William Barrow carries a dark secret. A very dark secret.
An archivist for the Smithsonian Institute and also a part-time operative for the CIA, no one would ever suspect the handsome "thirty-ish" William is in fact the most reviled human being to ever walk the Earth. His infectious warmth and sense of humor make such an assertion especially hard to believe.
But long ago, William Barrow had another name...one that is synonymous with shame and betrayal: Judas Iscariot.
Forced to walk the earth as a cursed immortal, William/Judas is on a quest to reclaim the 30 silver shekels paid to him in exchange for Jesus Christ. Twenty-one coins have now been recovered-thanks in large part to the help from his latest son, the esteemed Georgetown University history professor Alistair Barrow.
Ever hopeful the complete coin collection will buy him a full pardon from God and end his banishment from heaven, William plans a visit to a remote village deep within Iran's Alborz Mountains to retrieve "silver coin number 22". But the CIA has a different objective for this trip, one that pits both father and son against an unscrupulous Russian billionaire searching for something else that's just as precious within the ancient mountains of Iran...something that threatens peace in the modern world if William and Alistair fail to reach it first.
©2011 James Jackson (P)2012 James Jackson
I'd say they are well-matched, and both have tons to offer. I did enjoy being able to close my eyes and visualize it!
There's nothing like it I've read (or listened to) to date. A wonderfully unique concept by J.R. Rain, and fleshed out, built upon by Aiden James. It's one I'll be listening to again and again.
Too hard to choose! If I had to, I'd say Alistair, although his lines are much less than those of William/Judas. The accents were wonderfully done, and each character has its own unique voice- something you don't always find in an audio book.
I laughed out loud several times throughout it, especially the... creative profanity. And I always get a kick out of sarcasm, which this book has plenty of.
I cannot wait for Reign of Coins and Destiny of Coins to hit the market- I am looking forward to downloading them as well!
The very precept of the story is , at it's very core, totally unrealistic, and yet very early on the listener can buy into the concept, and the story rolls on from there.
Too short a story to give anything away.
The final resolution is compelling.
Again, the resolution is well crafted and thoughtful.
Short, sweet and smacks of sequels to come.
In vino veritas
Yes, I would recommend this. The book is reminiscent of The Highlander and the Dresden Files, with a little bit of Indiana Jones thrown in for good measure. The story is told in the first person, which can be tricky, but it is done pretty well.
I would not have changed the story itself, but better editing would have made it more enjoyable. There were some distracting errors of grammar. I am just being nit picky here.
Mr Perkins has a nice resonant voice. He read well and without any unusual pauses or mis-timing of sentences. This is the first opportunity I have had to hear him, but I am glad to see that he is narrating the second book as well. He may be doing the entire series, but I cannot remember right now. I hope so.
Definitely, a follow-up is needed. Eight more coins need to be found so that Judas' fate can be determined. I have already downloaded the second book of the series.
No, just hoping the second book will be at least as good as the first.
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