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Masquerading as the powerful Vatican Bishop, Cardinal David Xzytun, ultimate "Evil" has incarnated with intent to control, as puppet master, a Caesar for his new Roman Empire.

Standing tenuously on the side of hope amidst the encroaching apocalyptic doom is Dr. Paul Bradfield, a man conflicted between rational science and matters of faith regarding unexplained supernatural occurrences, and the horrifying deaths of several of his closest friends.

Only Jennifer Dowling, Bradfield’s true love, and Matt Larsen, his slovenly yet brilliant friend, recognize the unholy phenomenon which has fixated on, or perhaps emanates from, Father Joseph, Bradfield’s dearest friend of all.

What will come of humanity when the clock counts down? Can one man make the difference and stave off mankind's ultimate doom, at least for the time being?

All roads appear to lead to one inexorable horrific beginning of the end...that is...The Evilution.

©2014 David Reuben Aslin (P)2018 David Reuben Aslin

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Great narration, sub par story.

Having loved this authors Ian McDermott series, I was eager to read something else by him and started this when I got it! I mean, I'd read it on the cover alone because it's awesome!!! So this was..... weird. I found it confusing and quite long winded to be honest! When they went into the old style talking, it just felt so, so long and unnecessary!! My mind started wandering while listening and I always know that's the time to give up. I did manage to finish the whole book, but it was a massive chore. I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series.

S.W. Salzman did a great job with this. He was the only reason I kept going!! He is clear and concise and had plenty of tones and voices for the different characters.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts

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Dial 1-900-666-O-M-E-N to order now!!!!

Hey, wanna talk about end times? The Antichrist? Dark things growing in power? Then I'm all in. This stuff fascinates me. So, throw a book at me and watch me devour it intellectually within hours. So, this was a no-brainer for me to get.

Let me lay things out for you. I am an honest reviewer if nothing else. This book is part of a trilogy or a series, ans do does not conclude in a way most people like. It has an open ending, one that leads into the next book. Secondly, this book is a set-up or what I like to call a slow burn. It does not come at you hard and heavy, but instead creeps up on you. You get to know the characters, you get to see the threat, and you get to evaluate the chances they really have in stopping it. Don't expect Die Hard type action. In fact, the only way to have made this a fast paced thriller would have been to have it start with the characters ready to make their move, and that wouldn't work because you need to get to know the group. You need to empathize with them, and fear Cardinal Xzytun------to see HIS plans, too. Making this as breakneck thrille would have failed. Also, expect some badthink happening. What I mean to say is, there is some sexist and racist elements in the book, and in today's society some people may get offended by that, but seriously, you are reading about the antichrist! There will be some topics that you aren't comfortable with, but I know people who would be more upset by the racists aspects than they would if cannibalism or incest took place in the book.

My only complaint is that the book really isn't "dark". Sure the subject matter is grim, but I have seen dark, and this feels more like shadowed. I think Aslin could have taken this down a few more twisty roads than he did. That's all. The story is great, and the characters are believable, but it is not a black pit of hopelessness.

You really do care about the characters, their plight, and will wonder if they will be able to save the world. Cardinal Xzytun, prounounced Satan if you do it right, is more than sufficiently menacing and evil. So, we are good on the story/character quality.

Salzman does a fine job narrating; I liked his style. He kind of flowed with the story. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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Evilution: Hurry up and do the next book

This book has a lot going on and is hopefully the start to a fantastic series. Where to begin? First, this is part of a series and this book doesn't have an ending so you will need to be on-board for listening to the rest of the series. Second, the first three quarters of the book lays out the characters and develops them individually so while it is interesting it is a bit slow. Third, there are some sexist and racist comments in the book, nothing too bothersome but I can imagine that in today's world people might be offended. Forth, this delves into some religious ideas which are necessary for the story but could upset some devout listeners. I wouldn't call this book religious by any means but when writing about the Antichrist you need to discuss religion a bit. Having said all that this book is laying the groundwork for a huge story. This one just gives you a taste of where it is going and it has a lot of destinations on the horizon and I look forward to everyone of them. Hope the rest of the series comes out quick.
I really liked the narrator's voice. Nice and calm and soothing. He had a slight change of inflection when switching characters which I found really made everything smooth. First time I didn't change the speed too so he read at a good pace. He made it very easy to just sit back and listen.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • TU
  • 04-13-18

great book, can't wait for more

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

This was a pretty great, if slow building, horror novel. It felt pretty fast-paced, but the overall story actually builds slow. I believe that is intentional, as this is book 1 of a series. It does have an open ending, so if that bothers you, I'd recommend waiting until the next book(s) are released. If, like me, you love stories about an anti-christ and the end of the world, don't miss this one. It is worth the credit.

