Summary

A great war. A changed world. A soldier through it all.
The Turine army is on the brink of victory against the Geneshans. Sergeant Tyrus and his unit are tasked to steal an artifact from the enemy that some believe has the power to destroy the world. Taking such power from the Geneshans would end the decade long war.
Upon their success, Tyrus' unit is among the first wave of soldiers discharged from the army. War has robbed him of time with his wife and children, but now the life he has dreamed of every day for the last 10 years is just a long journey away.
Traveling home, Tyrus finds the world he left behind changed in ways he never expected. His own countrymen view returning soldiers as a threat. His own townsmen want to forget he even existed. Danger is everywhere. His dream is in jeopardy.
©2014 Joshua P. Simon (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By CrazyDaneGos on 30-01-18

Great story with a great narrater!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would and already have. It has a catchy story, drama and a lot of feelings.

What does Steven Brand bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hes voice fits very well in the role as an old soldier, an just brings the story to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not even hell can be as bad as this.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sailfish on 15-07-17

War is hell but afterwards sucks too

First, this is definitely an adult-themed novel what with the constant indifferent references to whores, rapes and beatings thereof. There is also one reference of burying an enemy-side baby alive for expediency sake. Ostensibly, it's a story about soldiers and the inhumanity forced upon men from both sides during battle. However, it's more about a group of soldiers, Tyrus, the primary protagonist, his sister Ava, a sorceress and his squad who have survived the 10 year long Iliad-like battle with the Geneshans. In the aftermath of the war, Tyrus, Hamath, Dekar and Ira were released from their military service and, along with other soldiers were traveling together back to their homes. The trip back was a mixture of travels and travails, as most of their homeland townships wanted little to do with them and more than a few reacted violently to them.

The magical aspects were mostly common place but there was one type of people who had the ability to resist spells cast upon them but also a rather unique ability to also be able to draws spell effects from others who were affected but only by making constant contact with the inflicted person or persons until the spell effects dissipated.

Tyrus was pressed into the service when he was married with 2 children. It wasn't immediately obvious but theirs was a mixed-marriage with him being fair-skinned and her being dark-skinned and her race was mostly referred to as "exotics" and were some of the most preferred whores. I came to see this term as a similar pejorative as Asian people being referred to as "orientals" even though it seemed that the author hadn't meant it that way.

I wasn't able to garner much interest in the characters nor the plot. The reasons for the townsfolk disdain, hatred and violence toward the soldiers on returning home wasn't very well developed and was unrealistic. Then the army's reaction to the violence was way over the top.

I was also disappointed when the novel ended with too many story arc left dangling. The narrator was okay but could have come across with a bit more enthusiasm.

Regrettably, I don't expect to continue with this series.

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