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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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    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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    N. Male Hawaii 06-25-10
    N. Male Hawaii 06-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Will leave you hanging"

    Terry Brooks has woven an apocolyptic series which is maddening to this reader. Although he has done a fine job, there is no finale to the book. It is a cliff hanger and meant to keep you coming back for more. Sorry, but this reader isn't biting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 05-24-10
    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 05-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Throughly entertained"

    I could not turn it off

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    Sharon STAR, ID, United States 11-23-09
    Sharon STAR, ID, United States 11-23-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Recommend though slow to start"

    I had to start this one twice. The first time around I thought I missed a couple chapters. Once I got into it I liked it however. The vision of the future is dark and disturbing but I can easily envision it. Some of the voices of the narrator are a bit childish(maybe he has a limited range) but easy to overlook. I thought overall he did a commendable job. He kept me engaged and entertained. The story drew me in however it ended so abruptly I was left wanting answers to a lot of questions. I suppose that is the point after all. I am downloading the next in the series.

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    Jeffrey Cortez, CO, United States 04-27-09
    Jeffrey Cortez, CO, United States 04-27-09 Member Since 2013

    I love to read sci-fi, fantasy, and an occasional murder mystery. If one day I can be a successful author I will consider myself one of the few and fortunate.

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    "Armageddon's Children"

    I have read almost all Terry Brooks books. This series is one of his finest. The book is well paced, dark, and quite interesting. Although not all conflicts are resolved, what do you expect in the first book in the series. I will say the narrator could have done a better job, but nothing detracts from Terry's vision of a disturbing possible future (in fiction of course). I recommend for all audiences whether fans of fantasy or not. Great book!

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    Phyllis United States 01-07-09
    Phyllis United States 01-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Armageddon's Children"

    I love serial stories but this isn't one of them. In a typical serial, the main plot objective is resolved, but the underlying conflicts which have become of great interest still need resolution and the reader's interest has been piqued. We need to know more;give us that sequel! Not only does this book ramble along introducing a wide variety of characters with extensive back stories of their own, but the same plot devise seen from more than one character's point of view is needless (and endless) in this story. When it almost seemed that the various story threads would unite and the climax was intimate, the book ends. I don't care enough to listen to the next book in the story; it's too predictable. I was so hoping to find a new author! Oh well...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Carothers NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, US 12-02-08
    Matt Carothers NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, US 12-02-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Disappointed"

    I really didn't like this book at all. I found the plot shallow and formulaic. Characters embarked on a quest ... a young boy discovered his magic powers ... blah, blah, blah. I've read it all before. Also, the book's pace suffered from many long and uninteresting flashbacks, and the ending left me scratching my head. Nothing got resolved. Brooks left every single sub plot hanging. I understand it's the first book in a series and the larger plot lines won't conclude until the last book finishes, but this was ridiculous. All in all, I felt quite disappointed, and I will not purchase the next book in the series.

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    J. Grammer Colorado Springs, CO 01-14-13
    J. Grammer Colorado Springs, CO 01-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, Bad narration"
    Would you listen to Armageddon's Children again? Why?

    The narrator's voice was very annoying. It seem like everyone was either a whining wuss or a "brotha" from the street. The hero sounded wimping and whiny. I could only picture some poindexter with glasses holding a staff, not my ideal portrayal of a hero.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    No


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    William Winter Park, FL, United States 07-20-12
    William Winter Park, FL, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story, Poor Reader"

    Good start to the series. Was disappointed with the reader (Audible) as it was like listening to Capt Kirk and he would end sentences so soft and low, I could not hear what he was reading! Luckily the next book in the series is a different reader.

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    Sharon Makanda, IL, USA 12-13-09
    Sharon Makanda, IL, USA 12-13-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book; great narrator"

    I would read anything Terry Brooks wrote and I would listen to anything Dick Hill read. Neither one has ever disappointed me. Be sure and listen to the Magic Kingdom for Sale books, written by Brooks and read by Hill, too.

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