There's no punchline- but the cast of this fun pulp adventure makes the plot even that much more interesting. This is a great story with lots of action & adventure. Professor Khan gets called to LA to solve a mystery and trouble soon finds him.
A few disclaimers - I'm not familiar with the Spirit of the Century game although I have read the other 3 currently available books that are based off of it (Dinocalypse Now, Beyond Dinocalypse, and Khan of Mars- these are all great reads!) This book can easily stand on its own although it probably will make you curious about what has already happened in the other volumes.
Oliver Wyman's performance: fantastic. He's the perfect voice for the Spirit of the Century books.
I enjoyed it. Having already read the first two books in the Powder Mage series, this was a great, short prequel to the books. This is a stand alone story but knowing what is to come makes you appreciate the tale all the more. It's fascinating getting a glimpse into the lives of the characters prior to Book 1.
Julie Hoverson does a wonderful job narrating the story.
Disclosure: I won a free download of this Audible short story from the author. In spite of that, the views expressed here are my own & I did not commit to posting a review for the download.
This was my second time through this book- the first was an ebook version. I enjoyed the audio book every bit as much as the ebook. I highly recommend doing a second read- there are definitely things that I missed the first time around.
The Vampire Earth series is one of my favorites. This book did not disappoint. It is from Duvalier's perspective instead of Valentine's and packs a punch.
Christian Rummel gives an extraordinary performance (as usual).
Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Looking forward to the third book in the trilogy. I wasn't ready for this one to end. (Sort of snuck up on me). More great characters & incredible locations. A fascinating story that is never boring.
Oliver Wyman gives another wonderful performance with this book. (I can't imagine anyone else voicing these characters.)
You are going to want to go ahead and pick up "Beyond Dinocalypse" at the same time you get this one- just TRUST ME. This is a good story- lots of action & adventure. There are a lot of characters to keep track of but each one brings something unique to the story.
Oliver Wyman gives another wonderful performance with this book.
Note: Knowledge of the Spirit of the Century game is not necessary to enjoy this book.
THIS BOOK IS FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF AHN-KHA!
That was my reaction as I started reading Appalachian Overthrow. I've had a fondness for the golden one since he first crossed paths with Valentine and I was simply ecstatic to discover that this book was in his voice.
This is the 10th book in the Vampire Earth series and you really must read the prior books in order to appreciate it. This is also the only book so far that hasn't been from David Valentine's perspective. The narrator shift takes some getting used to. But once into the meat of the book, the story and action flow well and it's easy to forget that we are missing our normal protagonist. This book fills in a lot of the gaps surrounding what happened to Ahn-kha while he was separated from Valentine. There are many references to the storylines of the previous books where Ahn-kha timeline drops in/out.
I enjoyed this book- the story, the characters, and the mountain setting. The book is presented as sort of a field journal by Ahn-kha. Towards the end there is one particular section that reads like its missing a few paragraphs- dropped like Southern Command was tasked with printing the account & managed to lose a page. I delayed purchasing this book because of the comments about the missing parts & regret doing so now- I was able to pick up on what was going on and quickly got pulled back into the story.
The narrator, Christian Rummel, does a wonderful job and had a thankless task. He does a fantastic Ahn-kha voice in the previous novels but it would have been nearly impossible to use that voice for 9+ hours as Ahn-kha tells his story. That voice is what heard in my head as I read the ebook version and so I was a tiny bit (unfairly) disappointed when I started listening to the audio. The primary voice he uses is a deeper, richer version of the one that he uses for Valentine and he occasionally slips into a southern drawl.
Note: The audio book is missing an Appendix that the ebook had that describes the impact the Appalachian fight had on the other Kurian zones.
I watched the Whodunnit?: Murder in Rue Manor TV show and read the previous book Murder in Mystery Manor which makes picking this book up really easy. I enjoyed this book a little bit more than I did the previous one - I was able to follow/ distinguish between the characters more. The only criticism I had was that the last challenge ended a bit oddly- the reveal of the killer didn't provide the same level of suspense/ anticipation as the previous book. Yes, I would read more in this series.
As with the first book in this series, Gildart Jackson provides a spectacular performance.
There are a very limited number of books that I can listen to repeatedly- but this is one of them. (And you want to get this one in audio format to get the full experience of each tale- Pollak is an expert impressionist) The stories are interesting and entertaining and even if you are a regular viewer of the Chat Show - there are stories in this that you haven't heard before.
I enjoyed this book - put simply - it was really fun to listen to. I was not familiar with the Spirit of the Century game & other books prior to starting this one but had no problem following along. Khan & Bulls-eye are wonderful characters and they're dropped into a fast paced adventure on Mars. The planet was full of surprises and I loved the diversity of the Mars population. (How can one not like the idea of frogmen from Mars?)
Oliver Wyman does a wonderful job bringing the story to life with his performance.
Will I be reading more in the Spirit of the Century series books? Yes.
Will I be buying more books by Stephen Blackmoore? Yes
I watched the Whodunnit?: Murder in Rue Manor TV show earlier this year. That probably made stepping back in time to hear the pre-TV show story easier for me than maybe a reader who wasn't familiar with the setup of the "game". I enjoyed the overall story and I have to admit it becomes easier to follow as the cast of characters decreases. (Which for me is true with all reality-type game shows) One nice feature of the book over the TV show is that you get a glimpse into what the characters are thinking - including some of the manor staff. This book answers the question of how Giles the butler ends up in the middle of Whodunnit?. Gildart Jackson puts in a spectacular performance. Would I listen to another one? Yes - I'm going to listen to Murder in Mystery Island next.
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