This is a novella/short story in the alternate history created for Boneshaker & Dreadnought.
It was nice to see the return of some characters from Boneshaker, although the story is self-contained enough that you don't have to have read the others to understand it (it helps flesh out some allusions though). The reading of this was why I almost gave up on this story. In Chapter 2 when the main female character meets her boss... it was almost too much to bear. The narrator's Scottish accent for the boss of the agency was very very difficult to listen to - it was a caricature of a Scottish accent, and was VERY painful. I stuck through it, and fortunately it's the only chapter this character appears in.
Either just do a faint accent, or don't even try. The exaggerated terrible accent which appeared in the story was painful. I have never met a scot who sounds like that, and an extended vacation there didn't expose me to anything like it.
This book was part of the selection for one of Audible's promotions, and I picked it up more or less on a whim. I was very pleasantly surprised - this book is a lovely, character driven story where things are wrapped up cleanly but without being _overly_ predictable.
There were few surprises, it was more about the emotional journey of the characters. And while there were times it seemed less about the (nominal) main character and more about introducing us to Witch Central and the merry band within, it is still Lauren's journey.
The next books are even better, although I don't know if I can recommend reading _any_ of the series in public as they _all_ made me weepy at some point. It didn't feel manipulative though, just like you were attached to these people and a response was genuinely evoked. I did immediately buy the entire rest of the series (2-7) in ebook on the basis of listening to this one, and I have not been disappointed.
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I was skeptical - I didn't think I wanted to read "another zombie book". This book far surpassed my expectations. The world building is excellent - you can see how it developed from our present, but the story is fabulous. It is fast paced, and the actions lead into one another. I had to take a break about 3 hours from the end as it was getting a little too intense and I had been avoiding spoilers so I really had no idea what would happen.
There's humour, drama, action, and characters I came to care about. It was fantastic.
I had read Old Mans War by the same author and while it was good, it was nothing like this book. This one has a new take on the idea that aliens want to make themselves known to us, and it has engaging characters, witty dialogue, and great pacing.
The naration is excellent, adding to the overall experience.
I loved the first three books, and found the narrator engaging. This one is read by someone else, and I do not enjoy his style. Also, as mentioned by another reviewer, he pronounces many of the names differently. I actually didn't listen to the whole thing, I went and bought the book itself.
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