Nathan Attis wakes up with no idea where he is, how he got there, or why his memories of the last few days are gone. He's more than a little perturbed to discover that he is dead, but it's not the end of the world. Due to his being in the army, he gets a second chance at existence in a fantasy VR game called Adonis Rebirth. But there's a problem with his transition into the game. His consciousness isn't loaded into a player character, but instead is transplanted into a beast who lives in the bowels of a mountain. Soon, hero players are going to come to kill him....
A great Idea With Okay Execution
"The Monster Spawn" is the story of soldier, Nathan Attis, who dies in real life. His consciousness is downloaded into a fantasy VR game called Adonis Rebirth. The problem is that although Nathan is alive and well in the game, his consciousness was not transferred into a normal player. It was transferred into a monster character. Not long after discovering that, Nathan quickly realizes that it is open season on him by any and every hero questing in the game. To make matters worse, Nathan's monster instincts are constantly trying to influence him into doing monstrous things. Namely, killing and eating people. Clinging to the hope that there must be a way out of his predicament, "The Monster Spawn" has great potential to be a fantastic story. Unfortunately, The author didn't seem to see the same potential that I, the reader/listener did. "The Monster Spawn" is not a bad story, nor is it a waste of your time. It just could have been so much better.
The one thing that really bothered me about "The Monster Spawn" was the cliffhanger ending. Just when the story started picking up momentum, the author chose to end book one. That really bothered me. If you are going to continue a story across multiple books, please be more considerate of how you break the story. I prefer when authors finish the immediate story while continuing the grander story arc across multiple books.
Narrator, David Loving, does a good job with the story. The only shortcomings come from the author's choices. Finally, I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I'd been living on the streets for around eight months before I lost count. It wasn't easy, but it was still preferable to what I had to deal with at home. In all that time, unable to trust anyone, I had been alone (I knew from experience that people always failed you). Then one day, while out searching for food, I stumbled upon this mangy dog being attacked. It wasn't a big deal to help him, but then he ended up saving my life which is when I realized there was something special about him: Muttface wasn't a normal dog - he was crazy intelligent. I'm talking Mensa levels. And he wasn't an accident either, having recently escaped from a mysterious lab.
Every now and then a young adult novel pops up that catches my interest even though I'm not a young adult. "Wanted" is one of these novels. It tells the story of Chase, a runaway girl forced to live by her wits on the streets in order to avoid abuse at home. Bandit, a scientifically engineered, genius dog and finally Gus, a man who has suffered great loss in his life. These three find themselves on the run together from a very powerful enemy. The story is fast paced, action packed and engrossing. I wanted to finish it off in one sitting.
Finally, This review copy audiobook was provided by the author at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Believing herself responsible for her father's fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist Trident Ventures with the recovery of a priceless relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating - especially after discovering her former love interest is involved.
"Severed Threads" is book one of four in a romantic suspense series. The basic premise is a hidden treasure under the sea reunites desperate ex-lovers. Add in a drug-dealing gangster and a cursed relic and you have the ingredients for a great story. While not perfect, "Severed Threads" sits squarely at the top of its genre. If you like romance novels, this one has an above average suspense story to it. If you like suspense stories this one has an above average romance element that won't bother you at all. Also, the narrator completes the audio experience by doing a good job with the material. I will definitely be picking up book two.
Finally, This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Boom.
Twentysomething bartender Jason Bishop's world is shattered when his estranged father commits suicide, but the greater shock comes when he learns his father was a secret agent in the employ of the Invisible Hand, an ancient society of spies wielding magic in a centuries-spanning war. Now, the Golden Dawn, the shadowy cabal of witches and warlocks responsible for Daniel Bishop's murder and for the death of Jason's mother years before, have Jason in their sights.
"Magicians Impossible" is the first book in what I am assuming will be a series. The book is a cross between Mission Impossible and Harry Potter, only, the Harry Potter similarities have a twist, in that it's about an adult and not a child. Basically, bartender, Jason Bishop, finds himself caught up in a battle between two warring magical communities that he never knew he was a part of. There are a lot of elements in the story that regular readers of action, adventure and urban fantasy stories will find familiar. But that's okay with me as long as the writer does something great with those familiar elements. For me, however, author Brad Abraham didn't do anything great with the familiar elements, but he did do something good. I liked the premise of the story and I liked the execution of it. I just didn't love it. I think part of the problem was that other than the main character, none of the others, and there are a lot of them, are really fleshed out. Therefore, I didn't and I don't think you will either, care about them, I didn't have much of an investment in them.
