Behind every myth, there is a spark of truth....
There's nothing special about Ben Garston. He's just a guy with an attitude in a beaten-up leather jacket, drowning his sorrows about his ex in a local bar. Or so he'd have you believe. What Ben Garston can't let you know is that he's also known as Red Ben. He can't let you know that the world of myth and legend isn't as make-believe as you think, and it's his job to keep that a secret. And there's no way he can let you know what's really hiding beneath his skin....
But not even Ben knows what kind of hell is about to break loose. Because the delicate balance between his world and ours is about to be shattered. Something's been hiding in the heart of the city - and it's about to be unleashed.
©2016 James Bennett (P)2016 Little Brown
I found this very enjoyable. This is an excellent listen. If you like tales of old gods and dragons in a modern setting then grab this one.
I knew nothing of this book or this author when I bought the audiobook. It appeared to be his very first novel, and there were no ratings and no reviews. Still, I liked the story description, the narrator's clip, and the cover art, so I took a chance. So glad I did!
What a nice surprise it was when I discovered that the novel was professional and polished in storyline and complexity, complete with several different countries, time periods, characters, points of view, and subjects, including loneliness, love, trust, revenge, hope, order and chaos, magic, and supernatural or magical creatures. I noticed when Bennett subtly peppered the story with descriptive language fit for a dragon: ash, flame, smoke, claw, etc.
I'm guessing (hoping?) that there will be more!
I'm American, but love my Audiobooks to have a little UK bite and humor, and my narrator too have a matching UK accent. Colin Mace generally did an amazing job with tone, pace, accents and genders. Bril!
I highly recommend. Enjoy!
The ideas behind this book were really fun but it was nearly ruined by dragging description of EVERYTHING. You could cut half the words out of the book and you'd have a fun read/listen.
Unfortunately the narrator was also poor; it seemed as though hey were trying to make each sentence sound even more dramatic than the last which, frankly, got a bit wearing.
"one too many danger safe for me"
It isn't a convoluted plot but it is a bit danger safe danger safe. I played it a few times but I just didn't like it and can't really say why. I won't listen to it again unlike the john conroe. butcher. or faith hunter books so it's going back.
"Entertaining but maudlin"
I enjoyed the premise of the story and the (very expansive) world created to contain it but can't help thinking the story could have been told in half the time. Having a certain level of introspection is one of the great things that sets books apart from films but this work takes it to extremes and, along with Gartston's overwhelmingly poetic, morose and morbid bent, makes the whole experience seem to just drag on (pun intended). It sort of reminds me of American Gods (which I'll admit I didn't enjoy) but trying too hard. I'd like to hear more from this series but only with a significant change of pace.
Good story, nice reading all and all a decent way to spend a credit if you like urban fantasy.
A wonderful fresh approach to the epic dragon genre! I look forward to James Bennett's next offering!
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