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Elias Holm is the Commandant of the Marine Corps, a hero who has fought a hundred battles all across human-occupied space. He's led massive armies in the greatest battles ever fought in space. But once he was only a captain, thrust into command when a crucial operation went horribly awry.

The Second Frontier War had raged for a decade. Throughout human-occupied space, worlds were in ruins, the battlegrounds of the Superpowers' eternal struggle. The climactic battle would be fought on the planet Persis, and Holm would have to fight not only the Caliphate's elite Janissary soldiers, but treachery and betrayal from his own government.

The Gates of Hell is not a full length novel - it is a prequel novella set in the Crimson Worlds universe.

©2014 Jay Allan Books, Inc. (P)2014 Jay Allan Books, Inc.

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Skip this painful listen for very little thrill

I used to want to be a movie star. It really didn't take long in high school drama classes for me to realize that I was not an an actor. It was sad, but I moved on to something that I AM good at. Mr. Williams is faced with that decision now, before more time passes. His voice is not suitable for narrating. He mispronounces words like "proffered." He has almost no ability at voice characterization. There is some inflection in the conversations, but too little. He needs another job.

The painful narration makes it hard to tell if the story is good or not. The first hour (which is more than a third of the book) is boring and lacking in character development. It is hard to pay attention. About half way in, the tables are turned and the action heats up, but the narration is so bad that you can't cheer for the cavalry (twice), you can't mourn for the important deaths (twice), and the journal entry at the end is a cop-out wrap up that is supposed to thrill your Marine-loving heart, but ends up worse than a commencement speech. It might be more enjoyable in print, but probably not.

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How Do You Do It?

How do you get through what appears to be a good story read poorly? I'm struggling here. I want to listen to the series but it isn't starting out well. People are getting blown up, giving their lives for their fellow marines, bargained away by corrupt leaders and all I could do was to keep slapping my cheeks to keep me awake. I know it's a good story because I'm mad as hell at the publisher for not casting it properly and ruining the experience.

Sorry. I know this is cold. It just seems the publisher/producer/editor didn't give a damn about their reputation or the author's. I hope Mr. Allan can take more control of the presentation of his works.

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great story, soso narration

love the author and read all his books, this one is a great background story. the narrator is not a great fit for the story h ok, but not great. still, well worth the purchase

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Great book

Action from start to finish. Read / listen to it. Thank you will find out what a great book it is let alone the entire series.