I also didn't care for Bradford Hastings, the narrator, I think his delivery was uneven. It seemed like sometimes he would deliver lines convincingly, like an actor in a movie. Other times it felt as if he was just reading words.
All in all, I would definitely try the next book in the series when it becomes available, but I won't be chomping at the bit waiting for book two to come out. And if there is no book two, I won't feel sad about it either.
When Edward is swept into the world of Ivalis as a Dungeon Lord, the Dark's most powerful servant, he has no servitude in mind. He'll oppose the evil plans of the Dark god, Murmur, whatever it takes. Through only his wits and his guts to help him survive a weakened arrival, Edward must rise to power if he is to earn the right to live another day. But in the battle between Dark and Light, what can Edward choose if both sides are cruel, uncaring monsters?
Edward is an average guy and a gamer. After looking at possibly two or three years in jail for assaulting his boss, he is contacted by a mysterious figure named Kharon. Kharon offers Ed a way out of his troubles by coming to another world called Ivalis and becoming a dungeon lord and servant of Murmur, the dark God. Although Ed didn't really believe his would-be benefactor, he took the deal rather than do prison time. That is the start of "Dungeon Lord."
Now on Ivalis, Ed is thrown into the action and must figure out how to survive. Only there is no reset if he dies. "Dungeon Lord" is a fun, action story with supporting characters that are more than just cookie cutter personalities. Jeff Hays of Soundbooth Theater and Annie Ellicott are the narrators for this novel and quite frankly, Jeff Hayes is the main reason I decided to check this book out. He is a master narrator of audio books. His incredible ability to do distinctively different voices for all the characters in the books he reads is nothing short of amazing. Annie Ellicott, whom I not familiar with, also does a great job as Amphiris the Spider Queen and Ilene the Mindbrood. The bottom line, if you like LitRPG, (literary role playing game), fantasy stories, I think you will love "Dungeon Lord."
Finally, This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Boom.
More than a decade before, when Paul was nothing but a child, fate dealt him a hand he couldn't win. Silenced him forever for speaking out against the former Alpha, stole his destiny, and robbed him of his place in the pack. Presley Ginger, a tiny human female, couldn't have been further from what he expected to walk into the bar and alter his future. But he couldn't tell her anything about his wolf or his shift. Nothing.
Broken Silence is a supernatural romance, short story. At age twelve Paul spoke out to his alpha, the werewolf's pack leader. Angered by the child's honesty, the abusive alpha cut out Paul's tongue. Maimed and silenced, Paul's place in the pack was dramatically affected while his personality deteriorated until he became a social recluse. Then one day a petite female named Pressley walked into the bar he worked in and walked into his life with American Sign Language. From that moment, nothing would be the same.
I liked Broken Silence. I just didn't love it. There was nothing precisely wrong with the story. It just didn't grab me as strongly as it did some other reviewers I've read. If you like werewolves and supernatural romance stories, you will probably enjoy "Broken Silence." Finally, This audiobook was provided at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Boom.
The Wanderers have protected humankind for millennia against the forces of Darkness. Now, the last surviving Wanderer, Rafe Semmes, must again battle Rowle - the only Wanderer to ever go rogue and turn against his fellows - as Rowle attempts to kick-start Ragnarök, the battle foretold in Norse mythology as heralding the end of the world and doom for mankind and the gods themselves. Joining Rafe in his epic struggle to stop Rowle from opening a gateway to our world that would draw the old gods into the battle is the last Wanderer apprentice, Tess.
It's very simple, "Garden of the Gods" starts up right where book two, "Apprentice" ended. Renegade Wanderer, Rowle is about to get his wish to bring about Ragnarök by opening multiple gateways for Gods and monsters alike to travel through into our world. Wanderer Rafe and Apprentice Wanderer Tess, with all of two weeks of training, are off to Colorado to try to stop Rowle. The bottom line, if you love the urban fantasy genre and or if you've invested your time into books one and two, there is no way you will want to miss what happens next in book three. Finally, This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Boom.
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Alone and friendless, the Wanderers, servants of Fate, maintain the balance between the supernatural world and mankind's. For millennia the Wanderers protected that balance - but now a renegade Wanderer arises to open the doors between the earth and our greatest nightmares. Years ago Fate scavenged Rafe from the battlefields of Vietnam, handing him over to a mentor he barely knew before the rogue Wanderer slaughtered him.
