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!
Net Impact by Donald J. Bingle is a thriller plays on emotions and connections of Dick Thornby. Thornby is a spy and works for the Subsidiary, a secret agency. The book is action-packed, full of unexpected twists and turns, humor and an ending that is surprising.
Bingle gives his listeners a look into the man, he has a family, everyday issues and a life. While Thornby comes off at times as hardened and cunning, Bingle allows the listeners to witness a deeper depth to the spy. We see him struggle with moral issues, his relationships and his fears as a parent. Most spy novels do not allow the main character to have any distractions. That is what I like about this audiobook.
Bruce Pilkenton, the narrator, did a very good job. In the beginning, he sounded like he struggled to find the rhythm to the story but quickly caught on. I thought he did a fine job of narration. His voice was solid and his characters’ voices were noticeable and strong. I would enjoy hearing another read by him.
The production and quality of this audiobook were excellent.
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.
Romo doesn’t remember a single thing about his life prior to waking up in a cargo bay. Thus, begins Romo’s Journey! Although he has a body, it is inferior as it is, he sets about building a better one with the help of a young female human, Peach. Peach is a talented creator who can create and install almost anything. Her dad, the captain of the space ship they are on heading to Mars is not quite sure how to move forward with Romo. Throw in some money-hungry saboteurs and you have an adventure!
Paul Joseph both wrote and narrated the audiobook. The storyline of the audiobook was well written. Joseph is a detailed writer who does a good job with imagery through words. His characters were well-developed, and his narration added more depth to the story. I enjoyed Romo’s learning and journey.
I am not a fan of music in or theatrically performed audiobooks as they tend to be too loud or over the top. This one was not. The music was tastefully done and did not override any of the narration.
I am curious as to where and what further adventures Romo takes with Peach on Mars!
If you enjoy Sci-Fi, this is a great listen for you. It’s fun and light and well-done.
The Martians are returning to Earth, chaos, and fear run high as many remember their first invasion. Now the stakes are higher. Set in Wales in 1913, astronomer Ogilvy is one of the first to recognize the comet racing toward Earth for what it is and its deadly inhabitants, the Martian tripods.
A sequel to The War of the Worlds story, H.E. Wilberson has delivered on what could have happened after The War of the Worlds in a vivid style. The storyline flows well, and character development is strong. Vivid descriptions are used allowing the listener to connect with the story even more.
As I listened to the story, I noticed three things that stood out. The first was the informal use of language, it did not reflect the era of the time; the second was the societal practice of protecting the female gender from anything bad; and finally, the interaction between the astronomer and the military personnel was very much what one would expect from that era. I think the research that went into this book was good and it was written in the informal style to enhance its relatability to its audience.
Like War of the Worlds, there were sound effects and music which presented a realistic touch to the sequel. H.E. Wilburson captured the fear and drama of the original and seamlessly moved it into the sequel. Action packed and full of twists, listeners are treated to the suspense that will have them on the edge of their seats.
The narrators, Terry Thompson, and Harry Preston performed the audiobook smoothly, moving the story along at a solid pace. Their voices were steady but not monotonous as they added just the correct amount of emotion.
There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook published by Author’s Republic.
The Emissary (One Great Year Book 1) by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio is a romance, adventure that is action-packed from page one. Three friends try to save the world from its imminent decline into chaos and darkness where many will die and many more will suffer. Marcus and Theron must help humanity reach peace and prosperity while their friend, Helghul, turns to darkness and evilness to gain the power he has coveted for years. From the Golden Age to present day the three struggles through multiple reincarnations, while seeking to tip the balance of the world.
Veitch and DeFazio have created an engaging and exciting world of fantasy where morals, passions, love, jealousy, and fear drive the storyline and characters from beginning to end. The dialog is well done and believable. Character development is strong and complete. Their vivid descriptions enhance the story and character development. The storyline is intense and satisfying leaving the reader hooked from page one until the end; the story flows smoothly.
Anyone who enjoys fantasy, romance and battles of heroes against evil, this is perfect! A definite intensely captivating book. Cannot wait to read more by these talented authors!
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.