It's taken me a long time to figure out how to write a review for this book without including spoilers. Many of the reasons why I enjoyed the book are key points of the story- either plot or character based. The only thing that I knew about the book prior to starting it was that it involved time travel - all of my other preconceived notions were completely wrong. (Which is my fault for drawing unsubstantiated conclusions.) As a result, I spent the first few chapters of the book being shocked & surprised. The audio version of the book comes with a free copy of the ebook version. I knew the book had my hooked when I started flipping back & forth between the two versions because I HAD to at least finish the chapter.
What did I like about this book? Many of the story conflicts; the very different (opposing) viewpoints regarding the same events; and the outstanding imagery. This is one of the most visually stimulating books I've read recently.
There is a high probability that SOMETHING in this book will either offend you or make you uncomfortable. This isn't Riyria- this book has a far different tone than that universe. It is the type of book that will make you think and may even have you questioning what you would do in the same situations. Would I read another book set in this universe? Yes = this book feels like the pebble thrown into pond- the ripples created are still expanding & it would be very interesting to see what happens next.
The narrator, Jonathan Davis, is excellent.
One other hint: don't skip over the author notes at the beginning and end of the book.
Enjoyed listening to this book. It has been on my to be read list for a while and came highly recommended (with very good reason). I like that the story is from Ray's point of view and that the reader is figuring things out at the same time that he is. Was left with lots of questions at the end of the book and wanting to read more (not a bad thing).
Christian Rummel is the perfect narrator for this novel. He nails the character voices and his performance is well paced.
Reading Twenty Palaces: A Prequel first certainly isn't mandatory, but it does fill in some blanks and the back story referenced in this book.
Audible, oh great & all powerful, please consider arranging for Book 2: Game of Cages and Book 3: Circle of Enemies to be conjured into audio.
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.
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