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Ascension

The Last Archide, Volume 1
Narrated by: Scott Hart
Series: The Last Archide, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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The war to end all wars is a spark away from engulfing the world in conflict and death. With super-weapons designed for Armageddon, world leaders preach restraint, but prepare to fight.  

Oryan Jeckstadt is born into slavery - the result of an emperor who secretly punishes his enemies with a fate worse than death. He is thrust into a brutal, but wildly popular, sport with participants known as Centauri. Knowing his father’s freedom is at stake, he determines to be the best in the world.  

After being orphaned, Elesya Celeste trains as a Centauri. Constantly placed in Oryan’s shadow, she strives not just to outshine him, but to eclipse him.  

Unknown to them, powerful forces are setting them up to alter the destiny of the world. Some want them to save it and others to burn it down. Who to trust remains a mystery. 

As the uneasy peace disintegrates, countries use Centauri victories as political influence. In this high-stakes environment, Oryan and Celeste are torn apart even as they are brought together.

©2018 Chad R. Odom (P)2019 Chad R. Odom

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Great start to a series!

This book rocked! I can’t wait for the sequel, because there’s still so much I want to know about. The story is a nice mix of sci-fi and action. The fight scenes are so dynamic and vigorous. The author does an amazing job of painting the setting and challenging the characters to show both their flaws and most impressive attributes. I loved the dystopian vibe of the story which leaves you completely entranced. I’d definitely recommend :)

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Ascension

Love this book, great narration, want more, can't wait for the rest of the series.

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Great story, great delivery

Not normally a fan of audiobooks, I tried this one on a whim with some serious time in an automobile ahead of me. The story quickly takes off, and while it takes a bit to get all the characters and settings straight, it all comes together into a phenomenal tale. It's a very interesting world that feels equal parts Enders Game, Roman Coliseum, modern sportstar fame and fortune with a global clash between nations building steadily. The various characters all have their own unique personas that the narrator expertly brings to life. You quickly find yourself knowing who's doing what more by the way each bit of dialogue is spoken rather than being explicitly told. Very much looking forward to what comes next!

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Great Book!

Ascension is well written, and the characters are well done and developed. I can tell Chad R. Odom put a lot of thought into character development. I love the character voices! Well done Scott Hart! Each one has a clear personality and distinct sound. Can’t wait for Book 2!

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Immediately drawn in

Oryan Jeckstadt is one of the most successful Centauri in the world. Born a slave, raised by his father, Oryan became the youngest champion in history. Elesya Celeste lived with her grandparents after losing her parents. Bullied and alone, Elesya was given the opportunity to train as one of the few Centauri women. Oryan has dreams of Elesya. She detests him. Jealous that his success has always overshadowed her's, she wants nothing to do with him. But Oryan didn't become the champion by giving up. However, with the country on the brink of war, their time may have run out.

I was lucky enough to win an audiotape of this story. It was fantastic. Scott Hart did a great job setting the stage of the fights and bringing Oryan to life. I was immediately drawn into this world. The grittiness of the training grounds, the brutality of the fights were vividly described. The characters were fully developed. Both main characters are complex and there are a multitude of supporting characters that add depth. Elesya's two sides are opposites. She is loving and loyal, yet jealous and petty. She judges unfairly. Oryan is both a warrior and a scholar. He's a brilliant judge of people. Nothing escapes his attention. He has a love and devotion for his father that is admirable. He is fierce and brutal and has a love of history. He was the heart and soul of this book.

It's a fast-paced, action-packed story full of intrigue. There is a yet to be defined sci-fi element that I want to know more about. I was impressed by Mr. Odom's writing and look forward to the next part of Oryan and Elesya's story. That ending...

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Interesting premise

I enjoyed this book. I found the premise of how entertainment in the future would look.

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New Series!

This was not at all what I was expecting! I don't know what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. I'm not good at reviewing books, so I mostly just say whether they made me happy or not while reading (or listening) to them. I was very happy while listening to this. There is just a little bit of romance here, which I am grateful for. This first part of the series is about a young guy trying to raise up from slavery and save himself and his Dad. The author quickly pulls you into the story and doesn't let go. In the next book, the young man is basically forced to go fight in the war. By the third book, maybe a Galactic Catastrophe??? I am anxiously waiting for the rest of this series! I haven't listened to many audio books yet, but I thought the narrator did a great job. All the different characters were recognizable, and with one narrator, that's what I consider important. I received a free download of this audio book and am gladly reviewing it.

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Great Sci-Fi. Can’t wait for more

What a unique world Chad R Odom has created. It’s relatable yet intriguing. Keeps you wanting to know what happens next and find out how all the characters fit together. Perfect balance of world building, character evolution and a little romance. I can’t wait to delve deeper into this world and see how it all plays out. Voice recording is well done and easy to listen too. Different voices for each character are easy to distinguish and fit right. Highly recommended.

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Absolutely loved it!

I loved reading this book and was excited to hear that it was on audible. Chad R. Odem wrote such an incredible series. This isn’t your typical hero story. The characters are human. They have flaws. They have their goals. They feel relatable while also being intimidating at times. Scott Hart did a great job narrating and using his voices to bring these characters to life. This is a must listen to anyone who enjoys great stories.

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A strong start

The build up of the main character is great! He's likable enough to really help you understand his motivations. The book itself is all Meat and Potatoes! Wish it was longer, but I didn't hear anything I didn't need! Mr Hart did a great job!