Sentinel: Deadmen's War, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the ashes of the ancients, a cataclysmic new threat rises.
Born on a forsaken desert planet, Cole Shaw has two options - perish from starvation and disease, or enlist in the New World Republic’s armed forces. He chooses the military. For the first time, he thinks he has a shot at a better life. But survival is not guaranteed.
Leading an elite team of mech operators, he is deployed to a frozen planet called Ferrous where dangerous relics of a past war lurk beneath the ice and savage creatures prowl the barren wastelands. Scientists on Ferrous are chasing rumors of godlike technologies buried in the ruins of a long-extinct civilization. When Shaw and his team are assigned to protect the researchers, they face an unexpected, merciless new enemy desperate to stop them.
An ancient secret has been awakened on Ferrous. The deadly race to claim this terrifying power has only just begun.
Performed by Audie, Earphones, and SOVAS Award-winning R.C. Bray (Expeditionary Force, Galaxy's Edge, Hell Divers), Sentinel is a must-listen for all military sci-fi fans in search of their next great series.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 31 minutes|
|Author||Anthony J. Melchiorri|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 10, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,517 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#33 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#51 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#103 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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Cole's unit with the Armored Support and Heavy Weapons, ASH-W or Adhere, call sign Fireteam Banshee, was assigned guard duty of a team of scientists in a sector that Asher Team Anvil had mixed it up with 5 Hels and 2 Grendels. Helot class Sentinels were 5 meters tall with 8 legs and two rows of 4 eyes, like a huge spider except for the barbed tail. Individually, Hels weren't a major fight, but 2 or 3 could take an Asher down. Grendels were more of a problem, standing at 8 meters, they could give a good fight. Titans were another story. They could look an Asher in the eye and put up a hell of a fight. Fighting them all at once with no backup, just the 5 members of Fireteam Banshee, was suicide. Fireteams Anvil and Valkyrie were on the way for back-up, just ten minutes away, but 10 minutes may as well be forever with the fight they were in.
Cole and the rest of Banshee - Tanaka, Kross, Ricci, and Langer - form the base of the characters in the story. Their unit comradery is stronger in destruction, even in defeat. Broken, but not defeated, Banshee will fight on, in some form or other. The storyline and fight sequences are tight. This is a great read! Can't wait for book 2!
By GMM31 on July 15, 2021
The key soldier characters, while not overly expressive, are not entirely stereotypical. They have just enough background to have a bit of depth to their personalities so they are not just names. The protagonist is a basic good-guy survivor with intelligence to figure out things along the way. He’s loyal to his buddies and tries to do right.
However, one weakness of the book is that the descriptions of the appearance of characters and creatures are a fast pass. Sizes/builds are mentioned frequently, but facial appearances, hair color, eye color, etc., not so much. I’m not sure I could pick out main players from a line up. While the planets’ creatures are new chimeras in my imagination, the details concerning political factions, weapons, military tech, and space travel are based on previous sci-fi concepts and inventions, so readers won’t need to figure out how the systems, gizmos, and gadgets work. It’s all how the elements are woven together that make this book exciting to read.
The writing skill is fantastic and the book expertly edited.
There is a lot of violence involving sci-fi battles of man vs machine and alien creatures, profanity, alcohol consumption, and creature blood and guts/destruction of mechanical parts, but the scenes are not gratuitously graphic. I recommend this book to advanced middle school readers and anyone older who enjoys action adventure, military sci-fi tech, and life on other planets.
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Over the last few years I've read through the entire seven (eight? nine?) books of The Tide, following the team of protagonists as they try to save the world, utterly enthralled. In the author's off-universe standalone books, I've really enjoyed reading the crazy situations, and brilliant set pieces, drawn along by tight, clean narratives.
When I saw that he had created a new series, I was partly saddened that it wasn't a "The Tide" book, but excited to see it was in the realm of Sci-Fi Military fiction, one of the genres I've really been getting into recently.
The book starts off very strongly. No fifty-page gentle lead-in where the lead character grows up on an alien planet, sees his parents murdered by purple tentacle aliens all called "Jeff" and vows to take them all down.. Oh No, The book smacks into the ground, leaving a crater-sized hole and sets off running at high speed like an elephant on methamphetamine. The book crashes through page after page, twisting and turning, and throwing the reader left and right as you dodge blows and incoming fire along with the protagonists, right the way to its ending...
Yes, there are of course little flashbacks and asides to give backstory, but they're brief, poignant and have a good purpose. The fact that the main character is a total badass is kind of already a given, so the set-pieces of flashback are simply to explain realisations or underline a plot point.
The dialog is tight, the characters believable, the environment really well described, and the material brilliantly gripping. It might not win any awards for originality... "Sentinels" guarding "Relics" from "Progenitors" on alien worlds reads like it was taken straight from No Mans' Sky or quite a few other works. Heck, even "The Forbidden Planet" had echoes of some of this.
However once you get over the similarity to No Mans Sky in the enemy names, you realise that this is totally different, and the book takes a whole different turn. In short, this feels like it's a book that's set in a well-established universe with loads of stuff going on, and this is just one tale of one group within it. kind of like Star Wars. Maybe not in subject matter or tone (beyond a slight resemblance to Hoth in ESB), but in the way that there are empires clashing, and we're following the story of an (important) small group within that universe.
I honestly couldn't put the book down and I've read it in record time. I'm already looking to see if I can get book 2.
If I have one criticism, it's that the main character feels "reckless". He burns through and destroys materiel far faster than one might expect. His stratagems last about 20 seconds before everyone's dead or dying and he's back on his ass wondering what to do next. Grand Tactician he ain't. So, I'm hoping that in later books, he learns a little tactics and starts to act a little less brashly.
What an awesome book! Can't wait to read more!!!!