• Last Line 2: Ring Around the Sun

  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)

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Last Line 2: Ring Around the Sun

By: Harper Fox
Narrated by: David Thorpe
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Publisher's Summary

MI5 agents Marina Griffin and Leo South are made to be together. But their mission's-end encounter with Ashkeloi gypsies in the Russian forest reveals a terrifying prophecy - a fate that will tear them apart, and re-echo into the lives of their sons, John and Mike.

Thirty years later, a deadly climate shift has opened up a seaway through the Arctic, and nuclear war is imminent as the global superpowers make a grab for the oil reserves suddenly exposed. Like everyone else, Mike and John just want to ride out the storm and protect the people they love, especially their boy Quin. But love isn't enough when the stakes are this high, and Mike and John too are in the grip of a destiny they can't avoid. Summoned from their Glastonbury farmhouse to the office of their ex-boss, James Webb, they discover not only the truth about their heritage but the forces they will have to encounter if the war for the Arctic - and the future of humanity - is to be won.

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Chaos

I like most of the author’s other books more than this one. It had lots of good reviews so I muddled through after a confusing, long winded prologue. There were some good moments of connection between Griffin & Michael that might make the read worth it for fans but it is not a standalone and ends on a cliffhanger, kind of. Well, maybe ends more at a sudden barrier. When a fatal car crash is the most romantic scene in a book that I think is supposed to be a romance, there are issues.

The magic was at least relevant in this installment. In a near complete reversal from book one, the magic dominated in book 2. The magic was overwhelming, but unreliable. It was very frustrating as a reader having to guess whether each scene was or wasn’t magical & why. I was annoyed, again, that Griffin & Michael split up for the main action sequence. The bad guys were so much better at using their powers, I wondered why they even bothered with our comparatively inept heroes. Beyond bothering, *Every* main bad guy went out of their way to go full Bond Villain in their exposition. This works as a Bond satire. If that wasn’t the intent, not so much. The characters became almost caricatures.

There were some continuity errors. The oddest: after making a point that the guys reserved their most energetic exertions for when Quinn is out of the house, they go full throttle when Quinn’s new girlfriend first stays over. An otherwise sexy scene left me full of tension about how breakfast was bound to be a nightmare of cringe. Apparently no one overheard? Then after the aforementioned car crash (it was only mostly fatal…), the guys basically forget Quinn exists which, under the circumstances, was carelessly rude.

While I want to enjoy plots with fortune telling, I rarely do. This was not an exception. The fortune telling was heavy handed, and I am still unsure what the motivation was beyond “magical minority”. That might not be as insulting as usual since most of these characters are magical, but again, given that they’re mostly caricatures, it kind of is. It doesn’t help that there’s a thru line about an amulet that doesn’t pay off in this installment. It’s carefully tended, which I normally appreciate, but much is made of the amulet when this story could exist fine without it, so instead I resent the attention I paid to a boring detail.

Fans of the author who are also completists might like this book. I recommend skimming the first parts if you do.

Steam: Med-high with kink & cheating.
There’s M/M kink on page. But as I mentioned, some of it was spoiled by the potential for a houseguest to overhear them. Also, there is cheating. I never quite figured out the rationale for it. It was addressed as a work duty/sacrifice yet I didn’t buy it. Just puzzling to me why that choice was made.

Narration: Was a combination of pretty good and confusing. The varied voices were ok, but occasionally applied to wrong characters. The Russian pronunciations were internally consistent but wrong. I again found myself confusing the main characters more than a couple times, which was both a prose & narration issue here.

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Love this series!

Would you consider the audio edition of Last Line 2: Ring Around the Sun to be better than the print version?

Absolutely!

What did you like best about this story?

I love how intense the story is. It never stops.

Have you listened to any of David Thorpe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have't, but I will definitely search him - he did an awesome job

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

Oh yeah, but I couldn't. It's too long to listen to at once. Although I really, really wanted to.

Any additional comments?

I LOVE these books and can't wait until the next book comes out.I really need to know what happens next.

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Too different from the first one

The storyline was too mythical, and sex scenes distracting instead of adding to the story.

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This series is NOT complete

Warning.... this 2 book series is NOT complete. There should be a 3rd book, it's been years and no new book. I checked authors website and she is now writing it but is releasing it in chapters through Patreon so you must pay and subscribe to read it. I really wish I knew this before I became invested in the story.


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Unexpected addition of supernatural elements in sequel, but it works.

I found it odd that though there was no supernatural element in the first book the sequel depended upon it. That’s OK for me because I like supernatural elements, but at times the powers the characters had strained credulity. Nevertheless, I loved the characters in Fox’s story; even the mostly unlikable ones were sympathetic in some ways. Having read about a dozen of her books, I can say that one strength of the author’s is that her characters are always multidimensional; there are no villains that are nothing but evil.

I loved the narration except for the accent of the American character. Fox doesn’t tend to write American English dialogue very believably, and her narrators from what I have heard so far don’t do American accents well. For instance, she has her American characters say “you lot.” Regardless of picky peeves, I keep listening to books by Fox because overall I love them. Part of her formula that I love is that the characters need to save themselves and each other with their love — overcome their man-against-himself and man-against-man conflicts — so that they can save their world. And they do! Love always prevails in her books, and it’s this love that saves the day.

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Really enjoyed it

I enjoyed part 2 better than part 1, but I did not enjoy the cliff hanger! Hopefully part 3 is on its way if not available now. The plot is a little convoluted at points but the main characters make up for that in my opinion. I’m tempted to give it a second listen to see if it clarifies a few things.

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The Last Line 1-2-3

Part 1 a was great beginning
but part 2&3 went a little crazy
it is like gypsies with A-bombs with reincarnation and then it ends with no hint about the end of the story line . If another book will continue this story I hope it comes soon

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Holy cow

There are no words, great story, excellent narrator who made the characters come alive. You can actually see this in your minds eye I just wish there was more books.

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It leaves you hanging

I loved the book. The touch of Christ and the future son of Christ. The gods with inn. This story has a very simulated out own life these fast.

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What the hell was that?

After listening to the first book in the series, I was completely thrown off by a story suddenly rooted in silly paranormal, magical ridiculousness. An overly long and cumbersome prologue that did not tie into the the story until you had already forgotten it, should have been enough. But, then the book moved into a weird combination of Charmed, The Last Airbender and James Bond. Very little of the story made sense. I struggled to the end out of morbid curiosity, but this will be my last book by this author.

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  • M. Kimber
  • 02-21-22

Loved it

A good story with great narration. Let's see what else this author has got...

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  • jojohun
  • 12-27-21

An epic saga

Read the 2 books on the series in order and didn’t want the story to end.
Wonderful narration absolutely made this magical.
Read it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-21

A sequel with a twist.

Both books are great, I would 100% recommend this one too. Enjoy the new twists and turns that Mike and Griffin take. This story answers a lot of questions left by the first one, and throws a few heartbreaks and magic in too.
some other reviews have said this wasn't necessary, but I think it made the story even better. I will definitely be listening to them both again.

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 09-27-21

Amazing Series

The concept is interesting and well written. The characters are likeable and the narration is good.