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Caleb L. Allen

Caleb

California | Member Since 2008

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (394)

    Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

    Shannon Peterson says: "Great mix of sci-fi, mystery and adventure."
    "Loved It"
    Overall

    I was on the edge of my seat for most of this novel, it is by far the best of the Alex Benedict novels.

    Seeker is a hard sci fi story without the info dumps and cardboard characters that plague the genre. The characters feel real and the story incorporates an interesting mystery that involves cosmic incidents that only an astrophysicist could predict, but McDevitt makes fun and believable.

    Jennifer Van Dyck did a wonderful job, her voice fits Chase very well and kept a good pace throughout.

    I have to say that the complaints in the comments seem somewhat petty.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Promise of Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (377)

    Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail. But when gods are involved.... Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should....

    Christian says: "A Promise of Awesome!"
    "Wonderful Fantasy set in Napoleonic-Era style tecn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm sick and tired of nobles, kings, emperors, dukes, lords, and knights. It looks like Brian McClellan feels the same way.

    The narration was fantastic. Christian Rodska usually does great and this is no exception.

    Main components are as follows:

    * Oliver Cromwell style protagonist. "The age of kings is dead" indeed.
    * Magic Musketeers, or "Powder Mages." They're super interesting and fun.
    * Old Magic/Feudalism vs. New Magic/New Technology
    * Frontiersman + Native Tribeswoman ala French/Indian war style groups.
    * Old Gods and Ancient wizard creatures.

    The Characters feel real and realized, the plot is interesting and fun, and the ending is satisfying and a good setup for the next book in the series.

    Give it a try! :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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