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The Fall of Koli

By: M. R. Carey
Narrated by: Theo Solomon,Saffron Coomber,Hanako Footman
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Discover the gripping story of a young boy struggling to find his place in a world where nature itself has turned against humanity in the unforgettable conclusion to the Rampart trilogy.

What will the future hold for those who are left?

Koli has come a long way since being exiled from his small village of Mythen Rood. In his search for the fabled tech of the Old Times, he knew he'd be battling shunned men, strange beasts and trees that move as fast as whips. But he has already encountered so much more than he bargained for. 

Now that Koli and his companions have found the source of the signal they've been following - the mysterious "Sword of Albion" - there is hope that their perilous journey will finally be worth something. 

They're searching for a way to help humanity fight back against nature. But what they'll find is an ancient war that never ended....

The Rampart Trilogy
The Book of Koli
The Trials of Koli
The Fall of Koli

For more from M. R. Carey, check out:
The Girl With All the Gifts
Fellside
The Boy on the Bridge
Someone like Me

By the same author, writing as Mike Carey:
The Devil You Know
Vicious Circle
Dead Men's Boots
Thicker than Water
The Naming of the Beasts

©2021 M. R. Carey (P)2021 Hachette Audio

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"Engrossing.... Brimming with both action and humanity." (Publishers Weekly)

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5 stars for the entire trilogy- a joy to read

Great ending to a great trilogy. This hit the mark for me in every way and dominated my life as I tore through it. Having listened to all 3 back to back, the continuity, character, and world building were a delight and totally immersive. I'm still rolling characters and themes around in my head after it's done. This will be one I'll come back to.
The narrators were superb.

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Incredible trilogy

This series is on par with something Brandon Sanderson would write. Carey's characters were 3 dimensional with unique and interesting personalities and character traits which did not deviate. The characters had doubts and faults and grew with their experiences. The story was incredible and moved at a good pace with good continuity. The voice acting was also good, my only complaint being the voicing of Minono in the chapters told from her point of view. It lacked her cool Asian virtual girl accent. The world that Carey built here was very mysterious and fun to learn about and see. The beginning chapter confused me a little, so I reread just that first chapter and caught on quickly. Please read this trilogy. It has become one of my all time favorites. I rarely give 5 stars but this one earned it. I was worried this last installment would go downhill in quality but it actually got better.

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Amazing!

I love, love, love this series. The narrators are fantastic, the story amazing and unique. Theo Solomon is amazing...I could listen to him all day. His performance is flawless. I don't usually write reviews but this entire series was so amazing I felt compelled to do so. I will definitely be revisiting these books again. I thoroughly enjoyed the ending as well. It was perfect, in my opinion.

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Excellent trilogy, so sad it has to come to an end

I have never posted an online review of a book before but I feel I have to make an effort for this trilogy. All three books were excellent in every way. I have read and listened to hundreds of books and I found these to be exceptional right from the start and then up to a fantastic conclusion. I highly recommend them all. The narration and production were excellent and added so much more to the experience. I will miss Mythen Rood, all of its characters, and especially Monono who was one of the best fictional concepts I have encountered in all of the books I have read. Well done Mike Carey!

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EXTRAORDINARY. THANK YOU.

The only horrible part of this amazing series is that this is the last book, and I have to live without the further adventures of these wonderful characters. 😭 I will miss Theo’s rendition of the original Manono, one of my favorite audiobook character voices of all time (he didn’t such a great job expressing her sass). All the narrators did an amazing job. I loved Saffron’s passion and huge heart. And MR CAREY thank you for writing this brilliant, soulful, suspenseful, thrilling series. I preordered this audiobook months ago and woke up early the day of, scrambling to find it in my library. You’re my favorite writer, and I can’t wait for your next audiobook. Thank you for making my life (and the lives of so many others) so much better and more magical with your stories. Please come out with another series soon! Thank you ❤️

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Highly Recommended

I enjoyed this from beginning to end. A rare find. I will reread this again and again.

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Absolutely Amazing

This trilogy grabbed me from the very beginning and held me fast until the end. I laughed, cried and yelled throughout the entire telling. As usual, MR Carey tells a story in the way only he can. The narration was spot on and made the telling that much better. If you’re a fan of MR Carey, you will love this. Absolutely. Amazing.

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not as good as first two

I really struggled to like this one. Got a little weird. Loved narration. The first two were sooooo fantastic and this seemed lost and just barely made it.

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“How will we know when to stop?”

The Fall of Koli (2021), the third volume of M. C. Carey’s Rampart Trilogy, begins with the fifteen-year-old first-person narrator Koli briefly introducing himself, Koli Faceless (exiled from his home village Mythen Rood), and his three female companions, Ursala (wise old scientist/healer), Cup (feisty transgender girl), and Monono Arawe (uniquely “untethered” AI) and bringing us up to speed on their situation. The three flesh and blood mortals are on a quest to find a way to unite the scattered and hostile communities of post-apocalypse England so as to improve the increasingly compromised gene pool and save humanity from extinction, while Monono (the “virtual girl” who’s neither dead nor alive but Something Else) wants to find out what and who she can become. Their journey is apparently about to end unhappily, as their swamped boat is about to sink before the wall of Sword of Albion, a gargantuan (150,000 ton), well-equipped old time “unfinished war” warship they’d desperately hoped had what they all needed.

