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Summary

Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die. When Dead Six compromises his objective, Lorenzo has a new job: Find and kill Valentine. As allegiances are betrayed and the nation descends into a bloody civil war, Lorenzo and Valentine must face off. Two men. Two missions. Only one will win.

©2011 Larry Correia, Mike Kupari (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Dead brilliant

I read the first bit about three months ago and gave up, I was too busy with other things to understand who was who and got confused. Now I started the book in a two hour stint and everything fell into place. From then on it's been fantastic, Correia's humourous and fast-paced style (without the special gifts this time), in a realistic thriller setting that grips you by the throat and doesn't let go. Brilliant. I'm always stingy with the 5 stars but this book deserves it.

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A Top Listen

Where does Dead Six rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 3. An Excellent book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Six?

Spoilers!

Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favourite?

Valentine.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes - extremely good book brought to life.

Any additional comments?

Get the sequel too. Brilliant.

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  • Keith
  • 09-09-14

If you are unsure about this series, take a chance

and you won't regret it.

To be perfectly honest, I sat on the fence about starting this series. I love Larry's other books, but was worried this was going to be purely a tactical, military-centric book. Wow, was I wrong.

The characters are well thought out and you quickly become invested in their lives and actions.

And while there is plenty of tactical, black-ops action here, you definitely get the feeling that something else is building behind the scenes.

Narration ... to be perfectly honest, I was a little concerned about Bronson Pinchot being the narrator. Again, I was crazy wrong in this as well. He does an amazing job at switching between voices. I felt so immersed in the story telling, it was hard to believe that one person was doing all of the character voices. You could easily tell who was talking. But it was more than just character voices, it was also empathetic reading that hooked me. During scenes of high action and pressure, you could hear it in Bronson's voice ... not in a corny way at all, but rather in a hold yourself tightly and stop what you are doing type of thing. During scenes of sadness, it is tough not to get caught up in the emotion as he tells it.

What a great ride this book and the second book, which I highly recommend as well, has been. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

39 of 41 people found this review helpful

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  • K
  • 16-02-14

Great story, characters, narration, and more

Literally stumbled across this book. I had read Correia's other books/series but wasn't aware of this one. Even though the book is longer (which I like b/c you get more bang for your buck), it doesn't drag on. I could've kept listening so I'm glad there's a sequel. The story keeps you guessing and takes you down several twists/turns as you try to figure out the bigger picture. Plenty of action and emotion is delivered throughout the book as well.

Enjoyed the narration and have listened to Pinchot in Correia's other series so I knew the quality would be great. He does an excellent job of managing multiple characters, personalities, and genders which is not an easy thing to do.

On to the sequel!

49 of 54 people found this review helpful

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  • mar
  • 02-03-14

A Must Read!

Would you listen to Dead Six again? Why?

I finished the Grimmoir Chronicles, and felt darn, I'm really going to miss reading Larry Correia. This book surpassed my expectations, and Bronson Pinchot is absolutely awesome!

What did you like best about this story?

Tight story line, great characters, loved how the authors wove the two protagonists together.

What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

Pinchot is so good, great voices, accents, he "fleshes" out each character, and brings them to life.

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  • Cliff
  • 07-02-14

Good military thriller

One thing to note is that this is a military thriller along the lines of the Rogue Warrior series. Do not expect a supernatural element to this story the author had in his Grim Noir or MHI series (which you definitely should get if you haven't already). Other than that the writing is great and although there are two different authors working in tandem it really works! I work at the VA and the veterans love this series and were stoked to see it on audible. If the soldiers like it you know they've done a good job.

Only down side is it is pretty gun porn heavy. So, if that isn't your thing pass on this one. Otherwise it is a great listen. Bronson Pinchot does his usual superb job on the narration. Don't miss one.

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  • Ross
  • 28-04-14

Maybe better read than listened to

I enjoyed this book, and thought the narrator did a pretty good job with the material. This is a story that has 2 main male protagonists and they both speak in the first person. The problem is they are both North American with nondescript accents. So while the voices are pretty distinctive for all of the other characters, the two main characters sound pretty much the same. The change in POV is announced, but there were too many instances where I didn't know which character I was with until the content gave me a clue. This is no fault of the narrator, who is obviously skilled. I imagine that when the author describes a character with "no discernible accent", it kind of ties the narrator's hands. As a listener though, being 10+ hours into the book, and still not being able to really differentiate between the two main characters was almost enough to make me start listening to something else.

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  • Marilyn
  • 20-03-14

Larry Correia + Bronson Pinchot= Bliss

Would you listen to Dead Six again? Why?

