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When accusations of piracy and mass murder are laid against his homeworld, Damien Montgomery is sent to resolve the crisis. As counteraccusations fly and an old flame reenters his life, the newest Hand of the Mage-King of Mars finds himself in the midst of a bloody interstellar shadow war. With the death toll mounting, Damien must decide whether he should trust the world he came from - or the world that asked for his help. The wrong choice will trigger a civil war that could shatter human civilization. No pressure.

©2016 Glynn Stewart (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Au global
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Excellent.. but that Narrator..

This third book in a most-enjoyable series is much improved over the first two offerings. Glynn Stewart incorporates much more character development than in the previous efforts.. which were fun but strikingly superficial. This one has a plot that includes political manipulation/diplomacy, secretive treason, interstellar conflict/war mongering, and crises of allegiance.. while still delivering elements of an action-filled plot (the balance between Space Opera world-building and Saturday Morning Serial adventure is better approximated in this novel). It works.
[Note: This book, while great, has some problems: Stewart tries introducing strong Mystery elements (although he's not very good at it); and inexplicably tries his hand at a Rekindled Romance plotline (again largely unsuccessfully). Finally, the dénouement is unnecessary and far too long - the novel essentially ends at Chapter 35 but goes on for another 75 minutes].
Still, the end result is a novel that's the best in the series so far - it's eminently satisfying.

Unfortunately, Jeffrey Kafer gives a terrible reading performance. His reading voice is clear and easy to listen to.. but volume modulation is a genuine issue: Kafer delivers conversational dialogue at twice the volume of the rest of the text - which he rushes ("WHY DID YOU DO THAT?"..damienasked.." THE MAGE-KING WILL NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT"..heintimated.."WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?"..sheretorted.."THE ATTACKS"..herbodyguardinterjected..)
It's laughable when you notice it - but I had to point it out. Sorry about that.
Furthermore, Kafer's pacing is terrible again (I had to increase the playback speed to 1.25X to get a tolerable rate).
And finally, he delivers the text in this book with far too much seriousness - like his kids' lives depend on every word (in a *SciFi* story).

Altogether, despite disappointing narration (you may have noticed that I'm somewhat nitpicky), 'Voice of Mars' is an extremely entertaining offering that rates 8/10 stars. On to Book 4..

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  • Iceworm72
  • 2016-09-03

Obvious BUT Intense! When's the next book?

The bad guys were obvious! The solution however was not. I'm looking forward to book 4!

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  • Sailfish
  • 2016-09-15

Worthy but a bit repetitive

I've been waiting for many months and was thrilled when I saw it finally show up in Audible.com. I wasn't disappointed and generally enjoyed the book but I was hoping for something less predictable. There was the usual encounters with other mages challenging Damien's abilities and authority and the subsequent near death encounters along with the political intrigue along the way but most of the characters, including Damien, seemed less interesting than in the previous books. Even the main antagonist was simple to determine very early on.

With that said, the writing was still very fluid and the narration still well recited (except for a nit with Damien sounding demanding and slightly arrogant even when he intended his declarations are meant to sound soft.)

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  • Au global
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-05-07

Voice of Mars .

Wow these books get better and better with each new installment as always action packed full of intrigue and mystery . Damien has to figure out who is trying to start a war between two planets and why can't wait for the next book .

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  • Harvey
  • 2019-01-23

The Starship Mage kicks Butt!

Exciting science fiction that makes my driving fun and interesting. I enjoy the writing of Glynn Stewart. The Narrator is gifted and talented! Great Series.

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  • Jennifer Baratta
  • 2018-11-26

addicted to this author

The narrator does an excellent job with the voices of the characters in this audiobook.

  • Au global
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  • Ken
  • 2018-08-31

A solid adventure and mystery

I wish audible gave us more granularity than only 5 stars. I liked Voice of Mars more than the 4 star rating I gave the prior Hand of Mars, but still don't feel like it deserves to be in the same 5 star category as my most favorite books. The ongoing mystery of who is behind the ship attacks holds together the overall story between the action better than the more uneven pacing of the prior book. The intensity is down a bit here, but is much more consistent.

The only criticism I have is that nothing truly great stands out. This is just a good enjoyable listen and well worth your credit.

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  • Rnrwest
  • 2017-10-14

A little let down but still got the potential!

Story line was drawn too long and not enough of the MAGIC MAGE creativity ... next in line needs new magic and special gifts ...

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • RWKD
  • 2017-05-29

love it

book three in a series that happy mixes genres without it being jarring. the hero is likeable bit fallible.

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  • KLM
  • 2016-11-06

A must get

This book was suspenseful, action packed and well worth the credit. I am currently downloading the next book can't wait.

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  • Jim M
  • 2016-10-16

Great space opera.

Easy to listen to and compelling times. Enjoyed the performance of Mr Kafer . Looking forward to the next in the series.