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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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    Vivien Z. 16/11/2017
    Vivien Z. 16/11/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "Tedious"

    A lesson in how to spin out very little story to the maximum length possible would sum up this book. Incredibly boring battles, clumsy dialogue and one of the worst bedroom scenes I've come across for some time. I could go on but have no desire to induce the same levels of boredom as the author.
    I won't be buying the third book because I really couldn't care less what happens to any of the characters and can't bear to sit through another brain numbing experience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 22/10/2017
    Chris 22/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant "

    Usually when you get a trilogy of books the middle one is the poorest one this one is better than the first I hope this continues in the third one which I am deafly going to listening to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    6 of 6 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
  • Matthew
    SEATTLE, WA, United States
    04/09/17
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    "The Journey continues"
    Would you listen to The Pen and the Sword again? Why?

    Perhaps years from now, but I just finished it this morning, so it is not a relevant question.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My gosh, all of it. The characters, the plotline, the intrigue, the structure. This is an outstanding series and this second book fulfills the promise of the first book. Building out the rationale, finishing some story arcs and starting new ones. A fascinating extension to the character and plot introductions from the first book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle scene with the Narthani at the end was very impressive.


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

    As noted above, the last 3rd of the book is impressive in every regard.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a rich series, and well worth the investment of time ( as it is long, to be sure ). Brilliantly conceived, rich in detail and content, a stellar ( and consistent ) performance by JD, and more to come. Highly enjoyable, and completely credit worthy. One of the best of the year!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Big Guy
    woodstock, GA, United States
    12/08/17
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    "Superb"

    Highly recommended series. This is a unique twist in science fiction in that it is more like a historical fiction, set on an earth-like planet occupied by the descendants of earth humans, transferred by unknown parties, in an unknown method, at an unknown time. The one 21st century earth-man, dropped into this world uses his knowledge of the development of inventions from Earth's past to assist the humans he meets who live in 18th century technological and social times. Book 1 is great, Book 2 is even better. Reminds me of Ken Follett's THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH. Well written and well read.

    3 of 3 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
  • Kurt Schwoppe
    Alexandria, VA United States
    11/10/17
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    "I'm All In"

    The Pen and the Sword has rocketed the Destiny’s Crucible series to my top slot for 2017. Exceptionally good writing and masterful character development have transported my thoughts to another planet in another time. I now give a damn about what happens to the key people in these books. For me, this level of emotional attachment is more important than all the intrigue and action combined.

    Speaking of action, Olan DOES ratchet-it-up in The Pen and the Sword. A small incursion is a defining moment in Book 1, while a full pitched battle is the apex of Book 2. In both cases, what delighted me was the intricate writing and tactical knowledge used by the author to bring these conflicts to life. The Battle scene in The Pen and the Sword is one of the best I’ve ever read. After reading more about Olan Thorensen on his web page, I saw the three letters SOG and knew that explained it all. Not only is Olan a great author, but he’s probably pretty much a badass too. That makes for a great mix!

    One more thing I like about these books is ZERO fantasy. Sure, it’s science fiction, but they are 100% believable. These are REAL characters doing REAL things. As an Audible listener, I also encourage you to buy the Kindle version of The Pen and the Sword. It's much more complicated than Book 1, so being able to read along helps you better track clan names, key characters, and the many locations of Caedellium. Olan has also posted some Anyar Maps on his website which are also real helpful when understanding the strategy.

    So, go ahead and spend a few credits as you will enjoy these books. Like all books, there are some dry spots, but this is all important backstory that helps the main storyline unfold. While not quite War and Peace, these are BIG BOY books, and sometimes you have to climb a hill if you want to see the full view!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Helen Foster-Turner
    Harrow, Greater London, UK
    23/08/17
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    "The story is a good follow up but ...."

    I enjoyed it. I did. Really. But I find many of the characters quite two dimensional, especially the women but maybe that's just my point of view. Certainly a story which charts the impact of a modern, educated man raised in the West on a backward society on another planet makes for an interesting read. I just didn't feel any great empathy for the characters themselves. I'm sure I will read the next when it comes out despite that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • DiAnne Lundgren
    Curlew, Wa USA
    08/08/17
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    "Best new Series I've read in a very long time"
    What did you love best about The Pen and the Sword?

    The concept of being in Joseph's position. The well thought use of his knowledge yet the human responses he has....


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

    When he made the choice to learn the language and engage in a new life....


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nelson A Hill
    02/08/17
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    "At last !"

    I've been waiting for a new author to take the place of H PIPER as one of my favorites of all time . I hope he's as prolific .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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