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The Pen and the Sword Audiobook

The Pen and the Sword: Destiny's Crucible, Book 2

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The Narthani, a militant realm who believe their manifest destiny is to rule the entire planet, Anyar, plan to absorb Caedellium into their empire and crush any resistance. Yozef Kolsko (a.k.a. Joe Colsco) works to find ways to increase the chances of resistance to the Narthani's planned conquest.

Complicating his life is attraction to a brilliant daughter of an island leader, and his uncertainty of his own mind, hers, or intricacies of Caedellium customs.

Despite his desire to devote himself to introducing new knowledge, Yozef is drawn more and more into developing weapons and giving tactical and strategic advice - things he knows he's unqualified to give. The enemy is coming. The odds seem overwhelming, and it will take all Yozef can do, the courage of his new people, and luck, to survive.

©2016 Olan Thorensen (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    Richard S. 17/08/2017
    Richard S. 17/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "A damn good read, I would highly recommend."

    One can identify with Yozef Kolsko, the main character, and his dilemma of having advanced knowledge but being unable to apply it in a society thats 300years behind that which he was removed from.

    Read the first and second books back to back, couldn't put them down. I cant wait for the third book, will the Natharni be finally pushed back off the island? What about windmills/water wheels as energy source. Will we see steam power and the beginnings of an industrial revolution emerge.

    Bring on the third instalment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • odin
    Bellingham, WA, United States
    01/08/17
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    "Another Binge Listen"

    As others have mentioned, this is a book that is really hard to stop listening to (as is volume 1). Thorensen's story is excellent in conception and execution. Jonathan Davis is a super-star reader. Put it all together and you might as well get used to saying "ssshhh, I'm listening to a story!" to everyone you know for a day or two.

    One thing I really like about these books that I haven't seen mentioned in other reviews, is that each book thus far has a natural conclusion to its part of the tale. I find cliffhangers annoying but this and the first book both have a satisfying conclusion while leaving the story open for development. I feel like Thorensen respects his readers -- he certainly doesn't need the cliffhanger gimmick to get people to read the next installment. The stories are flat out great.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jordan
    01/08/17
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    "Gripping. Refreshing ratio of sci-fi to fantasy!"

    Gripping. Can't wait for the third book to come to Audible. Finished Book 2 in less than 2 days. I'm legitimately bummed that I started listening before this whole series is out on audible, because now I'm counting the days until the next release. The narrator takes an enthralling story and delivers a performance that reaffirms my respect for those capable of this level of artful storytelling. I really got a sense of anticipation and fear, sadness and joy. There were moments that gave me chills. I laughed out loud. Really interesting story and the narrator is perfectly suited to the books. If it wasn't already apparent, I strongly recommend this book, esp. if you're looking for that perfect ratio of sci-fi to fantasy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Carolyn N
    Oregon
    28/07/17
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    "Great series !"

    Audible !!! We need the third book !!! Well written, great story. Well worth the credit !! Please hurry !!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Brown
    Texas
    27/07/17
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    "A non-stop listen"

    You will loose sleep. Finished this book in 24 hours, it is that good and if you loved the first book you are in for a great treat here too.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    31/07/17
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    "Another NonStop listen !!"
    If you could sum up The Pen and the Sword in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome follow up book. Not alot of filler great pace. Excellent characters. Highly entertaining. I cant wait until the next book!!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    30/07/17
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    "Great Sequel."

    Great Squel, Good Plot development. Good battle story and good character international. No Godlike powers.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    MId-West, United States
    30/07/17
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    "Finished in 18 consecutive hours"
    Where does The Pen and the Sword rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Once I started, I couldn't stop listening. The free preview of book 3 suggests the introduction of new complications to the plot line. Really looking forward to next book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sally Filler
    29/07/17
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    "A satisfying continuation of the story"
    If you could sum up The Pen and the Sword in three words, what would they be?

    Satisfying, interesting, violent


    Who was your favorite character and why?


    Kernigan reminds me of Hagrid of Harry Potter


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

    Excellent narration, excellent character differentiation, pleasing voice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Joseph's fear and description of battle..... it was disturbing and moving


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Isabel
    27/07/17
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    "Incredible book!!!"

    The worst part of this book is waiting for the next one!! I cannot wait I'm literally biting my nails! I love this series and look forward to more from Olan Thorensen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    Allons, TN, United States
    19/09/17
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    "Alien Planet - and as American as Apple Pie"

    An addicting read, and great second book to this on-going story of Joseph Colsco's integration into an alien society. The author was much better in not over-whelming this story with an overabundance of detail as he did in the first book. The flow was much better, the characters developed well, and the story line drew me into this world enough, that I could not stop listening and finished it in two days!

    Joseph is now fully involved in repelling the empirical moves made by their common enemy, and the clans are struggling to unite to face this enemy. This is the story of the birth of a nation, and reminds me much of our own American historical struggle for independence. Joseph struggles personally with how to bring his knowledge to this fight, yet a reluctance to be too involved.

    The narrator Jonathan Davis is superb in the various voice roles, and the story nothing less than captivating.

    Highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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