Riders. A new fantasy adventure from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Veronica Rossi.
For 18-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a US Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.
Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can't remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen - Conquest, Famine, and Death - are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.
Now - bound, bloodied, and drugged - Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he's fallen for - not to mention all of humankind - he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger. But will anyone believe him?
©2016 Veronica Rossi (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
Overall I enjoyed the story, but it is extremely annoying when there are errors. There is an echo or 2 lines being read at the same time in one chapter, then the repeated chapter 56.
There are a lot of cool concepts in this story.... But you know there is always a butt, there was just something missing from the mix. The horses were a new touch, the armor, the weapons were really a neat touch. The talents of the characters were a reminder of Avatar the movie. All in all this story is worth the read and a credit, but again it will not become a classic tale
This book won't go down as one of my favorites, but with that said, I did enjoy it and there was nothing I did not like about it.
We follow the story of Gideon, a sarcastically hilarious MC with a temper, who--thankfully--has zero feminine tendencies (no description of all the different colors in the girl's eyes and how they glitter under the sun) and actually sounds like a realistic dude. He's training to be an Army Ranger when he suffers an accident and dies. But then he comes back to life, wearing a mysterious metal cuff he can't take off. And he can heal like Wolverine.
Enter Seeker chic (love interest), who drops in to scoop Gideon on a road trip to find the rest of the horsemen, all the while fighting and escaping from the unsavory Kindred (aka the bad guys), who are after some heavenly key that only the Seeker knows about. Add some horsemen training, bonding and fighting, and that's the book in a nutshell.
What I really liked:
The hilarious scenes (I was laughing like an idiot in my car)
But even with all its positives, I still didn't love the book. I was never dying to find out what was next and was ok with not listening to the story for a couple of days at a time. And I'm not dying to get my hands on the next one either. I'm not sure why; I can't figure out what's missing for that wow factor.
Bottom line: it was a good, entertaining listen.
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