Alex Hunter, code named Arcadian, wakes up with no knowledge of who he is, in the care of a woman he doesn't recognize, in a country not his own. But there is a calling deep within him, to return home to Black Mountain. Formed a billion years ago, the Appalachian's Black Mountain hosts a terrible legend. Only one elder remains to guard its long-forgotten, deadly secret and there is a fear that there is evil lurking again. Some hikers have gone missing, and the rescue team sent to search for them has not returned.
Meanwhile, in nearby Asheville, Professor Matt Kearns is drawn into the mystery of an ancient artifact recovered from the mountainside, and an image too grotesque to be real. A survivor is then found half-alive, covered in blood - blood revealed to be not quite human. Alex must confront an age-old enemy of man and discover the truth about his past, and confront the horror that stalks the frozen mountain, and also the one haunting his very soul.
©2012 Greig Beck (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
This is the 4th book in The Arcadian (Alex Hunter series) after reading and listening to the other audiobooks this one did not disappoint, it was a sit on the edge of you seat and enjoy the roller coaster ride. Full of action, suspense and surprises. I love listening to Sean Mangan he had a great style and never disappoints great narraton.
Comparing the audio to the print edition is akin to asking someone if they liked the movie or the book. It's all down to the performance, and the reader does a great job, so it's a great audio.
I've listened to other Greig Beck performances by Sean Mangan, and echoing my review title, this is the best yet.
I had read several reviews of this book that criticized the plot line where Alex is being pursued by several different agencies as detracting from the main story. I strongly disagree. One of the best parts for me was near the end of the book (I won't give out any spoilers, sorry) where Alex needs to act to save someone, and I found myself yelling "Save [that person], Alex, don't just stand there!!!" Luckily for me, I listen to the book in my car while driving to work so no one heard me making a fool of myself.
The main plot is great as well, would have liked more but then, I would have liked more of the whole book, too. If you have read any of the previous three and liked them, GET THIS BOOK! I can't wait for the next one.
Absolutely YES! I haven't listened scary thrillers before but this series has been thoroughly enjoyable.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat due to the way the narrator builds up the tension. To have tension the story must be well written.
my favourite scene was when Alex confronted the beasts in their cave at the end and the leader wouldn't fight Alex and blocked his kind away from humans. To me it showed the beasts had an understanding of the destructive nature of the humans, and Alex canme to that conclusion too.
when Alex and the beast saluted each other at the end and to a lesser extent when Adira realised she couldn't stay with Alex. Also when Alex found his Mums remains and felt grief for not being there for her.
I highly recommend these books to adults who enjoy their reads a little make believe but with a touch of "could it be true??'"
This is good! I didn't expect some of the turns and you didn't hold back for the faint of heart in the story line. If you're gonna' do sci-fi action adventure with a current venue, you certainly did it in my opinion. Sean is again, perfect for your stories.
Dear Listener...read the Series in order. I still need read 2, I will admit, and I will. Greig is a true talent.
I enjoyed the fourth book in the Alex Hunter series, and look forward to the next one. There are 2 storylines happening, that eventually converge into 1 storyline, I really enjoyed it, and will definitely read more by this author
I love Greig Beck's book and the narrator, Sean Mangan is great!!!
On to the next adventure!!!
Not so interesting without his main character in his other books.
He mispronounces a lot of words.
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it's ranks right up at the top, i've listened to all 4 in this series and Each is FANTASTIC!
I love THE HAMMER !!
Sean's voice is excellent in this Genre. He enunciates well, Emotes and brings an element of suspense at just the right moment. I've bought other audiobooks precisely Because Sean was reading !
Yes. i did want to listen to this book to the end. Thank goodness for bookmarks, right before i fall to sleep !!
"Body count+++ - blood+++, Gore+++"
First book I read in the series but I quickly got caught up in the story. Fast paced and intriguing but too many loose ends tied up by a Tarantino type ending.
Not to my taste - I will not be listening to any more in the series.
once again a great read can't wait to start the next book to see what happens to alex
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