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  • Watcher

  • The Watcher Series, Book 1
  • By: AJ Eversley
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens, Steve Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

As a Watcher, Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect her fellow humans. But the Bots and Carbons that overran her city are evolving, and are picking off her comrades one by one. Embarking on a desperate mission to save humanity from extinction, Sawyer discovers that the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn when one of her own betrays them. Faced with a choice between fulfilling her vow and avenging those who have fallen, she must ultimately decide who can be saved...and who can’t.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YA Dystopian Done Right

  • By Brian on 10-11-18

YA Dystopian Done Right

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

4.5 out of 5 stars

I'm not always a fan of when an author includes an "it's like this thing you like meets this thing you like".  It always feels like they are trying to link themselves to something more famous even if their books have nothing to do with it (or very little).  Fortunately, for Watcher - Eversley was dead on.  It was really like Divergent meets Terminator.  It had the dystopian groups (the Watchers reminded me a lot of Dauntless).  And then there were humanoid robots and Cabrons who were out to destroy the remaining humans in pretty much any way they could.  I'd say that comparing it to those two films (and books) was pretty dead on.

Sawyer was a slight cookie cutter heroine but it didn't take away from the story at all.  She was kind of reckless - putting herself and others in danger when she didn't really need to, wasn't really a rule follower, etc. While these are all the norm for books like this. Sawyer was given a little more to like.  The guy she meets later in the story is also a little typical (sort of bad boy but also good for her). In my eyes, in YA books like this, it's as much about the world and the interaction with it as it is the characters.  I also assume it's really hard to make a standout and unique character when you have the Katniss and Tris's of the YA Dystopian world without making them a little similar. 

I was a big fan of Divergent and I thought that Eversley created a world that was more interesting while also making the story stand on its own.  Sawyer was one of those should be forgetful characters but something stuck out to me about her.  I think the flashbacks and the "it's been 10 years" parts of the book (taking her from 8 to 18) made me feel for her on a deeper level. Realizing that she was basically raised to be a Watcher and nothing else (no teenager moments, boys, etc).

I've never read anything by Eversley before - but I will be continuing the series.  I think that it translated really well to audio especially with Chelsea Stephens at the helm.  She was able to give a voice to Sawyer - allowing her to jump off the page.  The addition of Steven Campbell was also needed in my opinion.  For Chelsea to read his parts (even if they were in the third person) would/could have been jarring.  But having a male narrate the major male character (especially while getting a glimpse into his mind) really stood out to me. I think it was needed and allowed Chelsea to focus on moving Sawyer forward without much distraction or interruption. 

Overall, a YA Dystopian novel that was a genuine surprise to me.  So many books try to be the next YA hit and fail on so many levels - but Eversley including the typical YA fare with brooding teenagers, first loves, and suspense. But also threw in a lot of heart, some betrayal (I guess this is pretty typical too), and freakin' robots!

If you liked Divergent or Terminator - give this one a try.  If you like YA Dystopian Trilogies - I couldn't imagine this letting you down. I requested a free copy of this book - it has not affected my review in any way.

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  • The Second Korean War

  • By: Ted Halstead
  • Narrated by: Cody Banning
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Two Russian agents discover a missing nuclear weapon was hidden in an American city by North Korea. Another nuclear weapon nears Seoul in a tunnel built by North Koreans. And North Korea's new military dictator launches an all-out invasion. Will Seoul or Pyongyang be the new capital of a united Korea? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A “What If” Imagining a 2nd Korean War

  • By Brian on 10-03-18

A “What If” Imagining a 2nd Korean War

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

The synopsis doesn’t give you too much (which in a way doesn’t spoil anything like some can) – but going into this I imagined that I was going to get introduced to a story where… a second Korean War was started.

I can tell that Halstead put a ton of heart and research into this book. He is able to write something that makes you think and feel.

Overall, I thought that Halstead did a good job imagining a what if situation and telling it to us from a ton of points of view – probably too many, but that’s just my opinion. I kept going from breezing through scenes to ones where I just felt like I needed a break. If you’re a fan of military fiction, lots of characters, and an original idea and plot – I do think you’ll enjoy The Second Korean War.

