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A new time-travel thriller from Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Amazon and Audible best-selling author R. R. Haywood. Creator of the smash-hit time-travel series Extracted and the UK’s number one horror series The Undead. 

A man falls from the sky. He has no memory. He has no sense of self. What lies ahead are a series of tests, each more brutal than the last, and if he gets through them all, he might just reach a town called Discovery.

©2020 R. R. Haywood (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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More please

I have been a bit of a fan of R.R Haywood for sometime. However, I started to wane as the ‘Undead’ series began to drag on a bit too much for my liking. For me the shine of Mr Haywood had been a little tarnished. But! Holy cow batman. He is back to being the legend I thought he was! With this new one ‘A Town Called Discovery’. Right from the very start I knew I would not be pushing it aside. I liked it so much, that I gave up riding my motorcycle to work, just so I could drive my car and listen to this one! That is the highest praise I could possibly think of!

The narration is by Carl Prekoop who narrated the ‘Extracted’ series by Haywood. Another one of my favourites. Somehow Carl’s narration always seem to be a perfect match for the characters created by Haywood. Many titles have to be sped up. However, not with this one. The speed is excellent in the narration.

I choose this title without reading any reviews, and had to work hard at not reading any while I was listening to it. Just in case a spoiler made it in the review. This is the sort of story that the listener is best to experience without any sort of hint in regards to story line or even subject matter. The mystery creates a lot of the enjoyment. I will tell you that the ‘not knowing’ feeling helps in understanding the feelings of the characters in the story. I seriously did not see the subject/plot coming in this one, it kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. This desire to know only increased my fondness for the title! I am so glad I discovered this one!

Please let there be another one Mr Haywood!

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Action, action and more action

I have to catch my breath. That was one EFFED UP book.

It's time travel. It's chasing and fighting. It's unimaginable gore. It's death, but then it's not. It's constant, reeling, lurching action.

It's all of this, from the first page to the last.

And somehow it's also a romance, but not like any romance I've ever encountered. I seem to recall an old song saying "you always hurt the one you love, the one you shouldn't hurt at all". Kind of fits here, but with that brutality cranked up to 11.

Now I want more. Please tell me there's going to be a sequel, a chance for Discovery to battle Freedom. I am READY.

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Too descriptive

I have read/listened to many a violent and bloody book in my days but this one--at least for me--was over the top. I listened for the first hour or so but finally had to shut it down. It also didn't make very much sense to me.

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  • NS
  • 12-09-20

Incredibly Disappointing!

The narration by Carl Prekopp was phenomenal...but the underlying story was honestly SO disappointing!

Haywood’s prior “Extraction” trilogy was truly a BRILLIANT work... so when “Discovery” came out, I bought it immediately (both Kindle and Audible)....thinking that it would be just as great, and similar to the cleverness and fantastic writing of Extraction.

Unfortunately, only part of this book was interesting and compelling to read/listen to....honestly, by the end of the book, I was starting not to care about the characters and I was so disappointed that it completely just fizzled out in terms of its story line (and instead, it just hid the lack of good story telling with lots of violent battles, which get described in agonizing detail.)

SPOILERS FROM HERE ON:

The book starts out pretty interesting, although it gets incredibly frustrating when the characters don’t react the way actual people would in various situations....starting right after Bear arrives in the Town of Discovery.

But the biggest problem with this whole book is the CONTINUOUS reliance on the GIGANTIC (and frankly poorly-thought-out) MacGuffin.... a near-omnipotent AI controlling a matrix-like world to bring back people from the past to save the future of the human race in real life (but then has them live in a small town, work mundane jobs, and use “money” to buy anything).

But a MacGuffin is supposed to simply set up the main plot or scenario, and then it’s supposed to fade in importance as the story goes along! But the problem with this story is that the MacGuffin NEVER goes away, and instead, it gets relaxed upon even more, and gets more integrated into the story...but without ever providing any real description or understanding of the “how & why”. When you have an omnipotent character who does things “just because”, the underlying story becomes pointless.

