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The Rods and the Axe

Carrera, Book 6
Narrated by: James Fouhey
Series: Carrera, Book 6
Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
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Summary

Tarawa. Iwo. Normandy. Names that shine in the military history of two worlds, places where brave men stormed ashore and fought their way to victory no matter the odds. But then there are other names: Marathon. Malta. Gallipoli.

Balboa’s Patricio Carrera has driven the Tauran Union from his adopted country, driven them out with appalling loss and worse humiliation.That’s not enough though. To finally finish his enemies, Carrera needs to draw them back for a more telling defeat.

He cannot take the battle to them because, beyond some long-range bombardment capability, he cannot reach them.

But when they return, they don’t plan to come alone; they insist on having someone else do most of the bleeding for them.

Carrera understands this. And that’s why he’s provoked the Zhong Guo mercilessly, infuriating their ruling Empress. He needs the Zhong in the war, to buck up the Taurans to continue the war to its bitterest end.

But to get to Carrera, the Zhong must take the Isla Real, the strongest island fortress on two worlds. In the process, they’ll learn why Marines never forget those other names....Gallipoli…Malta…Marathon.

Carrera’s enemies are about to learn why the expression "blood-stained water" is not just a literary allusion.

©2014 Tom Kratman (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Stephen
  • Rochester, United Kingdom
  • 23-08-14

O Dear

I have really enjoyed this series so far, it has been a bit repetitive at times, on things like back ground, technical explanations and history of characters, which is understandable given the nature of any series. But book 6 seems to be at least 50% cut and paste, word for word extracts, from other books in the series. There are even repetitions later in the book of things and incidents spoke of earlier in the book. It is so padded with waffle and pointless detail that I am really beginning to wonder if the writer running out of steam and imagination or is just being paid for a job lot regardless of quality ? Does not bode well for future books.

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  • Michael Jacobi
  • 09-07-14

A Killer Series Installment Number 6

Number six in a series that just keeps getting better and better. These kinds of book series always leave me wishing I had waited to start until the whole series is out and available so that I can get the whole story at once, As has been said before, don't start at number 6. Go start with the first in the series and let Kratman's story just roll over you. Its the best kind of military science fiction written by a warrior with experience in the real world of battle, Its a slap in the face with an ice cold dash of Heinlein, just when you need it most. The narration is superb, the characters are three dimensional and the tactics sound. What more can I xay, Buy the first book in the series and give it a listen, d! Oh, and give his other books, "State of Disobedience" and "Caliphate" a listen too. Well worth a credit!

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  • Andrew
  • 25-11-18

The story continues

I'd taken a break from the series because it seemed to be stuck a bit, shifting perspective but advancing the plot. I'm glad I returned!

My favorite part of this series has been the change in the antagonist characters. Many of them are changing due to their own involvement with the war against Balboa, and as often as not, the stripping away of some of their cherished illusions is leaving better people behind. Not really good people, but...better. I'm interested to see if this continues, or they choose to put their heads back in the proverbial sand.

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  • Phil
  • 28-11-17

series just ends here

story was pretty good but it seems the story just ends. May be the author got sick of it?

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  • Jose Lopez
  • 14-05-17

Great book!

Highly recommend the book for anyone interested in military sf or that doesnt like shitlibs and their leftist globalist bs

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  • john d
  • 15-06-16

Great storytelling

And looks quite a abit like our future. After all the same groups are at work here and now.

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  • rmj
  • 11-09-15

waiting for book 7

enjoyed the story. would like the ending to it. strong characters and plot. more please.