  • The Last Storm

  • By: Jack Hunt
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Following the death of his son, Alex Riley moves to a small town with his family to take a position from a recently deceased police officer. However, their peaceful existence is shattered when a sudden catastrophic storm sweeps the nation and they find themselves trapped in the town's 14-story building with local gang boss Cayden Jones. When Alex learns the truth behind the death and the reason Cayden is there, Alex, an aging chief, and a small band of survivors must ride out the storm and fight back to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Die Hard in the worst storm ever.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-25-18

This Book Has A Heart of Gold

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

4.5 out of 5 stars

It’s really weird to read a post-apocalyptic story (especially one narrated by Kevin Pierce) that is just one story. This isn’t a series and there really isn’t much that Hunt could do that would match what happens in The Last Storm. Sure, he could continue their story – but it wouldn’t be the same and wouldn’t even match the pacing that he set up in this book.

What I found most interesting was that this wasn’t just your typical PA book. There was a whole other theme going on. Sure, most PA books have “bad guys” but this was a slight change from that. The storm and subsequent issues that it caused really played in the background to a “what would you do to protect your family” type of a story. Hunt was able to turn the PA tropes on their side a little and played with the apocalypse some too.

The world he created would be fun to read from other angles though. It was at its heart a Cli-Fi book. He doesn’t dive too far into what caused it (really he doesn’t dive into it at all) and we just find out that there is flooding and a massive storm hitting this tiny Alaska town. The town that Hunt describes reminded me of some of the smaller towns I visited on my recent Alaskan cruise. You could tell that if something major happened that they were going to be partially prepared – but also that they would be screwed pretty quickly.

Overall, The Last Storm was a really enjoyable PA and Cli-Fi book that had a heart of gold. I requested a free copy of this book - it has not affected my review in any way.

  • Zombie Island

  • Still Alive, Book Two
  • By: Javan Bonds
  • Narrated by: S.W. Salzman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

The crew of the replica pirate ship, the Viva Ancora, is growing, and the characters of this cast are fulfilling their roles toward destiny. As the group swells, the need to clear the town of the infected and secure Guntersville Island becomes paramount. Isolation from the world will protect them from the naked, blue, undead cannibals - or will it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hey Mo, is that a burning bridge I smell?

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-22-18

A Change-Of-Pace Zombie Series

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

There is something about this series that just cracks me up. It’s also just slightly different than any other zombie series I’ve ever read. From the “things” that leave behind to the way that the main characters talk about different things. It’s just a great change of pace.

Book two finds the teams building up their almost-island fortress in attempts to try and stay safe and sound from the zombies. It’s focused on some raiding, some building, and a lot on the people that were left.

There is scavaging, house runs, and the occasional zombie pooping all over the place and ruining a good day. Mo is Mo and Smokes is himself – funny as ever. Making Zombie Island another unforgettable but really needed change-of-pace book in the zombie/post-apocalyptic genre.

Honestly, this book wouldn’t have been as good without the great narration of S.W. Salzman. The way that he voices the different characters (especially Smokes and Mo) absolutely make this book. Without his narration (and the specific voices he gives to these characters) it wouldn’t have been as enjoyable.

If you’re looking for a change-of-pace funny zombie book – check this series out. It’s funny, full of enjoyable scenes, and definitely a book I won’t forget. I requested a free copy of this audiobook - it has not affected my review in any way.

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  • Cockblock

  • By: C.V. Hunt
  • Narrated by: Ramona Master
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Sonya and Callie discover it’s not just the men who verbally assaulted them on the street who’ve lost their minds; men everywhere have gone insane. And they believe they’ve found the origin of the mayhem. A radio in the kitchen is playing a hate-filled message against women, and it’s being delivered by the president. There’s only one way to stop the men from attacking women, and logic tells them they need to terminate the chaos at its source.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • ok then

  • By Tyler on 09-19-18

What. A. Book.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I have never read a book by Grindhouse Press or by C.V. Hunt – so I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. It was an insane book that I enjoyed deeply. Even a book as short as this was able to tell the story it wanted to while also invoking the emotions and feelings that Hunt wanted to.

At the center of this story is the controversy and insanity that is the current Presidency. You can tell that Hunt wanted to tell a story that at its heartfelt crazy and out of the blue – but when you read the whole thing and get into the characters you realize that it’s not that far off.

A radio broadcast seems to send every man into a madness. It makes them want to go out and assault (edited from another word so Audible would let me post this) each and every girl that they come across.

Reading this as a feminist who has a strong dislike for President Trump made it a lot easier. I’m sure that this book will find its way into the hands of a Trumpeter or a misogynist and they will not like it. If you see/read any one-star reviews – I would bet it’s from a person like that.

