LISTENER

Brian

Niagara Falls, NY
  • 441
  • reviews
  • 1,620
  • helpful votes
  • 444
  • ratings
  • Human Element

  • By: AJ Powers
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

The Neuroweb began as the greatest invention since written language. A simple brain implant allowed the user to access information, entertainment, and even pain relief. The Neuroweb was the beginning of a golden age for mankind.... Until it was compromised. Everyone with the implant lost his or her most important commodity: free will. The collective human consciousness was hacked and is now directed by artificial intelligence. Only those without the Neuroweb have a chance of resisting...if they dare. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everybody loves tech until it’s too late

  • By Mary Karowski on 12-04-18

An Okay Technothriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I love a good technothriller and this one sounded promising, but unfortunately, it fell kind of flat. This is more focused on the characters journey and didn’t really show any of the things I was hoping. The basic premise of the plot is that some sort of robotic apocalypse happened and anyone connected to the Neruoweb became zombie-like. Aaron never connected to the Neuroweb and his free will remains intact. He thinks he’s the only one but he meets a girl like him, and now both of them are on the run from the things controlling the Neuroweb.

The majority of the book focuses on Aaron and Hadas and their journey. We never get any information on how the apocalypse came to be. I felt like there wasn’t any world building and it left me with an awful lot of questions. Usually, book 1 is setting up the world but we get no sense of what happened or why. Plus there isn’t a lot of interaction between the kids and the Neuroweb. There are a small few fight scenes but I wanted more.

Aaron and Hadas aren’t the best characters to connect to. I did like them but didn’t love them. Everything came easy enough for them because power was still working and they had food, water, and shelter. I’m hoping that they grow a lot more in the second book because they became quite stagnant here and there was zero character growth.

Still, I did end up finishing the book and liked it well enough to give it 3 stars. On finishing the story, the first thing that came to mind about the story was that it was forgettable, and that was disappointing for me. I will probably pick up book 2 in the hopes that there are answers in it but it won’t be high on my list.

Andrew B. Wehrlen read this really well and was able to keep my attention even when I was bored. He had plenty of tones and voices for the characters and was able to bring the story alive.

  • Fat Camp

  • By: James Sabata
  • Narrated by: Mark Sando
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Since 1985, more than 500 overweight teenagers have come to Camp Wašíču looking to lose weight, gain self-confidence, and turn their lives around. Phillip McCracken arrives, weighing in at almost 400 pounds; but the baggage he carries from the past affects him much more deeply than the numbers of the scale. When a homicidal maniac hell-bent on revenge attacks, Phillip will be forced to either find the courage to save the people around him or fall victim to his own self-doubt...and possibly a machete. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Splatterpunk-Slasher-Coming of Age Story

  • By Brian on 03-12-19

A Splatterpunk-Slasher-Coming of Age Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I have to say starting off, I wasn’t quite sure where Fat Camp was going for about the first 10 chapters. Was it an autobiography? A love story? A story of friendship at Summer Camp? But really its all of those things as so much more! A coming of age story of a lovable, overweight young man, who is learning not only who he is, but what he is capable of if he only learns to believe in himself.

This story is sure to appeal to anyone who loves a classic teenage summer slasher setting offering a little violence, gore, and sex; right alongside with some good old fashioned marshmallow roasting over the campfire. Chock-full of iconic throwbacks to some of our favorite teenage slasher movies of yesteryear.

Overall I thought that this story was well written, well executed, and has a relatable telling of discussing some heavy-hitting topics. Fat Camp could be a bit crass and crude, but aren’t all splatterpunk novels supposed to be a little?? Definitely one of the more interesting horror stories I’ve read in a while.

  • Life After the Undead

  • By: Pembroke Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Cheyenne Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Seventeen-year-old Krista must quickly figure out how she's going to survive in the zombie-destroyed world. The one advantage humans have is that the zombies hate humid environments, so they're migrating west to escape its deteriorating effects. The survivors plan to construct a wall at North Platte to keep the undead out, and Krista has come to Nebraska to start a new life. Zombies aren't the only creatures she has to be cautious of - the other survivors have a dark side.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Character Building But It Gets Lost In...

