I didn't know who Steven Harper was, so I didn't realize that that is the pen name Steven Piziks uses when writing his gay-friendly science fiction. ..Show More »I have nothing against homosexuals, and have voted against the anti-gay propositions in my state, but I am in fact a straight man, and I found the gay scenes in this book to be quite a hindrance to my enjoyment. The story wasn't bad, and I'd probably get the next one in the series and keep reading, except for the gay love and gay flirtation scenes.
For all of that, the story is OK, and if you can be entertained by a story including gay characters, gay flirting, brief descriptions of gay sex, etc., you would probably enjoy the series. Unfortunately for me, the inner straight guy inside found it all a little hard to take, and I only finished the book in an expression of will-power, wishing to be open-minded and then think about the experience for a week or so before responding.
So here's my summation: decent story, credibly written, and probably quite entertaining, even validating, for someone who is either homosexual, or at least far better acclimatized to homosexual themes than someone like me.
As far as the qualities of the audio book itself, the reader did a great job. He used different voices for the different characters, and they sounded good to me. His Australian accent sounded credible to me, though I'd swear he learned it watching John Safran videos on Youtube.
Overall a pretty decent book, but just not for me.
This is Steven Harper, the author of NIGHTMARE. Naturally, I feel the story for the book is strong--what author wouldn't?--but I bought and downloade..Show More »d the audio version because I was dying to see how it came out.
I have to say I was a little nervous about it. The narrator can build or destroy a book on audio, and what if I didn't like this one?
I needn't have worried. The narrator for the entire Silent Empire series is P.J. Ochlan, and he's awesome! He even gave Kendi an Australian accent. The voice he gave Ben is pitch perfect, exactly the way I imagined him in my head. It melts my heart, to tell you the truth. I lived with Kendi and Ben and Ara for years, and they became in a way very real to me. I miss them terribly, and would love to write more books about them. Hearing their voices on an audio book made he unexpectedly ache for my Silent Empire people again, and it's a testimony to Mr. Ochlan's narration.
Several sections made me shout and cry and rewind so I could listen again. I loved it. Now I have to decide if I'm going to wait for my complimentary codes or go on to DREAMER.