No, I never go back to a book - there are too many new ones to read!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Valentine - the plot dances between him and another character with different but daunting skills, but I'm on Team Valentine!

What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

He has such a repertoire of voices, it is amazing. I always know which character is speaking... it kept me glued to earbuds, despite copious amounts of violence....

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Heroism and non-stop action!

Any additional comments?

Really, this book would appeal to young males who glory in violent video games, but yet, I'm female and in my 60's and I loved it!

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  • Hassan
  • 07-02-14

Its MHI Without The Monsters, Its GREAT!!!!

I got this book only because Larry Correia was one of the authors. Adding to it Bronson Pinchot as the narrator and it was sold!! This book is a bit similar to Monster Hunter International without the monsters part.. And whats new in it that you have 2 main characters, which for some reason took a while to notice (similar names). One of them is a patriot and the other is a criminal and a thief. Its a good mix and certain events lead them to interact with each other.

What i didn't like is the creation of a new country to plot this story around, So basically there is all the countries that we know about, that are currently existing, but why did they have to create a new country to plot this story around?? it was a bit annoying.

And narration was amazing, Bronson Pinchot is talented and his narration is fantastic. His ability to change accents and languages was really good.

Oh and action wise, full full full of action and guns.. Amazing!!!!

Pre-ordered book 2 already.

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  • Mike Naka
  • 16-03-14

guns, blood, and bad guys

What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

bronson pinchot is one of the best narrators, hands down! his inflection and reading pace bring the pages to life. he can portray the gruff commander, the southern redneck, the quiet asian lady, the psychotic killer...he can also do any accent- russian, arabic, british, etc... he is an amazing narrator! a joy and a pleasure to listen to!

Any additional comments?


dead six is told from the perspective of the 2 main characters. michael valentine or "val" is a mercenary. he has worked for different private armies throughout the world. having had a troubled youth, lorenzo took to the dark side. being good at being bad, lorenzo has built a reputation as a master thief. he steals from the bad people b/c they can't go to the police.

as the story opens, both val and lorenzo are coming off jobs. val's last job was fubar, and he's working in las vegas as a security job. after a tough night of eating $h!t from the higher-ups, val heads back to his apartment to crash. he gets an unexpected call from his old team leader, taylor, who tells him of a job. tired of his boring and monotonous job, val signs up to join dead six.

coming off a highly successful score, lorenzo and his crew, tank, carl, and reaper are celebrating at a restaurant when they're interrupted by a huge fat guy dressed in white. the fat guy says he works for big eddie and has a job for lorenzo. in a scene straight out of the usual suspects, lorenzo accepts big eddie's job.

after accepting their jobs, both val and lorenzo learn that their jobs will take them to zubara, a fictional country in the middle east, bordering saudi arabia and yemen.

as the story progresses, val's and lorenzo's storylines cross and then merge. i liked how the story was told from 2 perspectives. a few times, we get to see how things unfold from different sides. there's a lot of action, and as their missions line up, the tension builds as val and lorenzo eventually come face to face. while the first 60 percent of the story kept my interest, i was totally engrossed and locked in after val and lorenzo came face to face.

i like stories with mysterious and powerful bad guys, and this story has a couple. val and lorenzo have to deal with their own dark masters. as more and more is revealed, each learns that the conspiracies and their enemies are deeper and more entrenched than previously thought.

there are a lot of twists and turns in the story. quite a few times, i tried to predict what was going to happen, but i was happily wrong. a few times, i was kind of shocked at how wrong i was.

i liked how the story ended. there was a satisfying conclusion to some of the plot lines while there was an intriguing set up for the next book.

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  • Jane
  • 15-10-14

Good story but depressing

The other series by Larry Correia left me with a good feeling. The good guys came out on top in the end and most of them lived. Fantasy that was not real.
The books by Larry Correia and Mike Kupari are too real. Too many of the main characters are killed. End was not optimistic.
I have listened to the other books by Larry Correia several times and still enjoy them. I have no desire to listen to this book another time.

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  • Jan Wanless
  • 23-02-14

Surprised, though I shouldn't have been.

If you could sum up Dead Six in three words, what would they be?

Riveting. Satisfying. Transcending.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both leads. They were remarkably human and tenacious.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the two trains (story lines) collide.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! Stayed up too late a couple nights and got cranky at work when interrupted.

Any additional comments?

I was put off by the description, but since I love MHI and the Grimnoir, I checked out a couple of the other reviews and was convinced to give it a try. I bought three other books at the same time. Tried two of them and didn't make it ten minutes into either of them. I started Dead Six and was hooked two minutes in! I'm sorry, Larry. I should never have doubted you!

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