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  • The SnowRaven Chronicles: Thian Oil

  • By: A J Spencer
  • Narrated by: Matt Franklin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

The lady Snowraven, fallen out of favor with the duke's inner circle, returns to the simple life of a humble shepherdess... But to lead her flock through the very heart of the mighty Andereke mountains, she must either cross the fabled bridge of Nelchatta... and pay the troll's terrible price... or risk being trapped by the nightmarish Thian Oil pits... a dark and terrible fate from which few escape... The putrid sludge from centuries of nexil-orbs - haunted by the vile creatures transformed by its insidious evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A final Installment? May Have more please?

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-07-18

A final Installment? May Have more please?

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This is a sad time, as this is the final Snowraven book for me to review. At least, that is what AJ SPencer says. I'm really hoping that he will rethink things, and bring back the notable near naked swordswoman at some point in the future. Her adventures have been just too fun to miss out on for long.

Secondly, I must say that I am glad to see that Matt Franklin has returned to his spot in the narrator's booth. He was deeply missed in the third installment, and his dulcet tones are a welcome return to form. He really brings this story alive, and I recall in one review where I literally wondered why they hadn't used a female narrator for Snowraven's tales, and when I finally got one, all I could think of was that I wanted Franklin back. He really is the voice of this series, and he is amazing at catching our attention with his voice.

Spencer has once again crafted a captivating tale that you can't help but get swept away in, even though the story is basically about our volumptuous swordmaiden's return to tending sheep. Funny thing is, you know she can't keep out of trouble for more than a few minutes any more than she can keep her clothes on for long. This, if it is the final tale, is a worthy one to go out on. This is an action packed tale that flies at you like a dagger in the dark. I don't like to go into a lot of details, for fear of providing spoilers but I will say that if you have enjoyed the earlier tales then you are going to LOVE this one as it really brings Snowraven Shaska back to her roots and flies forward faster than any story prior. Monster and man blood flows, and even falls like rain, so be prepared for some hellacious fight scenes. The story is one to go out on if you are going to close a chapter on a great character.

Again, I really lament that this is the last book in this series, but it is one hell of a listen, and I loved every second of it. I sincerely hope that Spencer rethinks his position on closing the door on this world. Don't let the fact that this is the end deter you from getting this story. It works as a stand alone tale, and if you have listened to the others then you will not want to pass this up. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Flank Hawk

  • By: Terry W. Ervin II
  • Narrated by: Michael A. Slusser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

What happens when fire-breathing dragons battle Stukas for aerial supremacy over a battlefield? Can an earth wizard's magic defeat a panzer? Krish, a farmhand turned mercenary, witnesses this and much more as he confronts the Necromancer King's new war machines resurrected from before the First Civilization's fall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flank Hawk flies into new realms for Fantasy genre

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-07-18

Flank Hawk flies into new realms for Fantasy genre

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Terry Ervin is just crushing it for me. I started out in a Litrpg story of his called Outpost, and adored the book. I loved it. Then I read his novel, Relic Hunter and was amazed at just how flexible his story telling chops really were, and now he hits me with a fantasy novel that deals with undead and nazi planes and tanks. Wha-huh? Who the heck thinks this stuff up? I must say his imagination is fueled by Tolkien's sweat, Willy Wonka's blood, and Clint Eastwood's attitude. A cray mix to be certain, but a combination that makes for amazing possibilities.

Flank Hawk is an everyman. He's not a hulking hero or deadly warrior. He's just a guy swept up in circumstances that sweep him away from the life that he would prefer. Still, he makes due with his lot and manages to actually become someone of consequence. In this case, history isn't repeating itself so much as reinventing itself. Fantasy and Science begin to gel together, leaving the world a far different place than it had been. Flank Hawk has the honor of being the one has to bear the responsibility of stopping the war.

