From thriller and suspense master Brett Battles comes Dream Sky, the sixth book in the continuing Project Eden thriller saga. A hush has settled over the planet. The once-dominant human race is in full retreat. But man is not yet defeated. Augustine dream sky. These were Matt Hamilton’s last words. Daniel Ash has no idea what they mean, but he’s sure they are key to defeating Project Eden. His only hope is that he’s able to figure out the secret in time. The survivors on Isabella Island are surrounded by death, and need to get off the island before the flu can claim them, too. But there are not enough boats at the resort to get everyone to safety. The only solution involves a risky trip to the mainland that may be even more dangerous than remaining on the island. In Mumbai, Sanjay’s friends watch as the Project Eden survival station is abandoned. Curious, they search the facility once everyone has left. They expect to find very little, and at first they are right. But only at first. Ben Bowerman’s search for his girlfriend, Martina Gable, takes him to the only place left he thinks she can be. When he gets there, he’s hurled into the unexpected, where he begins to see the truth of what is really going on, and knows if he doesn’t do something drastic, his days are numbered. And in an idyllic town covered by a blanket of snow, all is quiet. Except for the rotating squad of soldiers who watch and wait for a problem they believe becomes more and more unlikely as each day passes. The world, after all, is quickly depleting. But they are wrong.
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“Dream Sky” ends with a cliff-hanger that almost irresistibly compels us to immediately purchase the next entry in the Project Eden series. Prepare yourself to budget for two audiobooks in quick succession: You will want to know what happens next. Technically, 𝙩𝙝𝙚o𝙧𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮, you can listen to any of the Project Eden audiobooks without having listened to its predecessors; because author Brett Battles does us the courtesy of including, at the beginning of each episode, a “What Went Before” chapter that summarizes the story so far. However, I think that you will miss a lot of this saga if you don’t start at the beginning, with “Sick”. The Project Eden series is really one long story published in several pieces, of which “Dream Sky” is the sixth piece.
I can’t explain why this series causes such addictive, compulsive listening. It deals with a pretty scary — if far-fetched — scenario: What if a nefarious cabal of ego-centric, power-hungry conspirators hatched a plot to rid the world of most of its human population, leaving only them and their hand-picked survivors to re-build civilization according to their own specifications? I, personally, have trouble with scary, dark audiobook stories; because I get so emotionally sucked into the plots. Nonetheless, this series kept me listening, despite its “Yikes!” factor. I was rooting for the Good Guys and hating the despicable Bad Guys obsessively all the way through.
Maybe narrator Macleod Andrews had something to do with my relentless listening to the Project Eden series. Mr. Andrews has the rare Acting Gift: He is one of those natural-born actors, who can change voices and accents so effortlessly that he makes it sound easy. For me, the narrator counts every bit as much as the story. A good narrator can rescue a mediocre story, and can influence me to purchase an audiobook that I might not otherwise consider.
I recommend “Dream Sky” to all thriller-lovers, with the proviso that you first listen to its predecessors in the Project Eden series.
Note: except for my review in book one, will use this as my review for the rest in the series.
I review the first book when I was on book four. I think I gave story 4 stars only because I think books three and four should have been combined in one longer book. Book one really rates a five.
I felt three and four should have been combined because three ended unexpectedly, without a true ending, very much a cliffhanger. If I would have had to wait between three and four, I may not have continued. Luckily, I did not have to wait and I could binge listen.
I give the series five stars for the overall story (thank you for pandemic without zombies) The most excellent reader and the character arcs (growth) from beginning to end. This is why I like characters. They must remain true to their character (steadfast) or they grow, learn and adapt to the conflicts in the story - either way, they stay on mission, achieving small goals that lead to the larger overall goal of the series. In the series most grow and grow well. Most notably, Ash's kids, Sanjay and his friends, Martina and her friends and the group on the island off Costa Rica. I was engrossed in all of their lives and struggles and how they really had to fight to survive.
This was my first time reading Brett Battles and I enjoyed it very much. I can't say enough about MacLeod Andrews except he was so good in this series I rate him number two in my list of readers, right behind Ray Porter.
This was an OUTSTANDING series that made me grab the next book in the series well before I was done with the previous... I did this so I would not miss a beat in the story... It was so compelling, and quite original in its overall plot, I thought... Do yourself a favor, and start with "Sick" the first in the series, and then don't stop until you get to "Down" the seventh and "final?" installment... You will NOT regret it!!
I'm sorry, Mr. Battles, but you really have your characters gushing out the stupidest dialogue ever. Your story is great, and I will listen to book 7, but gees, you make me cringe. I'm sort of glad I'm coming to the end of the series as I don't think I can listen to much more of Captain Ash's young children getting in the faces of experienced resistance leaders and getting their way, or the heroes of the story asking the dumbest questions. I realize you need some page fillers but holy cow. Ok, rant over, the story is good, so if you enjoy some mindless entertainment, which I do, this series is a worthwhile listen. The reader is very good as well so what can I say? I just get through the cringe parts and move along.
The undertone of rightful distrust toward too-powerful governing authorities is well placed. Brett Battles captures this sentiment with riveting and powerfully magnetic allure. Sadly enough, the entire series is most realistic in that it is reminiscent and reflective of how a people's trust can easily be abused and twisted toward horrific ends. History is too full of examples where once trustworthy, democratic, civil, and cosmopolitan governing bodies can morph into monsters of social experimentation, secrecy, and ideological brutality.
Only one regret - that the Project Eden series has come to an end. I loved every word of this excellent work. Thank you Brett Battles....and thank you Macleod Andrews!
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