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Summary

The Destiny’s Crucible series chronicles the incredible adventure of Joseph Colsco, a college student of no particular importance who is thrust into an unimaginable fate by an accident that couldn’t happen - but did. Cast naked on the planet Anyar, he forges a new life for himself and rises to prominence and responsibilities he would otherwise never have imagined. However, much is left undone and uncertain.

For fans who finished the first four installments, many questions were left unanswered and many stories left untold. This collection of short stories and novellas addresses some of the questions, expands previous books, and points to future directions. The anthology begins not on the planet Anyar but on Earth, with the aftermath of the improbable accident that starts Joseph Colsco on his new life.

©2018 Olan Thorensen (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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don't bother

unless you are a Thorensen addict and you just can't get enough anyar, give this one a miss, don't bother. no plot, no conclusion. just a deeper dive into some of the stories you've already read in earlier books. Thorensen is taking the piss here but the previous books are brilliant.

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Nothing New

there are are couple of chapters with the potential of a relay good read but this gets left behind at the the beginning and then there is a whole lot of nothing then it ends.

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loved it

Olan is a Gifted story teller and these books have been amazing in their scope and depth. I truly look forward to returning to Anyar in the future.

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  • Bryan
  • 21-08-18

Managing Expectations

From reading the other reviews here, it's clear that some listeners didn't read the summary or follow the author's website/blog/facebook. If they had, they would have clearly been informed that this work is a collection of novellas and short stories and not a direct continuation of the main story-line.

That being said, the author and the publisher should have foreseen these issues and marketed this work as a short story anthology, Book 4.5, or some way other than "Book 5" which implies a direct continuation from Book 4.

I would recommend this work to anyone who plans to continue the main story-line when Book 6 is published. While some of the stories are a re-hash of previous events from other POVs, there are just as many that address unanswered questions and others that serve as a prelude for the next major story arc. Based on some of these preludes, I suspect that Book 6 will begin with a time skip of 1-5 years.

Rating: I rate the individual stories anywhere from 2.5 to 5, with an average of 3.5. No issues with the narration. 4 stars overall

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  • Robert
  • 10-08-18

Not what you would expect

Don’t approach this book expecting any form of coherent structure or answers to any outstanding questions. Expect fragmented story lines to be brought up and then dropped with no explanation. Plan for retelling of scenes from different perspectives without adding new information.

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  • K. McIntyre
  • 15-10-18

Welcome back to good old Anyar

What a wonderful pairing Jonathan Davis and Olan Thorensen make for this quick trip to Anyar. Answering questions that I just assumed would always just be left in the margins, this little anthology of stories is a great addition to the Destiny's Crucible series.
Mr. Davis has quite a way with voices and accents making each part of Anyar breath with small changes in narration. Olan's writing is sometimes a bit verbose, but the books really do have a nice epic feel to them. After listening I can't wait until the next proper book in the series arrives. This book provides a lot of nice teasers to where the story is headed and I for one can't wait.
If you're not following the series and are reading this review, do yourself a favor and start the series. The first book starts off a bit slowly, but it's worth the work to push through the opening chapters. What follows is a wonderful doorway to a strange and yet familiar world.

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  • Peter
  • 03-10-18

gap filler

author and narrator were great, filled some gaps from the original series and set it up for more later

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  • shane
  • 01-10-18

Another great book in this fantastic series

Olan Thorensen does another great job of telling the tales of Destiny's Crucible , well narrated this story keeps you coming back for more .
I welcome the next book in this series

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  • Kyle Pratt
  • 20-08-18

Great Tease

I’ve loved this series since the first chapter, there is so much potential here and the arc of the first books was great. This one is a little frustrating though, it feeling like a big tease about a bunch of potentially great aspects of the forged in fire series with out any really meat on any of them. I rally hope that means there are more books to come soon. I’m firing to know more about the flagorn eggs and the aliens.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-08-18

I'm hooked can't wait

till the next 4 release. I hope that Jonathan Davis continues to be the narrator

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  • Dan
  • 10-08-18

Not up to par with 1-4

Interesting but not in the same league as the others. This felt incomplete and rushed to publishing. If there aren’t any follow-up books, this will be a very disappointing ending to an excellent series

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  • Robert
  • 09-08-18

To Bad! But you could save the series.

There are a lot of good plot ideas here. I understand that these tales will be "short stories" but I thought at least they would be congruent.
Please take the time to develop some of these into real stories. What comes across is this is a collection of ideas not used in the first 4 books. Some are really great ideas and would be great if developed into stories complimentary to the original 4.
I cannot recommend this "book" to anyone.
I will not return the book as a reminder to myself to research new material even if it from a once trusted source.

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  • Mike
  • 06-10-18

Disappointed with the 5th book

I really enjoyed the other books in this series, even if the latter books did focus too much on warfare and tactics to my taste. But there were SO many unanswered questions and mysteries in the first books that were more or less ignored and the readers need explanations!! This 5th book was promised to be just that, but failed. It’s pleasantly written and fun to revisit some of the old characters, but it’s mostly just more rehashing out of old events with nearly nothing answered. How frustrating!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful