Summary

Lee’s too wild for the military, but too good at his job to get rid of. The government's solution is to banish him to the outer planets until he’s deemed civilized. His latest attempt at rehabilitation has him signed on with an outpost colony.
He hates ranching. He hates taking orders from his boss. But he likes shooting aliens. Luckily, the planet he’s on is about to face a full blown infestation.
©2017 Stephan Morse (P)2017 Stephan Morse
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4 out of 5 stars
By Scott R on 14-01-18

Bit of a Mixed Bag

Overall its not too bad , however especially for about 50% of it I found myself not getting to grips with it, either because of the Story itself which just didn't seem to grip me , which I can't fault the writing as it seemed fine or the Narrator who seemed a little too fast even at 0.9 speed but far too slow at anything slower.
I can't quite put my finger on this story as I think overall its quite good especially the last 50% where I got more used to the Narrator Tyler ( pretty good although struggles with female voices I think, a not uncommon problem with male narrators) and the story seemed to flow a little better.
Story overall after I finished it was , yes that was ok I might read more of this.
Narration , yes I might try this narrator again on some other materials.
Size of audio may be why this didn't help as perhaps in ebook it works a little better for this size perhaps because we don't get a lot of time to bond with the material before completion.
Scored 4 stars across the board as this may just be me , sex and violence I think worked well with the story and the characters worked well within the frame of its work.
I was gifted this and choose to leave an Honest review

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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 13-12-17

The sh*t kicker

For a short story, this certainly packs a punch. Staring full blast with a retired soldier reduced to herding beef clomps on a far flung territory colony, angry at the useless equipment and anxious to put paid to the creatures stealing from the herd. Lee is noisy, wants to do things his way, be a soldier again. They won't let him.
Then two colonists go missing...
And the pace increases, the tension builds to a verbal explosion.

The whole is complemented by Ben Tyler's narration: forceful and loud, he perfectly components the textual description of Lee, the frustrated soldier and the fast pacing of his delivery matches the speed of the story. Tyler's voicings of the other protagonists is clear and distinctive, an overall good performance which carries the listener along.

I received a complimentary copy of Ember of War from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom and it exceeded my expectations, given the brevity: in a few simple sentences a full backstory is lightly sketched in as well as the tale of Lee and the colony. (There is also an intense sex scene in the mid to latter stages of the book.) It succeeds as a small snapshot of life in a far flung colony of the United Planets and as the portrait of man for whom there is no longer a comfortable place to be.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cyn on 27-11-17

Very entertaining and enjoyable

This is a short audio it is filled with a lot of good writing. Lee’s rehab isn’t going so well, he doesn’t like to listen to orders that he doesn’t agree with. He has a problem with standing down and wants to take control shooting as many aliens as he can which gets him more than he bargains for.

Mr Tyler kept me laughing with his different character voices. The cooks were something else. Lee is a very dry man but has a little humor what makes him more funnier is that he thinks his speaker is off and it isn’t. His boss female voice was great as well as the child’s. He gives you a wide range of tones and voices all are very different. It is very easy to know who is talking and what they are feeling. There is no background noises, no repeating of words and if any breaks were taken I could not tell. The volume never changed from one chapter to the next it was a very clean and clear audio that I really enjoyed. For me the narrator really bought the story to life, I had no trouble picturing the aliens or the characters trying to save their way of life as well as their life. He really did a wonderful performance.

The plot was good, the story very believable. I had no trouble buying into it. I loved the bricking between Lee and his boss. I would call it foreplay lol. I enjoyed the characters, loved the humor and really was hooked. There is a little romance not over powering but very nicely written. The author uses no fillers at all but gives the reader action from the start until the end. The ending was a little surprising but ends well. I would have liked it to have gone on a little longer to see how Lee’s boss took to the outcome but it was a good ending.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Arielle Joy on 04-11-17

Good listen

I really enjoyed the narrator's voice. The story was short and decent. only two things I dislike are the little girl is supposed to be 10 but she speaks as if she is 6, and I dislike when they only use one narrator for both genders.

I received this audiobook free for an honest review. 

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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