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Deathstalker War by Simon R. Green
Narrator: Gildart Jackson
Series: Deathstalker #3
Published by Tantor Audio on December 26, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Length: 22 hours, 7 minutes
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Fate had made Owen Deathstalker a rebel hero in an empire choked by tyranny. Embracing his warrior lineage for the sake of freedom, he stoked the flames of revolution, gathering the forces that one day must strike against Imperial authority. That day has come.
With his valiant compatriots Hazel d'Ark and Jack Random, Owen must now bring the uprising to a fiery conclusion. From the rebel strongholds of Mistworld and Virimonde to the Empire's mighty heart on the planet Golgotha, the fate of humanity now depends on a clash of arms across light-years of space. But Deathstalker's desperate cause will need more than an army of courageous fighters to succeed-- for the cunning Empress has some evil surprises to unleash.
I liked Deathstalker War the best of the three in the Deathstalker series so far. This is possibly because the story had Owen Deathstalker at the beginning, the middle, and the end, which is more what I expect from the title character in an urban fantasy series.
The war has arrived. It only began in the previous book, Deathstalker Rebellion, where Owen and Hazel started things on Golgotha. Then Ruby and Jack Random continued the disruption on Technos.
Now we have Owen and Hazel fighting on Mistworld. Giles Deathstalker, along with Finley Campbell and Evangeline Shreck, and Julian Skye go to Shandakar (?) to find a famous battle strategist. Kid Death and David Deathstalker are in Virimonde where the war takes on another cruel twist.
At the end, everyone and everything come to a head in Golgotha. There are many twists and surprises. For all the cruelty and those who are selfish or overcome with rage and revenge, there are some with compassion and caring. All along the way, we have the journalist,Toby Shreck and his cross-dressing cameraman, Flynn, broadcasting everything happening live out to everyone, often raw footage, not approved by the Empire.
I am happy for those who survived, saddened by many who died, and curious to see what will happen going forward in Deathstalker Honor.
Gildart Jackson has become the voice of the series for me and for so many of the characters. So many characters were given unique voices and I knew them right away. I listened at 1.5x speed comfortably.
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