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Sunset Audiobook
Sunset
Written by: 
Arshad Ahsanuddin
Narrated by: 
David Stifel
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Sunset Audiobook

Sunset: Pact Arcanum, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

By day...

Los Angeles, 2040: When the terrorist known as Medusa threatens to kill millions with a stolen nuclear bomb, Nick Jameson makes a fateful decision. He reveals himself on global television as a Daywalker - a vampire with a soul. To save Los Angeles, Nick exposes not only his own gifts but three separate cultures based on millennia-old magic.

By night...

The three metahuman races exist in careful balance, working to maintain a fragile peace. Nick and his fellow Daywalkers successfully master their natural bloodlust. The Sentinels, armed with both magic and steel, repress their warlike instincts. And even some Nightwalkers, normally their natural enemies, have deserted the Court of Shadows to join the triple alliance. Nick Jameson is deeply involved with two such Nightwalkers - handsome Lorcan and powerful Rory. Both men love Nick. But neither can protect the new Ambassador to Humanity from the events he has set in motion.

By the sword...

Jeremy Harkness was lured into Medusa's service under false pretenses. A loner with no one and nothing to cling to, he was willing to die for his cause. But the night Medusa tried to obliterate Los Angeles, Jeremy met Nick Jameson, triggering the onset of his own psychic gifts. For Jeremy is the third race of metahuman, a Sentinel, born to kill the Nightwalkers with no quarter asked or offered. And neither Medusa nor the Court of Shadows will settle for peace when they can make war.

©2012 Arshad Ahsanuddin (P)2012 Arshad Ahsanuddin

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    Donald Louisville, Georgia, United States 10-03-13
    Donald Louisville, Georgia, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Splendid Surprise"

    When I chose this book to read, I will admit that I was not 100% sure that this was the book for me. Daywalkers, Nightwalkers, & Sentinels...there all here. The book opens with an action scene and continues on a steady pace until the end. This is so much more than a "gay vampire" story. Ahsanuddin's tale consists of romance, adventure, thrills, excitement, terror, science fiction with a human twist, and toss in a little space and you have the makings for a fantastic story! Redemption, hope, love, and growth...the elements needed to fully explore the very act of living. I highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading the remainder of the series to find out what happens to Nick, Jeremy, Scott, Toby, the Armistice and the slew of other characters that enter into this realm of wonder. And on a side note, to discover that Ahsanuddin is a hematologist...yep, a blood doctor! Awesome to the 10th degree! The narration of David Stifel was fantastic. He brought the story to life... adding depth and distinction to the characters of this tale. Enjoy the journey!


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 05-13-13
    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Make a Pact to read this series."

    Cashing in on the vampire hoopla, but who cares? Great story, well written, excellent narration. But read the series in reverse order. The story is better ordered if you read book 2 first.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 05-19-16
    Kim 05-19-16 Member Since 2014

    I love fantasy, mystery, romance, strong loyalties and believable characters. I loathe cliffhangers, sloppy plotting and overdramatic MC's.

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    "Repetition, repetition, repetition"
    Would you try another book from Arshad Ahsanuddin and/or David Stifel?

    Neither.


    What could Arshad Ahsanuddin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Gotten an editor to look at it. I got a third of the way through the book before I stopped listening because there are only so many times I can listen to the same, barely-interesting-to-begin-with facts. It kills the story's momentum, and made me lose interest and patience. The writing itself was clumsy and unpolished, using dialogue to dump huge chunks of information, rather than weaving it into the telling of the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Stifel’s performances?

    No. He has a very deep voice, which doesn't adapt well to multiple characters. It didn't help that he made odd choices, making the female villain in the first chapter sound like a mountain troll.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sunset?

    I wouldn't have cut a lot of scenes, but I would have made strong suggestions for changes in pretty much all of them, starting with my complaints above.


    Any additional comments?

    I know many people would say there's no such thing as a book that's objectively bad, but that isn't true. Writing is a craft, and as anyone who's taken a creative writing course knows, there are mistakes that earn you low grades. Bad pacing, info-dumpig and repetition are such mistakes, and this book is full of them. Maybe it gets better in the last two thirds, but I won't be betting any more of my time on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-06-16
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    "Too Much Magic Hocus Pocus"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who want a mix of scifi and magic might like this. Lots of magical basis.


    Has Sunset turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about David Stifel’s performance?

    His voice is unusual, but the narration was not the "turn off" for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I just wasn't interested.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Hoboken, NJ, United States 02-21-16
    Robert Hoboken, NJ, United States 02-21-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Intellegently written story but gets a bit sappy"

    I love SyFi. This book certainly satisfies that love. It's intelligently written with detailed, believable science that kept me interested.

    The romance portion - love triangle - is a bit sappy at times.

    The narrator was not good. Stiff and wooden making it a bit hard to relate to all the characters.

    All that said, I will buy another book in the series, may skip the one by the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kaletha Warren, mi, United States 02-10-15
    Kaletha Warren, mi, United States 02-10-15 Member Since 2016

    I love sci-fi sci-fi....Hey everybody let me know what the best audio books are !

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    "not what I thought !"

    It was a struggle to finish this book it was ok just not my kind of listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jeffrey carbondale, IL, United States 03-14-14
    jeffrey carbondale, IL, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Soft-core vampire porn"
    Has Sunset turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO. But I seriously doubt that I will ever read another book by this author.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it speaks very poorly of any author when 70% of their story revolves around romantic scenes. If you were to cut out all the unnecessary love scenes in this book you would be left with a really good short story. I think the author needs to take a cold shower and focus on what is most important to his story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 04-09-13
    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Antonavich

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    "I hated this book."

    For me the story was bad. The plot was bad. I listen to the entire book, but this was one that I wanted to quit in the middle.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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