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Dragon Horn

Bloodline Awakened Supernatural Thriller, Book 1
By: J.P. Rice
Narrated by: Benjamin Allen
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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Dragons invade Pittsburgh.

Mike Merlino serves as the magical guardian of the city and vows to solve the problem. 

He discovers only one option that will work. Find the illustrious Dragon Horn. The mystical musical instrument can summon the noble dragons he needs to save the city.

But there's a problem. 

Mike must journey to a murderous faerie netherworld to uncover the horn that’s been buried for 500 years. 

Will he die like the thousands who have failed on the quest, or will Mike unearth the elusive instrument and use it to reclaim his city?

If you enjoy snarky urban fantasy by masters such as Shayne Silvers, Jim Butcher, and Orlando A. Sanchez, you’ll have a great time with this adventure.  

This audiobook includes unique characters, like a vegetarian Sphinx, an ornery faun, a rhyming red cap, dullahans, and a wingless pixie.

©2018 Jason Paul Rice (P)2019 Jason Paul Rice

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Take a thrilling ride with Dragon Horn

Dragon Horn by J.P. Rice is an urban fantasy which finds Merlino, the magical guardian of Pittsburgh, on a quest to find the Dragon Horn in order to rescue his city from evil dragons. With the help of a few friends and companions he must travel through dangerous lands in order to accomplish this goal. Even though this is the 4th book in the series it can be read as a stand alone. I had not previously read any of the others but had no problems starting with this one. I enjoyed it enough that I purchased the other 3 in order to read the back stories and have since read later books in the series.

Benjamin Allen does a decent job with the narration. His voice is pleasant enough to listen to. He does not over dramatize.

Dragon Horn is a thrilling ride that any urban fantasy fan will likely greatly enjoy. J. P. Rice peoples the book with characters who are somewhat outrageous, some humorous, some somewhat disgusting but usually fascinating characters nonetheless. Merlino cares deeply for his city and its residents and goes to whatever lengths necessary to protect it. He is still finding his way as an adult, still discovering his powers and working on being a responsible guardian. At times he lets his position and powers go to his head and other times the scale of his responsibilities weigh on him. He doesn't always handle those times in the most responsible way but he is still young and trying to be more adult. Having read later books in the series I can tell you he does grow as a person and begin acting more mature.

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Great character arc

I like the way the author shows character growth in this story. With each book the author shows the main character with a little more growth. The author shows how the hero becomes a hero, in every since of the word, a little at a time with each book. the narrative of this story gave me chills as the written words become alive with the story telling.

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  • Tera
  • AURORA, CO, United States
  • 03-31-19

Great book

While this may be the fourth book in the Bloodline Awakened series you can read this as a standalone without being completely lost. This is actually the first book by this author that I have read and I really enjoyed it so will be reading the rest of his work once I can get to them. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Excellent!

I love the way the author brings us this story, in the world of the scarlet dragon series. It gives us a different view of the world. Very well done! If you haven’t heard the Scarlet dragon series, start there and enjoy the whole story from multiple angles!

I have received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Dragons, Demons, & Fea Oh MY!!

This book is set in the same world as The Scarlet Dragon Series. It focuses on Mike Merlino. One of my favorite things after having read that series is seeing some of the other sides of the story. it is awesome getting more than one point of view of the world.

Mike is such a great male hero, he is not perfect and he tries to recognize his flaws while working on his strengths. The secondary characters Eleina & Bern (excuse the spelling as I listened) are very nicely incorporated into the narrative.

I liked the fact that it was quite high action and hard tot put down because I felt I would miss something.

I am quite excited for book 2!!

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Awesome!

Great listen! Awesome story and very well read. Will definitely listen to more by the author.

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Derivative Drivel

Ugh! I really wanted to like this story. It takes place in Pittsburgh (my home town), includes dragons (my guilty pleasure) and features magic (something I wish really existed). And yet, I couldn't get through the book.

Benjamin Allen is a decent narrator, which is about the only good thing I can say about this book.

It's highly derivative of other things I've read and listened to, specifically The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

Mike is a cheap knockoff of Harry Dresden with none of the charm or wit or competent story telling. I just could not like Mike. He's too much of an arrogant ass. I will not be finishing this book and certainly will not be listening to the rest of the books in the series.

I was given a promotional code for my honest review.

