Awakened

Paragons, Book 1
Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
Series: Paragons Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (370 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When dark portals open, paragons will awaken.

Israel and Erin are strangers who wake up in a dark subbasement with no memory of how they got there. As they work together to escape, they encounter the clandestine Sentry Group and are thrust into a hidden subculture of monsters, secret societies, and carefully concealed history.

The truth of human history isn't the only surprise waiting for them, though, as the power hidden deep within their DNA suddenly manifests.

A man cursed with a monstrous hunger.

A woman who can bend space and time.

As a cult devoted to the Dark Old Ones plots to unleash their hellish masters upon the planet, will Israel and Erin stand against the coming darkness or stand back and let humanity fend for itself?

Awakened: Paragons, Book One is a dark fantasy with a sci-fi thriller twist. If you like real characters in unreal situations then you love C. Steven Manley's Paragons Trilogy. Get a copy now and find out what it means to be Awakened!

©2019 C. Steven Manley (P)2019 Spoken Realms

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Starts slow, gets good, ends interesting AF

Started slow, got really good, ended interesting AF. World building took the author a bit to start rolling. feels like an early Brandon Sanderson.. if he wrote his super hero series first instead of Elantris. Hopefully that made sense. lol

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If you love f-bombs, then this book caters to you

C. Steven Manley prose is well crafted and the story itself is thrilling as it is gruesome. There are two MCs Erin and Israel. with Israel the more level-headed of the two while Erin is prone into unloosing cluster f-bombs at the slightest provocation or slight. The dynamic between the two makes of an odd partnership not unlike that of the Odd Couple. Erin's backstory is absolutely a horrid tale of familial abuse emotionally, sexually and physically so I gave her character a lot of leeway what with her bruskness and foul-mouth but, still, it eventually chaffed on my listening pleasure whenever she went off. Israel, on the other hand, comes close to what would be called a gentle giant; perhaps too much at times. The story itself was outlined well and plays out evenly as it moves the story forward. James Anderson Foster performed admirably as a narrator.

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A bloody damn good Urban fantasy

This good was very well done, the characters are cool and interesting, the plot is well done as well. I also like the world building and I hope it is expanded on further in the next book!

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WOW

I'm completely blown away by the quality of this story the performance and the recording overall. as far as The story goes it was amazing if you're a fan of Joe ledger or books about things that go bump in the night, or mysterious groups who fight against the dark evils of the world. this is the book for you is a perfect encapsulation of the genre and we'll stand in the annals of classic action horror. not quite all the way horror but all amazing. this is a must-read

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Great start to s series

This book really has me hooked on the mythology and the bloodlines of the characters. I'm really curious to see how the author interprets certain bloodlines.

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Not Fair! I want more!

A really nice surprise. I liked the story and the narrator from an author I'd never heard of. Was hard to stop listening!

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A Welcome Surprise!

Loved it! My first book by this author and I'm checking out others! Always great to find a talented new writer. Believable and real characters that have conversations that aren't predictable or trite. A story that kept me coming back with a anticipation. A fresh and well thought out view on what's often hard to do; a modern Cthulhu tale that is the perfect balance of supernatural and realism. The protagonists and antagonists both have realistic motivations, allowing the reader to lose themselves in the story.

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Didn't expect this! Awesome ride!

The beginning of the book was not the best. It was hard to follow and I almost stopped, but then after about an hour, things clicked and the story got going! There is great world and character development once the story takes off and I cant wait for the next book. since there is no recorded version ill probably buy the paperback, lol. The narrator was also great. Although I was not a fan of Olivia's voice choice but everyone else was great. any who, if you are thinking about this story, just do it and don't give up on it. well worth your time!

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surprisingly wonderful

can't wait for books 2 and 3 to come to audible. I will be checking back for more from this author

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Hmmm

Starts out with a bang and keeps going, and ends with one. Rather flat characters however, more expansion on paragons is needed