One little issue I did have was with the character of Lily. FH is there to help and protect her, and there is literally no sexual tension between them at all. I would have liked to have seen some interest, some spark, because if you consider that FH has been celibate for a while it is more than likely that he might do some initiating something with her. You might argue that he has a Gomer Pyle attitude, but I never really got that feel from him. Even if he was pious and holy he would still be moved when she undressed. Aside from that the action alone makes this book worth it, but then you do have the characterzation and the whole concept of fighting orcs, zombies, and panzers all at the same time. Good stuff.


Michael A. Slusser does the narration, and I'm glad to see that Ervin rotates his readers out for various series. This give each series its own tone, its own voice, and keeps it distinct from the other works he has done. Slusser comes in as a favorite of mine. I hadn't heard him prior, but I really enjoyed his work, voice, and the emotion he provided each character. I never noticed any sound issues, and felt that I could happily listen to him for another few novels.

This looks to be a solid and entertaining series. PLEASE DON"T MISS OUT ON IT. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Relic Tech

  • Crax War Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Terry W. Ervin II
  • Narrated by: James Conlan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

The Silicate War has been over for 15 years, and the tension among the dominant galactic races is growing. Many fear that the Umblegarri, the ancient alien race that ushered humanity into the interstellar galactic community during the Silicate War, have been targeted for conquest by the Crax and their allies. It's no longer speculation. The invasion is underway and Kra finds himself strapped to a hospital bed, critically injured and surrounded by hostile corporate lawyers, high-ranking military and intelligence officials, ambitious members of the criminal justice apparatus, and an Umbelgarri diplomat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Louis L'Amore of the 23rd century

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-07-14

Pretty original for a relic!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I first read Terry Ervin II's book Outpost, and it blew me away. The story had the tone, the characterization, the plot, and the pacing that really appealled to me. So, I knew that I couldn't let anything else by the man slip past me. So, I got Relic Tech just from the singular reading of his fantasy/Gamelit novel. Man, am I glad that I did!

Ervin's writing style is very appealing, it is easy to listen to, is intelligent, and has fantastic pace to it. The story is sensible and fun and sucks you right in. This is one of those stories that iwould say I couldn't put it down if it was in print, as it was I had a hard time to stop listening when I had to. I am so glad that this is just a 'Book One" in a series as I would have called for more if it weren't. I almost had to laugh because the story is so frenetic that you feel out of breath in some spots, and I really believe that Ervin deliberately provided a few breathing spaces for the listener to rest in before cranking things up to 11 again.

I'm not sure if it has a western hero , an Indiana Jones (movies 1 & 3), or James Bond type feel for the main character, but it really doesn't matter because you can very clearly see that the MC is pretty cool and exciting. Ervin has a way of captivating his listeners and maintaining their attention. I love his writing style. Amazingly, it holds your focus for almost 24 straight hours.

Conlan does a really good job narrating; although I have to admit that there were a few points that he seemed to be talking really fast, like he was sped up. It worked really well in the fight scenes, but it did kind of throw me off when we hits a slow down point. It wasn't enough for me to deduct any stars but I do think you, as a listener, ought to know about it. Regardless, he handles the story quite well, and I had no real complaints.

This is a fun story, and I have very clearly discovered a new writer for me to follow. You should really look into all of Ervin's writings, as I know I will. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Sacremon

  • Harmony War Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Mark and his brother Tyler survived the slums with a gun in their hand and a blade in their sleeve. While it won't get them hired at a corporation, the Troopers are always looking for trained killers. The EMF offers education, medical care, food, and real pay. They have a chance at a new life, one where they don't have to worry about a rival gang killing them in the street. With a 35-year EMF contract, the Victor brothers might have a new life, but it comes at a hefty cost. Peace doesn't last, and the EMF doesn't care how many troopers die as long as they complete their mission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sign up and sign away 35 years of your life