Wanderers are beings chosen by the Norns, who are the controllers of fate in Norse mythology. In author, Richard Bamberg's universe, the Norns use Wanderers as their tool to combat abusers of dark magic as well as supernatural creatures from the Underworld who would cause chaos and wreak havoc on Earth. In "Ragnarök," Raphael Semmes or Rafe for short is a Wanderer who was recruited off the battlefield of Vietnam. He answers directly to the Norn Verdandi. Wanderers aren't immortal, but they age extremely slowly. Normally trained by another Wanderer for a period of twenty years, Rafe's mentor, Walt, was killed after only five years of mentoring Rafe. With only five years of training, Rafe is still sent on missions as a fully trained Wanderer.
In "Ragnarök" Rafe travels to Alabama to tangle with a coven of witches with an intent to make a sacrifice to a God. He is also confronted by a long time renegade Wanderer named Rowle, who wants to set off Ragnarök. In author, Richard Bamberg's universe, Ragnarök would open the gates between earth and other dimensions allowing old Gods and all sorts of mythological creatures through to our world.
If you like urban fantasy, "Ragnarök" is a solid start to the series. It's definitely worth your time. Finally, this audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Boom.
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Rafe survived the fight with the renegade Wanderer, Rowle, but was unable to defeat him. As promised, Fate finds Rafe an apprentice. He arrives at Wilford Hall expecting to find a seriously injured veteran, what he didn't expect to find was a veteran missing a couple of limbs, who was female, the lovely Therese Sylvan. Regardless, his only way to convince her to leave with him is to heal her minor injuries and tell her that he can also restore her limbs.
Wanderers are beings chosen by the Norns, who are the controllers of fate in Norse mythology. In author, Richard Bamberg's universe, the Norns use Wanderers to combat abusers of dark magic as well as supernatural creatures from the Underworld who would wreak chaos and havoc on earth. In "Apprentice," Raphael Semmes, better known as Rafe, is given a mission by the Norn, Verdandi, to recruit a new Wanderer. After successfully recruiting the new Wanderer, Rafe was supposed to take on the new Wanderer as his apprentice. The intended new recruit, corporal T. E. Sylvan, was a military veteran recuperating in the hospital. When Rafe arrives at the hospital, he is surprised to discover the intended new recruit was a woman with missing limbs and burns on one side of her face and skull. The physical injuries were one thing. The fact that the recruit was a female was unprecedented. To the best of Rafe's knowledge, there had never been any female Wanderers.
In addition to the primary story of "Apprentice," there is a major complication introduced in the form of an old relationship that adds an interesting layer of complexity to the story. "Apprentice" also continues the threads and story points that were introduced in book one with the villain Rowle, who wanted to start Ragnarök. Again, in author Richard Bamberg's universe, Ragnarök would open the gates between earth and other dimensions where old Gods and all sorts of mythological creatures dwelled. Having said all of that, I believe anyone could pick up book two and not be lost if they hadn't read/listened to book one. Of course, I recommend picking up book one and reading it first if you can. Both books are good and definitely worth your time.
Finally, this audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Boom.
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In the weird, Wild West.... To kill the supernatural, Delilah needs a supernatural weapon. Armed with knowledge from the bruja Marguerite, the sultry gunslinger goes on a search to find the components she needs to make a weapon to wage her war. After Azazel collects his sensual tribute, Delilah's adventures carry her from the wilds of Mexico to a world of shadows and mystery, halfway between the old west and the world of spirits.
The story of Delilah Devilshot continues. At this point, Delilah has discovered the ones responsible for murdering her, her fiancé and his father, were not normal human beings that could be killed with a normal human weapon. To get her revenge, she was going to need a supernatural weapon. The Bruja from book three gave Delilah a list of components needed to make such a weapon. In this installment, "Silver For Souls," Delilah finds she must travel to a city that exists between our world and the spirit world to acquire one of the components. In that shadow world, Delilah meets and angel. She also makes a new friend and unfortunately, new enemies.
"Silver for Souls" is another good installment in the overall Delilah Devilshot story. I don't know how many more installments author, Alana Melos has planned, but so far I've enjoyed every one to date. The narrator, Irina Stone, continues to do a wonderful job on the series and I look forward to book five. Also, for those who enjoy erotic content in stories, it is definitely present in this installment. For those who don't care for that type of thing in their reading material, you have been warned. Finally, This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Boom.