Epic adventure in a strange world by the author of The War of the Black Tower: An Epic Fantasy Trilogy.
A thousand years ago, the sea began to change, and the change spread.
Now the boiling, toxic, lightning-wreathed Atomic Sea has encompassed every ocean on the planet, and the creatures that live in it have become mutated and unnatural. The sea's taint can infect any human who comes in contact with it or with unprocessed seafood, killing them...or altering them. No one knows why the sea has become this way or what it portends, only that it's irrevocably changed the world.
Meanwhile, world war has erupted, and the small country of Ghenisa, like many others, is tottering on the brink of collapse under the onslaught of the Empire of Octung. Middle-aged widower Dr. Francis Avery is aboard a military whaling ship far out on the Atomic Sea when a series of murders onboard propels him down a rabbit hole of danger and terror unlike any other.
Soon he becomes aware of a spy on the ship, but that's just the beginning. With the help of the grizzled whaler Janx and a mysterious woman named Layanna, he will embark on an epic quest to save Ghenisa from Octung and unravel the secrets of the Atomic Sea.
This is the fourth volume of a multi-part saga of epic fantasy/science-fiction adventure and high stakes in an awe-inspiring world unlike any you've ever seen before. Welcome to the world of the Atomic Sea.
©2015 Jack Conner (P)2016 Jack Conner
In this book in the series, I'd have to say Sheridan is my favorite character as we get to see some depth that she hasn't shown in previous books in this series.
I have listened to other works by Greenley. He continues to show development as a narrator and has a pleasant speaking voice that continues to set a smooth pace for the Atomic Sea books.
"Interdimensional beings have corrupted the planet and set off a world-wide war. The Octung and their 'gods' are close to world domination, but one small force stands against them."
If you like dark stories full of Cthulu-esque imagery and bloody battle scenes, check out the Atomic Sea series.
Ray Greenley has provided fantastic voice overs for the characters of this story which have made the characters more memorable to me and have also improved upon the story itself.
The scenes where Avery has to deal with Sheridan in what he feel is right versus what he just feels.
Ray is a consummate professional who brings voice tailored narration to each character and gives the book a life of its own with more memorable moments over if I had read it page by page.
The book did not make me laugh or cry, but it kept me interested in the story the whole way through which is enough to ask.
I am interested in seeing where this story is taken, but really only in the means of hearing the narration which I have listened to for the past 4 installments.
"This is too exciting now!"
This series gets better, and better with every part. I'm totally invested in these character now. The good and the bad.... don't think I ever like a bad guy before. :)
As always spoilers follow...
Okay so this has to have been one of the most emotional and hard parts for me to listen to and I shall tell you why.
Three major dynamics are at play here for me, and they're emotionally very strong, which is what the writer's been building for. And he's done a great job.
Avery and his daughter... Such deep seeded background and emotion for us to follow here. Every situation is marred by these characters pasts, if only they could move past some of what happend to them and look to a better future. This book shows how tough a decision that is actually to do in real life. It's a constant battle for Avery to think of the bigger picture and not just his daughter, who he would die for.
Sheridon and Avery - I have to say here. I do not hate Sheridon AT all. Her goals aren't that far stretched for me to actually believe now that she is trying to fight for a better world but in her own way, within her own closed in life. She's emotionally scared just as Avery is, and she's actually finally shown some real emotion here, which took some horrendous amount of courage for her. I'm admit I was almost on the verge of tears for her because Avery does the 'right' thing in his world and takes back the device.
Avery and Layanna - Again another huge dynamic here, that really tugs at the heart strings. They've almost broken up because Layanna accepted sacrifices to finish the device (the device to save the world) and Avery can't get over that horrid thought that she ate some innocent lives. There is such a bigger picture issue here for everyone that it's hard to grasp everything in your own head untill you actually sit and think about it. So much action, travel and so many decisions to be made.
For Layanna seeing her husband and son after all these years is awful. They hate her, but don't, and that's difficult for her. But the one thing it does do is bring Avery and Layanna back together, phew. I don't want them to suffer any longer...
Janx and Hildra, well they're still such fun and wonderful characters on their own, Janx with his stories, and Hildra with her swagger, and need for hildebrand. you can't help but love them all. I do hope this journey isn't going to be any harder on these four.
Overall. This is a series that has your head in the clouds one minute with it's wonderful descriptive sea creatures from another dimension, then back down in hell as we realise they're more horrid in nature than beautiful. Such terrible sickening things they do to people. ugggh the writer really makes you want to vomit sometimes. Yet, I have to say its as fascinating as it is horrid.
Ray's performance in this part I totally believe is the best I've heard from him so far. The book itself has so many emotional scenes, that his effort in delivery of them is 100% so thick with feeling that you can't help but be right there with the characters in their world. Feel the devastation they're going through and then sometimes (very rare) the joy at that emotion.
This is a long series, and my only wish was there were some better breaks in-between the books. But, I guess because it's so long there kinda isn't many good places to stop...
Looking forward to the next in the series... come on guys!
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