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The Djinn | [J. Kent Holloway]

The Djinn

In the final years of the first Kingdom of Jerusalem, in a vault, hidden deep beneath the Temple Mount, Baron Gregory De L'Ombre has made an astonishing discovery. Imprisoned within the vault are twelve monstrous abominations, created by one of King Solomon's wives as a final act of revenge. The secrets of the vault will ensure Gregory's absolute power and forever enslave the Outremer-the Holy Land. No man dares stand against him.
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Publisher's Summary

A Holy Land…A Holy War…An Unholy Terror

In the final years of the first Kingdom of Jerusalem, in a vault, hidden deep beneath the Temple Mount, Baron Gregory De L'Ombre has made an astonishing discovery. Imprisoned within the vault are twelve monstrous abominations, created by one of King Solomon's wives as a final act of revenge. The secrets of the vault will ensure Gregory's absolute power and forever enslave the Outremer-the Holy Land. No man dares stand against him.

But the Djinn is no mere man.

A creature of smoke and shadow… a living legend… only the Djinn grasps the full scope of the baron's plans. Only he can save the Holy Land from a fate more terrible than anyone imagines.

©2012 J. Kent Holloway (P)2012 Seven Realms Publishing

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    Squeak Alaska 09-03-13
    Squeak Alaska 09-03-13 Member Since 2009

    The Dragon Mother

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    "An Awesome Fantasy!"

    This was such an awesome story woven into tales of biblical times to modern day. The Djinn is a boogeyman type character, told to children to get them to behave, but as with most legends, a hint of truth will keep the adults wondering. When mysterious things start happening around Baron Gregory’s men, whispers of the Djinn start to come out everywhere. Even those who don’t believe will question themselves over the mysterious happenings. The closer the Baron gets to the discovering the mysteries of the vault, the more the Djinn is determined to stop him.

    The Djinn used the old legends surrounding his existence, the shadows, and the sword to discourage any discoveries. He knew the dangers involved in awakening the abominations and tried to make the Baron see the danger too. The Baron was set on discovering the power that the clay men would give him and was determined not to let any mystical creature, such as the Djinn, stop him from obtaining it.

    The ending was totally awesome! I won’t give it away, but the ending took me by surprise. It wasn’t that the author took some little known thing and stuck it in but that the culmination of the story ended with a perfectly rounded tale. Just like when you are making brownies, the brownie batter is delicious on its own, but once baked in the oven … Awesomeness!!

    The Narration Review
    This audiobook was narrated by Wayne Farrell and he was very clear and his voices and accents well done. His reading added all the right emotions to the tale, making it easy to follow along and be captivated by the story.

    ** Note **
    I received this audiobook free from the Audio Jukebox Solid Gold Reviewer Program and Seven Realms Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I received no chocolate or any other compensation in exchange for my review.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 05-10-14
    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 05-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't stop listening."

    I listened to this book from star to finish, I just couldn't bear to stop listening. It was fun, interesting, well written and performed, action-packed with wonderful characters. Wayne Farrell did an outstanding job bringing the characters to life, I laughed, cried and even had a gasp or two. J.Kent Holloway sure knows how to grab a readers attention and he doesn't let go until the final word. Everyone should give his books a shot, I can pretty much guarantee you'll enjoy it.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Chene Port Elizabeth, South Africa 04-04-14
    Chene Port Elizabeth, South Africa 04-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A great fantasy book"
    Would you listen to The Djinn again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoyed Wayne's narration of the story and I enjoyed the interesting characters, plot line and world Holloway created


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all the scene's where the Djinn's sense of humor shine through the situation.


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

    I could have listened to it in one sitting but I enjoyed listening to the story every morning and afternoon when I traveled to work.


    Any additional comments?

    Final Thoughts: I am so glad I requested this book. I would definitely pick up another book from J Kent Holloway and would be happy to listen to Wayne Farrell narrate another book.

    ** Note **
    I received this audiobook free from the Audio Jukebox Solid Gold Reviewer Program and Seven Realms Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I received no chocolate or any other compensation in exchange for my review.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey C. Coyne Chapel Hill 06-16-14
    Jeffrey C. Coyne Chapel Hill 06-16-14 Member Since 2005

    Jeff Coyne

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    "Fine Concept, Failed Execution"

    The concept of a Djinn interacting with twelfth century crusaders was a fine one. Sadly, the author ran out of steam early in the story and reverted to formula solutions. Having a primary character use a flint lock gun, which he invented and shot for the first time, five hundred years ahead of actual invention was disappointing. The examples of failed history research and inaccurate context were legion.