A fair word of warning – this book is graphic. It needed to be – but it was graphic. Hunt told the story that she wanted to and did it in her way and I’m so glad she did. I don't always use the word trigger warning, but this one definitely has it for anyone who has been assaulted before.

Ramona Master read this book in a way that, honestly, I wasn't expecting but made it even better than I had hoped for. When you read a book first and then listen to the audiobook - you have a tone in your head for it - and most of the time it matches and when it doesn't - it can throw you off. Master's performance of this book definitely threw me, but in such a good way. I loved that she gave the character a real voice and that every aggressive scene was voiced with passion. I requested a review copy of this book which has not affected my review in any way.

  • Torrent

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 3
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

In Torrent, Abrahams plunges his characters into an unforgiving flood. College students on vacation, a family trapped and unable to swim, a journalist out of his depth, and a doctor prepared but overwhelmed all face the rising water. The beginnings of a conspiracy begin to surface, possibly connecting strangers and their roles in catastrophes they only vaguely recall. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book I Won't Soon Forget

  • By Brian on 10-02-18

A Book I Won't Soon Forget

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

First and foremost I need to call out the cover art on this.  I didn't realize when I first started it just how much the imagery was going to ring true to the story - but the yield sign almost underwater, the one-story building up to its eaves and the 2-story building more than half flooded are all parts of the story.  Along with the flotsam that comes along with a major flood.  So, kudos to Hristo Kovatliev for this stellar artwork.

Second, I need to point out that I've been championing this series on my blog and in my interview with Paul Stokes (the audiobook reviewer) because it feels so original and incredibly unique.  I thought that with the first two books.  This third book has completely blown the other two out of the water (pardon my pun).

This might be one of the best non-apocalyptic apocalypse books I've ever read (I say that because it appears to have only affected New Orleans and not the rest of the world).  Abrahams was able to portray a city in panic both outwardly and quietly.  There were people who were riding out the storm and surviving with no issue, others who weren't going to make it, and then there were the heroes.  The ones who run into the fire (in this case swim into the water) to selflessly save others.  One of the lines that stood out to me was:

"Freaking A, man... You were amazing. I didn’t think you had that in you. No offense. But…freaking A, man."
..."Anybody would have done it."
"Not true," said the field producer. "I didn’t do it."
"Me neither," said the photographer."

Abrahams also threw in something that was new to me for any of his books (and makes me really want him to write a technothriller once he's done with The Alt Apocalypse).  I can't go too deep into it, but the scene(s) with the tech guy had me scratching my head and making wild assumptions and guesses.

Abrahams was able to portray the water and its depth (both actual depth and the amount that's hidden just below the surface) in such a way that when a character would underwater (almost drowning or trying to save someone) I wouldn't even think about it, but I would be holding my breath until they surfaced. It was an exhausting book (in such a good way).  He kept throwing the characters into the water and hoping for the best.

I can say this without any hyperbole.  This will be a book that will be hard to forget.  Seriously, it was my favorite in the series and I'm pretty sure it's going to get better from here.

If you've been on the fence about this series so far (first off, what's wrong with you) and secondly - get it. You won't regret it. I requested a review copy of this book - it has not affected my review in any way.

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  • The Murder of Paolo Mancuso

  • A Joey Mancuso, Father O'Brian Crime Mystery
  • By: Owen Parr
  • Narrated by: Fred Filbrich
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Paolo Mancuso was killed in a bar in Little Italy 20 years ago. To this day, his murder has gone unsolved. A cold case the NYPD has not paid much attention to in all these years. Enter "Tony the Hammer" Falcone, Paolo's best friend and co-Mafia family member. Tony, in his deathbed, reveals to Joey that the Mafia had nothing to do with his dad's murder, something Joey always believed it had. Instead, with his last breath, Tony whispers only three words to Joey - Barcelona, Wetherly, Stevens. With just those three words, Joey sets off to Barcelona. Is it justice or revenge Joey seeks?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the proper way to write mystery

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 10-09-18

Three Mysteries In One (Parr's Best Yet)

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I was not expecting to get three stories in one. I really was expecting to get the "vendetta-like" search for his fathers killer.  Not a complex interweaving story that is as intricate as it is enjoyable.

This has almost everything you could imagine. Mafia stories, people end up dead, crazy and atypical murder weapons and a cold case over 20 years old.  Also, a former cop who is the Last Advocate of the victim trying to solve it all while also solving his father's murder.

I couldn't put this book down.  I loved every minute of it.  It was both similar to and slightly different from the other books in this series because it was so close to home for Mancuso.  I got to see some of his more sneaky tactics along with following him to more exotic locations.

