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  • The Vampire's Mail Order Bride

  • Nocturne Falls, Book 1
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,036

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn't know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!....... It was Clean, Funny, and Sweet!

  • By Cheri on 02-11-16

This was a cute story!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Where to start…

I liked this story overall. My biggest issue was regarding the supernatural aspect of the story. While Hugh, his family, and the majority of the town were supernatural creatures, not much was really mentioned about them in the story. For example, there’s the part when Hugh has to prove to Delany that he is a vampire. He shows her his fangs—he could have bought those at a store, is her response. What can he do than to convince her of what he is? Well…he grabs her up and races through the woods. I don’t know about anyone else, but I was really curious what he was going to do. Running really fast was probably the last characteristic of a vampire that would have ever popped into my head. Needless to say, that part was pretty disappointing.

Another example, what did being a vampire exactly entail? For Hugh, he was still able to eat and drink regular food, he had a reflection, he could run fast, and he had super hearing (although that only comes up near the end when he comments about Delaney’s heart rate increasing). I assume he had super-human strength, but that wasn’t really talked about (yes, he beat some guys up but still…) He didn’t seem to have any sort of mind control (strange, since I thought that was always one of the main talents a vampire possessed). He couldn’t hover, fly, change into another creature, blend in with his surroundings. Again, I don’t know about anyone else, but Hugh’s vampire persona fell kinda flat for me.

Another issue I had with the story involved the two main characters meeting, falling in love, AND getting married in less than two weeks. I’m not a fan of the fast love stuff like that because it’s not believable.

Anyways, as I said before, I liked this story. It was a fast listen to (audiobook) and was pretty entertaining. I liked the characters, especially Hugh’s servant whose names I’ve forgotten.
Moving on to the narrator. He did a great job! This was the first audiobook I’ve listened to with his narrating it. He has a great speaking voice. I couldn’t tell if he was English or American…or something else. It was unique sounding to my ears. While there were a few areas throughout the story where he pronounced a word exactly as it’s spelled, he has an easy-going way of speaking so that it doesn’t come across as though he’s reading from a script. One area that I was questioning about was regarding his tone. Throughout the story, I felt like he was trying to sound sexy, no matter what was going on in the story. Maybe it’s because he has a naturally soft-sounding voice, I don’t know. Either way, I’m a fan.

Questions/Comments:

I loved Delaney’s cat, Captain. Even though he had a minor roll in the story, when characters described him, for example as “a small cow,” it usually made me smile. One area and I could be wrong, but I swear when Delaney first talks about Captain’s weight, she says that he weighs twenty-six pounds, but then, later on, she changes it to twenty-seven pounds.

How did Hugh (being really old) know what “grab a slice” meant, yet wasn’t too sure when Delaney talked to him about friends with benefits?

Lastly, how did the bad guys know Delaney was in GA?

  • Teach Me to Love

  • Brothers of Belle Fourche, Book 1
  • By: Kari Trumbo
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

When her husband dies, she has a choice to make: Go home, and face the family who made her stay with the beast, or head to Belle Fourche to the only friend she has left. Conrad Oleson can't read, and it's shamed him for longer than he can remember. When another teacher shows up on his front step, he's sure his brother is meddling, again. But when Izzy reveals her painful past, he can't stay away. And if learning to read brings him closer to her, he'll do about anything for her including teaching her how to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Western Romance

  • By Tiasdolls on 10-10-18

Loved!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Anything in the historical romance genre, I swear I end up loving! If J. Scott Bennett is narrating, it’s even better!

This was a nice listen-to. The characters were likable, minus the bad guys, and there was that happy ending. There wasn’t anything really surprising or shocking that took place, yet it was a fast, sweet story. Although, with me not always paying attention to what number a book holds in a series, I was actually surprised this was book one. I could see the author going back and writing a story (prequel) about how Izzy’s best friend and her husband ended together.

As always, the narrator did an awesome job! I’m a big fan of Mr. Bennett!

