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Publisher's Summary

After uncovering the existence of an ancient, secretive organization, Ben must track down its whereabouts to enlist help in a battle for the fate of humanity. He goes behind enemy lines and faces certain danger. He must convince the powerful elites that the looming threat to Alcott is real.

If the opposing factions do not put aside their differences and join forces, the fate of mankind may be sealed. With what Ben knows, the solution is obvious. But the murky political waters of Alcott are not easy to navigate. The inexperienced young man from the country will have to act quickly before it is too late for everyone.

©2017 AC Cobble (P)2017 Tantor

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  • All around the World, baby!
  • 07-21-17

So many chases, even characters are tired...

Three books, and the constant and unlucky chain of events regarding chases and chance encounters. I hope the books start to get a little deeper and more focused on the world.

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Getting annoying but still a good read

Character interactions grow, skills are increased and conflict is still ever present in this book. The action and the battles are still exciting to more, more so now that Ben is finally starting to show more skill in his swordplay, although he still ends up flat on his back most of the time and though there aren't anymore reveals into anyone's past, I'm excited about the growth in relationships the companions are experiencing.

Through this and the narrator's performance, the book is an enjoyable read with the exception of a few things. As you may have surmised, they are still being chased by the same enemy from book 1. For me, this made me lose tension towards the mage who is basically the "big bad". Mainly because the same cycle repeats; companions encounter mage, companions get tossed around like a sack of potatoes, companions somehow manage to rally and escape but are never able to do anything towards the mage. We're at the third book and still nothing seems resolved.

Another gripe that I have are characters still acting naive or elements of the story not being explained or ignored. Heck, at one point where there's a chance for the mage to maybe be defeated, a companion suddenly proclaims that swords won't do anything but doesn't explain why or how they came to that conclusion. In an another case, Ben specifically observes a companion seemingly communicating with the mage but again nothing comes of it. He never confronts anyone nor does it seem like he tells anyone else.

Look, I don't mind foreshadowing but when it is a character who makes the foreshadowing observation and they don't do anything, contrary to their normal behaviors, it is frustrating.

Despite this, I am still happy to recommend this book. I do hope, though, that things finally change in the 4th book.

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much better than the first two.

the characters come more alive. the personalities grow. the relationships grow. you start feeling part of them. I love the mystery that he leaves you in the end.

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  • Jeeps
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  • 12-29-17

Keep Getting Better!

I have enjoyed this series a Ton so far!! I am looking forward to the next in the series. Well written and great character development

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Great, great story!!

Narrator was absolutely amazing! This story is so good. Very good character development as well as superbly described action! You'll feel like your there, experiencing what the characters are going through and struggling with....so good. I cannot wait to continue this EPIC tale!! Thank you A.C. Cobble.

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Another Great Book!

I loved this book! I can't wait for the next one! The whole series is well written with a good story!

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The 3rd book in the awesome Ben Ashwood series!!

This series of books is the best I've listened to!! The characters are well fleshed out and believable and the story keeps you engaged throughout!! I can't wait for the next book!!