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Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0 | [Scott Meyer]

Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.
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Publisher's Summary

The adventures of an American hacker in Medieval England continue as Martin Banks takes his next step on the journey toward mastering his reality-altering powers and fulfilling his destiny.

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

Thankfully, Martin and Philip are invited to a summit in Atlantis for all of the leaders of the time-traveler colonies, and now Martin thinks this will be a chance to try again with Gwen. Of course, this is Martin Banks we're talking about, so murder, mystery, and high intrigue all get in the way of a guy who just wants one more shot to get the girl.

The follow-up to the hilarious Off to Be the Wizard, Scott Meyer's Spell or High Water proves that no matter what powers you have over time and space, you can't control rotten luck.

©2014 Scott Meyer (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Charles TULSA, OK, United States 06-28-14
    Charles TULSA, OK, United States 06-28-14
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    "Fantastic: 2.0"

    I get nervous when I really love the first book in a series. Second installments run the risk of being boring, overly repetitive, or losing the thesis begun in the first work. My anxiety was, thankfully, unfounded. Martin, Gwen, and Phillip have returned, accompanied by a slew of new characters.

    This installment flows incredibly well from book one. It does pick up almost exactly where the first left off, which was very well done. Old secondary characters are woven into the fabric, with new ones taking on the major plot lines. The whole thing is rather seamless, actually.

    As expected, the book is full of pop culture and geek references- not quite as many as book one, but a number of spots made me rather happy. I repeat my inherent bias stated in my review of Book One: I am very much in Meyer's intended demographic with this book. If you aren't a member of the geeky/techie/1970s-1990s set, you probably won't dig this all that much. Who knows though.

    I am rather surprised at some of the negative reviews, one in particular. I didn't think that the romantic parts were embarrassing or sophomoric in the least- I think they were actually pretty spot on for the characters. Certainly not as if a 12 year old girl wrote it. Unless, of course, as a 30 year old man I have the romantic maturity of a 12 year old girl- which I am certainly not discounting.

    Luke Daniels did a great job with the narration once more. I laughed out loud a number of times and couldn't stop smiling. The only complaint I have was the book was over too fast for my taste, 12 hours isn't long enough to spend with Martin, Phillip, and Gwen.

    I can't wait for book three. Hurry up, Scott.

    33 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    rich san jose, CA, United States 06-18-14
    rich san jose, CA, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2011

    Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.

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    "Martin and Philip's Atlantis Adventure"
    Would you listen to Spell or High Water again? Why?

    Yes, but I'll give it a few. Got to keep the story fresh. This is an easy listen with a funny storyline and likeable characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole Atlantis thing - 100:1 male to female ratio and the whole women wear the pants scene while the guys are fired up to clean and get their hair done. Different take on roles makes the story funny in a kooky way.


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

    Luke Daniels is a flat out pro. He made this book flow. I bought Spell or High Water this morning and just finished it - almost 11 hours of audiobook and I feel refreshed. The author made the right choice in hooking up with Luke Daniels.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Is Martin up to the challenge of winning Gwen's heart? Stay tuned to see what gets stuck in Martin's mouth - Gwen's tongue or his foot!


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book. The price is right, Luke Daniels comes up strong and Philip wakes up next to an "untraditional" vixen and doesn't even think about pulling a coyote.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David la jolla, CA, United States 12-08-14
    David la jolla, CA, United States 12-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "funny for the resident geek"
    What did you love best about Spell or High Water?

    kept me laughing when i least expect it


    What did you like best about this story?

    didnt know what would happen next


    Which scene was your favorite?

    fight at the end


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

    yes it was


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 12-02-14
    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 12-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Just plain old good fun"

    The second book by Scott Meyer in the series is just plain old fun. I have to admit that I was a bit concerned that he wouldn't be able to keep up the level of humor into a second book or that the characters would seem a bit tired.

    I was completely wrong. The story is fast paced, the characters become more interesting in the second book and I was left wanting more story at the end.

    My only knock on this book (didn't effect me of course) is that you absolutely would have had to listen to the first book in the series to make heads or tails of what's happening in the second book.

    I don't know if Scott Meyer plans on a third book in this series, but if he is, I know I'll get it the day that it's released to be able to slip back into this fun and fascinating world he's created.

    Beyond the story, the performance is top notch and the narrator provides a great array of wonderful voices during the performance.

    Well worth both your time and your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    enfinite5 11-06-14
    enfinite5 11-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Scott Meyer and/or Luke Daniels?

    Ya


    Would you recommend Spell or High Water to your friends? Why or why not?

    no. I loved the first book and had to have this, but I found this audible very annoying. The whole story line with the "britts" and jimmy and the federal agents, I just couldn't stand it. I'm pretty disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. K. Mayfield 11-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Perfect for my long drive"
    If you could sum up Spell or High Water in three words, what would they be?

    Started this based on a recommendation...If you like Ready Player One you will love this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Phillip - grumpy, dry wit


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 11-01-14
    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 11-01-14 Member Since 2006
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    "I may be a Geek now"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Spell or High Water to be better than the print version?

    I don't know how he does it, but this one delivered more content than the 1st. Very complex, very grown-up set of relationships are being established.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spell or High Water?

    Jimmy.... (I don't want to give anything away), but keep your eyes on Jimmy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia 10-29-14
    Virginia 10-29-14 Member Since 2010

    "Listening with my other ear"

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    "Off to Atlantis....to be the Wizard!"
    Any additional comments?

    Once again Luke Daniels knocks the narration out of the park. The writing quality of Scott Meyer is consistent with Off to be the Wizard, but I guess to me the story was lacking. I'm not really sure why I didn't care for this one as much as I loved the first book, I just didn't. Maybe it was the unneeded intimacy between some of the characters. I love a good love story and I wouldn't have minded here so much, but because of the narration and the last book I guess I just pictured the characters differently. But, on the other hand I love Mr.Meyer's writing and the way he thinks and I hope the next book in this series is as good as the first. But honestly it doesn't matter what I think because, my seventeen year-old son adores these books. He loves the computer jargon and the old video game reference ( some I missed ). We read them in our home school literature class along side the classic we have been reading and I have never seen him devour a book like he did these. He even went out and is buying an old Commodore computer. So, for those reasons I give this one, four stars anytime you find books that start a kids love of reading books or listening, I Say Kudos Sir.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Torrance, CA, United States 10-10-14
    Stephen Torrance, CA, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Just as good as the first!"

    I really loved the first book and this one did not disappoint. They are just a blast to read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Scorup Memphis, TN USA 10-10-14
    Roy Scorup Memphis, TN USA 10-10-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Nearly as good as the first."

    In brief, the 2nd book is very good. Don't hold it to the same standard as the first book. I believe the plot and the story is a little weaker, but there are some nice twists and quite a few fun moments. Excellent narration by Luke Daniels. If you liked the first book, you'll like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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