Two other factors made it very difficult to feel empathy for the protagonist Bear, or for any his friends (or anyone else, especially Rossi):

1. The fact is that we have zero background on who these people are, and they have no idea who they are...I kept thinking that eventually we’d learn something of their “real” selves....but we’re supposed to empathize with these characters who have no backstory, have no real personalities (other than “she’s inquisitive” or “he’s funny”.). We’re supposed to care for them simply because they quip a few funny jokes, or have good skills at something. I understand the whole ”blank slate” idea, but by by never filling in the characters, we have no reason to care about them.

2. Almost nobody has reacts to situations naturally, and they do and say things that nobody would do in real life (even someone with complete amnesia would act more rationally than some of these characters). While the characters actions — both trivial and things critical to the plot — may be “exciting” or “funny” or whatever, they are often so far from what a real person would do in that scenario, that it was impossible to be relate, or to care whether someone survives or gets their brains blown out

One huge example is Bear’s sudden and never-ending “love” of Roshi — something that drives his actions throughout the whole book. Especially over the the last 1/3 of the book, Bear acts as if he’s lost his long-term soul-mate who had spent a lifetime together....rather than being two people who have barely spent ANY time with each other (I’m sorry, but fighting and bloodily killing each other does not bond people into loving relationships the way Haywood says, and doesn’t count as “sharing all their blood and various bodily fluids”). Yes, I believe in “love at first sight”, but if that love is never filled in by quality time together, it’s simply an unhealthy obsession that is hard to feel sad about (much less, be worthy enough to drive the storyline of an entire novel).

Overall, the story and the characters had SUCH promise...but something must have happened (like an editor who was afraid to criticize the manuscript too much, or a tight publishing deadline....or SOMETHING like that), and as a result, Haywood gave us a story that feels tantalizingly close to great, but which simply falls flat because of the lack of character development and the failure to move the story along with substance (rather than constantly going back to the inadequately explained MacGuffin). As a result, Despite Prekopp’s valiant attempt to make this Audible story compelling, I just cannot recommend this book at all.

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  • 09-26-20

Good for Gamers -spoiler alert

This book is like watching level after level of a video game where your character keeps dying until you figure out how to get to the next level. I stopped listening about the time the walking dead children came after him.

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NEVER disappoints!

I’m staring at this flashing cursor wondering if I can write a R.R. Haywood recommendation without sounding like a lovestruck teenager. Yeah, I can, but that will cut it short: Strong characters, a killer sense of humor, stories that suck you in from the start. His works are my favorite escape. Add Carl Prekopp and you have perfection.

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Weird, but in a good way.

This isn't *exactly* a time travel book, so get that idea out of your head straight away and you'll enjoy this one a lot more! That being said, it IS one of the most F'ed up love stories I've ever read. All the characters are interesting and weird. The MC's have unique and diverse personalities. And the best part is, there are so many questions left when it ends!
Get this one. Just DO IT!

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If the absence of plot doesn’t bother you...

It saddens me a bit to review “A Town Called Discovery” because I generally try, in my reviews, to say something positive about a book before noting it’s flaws. Since there is very little in the way of plot this book fills its pages with endless repetitions. Phrases recur like advertising jingles, and if one went over the text with a synonym remover or an adjective strainer there would be very little left. I’m not sure why, but I labored through the book to its (predictable) end. In retrospect, the ordeal was not worth the effort.

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Never locked into a story.

Close to 100 books on audible for me and out of them all this was the worst. Too many characters, very poor performance, barely a story, and what story there is doesn't have any relevance until the 3rd to last chapter. I should have returned it a few chapters in but I kept thinking it was going to get better. It never did.

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Dark and funny and brilliant

This dark and funny and brilliant not to mention twisted, did I say twisted, time travel Adventure will have you biting your finger nails to the quick one minute, and laughing you’re fool Head off the next. It’s the most enjoyable roller coaster to Hell that I’ve taken in a long time. Simply brimming with hilarity, suspense and twisted romance, a Town Called Discovery will keep you guessing at every turn. This book is therapeutic in its ability to breathe new life into a genre that can be cliché, if not handled by an author with the vision, and our R Haywood has more than enough to go around. If only I could step through a magically appearing door to the date when the second installment in this series is released.

