Vatican Assassin begins a six book romp into a future you will absolutely love! Mike Luoma is one of the best new story tellers in a looooong time ..Show More »> I had no idea I would enjoy this excursion into this unexpected future so much. Luoma has concocted a brilliant story and narrated it just as brilliantly, imparting a unique and realistic personality perfectly tuned to each character. The series is by far my favorite in many years.
Vatican is a total sleeper. It starts as an innocent detective murder mystery set in the future and rapidly grows into a uniquely plausible but completely original intergalactic space Opera in which an unexpected part of humanity rises to free the universe from an original dilemma... To say more would reveal one of the most original plots which Luoma weaves brilliantly.
I have now listened to the two beginning novels in this series more than once as they are sooooo much fun and am eagerly awaiting the next in the series. Indeed, I've been kinda spoiled and just returned a new audible book by a couple famous sci fi authors as it is a grind to get into their universe. I'm challenged now, after the easily captivating romp Luoma took me on.
This is not a simple plot by any means. Indeed it evolves into an amazingly deep future universe that keeps unfolding in unpredictable but very believable ways. It is the genius of the author that he does this smoothly and gradually, sucking you in, without requiring a lot of brainpower, until you look back and realize, WOW!
Did you ever take a chance on a book, thinking this probably won't be that exciting and it ends up being one of your most treasured decisions? That'..Show More »s what happened to me! I must be getting jaded but several of the highly rated current sci fi authors have left me cold recently with difficult to follow or boring storylines poorly "audibled"
This trilogy is very refreshing... Mike brings his characters to life with his exemplary narration which syncs perfectly with his real world writing style... I've rarely felt so connected with a story, except with a few wonderful full cast audio dramas like Abigail Hilton's "The Guild of the Cowry Catchers"
Mike achieves this all himself, conveying each personality in his novels... Faithfully rendering his visions and bringing them to life.
In this second book of the trilogy the plot thickens, becoming truly grander in scale.. This is NOT your typical aliens meet humans story by any means... I love the unique unfolding of this original space Opera asking questions of who we are, what is out there and... Oh, it's a real hoot of a journey... I'm eagerly awaiting the third in this series which goes full bore into a cosmic collision on a galactic scale
He's reminded me of what good storytelling is all about... Thanks, Mike!
the exciting conclusion to an original space opera
Mike Luoma expands his universe into an inter galactic space opera which is a non-stop romp into never before imagined plot lines full of exciting twi..Show More »sts with the author's unique sense of humor and drama...
I am a sci fi fanatic and thoroughly enjoyed the ever expanding universe which so innocently began as a romp in Vatican Assassin. Could never have predicted where the author would take his story...even to the final moment of the book...which opens up a whole new door...for all of you who'll want more!
For...more IS on the way!
BTW, the author's narration is among the best in the business...with hundreds of audio books under my belt...Mike imparts awesome personalities to each of his characters... the strong female characters are refreshing and he does them well...