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Sign of the Qin: Outlaws of Moonshadow Marsh, Book 1 | [L.G. Bass]

Sign of the Qin: Outlaws of Moonshadow Marsh, Book 1

A volcanic eruption releases a vanguard of demons, sealed away for centuries beneath the earth. Soon after, the Emperor's first son is born, marked with the sign of the Qin, the brand of the outlaw! Could the child be the new Starlord, destined to restore justice to the land? The emperor plots to kill his only heir before the boy can usurp his throne. But the assassin is foiled by a mysterious monk whose magical tattoos foretell the future, and a trickster monkey who longs for immortality.
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A volcanic eruption releases a vanguard of demons, sealed away for centuries beneath the earth. Soon after, the Emperor's first son is born, marked with the sign of the Qin, the brand of the outlaw! Could the child be the new Starlord, destined to restore justice to the land? The emperor plots to kill his only heir before the boy can usurp his throne. But the assassin is foiled by a mysterious monk whose magical tattoos foretell the future, and a trickster monkey who longs for immortality. A host of warring guardians must ultimately unite to help the Starlord unlock the kung fu secrets of the Twelve Scrolls and save the earth from destruction. But first, the Prince must fulfill his destiny, and join the twin leaders of the legendary outlaws of Moonshadow Marsh in a war against the Lord of the Dead. The first in a trilogy, Sign of the Qin draws upon Chinese myth and legend in a tour de force of classic storytelling.

©2004 L.G. Bass; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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"The action scenes are compellingly wild and woolly." (School Library Journal)

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    Wanda NAILLATFrance 07-10-06
    Wanda NAILLATFrance 07-10-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Confusing at first"

    I had problems in the beginning at keeping just who was who clear in my head. It's a book that you need to concentrate on which means that it's not ideal listening when driving. The narrator does a good job except for one voice that sounds like a woman trying to speak like a man - which obviously is the case here. But as she manages so well with the other voices it's irritating that she doesn't do so well with this one. I found myself listening to her vooice and not the story.
    All in all, a book for enjoying when half your mind isn't doing something else.

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    Codesloth Littleton, CO USA 05-16-06
    Codesloth Littleton, CO USA 05-16-06 Member Since 2005

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    "Great fun can't wait for more"

    A spectacular book that drags you in and doesn’t let you go. Characters and settings seem to jump out at you like a familiar kung fu movie while the plot and depth keep your brain busy. If you are interested in Chinese mythical tales and such you will eat this book up. The narrator does a great job with the voices and doesn’t over play the rolls. I still hear Monkeys voice in my head whenever I contemplate mischief.

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    Jay Saugus, MA, United States 06-02-08
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    "Great Alternative for Ambien"

    This story had great potential, but is so long winded and uneventful it struggled to hold my interest. It seems like someone read the original novel and told the other to break it up into a series just to make more money. I found myself dozing off several times while listening to this. The story plods along at a snail's pace, and the narrator sounds as bored as I was.

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