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  • Darren
  • 09-04-20

Absolutely brilliant as usual.

I’ve just finished this and again Richard has played a blinder. The story is very good and the action set pieces are really cool. But it’s in the dialogue where Mr Haywood truly excels I genuinely laughed out load while listening to this. Overall another excellent story from the prolific RR Heywood. Anyone who’s listened to the extracted series will recognise Carl Precop and seeing as this is a book with the central premise of time travel it feels very familiar, Carl’s narration is as good here as it was in extracted.

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  • grace
  • 10-24-20

Cringe dialogue

I felt like it was trying too hard to be funny. I didn't find it funny at all, it was too forced. All the characters were just cringe worthy and annoying. Couldn't even finish the book.

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  • Jenette Hale
  • 09-19-20

Awesome!

“Extracted” on Steroids!
Excellent start to a new series....
That’s me buggered till the next ones released 😞

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  • ray
  • 09-03-20

Awesome Buttercup

If you like any other RR Haywood books, you'll love this. The only problem I have is you finish it too quickly.

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  • E. Robinson
  • 10-24-20

It’s a total rip off

I’ll start by saying I loved the Extracted series, loved the story and the characters and loved the way it was narrated.. A Town Called Discovery is a like story made up from some of the left overs from the Extracted series populated by a set of Frankenstein characters assembled from various bits of the Extracted characters to produce a sad shadow of that series. Take Bear for example he’s made from various parts taken from Mad Harry and Ben Ryder. It doesn’t stop there many of the voices used along with the dialogue are rehashes of those used in the Extracted series. Why?
This could have been a good story if it didn’t just rip off so many elements from Extracted. Having Prekopp narrate was a big mistake, not that’s he does a bad job......it’s that he does the very same job as he did so well for the Extracted series!
I really feel I’ve been conned and am a bit miffed by RR Haywood and Audible for allowing such a rip off to be published.

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  • Sal
  • 09-13-20

Mind boggling matrix crossed with umbrella academy

I'm not sure what to say about this book, I had to get to the end and I listened to it in one day, so I must have enjoyed it. I found some characters really funny especially our main character, I'm still not sure if I understand this book, I did enjoy but it's like when you watch a film and get to the end thinking.... What was that.... So yes loved it, didn't get it all, find some parts so funny. I didn't enjoy the repetitive parts, I wish there was a better way to portray that. Main points to consider, there's romance, horror, comedy, mind boggling and some good ol fashion English comments funny.

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  • Sonia
  • 09-10-20

Oh my days! This one has that dynamic edge!

There are many Fantastic books, but this one is special, a little weird to start with but within a very short moment in time you are drawn into one of the best reads of your life! Drew out a range of emotions.
Dr = found myself crying with laughter (stomach hurt too) and continued laughing 5 minutes after the scene had moved on.
Can’t wait for the next instalment!

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  • kev
  • 09-01-20

amazing

got the book when it came out and the audible is just as good love it

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  • S.C.
  • 10-09-20

Really enjoyed this

Bought on a whim and really enjoyed the performance and the story. I’m looking forward to the next one.

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  • Diane T
  • 11-21-20

I love RR Haywood, but this is awful!

2020 is a bad year for everyone and I am hoping that it is just a bad time for R R Haywood because this book is awful ...I have given up on chapter 5 ...bored! It’s been a year with time to spare, but I can’t carry on with this, even if it might improve later.


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  • Rachel Jay
  • 02-14-21

What an adventure!

First of all, this was a brilliant narration. Well done, Carl!

Secondly, one of the best works I have ever come across. Characters so real that you feel you know them. I loved it from start to finish.
Great job, Mr Haywood. Another stonker!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-13-21

Absolutely loved it

Fantastic story, great action, clever and interesting concepts. And of course Carl Prekopp is my favourite narrator. Thanks.
Where’s the next in the series????

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-20

Bloody AMAZING

I downloaded this book without knowing anything about the content. I downloaded it as I LOVE everything I've listened to from R.R. Haywood. I was NOT disappointed! It was so FANTASTIC to listen to, I'm dying that the sequel isn't out yet. do yourself a favour and download today!