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Summary

Award-winning author Gareth L. Powell delivers an explosive conclusion to his epic Embers of War trilogy.

Low on fuel and hunted by the Fleet of Knives, the sentient warship Trouble Dog follows a series of clues that lead her to the Intrusion - an area of space where reality itself becomes unstable. But with human civilization crumbling, what difference can one battered old ship have against an invincible armada?

Meanwhile, Cordelia Pa and her step-brother eke out their existence salvaging artifacts from an alien city. But when Cordelia starts hearing the city’s song in her head, strange things start happening around her. What extraordinary affinity does she have for this abandoned technology, and how can it possibly help the Trouble Dog?

©2020 by Gareth L. Powell (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Rushed

It feels as if the author got carried away in book 2 then realised he had only three books to tell the story in and introduced and rushed a character who should have been introduced sooner.

So disappointing.

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Disappointing

The first two books weren’t bad. I enjoyed the characters Trouble Dog and Nod but I was disappointed with this final book of the series. Introducing new significant characters, one with superhero powers to save the day was really poor. The book irritated me the longer it went on.

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Interesting story

It’s an interesting story but it felt like the author got bored by book 3 and rushed an ending by bringing in a character that should have been involved from the beginning plus the trouble dog and here crew were just there as bystanders.
Have to admit the continuity errors through the series like a historian becoming a physicist and the marine rescued by the captain knowing the doctor on the other side of a war longer just irritated me

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Brilliant conclusion to a universe spinning saga

I love Gareth's writing, the way every book focuses on the characters, their humanity (well, maybe not so much 'humanity' for Trouble Dog), his world building at such scale. It translated well into Audiobook format which was perfect for the commute.

It's a shame it had to end, but looking forward to what Gareth starts next.

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EXCELLENT CONCLUSION TO TRILOGY

BRILLIANT FINISH TO THIS SERIES,NARRATOR KEEPS YOU RIVETED TO THE END,IF YOU LISTENED TO THE FIRST TWO THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED.

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  • robert jones
  • 19-10-20

All good, but feel cheated.

A nice continuance, but I feel cheated, that suddenly it turned into a super hero story with the intro if Cordelia. would have been better to stay on theme, instead of the intro if this long winded "Cheat the story" character. hope the next one is better.

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  • Lynn M. Wiandt
  • 02-03-20

Fantastic Conclusion to an Epic Adventure!

A gripping space opera with engaging characters you won't want to bid goodbye. The audio cast is one of the best I've ever heard. Highly recommended.

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  • TaoZeta
  • 12-08-21

Well, you just really never know...

I was thoroughly unimpressed and in fact very aggravated with the writing in this third chapter of the series. I have given the first two books of four to five star rating based on the interesting subject matter and partially because of the very good writing that both of those books had. I am not sure what happened here actually! It seems as if someone went through and edited this book using Grammarly and went on a rampage with the synonym checker then lost sight of what that was doing to the writing, the flow of the book, and ultimately my enjoyment of the book.

At first, when I ran into a few of these missused words and synonyms, I made a note of them because they were so absurd and ridiculous that I thought maybe the author was trying to go for some humor but after, and I'm not joking here, hundreds of these absurd changes to the wording and the meaning of those words it became apparent to me that someone, either the editor or the author but I suspect both, really took a dive on this one.

Strange enough, I'm not going to recommend against reading these books but be prepared because the first two are much better than this, the third volume in the series. This was so bad though that I couldn't make it through the entire book and skipped ahead to the final few moments to be sure that I at least read the ending to the story. Again, I'm not recommending against the books I'm just suggesting that the author got so far off track with this final book that they could have left it out and ended the series in volume 2.

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  • Rich
  • 15-06-21

Pass on this

The performances were mediocre through all three. However the story falls completely apart in this installment.
The first two were fine, the third one took a hard turn into magic, prophecy, new pivotal characters that needed a 4 year flashback to fit them in, whole plotlines started and pursued but abandoned from one break to the next without explanation. It feels like a first draft that bypassed the editor.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-21

well done

The book and series is exciting, well written, well performed, and keeps you guessing with a lot of unexpected twists and turns.

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  • Magnus Melvold
  • 04-05-21

lost momentum

overall the series have been enjoyable, but the last book kind of ebbed out. I felt the introduction and focus on the person who needed a sex change in the middle of an apocalyptic event took me far away from the plot and the story. It felt so unnatural and forced to put that in there.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-01-21

I concur

I agree with a lot of the reviews they spent two novels building characters and relationships just to introduce some superpowered person in the last one to solve everyone's problems. still not a bad listen now

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  • Christina
  • 18-01-21

So great

I really enjoyed this final story of the trilogy. It was great that they kept the same readers for all three books so it was easy to recognize the characters.

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  • Aaron
  • 18-01-21

I really wanted love it.

Completely lacks continuity with the previous 2 books. While its a fun story overall, the lack of such continuity between each book, takes away the flow of the story. Add in the authors need to insert irrelevant drama, as well as likable characters only to kill them off asap instead of the useless ones, the author drops the ball. Furthermore, background that should be expanded on are carelessly tossed aside in exchange for additional drama focused on cementing the authors personal social and political views.

The good parts of the story are the POV's from the engineer Nod, Lucy, and the Trouble Dog. Unfortunately, all 3 were treated as part of the scenery, or tools, instead of the sentient beings they were. Which in my opinion invalidated all the authors personal social and political opinions that were inserted.

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  • L. Olson
  • 11-12-20

Loved the characters, but not some plot choices

Once again I want to state how much I love some of the characters in this trilogy, especially Trouble Dog, but not some of the choices of the author in the overall story. There was no need for the new super powered character that was introduced and she detracted more than added to the overall story. There was no need for the plates to run away. The Nod solution was more than adequate to end Ona's idiocy and I would have liked to have seen it celebrated a little more as the unexpected hero of the story.