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Renegade Rising: The Renegade Series, Book 1 | [J.C. Fiske]

Renegade Rising: The Renegade Series, Book 1

Life's tough if you're a boy named Gisbo. Besides having a name that means "dog" in a barbaric tongue and being forced to live all alone in a manure shack outside the city walls, Gisbo has also never soared on a flying sword, raised a boon animal, or made a single friend. When he isn't washing the graffiti off his shack, Gisbo's time is spent dodging insults from his spoiled classmates and fighting for his life against the city's arrogant clash team.
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Life's tough if you're a boy named Gisbo. Besides having a name that means "dog" in a barbaric tongue and being forced to live all alone in a manure shack outside the city walls, Gisbo has also never soared on a flying sword, raised a boon animal, or made a single friend.

When he isn't washing the graffiti off his shack, Gisbo's time is spent dodging insults from his spoiled classmates and fighting for his life against the city's arrogant clash team. But all of that is going to change. Gisbo is finally sixteen and ready to try out for Elekai' training in hopes of becoming an Elekai' warrior, his biggest dream. However, when the tryouts go terribly wrong, Gisbo is whisked away to a life he never dreamed possible and learns that sometimes, truth can be stranger than legend when you're Renegade born.

©2011 J.C. Fiske (P)2013 J.C. Fiske

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    Lori 12-04-13
    Lori 12-04-13
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    "Terrible Narration"

    Worst piece of narration that I have suffered through to date!

    Good story, but will not continue the series due to the narrator

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cody FERRIS, TEXAS, United States 12-19-13
    Cody FERRIS, TEXAS, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It's just what you want in a hero"
    If you could sum up Renegade Rising in three words, what would they be?

    Fast. Action. Fulfilling


    What did you like best about this story?

    The age old but never cliche hero that comes from nothing but finds out he's so much more.


    Which character – as performed by Sonny Dufault – was your favorite?

    In this book it's Falcon.


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

    The part where even though Falcon is covered in crap he still manages to give Gisbo some fantastic fatherly advice. It was humorous and moving.


    Any additional comments?

    J.C Fiske starts off his series with a BANG. Fun characters and an interesting story will keep you coming back for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Jean NASHUA, NH, United States 01-02-14
    S. Jean NASHUA, NH, United States 01-02-14
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    "Loved!"
    Any additional comments?

    I heard about this series through a friend and I am so glad I did. If you are into action/adventure/fantasy books, then this is the right book for you!! I don't want to give anything away so I will just say this- if you are looking for a book to entertain you and one that you wont want to put down- look no further than this one. Enjoy!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer United States 12-12-14
    Kindle Customer United States 12-12-14 Member Since 2010

    Hello, I'm Adrian. I'm engaged to Nichole Braddock and love books! Though I don't have much time to sit and read so I listen... But audio books whole new universe! They make old books new and new books classics! I myself get into some moods and don't write the greatest reviews. Forgive me. I like to review books but it just feels too much like work to me :p

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    "Terrible narration and simply not a book made for audio"
    Would you try another book from J.C. Fiske and/or Sonny Dufault?

    It's hard to say when they both seem to be made for each other... And in turn ruin the whole thing so throughly. But yes I would. Not sure I'd pay money for it though...


    What didn’t you like about Sonny Dufault’s performance?

    First you noticed how terrible the narrator is and his choice in voices. Then you start to realize that the he is also being hampered by the odd writing... There are so many phrases that shouldn't ever be said by a child or a grown man... It's nearly embracing to listen to too loudly. I'm amazed the narration ever was finished... Sometimes you wonder if a narrator can do his job and dislike the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Possibly a good story... in there somewhere. I listen to a lot of not so good audio books and like them for what was done right. I try to ignore what I don't like. I also keep the stop button far from me, to prevent me from quitting out of impulse... Even so I've tried ten or more times to listen to this book and finally found a day when I couldn't get to the stop button.

    I first wanted to believe this book was written in the 80s or earlier. But it seems it was first published in 2011. I can accept older books for their flaws if they were wrote before computers were widely used. Meaning unbiassed criticism was harder to come by. But 2011 is simply unacceptable. For this reason I'm writing this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Atkinson 12-08-14
    E. Atkinson 12-08-14 Member Since 2005

    xdaedalusx

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    "I was hoping for more."

    I was very hopeful that this book would be good, based on the other reviews. I even bought the second book and was looking forward to a new series. Unfortunately that was not to be. I found myself a few chapters in and hating the main character and not caring about anyone else. Narration was really quite bad.

    The prologue was mildly interesting but confused, and the overly melodramatic way which flowed straight into the first chapter with no pause in narration but with a huge scene jump. The Cloak was BLUE! yes and? so apparently a blue cloak means something, I will never know. The child is wearing RED! everyone freaks out, except they didn't notice until they are in the presence of some guy in charge of something (very very unclear)

    The setting is supposed to be a fantasy setting but the use of modern idioms and terms as well as concepts kept making me wonder what was going on. For Example, the main character lives in a run down shack, alone as a young child, no parent figure or apparent source of income. Yet he attends school, and the shack has a key and they spray graffiti on the walls, which is being cleaned off by a random janitor. These elements were so disparate that they broke the suspension of disbelief for me.

    The book seriously felt like it should have been set in modern times as the author has no clue how to set something back in time or into a fantasy setting. The author obviously wants a high school student to be snubbed by the football team and he wants to be a SEAL or something, who gets magic powers. I might have been able to get through that story, but not this one. ​

    I was very disappointed and really could not get through the first few chapters. I hope that the series gets Much better, I won't find out unfortunately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jason west bloomfield, MI, United States 03-27-14
    jason west bloomfield, MI, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great action fantasy with a different twist"
    If you could sum up Renegade Rising in three words, what would they be?

    action,humor,FANTASY


    Which character – as performed by Sonny Dufault – was your favorite?

    Sonny did an admirable job and I found very few flaws in his performance his characters where distinct and varied.


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

    As I stated earlier, this book has more than its share of humor, sometimes tending towards the low brow, but it is still nice to see


    Any additional comments?

    I blew through this book so fast that I am already on to the next, this may not be conventional y/a fantasy, but it is engaging enough for all ages and once you get in to the story you will probably do the same thing as I did and go straight in to the next book in the series.
    Thank You for a great story
    J

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David st. Mary's, PA, United States 11-11-13
    David st. Mary's, PA, United States 11-11-13
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    "very good"
    Where does Renegade Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With in the top ten


    What other book might you compare Renegade Rising to and why?

    The chronicles of luminaries series, and maybe king of swords: the starfolk


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    He was pretty good


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

    Maybe a two or three sitter


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the idea and plot but it was hard to follow the narrator sometime I couldn't tell wen he wen from one person to another like I usually can.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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