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Armageddon's Children: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1 | [Terry Brooks]

Armageddon's Children: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1

Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity.
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Publisher's Summary

Terry Brooks is one of a handful of writers whose work defines modern fantasy fiction. His 23 international best sellers have ranged from the beloved Shannara series to stories that tread a much darker path.

Armageddon's Children is a new creation - the perfect opportunity for listeners unfamiliar with Brooks's previous work to experience an author at the height of his considerable storytelling powers.

Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall.

Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity. Logan has sworn an oath to seek out a remarkable being born of magic, possessed of untold abilities, and destined to lead the final fight against darkness.

Across the country, Angel Perez, herself a survivor of the malevolent death-dealing forces combing the land, has also been chosen for an uncanny mission in the name of her ruined world's salvation. From the devastated streets of Los Angeles, she will journey to find a place - and a people - shrouded in mystery, celebrated in legend, and vital to the cause of humankind...even as a relentless foe follows close behind, bent on her extermination.

Meanwhile, in the nearly forsaken city of Seattle, a makeshift family of refugees has carved out a tenuous existence among the street gangs, mutants, and marauders fighting to stay alive against mounting odds - and something unspeakable that has come from the shadows in search of prey.

In time, all their paths will cross. Their common purpose will draw them together. Their courage and convictions will be tested and their fates will be decided, as their singular crusade begins: to take back, or lose forever, the only world they have.

Listen to more in Terry Brooks' Shannara series.

©2006 Terry Brooks; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Characterizations are dynamic and multidimensional...the action and battles are mesmerizing, and, as is Brooks' wont, the ending is a cliff-hanger that leaves readers salivating for the sequel." (Booklist)
"Dick Hill commands the text with a stern voice but knows just how to lighten his tone to reflect the atmosphere." (AudioFile)

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    moose 12-29-14
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    "true to shannara"

    like all of his stories keeps you wanting more. A great begining to the Shannara series. helps to ground the histories

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    Amazon Customer 11-13-14

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    "Terry Brooks, you had me at 'Elves'"

    Classic Terry Brooks, and an effective antidote for those missing "The Sword of Truth."
    Enjoyable characters with plenty of continuing plot lines and complex plot twists.

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    Rebecca Cedaredge, CO, USA 08-04-14
    Rebecca Cedaredge, CO, USA 08-04-14 Member Since 2011

    I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books

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    "New Terry Brooks Reader"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Unlike other reviewers I have not read any other Terry Brooks novels prior to this one. It caught my interest and carried me along. This was a great story about the end of the world and with a little magic thrown in.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader is very believable and takes you to the story with heart. The characters came alive. I will choose this reader again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Dick Cheney was funny and brave and a great addition to the story.


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    Nou Midlothian, TX, United States 01-30-14
    Nou Midlothian, TX, United States 01-30-14

    As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.

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    "Get past chapter one."
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    I found it unusual that a Terry Brooks novel bored me during the first few lines, but once you get past the first chapter everything seems to go on as normal. Good story that eventually link into the Shannara series, but it took a little getting used to.

    I did end up liking this book.

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    J Riverton, WV, United States 07-24-13
    J Riverton, WV, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "What a great suprise!"

    I typically do not listen to books like this but it was suggested by a friend & I loved it. It's a little gory at times but the whole story is one of holding onto your faith no matter what.

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    Michael 03-06-13
    Michael 03-06-13
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    "Another Great from Terry Brooks"
    What did you love best about Armageddon's Children?

    A great start to another great series


    What other book might you compare Armageddon's Children to and why?

    Terry Brooks Shanarra books


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Great narrator..... Great performance


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Great book...beginning to end


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a credit

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    Jared VALDOSTA, GA, United States 10-08-12
    Jared VALDOSTA, GA, United States 10-08-12
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    "Book Was Awesome Narrator Strange"
    What did you love best about Armageddon's Children?

    I loved the characters and the overall story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it was a clever combination of a post apocalyptic world where magic users play a large role was new to me. I haven't come across much in the way of non-science related characters operating in a post-apocalyptic world. It was a very pleasant setting that made the way for an intriguing story.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Logan Tom - Dick Hill performed Logan Tom very well. Some of the other characters were less believable and the way he sighed trying to give the characters just a bit more depth was a nice try but the sighs and tones of his voices just after the sighs (I first noticed it when he was speaking as the Indian Servant of the Word Two-Bears) got tiring and just I was more aware of the sigh than the story. It took me out of the story a good bit.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I listened to it in bits on my commute to work in the mornings and afternoons.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was great! I highly recommend it to anyone. Dick Hill wasn't a bad narrator, but he wasn't an awesome narrator. He did the job and did it well, but his female voices and occasional sighing before or after lines where the sigh was appropriate were distractions from the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    The story starts very slowly. Plot builds as it progresses. I was revitted at the end. Can't wait to read the next book.

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    Mike Highland, UT, United States 11-09-11
    Mike Highland, UT, United States 11-09-11
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    "Story was very good Terry Brooks Shines"

    Great book content and story.

    Very dissapointed in Reader. Avoid all Dick Hill Narrations! He doesn't take the time to learn how to pronounce the names of key book Characters. It really put me out but if it wasn't for book content and being Terry Brooks book I would not have listened beyond the first 10 minutes.

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    genevieve Blauvelt, NY, United States 12-03-10
    genevieve Blauvelt, NY, United States 12-03-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Armageddon's children"

    Slow to start but picks up and becomes very exciting. Great story teller with interesting and nicely developed characters. Would highly recommend.

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