I’m definitely interested in reading or listening to more in this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Witch's Journey

  • The Lobster Cove Series
  • By: Tena Stetler
  • Narrated by: Kate Tyler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Pepper McKay comes from a long line of powerful witches. Unfortunately, magic brings her nothing but trouble. She learned the love of wildlife rescue and rehab from her Aunt Ashling. After graduating from college, Pepper works for Salem Wildlife Sanctuary and lives from paycheck to paycheck, until she inherits the McKay property in Lobster Cove. With the family land and resources, she dares to dream of starting her own wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very enjoyable listen. Great Narrator

  • By Jason on 03-31-18

It was okay.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I reviewed a free copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. I was drawn to this one because it was about supernatural-related characters (witches, werewolves, etc.).

On that note, the werewolf side of the story seemed like it was an afterthought. I got that Lathan had issues relating to his military career and bad stuff went on there which, in turn, caused him to feel he was unable to shift into his wolf form. That was understandable. It's just that he never talked to his wolf. That's always been a common aspect of being a werewolf. The characters would always just randomly, mentally talk to their wolves. Lathan didn't do that which seemed strange.

While this was a cute story, I felt like it was missing the drama, conflict, and "OMG" type of moments. We know that the bad guy is after the witch family's magic, at the end he shows up and basically, that situation fizzles out on its own. There was no real confrontation. We know that Kate doesn't like Pepper because Lathan chose Pepper over her, yet Kate never comes face-to-face with her. We know Lathan was stressed about getting back together with his family, yet when he walks through the door, he might as well have just walked over and hugged everyone as though he hadn't been gone for so long. No drama. Everything was wrapped up in a nice little package. Everyone, minus Kate and sometimes Lathan, is always happy. Lathan has his werewolf-related issues, but they're never addressed; he just repeatedly tells Pepper to drop it. I also wasn't a fan of the falling-in-love-so-fast aspect of the story.

I received this story as well as another one (already read it) from the publisher. It wasn't until after I purchased both audiobooks that I realized it was the same narrator who narrated both of the chosen audiobooks. So, again, while she was able to provide a variety of voices for all the characters, it was her random pausing that killed me. It detracts or takes me out of the story because I try to figure out why she would add in pauses between words. Given this was the second story I've listened to her narrate, I've determined when she's reading the name of a place, item, etc., is definitely a time when she'll add in the pauses. Either way, I could see her doing better with more practice, she just has to figure out a way to read the script without actually sounding like she's reading it.

Questions/Comments:

So there was a BDSM club in town? Or somewhere nearby, right? I didn't understand why that was even mentioned in the story.

Why wasn't there a bigger reaction when Lathan told Pepper that he loved her? She didn't really comment either, instead acted like it was something he said all the time to her.

I was surprised that given Kayleigh was Pepper's familiar that she didn't want to go along with Pepper and Lathan when they went to visit his family. Obviously, it would have been hard to bring her alone, but aren't a witch and her familiar like stuck at the hip typically?

There was the rule of no magic in front of mortals. So how did everyone in town know that Pepper and her family were witches?

Speaking of witches, I believe there were several times when someone comments about Pepper being a powerful witch. So why did she never do much magic? She used her powers to move some boxes into the cabin, start the fireplace (many times), and then to keep the salt-water tank (I think it was) working for the baby, injured seal. That was it.

There was a part prior to Pepper and Lathan eating dinner when Pepper (for whatever reason) put a certain amount of ice cubes in the microwave, but there was no explanation as to why.

Something that stood out to me was the fact the author went into detail regarding what the characters ate.

In the end, this was supposed to be a supernatural-related story based on the characters, yet there wasn't much supernatural anything going on.

  • NPCs

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,133

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable if you manage your expectations

  • By Miachi on 01-23-15

When NPCs swap sides, this is the glorious outcome

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

- Josh here

I stumbled upon this story after being introduced to the LitRPG genre by Robert Bevan and the Authors & Dragons team. This was another fun romp into the arena that is LitRPG. The folks at A&D and Team TW definitely gave me a winner by recommending this series.

I love journeying into the different interpretations where-by the role-playing realm and the real world are joined. I loved the interactions between the NPCs and the king, especially after their encounter with the various demons. It was interesting to watch how the actions of the NPCs impacted the real-world players.

Drew has a real winner in this series and I am glad to have had this series recommended to me. Roger did a fantastic job with narration and this really added to my enjoyment of the story. Can’t wait to move on to book 2!

