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Camp One has one brutal rule: If you attempt to escape, you die - and three random prisoners die with you.

Tom Thrush has resigned himself to dying by degrees, doing forced labor while he slowly starves. When he learns that a distant mesa holds a slim chance at freedom, he does nothing. The price of escape is too high.

Then fever sweeps through the camp. Surrounded by armed guards and an unforgiving jungle, paralyzed by the threat of reprisals, Tom watches as the men he’s sworn to protect die one by one. If anyone is to survive, Tom will have to do the unthinkable.

Escape.

©2018 Jake Elwood (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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  • BritMick
  • 2021-04-21

The story continues

Anyone who has been a prisoner can easily relate to this book. It was well written and the main character acts just like you would expect a young junior officer to act. A very likeable series of books; bring on the next installment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-15

Good story but least favorite so far.

A good story by itself, but doesn't progress the main story much. Not many triumphs for our main characters to find rewarding. Also, hard to hear when the narrator whispers.

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  • Truth Matters
  • 2021-05-01

Different but still good.

This isn't the same as the previous books in the series. There's no space battles until nearer the end, it takes place mainly on the ground.
I think it adds to the realism and doesn't seem as out of place as other reviewers do. JMO.

If you're into the series mostly for the military/ship action, then I could see you not caring for this book. BUT, even if that's the case & you skip this book, don't stop the series. I recommend you at least pick up with the book after this, Rouge Navy, which does go back to the locations & action you liked.

If you appreciate the more realistic portrayal of the characters & the realism of what happens when you lose a battle, your ship & get captured by the enemy, then you're going to want to read this book.

To me, it's a natural progression of the story. I like that the good guy doesn't always win. That no matter how good you are, sometimes it's not enough. That you can go through some pretty horrific things & survive.

One of the things I like best about this series is that the MC isn't perfect, doesn't have all the answers. He screws up & does things he's ashamed of, but for the whole of it, is a good person doing the best he can in less than ideal situations.

It wasn't too much of a downer even though it might be sometimes hard to listen through. It's not overly graphic in details, thank goodness, but you still get a strong feel for what goes on.

I can't explain it well, but somehow, there's this little bit of hope & humanity in everything that makes it not take you all the way down a dark depressive rabbit hole.
Plus, well, heck, you know the MC has to live, otherwise there couldn't be a next book!

Fortunately, there's also breaks from prison life following the threads of a few of the side characters, which definitely helps a lot!

I don't think it's a spoiler to say there's going to be a way they get out of prison. I won't divulge the details, but that method is a bit unbelievable, but it could've been done a lot worse.
Overall this book wasn't maybe as enjoyable as the other books in this series, & why I knocked a star off.

It got A LOT more serious than the others, but I'm still glad I read it & it wasn't as bad as some reviewers thought, IMO. I thought it was well done for the subject matter & it's part of our imperfect Hero's tale.

It's definitely not my cup of tea & if it had been the 1st book in the series I probably wouldn't have started the series, but as it is, falling where it does, it isn't as out of place if you're following the character's story.

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If you're you're very sensitive, not in a good headspace, or have any PTSD or depression, it depends on how affected you are by heavy/dark material about what happens in POW labor camps. If you do choose, suggest stopping the minute it's too dark for you & skip thru to the final chapters.

If you're interested in only the space battles & Naval action, skip to the next book.

If you're invested in the characters themselves &/or the lives of the characters & the story line, then read it.

IMO. Oh, & the Narrator is easy to listen to. He does a great job.

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  • Salsared602
  • 2021-04-25

holy shit this is actually a good series

okay I normally don't write reviews, but I had to on this one. The storyline is really good. It develops really well and I'm excited to get the next book. So don't be an idiot and continue with the audio series.

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  • BrotherBob
  • 2020-02-02

No surprises.

Reminds me of the fiction published during WWII. All B&W, enemies clearly seen. The Russian accents are not well done.

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  • Sailfish
  • 2019-09-16

Too much world building

The story itself had interesting story arcs but ultimately lost a lot of its luster when many of the secondary crew members and associates from the first two novels were eliminated. Also, there was a lot of churning when hopping to different places and the time spent world building only to essentially be filler. I did enjoy the similarity between Tom and Alec Guinness' Colonel Nicholson role in Bridge Over River Kwai with respect to building taking pride in constructing things while imprisoned.

Book 4 seems destined to take Tom and a few of his friends in a completely different direction so I'll leave this series here.

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  • Cody
  • 2019-07-06

Pretty much pointless.

The only thing this book brings to the table is a vauge sence of character development. I mean bare minimum. The entirely luck based rescue was a joke. For it then to be followed by a real, planned rescue pretty much invalidated the whole this in my eyes. It pissed me off honestly.

I'd recommend skipping this one, nothing really to gain by listening to this.

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  • Paul Browning
  • 2019-01-05

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This is amazing series to listen to. Johnathan McClain does a amazing job with the narration.

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  • Greg
  • 2018-11-28

It drags...but the story continues

I found myself ignoring large portions of this story. I felt this story could have been 2 hours long and still contained the depth and impact necessary for the series. The MC is still interesting, but this book made me tired of him....the whimpering, the self reflect....inserted to extend the length of the book, detracts from his character. The ending of the book doesn't seem to reflect on the events of the previous books...where it seemed like it should. The ending felt rushed.

In the general, this book felt out of touch with the first two in the series. Honestly, I think you could skip this book in the series easily....just assume they were rescued from the prison.

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