A devout secret society, a faithless courier, and a ruthless cult are about to face off over the fate of mankind and the power of God himself.
Meet Travis Rail, professional transporter of supernatural goods. Aside from his martial arts proficiency, skill behind the wheel, and solid track record of deliveries, what makes him qualified to do what he does is that he doesn't believe in the supernatural claims of his clients - which keeps him objective, honest, and detached.
Or so he thought.
When his latest client has him transport a chest containing something allegedly touched by Jesus, his world gets turned upside down. Not 20 minutes into the delivery the Rift show up - an underground cult hell-bent on collecting all of the treasures of God. However, it turns out that not only were they after the chest, they were after Travis as well.
Who exactly are the Rift? Why do they want him dead? And is what he's transporting truly of Jesus?
In his quest for answers, Travis is reluctantly thrust into another delivery, transporting yet another one of God's treasures. And the closer he gets to completing this delivery, the more he learns that what he's delivering might just be bigger than the package itself.
©2015 Jonathan Chateau (P)2016 Jonathan Chateau
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I didn't realize when I picked up this book that it was written by an author I had just finished listening to in "Nightmares in Analog". I enjoyed that collection on the whole, so was even more excited to give this story a listen.
I wasn't disappointed. This tale seems to be the first entry in a series about a transporter of holy goods who doesn't really buy into the fact that the goods are holy. Only, it's not that he believes in God, it's more like he believes that if there is a God, he pretty much sucks.
With this background in place, the author begins to weave a sort of coming of age tale where we see our once-resentful protagonist learn to embrace the God he shunned. In doing so, he begins to accept gifts granted to him and learn what his purpose truly is.
It's a decent mix of sci-fi/supernatural with a dash of religion. For those of you not religious (I'm not), don't worry: this book isn't preachy to the point of being annoying. For those of you who are, I don't believe the author crosses into anything blasphemous or offensive (though, as I said, I'm not religious, so take that into account).
I did have a few qualms however. The story is told in the current first-person perspective. This is simlar to the tales in "Nightmares in Analog", but since this was a full-length novel, my personal annoyances with it were a bit more pronounced. The "stream of consciousness" style of writing can seem a bit meandering, repetitive and sometimes annoying. Not enough to ruin the story, but just enough to notice.
Also, on the story front, our hero kept seeming to get himself in ridiculous situations only to need to be bailed out in some fashion. Sure the author was likely setting him up to fail so that he could excel once he embraces who he is, but I found myself wondering, more than once, why someone so pathetic was the focus of the story.
The ending, of course, sets the stage for future stories which I think I'll check out. I'm cautiously optimistic on where this is headed.
The narrator did a pretty decent job, though during conversations many of his voices (especially females) sounded too much like shouting for my tastes.
I was provided this audio book for free in exchange for a fair review. My thoughts are my own.
I like the action scenes. A bit repetitive. Overall a decent book. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
Not sure what audience this was to appeal to ? Devout Christians unlikely as they holy are oddly portrayed, the agnostics? Not very convincing. Too many respective action sequences.
A well written story that is creative, visual, and draws the reader into the story. I love the consistent references to the "good" book's principles. A winding road of mystery filled with action that grabs the reader and takes you on an steady anticipated incline. Fools the reader's assumption. Strongly recommended!
Great narration, distinctive voice inflection and great separation of emotion and timing.
This book was an amazing and easy read. If you like the DaVinci code you'll love this series. The best way to describe it is "The DaVinci code" meets "the maze runner". The book kept me interested the whole entire time. I can't wait for the next one in this series to come out.
This is a well paced tale. Well envisioned scenes tell the story of a dark hero. Plenty of action to enjoy. There is just enough humor to keep you in through the tension and moments of gore. It is a great escape that starts with a great escape.
The narrator for this book was a little flat, but the content and story more than make up for it! Suspenseful and thrilling it leaves me wanting to know what happens next! Kudos to the author!
Yes I would in hopes that he would make something along the lines of Nightmares in Analog again but not any more in these series. Chris Rice did an excellent job though the women came off very needy, annoying and stupid but that wasn't his fault he could only do so much to save the story.
O.M.G. the preachyness was way too much and over the top. Another reviewer mentioned that it was not preachy so I wasn't hesitant in listening to this book but halfway through it I could not wait for it to end so the preaching would stop. There are other similar books were the concept of forgiveness to god is not hammered in as it was in this book. Also as I mentioned before the women voices and characters were just painfully awful, once again not Chris Rice fault.
A saving grace, his voices of Lomak and Vanessa really stood out but the main character Travis and the women were sometimes just painful to get through. I can't believe the main character is literally that stupid, had I just read it I think I would've skipped a few pages.
Yes and No. The story is not bad, the characters are good and the premise is predictable but enjoyable. The thing that kills it is once again the overall preachy tone.
If you were looking for a cool longer story similar to the stories of Nightmares in Analog you will be greatly disappointed. "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."
Once the book begins, it's non-stop action right up until the heartpounding conclusion. You won't want to put it downl.
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Teddy Bear of a Man wandering the desert wasteland of Mohave County Arizona. Walking 5 miles a day with my dog while listening to Audible,
This was a really awesome story where the main character experiences loss, growth, learn to forgive God. All while transporting supernatural objects for a group tasked with protecting them.
This reminded me of a combination of the TV show Supernatural and the movie Transporter. The subject mater of those to seems to be blended together to form this story.
This is the first time I have listened to Mr Rice but I really enjoyed his performance.
There was one moment that moved me a great deal. Travis had fought Lowmax and seemed to be dying. He is ready to give up and just is about to let go and prays. It was kind of moving.
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