Meanwhile, back home in the village of Mythen Rood, Koli’s first love Spinner, her husband Jon, her friends Challenger (a partially sentient old time tank) and Elaine (the uploaded consciousness of an old time soldier), and their two hundred fellow villagers must prepare for the impending invasion of the large, disciplined, well-armed, and fanatically loyal army of the Half-Ax Peacemaker, who wants to punish the smaller community by killing everyone in it, taking their modest number of old tech items, and sewing its ground with salt.

As the novel develops those two plot strands (narrated in first person by Koli and Spinner in alternating chunks of chapters), it will reveal that Sword of Albion is not what it was expected to be, introduce some appalling new characters (e.g., snide Stanley Banner and his good cop bad cop parents Lorraine and Paul and Berrobis Bradeshin, Marshal-general of Half-Ax) and a horrifying new old threat to the world, interestingly develop the relationships between Koli and Monono, Cup and Ursala, and Spinner and her Vennastin husband and in-laws, and explore themes about storytelling, consciousness, gender, life, identity, love, power, technology, nature, and more.

The many popular culture references from our time that Monono uses give us the pleasure of the familiar in a strange context even as they go right over Koli’s head: David Bowie, Marcel Marceau, Boys from Brazil, Cone of Silence, Stepford Wives, Leonard Cohen, “You Don’t Own Me,” etc. Stanley and his parents (also knowledgeable about the “old times”) drop other cultural references, like Blanche Dubois, Calamity Jane, Saint Francis, Noah’s Ark, Excalibur, and Disneyland.

Carey probably overuses the old tech to do Whatever He Wants for His Plot, as in arbitrarily varying the gestation times by which different old tech weapons renew their ammunition reserves, ranging from instantly to weeks, or making it too hard for the Mythen Rood folk to figure out how to use two captured enemy weapons (when to help they have a database and a sentient tank and a very handy Jon), or rendering Monono as a deus ex (AI) machina too freely and potently. I also reckon that Half-Ax would send their whole army rather than small parties a wee bit sooner than they end up doing.

Other flaws. He makes it possible for us to figure out the purpose of Sword of Albion and Stanley Banner way before Koli, Cup, Ursala, or even Monono figure it out. He also occasionally succumbs to lame lines like, Monono’s “Nothing, nada, zip, with a side order of zilch,” and overuses the metaphor of people chewing things over in their minds too often via both Spinner and Koli (e.g., “Lorraine chewed a mite harder”), which makes them sound too much like the same voice talking.

Finally, I think that the three different audiobook readers are too many and, in the case of the Monono voice, jarring. Especially because in the first book, the second one, and most of this one up to this point Theo Solomon reads Monono’s voice as distinctive and full of perky charm, so when suddenly we hear a posh, educated, RP British English female voice speaking for Monono, even though audiobook reader Hanako Footman is fine, doesn’t sound right. Furthermore, when Monono is narrating, she says lines spoken by Elaine sounding like a southern woman, whereas when Spinner narrates (read by Saffron Coomber), her Elaine sounds African American. All this difference in voice and English and accent, etc. makes immersion in the story difficult. Speaking of Theo Solomon, his base narration voice for Koli is rather monotonous and slow, almost sounding bored with his labor, though he does great voices for the other characters, especially Monono.

The novel tells a suspenseful, page turning story, develops compelling characters, depicts a convincing post-apocalypse world, and urges us to balance our relationship with the natural world and to develop and use technology more thoughtfully and carefully, to avoid fascism, and to view the body as “just a shadow” that needn’t determine our identities, especially our gender. The psychology of Ursala wanting to change Cup physically into a girl to apologize for being reluctant to help her at first and Cup fearing being cut into and wanting to delay the operation is moving.

I won’t spoil the remarkable ending of the novel, in which the promise of the title is fulfilled in a moving and fitting way. And the third volume does (mostly) satisfyingly conclude the trilogy. Fans of post-apocalypse fiction like Davy (1964), Riddley Walker (1980), A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World (2019), etc., should like this trilogy a lot.

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Rampart Trilogy

The books are wonderful . It is not the standardized gadget, social or adventure sci-fi , it's all three in equal measures. The story is told by Koli who is heartbreakingly honest and simple and the two girls he loves, both cunning and complicated.

Theo Solomon does an INCREDIBLE job with these books.

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  • FIN
  • 04-09-21

Tears

Fabulous trilogy that accompanied my dog walks, journeys to work and back and kept me up at night.

I never thought that an audiobook would conjure tears but this is what happened to me on this journey. Koli, Monono, cup, Spinner and Ursula were all excellent characters .

Loved this story.

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  • 04-02-21

Incredible trilogy.

Wow what an incredible adventure. I love how thought provoking this series was and the way it was written and voiced by the narrator was second to none.

I'm quite sad this has ended now and hope that at some point HBO will make it into a decent TV series in the future.

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  • 09-30-21

Crazy story

The story got just too a bit too silly in the end.
It’s hard to criticise it for being unrealistic - because it is clearly not meant tot be that - but some inconsistencies were annoying - like how the tech was suddenly waterproof