    The narrator regularly mispronounced words and missed sentence meaning. The performance could have been mailed in.

    If you enjoy good Sci-Fi and Fantasy, this is not the book, author or narrator you were looking for.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Houston, TX, United States 06-11-14
    Paul Houston, TX, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2002

    I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".

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    "The Scarlett Pimpernel of Palestine"

    Wayne is a friend of mine and I promised him an honest review here. Let me honestly say that if this is one of his first works, we can only expect stellar performances from here on out. He has a very easy to listen to voice. If you like the narration of the award winning narrator, Anne Flosnik, then you will like the pace, elocution and voice quality of Wayne Farrell. They are almost a male/female match set. The Djinn is about the Crusades. Baron Gregory De L Ombre has uncovered a mysterious secret that could enable him to rule the Holy Land. However, the Djinn knows his plans and works to thwart the Baron. It's very much in the style of "Zorro" or "The Scarlett Pimpernel", so the story is a little predictable, but none the less entertaining. One error on the writers part (as I am a geologist). Stalagmites don't hang from the ceiling of caves... they grow from the cave floor. Stalagtites hang from ceilings of caves. It's minor and hardly worth mentioning. Other character side stories involve a knight named Horatio who is friends with the Baron's brother who is stricken with leprocy and his comedic side-kick, idiot cousin and squire Sebastian... You see obvious parallels in the story to Sgt. Pedro Gonzales or perhaps Fray Filipe and Bernardo, from Zorro... The ending is not what you expect. No spoilers. Good story. Great narration. Enjoy! On the narration, Wayne needs a few more voices to his repertoire. He sometimes used the same voice for two different characters, which usually isn't a problem, but the cast of characters is diverse enough to where you'd get a little lost if you resumed the story in the middle of a conversation a few hours later. Not an annoyance or a detraction from enjoyment in the slightest. Good work Wayne!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Harrisburg, PA, United States 06-09-14
    Bryan Harrisburg, PA, United States 06-09-14
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    "Outstanding!"
    Would you listen to The Djinn again? Why?

    Yes. This was an amazingly well written and well read story. I think I've found a new author to follow!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The supernatural aspect of the subject matter was rather enticing, but the djinn himself was a fascinating character


    What about Wayne Farrell’s performance did you like?

    There are layers and layers of subtlety to Wayne's performance. For example, one character who is a leper had an ever-so-slight mushiness to his words. The characters were easily discernible.


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

    yup. and I basically did.


    Any additional comments?

    more detailed review to follow on my blog. I'm so glad I listened to this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 07-17-14
    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2006

    Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!

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    "Ok for what it is"

    Let's get this out of the way first... I don't generally like short-ish books. I like my audiobooks 20+ hours at least and I love series much more than one-off books. All that said, this book had such great reviews and was on sale for $5 so I took a chance.
    I didn't dislike it at all but nor did I find much to like. The narrator, especially how he did the main character's voice didn't really seem to fit to me. I get why he made the choice to do it the way he did but based on other reviews I kinda expected someone sounding like Han Solo rather than an old man.
    Also, the story was way too short. I'd just started liking some of the characters and it was over. I'll likely forget about this not too long from now. It just wasn't that memorable. Even the "plot twist(s)" were very predictable if you were paying attention.
    All-in-all, this came off like a Scooby Doo mystery more than anything else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa Mesa, AZ 07-13-14
    Mike From Mesa Mesa, AZ 07-13-14 Member Since 2003

    MikeFromMesa

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    "A real disappointment"

    I bought this book expecting an interesting story set against the Middle East during The Crusades. The story sounded interesting - King Solomon's gollums, some secret and a mythical creature. So much for expectations.

    The story is very dark and I had a hard time getting through it. It is almost 8 hours and should have moved quickly, but it seemed to take forever for me to finish. While the first part of the book kept my interest, about half way through the story took on clearly unreasonable situations and I found it hard to continue suspending my belief. How am I supposed to believe that people with knives in the back (or chest) are hardly inconvenienced during fights? How am I supposed to believe that people with arrows through them can keep fighting without much problem? And does it really take half a chapter for someone with their throat cut to lose consciousness?

    Wayne Farrell's narration is quite good, but he could not save the story. This was, for me, a disappointment. Your mileage may vary ...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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