Parr was also able to throw some slight romance and tossed in a little "self-realization" by Mancuso that really topped his character off.  Mancuso's arc could be complete with this story but I hope that it isn't.  They are just such a fun duo trying to solve crimes that normal people (and even the cops) can't seem to crack.

Overall, it might be my favorite Mancuso and Father O'Brian story yet.  And I think that anyone who has enjoyed the series until now will love this one. I requested a free copy of this audiobook - it has not affected my review in any way.

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  • The King Tides

  • Lancaster & Daniels
  • By: James Swain
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

Nicki Pearl is the perfect daughter - every parent’s dream. And that of strangers, too. Wherever she goes, she’s being watched. Each stalker is different from the last, except for one thing - their alarming obsession with Nicki. Nicki’s father is turning to someone who can protect her: retired private detective and ex-Navy SEAL Jon Lancaster. Unlicensed, and unrestricted, he plays dirty. But this case is unusual. Why so many men? Why this one girl? Does Nicki have something to hide? Or do her parents? Trawling the darkest depths of southern Florida, Lancaster faces a growing tide of secrets and deception.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Could turn into a very good series...

  • By shelley on 08-02-18

Well Crafted & Extremely Memorable

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

4.44 out of 5 stars

Yes, I just went there. 4.44 out of 5. I did this because without some of the issues I’ll call out this should have been a 5, but they were bothersome enough that I can’t rate it a 4.5 (which I would round up to a 5). Warning: the issues I call out wouldn’t bother everyone but seemed to bug me.

I can’t really describe the premise of the book better than what is already done, so I’ll just post it here: Nicki Pearl is the perfect daughter – every parent’s dream. And that of strangers, too. Wherever she goes, she’s being watched. Each stalker is different from the last, except for one thing – their alarming obsession with Nicki.

So, there are all these men and they are seemingly obsessed with Nicki – a 15-year-old girl. A private investigator is called and we are introduced to Jon Lancaster. A pot-bellied (medical condition) unassuming former cop who is now a private investigator. Did I mention that he’s also an ex-Navy SEAL? Yeah, he’s that too.

The King Tides is a book that I won’t soon forget. Excellent character development and a story that will definitely stick in your mind. It was an intense ride from beginning to end. Lancaster is a likable good guy who always seems to find the right thing to do or say. He’s able to save the day even when you don’t have much hope. We’re even given a “mini” case to start The King Tides off so that we can really get to know him.

Much later in the book, we are introduced to an FBI agent with a vendetta she needs help completing. I would talk much more about her and how she was introduced – but it will pretty much ruin a big turning point in King Tides.

Now, on to some of the stuff that I was bothered by. I think Swain wrote this book for the airport Thriller readers. Those are the 40-60ish-year-old men and women who read Thrillers while on trips. I say this because he explained things that I did not feel like needed to be explained. For example, there was a scene where he needs to get a replacement phone (skipping some major spoilers here). Swain basically explained the entire process from walking into Verizon, talking to the clerk, buying the new phone, having her transfer data over, etc. It just felt… bloated and unnecessary. But, it got worse once he got home and was looking at the phone. He started going through the apps and literally explaining what they all did – all the way down to the calculator app. Yes, he explained what the calculator app did. Here is how the scene went down (slight paraphrase to not spoil anything):

Then came an app called Calculator, which performed simple mathematical equations. Next up was an app called Calendar that contained… important dates and appointments…

Unfortunately, a lot of the book was little scenes like this where he would over-explain things that I think are either common knowledge or at the very least easily Google-able. It made the book feel a bit choppy for me. Every time the action would pick up or a major scene would happy – I’d get an extra explanation I didn’t need.

Another qualm that I had with it was that some of the things just seemed too simplified. There were numerous scenes where Lancaster would say things like “As a private investigator he doesn’t have to abide by the same rules of law enforcement officers” and he seems to use this to the nth degree. There were parts of King Tides that I thought… yeah that couldn’t happen. Or, yeah, the cops would definitely be called. I’m pretty good at suspending my disbelief but I had a hard time with some of the off-the-wall stunts that Lancaster pulled.

Now, with all of that said – I enjoyed the heck out of The King Tides. It was a blast of a book that I won’t soon forget. A premise that isn’t usually touched upon. Killers that stand out. And a duo that is completely unexpected.

