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"This is what the truth is. Second Salvations murdered my parents, and I'm running away."

A single post over unregulated Internet channels. A sleeping society awakens to a chase, broadcast live on television screens all across the New United States of America....

Rebecca and Daniel have never met. A 15-year-old preacher's kid and a 16-year-old atheist outcast, they appear to have little in common. And yet they both have attracted the attention of a recruiter for Angel Island, where bad kids go to be remade-or destroyed.

Agents of the all-powerful New America Unity Church will stop at nothing to get them. They're building an army, a modern children's crusade, in which Rebecca and Daniel may be just the kind of future leaders they need.

If not, they might be just the kind of sacrifice necessary to keep the rest of the faithless in line.

©2016 Marcus Damanda (P)2018 Marcus Damanda

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Amazing book and performance!

Oh Wow! I’m not that big on stories with a religious twist (honestly - it makes me want to roll my eyes a bit) but it didn’t take long before I fell in love with the story and the characters and then it didn’t matter to me anymore. The Salvation State is definitely a pageturner (or what ever the name is for it when you listen to it as an audiobook) and I highly recommend it to everyone. Btw Jessica McEvoy does an amazing job reading the audiobook. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Interesting Theocratic Dystopian Future Tale

The Salvation State by Marcus Damanda is a very interesting first installment in what I am guessing could become a series. The idea of a Theocratic American Government is not a new one, Robert Heinlein first used this with his short story "If This Goes On...".

Mr. Damanda has crafted some interesting and compelling characters and gets the listener to invest in their well being, lives, and rapidly draws us into this world. The modern anti-religious sentiment in America makes these characters at times a bit over the top but the story was interesting and an fun. I would recommend the audiobook.

The narration by Jessica McEvoy was very good this is the first time I have heard a performance from her and would definitely enjoy listening to her audio work again.

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Chilling and thought-provoking

Wonderful character development. It made me really think. What would I do? Preserve myself by following the crowd, or risk everything by standing up for what’s right? Well written and captivating.
Jessica McEvoy’s narration offers a fantastic enhancement to a great story.

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A fun time

I loved the varying emotions I felt while listening to this book. It’s a slow burn but once it get going it doesn’t seem to stop. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a nice rollercoaster of emotion with their action. You’ll feel it all; sadness, anger and so on and to me that is what makes a good story. You feel for the main character and her struggle in this seemingly horrifying universe.

Jessica delivers the story to you with wonderful character voices and she always has a way of bringing the stories she reads to life. Marcus Damanda’s fantastic writing coupled with Jessica’s smooth relaxing voice makes for a very good time!

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  • az
  • 01-23-18

A great story by one of the best horror writers out there today

This book was amazing Marcus can really set a tone and create nightmares like not many others can I highly recommend this to any horror fiction fan

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Don’t miss this story

I purposefully didn’t burn right through this in order to fully soak in the story. I wasn’t disappointed! Mr. Damanda has always hooked me with his characters since discovering his work via the No Sleep Podcast, more of the same here. Fully fleshed out.. makes you feel them if that makes sense? Fantastic story. As for the narration? Google Jessica McEvoy. She’s one the best and does an awesome job here.

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A brightly woven tapestry of characters and drama

The addictive beginning of an enticing tale. The author and narrator have entrapped me entirely!

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Very original and difficult to put down!

Dystopian YA fiction isn’t usually my genre, but I’m a long-time fan of Marcus Damanda and the narrator, Jessica McEvoy, so of course I jumped on getting the audio version of this book! (I have a Kindle copy already, but I love Jessica too much to pass up one of her recordings.)

Damanda writes his characters with a depth often missing in this genre. It only takes a few pages before you find yourself invested in both Rachel and Daniel’s stories. This particular book is a great setup for what could be a continuing series on a world where religious corruption runs rampant.

Definitely give The Salvation State a listen.

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Awesome narration, interesting premise

I really enjoyed the narration. It's not easy to keep a story interesting, and give life to multiple characters, but Jessica McEvoy did just that. The premise was interesting, but I wish we were given more back story to how society has reached this point. I also felt like the story ended too abruptly, without a very satisfying cliffhanger to lead into the next story. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next installment, as I would like to get more answers, and the author has woven a very interesting universe with room for many twists and turns. Very enjoyable listen, and a high recommend overall.

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A gripping, dreadful tale of religion gone wrong.

What other book might you compare The Salvation State to and why?

From the feel of it, this book brings to mind other dystopian futures were the plot focuses on the young. The Hunger Games is one, but personally I find myself thinking of Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising Sequence" often while listening to this book. This is high praise, as I have always believed the world created in Cooper's series to be both beautiful and terrible, and deserving of the term 'art'. This book, for me, does much the same.

What about Jessica McEvoy’s performance did you like?

As a fan of a podcast that she often narrates for, I have been exposed to Jessica McEvoy for some time now. She is a wonderful voice actor, able to hit both highs and lows in emotion and pitch. I have always loved how she can simulate 'lifting' her voice without causing me to turn down my volume. In this, she delivers one of her finest performances.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Almost everything after the last half of the book began, my stomach was constantly turning itself into tighter and tighter knots. I felt physically cold at times (and I listen while on the treadmill!) and when listening at home I would often have to stop, focusing all my attention on my ears, and what was being force fed into them. This book reaches for a visceral reaction, and it pulls it from you, disregarding fully your own desires on the subject. But then again...isn't that why we're all here?

Any additional comments?

Get yourself ready for this book. The beginning takes a while to get started, slowly building layer upon layer so that you get to know the world and it's inhabitants intimately. Damanda wants you to understand these people and places. He wants them injected directly into your blood, and he's not afraid to have you spend time with them to do so. When it picks up speed, it does so suddenly, and you feel yourself free falling into its conclusion. If I had any major complaint about this book it would be that there is not more of it!

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  • abdulaziz
  • 02-05-18

story not very good. narrator rocks

the story felt unorganised. please stick to short stories or go to authors meetings to receive constructive criticism. the narrator was amazing, I listen to the no sleep podcast just hear her amazing narration.