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The Tower of Zhaal Audiobook

The Tower of Zhaal: Cthulhu Armageddon, Book 2

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It has been a year since John Henry Booth's exile from New America and the fall of the Black Cathedral. Cursed with a slow transformation into a monster, he has begun a doomed relationship with fellow escapee Mercury Halsey as they seek some way to arrest his transformation.

Dubious hope arrives in the form of the University, the deranged scientists and cultists descended from the staff of Miskatonic University. Except their offer of help comes at a price. Having sold themselves to ancient aliens called the Yith, they wish John and Mercury to join a group of rogues in hunting down a wayward member of their faculty: a man who intends to release the last of the sleeping Great Old Ones on an already ravaged planet. If they're telling the truth, John and Mercury will be heroes. If.

The Tower of Zhaal is the second novel of the Cthulhu Armageddon series, a post-apocalyptic continuation of H.P. Lovecraft's popular Cthulhu Mythos.

©2017 Charles Phipps (P)2017 David N. Wilson

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    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 04-25-17
    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 04-25-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Buckle Your Seatbelts, This Is Action Packed"

    I don't know why I didn't see a sequel coming from the first book, but I'm really glad that Phipps wrote one. The benefit of a sequel is that you've already had time to explain out certain characters and their characteristics, but it also allows you to explain the world a little bit allowing you to jump right into the continuation of a story.

    Well, Phipps did that for sure. I thought that Cthulhu Armageddon was non-stop action. I would be wrong compared to Tower of Zhaal. Holy cow, I need to catch my breath from this one. Another thing that I really enjoyed was the addition of new characters. Phipps was able to weave new people into the story without them feeling like complete outsiders.

    The story itself from the first book wasn't normally my cup of tea, but darn it did I still enjoy it. The Tower of Zhaal was the same way. I went into it with an open mind and having read the first book. I wasn't sure what was going to happen in this book, but I was bucked up for the ride. I'm glad that I was buckled up though because this one too me for a ride.

    Anytime you can get the amazing Jeffrey Kafer to narrator your books, you already have an edge up on the competition. But when you combine Kafer's great narration of this book with Phipps great writing you have a winner.

    The Tower of Zhaal was even more enjoyable than Cthulhu Armageddon and took me on a roller coaster ride that I wasn't sure I was coming back from. a

    I was given a free copy of this audiobook, it has not affected my review in any way.

    If you enjoyed this review, please vote for it! If you'd like to see more like this, you can check out BriansBookBlog DOT com

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    Tyler U. 05-18-17
    Tyler U. 05-18-17
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    "Wow, now THAT was an experience!"

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

    I didn't read, or listen to, the first book. So, it was hard to get into this book at first. However, it didn't take long to get drawn deeply into it. This book is equally fascinating and disturbing. I really enjoyed the experience and would definitely seek our more in this series.

    The narrator was also really good. He had a gritty and interesting voice that made the story gripping and fun.

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    Mary Karowski 05-18-17
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    "The apocalypse has never been better"

    Welcome to an apocalypse that's filled, not with zombies, vampires, demons, etc. this apocalypse is populated by the old ones. Everything that came from te imagination of HP Lovecraft now walks the earth and man kind is the bottom of the food chain. This is the 2nd book on the series i have listened to and I love it. The author and narrator take you down a road not previously traveled by the old ones. Enjoy the walk before you go mad. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    kanundra 05-09-17
    kanundra 05-09-17 Member Since 2017

    Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!

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    "Better and Better!"

    I was glad that I had this one to listen to after the first ended. Of course, it's a stand alone book and felt very organic. But I wanted more from this world. Glad CT Phipps delivered with this, I also believe there's a third coming sometime soon. :)

    I am not very up with Cthulhu and their myths and legends, of course, this just made me want to dig into this very weird and terrifying world.

    The Tower of Zhaal kicks off with just as much action as the first. Where Booth and Mercury are kidnapped and taken to save the world. A Very weird way of asking, but I can also see why the society might need to do it this way.

    What I really enjoyed about this, was that even though we thought Booth and Mercury couldn't get more involved, the character development around these two was still exemplary. So deep and emotional that I felt for their relationship as odd as it was, and as loving as it seemed.

    I still think every woman Booth comes across is one he's been in love with at some point, and the re-introduction of his wife made this much more interesting. So many things to go wrong, so much to lose.

    This book will defo have you on the edge of your seat, high action, high horror. Booth changes a lot, not just physically as he embraces the person he really is, or the alien that he is, but also on a mental level. And I really liked this about him. There was a great strength in him and it showed in his decision and of course, some non-decision as life just seemed to roll on around him.