  • Dark Grace

  • The Grace Series, Book 3
  • By: M. Lauryl Lewis
  • Narrated by: Kate Tyler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Now months into the zombie plague, a group of survivors are dealing with broken trusts, evolution of the living dead, and the horrors of the evil side of humanity. The group becomes separated and struggles to reunite. The infection is spreading. The death toll is tragically high.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just love this book (series)

  • By Karynn Thomas on 12-20-17

It was okay.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Heads up, this is not a stand-alone book. Unfortunately, the author didn't provide much in the way of backstory either. My fault though. I did receive it for free through the publisher. I chose it because I love anything relating to zombies. Now I'm guessing the great ratings I see from other reviewers are from those who started the series at book one because I'm not really sure why this book as such great reviews in all honesty.

On that note, this was an okay listen. While there were a few zombies here and there, none of them really took center stage, so to speak. Most of the time it was like, oh, there goes a zombie, and that was it. I wasn't a fan of the love triangle at all. It seemed like the story was more about the relationship between Zoe, Gus, and Bogg and them moving from one location to another. I wasn't a fan of the writing style that much either. There was a lot of redundancy/repetition and sentences/phrases that didn't flow very smoothly, in my opinion. One such example: "He looked as red as the crabs we had boiled had turned." Or "The fresh air was refreshing." Stuff like that really sticks out like a sore thumb to me.

I'm not really sure if I liked any of the characters. I can say that I felt bad for Boggs though, he definitely deserved someone better even though in a prior book he hit Zoe (not sure why). I wouldn't describe Zoe, the female lead, as a strong female character. She came across as clueless (lacking a common sense) very emotional, especially in the whiny area and always seemed to need help with everything (usually from Gus or Boggs). And Gus...while he came across as a nice guy overall, he was sending out the weirdo vibes (the bad ones). I felt like he interacted with Zoe like she was a little kid, even though that's how I felt she acted. Their relationship was just questionable.

I liked the narrator; she provided a variety of voices and made it easy to understand which character was talking. Unfortunately, there were many times when it seemed like she moved away from the microphone or got closer. She did a lot of random pausing between words that I couldn't figure out as to why, and there were other times when I could hear her swallow her spit. Overall, she did a pretty good job.

Questions/Comments:

So the group is on an island, hiding away from the zombies. I found it questionable what their dinner consisted of the first night (the first meal at the beginning of the story). First, chili is made, and everyone eats it. Then someone decides it's time to make the fish they caught before they go bad. Why wouldn't they have just made that and save the chili for another night? Does anyone want dessert? Let's eat as much food as possible because we have a limited supply of food, right? Here's some canned fruit then. Who eats dessert when there's a zombie apocalypse going on around you? No one. It's all about food conservation. Yet, even though there's mention of having a limited food supply, the conservation part doesn't seem to matter.

Obviously, I should have read/listened to books 1 and 2 prior to listening to book 3. On that note, Zoe loves both Gus and Boggs it seems, although she's pregnant with Boggs' baby. I didn't understand how she could keep going back and forth between the two guys.

What year is this story taking place in? I ask because I question why Gus is so eager to find a hand-held heart monitor for the baby when it would probably be easier to find a stethoscope.

Before Zoe is introduced to Sadie and her friend (the little guy) that they later kill, she takes note that she can't tell if they're human. Yet, she takes note that they react in a human way when she and Bogg call to them, and they were talking, but she couldn't hear what they were saying.

So, Zoe and Emily are supposedly best friends. Yet, Zoe seems to have no problem sleeping (repeatedly) with Emily's man, Gus. Then when Emily is killed...personally, I felt Zoe overdid it with all her crying and wanting people to feel sorry for her.

Why did they bother to remove the dead/zombie dog from the vet office? I couldn't figure that part out.

With Gus' injuries, Nathan suggests they give him more meds every six hours. So he's given his medicine then they head over to the camping store for supplies. They meet the siblings that have been hanging out in the store, then head back to the vet office where the rest of the group is. When someone asks when Gus was last given his medicine, Nathan or Susan say it was six hours. How did they take eight hours in the camping store? Did they take a long nap and that part was just left out?

