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Empire of the Dragon: An EVENT Group Thriller

EVENT Group Thrillers, Book 13
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: Event Group Thriller Series, Book 13
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

230 BC - The first sovereign emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, has consolidated his ultimate power with battles against the last of the dissenting tribes of China. With one last province to take, he knows he will be pitted against the one man he fears - his mysterious half brother, Li Zhang, leader of a peaceful province to the north. The new emperor's goal was to murder Li Zhang for the secrets he has kept from the world that would give Qin Shi Huang the power to strike beyond the borders of ancient China. The power over earth, water, fire, and air. After a fierce battle by the Great Wall of China, Li Zhang used the powers of Air Bending to escape with his many villages into the expansive and brutal Gobi Desert. There, Li Zhang and his nation will vanish from the histories not only of the First Emperor but of China itself.  

Present day - The world's warring governments have simultaneously discovered deposits of an extraterrestrial ore within the borders of Mongolia. This amazing mineral has been found to have properties that, if processed correctly, have the potential to send men far beyond our own solar system using only a fraction of the material as fuel. The age of faster-than-light travel is now within the world's grasp.  

Enter Department 5656, the secret US government agency known to only a handful as the Event Group, as they are called upon to join this expedition when it is learned that the recent and brutal nemesis they discovered as having control over a blinded Russian nation is leading the search for the newest of elements that will send mankind beyond the stars.  

Join Colonel Jack Collins, Carl Everett, and Director Niles Compton and the rest of the Event Group staff as they attempt to discover the true mystery of what lies beneath the Gobi.  

Skies will explode, oceans of sand will rise, and ancient seas from the bowels of the Earth will be called upon to protect the greatest secret in all of China - the legend of Empire of the Dragon.

©2018 David L. Golemon (P)2018 Quoth Publications

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Needs a different narrator.

They story was good, but the narrator does an inadequate job of making characters sound different. The only male characters I could tell apart based on voice all had accents and they could use some improvements in that area. As for female characters, I can understand the issue playing a different gender, but the narrator has room for improvement.

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Change in narrator is disappointing.

I have followed this entire Event Group series using Audible, and Richard Poe has done a phenomenal job of bringing the series to life. What makes him such a great talent is that he portrays a wide array of voices and accents so naturally. He can go from an American accent to a French accent where you don’t think about or question the validity of it. Also, when not in character his regular reading voice comes across well so that you don’t focus on other noises or habits of the narrator.

It may just be me, but Jeffrey Kafer’s voice takes a bit of time to get used to. He has this deep and gruff voice that’s not bad at all. I think what drives me nuts is that there is no inflection when he reads, he’s just monotone throughout the book. And because he’s so monotone, I noticed just how heavy he breaths quite often throughout the book.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that it is really disappointing to 1) anticipate the release of the book (no fault of Audible) and 2) wait past the release date for the Audible version (maybe the fault of Audible) and find out that a completely different person is narrating the book. I recognize that a lot of effort goes into creating an audiobook, but I think I could have waited a bit longer if it meant that Richard Poe was going to continue narrating for this series. Hopefully, they will have him continue with any future books.

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Great Story!

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. Both the writing and narration in this fabulous story are flawless. You won't be disappointed with this one.

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Another amazing addition to the series

I loved the twists and turns this book took along the way. From the extreme relevance of the prologue right on through to the graveyard scene at the end. There was a lot to enjoy. I wouldn't have expected a new spin on the Last Airbender to be this compelling. Thirteen books in and The Event Group is still going strong.

It's hard to explain what I liked without touching on spoilers. One character interaction comes to mind. I enjoyed the return of the sharpshooter from Legacy. The guy who came out of nowhere to be this crazy dead-shot. I always wondered what happened to him. He was such a unique character. In this book, he's given a new opportunity to shine. And they touch on their lost friend Matchstick again in a peripheral way. That minor plot point was both touching an interesting.

If you're a fan of the series, check it out.

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This is my type of story! A great listen.

I confess that I haven't read/listened to a David L Golemon story before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Whilst this book is quite late in the series, I didn't find it hard to get to grips with the cast, their motivations and I was even able to understand the back story, although obviously not the detail.

