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Descendant

By: Graham Masterton
Narrated by: Garrick Hagon
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In this supernatural thriller, U.S. counterintelligence officials approach James Falcon to hunt down strigoi murderers--undying vampires--in war-ravaged Europe. Even after the threat is driven away, James will uncover more secrets about the immortal predators--secrets that come ever closer to home.

Please note: this audiobook contains explicit language.

©2006 Graham Masterton (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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liked it, after a slow start.

struggled at first, wasn't sure about finishing but I kept listening and got hooked. the narration was very good. it seemed to get better as we went on. this is not your traditional type type of vampire story.
i enjoyed this one and hope to see the second one.

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meh

it was OK...The guy was a real moron tho. so easy to figure it out it made me mad at times..

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  • 12-23-21

Like listening to a 1930’s radio show

At first, I thought this is kinda cool. However, Im not sure it was the writer or narrator but it just became so lame.
Story and writing was simple like I was listening to a book for young adults but it wasn’t.
One of the few books I stopped listening to became it was just not good.

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Well kept secret

I love vampire stories and this one surprised me at the end. Never thought it was going to end like that!

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no amount of coffee

really tried, but can't stay awake to finish. Rambling. Tried to stay focused but can't find a reason to in this book.

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Good Story, Despite Some Holes

Good story overall. Well narrated and entertaining. There were some holes that were semi-closed very late in the book. I hope there’s a Part 2 to answer other questions and fully close those holes, but it’s been 8 years, so….. // Meanwhile, there are other titles by the author that interest me, so I’ll check those out and see if he’s my new favorite.

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not quite what i expected

this wasn't quite what i expected. sometimes entertaining sometimes silly. in the end it us just eh

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hit or miss

while I tried to enjoy the history and story of the strigoi, to understand the author's take on it, it was hard to get past the lag in story, the unnecessary drawn out descriptions of women and sexual situations and the voices the narrator changed to accommodate characters. I am not a fan.

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WOW!!!!

loved it! BEST "vampire" book I've ever read!!! and the twist!!!! Flawless, Shocking, and so perfect! I still don't know how I feel about the main character... but, that's superb story telling at its pinnacle!!! Can't hate him, but can't love him. Can't agree or disagree with his choices! but one thing I know... I WANT MORE!!! Truly talented author!! Narrator was good to, but with a story this compelling, no one could mess it up!!! Truly blown away!! I have never left a worded review, but was compelled to this time! I hope someone who is unsure reads this, and listens to it! It is worth it! I have spent money on good books that are not as good as this... I hope the author is well compensated for his genius!!! It is more than deserved!

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boring

there is nothing really wrong with the book exactly I was just bored listening to it.

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  • Marcus
  • 01-20-15

Do not waste your time

What would have made Descendant better?

The Narrator is the most annoying American I have ever heard he has learnt his characterisations by watching Mary Poppins or Dick Van Dyke. Masterson clearly has a dislike of all things British and takes every opportunity to poke. To think I used to enjoy this author in the 80's.

Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Masterton again?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He couldn't detract from this heap of rubbish

What character would you cut from Descendant?

All of them.....except the dog.
Bullet, (the dog) was one voice the Narrator actually carried off

Any additional comments?

I would strongly avoid this and use your credits elsewhere

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  • Mrs A
  • 04-24-15

Hard going...

If you’ve listened to books by Graham Masterton before, how does this one compare?

First book I have listened too by this author - not entirely sure I would do another.

What didn’t you like about Garrick Hagon’s performance?

Arrggh. He was way to sing-songy for my liking. He had a strange accent and I didnt much care for his reading.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Possible - it wasn't a bad tale - in fact, I auite enjoyed it, but there are better books out there!
If it was a movie, it would likely be in the B category!

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  • Mr. M. Elsy
  • 11-22-22

A good story by Graham Masterton

Garrick Hagon narrates this story really well.

A supernatural thriller from the master of suspense Californian James Falcon's compelling Romanian mother told him so many folk stories that by the time he reaches college in 1943, he is something of an expert on the strigoi, the legendary, undying vampires who infested the most isolated forests of Wallachia. Mostly as a joke, he writes a term paper on the strigoi. But the joke turns serious when US counterintelligence approach him to recruit his expertise. James hunts down strigoi murderers in war-ravaged Europe, Nazi assassins hired to run down run down the French and Belgian resistance in exchange for Transylvanian independence, although the principal one, the terrible Dorin Duca, continues to elude him. In the Cold War, he must fight once more, as Duca goes on the rampage, spreading his strigoi infection all across London, England. With Jill, a police dog handler of great beauty and resilience, James is assigned to Britain's MI6 to go on the hunt again. But even after thethreat is driven away, James will still uncover more secrets about the immortal predators ? secrets that come ever closer to home. There are two good twists at the end one I guessed the other I didn't.

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  • Sjm
  • 09-20-22

Loved it

Masterton at his best. Can usually figure out the end but what a twist

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  • Marilyn Weston
  • 08-27-22

Deserves the 5* ratings.

This is one of the best books I listened to in a long time. I nearly didn’t download it because I am not that interested in vampires etc but this is a whole different take on the genre. It kept me enthralled from the beginning and just got better. Even the ending was a total surprise and I can often guess the ending. This book just keeps on giving. The narrator was excellent too, the voices sounded correct for the characters, not forced, which is a blessing.

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  • claresuttle
  • 07-26-22

Interesting ideas

I did enjoy this book, being a lover of vampire stories. This is an interesting take on the subject and the story is good. Let down somewhat by the narrator, whose delivery and speech patterns reminded me of William Shatner, or more specifically Zap Brannigan!! This association did give an unintentional comedy to the tale.... but overall, not a bad production

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  • Eclipse
  • 06-25-22

Hmmmmm

Not GMs finest book, but worth a listen, if you can get past the very corny English accents that the narrator uses, the story had a great deal of potential - but was fairly predictable,
I'm glad this was a "free" title.

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  • Rose
  • 02-13-22

a comedy/farce or a romance?

If I'd had to read it, I wouldn't have got past the first few chapters, but I had no credits and very few unread free books left!
Nevertheless I enjoyed it in a strange way.
The narrator's voice is pleasant, but those accents are hilarious, the pauses and emphasis totally comical.
The writing, especially the speech and the sex scenes; initially I couldn't decide how it could be serious, and if I was reading it I'm not sure if it would've been worse, or if the satire would still have been apparent! I can only assume that it was intended to be a satirical portrayal of mid 20th century English society, and the American's view of it through the genre of vampires, and as such I found it is a fun listen.
Definitely one to make your own mind up about.

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  • lesley m.
  • 02-13-22

Every stereotypical post war Brit you can imagine

Having read some other of his books, I'm never quite sure if he has his tongue firmly in his cheek, but his dialogue in this book comes directly from British B movies circa 1950. Cringeworthy on occasion.

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  • Mark higlett
  • 12-03-21

gripping

whst can I say just a great listen , kept me gripped from start to finish ..