Jack Rogan doesn’t look for mysteries, they find him! The Lost Symphony is a mystery involving an unknown musical masterpiece, the death of a Tsarina, and a missing holy icon. Besieged by those with nefarious intentions, betrayal, and greed Jack travels deep into Russia to discover the truth behind this mystery.
This is a stand-alone novel but reading the previous ones gives the reader insight into Jack Rogan and what motivates him to solve mysteries. I have read each Jack Rogan novel and this one is the best of the six! Gabriel Farago improves with each novel on the intensity of the plot and intricate weaving of the mystery with historical facts. Rich in detail and vivid imagery, one becomes lost in the novel from beginning to end.
Each character is well developed and for those that return time and again, we witness their growth and value to the storyline. The main character, Jack Rogan, is down to earth and personable. This is one of those rare created characters that I would love to meet. The dialog between characters is genuine and meticulous. Each storyline within the book moves forward at a steady pace.
The amount of research that went into this book is staggering. Farago is extremely gifted at blending historical fact with fiction in a captivating manner. Reading his books is a pleasure and an experience of intense excitement. One cannot help but become immersed in the storyline. This book is not just a thriller, but an action-packed adventure!
The Lost Symphony and author Gabriel Farago are the crème de la crème.
This is one of those don’t miss books! A definite 7 Star book!
Paradigm 2045: Trinity’s Children is a mixture of pop culture references, nostalgic memories, and the message that maybe those in charge don’t always have our best interests at heart. Once again Robert W. Ross has crafted a delightful world where aliens want to destroy us and the US Government is clueless and misdirected, and the genetically engineered humans must step in to save the world. It is up to a very wealthy man to take the necessary steps to save humanity and he does so in an unconventional manner.
Ross delivers many a nostalgic moment in his references to Bladerunner and Dr. Who, characters based on Star Trek, a futuristic like world as in Ready Player One and The Expanse. Those moments where we are given phrases from these shows or references are the moments that remind us of our first experience with this genre. Those memories come flitting back to mind and a smile plays around the reader’s lips unconsciously. These moments are those rare times in which Ross allows us to be young again.
Ross blends witty comedic moments, pop culture references, and sci-fi themes all into a powerful, vivid book unrivaled by any other that I have read in this genre. Ross delivers a storyline that captures the attention of the reader and provides an action-packed journey.
The character development is on target, he doesn’t weigh down the story with each character’s background which is unique and not common practice. There were some characters I wanted to know about right away and others I am fine with discovering in time. What I did learn about each character was interesting and I could see a variety of ways the characters may develop – I can’t wait to see how close I am. I loved James the Pilot and Capt. Omandi. I found them delightful in different ways. His characters are flawed which makes them much easier to relate.
This is a steady-paced story with dialog and plot twists that move the story along. I cannot wait for the next book in the series and I cannot wait to hear it on audio as well! I know Nick Podehl will hit it out of this world!
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.
Imagine being in love with your soul mate and everyone in your world knows it. Then waking up the next morning only to discover your world is no more; everything has changed; everyone is … just gone. Laney and her twin, Leela, travel to a distant place to try to set things right and rescue their friends/family but to do so means traveling in the light, a powerful and dangerous journey with a most uncertain outcome! The girls are faced with serious consequences as they move forward with their plan, it becomes clear that not everyone will be coming home.
Rachel Langley, the author, weaves a delicate story of love and compassion, intrigue and betrayal, and morality. The dialog, action, emotions are all genuinely young adult and realistic. Langley builds each character slowly with detail both physically and emotionally. There were a few twists that made the story more moving and exciting. The story, the characters all flowed smoothly. I liked the way in which we heard from both of the twins – seeing their perspective was satisfying.
The narrator, Jelyne Helms performed the audiobook wonderfully. Her voices were realistic and comforting – just the perfect pitch and tone for each character. She read the book comfortably and seemed very familiar with it. Her tone and inflection gave weight to her characters sounding appropriate ages. Plus she captured the personality of Leela and Laney perfectly.
There was only one small minor glitch in the publication. Otherwise, the production quality of this audiobook was top-notch.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Struck. I hope to hear the second part of this series. I want to see how things play out. The cliffhanger was perfectly timed and presented.
Based on her grandmother’s life and true stories, Diana Stevan intricately reveals the struggles and losses her grandmother, Lukia Mazuret endured during her life in Russia. Lukia is a strong woman who faced and survived war, revolution, and raising eight children single-handedly after her husband Gregory left to join the service. In a world torn by war and poverty, Lukia deals with protecting her daughters daily from the evils of men. Until the unthinkable happens and a taboo relationship happens.
The experiences and tragedies of Lukia are performed by Diana Stevan who gives voice to her grandmother’s story in a sensitive and caring manner. The passion and personal connection to the story are deep and provide the listener with an intense listen. Nine hours and 25 minutes long, the time flies as the listener is swept into the world of Lukia through the careful construction of the story and the passionate telling by Ms. Stevan.
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.
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.