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-07-18

Sign up and sign away 35 years of your life

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This book is about making choices when all the options you have are basically crappy options. You can stay and live in squalor fighting to stay alive with the danger of starvation and gang violence looming over your head, or you can sign up and fight for thirty five years. Notta lotta options on the table as my grandmother would say. It's kind of like do you want to drown your baby or shoot it? Either way you go bad things are going to happen to you. Chatfield does that here with his characters, and you pity them right out of the gate. Pity them you should, for Chatfield has no qualms about killing characters off. While he isn't exatly at the level of GRRM it soon becomes apparent that no one is really safe. I appreciate that. In fact, I prefer it. Having characters that never die or suffer consequences is not only boring but it is unrealistic. My biggest complaint is that the battles and the blood seemed to be filtered for some reason. You would think that with a penchant for killing there would be a bit more blood and gore, but no. Chatfield pulls back on that aspect of warfare.

I first read Chatfield's Emerilia series, which is an amazing LITRPG series, is creative innovative and ground breaking. I highly suggest that you give him a shot there, because he kills it with the characters, settings, and action. Here there is a nice twist at the end, the characters are interesting, and the action is good but I do have say that the story is a little familiar. My one real complaint is POV shifting that goes on. One minute you are in third person, then next first person plural, then first person singular, then back to third. It was a touch dizzying, and I have to say that I prefer consistency in my stories. Pick one style POV and stick with it. That kept taking me out of the story so I had to pull a star for the frequency of it.


Joel Richards is a fun narrator. I felt that he did a fine job and was easy to listen to, his voice was not jarring or overwelming at all. Normally, I'd talk about pacing and voices, but I think he handled this like a pro. It was nice to see Chatfield use a different narrator to help diffentiate his two series. I liked Richards style a great deal. He helped keep the story cohesive when all the POV shifts were going down.

I'll be honest, this isn't a new story. It is one you've prbably seen a dozen times over the years if you like sci-fi, but that doesn't make it a bad book. The story, characters, and plot are all slick and well written and fun. I just had a bit of a hiccup with the POV stuff, otherwise the story is fantabulous and well worth your time. It packs a punch, carries a knife, and has an attitude like someone from a back alley waiting for someone to roll for the weekend. Don't miss out. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Warlock Wanted

  • Arcane Inc., Book 2
  • By: Sean Stone
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Eddie Lancaster is in trouble. One month ago he killed Killian Myers, and now Inspector Richards is after him. Luckily, Richards has no evidence. But that's not all Eddie has to worry about. People are going missing from Mote Park. The circumstances point to the supernatural, and Eddie is hired to investigate and resolve the matter. He soon discovers that what's going in in Mote Park is far more sinister than a simple kidnapping.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Our favorite Warlock returns for more

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-03-18

Our favorite Warlock returns for more

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Eddie Lancaster is nobody's fool. He is a relentless bulldog that won't let go of something once he's got his choppers locked on. One of the things I love about him is that he isn't a "nice guy", he does whatever he has to in order to get his task at hand completed. The man is relentless, and he doesn't take crap. I love that. One thing about Eddie, he is a little full of himself and takes umbrage when someone tries to take some air out of his bag.

Being that this is book two you know that we pick up after book one is finished. It also follows along with the way the first book was written, first person but with a wink to the reader/listener. By that I mean that Lancaster has a "deadpool" vibe as he frequently breaks the forth wall. Somehow it works, and makes the story even more entertaining. I find myself wondering how I hadn't ever heard of this series, as I love Urban Fantasy and there are something like four books out there already. Sadly, for me I don't have time to read, but can sneak in a ton of audible stories, and so I only listen to what is available on Audiobook formats. We get some info on the person that whackedEddie's parents, and some other characters from book one make a return. All I can say is that this is a really fun series that makes me believe that UF is alive and well with stories like this one showing up.

Like the last time, Hannibal Hills does a great job narrating, and he fills in the Eddie attitude admirably; so much so that when Eddie does speak directly to the listener you get the feeling that it really him doing the talking, Hills just happens to be providing the throat.

