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Publisher's Summary

After Sam Cleave's perilous experience on the North Sea oil rig, Deep Sea One, he endevours to take life a little slower and keep to his mundane journalism job at the local newspaper. However, an unforeseen turn of events urges Sam to accept a freelance writing job offered by none other than Jefferson Daniels, the world renowned explorer with whom he shared their first terrifying expedition to Antarctica in search of Ice Station Wolfenstein a year or two before.

Soon Sam discovers that Dave Purdue and Nina Gould are also involved in this exclusive enterprise and, in the Arizona desert they are all about to discover just how deep FireStorm intends to take their initiates. When all connections to the outside world are severed and personal belongings become redundant, Sam and Nina begin to doubt the good intentions of FireStorm and its new anti-privacy software soon to be distributed worldwide. Before long their reluctance to conform becomes a gesture of threat and they soon find themselves in a desperate struggle for freedom where anyone, anywhere could be in league with FireStorm.

Will this be the Death of Privacy or will the worldwide domination of personal information be successfully thwarted?

Black Sun Rising leads the listener on a roller-coaster ride in search of a legend. Packed with breathtaking suspense and nerve-shredding action, Black Sun Rising is a thrilling listen for all fans of action, suspense, and intrigue.

©2014 Heiken Marketing (P)2014 Heiken Marketing

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Unable to listen to for more that 10 minutes

Would you ever listen to anything by Preston Child again?

The first two books of the series that I read were ok. I was also hooked in thinking the book was written by Preston AND Childs, not one person. I had purchased this book before I listened to the others, but I would have if I had listened to them before.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Clay?

After about 5 minutes I was unable to listen to the narration any more. He sounded like he was jumping out of his skin with excitement when nothing exciting was happening yet. All of his sentences were run together. It was impossible to know where the narration ended and the character lines were being read.

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Black Sun Rising

This is third book I have listed to that deals with Steve Cleve the reporter, Nina the historian, and Dave the money man. But this time they get themselves mixed up in occult in the South West of USA. Ancient Native American practices with modern technology, what could go wrong? Another adventure by P.W. Child

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Overall good story line

Narration lacked for me. The plot and overall story had promise
Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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This book is NOT by Douglas Preston& Lincoln Child

Don't be tricked into this stupid series thinking it is by Preston & Child because it is not, and if you've wasted time and money on it into book 3, you'll find it utterly ludicrous to believe the turn of events in book 2 and who the heroine is now bedding.

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I almost did not listen

the narration was painfully bad. but glad I suffered through the whole book. on to the next

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Narrator horrible!

While the old narrator was an idiot, this guy is unbearable. It’s like listening to a bad radio commercial announcer for 7 hours. I’m returning the book and done with the series due to the narrator

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Worst narrator ever!!!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Sun Rising?

Couldn't last 5 minutes.

How could the performance have been better?

Use the first narrator. The new guy was horrible.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger due to the narrator.

Any additional comments?

The first two books were great. I was hooked and like the story. Less than 5 minutes into the new book I wanted to bang my head against the wall. The narrator was absolutely the worst I'd ever heard. He sounded like he was trying to race through the book. I couldn't stand listening to it a second more.

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I can't say too much about the story of this book as the reading was so horrible that I couldn't get more than 15 minutes in to it. If it's like any other books in series it's worth a strong 3 stars. Very few mistakes and good plot.
The reading however was way too fast with horrible voice acting and dead monotone through the narration; couple that with mispronouncing some pretty common words and you quickly decide you'd rather read it yourself.

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Not up to Child's par

What would have made Black Sun Rising better?

Get into the action faster than 4 hours. Slow reader's cadence.

What aspect of Kevin Clay’s performance would you have changed?

Cadence was like a race. Narration of character development at the same pace expected during for action passages.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Brought up some familiar characters from other books but seemed like new characters either due to narration style or writing style.

Any additional comments?

Like Preston Child but disappointed in this one. Just not up to par.

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not as good as previous two, slow to get going.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Maybe

What did you like best about this story?

Left you hanging as to what next.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Talked too fast, hard to differentiate the characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

No

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  • AJM057
  • 12-22-14

Good Story - but the worse scottish accent ever

What did you like most about Black Sun Rising?

The story is well researched and compelling -- but not as good as any work by Preston Douglas or Lee Child

Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Clay’s performances?

Never knowingly -- this performance destroyed my listening experience -- his accent and pronunciation for Sam Cleave (a scottish character) and pronunciation of Edinburgh, Pillock amongst many others are appalling -- it completely destroyed my listening experience.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

ARGH !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Sharon
  • 09-09-18

Where is Ed-in-berg?

I think if you’re going to narrate a novel you should make an effort to say the name of their home city correctly.

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  • deafmick
  • 09-03-20

Wow

This audio book set is getting better all the time 5 out of 5 😊

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  • A Gurney
  • 06-27-20

A series review, rather than individual ones.

The Order of the Black Sun series, basically, harkens back to the old pulp novels of investigators/scientists vs horrifying cults/evil baddies/Nazis, with a bit of a modern twist. They are generally fund reads, a little light on scientific accuracy in places, featuring a trio of protagonists who hail from Edinburgh: a modern historian, a Pulitzer winning reporter and a millionaire/billionaire (the books can't quite keep it straight which is the case) tech inventor.

Now the bad part: American narrators, yes, plural, across the series.

Any Brit listening to these is going to be constantly on edge waiting for the horrendous mispronunciations and accents. Some examples:

The narrator of the first two stories kept on referring to MI6 as M16.

The accents of the three protagonists jump about, at first I thought the reporter was meant to be Irish but when their abode was confirmed I realised he was meant to be Scots, but its strength comes and goes across the series; the other two protagonists have zero Scots accents, the historian can kind of be explained as she spent time in other universities, but the inventor often ends up sounding like a brash American businessman.

Place names, oh god, after 13 books I think I've only heard Edinburgh correctly pronounced once, but I suspect it was an accident on the part of the narrator; mostly it's a mix of Edinborough, Edinbruh (yes, the "r" before the "u"), and Edinburg (hard "g"). Then there's the one book that's predominantly set in Lyon, except, for the first two thirds of the book, where the narrator calls it Lion, even when being pronounced by a French taxi driver; I can only presume someone with a bit of knowledge walked in and asked why they kept talking about lions...

Despite all this, however, they are fun and should be enjoyed in a light-hearted manner.

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  • Linda
  • 04-18-20

Good book

This book is a welcome addition to the series. I've kind of gotten interested in the lives of Nina, Sam and Predou. There was a new narrator I think, some of his accents were rather dodgy, and Edinburg? Seriously?