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Book three in the collaboration between the creator of the multiple New York Times best-selling Monster Hunter series, Larry Correia; and best-selling science fiction author Mike Kupari. The Dead Six series is an inventive and action-packed military adventure series with a touch of conspiracy and a big dollop of descriptive firepower!

Europe has spiraled into chaos. A conspiracy years in the making combined with general unrest led to upheaval and revolution. In the midst of the murderous disorder, mercenary Michael Valentine is in Europe with a small team of his Exodus personnel, trying to track down the evil and highly dangerous Katarina Montalban. She has initiated a mysterious plot to do away with those who stand between her and ultimate power. The team is on their own, with few friends and few resources - and racing against the clock. Both Valentine and Lorenzo will have to risk some dangerous alliances if they're to succeed. Meanwhile, Valentine's friend, one-time enemy, and sometime partner, Hector Lorenzo, finds himself in a dungeon owned by Asian drug lord Sala Jihan. He must make a deal that may lead him to cross paths with Valentine again. If two of the most effective killers in existence hunt, even the pandemonium in Europe may be just the first act in an orgy of destruction.

©2016 Larry Correia & Mike Kupari (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Solid End to a Solid Series

SUMMARY: I think this one is as good as the first two, and it wraps up the series nicely (with room for more), so if you read the others, you should pick it up.

I've listened to nearly all of Larry Correia's books and consider them to be first-rate popcorn reads. My favorite genre is complex, epic fantasy/sci-fi, but I like to mix in less complex, faster-paced books for fun and diversity. Larry Correia has written a number of strong entries in this category (e.g., Monster Hunter) and even some great ones (e.g. the Grimnoir series, although that series may actually fall more in the epic category I like best). I was initially unsure about the Dead Six series, but after finishing the first book I was glad I stuck with it and immediately read the second book, which I also enjoyed. I actually felt similarly about the MH series initially. I give it four stars because I reserve five for my favorites, but again, those generally fall within a different genre. For fast-paced military-type fiction, Larry Correira is one of the better authors. He's a bit hawkish and has an obvious passion for guns that can at times be a little much for me (given the gun violence we regularly face in the U.S.), but it's far less than in the MHI novels, and it's always focused on trained professionals and their tools. Makes sense given Larry's background (I believe he operated a gun store or range) and the nature of the Dead Six series, so I really have nothing to complain about. I've done a little reading about Larry, including some stuff on his MHN website and -- at least to me -- he seems like a real, interesting guy. That's in part because he doesn't mind stirring the pot or being controversial, but also because he balances that not only with strong conviction but with what seems like genuine caring and a deft touch for emotion that doesn't cross into syrupy sentimentality. That same balance is displayed in book three, perhaps better than the others (especially with Lorenzo, who is by far my favorite character in the series). As for Bronson Pinchot, the dude's got serious talent, and it's applied expertly here (as with the prior books). If you read the other two, there's no reason to hesitate.

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Great story poor naration

it seems the narrator doesnt understand how flow works when reading a book. It was very jarring at times.

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Worthy ending

Correia and Kupari end their action trilogy with this fast paced, yet surprisingly human novel. While I enjoyed Dead 6 and Swords of Exodous, and found the plot and action sequences entertaining, it was, at times, hard to sympathize too much with the protagonists. Alternately too GI Joe on one hand or annoyingly glib on the other, Val and Lorenzo rounded out more in this book, which made their war against global puppeteers all the more entertaining.

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Can we get number 4?

This was a great listen. The story and the inflection by the narrator are wonderful. I hope that there is a book number four on the horizon.

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Pinchot is the perfect audible reader

This is authors Correia and Kupari third foray into the world of mercenaries and rule-the-world conspiracies. The battles are noisy and driving, the characters are lean and mean, the guns and weapons are lovingly described, and the story is always engaging. And through all of this, Bronson Pinchot voices dozens of characters using believable dialects of Americans, Europeans, Asians, men, women, good guys and bad. Pinchot provides the PERFECT narration to these three books (as well as Correia's Hard Magic stories).

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Not my favorite installment

I absolutely loved the first book. Loved the second. And had to push my way through this one. It was slow moving compared to the other two and did not have the same tension and level of suspense as the first one, or even the second. But in all fairness it can't be easy to keep writing books like that each and every time you pick up a pen. Or laptop. Or whatever. It was still entertaining but I don't think I'd recommend this installment. Of course, Bronson Pinchot was great in his narration. Without him I'm not sure I would have finished the book.

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Another Great Dead Six Adventure

More fast paced adventures with Valentine and Lorenzo! No one does shoot 'em up action like Correia and Kupari (pronounced "Wun Uh-ther").
Pinchot never disappoints as a narrator.

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Bit of a let-down after the first 2 books

I enjoyed the first two books quite a bit, so was quite pleased to have found this book three. It was just okay though. There is not enough difference in the behaviours/attitudes/actions of Valentine and Lorenzo (and I actually had to think about which character had which girlfriend, their characterizations were so similar) so it felt contrived that they were treated like two separate people so that they could do actions (kill people, essentially) in separate locations at the same time. The only thing that distinguished them was the fact that they were in different locations: their abilities, actions, girlfriends, clothing, weapons, enemies, etc, really felt like they were the same. And, honestly, sometimes the line identifying the location where each of them were was blurred too.

It looks like there might be another book in the series. I don't know for sure if I will get it. Might, if it is on sale sometime, probably won't if it is not.

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Dead Six Series

Just finished Alliance of Shadows, after experiencing a series such as this, you start to get attached to the characters, I hope this isn't the last wr hear of Valentine, Lorenzo and Co.

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excellent writing and performance

He writes a great story with a good balance of humor, drama and thrills.

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The gritty lovechild between Black Hawk Down and The Born Identity

This blockbuster ending ties up the loose ends from the earlier books, and forces our heroes to combine good detective work with all out direct action. The book has a very nice balance between how the cast has to try and figure out the hidden meaning of what happened in the first and second book, and thrilling action when they act on the intelligence that they have gathered.

A warning though, this one is really hard to put down so don’t plan to get to much done after you download this!