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Revenant Gun

Machineries of Empire, Book 3
Written by: Yoon Ha Lee
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
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Machineries of Empire, the most exciting science fiction trilogy of the decade, reaches its astonishing conclusion! 

When Shuos Jedao wakes up for the first time, several things go wrong. His few memories tell him that he's a 17-year-old cadet - but his body belongs to a man decades older. Hexarch Nirai Kujen orders Jedao to reconquer the fractured hexarchate on his behalf, even though Jedao has no memory of ever being a soldier, let alone a general. Surely a knack for video games doesn't qualify you to take charge of an army? 

Soon Jedao learns the situation is even worse. The Kel soldiers under his command may be compelled to obey him, but they hate him thanks to a massacre he can't remember committing. Kujen's friendliness can't hide the fact that he's a tyrant. And what's worse, Jedao and Kujen are being hunted by an enemy who knows more about Jedao and his crimes than he does himself....

©2018 Yoon Ha Lee (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 01-09-18

Calendrical closure

Revenant Gun is the 3rd installment in Yoon Ha Lee's Machineries of Empire trilogy. The Cheris/Jedao combo has been out of the picture for a while two forces initially vie for control of the new calendar, while a remaining Hexarc with the assistance of a new Jedao clone is attempting to reinstate the old calendar. Ironically, even though Cheris and the Jedao clone are ostensibly in opposition, they are aligned with regards to the barbaric customs that had maintained the original order, which can be traced to a Hexarc that is essentially immortal.

The sci-fi elements are in line with earlier installments with further exploration of both servitors which display rather advanced AI as well as a penchant for soap operas and the moth spaceships which turn out to grown, rather than made and display consciousness.

The narration is first rate with good character distinction with pacing and tone well suited to the pace of the plot.

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 19-07-18

A great conclusion to a great trilogy

Kel Cheris, with Jedao's memories sharing her brain, is seeking to destroy the greatest threat to the new calendar, which makes exotic effects contingent on the consent of the people targeted. That's the Nerai Hexarch, Kujen, whose immortality depends on maintaining the old calendar. (Yes, third book of a trilogy. Don't start here. Start with Ninefox Gambit; then Raven Strategem. You won't regret it.)

Kujen has created his own Jedao, who doesn't remember anything past age 17, but despite not having his memories, does seem to have the abilities he's told he has. Unfortunately, the fleet and the soldiers he's placed in command have to obey him, but they are free to hate him, because of a shocking massacre he committed but, of course, has no memory of.

Jedao also quickly learns that, outwardly friendly as he seems, Kujen is a brutal tyrant. The more he learns of current conditions, more than four centuries after the last memories he has of his prior life, the more committed he becomes to stopping Kujen, rather than completing the mission Kujen has given him.

Cheris, assorted servitors, and reluctant allies among the Compact forces Cheris is working with, all have a their goal destroying Kujen, also.

The question is, will they wind up working together, or defeating each other, leaving Kujen the victor?

This is an excellent conclusion to the trilogy, and an excellent story in itself.

Unfortunately, I listened to the audiobook.

The narrator has the ability to speak clearly and effectively, in a carrying tone that cuts through background noise, essential in listening to an audiobook in many circumstances. Unfortunately, she does that only with dialog. Much of the book is read very softly, with the result that, in practice, I needed my earpiece in at all times in order to listen to it--which meant I could only listen to it when it was comfortable and convenient to do that. It added a regrettable level of frustration to what was otherwise a very good book.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • Terje Meling
  • 30-03-19

Good story, so-so production

I really liked the story, despite the kinda wishywashy calendrical magic stuff. The characters and worldbuildibg was solid.

Though I liked the narator in general, the sound volume was all over the place. Annoying when one second I’m barely able to hear anything and the next, my ears are falling of!

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  • Charles Sizer
  • 28-08-19

A great finish to a great series.

Yoon Ha Lee delivers an enthralling conclusion to her trilogy. Interesting when viewed through the lens of social commentary.

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  • Euclid271
  • 16-07-19

voice actor is great, but volume changes are not

this is a great book and the voice acting was well done, but there were so many parts where the volume of the voice actor changed so much from line the line that I constantly found myself either unable to hear the quiet parts or blowing out my eardrums for the loud parts

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-04-19

Complicated, Too long, Interesting to decipher.

Nuff said stupid computer program designer! The requirement of reviews having at least words is dumb.

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  • craig mauney
  • 24-05-19

could gave been good ,but to busy pushing SJW ag

could have been good, but the author seemed more interested in pushing a SJW agenda than telling the story to the point of distraction

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  • SC
  • 12-06-19

best reader besides william hurt

very enjoyable series. last installments are always tough. but this is great. very few areas i dont like. too much sex in this one. makes it hard to reccomend to a broader group of my friends. otherwise it would be a 10 out of 10 series across the board.

i absolutely love Emily woo zeller.

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