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Summary

Scions have no limits. Scions do not die. And Scions do not disappear.

Sergeant Ted Regan has a problem. A son of one of the great corporate families, a Scion, has gone missing at the front. He should have been protected by his Ironclad - the lethal battle suits that make the Scions masters of war - but something has gone catastrophically wrong.

Now Regan and his men, ill-equipped and demoralised, must go behind enemy lines, find the missing Scion and uncover how his suit failed. Is there a new Ironclad killer out there? And how are common soldiers, lacking the protection afforded the rich, supposed to survive the battlefield of tomorrow?

A stand-alone audiobook by the Arthur C Clarke Award-winning author of Children of Time.

©2017 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Enjoyable, but nothing too surprising

An interesting world with great characters, brought to life by a very strong performance. The story is a little uninspired, but it's fun in an 80s action movie way.

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Short, but great.

Loads of fun to be had here. Lots of big, crazy tech stomping around, twists and turns in the plot, mixed with unsubtle but straight-faced polemic.

Likely too short to be worth a credit, but if you have a spare one, and want near-future mech action from one of the best sci-fi authors on the scene right now, fill your robo-boots.

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Excellent futuristic war story.

Great if you're a fan of military sci-fi, suspence and plot twists. Really well done.

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I want more

My only complaint is this book is not long enough. I would love a full novel of these guys. .

Tough, brutal and quite a lot of fun.

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Great Sci Fi Short Story

I enjoyed this one. It was well thought out and has depth, complexity and plausible plot. The story is expressed in a colloquial way which might make it seem less than it is at first glance / if listening to a sample; this is much the same as with Dogs of War. In both stories that colloquial style helps convey the character of the narrator / pratagonist / hero as well as grounding the sci-fi. If you like sci-fi or just fancy giving it a try this is worth a go.

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Someone please gag the narrator

I have been waiting for another book from this author since Children of Time,so it was with a sense of anticipation that I downloaded this book. Within a very short space of time I wanted to shout at the narrator, this guy need to go back to acting school and learn that less is more...

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Get your kind in the right place for it

This is quite short so as others have suggested maybe best as part of a 2for1 deal. It's also quite silly and you'll not get a unique or very original tale but it is fun.

The other comments that this is reminiscent of 80s action films are on the mark. This is over the top, over blown and over earnest. The commentary preformance is the same and it fits the story well but you need to accept this as the pulp schlock story that it is

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A fantastic short story

I very much enjoyed this sci-fi short story. The pace is fast & the sorry-telling is excellent. I’ve enjoyed a number of audiobooks, by Adrian Tchaikovsky & I will be listening to more.

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Great but too short

Overall its an excellent, audio book. Shame the story was not longer, and has the feeling of being an early draft of a larger story. There is not a lot in introduction to the world either and its not really till the end that you actually start to get an idea of the look and feel of the tech and environment. Performance is good, even if the accents are a little too "What Hollywood thinks X accents should/would sound like."

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Great book horrible reading of it

I loved the story but at one point the narration was so bad I was cringing. It sounded like a robot. I had to put the speed up to 1.75 just so it sounded normal.

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  • 04-07-19

Couldn't get past horrible accents

The story is a somewhat formulaic post-corporate takeover dystopia with tough sergeant and rough commando followers on a mission with added robots. All very fine, but the 1st person narrating sergeant has a weird exaggerated regional American accent from no region anywhere. One hour of gritting my teeth and I just can't take it anymore. I think I could read the book. If the narrator was just average or a little below average I'd be OK. This guy is special. Off to find something else to listen to. Cheers.

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  • 26-06-21

Really - Adrian Tchaikovsky?

I love everything by Adrian Tchaikovsky, but Ironclads was difficult to get through. There were some good parts and decent concepts but it fell short of expectation.

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  • 01-02-21

the worst voice acting/reading I've heard yet.

Title pretty much says it all. As short as this title is i won't finish it. I couldn't get more than an hour or so in before I was do annoyed by the reader that I had to stop. Story might actually be great I didn't get far enough in to tell either way, but I'll never know unless I read the book myself.

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  • RLD
  • 24-11-20

rushed and meh

the story feels like its trying to say something but the narrator continually takes a middle ground so it feels like very bland social commentary.