Dr. Stephen Pevnick is a world renowned behavioral scientist as well as an advisor to the president of the United States. He has gathered the world's most prodigious savants - people with astonishing intellectual abilities - to his research center in Maine. His intent is to conduct an unprecedented experiment, to have the savants work on a common project together; a major challenge because the savants, while gifted, do not possess the social skills that might enable them to work as an effective team.
But, soon after they gather, a catastrophic event occurs that threatens to destroy the Eastern Seaboard. The world's best scientists are helpless to stop it as panic grips the country, and a sinister conspiracy emerges with the potential to eradicate the free world. Can this group, plagued by their own insecurities and doubts, come together and use their incredible skills to save the world, or will the dark forces that set this disaster in motion prevail?
©2015 Patrick Kendrick (P)2016 Patrick Kendrick
"The Savants" (2015) by Patrick Kendrick is an engaging YA novel about a small group of twentysomethings with unique abilities brought together as a academic exercise but see their mission shift: They must help the president of the United States save the country from a potentially catastrophic event. I enjoyed the book but found scenes in which the perspective did not stay with one character to be annoying. Also, overuse of similes caused me to roll my eyes halfway through. Still, the story moves along at a brisk pace. Recommended. Book provided free for an honest review.
It took me a couple of chapters to really get interested the story. It just didn’t pull me in at first. Once it did though I listened to it in one sitting. It is actually a very entertaining, engaging and interesting story. Great characters coupled with an intriguing plotline equals a really darn good book. Definitely worth your time.
Political intrigue coupled with an impending intentional man made disaster. A great balance of suspense, humor and action.
The story is constantly moving forward. No middle of the book filler/lull.
Sound effects took me by surprise by just added to experience of the book.
The Savants stole the book. Love the way the way they were portrayed. Loved the insight into how each came to their gifts. Everyone has something to contribute. Even if it is not done in the "normal" expected way. Thinking outside the box is how problems are solved.
There is always someone who wants to be top dog and doesn’t care what they have to do or who they have to hurt to get there.
Scott Ellis did a good job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Really good character voices. Clearly spoken with great delivery. He was able to bring the characters to life, especially the Savants. All around a very enjoyable listen.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book, a feel good thriller. The main protagonists, in particular the savants themselves, were well rounded and believable although bizarre. The writing was good, the conversations fun and the narration excellent. Scott Ellis read the main text clearly, with just the right touch of emotional input and gave each character a distinctive voice when speaking. My only dislike was a rather intrusive battleground sound track behind the reading of the penultimate chapter. There were sound effects at the start of the story, too, and whilst this enhanced the beginning of the book and served to slightly separate it from the later action which is set some 50 years after these initial events, that at the end seemed only intrusive and added nothing.
The story is exciting - how to stop an enormous tidal wave from overwhelming the U.S.A. after a long abandoned atomic bomb is detonated under the ocean causing the opening of a rift on the sea bed. And there is a further threat against the President, himself. With possibly millions of lives at stake, the small group of disfunctional but genius young people, the savants, set to work to find a solution in unconventional ways.
The Savants is also a fascinating look at ideas and possibilities as well as reaching the obvious, but often overlooked, realisation: you can't always tell a book by it's cover.
My thanks to the rights holder of The Savants for the complimentary review copy which I received via Audiobook Boom.Thoughtful, fun, interesting, well written and narrated, this book is a great listen
a true hail Mary for savants.. saving the world is a hard task in itself much less for the unlikely group of savants.. against all odds they will prevail..
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I'm an avid listener with over 1000 books in my library. I have a job that requires me to travel about 1000 miles per week.
the character development was the best part. How each of the characters had their own special story, talents, and challenges.
when a character that had been written off as "brain dead" found a way to communicate to his father and the other savants.
When all the Savants came together to solve the common problem.
I did have an extreme reaction but I think it has caused me to be more aware of those with special challenges.
The narrator "Scott Ellis" did a remarkable job changing from character to character. He was very consistent with accents and personalities. I will seek out other books he has narrated.
I was given this book free from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review,
I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.
This book was a treat. Awesome disaster thriller book. Really enjoyed the story and the characters, the savants were awesome. Lots of drama with a good bit of political drama. Which was unexpected. Seems like it was pretty well researched. No clue if the science is accurate but it seemed to make sense. As always I really hate it when religion is brought up but it wasn't to much so I wasn't bothered to much.
The narrator did a really good job. Great performance.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
The storyline was such a great one, listened to it all in one sitting. Was up much too late.
The way each one of the savants came to be, those stories will stick with me.
I am not a fan of extraneous noise, I almost quit the book in the first couple of minutes because of the sounds of helicopter rotor they added to the recording. Luckily it was a rare thing that popped up in the recording.
I am still reeling from this story almost 24 hours after reading it, I really enjoyed it.
Always searching for that next great adventure to dive into... preferably while society collapses and all hell is breaking loose!
I was sceptical to start this as many Sci Fi novels have been disappointing as of late... however, the author did an incredible job of character and story line development. I felt as if I was in the story and couldn't stop listening.
The narrator was also great, he really brought the characters to life... The editing and performance were flawless. It's a very fun listen and I'd definitely recommend it!
*This book was gifted to me by the narrator , author, and/or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom.
Easily the most interesting aspect of the book is the cast of characters. Each one has strengths, weaknesses, and for lack of a better, (non plot-spoiling) term traits that play off of each other and make the whole team better. Here is a group of people that cannot function fully in a normal sense, but together they are great.
I loved the way the characters found a solution to the main plot point. My issue was the plot itself; it could have been a bit more original and exciting. All of the development and detail that went into the characters makes the plot pale a bit in comparison.
The description of the reactor meltdown in Japan was vivid and well-written.
It was not, though it could have been. It is easily approachable and a good length for an all-day listen.
This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
I have listened to about 100 books and never had to alter the speed but in order for me to tolerate the performance I had to increase the speed then it seemed normal. So then the story was pretty good but it jumped around too much for me. Would have liked if it kept more simple with developing the Savants backstory and their execution of the solution they were presented with to solve. Provided to me by a person affiliated with the book for an honest review
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