  • By Brian on 03-12-19

Good Character Building But It Gets Lost In...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Good Character Building But It Gets Lost In Translation

Life After the Undead was an interesting take on this genre. It is taken from the viewpoint of a young teenage girl who watches her family parish in the zombie apocalypse. You aren’t taken through this dangerous new world on the back of a Special Forces team from Fort Bragg.

This world is seen through the eyes of an innocent young girl coming to grips with her family being lost, moving from different locations within the US and eventually meeting up with distant relatives. Overall, a good storyline with some good character development.

The downside to this is that while the story is told from a teenage girl’s point of view the writing is adult. The main character, when speaking, talks as if she is a much older adult. Unfortunately, the writing of her parts doesn’t match the character and at times it makes for a hard listen as you hear the Cheyenne speak her lines yet you can’t really envision the character.

Life After The Undead seems to get lost in translation.

  • The Secrets of Supervillainy

  • The Supervillainy Saga, Book 3
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444

Merciless, the Supervillain without Mercy (TM), is back with even bigger problems! How far will he go to fix his wife's current state of being a soulless vampire? Can he ignore his growing feelings for Cindy, despite their difference over the new Star Wars movie? Can he survive the wrath of the president of the United States (whom he accidentally stole billions from)?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and multilayered!

  • By erobbins33 on 12-05-16

Book Three Might Be My Favorite So Far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-19

There are two things that I love about this series. One is the humor and sardonic way that Phipps writes. He's able to write these characters, supervillains, heroes, and other random people who just absolutely crack me up. The interaction between Cloak and Merciless always have me rolling. Especially when they are having a non-silent convo that others can hear.

The second thing that I like is the antihero overarching storyline. Merciless considers himself to be a Supervillain, but... if you're three books into this series, you know that he's not. Sure, he's not the best superhero perse, but he's easily got to be one of the worst supervillains. The best part about this is that it tugs are your feelings a bit. You kind of want him to be bad but it's also extremely satisfying when he's good.

Phipps is able to write this in such a way that each book feels different but also the same. It's that your bed after you travel kind of comfort. You just fall right back into it.

Sometimes I dive into the storyline, but in this one, know that Gary is challenged again. Merciless is forced to choose between good and evil and finds a way to be good... while being evil in some roundabout way. And that there are both old and new Supers included.

Of course, the narration by Jeffrey Kafer just tops it off. He's able to give the dry and witty banter of Merciless and pretty much everyone around him in such a way that it's even funnier than Phipps' writing. He takes the already excellent book and makes it even better.

An absolute blast from beginning to end The Secrets of Supervillainy might be one of my favorites in this series. There were some (not overly done) damsel-in-distress parts that Phipps was able to do in such a way that it didn't feel like it was pandering.

  • The Dane Maddock Adventures

  • Volume 1
  • By: David Wood
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

In 1829, the Portuguese brig Dourado sank off the coast of Indonesia, losing its cargo of priceless treasures from the Holy Land. One of these lost relics holds the key to an ancient mystery. But someone does not want this treasure to come to light. When her father is murdered while searching for the Dourado, Kaylin Maxwell hires treasure hunter and former Navy Seal Dane Maddock and his partner Uriah "Bones" Bonebrake, to locate the wreckage and recover a lost Biblical artifact.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ehh...

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-28-18

Need an Adventure Fix and on a Budget? Check...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Need an Adventure Fix and on a Budget? Check This Box Set Out!

Book One: Dourado

This is part of a bigger box set that I have out but I wanted to break the reviews up into book-by-book since that’s how I do all the other ones. I’ve read a few other books in this series and the other series related to Dane and Bones – but went back to the beginning with Dourado. It was cool to go this far back to see what Wood used to do as an author (how he’s improved and the “winning” moments that he’s kept in most of the books.

I usually call out the narrator later – but there was something that Kafer did in this book that I don’t think he does anymore.  When a phone call (or radio call, I believe) happened – he would distort the audio a little to make it sound like it was coming from a radio/phone. I absolutely loved that. I don’t know if everyone would – but in books like this, it was a really nice effect without going overboard.

