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Land of Death and Destiny

Land of the Living, Volume 2
Narrated by: Johnny Mack
Series: Land of the Living, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
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James Creed, the man who can travel through time using his mind as a weapon, continues his journey in the town of Hartford, CT, in the year 1944, where he takes over the body of a police officer. A young nurse helps him escape from his nemesis Dearborn, and guides him to find the answers he needs to stop a circus fire intended to kill many, and play a part in changing the future as we know it. He continues his journey in the year 1985, where together with Sara, the woman he loves and whose life he saved in Land of the Living, as they try to find the answers they need to save the future. Get a glimpse of the year 2035, where his son Michael battles a new nemesis behind the master plan to kill half the population, and control the world. All the while, another dark figure emerges from the shadows to offer James a deal he can't refuse. In his quest to save his loved ones, he discovers newfound abilities to manipulate time, and keep him one step ahead of the Land of Death and Destiny.

©2018 James Pinard (P)2018 James Pinard

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Volume 2

Book 2 in the series picks up where book 1 left off.Looking for a boy ,his grandfather,to save fro the circus fire,Luke runs into many more issues.Friends will be found to be foes and vice versa a.Good story.Confusing at times.Johnny Mack was a good narrator

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A time travel tale of terrific trials

Land of Death and Destiny the follow up to Land of the Living, by James Pinard pretty much picks right up where the first book left off, and that is good thing, because book one ended on a touch of a cliffhanger, or at least you pretty much had no doubt that there would be another book to follow. One thing that I really liked was that there was no recap or here's what's happned so far to start the book off. I hate when a writer does that. Can you imagine if GRR Martin did that for Game of Thrones? A recap would take up three chapters on its own.

Thankfully, Pinard has pretty much maintained his level of awesomeness that he exhibitted in the first book. There is no sophomore slump here. If anything, the level of intensity increases as James learns new and more about his older abilities and he begins to experiment with them. It is fun to listen to as he goes into battle, and we get some nice surprises. We do get a few new timelines, there is a future one with Michael, and James is chilling out in a new timeline of his own. As it should be with a time travel story there is no predictablity as to what is going to happen. Just when you think you know where the story is going it starts to twist, turn, and flip until something totally unforeseen appears.

The narration is just as good as it was the first time around, although I must admit that Mack doesn't do a lot of heavy lifting with his voice, and by that I mean he really didn't do a lot to make the characters discernable from one another. Otherwise, his does an admirable job and carries the story along quite nicely.

The book, in the tradition laid down in The Land of the Living, does end somewhat abruptly, and leaves you grasping around for something to hold onto as you patiently wait cliffside for book three to materialize. I, personally, have no qualms about this. I likie cliffhangers so long as I know there is a follow up on the way. But, I do have to warn you, because not everyone can wait for Christmas before they open their presents, and when those presents need batteries that won't arrive until after the 25th their minds go into melt down. Just take this book for what it is, a piece of sci fi fantastilular fantasy. 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. 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.

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The Adventure keeps going.

In this second Book of the series the same level of character development and plot are magnified with many questions left
unanswered which will certainly lead to another Book.

The Narrator does a good job with the material and keeps the listener interested in this wonderful story.




This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Really enjoyable! Works well right after book 1.

This was a really enjoyable listen if you enjoyed book 1 you'll definitely enjoy this book!

The story continues much in the same manner as book 1 and picks up right where the first book left off. It did take a little bit to get warmed up to the tale and narrator after a long break from the first book but I don't think that would be an issue if you're coming straight from book 1. My only complaint is that this book, much like book 1, ends pretty abruptly and leaves you hanging. It's clear that the story is not over so I'm eagerly awaiting book 3's release as I'd like to see how this one turns out. If that bugs you, you may want to wait until the series is completed but it's definitely a worth the read/listen if you don't mind another wait.

As with the first book, the narration by Johnny Mack was pleasant and delivery was more than acceptable. There was not a great deal of character voice variation (compared to some) but it was enough for me and I don't feel it negatively impacted the performance.

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

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Land of Death and Destiny

An exciting time travel story! Starting out with a quick recap of the first book, James Pinard makes sure we’re all up to speed on what’s going on since this book picks up right where the first left off.

Traveling back and forth between 1944 and 1985, James Creed is trying to reset the timeline to what it’s supposed to be by saving those who were not meant to die at the time. He’s met with obstacles every step of the way!

Johnny Mack’s narration once again drew me right in. A fantastic job.

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

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Good continuation of the story

This book is an excellent second installment of the time travel story. There is just enough reveal as well as enough continued mystery to both keep me listening and make me excited for the final book. Too many times in trilogy style books, the middle book is merely a bridge. However, this book had its own adventure and development. I found it very enjoyable. As I listened through the first and into the second, the narrator's portrayal of some of the voices grew on me, as well. Very much looking forward to the third book.

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

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Gripping, Exciting, Time Travel at its Best!

Land of the Living, Book 2 is even more exciting than first novel and that one was engaging. Although each chapter identifies from WHOSE point of view (POV) it is given, and from WHEN it is given. In this instalment, the focus is on James travelling between 1944 and 1985. While his son, Michael, travels from 1985 to his own time of 2035.

The conundrum facing James is becoming clearer at each passing moment. The pace of the story increases as we get closer to figuring out the what the “bad guys” are all about. For book 1 and most of book 2, the story focuses on Deerborn, as the antagonist, but nearing the end of book 2, another nasty is recognized.

At the end of the first novel, the reader knew there would be more to the story, but things were settled enough that one could wait patiently. However, in Death and Destiny, I am anxiously waiting Book 3. I’m sure others will be as well.

Johnny Mack does a fantastic job as narrator. He has a diverse voice and uses a plethora of voices to capture each and every character including accents and gender.

James Pinard has developed his own way of depicting time travel. It is different in many ways, yet believable even though we know is science fiction.

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Land of Death

Book 2 in the series picks up where number 1 left off.Looking for a boy ,his grandfather,to save fro the circus fire,Luke runs into many more issues.Friends will be found to be foes and vice verce.Good story.Confusing at times.Johnny Mack was a good narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Great 2nd book

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

I thought this was just as good as the first book. The narration and story were well paced and ejnoyable. It seemed to pick up where the previous book left off and I am all in for another installment of this series.

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Just as good as the first book

This book was just as good as the first. James Pinard does an excellent job in his second book of the series. This is a series worth listening to and will be revisited later. I have already recommended this to other people. Great job James & Johnny.

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