• Dead Heroes

  • War's Edge, Book 1
  • By: Ryan W. Aslesen
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (398 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

At the bleeding edge of space....

In the 35th century, mankind has colonized vast reaches of space, yet war remains constant as galactic governments and interstellar corporations fight for control of resource-rich planets and lucrative interstellar trade routes. And if centuries of war has taught man one thing, it's that planets are valuable and lives are cheap.

In a desperate attempt to escape his current life, Mark Rizer drops out of his prestigious university and enlists in the elite Marines of the United Systems Alliance defense forces. It's a decision that will take him across the galaxy, first to endure a sadistic boot camp designed to transform him into a ruthless killing machine, and then to join the ranks of the hardened Marines of Murder Company.

Deployed to Verdant, a remote jungle moon at the edge of Alliance space, Mark finds himself fighting a ghostly enemy in an unending conflict where victories are measured in body counts and death is the only ticket home. The daily grind of combat patrols transforms good men into cold-blooded killers and weak ones into bitter memories. At the bleeding edge of space, Mark learns the true cost of war as he fights for his life, his platoon mates, and his humanity.

In the 35th century, war has evolved.

Man hasn't.

Warning: This book contains graphic violence, profanity, and sexual content. It is intended for a mature audience. Listener discretion is advised.

©2020 Ryan W. Aslesen (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Where’s the story?

Little over half way into this and it’s not going anywhere. You can read the description of the book and we’ll it’s accurate because that’s all your getting. College kid joins the Marines, goes to a boot camp that no surprise sucks, gets deployed to a boring world that also sucks and he slowly figure out that well war sucks too. That’s pretty much it. He’s pretty average, has average accomplishments, and does well average things for a Marine. The back ground politics are pretty pointless and the side characters are as shallow as the rest of the book. Team my just meh. Good narration though

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If you haven’t ever served you might not get it

While the story is set in the future with modern weapons and technology, It still comes down to the men and women you serve and how you serve them.
We humans are an imperfect

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Action backed!

This book is action packed! My anxiety was through the roof in some of the fight scenes not knowing how Reiser and his crew would make it out. Aslesen delivers again on vivid description, giving you a front row seat in the action. Not having a military background myself ,it was eye opening to think about what our brave men and women face in battle. This book made me think even more highly of the sacrifices they and their families make. Thank you to all who have served, past,present and future!

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An spiting image of the Marine Corps, the uncertainty of combat, and the bonds that each marine and service member shares.

I loved every minute of this book. From the authentic detail of boot camp, to the interactions each character has with one another, and the realism of the combat mixed with awesome technology. I greatly recommend this story for any military science fiction fans out there.

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Great book can’t wait for the next one

Great character development and exciting storyline and progression. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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Great Military Scifi

Solid story for those that like grit, gore, and mature content. While nothing new, the story, world, and characters kept my interest easily. The tone is kind of a downer, but that just makes me want the next book.

The narrator did a great job and is perfect for this genre of story.

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Narrator has potential, but...

The bad accents and dramatic difference in character voices is a narrator 'trying too hard.' Of course, I'm a bit spoiled from listening to R.C. Bray so often, but regardless, I won't be listening to the next book. The story is improving, but, I just can't get past the attempted accents, gravely and / or deep voices, female voices, etc. It's just too distracting. Siiiiigh.

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Holy cow was the fake accents terrible. I get it

couldn't even finish it. the accents drove me nuts. The narrator was terrible. kept on during this accents that made the book completely void.

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who the hell gave this book a good review

I am so glad I can return a book so easily. tgis book is trash.

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Lack of originality......

Alright, I wanted to like this book. I want too, but I didn’t. Because it’s kind of bad... it’s predictable, and honestly felt like a story that could have been told better. This, honestly is a story that was written with mixed emotions and as if it was just a book to be written. If you love Mil Sci-Fi, I promise you, these comment praising it, are misleading and pretty disappointing they approve of this book this much.

I want to say this book is kind of shit, but that’s just me being bitter because I spent money on this. Congrats 🤷🏼‍♂️. The narrator is great. I have listen to him do other books. He’s not the problem. It’s the script. Dialogue is good, surprisingly. The characters build up was good. Everything else; the plot, setting and sequences, further character development, are just lazy, and unoriginal. I swear, me drunk of a 5th of tequila could have told you how unoriginal this was.

It starts off resonating of G. Nuttal in with the concept of planet forge, and trying to make the marines the bad asses of the universe. I wouldn’t dislike the similarity, because it’s not like Nuttal crafted anything original, but I was pretty let down with how similar the author made them.

Also, 40 weeks of any training like that, regardless of what you think is going to produce the least democratically desired land force you would want. You took Marine Boot and added SF style selection process too it.... to only have your futuristic marines out on foot patrol.... dude.... lazy.


Also.... I’ve been in 10 years and I can tell you, this was basically a circle jerk of “errre mush gawd, issss da Marines.” And that says a lot because in countless of Sci-Fi Novel I have read I have never been bother by marines being bad ass, because they are, but in your story they are a overpriced joke.

So many lazy plot line excuses as to “why someone does or can’t do this,” and ext. You should have just written in Jar Jar Binks because it was that lazy.

Also.... you need to refresh your tactics my guy and brainstorm how things will change over decades/century’s. AND PLEASE BE ORIGINAL, the author is clearly stuck on some early Sandbox Invasion of the Middle East because I basically read a very uninteresting war in the Middle East plot with a lot of the same stupid tactics the US military has moved passed. The Union being Russia 😒

Chill... just chill.

With the exception of a few early humorous remarks I honestly had to force me way though this novel.

I am disappointed because I know the author does not such as bad as he just made his imagination seem in this book. His other books are better, but this one is not.

Disclaimer; for anyone not a history buff or a Vet then this book fine... anyone who’s read good MSF, then you are gonna be let down by this one

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  • BlindAlley
  • 08-07-20

unremarkable.

Just what the world needs, yet another military sci-fi about somebody signing up for the Marines. Is there anything about this offering that makes it stand out, head and shoulders, above all the other Space Marine sci-fi titles currently on offer? The short answer has to be "no." this fails to qualify for the audio book equivalent of being a page turner (Unless, of course, this is your first ever experience of listening to an audiobook about Space Marines, in which case it might just have the novelty value that is otherwise missing). I'm not even sure that I'm going to keep this in my library, I think the credit could be used productively, elsewhere!

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