Dourado was an interesting story.  I couldn’t really tell what the “treasure” part of it was going to be.  There was a part that I thought “okay, I think the book could end” but there was another couple of hours.  It was nice, and kept me on my toes! The lead up to the ending was perfectly thrilling without being overdone – a classic Wood tactic.

Overall, I thought that Dourado was enjoyable and definitely a great lead into this box set.

Book Two: Cibola

Cibola introduces us to Jade Ihara (a staple in later books) and it didn't go the way that I expected it to. Leave it to Wood to write me a story (especially since I'd read further books in this series) that just blew my mind when it came to Jade. This book did revolve around Jade quite a bit but it was still definitely the Dane and Bones show.

Their back and forth banter and ability to play off of each other in any situation really make these books for me.  They always crack me up and Cibola was no different.

The story (and legend) in this was awesome.  I've heard of this one but the way that Wood writes it out.  The people and organizations that he picks to be the antagonist are so topical it's ridiculous (even years after this was written and recorded).

If you have enjoyed any of the other Dane Maddock stories or if you're just a fan of Adventure novels - Cibola will definitely be a winner for you.

Jeffrey Kafer is the perfect voice for this series - I know that I've listened to quite a few since these original books came out, but Kafer just crushes it.  He's able to voice Dane and Bones in just the perfect way.  Especially the way that they play off each other.

Book Three: Quest

As anyone who reads my blog or reviews know; I love Jeffrey Kafer’s narration.  He does such a great job narrating that you forget that you’re listening to a fictional book.  He’s just able to bring the characters alive and make you forget you’re reading altogether.

I had to take a day or two after reading Quest to actually come up with a description that wasn’t full of hyperbole.  I enjoyed this story so thoroughly that I was in a book hangover once I finished.  About midway through, I realized that this was the third book in the Dane Maddock series, and quickly and frantically searched for more of them, to quickly realize that I already own some of them. (Yay me!)The story was just fascinating.  Mixing in old world history with new world adventure.  Think the Da Vinci code mixed with Indiana Jones.

The adventures that Maddock and crew take will bring the reader to numerous places both in the cities and deep in the Amazon.  The search and discovery parts made for a really fast-paced fly by the seat of your pants kind of adventure.

If you’re at all into an adventure that’s mixed with some amazing historical research — Quest is definitely for you.  I will be quickly checking out the other Maddock stories soon.

Bonus Short Story: Aztlan

This short story was, I believe, less than 30 minutes long.  But wow did it ever make me feel. I won't really go into what happened since it was such a shock (and it's super short and easy to read).  Just know that you are in for all the feels when you start and finish Aztlan.  It was such an interesting short story that grabbed my attention from the beginning.

  • When We Were Human

  • By: Kate L. Mary
  • Narrated by: BettySoo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

They came four years ago. Invaded our planet, rounded us up, and decimated the human race. We fought back, and some even say we won, but they're wrong. The invaders took everything from us. Our family. Our hope. Our humanity. We won the war, but there are no humans left. Only monsters who will do anything to survive. Some look human and some don't, but they are all the same. Eighteen-year-old Eva has spent the last year punishing herself for her sister's death and hiding from everyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alien Apocalypse

  • By Karen M. on 11-13-17

But hiding isn’t surviving

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-19

If you are looking for an action-packed post-apocalyptic adventure, this isn’t the book for you. However, if you want a book that explores the after-effects of “winning” (or losing, depends on who you talk to in the book) a war with an alien race and one girl’s quest to find her lost sister, then you will fall in love with this book.

Usually, in post-apocalyptic books, I’m expecting action and adventure but Kate L. Mary took a different approach to this novel, and it was very successful. The book starts with Eva being hiding alone and still reeling from losing her sister. She stumbles across Walker and Tara who take her in and start to show her how to feel again. I thought this was a clever plot as it shows more of the emotional side of a world in chaos. Reading so much fantasy, I’m used to people taking action and going to war that it this was a nice reprieve.

