From the moment Caine first appeared in the pages of Heroes Die, two things were clear. First, that Matthew Stover was one of the most gifted fantasy writers of his generation. And second, that Caine was a hero whose peers go by such names as Conan and Elric. Like them, Caine was something new: a civilized man who embraced savagery, an actor whose life was a lie, a force of destruction so potent that even gods thought twice about crossing him. Now Stover brings back his greatest creation for his most stunning performance yet.
Caine is washed up and hung out to dry, a crippled husk kept isolated and restrained by the studio that exploited him. Now they have dragged him back for one last deal. But Caine has other plans. Those plans take him back to Overworld, the alternate reality where gods are real and magic is the ultimate weapon. There, in a violent odyssey through time and space, Caine will face the demons of his past, find true love, and just possibly destroy the universe. Hey, it’s a crappy job, but somebody’s got to do it.
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Von Volker Koster Am hilfreichsten 26.05.2015
What a ride this was - a pity that it's over now
After finishing a book, or a series like in this case, that really impressed me, I tend to give it five stars on everything and raise it up to be my all-time favorite. Until I finish the next impressive one. Maybe I was just lucky with my picks on Audible so far.
But this time it’s a bit different. Matthew Strover’s Caine trilogy (I call it a trilogy in spite of the fact that it is delivered in four Audibles) tenaciously defends pole position. It’s simply that good.
I love this bitter science fiction setup, so frighteningly close to some current developments and the way this Caine deals with it. And he deals out some heavy hands for sure.
If you are into science fiction and fantasy, this tale is for you. Action packed but never flat or superficial, always layered and deep. This goes for the story as well as for every single character. And if you are reading too fast, thus finishing too soon, follow the links and referenced to the so called “classics” placed approriately. Will keep you occupied for a while.
No doubt, an Audible experience heavily depends on the reader’s performance. Stefan Rudnicki is really into it (he is one of the producers too, is he?). On one level with the voice of Michael Kramer, who is really hard to top.
A word of caution: keep off if you can’t bear foul language. If this does not scare you off, your vocabulary will most likely be enriched.