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Kronos

Narrated by: Jeremy Robinson, Jeff Kafer
Series: Origins (Robinson), Book 5
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Two years after his wife's death, oceanographer and former navy SEAL Atticus Young attempts to reconcile with his rebellious daughter, Giona, by taking her on the scuba dive of a lifetime-swimming with a pod of peaceful humpback whales in the Gulf of Maine. But the beauty of the sea belies a terror from the deep-a horrific creature as immense as it is ancient. There is no blood, no scream, no fight. Giona is swallowed whole by the massive jaws. Only Atticus remains to suffer the shame of the survivor and his inconsolable grief turns to an unquenchable thirst for revenge.

Drawn by the spectacle, Trevor Manfred, a ruthless billionaire, approaches Atticus with a proposition: Trevor will make available all the advanced technology of his heavily armed mega-yacht, the Titan, to aid Atticus in his death-quest. In return, Trevor is to receive the beast's corpse as the ultimate hunting trophy. But in the midst of the hunt, Atticus makes a terrifying discovery that changes the way he sees the ocean's creatures and begs the question: what is Kronos? The answer sets him on a new and much more deadly course.

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Critic Reviews

"KRONOS takes a classic theme and turns it into a great page-turning novel that kept me up past the midnight hour. It's a great read blending myth and high tech, with well developed characters you care about. (Rob Kall, Editor-in-Chief, www.opednews.com)
"It's not often that you get a fresh perspective on a monster story. Jeremy Robinson fixes us a delicious tale in which he adds one part characters you want to care about, two parts dramatic but believable storytelling, and three parts imaginative adventure in a dish that can be served to adventure, romance, sci-fi and western fans alike." (Clint DeBoer, Editor-in-Chief, Audioholics.com)

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Great Premise/Mediocre Delivery

Would you try another book from Jeremy Robinson and/or Jeremy Robinson and Jeff Kafer ?

Possibly.

Would you recommend Kronos to your friends? Why or why not?

Not really. The problems I have with the books lie within the fact several scenes and situations simply aren't plausible, yet am fully aware the book is about (sort of...it almost takes second place) a fictional sea monster.

1)Scene where his daughter is almost gang-raped: How and why exactly is her father nearby? How did that "happen" to be? Secondly, If that had happened to me (I am a woman and a medical professional) I'd be scared out of my mind, and if there was significant bruising immediately upon my neck where I'd been grabbed, that my father as a Navy seal, would have the intelligence to bring me to the ER so I could be scanned/and or treated to determine if there was any internal problems with per se my trachea or neck.

I also feel that scene was glossed-over. It's a traumatic experience, and within hours, this young woman with bruising on her neck is DIVING? Should she be diving/snorkeling after neck trauma? Who'd feel like diving after a potential gang-rape?

2)Andrea the Coast Guard/ex girlfriend: I find numerous problems with this character's creation/execution. First of all, she enters out of the blue her ex boyfriend's house. Like her ex who had been REMARRIED happily for years? She walks in like she owns it and grabs a picture off of the wall and has a conversation in her head w/his dead wife and FEELS the wife would okay her barging in and inserting herself into his life? Hello? I am also a wife and I find that assumption made being totally wrong.

Then there's the whole issue of Andrea's misappropriation of military equipment and personnel, as she wastes taxpayer dollars and endangers the lives of her coworkers all so she could go and check out her ex-boyfriend and again, stick her nose into his business.

That's NOT romantic. It's stalker-ish/creepy. Now I am all for romance in thrillers, but this is forced, and it's not authentic. Reverse the roles. What if YOU were Atticus? Would you want some ex after umpteen years suddenly inserting themselves into your life again and entering your home without permission? Again creepy beyond creepy.

What I DO like about the book:
1) Atticus: He's a good character. Well-defined. He's very believable.
2)Trevor: He's well-drawn as well, and I love his ship. If Andrea had been left out, we could have had a much better book if we'd only followed Atticus, hell-bent on revenge, out to kill the monster who took his daughter.
3)The link to Jonah/spirituality. Anyone who's been diving and snorkeling (I've done both) knows that when you hit the water and see the magnificence of what's below, you feel a deep tie to nature, and if you're a person of faith, you feel a much deeper tie to your Creator.


How could the performance have been better?

Flat, flat voice. Failed to bring the story to life. Strange pronunciations of certain words.

Was Kronos worth the listening time?

Yes, as there were some intriguing ideas and loved the spirituality tie-in with the monster and the main character, and there were some interesting segments of the book.

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Not Bad, But not one of his best

What did you like best about Kronos? What did you like least?

It was an interesting concept, and the storyline was fine, but many of the characters were single-faceted and the plot was predictable. His other books are better reads.

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Fun To Listen Too

I enjoyed this book. The story line was interesting and made me think but I did come up with a few answers before they were stated in the book. First time I listened to this auther and will be going back for more in the near future.

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  • lamont
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 05-21-11

Awesome

I found this book to be entertaining, well written, and full of surprises. Anyone can slap together a story about a sea monster, but this book actually grass your attention and has an interesting back story. The character development is excllent too. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Chapter 9 Missing from Audiobook!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If chapter nine, which is important to the plot, wasn't missing, and chapter markings had been set per-chapter instead of in blocks of ~4.

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Book okay; narration not so okay. Rushed.

Good enough book. Typical Jeremy Robinson and I’m a fan. But gotta warn ya ... narration was constantly rushed. Constantly. I don’t mind when the narrator is actually just a reader. Yes we get spoiled with some of the amazing narrators out there, but this was just seemingly reading-to-be done at its worst. Where was the editor? I finally just was able to ignore it because I wanted to find out how Robinson was going to pull off the story line (which he does!) but honestly, I listen to audio books because I enjoy the listening experience. This wasn’t a good experience and I mean that to the very end. I’m serious. It is “blah blah blah the end”. Crazy. Editor really fell down on this one.

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Did not like this one

I really did not get into this one. Very hard to believe the plot. The author was good.

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I have a new favorite author Jeremy Robinson..

I am a reader of HARD Sci-Fi. Jeremy's stories are solidly based in the sciences as we understand them now. Having said that, his adventures ( the two I've listened to) seek to understand what happened in biblical history and how it may effect, or help to explain the current realities that bewilder everyman.
The message between the lines is often "beware what gods you worship," they, or it, will shape who you are, the world you make in it's image. Arrogance, depravity, integrity, compation, goodness, or meanness . Beware the ides, and eyes of March. The ego is the darkest ugly God.

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Well Done

I have enjoyed the creativity and enthusiasm involved in the making of this book. I say it's well done! Great performance by Jeffrey Kafer & well written Jeremy Robinson! I'm looking forward to your next novel or Novel's! Please write more soon!

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Exciting, fun story

Any additional comments?

Kronos is one of my favourite stand-alone books from Jeremy Robinson. The hero isn't shown to be perfect, he has faults and is willing to do whatever it takes to get revenge on the sea-monster that swallowed his Daughter. The bad guy isn't likeable at all and from the beginning you know he is the bad guy which is refreshing. The female characters are capable. The story was exciting and I found it difficult to stop listening. Jeffrey Kafer did a fantastic job, this is probably the best I've heard from him. The British accent was brilliant, I normally don't think much to people trying to do the British accent, but considering the character I thought it was spot on.