Much Too granular about everything!!

Although some details are needed to explain complicated items, the author here gives to much. After awhile it becomes tedious and boring.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for ror
  • ror
  • 15-07-21

It’s meh.

This is more of a filler book, the story line is expanded but does not move forward. First 18h is just world/character building, kosko keeps explaining his projects but it gets too much and since there is no time skip we barely see any pay off so it just becomes meaningless filler. The last 4h is A+ Quality. I think it’s worth the credit if you are someone who can enjoy or soldier through 18 of meh story.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for J.J.
  • J.J.
  • 15-07-21

A continuation of a fantastic series.

The first Destiny's Crucible book grabbed me from the get-go and upped the stakes on every book. I kept thinking there is no way this guy can pull off another fantastic book. By the 4th book he was becoming my favorite author. My expectations were huge for this book but yet, Thorensen has done it again. I look forward to another trip to Anyar!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Roger Boots
  • Roger Boots
  • 04-08-21

A great continuation of a very good story

I just finished this book and was very surprised to see some reviews panning this book. Too detailed? Too slow? Not for me. The details make the story so real. I think Olan is one of the best story tellers going. I've been enjoying this series and am now looking forward to the next book. This is a high recommend from me. I'm amazed at the breadth of facts tied together to help Joe and his friends move the industrial revolution forward. If you like technical sci-fi, this is a great one.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Luca Coppadoro
  • Luca Coppadoro
  • 03-08-21

Too slow, not enough progress

It's OK, but feels like a long setup for more interesting things to (hopefully) come

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ethosian
  • Ethosian
  • 31-07-21

I'm a big fan of this author, but this one is slow

I've been waiting for this book for quite a while, and I can tell we are heading in the right direction, it's just taking a bit longer to get there than I would have liked. I wanted to see the wondrous achievements that might come from the collaboration between a chemist and an engineer, and instead this book gets a bit too involved in relationship details for my taste.

I'm on the lookout for the next book in either of his series (Destiny's Crucible, or Harbinger).

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Fcc
  • Fcc
  • 31-07-21

underwhelming

it's not bad, but certainly one of the less interesting books so far. not much happens.