Zoe and Gus find a bag of Doritos. Yay! But, seriously...who in the world would wipe their cheesy Doritos fingers on the blanket they're sitting on? Why didn't she lick the cheese off? That was pure craziness!

Obviously, I've missed out on a lot of background information/storyline, but who would get pregnant during the zombie apocalypse?

How is Zoe surprised that Boggs is still mad at her? I mean seriously? You'd think she'd have some common sense and at least get her own room once arriving at the motel, but nope. She decides to sleep with Gus in his room. That will make things better.

How did the zombies know where they were? And if they knew that they were in the safe room, why didn't they hang around longer?

The final love/sex scene between Gus and Zoe was disgusting. Picture a twenty-something girl with a twice-her-age man. He did something medically-related in his prior life, or so I assume and wanted to help Zoe expel her breastmilk. Now, I know you can massage it out, but obviously, Gus wanted to make the situation weird at least for the reader. Now it's one thing to drink her breastmilk (barf), but it's whole 'nother story to masturbate her while doing so and then responding with "Good girl" right after she orgasms (gross). Sorry, but no.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,020
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,699

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Comedy-Tragedy of Gods Giants Dwarfs & Monsters

  • By Jefferson on 02-24-17

I dedicate this review to Odin

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Josh here

I found this book right around the time I finished the third book in the Circles in Hell series. Looking to keep on that kick, I pre-ordered this book and have had it sitting in my library waiting to be listened to. Having finished Gaiman’s American Gods book, I was quite excited to get to this one.

Having listened to it, I can honestly say that I wish I had listened to this sooner. What a ride! Gaiman did a wonderful job in bringing these stories to life and I found myself hooked from the very first chapter.

If you are looking for a wonderful journey into Norse Mythology, then look no further. This is a great collection of tales and really showcases key elements of why so many are drawn to the Norse Gods.

I gladly give this audiobook a 5/5. Gaiman’s narration was superb and really helped bring the story to life as only he could.

  • Mrs. Kim: A Zombie Apocalypse Psychological Thriller

  • By: Jason Deyo
  • Narrated by: P. W. Parker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stand in its path. Amelia Bell is thrust into every mother’s worst nightmare. She has a child who is fatally ill and no one knows of a vaccine that will cure him. Her son was one of the first infected with the virus that changed life and the world as we know it. Her son transformed into a monster with a ravenous appetite for human flesh. Believing he will become healthier if she feeds him what he craves, she enlists her alter ego.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping!!

  • By Bamcarter03 on 09-21-18

A great story!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Whenever I see a zombie-related story being advertised, I’m all for it! Strangely? Coincidentally? There were two separate authors posting this week for zombie stories. I grabbed both. I loved both! I really liked this story even though I wasn’t a fan of Mrs. Kim/Amelia. I understand what kind of person she was, basically living in her own world. I would have just left without her had I been Keith. But she was definitely one of those characters you love to hate. Poor Keith. I wish the story would have been longer; I seem to have had that similar thought with the last few audiobooks I’ve listened to. They’re really good…then they’re done. ☹

The narrator did a pretty good job. Overall, I liked that it was easy to tell who was talking. She had a great country accent as well. Unfortunately, I felt like she was just reading from a script and she sounded bored. That’s just my opinion though.

Questions/Comments:

Jimmy is described as having really blonde hair with light green eyes, and he’s similar to the children from “Children of the Corn.” Um…the kids from that movie, minus the main kid/guy, looked like regular kids. I believe the author meant he was similar to the blonde haired/light-colored eyed kids from “Village of the Damned.”

In the beginning, after the family decides to leave the bowling alley, Keith ends up having to intervene when an old man attacks his wife’s car. After realizing the old man was dead, Keith notices that no one has come out to help him. Looking around, he notices that all his neighbors are closing their curtains. I thought they were in the street…like not right in front of their house or right near it?

In the end, I’d definitely be interested in reading/listening to more by this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Zombie BFF

  • YA Short Tales, Book 1
  • By: Liz Hahn, Liz Matis
  • Narrated by: Kasi Hollowell
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Penny helped Mia survive the horrors of high school. Now, Mia has a chance to return the favor and help Penny survive the zombie apocalypse. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By Deborah on 09-15-18

I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review. What can I say? I feel like I haven't rated a story with five stars in a long time. This was a cute, entertaining, "wish it had been longer" short story.

