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Lead the Way

By: Jason Anspach,Nick Cole
Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
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Publisher's Summary

Breach Bang and Clear.

The battle begins against the Lich-Pharaoh as the Rangers go for a fatal strike against the Saurian-controlled Port of Sûstagul in the Land of Black Sleep.

Brutal house-to-house fighting and relentlessly kinetic street battles erupt as special teams conduct high-value target raids against sorcerers, war chieftains, and deadly guilds of assassins in an effort to stop the Saur from joining forces with the powerful Nether Sorcerer. Failure lies around all the blind corners and damnation down every dark alley in this desperate bid to save civilization from the forces of a darkness beyond imagining.

The Ruin is a very dark place…

...but Rangers lead the way.

Audio edition includes WarGate After Action Report, featuring Filipe Peters!

©2022 Jason Anspach and Nick Cole (P)2022 WarGate Books

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Stop with the After Action Report by Authors

The story is okay and entertaining. The narrative jumps around some and finding out how 2 characters are killed takes about 2 min of the plot. I loathe the AAR by authors. Over an hour and 12 mins of nothing I want to hear. I started listening and fast forwarded then stopped as it was a waste of my time. I want a story!! Will probably return for credit as I feel cheated out of 1hr 12min of story.

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My favorite series so far, but...

I love everything about this series, except the length is right about at my cutoff point for if the story is too short. At the end of these books is a lot of fluff where we get to listen to the authors bs with people to fill space for over an hour. If the story and performance weren't great, I'd be tempted to get a refund.

Come on guys, a little more bang for the buck please.

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I get it. You like coffee

I love these books except for two things. Luckily the story and narration overcomes both

1. Uggggh with the coffee references. Soooooo annoying
2. ‘Your mileage may vary’. Pretty cool once or twice but now it’s a little repetitive.

Neither of these will stop me from listening to future books.

Christopher Ryan Grant is quickly becoming a favorite. Right up there with RC Bray. I never thought I’d say that ever but I’m happy I now can. Truly a great performance with an exceptional range.

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Couldn't turn it off.. finished it in one listen.

Lead the Way is another Master Class. I am all in with this entire series.. Now I will go and start it over again.. You Guys are GREAT.. Please keep them ALL COMING .. Not just this series. KTF...

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great series

I'm a middle-aged Air Force brat but my nephew is in the Army and he recommended this book series. I loved every minute of it. It's funny, it's fantasy, it's got a little bit of romance, just a little, and it makes me want another book in the series, which I hope is coming.

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5 stars is a massive understatement.

loved it. love all the people involved. love our military and Rangers absolutely epic

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Still not much "story" in this story.

A & C give us another detailed play-by-play of a large set-piece battle & let's be honest, that's what the whole Forgotten Ruin series is really about and you have to accept it for what it is. If you're picky about having a more traditional story format then this series just isn't for you because it's a bit hit & miss. What little actual "story" there is, is a continuation of Talker's journey from being just a gifted linguist to becoming a Ranger through OTJ experience. In this one we see him finally accepting his role as a Ranger instead of just being attached to the Rangers, His gains as a character are balanced by the loss of other characters that have been important to his growth as a shooter, and we see him start to really understand what the Ranger Creed and "Sua Sponte" means.
My only real criticism is a technical one, in that the authors have the Rangers packing 120mm mortars. First off, I know from first-hand experience that Rangers typically pack 60mm and 81mm mortars. Second, the M120 system absolutely is not man-portable like the 60s & 81s, as it weighs 319lbs. The baseplate alone is 136lbs, the cannon is 110lbs, and the bipod comes in at a relatively light 70lbs. That's why they're transported on a Humvee-towed trailer or in a special Mortar Carrier Vehicle (MCV), yet the authors seem to suggest that their Rangers are humping that beast on their backs. Other than that though, I've got no complaints. Once again Chris Grant gives us a decent performance of the books, and while he's not quite at the level popular performers like Porter or Bray, he continues to give each character's dialogue a unique and easily recognizable voice & style that help to balance against his sometimes flat and awkwardly-paced narration.

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Best series and Narrator is one of the best

I don't review much but this is easily one of the best Audible series ever. I sound like a fan boy but as a combat vet of the 3/504/82 ABN, no other fiction series captures the real mix of chaos and professionalism of combat arms ops from the deadpan fatalistic humor point of view of "lite" combat arms troopers. But what really motivated me to write this is Chris Grant, he flipping does voices better than anybody I've heard in 1000s of hours of Audibles. Each character distinctive and you would swear it's a different narrator. Chris, you must be a crack linguist/voice-actor/multi-personality dude...lol, I hope Wargate keeps you on retainer, like forever. The only negative is if the authors decide to end this series... No really, just give us more cold-brew, Nick and Jason. AATW!

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How hard is it to write these books and use KTF?

I wasn’t going to keep listening but now I am looking forward to the next book. The authors break the 4th wall (often) to let us know that the feedback about Talkers incessant rambling and coffee is a major turn off for a lot of readers and that is appreciated.

Looking forward to see how things play out for the Rangers.

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Never will I fail

another edge of your seat tale. Funny clever lots of action. such good story telling
and Coffee