Hell Divers VI Allegiance by Nicholas Sansbury Smith is a non-stop action-adventure. King X finds himself trying to maintain peace between his Sky People and the Cazadores. The tenuous peace between the two peoples is in jeopardy. There are things happening outside the islands that are sure to break the peace as the monsters and other humans add fuel to the impending fire. To save humanity they must dive yet once again.
Smith has an amazing ability to tell a story. One cannot help but visualize the story as it is being read, Smith uses words like an artist uses paint to tell a story. Each character, no matter how small is realistic and plays a role in the story, in other words, he respects his readers enough to not “fill a word quota.”
Hell Divers VI continues the story of King X, once a Hell Diver himself, and his fight to keep humanity growing and safe. It is X’s realization in the last few pages that speaks volumes and demonstrates just how poignant this series is from beginning to end.
It is truly difficult to put this book down once you start it. Smith has a knack for drawing in his readers and not letting up until the last word is read and even then, his words will stay with you until you understand the reason for … the Skinwalkers, Captain Santiago, and more. So vivid is Smith in his descriptions that you might find yourself with some major scary characters in your nightmares!
As always, with Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s books, I loved it. His characters are human, realistic and downright scary. He is thorough in his writing. If you love post-apocalyptic stories, this is one of several of his series you cannot help but become enmeshed in. “We dive so humanity can survive!”
OMG! Not only have I chewed my gorgeously long nails down to their quick, but while driving into work listening to this book, I missed my turn not once but twice this morning! Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Anthony Melchiorri deliver powerful twists one after another in such shocking and powerful ways that one is completely blindsided!
Captain Beck and Master Sergeant Horn are once again fighting the variants along with a new, smarter and deadlier foe – human collaborators. Determined to save the Allied States, President Ringgold and her political opponent must join forces to change the tide of the variant war they believed was over. Team Ghost must recover vital electronic equipment that Kate Lovato needs to decipher a new and highly disturbing development. In true Sansbury Smith fashion, this is a story that will have you holding your breath and leave your head reeling with revelations and surprises.
Sansbury Smith and Melchiorri continue to captivate listeners with his masterful storytelling and powerfully vivid details and dialog. Although it could be listened to as a standalone, you will want to hear the entire series!
R.C. Bray is amazing as a narrator! He has assumed the characters in this series and projects them vividly and without hesitation. His narration skills are outstanding. His voice and ability to surprise the listener with an upcoming twist in the storyline is potent. His voice reflects the personality and character traits of each character with authority. I can’t imagine an Extinction book without him!
There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.
A mesmerizing tale of a young man’s struggles to step outside the life he has known and move into a new, more exciting one. Winning a college scholarship designated for members of the LGBTQ community, Taylor agrees to become an activist. The long since deceased founder of the scholarship returns to haunt Taylor whenever he fails to live up to the agreement.
Moving the story between two time periods, Peter Difatta tells of the struggles that many face from those of small towns, the religiously small-minded folks, and bullies who are against anyone different from themselves. Difatta intentionally creates the story and carefully builds his characters and situations to tell the story of injustices, being ethical and moral, and humane.
The dialog is definitely “Southern” and realistic. Not only is the dialog realistic but so is most of the story; other than the paranormal twist to it, I would dare say authentic and powerful. The meanness, the fears, the small-mindedness are all daily headlines and reminders of our failures as humans. It is through Difatta’s skillful writing and storytelling that the listener stays engaged and engrossed. This is not an audiobook that one can listen to a little at a time, it is one that you will want to listen to from beginning to end because you just have to know what’s next!
I have not had the pleasure of hearing Keith McCarthy, narrator, before. I enjoyed his narration and voices. His enthusiasm and emotions were accurate and carried the story forward. I would enjoy hearing McCarthy again. His voice is soothing and versatile.
There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.
Spirits of the Western Wild is a delightful audiobook that everyone in the family can enjoy. A young man, Luther, who is seeking adventure and learning about his grandfather sets out to explore and learn. Whether it is fate, destiny or a series of blunders, Luther meets the legendary Monty and together they take on a crooked sheriff. The only thing is, Monty is a stubborn, crotchety ghost! There are other colorful characters that play pivotal roles, but one will come to love Luther and Monty the most!
David Schaub and Roger Vizard have created a wonderfully fun story. They are colorful in their storytelling and character development is spot on – the characters are so well developed and portrayed by a full cast of narrators, that one cannot help but visualize them. Creative and action-packed!
I am delighted to have been asked to review this audiobook. I grew up around westerns, comedies and love all things with a paranormal twist to it.
The audiobook is fully animated but not over the top. The production and audio quality of this audiobook are perfect!
Unfinished Business is an amazingly terrifying tale with a bizarre twist that leaves one pondering whether to cheer or not. The tale begins with eighty-two-year-old Eugene and young Laura, two people who unintentionally meet and share secrets of their past.
Justin Fulkerson has taken two people and demonstrated just how small the world can be and what secrets do. The story moves slowly at first, building each character fully. When he hits the climax of their story, all I can say is “what a ride!” Fifty-six minutes short yet it packs a wallop!
The narrator, Alexander James, performs the novel expertly. His voice is smooth and deep, with just the right amount of inflection to show deep thought, memories, and fear. I have not heard Alexander James perform before, so I was very pleased to hear him.
