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It's in the Blood

The Blood Series
Narrated by: David Bosco
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Get the new short story prequel to the exciting Adventures of Devcalion - Blood Series. Meet Devcalion and Betrayer as they confront the forces of darkness that rise up both in his past and from the nature of his blood.

©2018 Michael D Lynes (P)2018 Michael D Lynes

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Demi-gods and Olympians

An interesting interpretation of greek mythology with a samurai twist. Armed with sarcasm and morphing sword the protagonist sets out. I liked it, I did request a promotional copy and have voluntarily left this review to aid other potential listeners.

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Excellent short fantasy work.

This was an exceptional piece of fantasy work. It's shorter, but there is quite a lot of character building and world setup, something often missing in shorter fiction works. The characters are engaging, and the plot is fast paced and grabs a hold of you. When you are finished, you'll find yourself wanting more! Can't wait to see what comes next.

I voluntarily reviewed this audiobook I received at my request from the author, narrator or publisher.

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Definitley will make you want to read more

This made me want to look into other works by the author, first time I have read something by him. Loved every moment of it and enjoyed the samurai vibe. Short but sweet!

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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A Really Great Story

It's worth noting that this story also appears in Michael Lynes' anthology - The Fat Man Gets Out of Bed, so if you're weighing up between the two - get the anthology, it has much more content for only a little more cash. I think It's in the Blood is my favorite, so far, of his stories though and I am eagerly awaiting the next part of this series. I won't spoil it for you except to assure you that the narration is every bit as good as the writing. Please note: I asked for and received a review copy of this work. The opinion I provide, however, is my own and not influenced by copies of people's work.

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Excellent book!

I loved this much more than I thought I would. The character development really helped the story to evolve perfectly. I truly hope to read much more by Michael Lynes asap! Also the narration was good as well. Sometimes I can't get into a story for no reason other than the narration runs it but this flowed seamlessly and I really enjoyed it. Pretty suspenseful. Kept me interested and all in all a great book.

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Great Intro

This was a great little intro and led right into the main story. I am very happy I received and listened to this first. It really set everything up.

The narration took some getting used to. There were a lot of echos but the narrator did a decent job with the different characters. It wasn't too difficult telling the characters apart.

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

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A Great Prequel Story That Sets Up The Series.

I enjoy all types of fantasy stories with Gods and Goddesses. So when I came across "Destroyer's Blood, The Blood Series, Book 1," which features Greek Gods, I was immediately interested. I was about to start on "Destroyer's Blood" when I found out about "It's In The Blood." "It's In The Blood" is a short story that takes place before "Destroyer's Blood" and actually establishes the series. You can pick up "It's In The Blood" as a stand-alone short story or as part of an anthology of short stories by the author, Michael Lynes.

"It's In The Blood" introduces us to Devcalion, the son of the titan Prometheus and cousin to Zeus. With that pedigree, one would expect Devcalion to be very powerful, but for some reason, the only power he seems to possess is the sword, Betrayer, that he carries. Betrayer is sentient and female. She was gifted to Devcalion when he was a boy by Prometheus. Betrayer starts off looking like a knife, but she can morph into other edged weapons. To take advantage of this, the author suggests Devcalion as having had extensive sword fighting training. My only question is why name the weapon Betrayer. It's not exactly a name that would make me trust a sentient weapon to save my life.

In Greek mythology, Prometheus felt sorry for man's weak state. As a race, human beings, were still running around naked and struggling every day just for survival. At that time, humans were barely on par with some of the lowlier beasts of the world. Prometheus raided the workshop of Hephaistos and Athena on Mt. Olympus and stole fire by hiding it in a hollow fennel-stalk. Prometheus not only gifted fire to man, but he also taught man how to use the gift. It would not be long after that man developed the skill of metalwork and science while also developing culture. These things, of course, helped mankind rise above its circumstances. Prometheus' actions didn't go over well with Zeus. As punishment, the outraged Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock and sent an eagle to eat his liver. The liver would then regenerate and the next day the eagle would return and eat the liver again. This torture would go on for ages until one day the demi-god Hercules happened by and killed the eagle with his bow and arrow.

It is now present day, but that that gift of fire and the bad blood that resulted between Prometheus and Zeus as well as the estranged upbringing of Devcalion from his father and the other Olympians is the foundation for this story. Overall, I found "It's In The Blood" to be a very good story. The author, Michael Lynes, did a great job of establishing the character of Devcalion and the world he operates in while still telling an interesting story. David Bosco also did an excellent job bringing Michael Lynes words to life with his narration. After having read/listened to this short story, I am looking forward to starting the first full-length novel in the series.

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

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Greek mythology

Usually greek mythology is not my type of thing. I believe it is written so many times that there is nothing new that grabs me. When I first listened to it I did think it's one of those but the author did surprise me with this one. I was not expecting it to go the way it went.
I actually liked it.

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Good Series Starter/ Prequel

This is an enjoyable, short read. This prequel provides a good introduction to the characters and world-building while offering a complete story. The narration enhanced the story, well-paced with well-defined character voices. With an engaging story and solid narration, I'm left wanting more Devcalion... And luckily, the next title is already out. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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a wonderful short story

very good and very interesting I love this short story very much it's not a simple one but it's very good one it's complex and complicated for this length of story you got everything you could from a short story and it was very very nice
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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