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Five years after working triage during America's terrible Day of Destruction, Dr. Ethan King wants nothing more for himself and his wife than a normal life. In the aftermath, however, life is anything but normal. The mysterious nerve gas unleashed during the nationwide terrorist attack has left its disturbing mark among the millions of victims, namely brain abnormalities in unborn children. 

These children, dubbed "Inexorables," live up to their name: They are ruthlessly violent, irrepressibly psychopathic, and incurable. They kill without thought or remorse, and inflict torment on their victims with childish glee. 

In his pursuit of a normal, peaceful life, Ethan tries as best he can to put these grim realities to the back of his mind. But one cold night, when he comes face to face with an abandoned Inexorable freezing to death in the snow, he must make a choice that could cost him everything and unravel a thread of dark woven secrets. As he races to find a cure for whatever is creating a generation of doomed children, Ethan discovers that doing the right thing in an evil world is never as clear and easy as it seems.

©2017 T.A. Ward (P)2018 T.A. Ward

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 07-05-18

Chrildren of Wrath Makes You Feel

There was no "waiting for the story to pick up" with Children of Wrath. T.A. Ward had me hooked from the very first moments of the story when we meet Dr. Ethan King on "the Day of Destruction." Her use of imagery was masterful and diverse, encompassing a vast array of visual, auditory, olfactory, and tactile imagery--it was as if I could see, hear, smell, and feel what Ethan was experiencing from the very first page. When coupled with the third person point of view, making readers privy to Ethan's inner monologues, I felt as if I was standing right there in the midst of the drama. It was as if I were right next to Ethan as he listened to news coverage of the bombing on the Capital, when he watched as the dirty bombs, filled with a toxic nerve gas, were dropped on his own city of Philadelphia, and as he and his co-workers scrambled to decontaminate and treat survivors of these horrific attacks.

Five years later, Ethan and his wife are struggling to come to terms with their new reality. We learn that this new reality includes Inexorables, the children born to women who were exposed to the toxic nerve gas, children who are "ruthlessly violent, irrepressibly psychopathic—and incurable. They kill without thought or remorse, and inflict torment on their victims with childish glee." Despite these dangerous, horrific qualities, Ethan recognizes that Inexorables are still children, human children, and faces a moral dilemma when he encounters an abandoned young Inexorable, freezing and in grave condition after exposure to the elements. He quickly decides to take the child home with him, a decision that changes everything for him, and for his wife Liz, a resilient, loyal woman who desperately wanted a child of her own.

As Children' of Wrath progressed, I found myself fully engrossed and completely invested in the characters. Ward's description of the Inexorables left me feeling torn--one moment I was cringing at the description of their violent outbursts, wondering how Ethan could subject himself (or Liz) to such risk, and the next, I was learning how the government was "dealing with" Inexorables at "Assistance Centers," and fighting tears for the horror and indecency of it all.

This book will make you feel things, all kinds of things. I felt uneasy, wondering how much Ethan should trust his co-workers, the government, the media, the employees at the Center, even his longtime friends. I frequently wondered how I would react to events in the book. I found myself questioning what it means to be human, what it means to be humane, what kinds of moral obligations we have to other living beings if it is ethical or moral to cause harm or pain to some in order to protect the masses.

I pondered my own strength and considered how I might cope if exposed to a nerve gas that dashed my dreams of one day being a mother, of raising a healthy, happy child. What would I do if I thought I had the opportunity to fulfill that dream, only to learn that my baby was destructive, relentless, and sadistic, hell-bent on hurting everyone around them?  What I would do if faced with Ethan's situation. I wanted desperately for Ethan and his wife to enjoy a happy, stable relationship and have the opportunity to raise a family in peace. I wanted Ethan to find the answers to what was really going on with Inexorables.

I wanted him to find a cure. In short, I wanted everyone to live "happily ever after." I can't tell you if I got any of what I wanted because the answer to that question would involve too many spoilers. I do encourage you to check out Children of Wrath for yourself and feel all the feels.

Tom Askin's voice felt like a perfect fit for Ethan and I thought he did a sufficient job voicing the female characters as well. His voice was generally soft but expressive, booming on occasion to add drama and his tone was easy to listen too. However, there was something a bit off with his cadence. Askin would pause or speak in a halting manner, in a way that at first seemed intentional, as if an attempt to bring to life the fleeting, halting thought patterns Ethan might be experiencing during traumatic moments...but it continued for the duration of the novel. I found it a bit disruptive and annoying at times, so much so that I took a star off of the "performance" portion of my audible review for what was otherwise a solid performance. I requested a free copy of this audiobook which has not affected my review in any way.

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Thought Provoking

I would have to say this was an excellent book. There were a lot of highs and lows in the book but they take you with them. You find yourself asking yourself would you do what Dr King did to save a child not of his blood. I honestly can't answer that. This book has a huge cliff hanger and until we find out if Dr King damaged his own child to save another it will remain. I just think cord blood... would have worked but would not have created the drama you experience while reading this book. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing life to the characters and making them 3 dimensional. You could feel the pain and horror the characters were experiencing. Great book that makes you think.. what would you do. Great add to your library. Can't wait until the next book comes out.

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Very good

This book was very good. I wouldn't say great because of the ending. A bit disappointing, but other than that it was good. Readers voice was nice and editing was great!! No mishaps. Can't wait for the second one.

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great start to this series

I enjoyed listening to this story. I have not read this author before but I like the writing. It didn't take long for me to be invested n the story and the lives of the characters. I can't wait to read the next book. I enjoyed listening to the narrator too. I thought he did a good job. I would recommend this book to others.

