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Deathstalker Honor by Simon R. Green
Narrator: Gildart Jackson
Series: Deathstalker #4
Published by Tantor Audio on November 6, 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Length: 24 hours, 11 minutes
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Owen Deathstalker became a hero after the great rebellion against the tyranny of Lionstone XIV, and now political factions are quarreling over who will replace the deposed Empress. But Humanity faces an even greater threat: an encroaching invasion fleet of alien origin...
You really need to read the Deathstalker series in order or you would be pretty much lost. Even reading in order, there are scenes which are completely disjointed from the scene before and after. There will be a few chapters say, about Owen and Hazel, and their adventure. Next the story will jump into a few chapters about Jack and Ruby and their latest task. After that, we will be back on Golgatha with Finlay Campbell and Evie Shreck and Julian Skye for a few chapters. So each group of chapters will just drop into a scene and if you don’t know what was going on in the previous book, Deathstalker War, then you have no hope of following the story, particularly with the large number of locations, characters, and even species.
While Deathstalker Honor is a very long book, it did cover some important ground about how the empire is recovering after the war. Unfortunately, the war has left much damage. The greedy still want to be in charge and both fight and manipulate to grab power. These short-sighted folks are basically criminals. But there are other groups trying to take over while the empire is distracted and recovering, the aliens, the Ghost Warriors from Shub and the Hayden men.
Our heroes, Owen and Hazel, Jack and Ruby, and Finlay, are sent like troubleshooters to areas where problems occur. There are also those who don’t appreciate their power and would just as soon get rid of them (again stupid and short-sighted) . Even with all the fighting and death, they find honor and purpose.
Gildart Jackson does an amazing job with his performance of all these characters’ voices. I recognize them all easily now. The story is well told, with great timing for the humor. I also appreciate being able to listen at 1.5x because of the length.
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