Since this was not focused on the action there were some points that did tend to drag on. While they never lasted long, it felt more like a repeat. Certain instances I felt like I read only a little bit ago for them to be mentioned again but with different wording. This didn’t take the focus away from the story but it the few times it happened, I was anxious to move on. Overall, this had a really good pace and feel to it. There were a couple of intense scenes that had me on the edge of my seat because even though this was more of an emotional story, there are still aliens on Earth.

I absolutely loved the character development in this novel, especially Eva. When she is first introduced, she is hurting and alone. Trust doesn’t come easy in a world like this and neither does happiness. But after teaming with Walker and Tara, she finds that it’s good to have other people around and not be on her own – that there is still goodness left in the world. Even Tara and Walker’s personalities change after finding Eva. Their adventure together definitely teaches them new perspectives in life.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but it really hit close to the heart and I love it when books surprise me like that. With a great plot and descriptive story, Kate L. Mary really makes this post-apocalyptic world believable. Even though there were some moments that seemed to repeat themselves, the book had great pacing and fantastic writing kept me invested the entire time. Eva was a fantastic main character to follow in this journey and really watch her grow into a fierce character. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a great post-apocalyptic read with flawed characters who still put up a fight.

Betty Soo did a really fantastic job narrating this story. Her voice really portrayed Eva’s story and guided us through her world. I really enjoy it when narrators act out what the person is actually doing (yawning, talking with food in mouth, etc.) and BettySoo took the time to add those little details in. It truly adds to the experience of listening to the audio. The scenes that were supposed to be intense were and if it was a quieter scene, it was quiet. I would definitely recommend this audio.

  • The Games of Supervillainy

  • The Supervillainy Saga Book 2
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013

Get ready for the action-packed follow up to The Rules of Supervillainy. This time with zombies, zombified heroes and villains, cults, magic, super-science, a dragon, a giant Nazi robot, a Greek demigod, and so much more! Gary and Cloak have returned from the supervillain prison on the moon only to discover the city he plans to conquer and rule with an iron fist has been overrun with the living dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Merciless is back!!!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-16-16

Merciless: The Affable Antihero

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Games of Supervillainy is a little bit more serious than the first book but when I say that, understand that you aren’t going to wonder if someone else wrote it. Games has all of the typical jest and tongue-in-cheek humor that you’re used to from a Phipps novel.

Know that you’re also in for rooting for the antihero again. Who would have thought that Phipps would write a whole series about an antihero? Merciless is such an affable main character that he’s so easy to like. Even if he’s trying to convince himself and everyone around him that he’s really a bad guy.

There is a scene where Merciless is given the opportunity to talk with his dead brother for one hour (I’m trying not to spoil the reason behind this meeting) but know, if you’ve lost someone, especially someone you were close with – this scene will bring back all the feels. I had to stop listening to the audiobook just to give myself some time to contemplate. I was trying to think of what I would give up to have an hour to chat with Chad – and know that it’s only a part of this story but it really kicked me right in the feels.

Just know that you’re in for a treat when you start Games – especially if you enjoyed the first one as much as I did. We’re, of course, introduced to some new heroes and villains – along with the typical cast and crew that were around in book one. The new and old characters all add to the story and help shape the world and the growth arc of Merciless.

Overall, another home run from me – another superhero/antihero/villain book that I loved from Phipps – and a perfect lead into book three in the series. I loved this and will be starting the next book sooner rather than later.

The sign that these books are great is that they would easily be turned into a graphic novel. They are written in a way that would lend them perfect for that format – but I will be a little elitist and say that the audiobook is the way to go! A 4.5 in over 2000 ratings tells you that you’re in for a treat!

  • Faulted

  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

For the first time since his divorce, CJ will be able to take his son on a vacation. Along with his father, they make it a guys’ trip to the west coast. Little do they know their trip that is intended to be a lifetime of memories would include facing insurmountable odds. The lack of warning leaves everyone in the dark about what has occurred and vulnerable to all that unfolds. It doesn’t stop with the meteors. The disastrous events come one after another, a domino effect of annihilation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-14-19

Hits and Misses

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Faulted was a book I had high hopes for. I’ve really enjoyed Druga’s work and I knew that she was going to do a good job with an apocalyptic scenario like the one mentioned in Faulted which was described as “A meteor storm barreling towards earth ignites a chain reaction of devastating events that will bring the world to its knees.”

