All Joe Colsco wanted out of life was a reasonably interesting job supporting a quiet, comfortable suburban lifestyle, eventually a small family, and time to pursue hobbies. Instead, a freak accident casts him naked onto a beach of another planet inhabited by humans with technology circa 1700. In time, Joe, now known as Yozef Kolsko, makes the difficult acceptance of a new life, has a respectable position in his new society, and is married with a child on the way. But all is not rosy. He has become embroiled in a struggle beyond any dream he could have had - or any nightmare.
The Narthani are a militant society intent on subjugating the Caedelli, the people he's come to identify with. Despite Yozef's hope to focus his life on transferring scientific knowledge and supporting a quiet life, he finds his life's direction moving beyond his control. As his actions and ideas become more important in resisting the Narthani, he reluctantly finds himself dragged into leadership roles he doesn't believe himself qualified - including efforts to unite the Caedelli clans.
The transformation of Joseph Colsco to Yozef Kolsko is about to take another step. Unwittingly, the Narthani themselves are creating an opponent unlike any they have ever faced, an enemy beyond their conceptions.
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By yasmin aden on 10-01-18
Too much talking, but no action!
Mm, this book really made me think about the whole series as a whole. There were so many great moments etc discussing tactics and plans but not a lot actually performing the deed.
I find it, especially frustrating to read some bits of the story, where they sounded rearing to go to battle around chapter 15 but actually "battled" around chapter 34!!
As you can imagine, it irked me to no end!
I really wanted Jose to be featured more dominantly in some of the poorly written action, rather than appearing as sullenly wallpaper character!
The whole story drag on and on, it has none of the excitement of the second one nor the first installment. At one point, I had to keep pressing the 30sc every now and than.
The first half was good, but it disintegrated around the second part.
The sense that I get funny enough, was that it was all bark but no bite. I won't be looking forward to read nor listen the last instalment, it has gotten quite too boring for me and I can predict the action will only happened on the last few chapters just like this one sigh.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By luke on 24-09-17
Some thriller, mostly filler.....
The premise of the overall story is good. It ought to of been a trilogy at most. Unfortunately it has descended into a padded out multi book milking of the authors readers. The writing hasn't particularly improved since book one either and carries with it a distinctly amateur feel.
Disappointed, I will not be bothering with further books in this series and probably won't bother with the author again.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Kurt Schwoppe on 15-10-17
And Even Heavier to Read
I am hooked on this series, but disappointed with Book 3. Olan's excellent writing style continued, but the balance between action and backstory was heavily skewed towards the latter. On the plus side, a bit more of the SciFi storyline came through. But, they were just snippets compared to the over-indulgent details that dragged down the overall storyline.
I am actually glad I've caught up to the author, because I need a break. Hopefully Olan will focus on editing a well balanced storyline instead of rushing out the next book. We need more about tech transfer, the Watchers, and tactics. We need less about wet nursing, minimally consequential clan disputes, and the endless reminders that people feel Yosef is slightly odd. (After three books, we got that.)
I do want to point out that Jonathan Davis' narration really helps to make these books great. There are so many characters that it would be impossible to keep them all straight without his incredible diverse range of vocalizations.
So I am definitely in for the 4th book as the overall series is fantastic. My hope is that it lives up to the promise of the first two.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
By David Bates on 09-11-17
I found myself totally involved in this story
I enjoy this series very much. The story and character development is excellent. I especially enjoy the way that the narrator brings each and every character to life.There are so many possible directions that the story can take and I anxious to hear the next book in the series.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful