Ambryn & The Cheaters of Death

A Reemergence Novel, Book 2
Narrated by: James Foster
Series: Reemergence Series, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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The long awaited second book of the critically acclaimed, best-selling Reemergence is here.

With an important diplomatic visit to the troll nation just days away, Tesser receives a phone call with dire news from Sin City. A bus is found in the desert; filled with the husks of dead bodies killed by something far from human.

Unable to break away from the crucial meeting with the ancient troll kingdom, he dispatches his brother Ambryn; the dragon of death in his stead.

Ancient mistakes are finally ripening like rotten fruit, and the black dragon must rush to the December desert of Nevada to harvest his own missteps before they transform an entire city into a necropolis before the world's eyes. And this time Ambryn doesn't have the help of his sister Kaula, so his task may be nearly impossible. At least now he has Mr. Doyle, Spoon, and a dark man with darker deeds in his past from old Europe on his side.

Not all change is good. Welcome to the Reemergence.

©2014 Christopher Philbrook (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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great series

I have really enjoyed this series. it's a refreshing take on the supernatural! Everything this author writes is hold in my book.

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good book. reviews scared me.

when I read some of the reviews I was nervous but it was a very good story. Chris is able to build character depth in a short time and that makes everyone seem like better characters.

worth the time to read or listen to.

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Book 2 as good as book 1. loved it!

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Wonder if there is going to be more in this series. Hope so there are 7 dragons he can write about. This book had all the adventure, action, magic like the first book had. Ambryn is on the war path w/ vampires. They take the battle to Vegas where the vampires have set up shop. Ambryn teams up w/ Mr. Doyle, Spoon, and a werewolf. there is a twist at the end that I didn't see. Good book I want more.

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I loved Tesser. But not Ambryn.

Tesser was so great, that I think it would have been difficult for any author to follow it with an equally good 2nd book. Still, I expected more than this empty effort.

Ambryn the Dragon of Death, never really came to life in this sequel, coming across instead like a grumpy grandpa who doesn't say or do much until the poo hits the fan. The side characters are cartoony and the villeins are cliche. Worst of all, there is a distinct lack of the wit and charm -- and dark humor -- so evident in Tesser. Without those elements, this book sank like a stone.

What we have instead is the bones of a good story, but none of the magic. We have rather ordinary bad vampires. I really had to force myself to finish it, and to be honest, I'm not sure I listened all the way to the very end.

There are lots of bullets, slaughter and blood -- but not in a scary way. It all felt like a video game where you kill as many in the bloodiest way possible. Could have been zombies, or terrorists, or aliens from outer space. I never got invested in it. I just kept waiting for something original or funny to happen, and I thought for a minute it might when school buses full of old people and HS students started disappearing, but the book just devolved into the same old boring shoot 'em up blood fest.

What happened to the dark humor? What happened to the sense of loyalty to the group? Where was the witty dialogue, the sense of a fish out of water so prevalent in Tesser?

Ambryn could have been anyone or anything because he never used his dragon abilities to any real effect. As the Dragon of Death, couldn't he have just set all the vamps on fire, or taken control of their minds, instead of letting them fill him up with bullets? It was so underwhelming.

Ultimately, what Ambryn was, was boring.

Sadly, I can't recommend this book, and I'm guessing if you do go on to book 3, you could easily skip this one and miss nothing. But check the reviews first. Could be, Philbrook lost his inspiration in the rush to write another book. I hope he finds it again, soon.

Bummer.

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Ambryn & The Cheaters of Death

Another winning audible collaboration by Chris Philbrook and James Foster!
As a fan of the AUD series by Chris Philbrook, I took a chance when Tesser was released........ a book based on a family of DRAGONS! My Amazon and Audible bookshelves are filled with zombies, apocalyptic/end of the world , werewolves and the occasional romance novel ....... not once had I considered reading about dragons. But Mr. Philbrook has me hooked again..... pre-ordered Ambryn and will probably do the same with any more books in this series.....happily :)

And James Foster......I can't imagine any other creating the voice of the dragon of death :) an amazing voice actor as always!

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Better than Tesset

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i really liked Ambryn more than Tesser. He is not as arrogant and is actually more caring. I hope the next book will include more of his character.

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Great story

I really enjoyed this second audiobook in the Reemergence series. This time the story focuses on Ambryn, the dragon of death. As one would expect from death, he is not as friendly and outgoing as Tesser (the dragon of life, who was the main protagonist in book one) but in the end you can not help but love this plague spitting dragon who loves his niece and is determined to correct his and Kaula's biggest mistake, the cheaters of death. He is very focussed in his hunt to destroy the vampires, but it turns out to be not as straight forward as he expected. I loved his grumblings about Tesser, his internal debates as to how he should act, who he liked and trusted, and as to why he shouldn't just kill everyone off and start again. The narrators deep, strong voice suited Ambryn well, it seemed to rumble as he spoke and gave the feeling of age and power. I liked the new characters that were introduced, they weren't perfect, they had flaws, had made mistakes and were trying to correct them. Agent Spooner and Mr Doyle are great characters, you became attached to them in the first book and you like them even more in this second one. This is an exciting, fast paced, action packed story with great characters, intrigue, surprises and some heart break too. It can be read as a stand-alone but you will get more from it if you read/listen to the first book as well. I hope the author continues this series, as he is building an interesting world that I would love to hear more about.

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I want more!

Definately a good series of books, and I look forward to I'm assuming a Zaod book next if there are any. Vampires vs dragons who would have thought the story could work so well. Great book a little slow in some spots but the characters have been great so far. I wonder if Ambryn listens to emo or heavy metal more?

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The Second Dragon Roars in this Story

This is book 2 in the Reemergence series. (I believe there are just two books so far but hopefully each dragon will get their own book.) There are actually seven dragons in the world and this second story is mainly about a dragon named Ambryn.
These dragons are quite different than you expect (due to the author's incredible imagination) and yet they are also everything wonderful you expect of a dragon too. I don't like to give away the story in a review but I'll give you a teaser- Have you ever thought of a dragon in Las Vegas?!
I enjoyed this book very much but not as much as the first book Tesser. This story was a bit "darker" but still fun.

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Awesome series. If you love dragons....

Believability in the storyline. I care about the characters and the narration is great. I can wait to spend more time in this alternant version of our world.

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  • Debbie
  • 11-21-19

What’s not to love

Magic, dragons, vampires and lots of action. Great entertainment with awesome narration. I’m buying the next one straight away!