If you are looking for something different, fun, and with a not so perfect MC then this is the UF series that you have been looking for. I am eagerly awaiting books 3 &4! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • The Druid of Death

  • A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
  • By: Richard T. Ryan
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

On the morning of the vernal equinox in 1899, Holmes is roused from his bed by Lestrade. The inspector has received a report of a girl brutally murdered at Stonehenge. Upon arriving at the famed site, Holmes discovers the body of a young woman. On her forehead, painted in blood, is a druidic symbol. On her side, also in blood, is a message written in a strange language that neither Holmes nor Lestrade can decipher. The girl was also eviscerated and her organs placed around her body. As a final touch, branches from yew trees had been artistically arranged around the corpse. Holmes senses a malevolent force at work, but without data, he is powerless. As the weeks pass, he slowly gathers information about the ancient druids and Celtic mythology and begins to assemble a small army of experts to assist him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holmes returns in the vein of Sir Arthur himself

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-03-18

Holmes returns in the vein of Sir Arthur himself

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I am without a doubt a Holmesian. It is in my core. I grew up watching Basil Rathbone movies with my grandmother, and as soon as I could I dug into his own material, the good stuff so to speak, and immersed myself in the writings of a brilliant man. I have been hooked and find myself drawn to any incarnation of Holmes that I can find, with the exception of the travesty of a tv show that has Lucy Liu as Watson. I don't care about Watson being Asian or female, only that the show ranks in the worst way. Until Cumberbatch came along I would have told you my definitive Holmes was Jeremy Brett, now I have two favorites. I endure the Downey films. Anyway, that is a list of my bona fides. I cannot tell you how many times I have read Doyle's words, and I am drawn to new stories whenever I can find them.

Thankfully, I can report that the Druid of Death has the feel of a Holmes story crafted by ACD himself. It has all the requisite elements, and the characterizations of Holmes and Watson are spot on. I really couldn't ask for more, but thankfully, Ryan provides a stunning mystery for Holmes to solve and a villain up to Holmes standards. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute that I listened to this tale, and sincerely hope that Master Craftsman Ryan opts to do more Holmes in the future. That is the best compliment I can provide. The writing reflects Doyle's but doesn't stagnate on it, and is complex and thought provoking.

Peever provides the voice of Watson (as well as the rest, but since he is the one to tell the stories . . ) an is impeccable at it. I enjoyed listening to him tell the tale, and believed that he carried the story along at a fine pace, and that he provided all the shock and awe that Holmes inspired in his friend. I had not heard him do any readings up till now, but I have to say that I think he is a fine narrator.

If you are any kind of a Sherlock Holmes fan then this is the place for you to go to get a new "fix", and the story is just long enough that you mind find it to be a three pipe tale! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Resurrection

  • Tatterdemon Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 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

In 1691, the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her; they shot her; they hung her - but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive, Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root, flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom, but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Tattered Tatterdemalion transforms terror

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-03-18

The Tattered Tatterdemalion transforms terror

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I am assuming that you are here because you read Book one and couldn't get enough. Understandable. Just in case you haven't read book one you needn't worry, I think that you can listen to this book and understand everything that is going on without issue. In case you are wondering, I am a huge fan of Steve Vernon AND Rick Gregory, and so wouldn't have missed this for the world. I think, that as we go into this you will find yourself becoming a fan of them as well.

The premise is that a witch laid out a curse three hundred years before, and when the conditions were just right a totem of her revenge erupted from the ground and went on a nice little killing spree. We pick up pretty much where we need to, and the story hasn't slown down at all. There are still people what need killin' and the Tatterdemon is just the revenant to handle things. Just an FYI, a Revanent is a restless spirit that returns from the grave seeking justice against those who wronged it. Think of Brandon Lee as the Crow and you'll get the idea. Our boy, the tatterdemon, aint quite as pretty as Lee, nor is he as gentle. Nothing like a bundle of shredded rags and bones ripping a person apart to keep you cool on a Sunday! I cannot wait to see how this story ends. I'm actually rooting for the bad guys here!

