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House of Pain

131 Days, Book 2
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)
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Summary

Strength. Honor. Death.

Once every year, in the city of Sunja, gladiators meet within the arena known as Sunja’s Pit. Some men enter for the lure of fortune, some for the fame, and some simply for the fight. The games continue for days until a champion is finally crowned.

Or until all involved perish.

The warriors comprising the House of Ten begin training under punishing mentors and a drink-loving taskmaster. Within the city of Sunja itself, Borchus works to establish a network of spies to aid the newly formed house’s cause. A vengeful Halm hunts down Skulljigger for bloody retribution. And house master Goll realizes one of his pit fighters possesses potential beyond everyone’s expectations.

All the while, shadowy elements conspire to make the Ten’s opening matches upon the sands also their last.

This is blood sport at its finest. At its worst. At its longest.

©2014 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Growing Pains!

There is a delicious depth to this series, yes it's primarily about bloody violence as an incredibly diverse set of warriors (aside from the fact they are all male so far) fight for honour and life itself on the sands of the arena. And yes we follow the newly-formed House of Ten as they scramble madly to live up to their newly-earned status as a house in the games.

However, Blackmore has gone to real pains to give his world and story significant depth as we are plunged into a world of personal enmities, shady agents and devious house owners making this a very rich and fulfilling experience. There are some hints here that the story is slowing down a little but even so there is plenty of action scattered throughout and a gorgeously bloody and ruthless final hour or two. Blackmore's ruthless attitude to even some of his most prominent characters and the time he gives to those who only survive briefly on the sands imbues a genuine feeling of uncertainty every time we enter that gore-spattered arena.

I'm not sure how many books Blackmore intends to keep this going for and this does have its quieter moments but with that beautiful detail and constant uncertainty coupled with John Lee's immersive, full-cast narration this series could very well entertain for some time to come!

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Ordered it in error!

Ordered in error but.... continued to listen. I remembered listening to the first chapter of book 1 before returning it. I should have done it with this book, but I persevered. While it has moments that are reasonable, the repetition is irritating. After thinking about it one of the main problems is none of the characters is remotely likeable, you want o give each and everyone a good hard slap. While Mountain Man Gus was a hero all of them in this tale are pretty much zeros and for me, that's one of the many problems with the tale, unlikable characters that you don't give a hoot about.
John Lee does a reasonable job but in the end its the story that lets it down as it just has nowhere to go but repeat itself.

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Gripping action

Book one was fantastic..book two has even more action,humor & sad in places..ithe way John Lee narrates is brilliant as he has the knack of changing his voice for the characters..I feel i was there with them..book three is going to be just as good of not better..roll on March 13 when it's released

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  • DAVE
  • 12-02-19

Bloody Adventures

What an awesome book filled with action from the arena & a good story re hated foes from competing houses. Plenty of action. Especially loved the drill instructor old McClan. What a crusty & tough DI with a great sense of a biting sarcastic albeit hilarious sense of humour loaded with one liners. John Lee is the perfect narrator, fantastic.
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  • Robyn
  • 19-04-19

2nd chapter to an EPIC tale of heroism !

The battles are vivid in detail. this is a exciting 2nd part of an amazing tale of Heroism !! I'm about to hit play on book 3 !

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  • VJG
  • 16-03-19

memorable characters

Great continuation of the series as the free trained gladiators form their house of Ten and figure out how to win by fair means and foul. Loved the humor in the training scenes - the squats competition was perfection. Highly recommended.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-02-19

continued blood on the sand

Keith Blackmore's fun writing style really works well with John Lee's performance. you need to read/listen to book 1 for this to make sense but it is worth your time and attention. Also check the audiobooks from Blackmore's other books.

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  • austin anderson
  • 13-02-19

Excellent

excellent, just what I've been looking for. ready for book three now, couldn't stop listening to this story.