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Appalachian Overthrow: Vampire Earth, Book 10 | [E. E. Knight]

Appalachian Overthrow: Vampire Earth, Book 10

Captured and sold to the Kurian-allied Maynes Conglomerate, to work as a slave in the coal mines of Appalachia, Ahn-Kha is angered and appalled by the dangerous working conditions, and the brutal treatment inflicted upon his fellow miners. When a protest against shortages is deliberately and bloodily suppressed, Ahn-Kha sets himself against the ruling Maynes family and sets out on a trail of vengeance through the Coal Country. Finally, the people of the Coal Country are driven to the breaking point....
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Publisher's Summary

E.E. Knight has proven “a master of his craft. His prose is controlled but interesting, and his characters are fully formed and come to life” (Science Fiction Weekly). In his latest Vampire Earth novel, the national best-selling author tells a tale about David Valentine’s fellow freedom fighter Ahn-Kha when he was imprisoned and forced into hard labor by the Kurians - and the rebellion he led against them....

Captured and sold to the Kurian-allied Maynes Conglomerate, to work as a slave in the coal mines of Appalachia, Ahn-Kha is angered and appalled by the dangerous working conditions, and the brutal treatment inflicted upon his fellow miners. When a protest against shortages is deliberately and bloodily suppressed, Ahn-Kha sets himself against the ruling Maynes family and sets out on a trail of vengeance through the Coal Country.

Finally, the people of the Coal Country are driven to the breaking point - and they now have a leader, a powerful and battle-hardened leader, determined to forge them into an army that will wage guerrilla warfare against the Maynes family and their Kurian masters - and free the Appalachians from their tyranny....

©2013 Eric Frisch (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Laura ORANGE, CA, United States 04-15-13
    Laura ORANGE, CA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This Audiobook is Missing a Number of Pages"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This "unabridged" book contains a number of gaps - places where one or more pages of the original text were apparently left out of the recording. The result is a disjointed, confusing, and frequently confusing listening experience.

    Someone should have the author or editor "proof-listen" to this audiobook and correct the omissions. A quick comparison of the printed hardcover edition with the audio version (especially the final chapters) will confirm a number of significant errors in the transcription.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    His dramatic delivery and range of voices are very impressive.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story itself isn't bad. The sloppy, error-filled transcription/editing of the audiobook spoils the listening experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook should be pulled from the store until the editing mistakes have been corrected. People who already downloaded it should receive a free book credit as compensation.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Pendleton, OR, United States 04-24-13
    Brian Pendleton, OR, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "IF I COULD GIVE LESS THEN ONE STAR I WOULD"

    A complete book would help. Then i could actually grade the book n content instead of guessing DO NOT GET UNTIL IT IS COMPLETE. Current length of audio book is 9:34:10
    And it is missing MAJOR PORTIONS. DO NOT WASTE CREDIT UNTIL COMPLETE. Book holds great promise but it is currently INCOMPLETE. I will ask that this be removed once the complete book is posted instead of the partial.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sebastian Gothenburg, Sweden 09-15-13
    Sebastian Gothenburg, Sweden 09-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Missing pages"
    Would you try another book from E. E. Knight and/or Christian Rummel?

    Definately


    What was most disappointing about E. E. Knight’s story?

    As other reviewers have said certain sections of the narrative are missing making the book quite confusing and disappointing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ones that were not missing...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger. Mostly because I only got most of the book not all of it as I had expected!


    Any additional comments?

    To be quite honest I would like to have a new version that is complete or a refund.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim LA QUINTA, CA, United States 04-24-13
    Jim LA QUINTA, CA, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2004
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    "SECTIONS OF THE BOOK ARE MISSING - DON'T BUY IT"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Big chunks of the book are not recorded. A lot of the story doesn't make sense. I'd like a refund.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Carson, CA, United States 06-19-14
    Jason Carson, CA, United States 06-19-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Nice side trip from the overall series"

    This was a nice side trip to fill in the details of what happened to Ahn-Kha while he was separated from David. It also did a great deal to add even more layers and flavor to the world Knight has created. Rummel does his typically excellent job narrating which really brings the characters to life. Sometimes when a series has characters involved in events that happen outside the narrative it feels like their triumphant return is contrived and too convenient a way for the author to get out of the corner they painted themselves into. Having this book as part of the series helps to demonstrate that Ahn-Kha wasn't just strolling through the hills gathering rebels that ultimately help save the day and it makes his character even deeper than in previous book because for the first time we are actually seeing events through his eyes. Knight does a great job of relating that perspective without it being difficult to follow. Looking forward to more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BALTIMORE, MD, United States 03-06-14
    Amazon Customer BALTIMORE, MD, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2006
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    "This book is from the point of view of Ahn-Kha."