Gregory performs this reading like he was living the story, he fills your ears with every ounce of malice the monster has, and makes you empathize with those the tatterdemon stalks (well, I didn't, I wanted to see how he killed them; that is why you read books like this after all but the effort was appreciated). He plays this book like a finely tuned fiddle, and you will, without question, enjoy listening to him.

I eagerly await the next and final phase in this series. Don't miss out, listen up and listen in to these books. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Blood Cruise

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45

Ben Clow's plans are set. Drop off kids, pick up girlfriend, head to the marina, and hop on best friend's cruiser for a weekend of fun at sea. But Ben's happy plans are about to be changed by a tentacled horror that lurks beneath the waves. International crime lords! Deep cover black ops agents! A ravenous, bloodsucking monster! A storm of evil and danger conspire to turn Ben Clow's vacation from a fun ocean getaway into a nightmare of a blood cruise!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An fast paced action Horror story.

  • By Steve H. Caldwell on 09-26-16

Deep Sea Rounders as a Cardshark meets Mutoctopus

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

You know what I love? Card Sharks. They are fascinating to me. One of my favorite films is the Damon/Norton classic, Rounders in which a guy who was a poker con man tries to go straight. Then, he has an old friend come into his life and drag him back into a owrld he had thought far behind him. Bible's protagonist, Ben, is one such fella. He used to be a rounder but gave that life up. However, he gets drawn onto a yacht and into a high stakes poker game that turns into something from a sci-fi channel remake of a Deep Rising pilot.

Ben is surrounded by deadly people, gangsters, his girlfriend, hell, even the ship's gopher is probably more dangerous than he is on paper, but the man has brains, and he uses them every chance he gets when thigs start going sour. Unfortunately for him and the rest of the people on the luxery yacht, there is another ship nearby that has been doing some naughty experiments with marine life, and they just happen to be nearby when one of those experiments makes a move and breaks free. In true awesome movie monster fashion it kills everyone onboard ship number two, and then, because its murderous rage has not been quenched goes off seeking more thins it can chew, smash, or crush. The object just happens to be the ship old Benny is floating around on. To say that things go to hell is an understatement, but it does so in the most truest and purest form of B-Movie cinema ever put into a novel. This book is fun and does not feel like a nine hour + book. It goes by sooo much faster. Which is understandable given how much action, excitement, and adventure is stuffed into this book.

Tell does well in his narration, and I have no problems with his work or the sound quality at all. He made this book fun and exciting, and he really respected the material. I'd listen to him again on another project, and that is the best praise I can provide.

Do not miss out on a High/Deep seas adventure that feesls like Jaws, Tentacles, Deep Rising, and a touch of Lovecraft mixed together (sorry, tentacles always takes me to Lovecraft). This was one blast that will leave you tasting salt water tinged with iron. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Exponential: A Novel of Monster Horror

  • By: Adam Cesare
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Five strangers drawn together at a roadside bar on the outskirts of Las Vegas. One rampaging monster, escaped from a secret facility, absorbing victims and accumulating biomass as it moves north from Arizona. The miles between them rapidly dwindling. No, this is not the world’s best math problem, it’s Exponential. The rollicking, brutal, gory, and strangely poignant horror novel from Adam Cesare. Criminals and screw-ups need to face down science run amok in this literary tribute to films like Tremors and The Blob.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mix&Match of the Blob and The Thing in a Mouse

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-03-18

Mix&Match of the Blob and The Thing in a Mouse

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Yeah, I know it sounds crazy but this is one creepy book that snatches elements from the Blob and the Thing, two movies that horrified me as kid (and still kind of do to this day), and creates a wholly new terror that will send chill down your spine. My favorite part is that it is nothing more than a meager white lab rat that causes such mayhem, death, and destruction. That'll leanr them scientists to go 'round 'sperimentin' on animals! Actually, it is human studpidity and sympathy that unleashes hell on the earth, and no matter what that is the scariest thing in the world.

