The BrainsKendall Morgan, a relic expert born with the family gift for sensing the history and location of ancient artifacts. The BucksNathan Larraby, the enigmatic billionaire who has hired Kendall to locate four powerful relics. The BrawnJake Stone, the tough, sexy mercenary with a mysterious past, contracted to protect Kendall.
Every mission Kendall accepts carries certain hazards, but Nathan’s latest is proving to be the most dangerous yet. Kendall’s attraction to Jake - and to Nathan - is making it hard to stay focused, and none of them can afford the distraction. Because there’s someone else hunting the relics, someone who will stop at nothing to put them to his own sinister use. But the dark secrets Nathan’s keeping could cost them the mission, their lives...and the history of mankind.
©2012 Anita Clenney (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I wasn't crazy about the narrator.
I thought it was pretty good. I'm intrigued, I'd definitely like to listen to the next one to unsolved some more mysteries.
The narrator kind of spoke weird. Almost like a lisp or something that frequently made her "s" sounds sound more like "sh." I guess it's nit-picky, but it bugged me. It just seems like if you're going to have someone narrate a book, you'd weed out things like that. I don't know...
Interest mostly. One of the reviews I read for this compared it to a girl version of Indiana Jones. I love that series and I can definitely see how that comparison can be made. There was adventure and mystery and a bit of romance, although honestly, I like a little more romance than there was in this book, but I think it might be leading there a little bit. The main point of the story isn't for romance though, it's the adventure/mystery angle.
It's pretty cheap, so I think it's worth the buy.
This is a fascinating story that has interesting historical pieces.
I think the narrator of this story does a good job of keeping the story interesting and does a decent job with the voices.
This book is a good listen for when you are at the gym. It's not a book I had to listen too but looked forward to it when I was at the gym. It's a little draggy in places and then skips over some more interesting parts at the end...like the book just needed to get wrapped up. I'd buy it again.
More character development was needed for this storyline to really "fly". The protagonists attention spans and the plot was flighty. Even the scenes where danger was imminent, there were on-going sexual innuendos and jokes.
Laurie King, Russell Series
Great depth and variety of voices - an engaging performer.
A lively quick pace.
I love books more than people.
Kendall Morgan is a modern day Indiana Jones with a twist – her sixth sense. Since she can remember she has always had an uncanny ability to sense the history and location of objects and sometimes people too. Growing up hunting relics with her father and best friend, she always loved what she did and after a tragic plane crash that killed everyone she loved, she dedicated herself to finding and protecting the relics of the world. When her boss, the reclusive and mysterious billionaire Nathan Larraby, asks her to help uncover the location and procure four powerful relics, she accepts and soon finds herself flown to Italy with a brooding and mysterious mercenary Jake Stone. The two of them head off in search of the first relic and soon find that things aren’t all what they appear to be.
Two words: Loved it!
The book revolves around our three strong, stubborn and flawed characters: Kendall, Jake and Nathan. Kendall is our female Indiana Jones and uses her sixth sense to find and locate objects and sometimes people. She uses her gift sometimes more than her brain and I am honestly surprised she hasn’t gotten killed over it yet. Sometimes her stubbornness and impulsive nature really made me want to smack her and talk to her about being smarter about her decisions. That being said, she also had a determination and curiosity about her that was truly envious. Jake, our brooding, mysterious and horny mercenary was an interesting character to say the least. I will honestly say, I didn’t care for him at first. He was a pig and sexist and just irked me the wrong way too many times. After awhile he did grow on me but it did take a bit longer because of his earlier attitude towards Kendall. In the end, he proved to be stubborn, protective, and while he was still horny as a dog, he truly seemed to care about Kendall and her well being. Nathan, was also an interesting character but I did like him more than I did Jake. He was very reclusive and mysterious but he had an air of mystery, determination and desperation that made me want to delve into his head and find out everything about him. I will admit though that he did some irksome things, especially with all his secrets! Too many for my liking but I can see how they help the book along.
The plot itself was very interesting and definitely followed the whole Indiana Jones theme we have going on. They are relic hunters who are searching for an item and hopefully retrieve it faster than the sinister Reaper does. Speaking of the Reaper, though we know he is the one after the relic and while we do find out some stuff about him…I still wonder if he is actually real. My only real qualm about the plot is how fast it moved. I mean it FLEW by. I felt as though I was almost rushing through the book just to keep up. I think things could have been slowed down a bit, explained more and given a bit more detail instead of the quick hints and details were were given.
I am curious as to where the romance will go in this book because while it does have romantic elements in it, there is no real inclination as to which way it is going. As of now there is no love triangle per se, but it is possible it could lead to one in future books which has me worried. Hopefully not as I already know who I want her to end up with and it better happen! And I think it will because as much as I enjoy this book…I think I already know where everything is going because unfortunately it is a bit predictable. Nonetheless, I will still continue to read the series because I enjoyed the adventure, the mystery and the history that is revealed! A fun and action filled adventure that I am glad I picked up!
I thought the story was great it was a little different than what I normally read but I was kept interested until the last word.
It had intrigue, mystery, a little paranormal, old artifacts, a ghost, a secret society, and romance. What more could you ask for?
I read a review on Amazon that was scathing but even looking for the things she listed left me wondering how she could take everything so backwards from what is was meant for. But to each his own, however for me this was a great read and I'm off to purchase the next book in the series.
Like I said in the title I'm not a fan of the narrator and wish it was anyone else because she grated on me and had me picturing a grandmother instead of the heroine who is still in her 20's and when she spoke for Nathan it was a sick old man. The only good thing I can say is you eventually get a little used to it and that was the only reason it was tolerable.
I like black tea, crossword puzzles, food, yarn, and my boyfriend. Everything else is hit or miss.
I really enjoyed the fantasy elements of the story. I think it's an interesting mechanic and I'm excited to see where it leads.
No, this was a first. I have to say though - I wouldn't seek out her narration. Her accents in particular simply take me out of the story, especially when, in subsequent books, she uses the only distinct accent she does well for subsequent different characters.
I laughed on more than one occasion, though it was more being taken aback by an off-color comment than anything else.
I really wish she sexual component of the books weren't so... prominent. There's definitely something to be said for sexual tension, but rather than "fantasy" being the primary category for this book it falls into "soft porn". The whole series suffers from the same problem. As I said previously, I think the fantastical part of the story, from the "ancient order" to the main character's pseudo-psychic abilities, are excellent. I can't really bring myself to recommend this to anyone I know personally though because of the overwhelming and mostly unnecessary sexual focus of the book.
It just keeps moving and the story line is good.
I will continue the series.
I read this story 1st in eBook form and now as audible so I could lead a book discussion on it. It is such am amazing story with lots of intrigue and mystery.
This audible was extremely well narrated and it flowed really well as the narrator switched between male, female and different accents.
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