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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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  • Armando Duarte G
  • 2021-09-20

Jake Elwood has outdone himself, excellent book

I loved this book! as Military Sci-fi genre stands, this is one of the best books I've read (In the case of the Audiobook version, the performance is impecable)

The Author crafts a compelling story with intricate and interesting characters that give this book a voice of it's own. The dialogues are the best I've seen him write. I admit I've been very critical with this author in the past, but I take it all back as I finish this piece. I believe he has found his voice, or the setting his stories are best suited for.

In short, this book is so good, it has been worth to follow the series up until this volume, and I look forward to what the author will write in the future.

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  • Sean Malay
  • 2021-09-03

Great series, ok book

The series is awesome so far, and for the most part this book was entertaining and definitely had its moments. My only real gripe about this novel is the idea that officers in the navy would refrain from making escape attempts. Every military service a cross the earth and for all of recorded history have had a standing order for all soldiers to attempt to escape whenever taking captive. Even when the service members have been threatened with the same barbarism portrayed in this novel. The consequences of the actions of Tom at the end of the book are certainly not consistent with history that said maybe in the future the space born military do not hold the same values that earth's historical militarys had.

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  • Neil
  • 2021-07-12

good store but the whispering

love the story but the whispering for the inner thoughts of the characters drives me nuts, hard to hear when not wearing headphones

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • chrissandra
  • 2022-05-26

boring

pretty boring this book is just filler the first book was good but this one is one to go to sleep with.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-03-24

Great find

I enjoyed this so much. Well written and performed. Highly recommend that you check this series out.

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  • Jas P
  • 2022-03-23

An absolute stand out in the Series!!!

The 3rd book in the series sees Tom and the crew of the Kestrel captured by the Dawn Alliance and taken to a prison planet. This is not like the other books, in that there is very little in the way of space action as far as Tom goes, this is all about his time on the prison world. We do get to see some of the United Worlds crew, Alice and Bridger, as they are actually released as there is a tentative alliance between the United Worlds and the DA.
As a result, this book ends up with two story streams, one with Alice, and her two tag alongs Bridger and Ham, and the other, the brutal story of Tom and the male crew (we don’t get to find out what happens with the females of the crew), on the prison world.
In the Alice stream (and I don’t want to give away any spoilers), she finds herself free, but feels obligated to try and help Tom and those that stood with her and the other Free Planets people at Black Betty against the Dawn Alliance. Even though Tom captured her and her crew originally, she feels that Tom was fair, and when it came to it, he did the right thing by all of the Free Planets, and now, she owes not just him, but the crew of the Kestrel. Ham and Bridger are with her, and so, the 3 of them start on a daring mission to try and work out how to rescue Tom and his crew, or at least find a way to get them rescued.
The other storyline is one of multiple storylines, terror, fear, abuse and torture, but also hope, comradeship, and courage. Most of all, for Tom and his crew, it is acts of bravery, as he and his crew survive the prison planet of Gamor.
They arrive and are processed, and immediately come across a ruthless little dictator of a Camp Prefect, Amar, the Prison Leader. He tells them that they have no rights, and when one of the men tries to point out that there are rules of engagement, Amar has him beaten to near death, and then has the two men that were standing next to him beaten as well – simple rules, you misbehave, you get punished, and those near you get punished to, you try and escape, you die, and 3 other will die to, you attack a guard, 6 other die. Of course, it doesn’t take long for some idiots to try and escape, and the resultant punishment.
The prison aspect of the story is exceptionally well written, the sheer brutality of it, the desperation of the prisoners. They are being forced to work for the Dawn Alliance as a work gang, and initially, they try and resist, work slower, try and sabotage things, but as each of their actions is met with greater penalties, and as their will, their energy, and motivation is sapped from them, by exhaustion, starvation, disease, illness, injury, and despair, they find themselves slowly just caving and starting to do the work. Although, as they work, they also scavenge for food as the jungle where they work is rich in food sources.
I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t go into it too much, but the story is so well written, the brutal, harsh and unrelenting violence from the guards, the atrocious living conditions, the fear and the loathing that comes from the men, as they slowly start to acquiesce to the Dawn Alliance Overseers, just to stay alive, but at the same time, hating themselves for it. The underlying tension when disease is rampant, knowing that the men are going to die, that only a few hundred metres away, there is medicine, but that would mean killing the guards (the guards have medicine for them in case they get sick, but won’t share it with prisoners of course), and that would result in more deaths.
The story is both powerful and gritty, Tom’s character is just outstanding, as the former Captain, trying to survive, and more importantly, keep his mean alive in this horror show. This is where he truly shows what an exceptional leader he is, with his courage, bravery and loyalty to his men. The interactions with the DA guards is intense and mesmerising, captivating reading. The other character that is remarkable in this book is O’Reilly. He seems to have a bit happen to him in this story (you can find out what), but his tale is ‘brutal’ in every sense of the word, but he is a pivotal character in this story and his character is fascinating as always.
This is one of the best books in the series for character work as well as captivating storytelling. It runs so fast, you can’t put it down (I listened to it, as was done in a single session, I just couldn’t stop listening it was so good!!). The character work is exceptional, the world building is brilliant as always for an Elwood story, but best of all, this is just an epic struggle from multiple aspects, Tom and his crew, Alice and Co. as well the other prisoners Tom meets.
In an interesting twist, we also get to see some aspects of the story through one of the higher ranking guards as well. Again, no spoilers, but seeing his version of events, given all that has happened, was rather interesting and added a fascinating insight to the story.
Given the nature of this series, this was a really surprising turn of events, and made for a fantastic read as it was something different in the normal chain of events that you get in this type of series. It was also exceptionally well written, very clever, and with great character work, which made it just all the better. Definitely worth the read, and just makes this series all the better!!
Jonathan McClain is wonderful as the Narrator of this book (and series), as he provides clear and concise Narration that is easy to understand, and also very easy to listen to. He has a great range of both Male and Female character voices, and he does them so well, that you can clearly distinguish between them, so that you can easily tell the characters apart. McClain really captures the essence of his characters as well, you can feel their emotional state, and in this particular episode, you really get a feel for the pain and anguish that the characters feel, their anger, frustration, and at times, just their sorrow and grief. It is very well done. McClain does a wonderful job of bringing this story to life, and makes this fantastic to listen to, I have already bought the rest of the series and intend on listening to it.

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  • Sue Cortner
  • 2022-03-08

Too dark......Too Long

T this was about 3 hours too long it should have been a couple extra chapters on either the book before it or the book after.