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
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.
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.
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??'"
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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 !!
I am getting so tired of listening to the sample and decide that the book will be good, then 3-4 chapters in the language gets really trashy. Why does authors do that? Do thay think that they have us snagged and will listen to the end? No more for me! I think that books without bad language would get mild listerners as well as the hard-core listeners. Trashy books only get trashy listeners.
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