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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-08-18

Not the best from Thorensen

I loved all his previous stories, but this one was just lacking. More about clan politics than anything else—almost nothing about how he outsmarted the Nartharny during battle or how he created new inventions. Perhaps this series has run its course—so disappointed :(

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  • Jason
  • 10-08-18

Fun stuff some big surprise as well

These are great stories some about what's to come and some that really deepen some of the characters development. If your a a fan of the series this is good stuff and some of the surprises are fantastic and I never would have expected. Can't wait for the next one!

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-18

Unlikable Mc, lack of substance

The MC is a bigot with a bad attitude, yet the author frames him as rational and virtuous.

It is only pleasant to read about an asshole MC when author realizes that they're an asshole.

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  • Keith Salender
  • 13-08-18

This didn't really go anywhere for me

The last book of this series (book 4) was really well done. I guess this book is to give some backstory on some things that happened there and set up some new stuff but there were a lot of parts that stretched on while the main plot seemed like it barely developed. IDK. I am sure I will listen to the next one in the series but this one just didn't really move me or even feel like a whole book to me.

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  • steven merchant
  • 13-08-18

More

I need more ASAP!! I love this writer everything is perfect! Can’t wait for the next book