• Bulwark

  • By: Brit Lunden
  • Narrated by: Dan McGowan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Bulwark

By: Brit Lunden
Narrated by: Dan McGowan
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Publisher's summary

Clay Finnes is the sheriff of a small town in Georgia called Bulwark. Recently separated from his wife, all he can think about is what went wrong and if Jenna will ever come back to him.

He's troubled by a bothersome reporter trying to build a story from what he thinks is a normal day in his life. Clay has to admit that with the fantastical stories, told by an accident victim, as well as unusual sightings of wolves, things are getting a bit strange.

A visit to the ominous Gingerbread House makes him realize his life as he knows it will never be the same.

©2017 Phyllis Okon (P)2018 Phyllis Okon

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Wonderfully engaging, quick listening escape

Audio Book Review. At just two and a quarter hours, Bulwark gives readers a lot of story with little time investment. The story begins with a laid-back, almost lazy pace, and then -- all hell breaks loose.

What's wonderfully engaging for the reader is the not knowing. Is main character Clay losing his mind or are there dark forces at play? Both? Neither? Is the town itself complicit in the crimes that are happening? Are there crimes really happening? Who is good, who isn't, and who knows things they aren't telling?

"It felt as if the forest was holding its breath, waiting for something to happen."

Author Brit Linden's descriptive writing really sets the mood for the story and allows an immersive experience, especially given the backdrop of evil creatures (witches, werewolves, vampires -- or not) and goings-on. There is a duality in the writing, and the reader is led down one path or the other as details are taken in and interpreted. This is carried through to the very end of the story, where surprisingly, reminiscent of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, there are two endings offered to the reader. I love that the ending is entirely the reader's delicious choice to make. I would definitely listen to another of the stories in the Bulwark Anthology; it's a great escape.

ABOUT THE NARRATION: Narrator Dan McGowan is an interesting but good choice for narrator especially upon reflection after the ending(s) of the story. He handles male and female voices equally well, but with a few peculiar pronunciations and some odd inflections at the ends of sentences. A different narrator could have made the story much scarier, much eerier, but Dan's performance was fairly straightforward. The result is that the narration simply tells the story, and honestly, that works.

Thank you to the author and iRead Book Tours for an audio code in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give. This full review on Hall Ways Blog.

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Book 1 of the Anthology

Bulwark is the first book in the Bulwark Anthology by Brit Lunden. It is also the first book I have read/listened to by Brit Lunden. I did choose th