What if you were trapped on an alien battlefield with an enemy soldier as your only companion - and both armies are hunting you down to kill you? What if you were designated as cannon fodder fighting against a bloodthirsty alien invasion, assigned to die just so an incompetent commanding officer walks away unscathed? What if you were born and bred to be a heartless, deadly soldier in a future war - a killing machine - and you suddenly had a chance for peace?
This collection contains three action-packed military SF short novels, authored by number one internationally best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson. Includes Comrades in Arms, Escape Hatch, and Prisoner of War.
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2 of the 3 novellas are FANTASTIC!
Published by WordFire Press LLC in April of 2019.
Read by Charles Kahlenberg.
Duration: 5 hours, 22 minutes.
The title of this audiobook says it all - this audiobook is actually a collection of three novellas. Nothing about any of these stories was particularly original, but I enjoyed two of the three immensely.
Story #1 is called Comrades in Arms. It is set in an asteroid belt that is actually the front line of a war between humans and a insect-like species. This story has a familiar vibe - think Robocop meets Enemy Mine. I rate this novella 5 stars. Very entertaining.
Story #2 is called Escape Hatch. It is set on a future earth in which a water-based alien species has invaded. They are sort of like eels and jellyfish. They combine together to create massive sea monsters and they are destroying Earth's combined navies. This story has a clever twist and has a very satisfying ending. I rate this novella 5 stars.
Story #3 is called Prisoner of War. This story is set in a world at war. No one really remembers why the war started and soldiers are literally being bred and raised just to fight the war. Several species of animals have also been adapted to fight. This story seemed like a missed opportunity. It hinted at being critical of our seemingly endless wars against "terror" and the toll they take on our soldiers - but it misses the mark and the story just fizzles. I rate this story 2 stars out of 5.
The stories were read by Charles Kahlenberg. He has an interesting voice - a change of pace from the typical voice stylings of most readers.
The average score is this collection is 4 stars out of 5.