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Devil's Road

By: Gary Gibson
Narrated by: Aleksi Graves
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Guns, Cars, and Kaiju: Death Race 2000 meets Pacific Rim in a gritty tale of survival and redemption.

Nobody has taken part in the Devil’s Run annual road race as often as Dutch McGuire and lived to tell the tale.

The racecourse circumnavigates the post-apocalyptic ruins of Teijouan, and with a choice between being eaten by the monstrous Kaiju that prowl the island’s devastated cities or murdered by her fellow racers, the odds against surviving another Run, let alone winning it, are slim.

Dutch doesn’t care about the odds nearly so much as she cares about getting back behind the wheel of her beloved Ford Falcon - except for one problem: She’s spent the last five years incarcerated in a high-security prison for her part in a heist.

So when a crooked billionaire offers to put her back in the race on condition she uses it as cover for a secret retrieval operation, she can’t refuse.

Can Dutch survive assassins, monsters, and psychopathic drivers long enough to complete her mission as well as take part in the race - or is this the year death finally catches up with her in a blazing tangle of wreckage?

©2020 Gary Gibson (P)2020 Gary Gibson

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Highway through Hell

Kijiu, killers and cars all stalk Dutch as she breaks out of prison to get thrown into a race for control over a rift to another world. This book is Death Race mixed with Pacific Rim and all fun. Great narration!

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Unique, lots of fun

I really enjoyed this story and I hope there's more in this world dealing with the rift, what caused it and what some of the bigger implications of it opening are.

Great performance and voice talent as well, really pulled me in to the story.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

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wow

Really liked the narrator. She was amazing.
Characters were very relatable and had great stories.
No dead moments during the story and had to keep listening.

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The Devil is in the Details!

What a great concept… holding a car race thru the post-apocalyptic ruins of a Japanese Island controlled by Kaiju monsters. Dutch McGuire is unexpectantly aided in her escape from a Russian prison, but that aid comes with a price… Dutch is expected to drive in the Devil’s Road Race for a crazy billionaire who wants her to retrieve something valuable on the island and use the race as a cover. This race presents many challenges for Dutch, if dodging monsters wasn’t enough, she is being pursued by assassins while competing in a race amongst a group of crazy psychopathic drivers.

I really enjoyed this book; this would make a great movie. I wish this book was longer with more detail on the Rift which caused the release of monsters onto the island but hopefully this is the beginning of a new series. Narration by Aleksi Graves was excellent… Gary if you decide to continue this storyline please do not change narrators for future audiobooks in the series.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Relentless and a total blast!

Relentless and a total blast!

Gibson pushes the narrative pedal to the floor and keeps it there till the end. It's a tight, fast story.

I don't know that I could say anything more that wouldn't be spoiler or that you couldn't read from the blurb.

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Interesting and different world

I enjoyed the characters and story. The most interesting thing about the story for me was the world and the twists in relation to how it got to be as it is.

The only thing I didn't like about the narrator was her Australian accent, which bugged me throughout. Other than that she was great.

Enjoyable listen!

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Love me some kaiju!

What a fun book! I don’t normally go in for car race stories but there’s kaiju! Love me some kaiju!

The tale starts off with a prison break and Dutch is quickly in the hands of a billionaire who wants something deep in kaiju country. After the ‘shift’, kaiju clutter up Teijouan. For some odd, but highly amusing, reason, there’s a super secret, yet not secret, annual race from one end of the island to the other. Several have died attempting this race. Dutch is a gifted driver who has made the run successfully a few times now, but has never won the race.

Now she’s forced into taking Nat (his name was Nat, right?) along as her navigator and to ensure she gets the real job done. Mr. Billionaire wants some super secret thing in Teijouan and Nat has a secret map that will get them that thing. Yet Nat might have more orders, orders that might include making sure Dutch never gets a chance to talk about whatever this super secret thing is.

While this novel is short, it’s a lot of fun. There’s plenty of action, the pace is fast, and I love Dutch’s smart-mouthed attitude. She knows cars and has no hesitation in fighting back. The kaiju are out to maintain their body count and since they come in several sizes and shapes, they get their wish.

I’m really hoping for a sequel. There’s still plenty left to explore, like where these kaiju come from, could this shift eventually grow to take over a lot more of Earth, and what will Dutch do now? 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Aleksi Graves was a pretty good fit for this book. She was great as Dutch and I liked her various accents. Some of the male characters could have used a touch more masculinity. The word ‘coupe’ was mispronounced (as koopay instead of koop) and since this is a car race, the word came up often. The pacing was good and there were no tech issues for this recording. 4/5 stars.

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Post-apocalypse death race

Devil’s Road is a post-apocalyptic, death race through multi-dimensional monsters fill with backstabbing, hitman and a few twists. It starts with a jailbreak and keeps the action going throughout. Dutch is a fun lead to follow and easily likable. Definitely worth the listen.

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