So, digging into the story – I was left hanging a bit. My biggest complaint was that in the audiobook (to no fault of ABW) it was nearly impossible to figure out who was the main characters in a scene. Druga seemed to just jump from one person to another. I think in a print or ebook this isn’t an issue. There are differentiators that let the reader know that they are in a new chapter or a new person, but in audio – this can be forgotten or left on the side, which makes for a really confusing book. A lot of times when it would switch from one character to another I would spend the first few moments trying to figure out who we were on instead of enjoying the next scene.

Putting that aside, the actual apocalyptic events in Faulted were pretty awesome. Definitely, some of the best written I’ve seen in a while. Druga was able to show the peril and the helplessness that these characters would have felt. The waters rising from tsunami’s were pretty scary and the idea that they were going as high as they were was explained in a way that made sense and added to the helplessness that the reader felt.

There could have been more science or “backing” story telling us how we missed it and what damage it would be doing in upcoming chapters. Druga featured a back story a little into Faulted that left a lot desired in my opinion. It was quickly said “oh yeah, we missed it, and it’s going to kill a lot of people” and it just kind of moved on.

Overall, Faulted was one of those stories that I really wanted to be good and it was average to above average at best. Things were hard but they weren’t impossible and a lot of times there was a time jump from “things are hard” to “everything is better now”. It did remind me a lot of a combination of The Day After Tomorrow and Deep Impact.

  • The Traveler Series

  • A Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Adventure: Books 1-3
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 21 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Five years after a pneumonic plague killed two-thirds of the world’s population, army veteran Marcus Battle is isolated. He’s alone with his guns, his food, and the graves of his wife and child. If anyone steps onto his property he shoots first and never ask questions. But when a woman in distress, chased by marauders, seeks asylum, Marcus has a decision to make.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The First Three Books All At Once

  • By Brian on 03-07-19

The First Three Books All At Once

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Book One: Home
Marcus Battle was a prepper, he wasn’t sure what was going to happen, but he knew something was going to happen sometime soon. He was prepared for almost anything, but when the pneumonic plague started to break out in the US, he could only be so prepared. After nearly losing everything, the only thing that Battle had left was his home. The home that he prepped with his wife and son. The home that he needed to protect against anyone or anything.

The narration was done by Kevin Pierce, and I knew I’d listened to another book he narrated — once I looked it up I laughed. It was another prepper tale. He really has the perfect voice of a prepper, especially one that has a military background. Pierce just allows for the perfect flawed main character to shine strong (that and really good writing on Abrahams’ part).

The funniest thing about this book to me is that it wasn’t touted as being a bio-thriller. The name “plague” wasn’t in it, there were no biohazard symbols on the cover, and yet the scourge that was taking over and killing people was better documented than in most of the books I’ve read lately. Seriously, I wouldn’t in any way describe this as a bio-thriller, but it has elements of it.

Battle was an interesting main character and protagonist. There were things that he would say or do that could or would turn off most people from liking him if you didn’t understand his story. But the way Abrahams would flip back and forth from backstory to present day made the story really fall together. Honestly, when an author flips so much it’s usually hard to follow but this really helped make a “simple” story come to life. Yes, it’s about a man surviving on his land by his terms, but it was so much more.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable story. I found myself wanting to sit in my car longer to hear just a little more or staying up a little too late. Abrahams has a way of keeping the readers hanging on every word. This finished, and I really wanted more. But at the same time, it was perfect, the story arc was complete with room to add more in the next book.

Another thing that I noticed was that a lot of prepper books feel like they have an agenda. Either trying to see things the way they do or promoting a certain political party. This book was different. It was written as a post-apocalyptic and dystopian novel first, with a little bit of prepper mentality sprinkled in.

Now, I have to wait until the next book is on audiobook and hope that Kevin Pierce narrates it.

Book Two: Canyon
Marcus Battle is back at it again. Picking up where Home left off, Battle is thrown into worse and worse situations as he is forced to face the ever-changing post-Scourge world.