    THIS BOOK IS FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF AHN-KHA!

    That was my reaction as I started reading Appalachian Overthrow. I've had a fondness for the golden one since he first crossed paths with Valentine and I was simply ecstatic to discover that this book was in his voice.

    This is the 10th book in the Vampire Earth series and you really must read the prior books in order to appreciate it. This is also the only book so far that hasn't been from David Valentine's perspective. The narrator shift takes some getting used to. But once into the meat of the book, the story and action flow well and it's easy to forget that we are missing our normal protagonist. This book fills in a lot of the gaps surrounding what happened to Ahn-kha while he was separated from Valentine. There are many references to the storylines of the previous books where Ahn-kha timeline drops in/out.

    I enjoyed this book- the story, the characters, and the mountain setting. The book is presented as sort of a field journal by Ahn-kha. Towards the end there is one particular section that reads like its missing a few paragraphs- dropped like Southern Command was tasked with printing the account & managed to lose a page. I delayed purchasing this book because of the comments about the missing parts & regret doing so now- I was able to pick up on what was going on and quickly got pulled back into the story.

    The narrator, Christian Rummel, does a wonderful job and had a thankless task. He does a fantastic Ahn-kha voice in the previous novels but it would have been nearly impossible to use that voice for 9+ hours as Ahn-kha tells his story. That voice is what heard in my head as I read the ebook version and so I was a tiny bit (unfairly) disappointed when I started listening to the audio. The primary voice he uses is a deeper, richer version of the one that he uses for Valentine and he occasionally slips into a southern drawl.

    Note: The audio book is missing an Appendix that the ebook had that describes the impact the Appalachian fight had on the other Kurian zones.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kayla NEW WILMINGTON, PA, United States 04-17-13
    Kayla NEW WILMINGTON, PA, United States 04-17-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Would have been Better if Not for Missing Bits"

    The book overall was good, as I would expect for any in the Vampire Earth series. however, sometimes I was confused when it appeared that bits of the story would be skipped over or sections were missing. The scene would switch without warning and I would find myself in the middle of a dialog that did not exist before. I would recommend somehow re-recording or re-editing this book to put those missing sections back in, otherwise it becomes very hard to follow. Disappointed, as this would have been an excellent story otherwise.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Camarillo, CA, United States 06-21-13
    Matt Camarillo, CA, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Snooze Fest"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    ?


    What was most disappointing about E. E. Knight’s story?

    I've enjoyed the series so far, but this one is incomplete and the manner is with the story is told just puts me to sleep. Save your credit.


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking forward to this book but in the end.......just disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lance W. Larsen Middleton WI 06-02-13
    Lance W. Larsen Middleton WI 06-02-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Least favorite of entire series"

    This was easily my least favorite of the entire series, switched main characters and really seemed jumbled in places. Very disappointing.

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    Bruce Amaroo, Australia 04-20-13
    Bruce Amaroo, Australia 04-20-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not his best work by far"
    Would you try another book from E. E. Knight and/or Christian Rummel?

    Yes, just because this one is crud it doesn't mean that other works will be as bad.


    Has Appalachian Overthrow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Christian Rummel did not detract from the book. He was impeded by a poor story that was delivered as a diary rather than tale as so far told


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme disappointment!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Mr Knight please return to your old formula and retell this story they way it should have been told!!!!!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Not As Good As It Ought To Be"
    What disappointed you about Appalachian Overthrow?

    This book is one that promises much and delivers little. Having listened to all the books in this series I was anticipating another ripping yarn. What I got, was a mish mash of ideas and narrative threads. The overall arc of the story was disjointed to the point that I kept checking the playback to make sure it wasn't in shuffle mode (it wasn't) and I almost didn't bother completing the audio book.


    What could E. E. Knight have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book may have suffered from a technical glitch in that it really sounded as if the audio files had been loaded out of order. Wether this was the case or not it really seemed like the author was not reading what he wrote. There were multiple contradictions in the story lines and some blatant errors in the continuity of the story. Disappointing.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The most enjoyable scene was when the rebellion in the mines began. However, given that at least the three earlier books had alluded to this event in the story it was a long time coming in the book, was almost an after thought and felt a little glossed over.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Christian Rummel's narration is, as always, spot on. The story is still in its concept solid, it is just poorly executed.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't stop writing these books! One duffer out of 11 isn't bad!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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