I'm all for anything zombie related and was eager to give this story a listen to. I'm glad I did. The fact the main zombie was so different from your average brain-eating zombie was a nice twist, spin, different aspect, whatever you want to call. I liked it! Even though the group of teenagers consisted of the stereotypical kids (which the author calls out on), they were a great group. The two main female characters had a nice yin/yang type of relationship going on as well. Did I already say that I wished it would have been longer? I don't think I did. I was so sad when it got to the end.

The narrator did an awesome job! I feel like the last few audiobooks I've listened to that have had new narrators (people I've never listened to)...well, I've been having some good luck. They've all been doing a really good job. In this case, Ms. Hollowell provided a variety of voices to the characters, so it was easy to tell who was who and she seemed like she was "into" the story, and had a fun time narrating. Those are characteristics that I feel are required and look for when I listen to an audiobook.

I would definitely recommend this story to others.

  • Purgatory of the Werewolf

  • The Wolf of Dorian Gray Series, Book 2
  • By: Brian Ference
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White Punch Audio
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Dorian survived being eaten alive, but time is running out to save himself and his loved ones before the full moon. He flees England and enlists with the Royal Navy hoping to escape the monster. But will his ship carry him to a new life before the full moon or plunge him into the horror of war? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I hadn't pictured this kind of Werewolf

  • By Ray Johnson on 10-04-18

Really liked this one!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I liked this story a lot. I remember reading a story or, maybe, it was a tv show that talked about Dorian Gray, either way, he was an interesting character. While I think I should have read/listened to book 1 of this series, in no way was I lost as to what was going on with Dorian Gray.

The narrator did an awesome job! I couldn't imagine this audiobook having been read by anyone else. While there were a lot of random pauses throughout, he was obviously so into the story and really brought it all to life.

I'm giving this story 4 stars because even though I was eager to hear more, the fighting/battle/war scenes seemed kind of long. They were written well, it's just that I felt there could have been more details added instead of focusing so much of the story on the action scenes if that makes sense.

In the end, I'm definitely interested in reading/listening to book 3.

  • The Tide

  • By: Anthony Melchiorri
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674

Captain Dominic Holland leads a crew of skilled covert operatives and talented scientific personnel. He's taken them to all corners of the Earth to protect the United States from biological and chemical warfare. When his CIA handler, Meredith Webb, gives him a mission to investigate a disturbing lead on a laboratory based out of an abandoned oil rig, they discover the most terrifying threat to mankind they've ever faced - a genetically engineered biological weapon called the Oni Agent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Tide

  • By DJW on 11-17-17

A great tale on bio-warfare gone awry

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Josh here

This was a series recommended in by another author I am a huuge fan of, and needless to say I am quickly becoming a big fan of Tony as well. This is the second series he has written that I have had the pleasure of listening to (The first was Eternal Frontier).

I won't go into a typical review-style summary of what happened in the book but will tell you what drew me in. The science. I came into this story knowing that Tony holds a PhD in Bioengineering and let me tell ya, it showed in this story. Luckily, Tony has a great fan group where I could ask questions about things happening in the story.

Each component of the main story surrounding Dom seemed to be tied to a realistic piece of science fact, even if it was stretched to help make the story. I could sense Tony's inner doctor shining through with every page turn.

The humanity, and the depiction of such, is another aspect that draws me in to most books. The Tide definitely had some aspects of humanity that I latched on to. Watching as the tough decisions had to be made, even when the decision was unpopular. Watching as one has to decide what information to lay on the table in an effort to achieve a mission (Fort Detrick). Watching the different interactions between characters as they are faced with the skulls. Each of these plot points kept me going through this story.

Also, I took a personal liking to the nickname for the monsters, the skull beasts. As this was an old military nickname I had during my initial training, I had to stop and laugh.

This was an easy 5/5 story and I can't wait to get into the next book. The narration was well done and definitely helped contribute to the overall atmosphere of the story (although, per my military OCD, I chuckled at the way SINCGARS was pronounced).