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snark

a mix of snark and a bit of a know it all, also with a will to prove he can live up to a bloodline (he later finds out is a lie) Mike tries his best to live up to being more.

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Entertaining & fast paced

Mike the wizard takes on some interesting characters and challenges. He’s melodramatic and a budding alcoholic. Sleepy Willow is an interesting town filled with norms, demons, vampires, fae, faeries, dragons (that’s right, I said DRAGONS!!), and other interesting beings as he takes on saving the towns people from those that would harm others. The narrator did an ok job. I prefer narrating to be closer to my speed of reading. I found increasing this book’s speed to 1.75x to be just about right. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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great book on wizards

very good books, new author for myself but well written and I love the dragons

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  • MEDY L
  • 04-27-19

Dragon Horn

There is only one way to defeat the dragons aiding the faery army invading and tearing apart Mike's town, a magical musical instrument called the Dagon Horn

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  • Serenity
  • 06-26-19

Enter the world of Wizards and Dargons

As dragons attack Pittsburgh, Mike a descendant of the wizard Merlin, goes in search of the Dragon Horn. With it he can control the dragons and save his city.

Well narrated by Benjamin, he keeps the story moving nicely with the character interactions.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

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  • Helen
  • 06-23-19

Amazing

I want more books please amazing from start to finish could not stop listening 10/10 spot on with narrater too

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  • KathyW, UK
  • 05-01-19

A good listen!

This is so different to the usual books I read and listen to - I took advantage of a free download from the author and am pleased to submit a review. It took a while to get used to the main character and his role in life as a protector of a city, but after that accepting fairies, demons etc in this book world seemed a piece of cake as he embarked upon a journey to save the city. I wasn't so keen on the narrator at first either - again very different style to my usual audio book narrators, but I soon got used to him and found his interpretation very enjoyable. All in all I am pleased to say I enjoyed this first book by Mr Rice and will try more.

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  • Deedra
  • 04-16-19

Dragon Horn

This was a very good book! Mike Merlino is not who he thinks he is.He has magic and is supposed to be protecting the city.We meet a myriad of fae in this story. Benjamin Allen was a fine narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 04-13-19

Let this magical listen grab you

This audio has it all mystery , suspense and all around great audio . It will have you wondering what will be next. Having you at the edge of your seat .
Story takes place in Pittsburgh, PA

Hero is Mike , who is a wizard. His mission is to save Pittsburgh from an attack, from both Dragons and evil fai . Mike has a time limit or he might loose his live . Will Mike save both his life and the city .
The narrator Benjamin was good . His voice was clear and strong

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  • ChaosKay
  • 04-10-19

Wizards , Dragons, Fae and more

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

Mike Merlino is a wizard who has taken the safety of his home town Pittsburgh onto himself so when Dragons attack he and his mentor Alayna spring into action. They must make the perilous journey to Sleepy Hollow to find the Dragon Horn as the person who holds this has control of Dragons . They must face several obstacles to get to their goal including a vegetarian Sphinx, a redcap who likes riddles and a whole host of demons , Fae and other magical beings who are out for their blood . I enjoyed this book and the narrator was really good at switching voices for each character and look forward to listening to more in this series.

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  • JuttaS
  • 04-10-19

Excellent narrator. Brilliant character growth

This is the first time I have listened to Benjamin Allen and I have to say I totally enjoyed his voice and the way he presented the book. It tickled me that Elaina sounds like Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka, well to me anyway.

I really enjoyed the story although at the beginning Mike was such an arrogant ass I wasn't convinced I would be able to listen to the whole book. Thing is, he grew, as a character he changed throughout the book. He reacted and responded to what was going on around him and at the end of the book you could knock me over with a feather when I realised I actually kinda liked him and I want to know more of what is going to happen. I was fascinated by the world and it's lore and the characters within it. I enjoyed the journey they went on and the things they had to do as it progressed. I felt that the characters were very realistic to the situations they were in. You don't have to like every character to like a book, in fact some are written so you don't like them on purpose, there are a couple of those in here....not gonna name names but the guy who needs a translator (listen to it and tell me I'm wrong, lol). I need to know what happens next....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-19

fantastic

loved it. this was a first for me, and I must say I enjoyed every second of this book. I would definitely recommend this to other readers.

JP Rice it was really phenomenal.
Benjamin Allen fantastically narrated