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A sudden burst of radiation is detected beneath the desert in Iran. Alex Hunter – code name Arcadian – and his highly trained incursion team are dropped into the ruins of Persepolis. All they find is an empty underground facility – nothing to explain the gamma spike. It is as if a black hole has swept everything away....

Israel is threatening nuclear war. And someone, or something, is draining the fluids from the bodies of Iranian soldiers in the desert. If a black hole has taken everything, could something have come back? And then another radiation 'event' occurs. An ancient prophecy is unraveling.

©2010 Greig Beck (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Author flattens plot

Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Rising to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version.

Have you listened to any of Sean Mangan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Love Sean Mangan's work

Any additional comments?

Please, much as I like and have listen to the authors work, his comments at the start of the story gave away the basic plot line ! It's deflating knowing whats going to happen.

Please! No more author spoilers at the start of stories !

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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No Spark, No Excitement

Has Dark Rising turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely not.

Any additional comments?

I have not finished the book, not sure if I will spend the time because there are some good books in my Library waiting for me. In my opinion, the author does not have strong writing skills, but his first book was exciting enough to forgive and forget the writing style. This book just does not deliver the excitement, but it might near the end...yet I am asking myself is slogging through the main body worth it?. I will definitely try the next installment, hoping for better.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A GOOD READ

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

THIS book kept me interested from beginning to end....well written..

What did you like best about this story?

everything

What about Sean Mangan’s performance did you like?

he is easy on the ears, to listen to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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hard to keep focused

struggled to keep my attention. good story but found my mind wandering. felt like it skipped parts.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This is good! Get it.

Any additional comments?

Grieg, I thoroughly enjoy this series and didn't read this until last. It did pull in some information that I didn't "miss" per se, but helped to pull the "whole" together. You are a talented writer. Sean, You are Alex Hunter. To the End. Listener, you will enjoy this one if you love Alex Hunter as much as I do. It may not be the "very" best of the series in my opinion, but it is certainly still by far up to par for the quality of this series. Get it. You won't return it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not a Cussler

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Whoever said this author was in the style of Clive Cussler is so totally wrong. That was an insult to Cussler. This book was garbage and I don't know why I listened to it. It took over an hour to even get started. Ridiculous storyline. Thankfully I didn't use another credit on this author. The only thing that was worthwhile at all was the narrator.

One thing this has taught me, pay attention to the bad reviews, much more truthful.

Has Dark Rising turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, there are great authors out there, just not this one.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Mangan?

Mangan was fine. When the book started the author was reading and it was awful. I almost quit before the actual book started.

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

only the narrator

Any additional comments?

This is more sci fi than a thriller...nothing thrilling or suspenseful about this trash. I know my mother taught me if you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all...so I shouldn't written a word.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A fantastic adventure!

I read the first book in the series several years ago and always meant to get back to see what happened next. It took me longer than it should have, but I'm glad I finally picked the series back up. I recall enjoying book #1. Dark Rising was outstanding with strong character development and a great plot. In a way I'm glad I lollygagged on this series because it means there are now more books to catch up on.

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Extraordinary!

A real breath taking experience. I recommend this book to anyone that likes a thriller and a bit of sci-fi.

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  • JC
  • 01-03-17

nice details

I recommend this series, great attention to detail and research. fun and fast paced, narrator is one of the best

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slow burn

loved the narration but the book is slow and anticlimactic. Not as good as the first book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. Melanie M. Austin
  • 08-26-18

Entertaining and gripping

I enjoyed this but not as much as the first book. It was entertaining but I missed not having as many creatures. Im just going to download book 3!

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  • JAMMIE
  • 07-08-18

Dark Rising #2

A good intelligent story line really enjoyed Alex Hunters second adventure and look forward to the next book.

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  • Cynthia
  • 02-25-17

Gripping and exciting

Another great listen from author Greig Beck. Gripping story line which frequently has you on the edge of your seat. The only downside is the long, rambling and (sorry Greig) frankly boring introduction from the author. Perhaps you could shorten your intro and keep it to the essentials? Otherwise I loved this book and look forward to the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-17

It's always fun to go on an operation with Alex

the Arcadian is back and ready to take you on another mission but don't disappoint him and watch your back