Thursday, February 15, 2018

Audio Book Review: Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

By:  Terry Mixon

Publish Date:  April 21, 2017, Audiobook Release December 4, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 10 hrs 59 mins
Narrated By:  Veronica Giguere

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  7th in The Empire of Bones series; 1st Book ~ Empire of Bones, 2nd Book ~ Veil of Shadows, 3rd Book ~ Command Decisions, 4th Book ~ Ghosts of Empire, 5th Book ~ Paying the Price6th Book ~ Reconnaissance in Force

Impression:  Space opera to love, characters and storyline.

Cut off from home, Princess Kelsey Bandar needs a place to hide from the vengeful Rebel Empire.

The secrets she stole give her people a fighting chance in the war that brought down the original Terran Empire. If she gets them home. If her prisoners cooperate.

Should that prove impossible, she must then convince a long-hidden people to help her. After she finds them, of course.

If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab “Behind Enemy Lines” and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!

First Sentence:
"Why the hell did you sneak aboard one of our ships?" Kelsey Bandar shouted once she had her mother alone in her office on Persephone.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Oh Veronica. My hats off to you. How do you create and keep all the voices straight in your head? LOL! Such an amazing job with each person. (And there are more than a few.) She's amazing at giving each their own voice and personality to fit their mood and persona. As I've come to expect, it's a huge treat to listen to Veronica narrate a book. It's like listening to a movie.

Seriously? Seventh book? Already?!?! It does NOT feel that way! I've loved every book for different reasons. To me the series is amazing and I think everyone should pick it up! We have a threat through the books but the characters grow and cross new bridges with each event.

Terry starts with Kelsey in a heated moment with her mother. Kelsey is not happy. Her mother doesn't believe things are as bad as Kelsey is saying. And we get a quick rundown of where we are after the last book. Oh yes, I so fondly remember.

Kelsey is born to rule. If you had any question about that before, you'll not doubt her now. Kelsey's come a long way with learning the way of things on a ship. She is great with her people and knows how things are to flow. She takes what her crew has to say to heart and uses it.

Wow. Kelsey has her hands full. They are on the run and where they find themselves is between nothing and war. Kelsey has all the right people in her possession to do what needs to be done, but there's a lot to do. (I'm starting to think no one has time to sleep with all they have on their hands.) They have a whole boat (aka orbital) load full of prisoners that could start problems. They have no place to turn, and research on the weak flip point has to be done along with research on what they took in the orbital. There is a habitable planet, though fridged on most of the surface, with residents here.

All of these people have different stories to share. But I'm curious about the ones on the planet. These people seem a bit different and bring the Ghosts to our attention. There is more to these Ghosts than we know. And I'm curious as to which home these people had called home prior to being put here. Along with the woman and children that are their families, they are somewhere else. We do learn some of these answers, but it's also a turning point to new details we will be learning.

As our characters move along to new systems and planets, they learn more and more of the people that came before them. There are so many pieces to the history and Terry guides us through it. When we come to a new planet and problems there, we see what we've started to learn is of importance here. And it grows in detail. I find this manner of writing easy to follow as it gradually guides me through the history, story, and problems we come to.

We have many more people from the other Fleet Empire that works for the AIs in care of our crews. Of course the new prisoners don't know of the old Empire that our friends are from. When our crew members finally show some of the prisoners who they are and the difference, Terry does a great job of using different ways of showing. Like with Annette, she takes one out in a small craft to show the space they are in and ships.

As I've mentioned in previous reviews, this is like living a space opera. It is NOT over the head science fiction that you have to focus on or phase out while listening. It's full of life and problems the characters live through, and some deadly and lingering problems. Also, there is a large cast of characters, but don't let it deter you! Terry has kept them all itemized in the story for us, also with it being audio, Terry couldn't have picked a better narrator. Veronica keeps each character as their own voice - physically and mentally.

This book has your action, as we see in previous books, but more of it is learning and strategical. There is a lot happening for Kelsey and her limited number of crew and ships to handle. Kelsey does a great job of bring things into order, and still trouble finds her. We also learn a lot of information here. Things are going to get even more dicey in the next book with how things work out here. Can't wait!

At this point, I love Terry's writing style so much, I think I want all books he's ever written!

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