This type of book appeals to me, the linkage with people/events of the past with present day and I was impressed with how David Golemon weaved the story in such a way as it felt plausible. The book had enough action to keep me satisfied and the pace was great.

Jeffrey Kafer does a great job of the narration, was able to separate the key characters and kept the pace appropriate.

My thanks to the author/narrator/publishing for providing me this book, free of charge in return for this unbiased review.

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Where’s Poe?

Another great story from David L. Golemon—delivers in all the right ways: plenty of action, humor, feel-good moments, and all the rest. Though to be honest I’ve felt that the last couple of installments in the series have lacked something that the earlier novels have. Nevertheless they’re still incredibly enjoyable, well written, and worth the credit(s).

With that said...you can’t go and switch narrators 13 novels in. He’d developed deep and rich characters, each with their own distinct voice and delivery. We KNEW them, we didn’t need to be told who was saying what, we had very specific mental images of them. So when the narrator all of a sudden changes it’s tough to get into the read (listen) and feel as invested in the story and the plight and victories of the characters. Audible—or whoever it is that dictates such things—has been much better about maintaining narrators through series over the last several years, but this one is real tough. It’s like what losing Luke Daniels this deep into a series would be like.

Despite the narrator tragedy it’s worth the credit just to continue the series and not only find out what happens in this installment, but also get one hell of a teaser for the next one!

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A page-turner

The Event Group, a secret department within the U.S. Government is sent to China in order to investigate a mysterious extraterrestrial ore that could change the course of aerospace travel, just to discover that the Russians may be ahead, and that there are deeper mysteries in the desert of Gobi.

This was a very entertaining story, with several twists and turns, and some action. I want to clarify that this is the first book I read in the series, so it took me a while to get familiar with the characters, but this didn’t deter me from enjoying the book, in which the past is mixed with the present, and a supernatural power guards the secrets of it all.

Jeffrey Kafer did an excellent job, as always, narrating this book. His compelling tone kept me on the edge of my seat, and his character interpretations created the illusion of having several real people. Kafer is one of my favorite narrators!

Empire of the Dragon is a page-turner that will delight fans of the series. The book can be read as a stand-alone but I believe it will make more sense if you know the backstory.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Great concepts, totally delivered

Great book. The first in this series that I’ve read. Because of the great structure – secret Government Agency names the EVENT group – it felt like a stand-alone novel. Of course, I missed a lot of backstory and didn’t feel that connected with the characters, but that was my fault, not the author’s. As good as any spy/supernatural/adventure genre book that I’ve ever read. The voice actor was very talented – did a great job with a huge cast of characters and accents. Kudos to both. I was given a free review copy of this book and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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  • Jason
  • Sacramento, CA
  • 10-09-18

Excellent Adventure With some Sci-fi mixed in

This was a fun and wild ride. Air-benders, Fire-benders and some crazy alien stuff. Facsimile soldiers and long-dead (not dead) emperors.
The story was fairly straightforward. Mapped out through the various adventures of all the players who will eventually join the fray of battle. With this being the 13th book in the series, I was a little lost on some of the backstory, but in the end, it was not needed to tell the tale of the current adventure. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. I plan on going back and listening to the previous 12 books.

Jeffrey Kafer’s Narration was excellent. He bring with him a certain level of authority to the roles. I Will always be looking forward to more of his narrations.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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ENTERTAINING

I feel a bit unqualified to leave a thorough review, as this is the first book in the series I've read or listened to, so I'm more unfamiliar than most with the Event Group and their prior experiences.

With that said, it was a very entertaining story! I was captivated by the story and characters.
Great writing, and great narration. I can very much relate to those who were a bit disappointed by the change in narrator in a long-standing series. I usually don't like it when that happens, you're so invested, it's hard to change things up at that point. However, since this my first introduction to the series, I thought the narrator did an amazing job :)

I really enjoyed the listen, and would definitely recommend it to others. Very creative!!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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  • robert macdonald
  • 08-15-18

I love this guys book

another brilliant book and I have read all of them so much fun. I would like to see them as a TV show or movies.