    I admit getting to know these characters made a better impact on me storywise, it flowed on from the first, kept me hanging and engage, and emotionally invested. The monsters were terrifying, the world so detailed I thought I was there...

    When's the next one out! I'm having a book hangover... Although I am starting on the super villainy books, it won't be the same. : (

    Great, great job. Thank you for the entertainment guys!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    erobbins33 05-09-17
    erobbins33 05-09-17 Member Since 2017

    I love audiobooks!!!

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    "Excellent and legitimate"

    As a fan of the Lovecraftian Cthulhu, and all of the mythos and pantheon that entails, I was surprised by the level of dedication here. Not only did Phipps capitalize on the pre-existing characters, but he created plausible NEW Elder Gods, which made me question whether or not they were also pre-existing! Kafer is, as always, an awesome voice-actor, so there was no problem with listening vs. reading. I'll actually admit, I trust his pronunciations more than the ones my brain conjures up (not a hardship, though, as my brain tends toward pronouncing words phonetically, like: epitome...) Anyway, this was a very enjoyable read, with a really good balance of history, fiction, and fantasy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael K. Gibson 05-06-17
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    "A Strong Follow Up to Cthulhu Armageddon"

    Up front, I was given an audiobook copy by CT Phipps for an honest review
     
    The follow-up novel to Cthulhu Armageddon, Tower of Zhaal, greatly expands on an already impressive world building. 
    John Henry Booth (JHB), the protagonist from book one, is continuing his adventures thought the apocalyptic cosmic-horror hellscape roughly a year later, following the events of book one. 
     
    JHB and Mercury have been kidnapped by a secretive society who represent a surviving academy of mind and science. Led by a Yithian being, the academy tasks JHB and Mercury to team up with a rag-tag band of badasses to go in search for an academy outcast who is seeking to find the titular Tower of Zhaal and release a cosmic horror. Along the way, JHB comes to grips with the monstrous presence growing inside him while simultaneously dealing with the elder god Nyerlathotep whispering in his ear the whole time.
     
    Still with me so far? If you’ve read book one, then all of this should be making sense. If not, I highly recommend picking up book one first and giving it a read. 
     
    Naturally the team does as teams do in these types of stories and suffers through attacks, murderous hordes, ghouls, genocide and pain to accomplish their mission. 
     
    Now, I did have an issue or two with the story and its structure. We are introduced to several supporting characters who are very surface level and despite CT’s hard work, some of them are nothing more than filler. As well, the forward momentum of the story sometimes slows, or halts, for world building. As well, events of the missing year between book 1 and 2 play heavily, and you as the reader must march onward. Lastly, the final conflict I felt was a touch too short. 
     
    Now, if you’re a fan of the Cthulhu mythos, or just a rough and tumble type who enjoys horror and/or films like Seven Samurai, Magnificent Seven, the Dirty Dozen, or the recent Rogue One, then you’ll have no problem with this story. 
     
    In summation, I like it. Sadly, I didn’t like it as much as I did the first novel, but Tower of Zhaal IS a strong follow-up to Cthulhu Armageddon and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of CT’s writing. 

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    Todd (Toad) Vogel 04-22-17 Member Since 2016

    I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!

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    "Great sequel!"

    If you're a fan of Lovecraft, you'll love the Cthulhu Armageddon series. C. T. Phipps brings new life to Lovecraft's Old Gods. Great post apocalyptic series! Jeffrey Kafer gives another great performance! Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for a book 3!

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    Christopher Epping, NH, United States 05-24-17
    Christopher Epping, NH, United States 05-24-17 Member Since 2008
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    "The Man with the Teratoid Arm"

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
    This was a great story. I actually had to revisit some old Lovecraft and listen to this again to get the full depth of the novel. The narration was great, to have to pronounce all these crazy words must be hard. If you were my friend and liked the Lovecraft mythos, I would recommend this to you.

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    Tiffany 05-23-17
    Tiffany 05-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "No sequel blues here"
    Any additional comments?

    I love this action-packed follow-up to Cthulhu Armageddon. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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    Nate Jenks 05-08-17
    Nate Jenks 05-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great story in am awesome universe."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, many of my friends are into the Lovecraft universe and the author does a great job of mixing the mind bending horror with the action of an Armageddon.


    What other book might you compare The Tower of Zhaal to and why?

    I would have to say it would be a mix between "14" and any of the Dark Tower series.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    I really like Cathy's spunky attitude and I think Jeffery does a great job at pulling it off.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The last half I could have, but the beginning had a bit of buildup that was a little harder for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book from the narrator/author for free via Audiobookboom for an unbiased review.

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