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Dark Operator

Galaxy's Edge: Dark Operator, Book 1
Narrated by: Stephen Dexter
Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

Legion Dark Ops has always been a unit shrouded in secrecy. Tasked with performing covert missions, its kill teams are filled with the best warriors from within the ranks of the Legion.  

Kel Turner is one of the youngest legionnaires ever to be selected to its ranks. After many battles and trials, he is faced with the greatest challenge of his life - operating by himself on a remote planet at the galaxy's edge, a foot soldier for the policies of the duplicitous House of Reason, tasked with solving a crisis that would take ten kill teams to resolve.   

Diplomats, spies, shadowy terrorist groups, and an enigmatic general work with and against Kel as he fights to save a society from itself. What can one operator do alone, separated from his kill team, fighting a war that has no name?  

This lone operator doesn't know what it will take to win. He only knows he's not going to lose. 

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A bit of a struggle

Aside from the T Rechs stand alone books I have really enjoyed all the GE books but I found this book too hard to engage with, not for me but I am sure many others with love it

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Just good

This book was just good, slightly above average. the reader was great though. I would recommend if you are really into military SciFi. But the original 6 books are incomparable.

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  • Viajero
  • 30-05-20

The story behind the story!

I knew the storyline was going to be right up my alley. Doc Spears and I served in the same Special Forces unit years back and I knew there plenty of real-life examples ready to appear within fictional characters and scenarios...many you wouldn't believe if in non-fiction, so may as well have fun putting them to use in Dark Operator! No doubt quite a few veterans listening will be shaking their heads "yep, I could see it going down like that" ...Kudos for the work - Would appreciate better heads up on release dates from Audible/Amazon though, wouldn't have known this was out if a friend had not given me a heads up.

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  • chris
  • 06-06-20

Completely forgot to tell a story

So I want to start by saying I have not read any other Galaxy's edge book before this, however it is my belief that this book is a stand alone and doesn't require the other books. This story one and only focus is to tell you how cool the main character is for how military trained he is, there is more time spent talking about how he cares for his guns then introducing characters. Character are shuffled in and out with the purpose of either making the main character seem cooler, or on rare instances give him information he didn't have already (this being rare due to him always knowing everything). There is no conflict or character growth in this story, atleast not at the 2/3rd point that I writing this review as I have had just about enough of every scene of the main character telling us how much he loves being military and how military he is. Spoilers from this point. The plot revolves around him stopping a rebel militia group (once it can get to that after a large amount of the books run time just dedicated to showing you again, how cool he is and how he being military saves and helps everyone he meets) and he is working with the local dictator to stop the rebel group, however instead of even considering that the rebel group is fighting for equal opportunities for people to rise up the story is just about teaching the dictator to be a better dictator. The only reason I made it so far in the book was because I was sure it was going to turn around, the main character was going to switch sides and have to fight against his ideologies physically represented by the improvements he made to the other side. I am increasingly more convinced this is not the case as the story goes on, and after the main character sees how brutal the dictator is and says he likes him I'm honestly convinced he is suppose to be a villain. I will admit in the context of the story the "rebel" are framed as a terrorist group that is likely being controlled by another opposing person in office, however this just feels like a convenient excuse that lets the main character continue there beliefs. How would the main character react if he was challenged with squashing a rebel group that was just trying to bring change? and only lead to violence after peaceful ways where shown to be ineffective? would he still at the same, who knows because they feel no need to challenge the main character. To this point in the story the only challenge he has faced was not that he killed plenty of people, but if he used the right gun to do it. After finding out that writer is previous military this really starts to make a lot more sense, and the major reason I feel confident in saying hes not going to ever face any challenges is because of the fact that this entire book just feels like a self-incert fantasy where everything gets to be black and white and he doesn't have to face the ideological differences of others. I have so much more I could say on this but I honestly realize no one cares, people who like this book are going to like it just because it keeps saying military things, and I cant change that. I wish it would have atleast been a story but I guess that doesn't mater

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  • Casey
  • 28-05-20

Re-record this one please.

I have (and love) all of the other G.E. titles on Audible but I couldn't make it past the first few chapters in this book. can't get past the narrator's pronunciation of the donks as "zee" . Do some research on the book / series you're reading guy... ALL of the others have pronounced it differently. Every time I hear it "zee" I'm ripped out of the story and have to mentally correct you.

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  • Jesse
  • 28-05-20

Dark Operator

As always Galaxy’s Edge is on top of its game. Full of compelling characters and an awesome storyline, this is definitely worth picking up. It has the humanity of The Best of Us but feels like The Order of The Centurion with the action and intrigue. This is definitely worthy of GE.
KTF.

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  • JIMMY PICALIA
  • 28-05-20

PERFECT SLEEPING PILL

I would loved to have heard the story,, BUT!!!! the monotone droning,BORING, way the story was being presented, I wish there was a negative 5 star rating,Don't waste your auditable credits

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  • chappy
  • 30-05-20

Simply excellent book

Doc Spears has knocked it out of the park with this first installment of what I hope to be a long running story within the larger Galaxy’s Edge universe. He managed to capture the timelessness of the warrior mindset layered artfully under the Sci-fi background.
The timelessness of the basic fundamentals of gun fighting and gunfighters comes through in every chapter.

The detailed description of life in DO, and it’s place within the larger Legion, fit seamlessly into what would be the natural progression of the legion founded by Gen. Rex.

One of my favorite elements of the GE universe is the breadth of time it encompasses. Doc Spears’ focus on what I call the “middling years”, between the end of the Savage Wars and the end of the Republic, is the most fascinating to me. These thousands of years speak to our own time; and the unchanging nature of human nature applied to a technologically advanced time reinforces the fact that while our circumstances change, humans living in a society will forever exhibit the same strengths, weaknesses, motivations, organizational proclivities, and inclinations.

The main character, Kel, is as genuine a person as I’ve ever read in a work of fiction. I know several real life “Kels”, and Doc Spears has managed to capture the essence of what makes a real warrior tick, and what goes through their minds.

Stephen Dexter was an excellent choice to perform the book, and I hope he comes back for the next one.

KTF

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  • Bennett
  • 29-05-20

Amazing

This was a great side story in the GE universe. The narrator had his pacing down and captures the tone of the scenes. Can't wait for book 2.

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  • Paul C. Giancola
  • 06-06-20

Ok...

Story never grabbed me and narration was so slow I sped it up to 1.5x to keep it moving, I never do that. If this were my first exposure to DE I wouldn’t read any more in the GE Universe

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-20

Outstanding

All I'm gonna say is last chapter is the grand finish to a truly amazing book

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  • DB
  • 02-06-20

Authenticity at the very heart of the story

I love reading authors with a background that can feed into the subject from personal experience and this book draws heavily from that real world experience.

Tolkien and Lewis drew from their experiences in both World Wars, Haldeman served in Vietnam, and Carr spent an entire career in the GWOT.

Military SciFi is not about accurate and plausible small unit tactics, technical gear descriptions, or assaults out of starships, just like fantasy isn’t really about swords, magic, and dragons. Somehow they are both at their core about the heart of man and the state of humanity.

This book specifically is about the heart of a warrior, a heart that remains steadfast regardless of service, country... and galaxy.

The narrator is new to the series and adds a great voice to the story. Engaging and flexible, his range adds depth to each character.

Check it out and get hooked. Circle back around to the original series when you get the chance too and you won’t be disappointed!

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