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  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 09-21-18

Wow!

Children of Wraith is a story of one man and his wife who have taken in a brain damaged child. There is so much within this story that hurt my feelings...the government did it, but why? Then then hid it, but why? Refused to allow a cure to be developed, but why? There is so much conspiracy and intrigue that is like a never ending roller coaster of emotions. I enjoyed this book very much. I listened to the audiobook version of this book and the narrator does a fantastic job of emitting the thoughts, emotions and his characters are real enough to be believed.
I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to book 2.

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Children of Wrath

Wow, I could not put this book down! T. A. Ward has written a riveting thriller that deals with a nationwide terror attack and the fallout from it.

Dr. Ethan King, an infectious disease doctor, is caught up in discovering the truths about the attacks that impacted the nation, but is the cost worth it?

Tom Askin is absolutely the perfect narrator for this story. I can’t imagine anyone else voicing Dr. King.

I was given this free review copy Audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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I just couldn't stop listening.

Firstly I want to state that choosing Tom Askin for the narrator of this book was brilliant. His voice (which voice can be make or break it for me when it comes to audiobooks) is perfect and exactly how I would imagine Dr. King's voice to sound.

Next to the story....T.A Ward does an amazing job of writing in such a way that you just can not stop listening. It's not that there is some crazy cliff hanger at the end of ever chapter that makes you not want to stop but it's rather like a puzzle that you just can't seem to leave alone till its finished. You feel the need to add just a few more pieces until all the sudden it's so close to the end you can't stop till you can see the full picture. I usually consume audio books at a rate of about one a week but finished Children of Wrath in just over 24 hours. Staying up late 2 nights in a row because I just couldn't bring myself to turn it off. I cannot put my finger on what exactly makes this book so intriguing but it's like listening to a speaker that has such an interesting life story of an ordinary life turned extraordinary that you don't even realize you've become so caught up in their story that your leaning forward in your chair until it over. If anything in the Publisher's Summary caught your eye and your debating if this book is worth your credit, it is! I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review and please be assured that this review is my honest opinion.

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  • Darcie
  • California, MD, United States
  • 09-04-18

A gripping and intense sci-fi-horror

The story starts off with a bang, of sorts. Dr. Ethan King is an infectious disease specialist at a Philadelphia hospital when major US cities are attacked with chemical and nuclear weapons. The fallout is horrific in itself but the lingering effects...heartbreaking. One of the side effects of the attack: women exposed to the chemicals, who become pregnant, give birth to severely brain damaged children. This children are born without impulse control and they are extremely violent...and they are called 'Inexorables'. The examples were horrific...and scary. The solution to dealing with the Inexorables? Euthanize them! Dr. King has a great marriage and loving wife...they only but is that his wife is unable to have children. On his way home one cold night, Dr. King comes upon a freezing Inexorable. Although he knows the protocol of calling the authorities when an Inexorable is found, there is something about this young boy that tugs at his heart and Ethan takes him home. Of course, his wife falls in love with the boy and wants to keep him. Meanwhile, Ethan begins to investigate further into the Inexorables and is determined to find a cure. Will Ethan and Liz be able to cure the Inexorable and become the family that they crave or will the authorities stop Ethan? Fair warning...there are some intense scenes...but it is a great story of family and unconditional love. Great narration.
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Twist ending.

I loved and hated children of Wrath. It was such a well written book, with such an excellent narrative you felt like you were really right there, seeing and feeling everything as the characters did. The story was engaging from the beginning and did not let up, with unexpected twist and turns it kept you engaged until the very end. It presented incredibly hard ethical questions, and you really struggled with the characters as they tried to find the "right" path.The characters struggle with their own ethics when forced to play them out until the end, and the consequences of sticking with your convictions no matter what. I hate that I have to wait for the 3rd and final instalment of this series, as I'm not a patient person and do not like cliff hangers. I will have to try and drag the 2nd book out as long as possible to ease the waiting period. Overall I loved this book, and would definitely recommend it to a friend. I can't wait to read the next one!

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The Children are our Future

Written by T. A. Ward and narrated by Tom Askin. This is a book that is mostly about a doctor named Ethan King and his life as a doctor in the United States after it suffers a horrific nuclear and chemical weapon attack. Dr. King was working the day of the attack; the chemical weapons caused horrific effects to women who become pregnant. The chemical causes the brains of unborn children to lose all control of their impulses. The children become extremely violent.

Chemical released on the day of wrath is called Obcases. And basically, the United States has become a country that can't really have kids anymore. The birthrate had dropped to only 1 in 10 kids is born to a normal life the rest are Inexorable. The children with the brain damage are called Inexorable. They're relentless and unstoppable because these kids are just little horrific killing machines if the parents have one they are told the risks they face if they take the child home to raise or they can turn it over to the state and have it put down.

The book breaks into two parts the first part is Dr. King working on the day of the attack. He is running a decontamination tent. Then horror of that day and all he bears witness to on the Day of Wrath. The second part jumps to 5 years later when he finds one of these inexorable children and brings the child home and tries to cure him. This is the story of a man's unconditional love for his son that he wants to save and the unintended consequences of his action for his family.

This is a different moving post-apocalyptic story. I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it for people who like a post-apocalyptic type story with a little bit of conspiracy thrown. The narration is top notch. This is the first time I've ever heard Tom Askin as a narrator and he does excellent job he hits all the right notes and gets you really emotionally invested in the story and the characters. He gets you to really feel for these characters, especially the weight in the gravitas of everything this doctor feels and goes through to save people during these events. This is the first time I've ever listened to anything from the author and I really like the way he wrote this. I plan to follow more of his work. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.