The narration was done by Kevin Pierce, who also narrated the first book. I’ve mentioned every time that I listen to a book narrated by Pierce that he has the perfect “prepper” type voice, and I felt that way again. But, his voice is synonymous with Battle in my eyes. They are the same person.

I really enjoyed Home, the first book in this series. Once I realized that there was more to the story, I couldn’t wait to dive into Canyon. I was not disappointed. Canyon starts off right where Home left off and doesn’t take its foot off the gas the entire story.

Battle is thrown into unbelievable circumstances over and over again and it seems like he can almost get through anything. And as the reader, you are taken along for the ride, thrown into scarier and scarier situations along with Battle and his small group of new friends.

I really enjoyed Home, but Canyon’s jumping back and forth between present and the past to give a much better background on Battle makes this book even better.

I’m not one for spoilers, and I won’t spoil anything by hinting, but the ending of this book was crazy. I had some sneaking suspicions throughout, but I was glad to have them confirmed at the end.

I will be eagerly awaiting the third book in this series to figure out what happens to Battle, and how he will defend his home, his friends, and his newly acquired accomplices.

Book Three: Wall
A battle is coming, well make that two battles. One actual battle between the two sides and Marcus Battle, the incredibly resilient good guy in the Traveler Series.

The narration for Wall was done by Kevin Pierce who has done the entire Traveler series and done an awesome job on them. As I’ve stated time and time again, Pierce just has one of those voices that really makes these post-apocalyptic stories. It’s no wonder he’s been featured over and over again on my blog considering that’s one my favorite genres.

The story picks up where the other two have left off so I may give some spoilers away. Battle is still alive and kicking and is now called upon to help more people once again. I really like the inner angst that Abrahams plays off of. Battle is a mess internally. He’s fighting a lot of demons that would cause a lesser man to crumble. I think that it’s written beautifully — allowing Battle to have his moments, but also recover from them and grow because of them.

The combination of Abrahams writing style and Pierce’s narration really made this book blow by. It felt like one moment I was just starting chapter 1 and the next the book was almost over. Not every book can do that, but this one definitely made the time evaporate.

Overall, the story was a little different from the first two Traveler books but was different in a needed way. This book had a lot of conclusions and endings to things. Without giving anything away, I will say that I was happy and a bit surprised by the ending.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Killer Collective

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880

When a joint FBI-Seattle Police investigation of an international child pornography ring gets too close to certain powerful people, sex-crimes detective Livia Lone becomes the target of a hit that barely goes awry - a hit that had been offered to John Rain, a retired specialist in “natural causes.” Suspecting the FBI itself was behind the attack, Livia reaches out to former Marine sniper Dox. Together, they assemble an ad hoc group to identify and neutralize the threat. There’s Rain. Rain’s estranged lover, Mossad agent and honeytrap specialist Delilah. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All of Eisler's key characters together

  • By Wayne on 02-03-19

Enjoyable From Beginning To End

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-19

4.5 out of 5 stars

This is the first book of Eisler’s that I’ve read and I can tell you that it definitely will not be my last. I can’t tell if The Killer Collective is a continuation of any other series or if there are characters in this that were introduced in other novels – but I’m okay without knowing. Eisler did a fantastic job describing each character and not leaving a new reader like me in the dark.

Livia Lone might be one of the best characters I’ve read in a long time. She has a fascinating backstory that Eisler gave to us like an IV drip. I knew that things happened to her but we find out about them drop by slow drop to the point where I realized quickly that her backstory was going to be just as fascinating of a story as the full story arc.

The story itself dragged me in within the first few minutes of this audiobook. I was absolutely hooked. I have a friend who works a similar job to Livia and within the first hour of the book I’d already reached out and told her that she needed to check this book out.

I realized while writing this out that I couldn’t really dive into a lot of the specifics since Eisler does a great job in weaving intricacies into the story without making them feel like they are important but later you find out that they are.

Overall, a fun as hell read that I absolutely flew through. Just know if you enjoy big, bold, action-packed thrillers – The Killer Collective will be right up your alley. Eisler wasn’t high on my list before (my fault) but he is now. I love that he narrates his own books – he has a great voice and is able to add in some detail and character traits into his readings that another narrator would miss.