This story plays out just like an homage to 80's horror flicks, and man does it make it work. I mean no disrespect when I say this, but it isn't a deep philosophical story that will make you think for months after the fact. This is, however, one hell of a fun popcorn flick in book form that will entertain you from the start to the finish. It is pretty gruesome too, as people and animals are eaten from the inside out by a gelatinous blob of goo that just wants to nibble on whatever tasty morsel it finds. The fact that the process is intently painful and oddly quiet reminded me of John Carpenter's the Thing. You get it inside you, and it certainly looks painful as it assimilates the men at the outpost, but they never screamed. Same here. It clearly hurts, but you can't do anything but writhe in pain.

Godfrey is rock solid in his narration, and provides a great play by play as the monster devours its victims. He adds to the fun, and brings you right into the story. I don't know if the book would have worked as well as it did if they had someone with a deeper or more menacing voice do the reading. He fit this tale like a glove. I enjoyed every minute of it.

This is an easy run through, just being a little over 6 hours long, and is more fun than I would care to admit, although I am a guy who grew up on watching B-movies at the drive through, sneaking monster movies on HBO when everyone was in bed, and reading Fangoria and Famous monsters of Filmland. This is my kind of book from start to finish. The writing is fantastic, and you get to know the characters so that you can empathize and sympathize that they died in brutal and unforgiving ways. Don't miss out on a good thing!!! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Land of Death and Destiny

  • Land of the Living, Volume 2
  • By: James Pinard
  • Narrated by: Johnny Mack
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 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

James Creed, the man who can travel through time using his mind as a weapon, continues his journey in the town of Hartford, CT, in the year 1944, where he takes over the body of a police officer. A young nurse helps him escape from his nemesis Dearborn, and guides him to find the answers he needs to stop a circus fire intended to kill many, and play a part in changing the future as we know it. He continues his journey in the year 1985, where together with Sara, the woman he loves and whose life he saved in Land of the Living, as they try to find the answers they need to save the future. Get a glimpse of the year 2035, where his son Michael battles a new nemesis behind the master plan to kill half the population, and control the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A time travel tale of terrific trials

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-03-18

A time travel tale of terrific trials

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Land of Death and Destiny the follow up to Land of the Living, by James Pinard pretty much picks right up where the first book left off, and that is good thing, because book one ended on a touch of a cliffhanger, or at least you pretty much had no doubt that there would be another book to follow. One thing that I really liked was that there was no recap or here's what's happned so far to start the book off. I hate when a writer does that. Can you imagine if GRR Martin did that for Game of Thrones? A recap would take up three chapters on its own.

Thankfully, Pinard has pretty much maintained his level of awesomeness that he exhibitted in the first book. There is no sophomore slump here. If anything, the level of intensity increases as James learns new and more about his older abilities and he begins to experiment with them. It is fun to listen to as he goes into battle, and we get some nice surprises. We do get a few new timelines, there is a future one with Michael, and James is chilling out in a new timeline of his own. As it should be with a time travel story there is no predictablity as to what is going to happen. Just when you think you know where the story is going it starts to twist, turn, and flip until something totally unforeseen appears.

The narration is just as good as it was the first time around, although I must admit that Mack doesn't do a lot of heavy lifting with his voice, and by that I mean he really didn't do a lot to make the characters discernable from one another. Otherwise, his does an admirable job and carries the story along quite nicely.

The book, in the tradition laid down in The Land of the Living, does end somewhat abruptly, and leaves you grasping around for something to hold onto as you patiently wait cliffside for book three to materialize. I, personally, have no qualms about this. I likie cliffhangers so long as I know there is a follow up on the way. But, I do have to warn you, because not everyone can wait for Christmas before they open their presents, and when those presents need batteries that won't arrive until after the 25th their minds go into melt down. Just take this book for what it is, a piece of sci fi fantastilular fantasy. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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