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BattleTech: Embers of War

Narrated by: Tren Sparks
Series: BattleTech
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

For Ezra Payne and the Stealthy Tiger mercenaries, professionalism is everything. Hired to assist in the bitter, bloody fighting on the planet Hall, they quickly earn a decisive victory for their employer. They settle afterward in for a needed period of rebuilding, and a few months’ peace before moving on to the next contract. 

But their respite does not last. More mercenaries, hired by the Allied Mercenary Command itself, land on Hall. They believe the Tigers’ employer to be league with the Word of Blake, a shadowy interstellar organization that worships technology, and which has been building its own empire among the worlds around Terra. 

The Tigers want nothing of this battle, but war rages across the Inner Sphere. The hard-fought cease-fire cannot last, even on Hall, and when every faction is embittered and fueled by fervor, peace has no chance at all. 

As a new conflict erupts, will the Stealthy Tigers’ BattleMechs be enough to save them? Or will the looming threat of renewed war engulf them in its fiery embrace?

©2015 The Topps Company, Inc. (P)2015 The Topps Company, Inc.

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The mechs have more character

The PoV character is tediously proficient, flawless, bland and almost always right. There's an interesting story about combat and politics, but it's burried beneath the monotony of someone else's Mary Sue perfection

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  • Dan
  • 01-09-18

First book I've ever reviewed

As a combat veteran and long time fan of battletech, I am extremely happy about this book. All other battletech books I've read are sorely missing proper military vernacular, culture, procedures, and customs that you'd expect from a series focused so heavily on battle.

This book captured a very realistic image of a futuristic military environment (instead of a detached cinematic expectation). The vernacular in dialogue and in narrative describing nomenclature and environment was spot on. The story itself was realistic while simultaneously avoided being dry, instead it's a very immersive story.

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  • Gregory D.
  • 02-09-19

Poor editing dims a great story...

It's great to see a unabridged Battletech story. However, there are time when the editor for the narration should have had a better take at a line to use than what was used. There are obvious sound quality changes in parts, sometimes going line to line even. Other times the narrator stumbles or stutters and even once yawned during the reading. I don't necessarily blame the Narrator for this I understand that they may have to read the same set of lines multiple times, but there had to be a take that didn't have a actual yawning narrator in there somewhere. Story has some interesting if frustrating themes of following through with your word over doing what's right. In a time right before the Innersphere blows up and everything ramps up for all out war, and factions are tearing at each other. I think some of the sound design from the previous entries could have helps keep the immersion in as well. helping here the combat with a few sound bytes for PPC's or Explosions could have but the below average performance to a more acceptable level,

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  • The Wayfarer
  • 22-07-18

Enjoyably Predictable

Author does a good job with his Battletech canon. Story and characters were a bit predictable. Bonus that the book is not abridged like other Battletech novels. This was my first audio book so I can’t gauge the narration but it seemed okay as well.

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  • Zachary Alexander Compton
  • 31-12-19

More Battletech full length novels!!!!

This was excellent. I will buy every single full length Battletech Novel that comes out and I know many others who will as well. Also, get this Narrator to do it. He needs some better audio editors though. His voices and acting is super immersive.

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  • Edek
  • 16-10-19

Dear Audible

I have been a mech head for almost 30 years and I loved this.
Audible we need more Battetech on here ASAP

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  • Mud Brick
  • 04-02-20

A solid story.

This isn't even my favorite era of Battletech but I did enjoy the story very much. Aside from well written battle scenes Battletech is about all the crazy political intrigue and underhanded stuff that can happen across space. taking it from not just one perspective is nice too, seeing the cat and mouse game from both sides. I like it a lot and the narrator did well. his voice is enjoyable.

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  • raleigh
  • 16-01-20

And now I need a Crusader.

Medium range missiles for the win! And now I need a Crusader. A good listen.

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  • Zach
  • 14-01-20

Need more Battletech!

Great Performance and Writing adding to the Greatest SIFI Universe! I only wish that we had more Battletech books in Audio Format. Looking forward to more.

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  • R. Hutton
  • 13-12-19

Mostly Good

The thing I enjoyed most about the dialogue between the various mercenaries. Many sci-fi authors tend not to understand a military mindset and it is spot on here.

This was my first dive into the Battletech universe and the conflict was small enough for me to not get lost but did reference larger wars that I want to learn more about.

Sadly, the editing seemed rushed with repeated lines done two or three times in a row and weird tone choices for female characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-19

Reactor online!

Over all I liked this book! My only gripe about it is that whoever did the final edit missed at least two mistakes in the audio where the narrator paused and then redid the line.

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