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I did end up loving this book

At first I wasn't sure if I would like this book. I love anything Mr. Salzman narrates so how could I not get into The Evilution - Rise of the Antichrist. This is my first taste of Mr. David Reuben Aslin's work and I have to say I am impressed. When the book first started out I wasn't sure if this was a book for me, as it is not my usual genre, but I have to say I loved this book so much I listened to it at least 5 times back to back. It's a great story with an evil lurking to collect bodies, minds and souls. I highly recommend you give Evilution a listen. With Mr. Aslin's story and Mr. Salzman's voice, this is a winner.

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❤️

A well written slow build horror. It does have a cliffhanger ending, some people really don’t like that but I loved the end. I really enjoyed the writing style and characters. I think I’ll check out the authors other books. Excellent performance you the narrator.

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

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Not bad

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. It was a good story. Turned out it was not really for me, but ended up being a good story. The narration was really good.

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  • Raul
  • Paraguay
  • 03-26-18

The end is coming, which side will you be on?

Would you listen to The Evilution: Rise of the Antichrist again? Why?

It was a very interesting book, so yes. It will also be less confusing on a second go round.

Who was the most memorable character of The Evilution: Rise of the Antichrist and why?

While Bradfield seem to be more of the main character, David Joseph was the most memorable character, in that he is the son of the devil, but he isn't evil. He has a choice to be good or to follow his father's plans. It seems if he were to go against them he could derail them.

Any additional comments?

The beginning of the book was somewhat confusing as it changed perspective a lot until it stabilized, also the old tongue preaching from the devil dragged. Also the relationship between Bradfield and Jennifer seemed a little forced, just perfect from the start. Apart from that, it was very good and I can't wait to read the sequel.

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

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Awesome start!!

This, the first in the series is very well writen and easy to follow. The ending of the story leaves this wide open for any number of future stories, and I can't wait!
One reveiwer said she didn't think the story was dark, but rather shadowed. My take on this... It's the shadow of the darkness to come. The first book sets up the lives and the beginning. I'm expecting the rest to devour!

The narrator uses his voice to guide you through the story and he does an excellent job when the story becomes a roller-coaster ride to the evil side. I really hope he narrates the rest of the series!

I received this audible free of charge at my request and am thrilled to provide my honest, unbiased reveiw.

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Interesting take on the genre...

The Evilution: Rise of the Antichrist (Dark Tomes 1) was an interesting book. I listened to the audiobook version, narrated by SW Salzman, and I have to say his narration was far and away the best part of the book. The story follows several people, but mostly it follows Paul Peter Bradley, his girlfriend Jenny, his old pal Matt, and an uber-genius Catholic Priest Fr. Joseph David.

First of all, I have to say this: I'm a devout, practicing Catholic, and some of the theology espoused in the book from Jenny (a Catholic herself) is just blatantly wrong by 1000%. I understand this is fiction, but I had to constantly keep repeating that mantra as she made claims about end times prophecy and Church teaching which are patently false. But that's really not a big deal, it IS fiction.

The story WAS pretty interesting though. I enjoyed how it took quite a few items from Scripture and end-times speculation and weaved it into the storyline. This was done well, was well placed, and executed nicely. The dialogue was lacking, with characters going on and on in a way meant to convey real-world, imperfect speech, but it was hard for me to get absorbed by it. All the characters are supposed to be literally the smartest people on the planet, but the way they spoke sometimes it was hard to believe that. Nonetheless, the story was strong, interesting, and fairly well-paced.

It read much like one of the Christian end-times books which came out in the 90s and early 2000s, but with an R-rating, which I appreciated. It didn't pull any punches on the violence and gore, but still maintained a Christian perspective with an air of respect. I would recommend this book to people interested in this genre, but it is certainly a niche genre. However, if that is what you're looking for, check it out.

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  • 03-20-18

Superbly done!!

Excellently written and wonderfully read. excellent job by the narrator, who really made a awesome book, even better!!