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Deathstalker Destiny by Simon R. Green
Narrator: Gildart Jackson
Series: Deathstalker #5
Published by Tantor Audio on January 3, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Length: 18 hours, 56 minutes
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Owen Deathstalker's greatest love-- Hazel d'Ark-- has been abducted by the Blood Runners, a culture dedicated to the extremes of genetic scientific experimentation. Stranded in a mission on Lachrymae Christi, Owen busies himself with the task of ensuring the survival of the leper colony living tere, awaiting an opportunity to rescue Hazel... or avenge her death.
Meanwhile, the Empire remains in the chaos of a continuing war. Threatened by various enemies, Humanity once again turns to Owen to lead them. But unknown to those who would follow him, Owen has lost the powerful abilities granted to him in the Madness Maze. Even if he hadn't, Owen can no longer sacrifice his life for the Empire. And with Hazel's life in the balance, the choice is an easy one... or is it?
You really need to read the Deathstalker series in order or you would be pretty much lost. Even reading in order, each group of chapters will just drop into a scene and if you don’t know what was going on in the previous book, then you have no hope of following the story, particularly with the large number of locations, characters, and even species.
So briefly, with the rebellion and war over, the power grab continued with all the bad guys. My beloved rebels, in Deathstalker Honor are sent out to deal with all the remaining “problems” and help prepare for the new battles with the aliens, the Ghost Warriors from Shub and the Hayden men. Of course, it’s up to Owen and Hazel, Jack and Ruby, Finlay, Evie and Diana Virtue, and Captain Silence to save the tattered remains of the empire from the new threats.
Deathstalker Destiny is told in the same style as all the rest of the series. There are great fights in dire situations with our heroes pulling with personal sacrifices and a sense of humor. Some of the bad guys were dealt with in Honor and the rest are dispensed here. Many secrets are revealed including the history about the madness maze and the dark void. I know there are a couple more books in the series, but I won’t read them because everything is resolved with the my beloved characters here.
Gildart Jackson is the voice of this series. His performance is wonderful. I recognize all these characters’ voices easily now. The story is well paced, with great timing for the humor. I am glad to listen at 1.5x because of the length.
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