This is my first experience with Justin Fulkerson, the author. I found his ability to take a short story and build on it so smoothly and quietly, that the listener does not even realize the shortness of the audiobook. I loved the twist! I was so NOT expecting it!
There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.
When I learned that Nicholas Sansbury Smith was going to pick up the Extinction Series again, I was elated! I love Team Ghost, Beckham and Horn. I loved the way the variants took center stage and continued to be the truly horrifying creatures that they have always been. Then there are the human monsters which also continue to amaze me.
Beckham, Horn and Team Ghost investigate the missing residents of several outposts. What they discover is truly gut-wrenching. Then there are the difficult decisions and situations that Beckham and Horn find themselves; one cannot help but become a slight bit weepy. This book has politics and monsters (yes, sometimes they are hard to distinguish between) and so much more! Non-stop, fast-paced action.
Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Anthony Melchiorri, authors, blended their writing skills successfully making their writing transitions seamless. The plot, character development, and a few developments that leave the listener biting their nails takes this series into new terrifying heights.
The narrator, R.C. Bray does a fantastic job of narration. He moves the story along with his talented voice and narration skills. With a talented set of authors and a truly skilled narrator such as Bray, one can visualize the characters and the action.
I had the honor of reading the ARC, the written version is very good as well, however, the audiobook is the pièce de résistance.
There were no issues with the production quality of this audiobook.
The Abduction Chronicles by Thomas Hay is not only an entertaining book but unique. It combines several thought-producing, head-scratching and scientific conflicts that the characters must overcome. The story is well written, the characters are well developed and blend into the story smoothly. The dialog is realistic and strong moving the story along.
When I first started this book, I thought, “What!?! no way, he’s not doing that … oh … he is!” I have never experienced a story such as this where the author deliberately and methodically plans out several science fiction “genres” and seamlessly merges them into one.
Hay is down to earth in his writing. Some pop culture references via song’s and phrases which adds to the fun and moves the story along nicely. I was not looking forward to reading this because I feared it would too complicated or boring – so NOT TRUE! You will come to love Tom, Caren/Karen, and Monroe.
I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves Science Fiction.
Another outstanding book by Charles Breakfield and Roxanne Burkey! The R-Group is faced with puzzling out the unexplainable drops in the commodities markets which, if continued unchecked, will create chaos and havoc financially around the world. Petra and Jacob join forces once again to determine the culprit. While Petra and Jacob are busy, Breakfield and Burkey keep us on the edge of our chairs with Juan, Carlos and Quip’s adventures!
Breakfield and Burkey have built a winning team of characters that keep their readers entertained and hooked! This 8th book in the series has pushed the characters into different roles and given even more background into the growth of the R-Group and how Quip came to be a major player.
With many series, after several books the author(s) fall into a comfort zone and do not take chances in their storylines; not so for Breakfield and Burkey – they push their storyline to the max and makes their listeners realize they are intense, fully committed authors with mad writing skills!
This is an audiobook (and series) that is amazing! I would not have seen myself as a “techno-thriller” listener but with this set of authors and series, I am undoubtedly hooked!
The narrator, Derek Shoales is AMAZING! He has the skill level to keep the voices consistent throughout the series and recognizable! He helps the story move along with his tone and inflection; truly a narrator virtuoso!
There were no issues with the quality of this production. The audiobook was clear and crisp.
This is one of those rare books that deserves a much higher rating than 5 stars.
A copy of this book was provided for an honest and unbiased review.
I have read a couple of Lorraine Devon Wilke’s books and found each one to be unique. The Alchemy of Noise was not what I expected. With each page I found myself becoming more and more intrigued. Then I had to step back for a minute and see the much larger picture she was painting with her words. Emotionally wrenching, The Alchemy of Noise takes relationships one step further than most bringing in racism. The fine line Wilke walks in this book is amazing – telling her story through fiction yet still relaying the heart-wrenching truth of her relationship.
I read in fascination seeing a lot of my family and self in the comments, actions and such leaving me wondering whether I was prepared to help raise my two grandsons of mixed race. This book brought home the truths and solidified my concerns for my grandsons in a world where tolerance is non-existent.
Well written and developed, Wilke has communicated the fears, doubts and being human in a world where intolerance of difference is rampant, where being humane is not extended to those who are different.
This is not a light book, it is one that will stick with you for weeks if not longer. I finished this book about three weeks ago and just now sat down to write the review. Having come from a family from the deepest part of Indiana where racism runs unchecked and fueled by the past, I still feel the impact of this story.
Skerryvore by Lee Williams is a book that should not be missed. An interesting take on a story where twins, Daniel and Rose, are faced living with a parent who is a huge conspiracy theorist. Like all kids, Daniel and Rose love their father and fend for themselves mostly. Until that one day when their life changes and they found themselves in the old, mysterious Skerryvore located on an old Scottish island! No TV, no internet, nothing … well, that’s not entirely true … there is a library, a secret and a conspiracy!
Williams creates a story that is horrifying to most children – no tv, no internet, no gaming, … nothing just a weird library, an old man and other mysterious and deadly folks lurking around! With his vivid descriptions, one can see the story come to life. He builds each character carefully and in great detail in order to build connections to the readers. The storyline flows smoothly with some twists and keeps you reading.
I highly recommend this to readers of all ages, it is a book that can and does hold the attention and connects with the readers.