Thankfully Robert Ross finally told us where Kellan Thorne ended up once he assumed the role as Sentinel of Chaos! I know it’s not been all that long in the grand scheme of things, but the wait was well worth it! Kellan Thorne, Sentinel of Chaos formerly of Order is in Rome, specifically 50 A.D. where he is a fashionable gladiator!
In true Kellan form, his sardonic wit and inner dialog that sometimes leaks out into the world, his life is entertaining and engaging. We meet two new mantles and poor James loses his job – not nearly as momentous as other moments in the book but I didn’t want to give out any other spoilers.
Ross is an exceptional writer. He takes his fans to varying degrees of intensity and plot twists. This is an edge of your chair type of book. Ross creates a dialog that is realistic and is his character – for instance, Kellan can ramble and argue with himself, Shannon never loses her brogue accent or Lucifer’s charmingly deceptive twist of words. Ross has the knowledge and experience to create the characters in a manner that is solid and realistic.
I truly enjoy the places that Ross has taken each of his characters and the insight he has given us into each one’s personality. He is deliberate in his writing; nothing is truly a waste of reading/listening – each word takes the story somewhere.
Nick Podehl does a magnificent job of narrating the story. To me, he has become Kellan, Shannon, Megan, Sera (aka Ares), etc. I love how he can roll out the Scottish brogue and then fall immediately back into the American slang that Kellan uses then to the formal speech of Ares. Podehl moves the story along as he performs engaging the listener to stick around.
“Ah teel ye thes fur nathin’” Ross and Podehl is a winning combination!
There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.
Michael was diagnosed with a disease in which there was no known cure let alone what caused it. To live until a cure was found meant being placed into a deep coma. Everything he loved, everything he knew when he went to sleep was alive and well. Then seven years later he awakes to find everything he knew and loved was different; everything except for his roommates who were being woken up from their comatose state as well. Now the race is on to get to a safe place, find his family and the cure. Out there, in his world where nothing he knew remained and where beings from his wildest dreams hunt him, Michael takes off with voice recordings from his wife, food, a map and little else.
Chris Chau takes a terrifying story and adds a few twists that leave the listener thinking “Oh yeah, I knew he was going there” only to be left instead with one’s mouth hanging open declaring “I never saw that coming!” The characters are appropriately developed – some more than others in order of importance to the story. Barely longer than 6 hours, this story had the potential to be much longer, and actually, I hated hearing it end.
Coy Dugger was the narrator who performed the story with a smooth pace and a natural tone. He helped add to the suspense and never gave anything away through tone inflection or voice. I have not had the pleasure of hearing him perform before but I hope to again.
There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.
I would highly recommend this book if you want something unique and different.
Star Rating: * * * *
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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!”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
A struggling software business based in the U.K. is seeking clients and successfully find one in Malaysia. Steve Roussos, along with his colleagues, is excited – their bills will be paid, they are a success and they are ready to move forward; well, that is until one makes a startling discovery on the dark net that will send their worlds spiraling and for some will end in deadly consequences!
Leo James has skillfully written an international thriller with plot twists and developments that are solidly done. James explores the emotions and relationships built between multiple characters fully. Each character is well developed and relevant to their role in the novel. The plot moves well and quickly. The story is action packed with the emotional realism of despair one experiences when finding oneself in a never-ending cycle of darkness and danger.
If you enjoy thrillers, this is an excellent read!
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Gabriel Farago has done it again!
Jack Rogan needs a new challenge. For Rogan, experiencing and telling the stories are far more exciting and fulfilling than the solitary feat of writing them. When Jack is contacted to help Tristan and the Countess, he leaps to their rescue. He finds himself enmeshed in several different situations that do not at first seem connected. The Vatican needs Professor K’s gene work and only Jack Rogan can deliver it! Tristan and Lorenza have been kidnapped and are the prisoners of a notorious Mafia figure; Jack Rogan is on hand to help with the rescue.
A master storyteller and wordsmith, Gabriel Farago entertains his readers with vivid descriptions, clear yet complex plots, and realistic characters. His genius at bringing together several characters from previous books to fulfill their moment of destiny is done with great care and attention to detail. Including the Italian Mafia, The Vatican, and Pope, along with IS terrorist, Farago takes his readers on an emotional journey that will leave his readers on the edge of their chair and pondering moments of destiny in their lives!
Farago delivers another fascinating, well-written novel that is action-packed and realistic. Well researched, Farago delivers many instances of destiny, a theme throughout the book.
Don’t miss this book! Although a standalone, it does tie up some loose ends that will leave his readers gasping!
This is a must read, if you love thrillers, Farago delivers!
Boris and Betty spend way too much time inside, so their mother decides to take them outside. She walks them through the outdoors and reintroduces them to the wonders they have forgotten. A much-needed book given how many children are inside playing with tablets and game consoles.
Lee Harris, author, took a common problem and creatively and effectively gave it life through Boris and Betty. This book was short, pleasant and the rhymes came naturally, nothing was forced. The plot is simple and easy for children to follow. As a parent, this is something we all struggle with so we and our children can relate. Sometimes, as a parent, we need to guide our children more and this book is a gentle reminder of it.
The illustrations were awesome, they went with the story and were vividly colorful to capture children’s attention. Jordan Brown did an excellent job of illustrating the story and bringing the characters to life.
This book is highly recommended for anyone with young children.
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