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Acts of War, Volume 1: Flashpoint

By: Aeryn Rudel
Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
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Summary

Forged in the fires of conflict, the Iron Kingdoms is a fantastic realm where the combined power of magic and technology thunders across a landscape shaped by war. Dominating the field of battle are rare individuals who have mastered both arcane and martial combat and who boldly lead mighty armies in the ongoing struggle to claim victory over these ancient lands.

An untrustworthy ally is more dangerous than a known enemy.

Lord General Coleman Stryker is one of the greatest heroes of the Iron Kingdoms. As a warcaster, Stryker leads the armies of Cygnar and commands the power of the mighty steam-powered automatons known as warjacks.

Chosen by his king to liberate the conquered lands of Llael from Cygnar's long-standing enemy, the Empire of Khador, Stryker finds himself forced to work with one of his most bitter enemies - the exiled mercenary Asheth Magnus, a man to whom Cygnar's king owes his life. Unchecked, Magnus could easily betray Stryker, undermine the mission, or even bring Cygnar to its knees. But to claim victory for his king, Stryker will have to find a way to put his faith in a man he can't trust.

As the war against Khador and its own fierce commanders looms, Stryker's success or failure will become the flash point that determines the fate of all the Iron Kingdoms.

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Nostalgic

long time ago I played Warmachibe miniature game. This book bring good memories and why I liked so much of the lore, characters, art and minies.

I recommend this book!

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  • Robert
  • 07-10-16

Too many battles and repetition...

This focuses a little too much on the battles and gives the characters and story the short end of the stick. The author or editor really needed to focus better on combining parts of the book that were obviously written at different time. More than once the same thing was re-described shortly after the initial description, such as Vlad's armor not being normal armor, then again a few minutes later the same observation was made again.

The main character, Lord General Stryker is not believable as being the leader of the one of the great armies. He's indecisive, whiney, and can't separate his desires from what is best for the men and women serving under him.

I might pick up the next book in the series, but if it continues along the line of describing battle after battle and leaving out the interesting character development, such as in The Blood of Kings, the Malcontents series, and the Black River Irregular stories, it will be the last one I get.

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  • Adam B.
  • 12-10-16

another ok warmachine story

after blood of kings I was knashing my teeth waiting for this book. that said the performance in the early part of the book was difficult to listen to to the point of making me want to return it. I pushed on and as the voice of each charecter became more distinct the book became much easier to listen to.

you don't need to read blood of kings to jump into this story but it does help frame the events of Flashpoint.

my big issue is the same as with all other warmachine stories if there is a modle of the charecter for the minis game then they are not in any real danger bad stuff may happen to them but they will come out the other side ok if not stronger. I have been an avid Cygnar fan for sometime and I'm pretty much asking them to pull the trigger on some of my favorite characters or at least make me feel like that could happen.

over all not a bad continuation of blood of kings and The advancement of the Magnus story line is pretty cool.

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  • Chris Smythe
  • 30-12-16

Needs a new narrator

Given that this story is set in an established setting with around 20 years of real world history it was pretty terrible to hear the narrator mispronounce everything. His cadence reminded me of an old text to speech synthesizer and his voices were just terrible. This book has been returned.

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  • Tim Baer
  • 02-12-16

For fans of the Iron Kingdoms only

Would you listen to Acts of War, Volume 1: Flashpoint again? Why?

I might not ever listen to this book again. Stories set in the Iron Kingdoms are great additions to the game I love, but as stand alone stories they tend to leave a lot to be desired. Because of the nature of the game Warmachine, conflict *must* arise no matter how foolish or silly. This puts the narrative fiction in a precarious spot, constantly having to create conflict out of thin air.

Would you recommend Acts of War, Volume 1: Flashpoint to your friends? Why or why not?

I'd recommend the book to my friends who play the game Warmachine, sure. It's a decent piece of fiction considering the setting.

What about Noah Michael Levine’s performance did you like?

Michael Levine's performance is utterly fantastic. His pacing is spot on and his voices are some of the best I've heard in the audiobook format. Levine's performance was a joy and seemed to be totally natural.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this book over the course of week. The story line didn't keep me coming back for more. The IK stories lack a lot of tension because characters frequently do not or can not die. The fiction lacks suspense.

Any additional comments?

Maybe this book isn't for you, check out Michael Levine's other narration. He's splendid.

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  • David
  • 02-11-16

Awful stilted reading

This is the worst stilted performance I have heard in a while his reading is robotish and choppy.

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  • Justin
  • 01-10-16

Nice story to catch up on the mk3 fluff

Well written for a wargame fiction novel. Was great to be brought up to speed on how the Cygnar world has changed in the fluff. looking forward to book 2!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-22

Stryker is lame

good book overall just wish magnus was the main character instead he's much more interesting

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  • Matthew Booth
  • 30-12-21

always love iron kingdoms books.

definitely worth it. I wish the second book was on audible they are so good.

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  • Ed
  • 16-10-21

worst narration ever

I couldn't finish this book and I absolutely love Iron Kingdom series. The narration has got to be one of the worst I've listened to. Completely run ned the book.

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  • Michaela Martin
  • 29-07-21

a good book for the series

overall a very good story it was nice to see how some of the characters come together. the ending I think was somewhat predictable but overall I liked it.