  • Cyber Wars

  • The Black Chamber
  • By: Michael Crawshaw
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When America's infrastructure comes under attack from hackers, the world's most powerful military doesn't know how to respond. Where should it aim its missiles? Could ISIS or North Korea be behind the cyber attacks? And why does a London hedge fund always bet the right way before each market-moving strike? Enter FBI cyber expert Declin Lehane. But before he can find the real enemy and prevent the crisis from escalating into a global conflict, he must battle the establishment elite, interagency politics, and his own prejudice.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-Paced Action & Realistic Cyber Warfare

  • By Brian on 09-13-18

Fast-Paced Action & Realistic Cyber Warfare

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

4.5 out of 5 stars

The hardest thing I did while listening to The Black Chamber was watching Jack Ryan at the same time.  The plots were similar enough that I was starting to merge the two.  That says something about Crawshaw's book - that it can be on par with a character and series created by one of the best writers to ever write Thrillers.

Black Chamber basically tells the story of a hacker who was caught hacking into .gov website(s) and was given a plea deal of "work for us or go to jail".  He's described as a punk and everyone who meets him is amazed that he's doing the job he's doing. He's call to investigate massive, well-planned, and extremely effective cyber attacks on different places and venues. From oil rigs to Plum Island the hackers will not leave any stone unturned.

Intermixed into this is an investment firm who seems to keep hitting right before the markets take a turn.  The oil rig is hit - but they just bought in oil futures hoping that the price would go up.  Something feels off about this but it can't be proven.

The story itself was fast-paced and I thought that the cyber war stuff in it was extremely realistic and not "dumbed down" for the masses.  It was written for someone who's done some reading into cyber attacks like the Stuxnet attack (it also is funny to hear people claim ownership in this book since no one officially did). But it wasn't "nerdy" enough to lose most readers.

Overall, I found myself really enjoying this one. It was one of those rare technothrillers that felt real without going too far into the future.

I was talking with Paul from ABR the other day about R.C. Bray and how I will basically pick anything he's done up.  But there was a post-apocalyptic series he did where it took place in the UK and they wanted him to do a British accent.  I wasn't sure what he was talking about - but when I started this book I was a little worried.  Bray might be one of my all-time favorite narrators but I do not think that British accents are his strong suit. I can't tell if Bray gave up on the accent midway through The Black Chamber or if I just got used to it, but it didn't bug me nearly as much as I thought it would.

  • Yellowstone: Hellfire

  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

The Yellowstone series, a new disaster thriller from international best-selling author Bobby Akart, takes the listener on a thrill ride as a cataclysmic event of extinction level proportions ticks away like a time bomb, awaiting its moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good I had to listen to it twice!!

  • By Rebecca Boyd on 08-24-18

A BANG Start To Your Next Favorite Series

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

4.5 out of 5 stars

Yellowstone: Hellfire was a book that I honestly had zero idea was coming out (let alone so soon after I finished the Lone Star Series). I knew he was working on something else and I might have even ventured a guess in a contest of his but I wasn't expecting this series.  

I can tell that he put a ton of time into researching the Yellowstone series.  Hellfire is one of those books that might turn a reader off because it's so incredibly well researched.  I say that because you can tell that he's not going for the easy way out.  Akart is trying to make this super believable and I thought it worked.  It wasn't Hollywood by any means.  There were scenes that he could have easily taken the path of least resistance but didn't. 

He was able to write characters that jumped off the page again.  This is the fourth major series I've ventured into with Akart and they all have people in it that I actually care for.  I love that about his books. He's also able to write budding romantic scenes that feel believable and interesting - not forced and quick like your typical PA books.

This is my 20th review of just Bobby Akart - in those twenty books he's taken me places that terrify me and places that comfort me after a long day at work.  He has this way of writing just up to the brink of turning me off (I know that he is a Republican, I know what he thinks of the current President, etc).  But, each and every time that I think he's going to go over that line - he doesn't. He skirts right up to it, but then at the last moment veers away.  And I commend him as an author for doing that.

Overall, I thought that Yellowstone: Hellfire was a book that I wasn't expecting in more than one way.  Akart surprised me with the quick release, the insane amount of research, and just by how back and forth from informative to fun this book way.  

I have not listened to any books narrated by Chris Abernathy before and I can't tell how I felt about the slight overacting in the scenes.  Some needed it and they thrived under Abernathy's narration - where others (yelling/raising voices) felt a little too much.  It wasn't a dramatization by any means - but at times it got a little heavy handed with the way that he used his voice. That being said - I still liked his narration. I requested a copy of this audiobook from the author - it has not affected my review in any way.

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