Moon 514: Blaze and the White Griffon

Narrated by: Julian Pearson
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
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Publisher's Summary

It's inevitable: Technology must evolve alongside magic.

Trained from boyhood to be protectorate of the only known community of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world, Blaze takes a devastating turn when he fails to save the Order from an unexpected and devastating attack. When his mentor turns executioner, Blaze gets arrested for treason and falls victim to Toka's secret gene-splicing experiments. He’s further thrown into confusion when his legendary weaponry skills prove useless against the psionic powers of a small and unintimidating alien woman.

After Evelia, his unquenchable crush, becomes the alien’s unexpected apprentice, Blaze hearkens to the Earth’s call to lead mankind’s last few survivors to the destiny she envisions for them: a technologically advanced civilization governed by magic.

Young adult fans who enjoy action-packed pause-resisters will love Moon 514’s unique and hopeful twist on a post-apocalyptic world. Consider it Star Wars meets Insurgent with a smiley emoji.

©2014 Drew Briney (P)2019 Drew Briney

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Story - YES! Narration - NO!!!

First, I received this free from the author. This review is my honest opinion of the audiobook and story. Science-fiction, magic, aliens, and a dystopian world. A good mix of genres, what's not to love? Survival, friendship, and finding hope when all seems dismally dark. I enjoyed the story. However, it took me FOREVER to get through this audiobook, nearly a year. The narration was far too monotone. I almost gave up several times wanting to go and just "read" the book, but I persevered. My recommendation would be to go READ rather than listen to the book. I will be looking for more books from Drew Briney. But, if Julian Pearson is the narrator, I'll reach for the ebook instead.

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Good

I'm not sure that I would have read this but it was a good listen. Although, at parts it got a little boring, but was good listen in the end. It kept surprising me. The narration was okay. I'd recommend it story any sci-fi/fantasy fan.

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What an excellent story!

What an excellent story! The world building was amazing and the character development was also incredible. Blaze is a young warrior living after the Third Holocaust and his attempts to help his people. There is so much going on with betrayal and danger at every turn. Genetic enhancements are also a part of the story with some good and some not. It was hard to tell as the story progressed who was a enemy and who was an ally. It was very exciting and fast-paced. The endings felt abrupt to me but there is room for more stories. The narration was great and I had no problems listening.

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  • 04-04-19

A good mix of different themes

This story oscillated between loved it and a bit boring. I mean it - a first. This was the debut story from Drew Briney so I consider it a very good work. The theme is very interesting as it mixes space, aliens, magic, genetics, and many other themes in the same story, including conspiracy schemes. The characters are great and very well developed, as are the spaces and the scenes. I don't recall a modern story to be so thoroughly described. And here starts the mixed feelings. I do like descriptions and know what the characters are thinking but in the listening format we end up with endless paragraphs, sometimes, with virtually no dialog. We get to see the story from every character point of view - in one side that's great, in the other it makes the story lose a bit of the mystery and the narrator is like describing a History lesson were we analise the story from all angles. The narrator voice doesn't help in this regard, as it really feels like a history teacher (just my opinion though). Now don't get me wrong, the story is great and original, but I think maybe I would like it better reading it, or it could be reformatted a bit to separate the different points of views better (This is the author writing style, so I strongly believe it's his right to choose the story approach). In the end, a great book to pass to screen - a lot of the story telling development is already well done and it would be great to see the universe, characters and decor/fashion imagined by Drew.

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Strange view of an apocalypice world

This is an interesting and strange view of humanity in an apocalyptic world. Blaze and Evelia stand out and lead the humans of this strange mix of technology and magic. For me, I feel it is the continued genetic experiments that lead the magical woman to be able to help Evelia use what would be called psychic powers. (using the energy around to something different) It's only magic when we don't understand how it is done, example the witches that healed people using herbs in the middle ages. The narrator was good and held your interest, but did not separate voices, so sometimes I would wonder who's mind I was actually in at the time. I have to say what was the 2nd to last chapter really about. Is it a teaser for a new book, or just a reminder that our world can never be perfect? For me; it was out of place and wrong to put it here. It should have been put as the prologue or the first chapter of the next book, otherwise this story is well-written.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 04-19-19

As puzzled as puzzled gets.

I can understand why this book has received numerous five star reviews. This is a fresh re-imagined look at a post apocalyptic (in fact, three times apocalyptic) world that is very different from most. It is very heavy on the fantasy, though, and I am not a fan, I fear, much preferring a far more fulfilling science fiction base. Yes, there is a space ship and a simulator (where the hero seemingly fights endlessly), and mention of genetic manipulation but it is outweighed by constant feelings of intuitions and sort of energy auras and mind readings, and overall there is the dream-like fantasy veil. And I never could determine if it was supposed to be funny. Personally, I was reminded strongly of the type of story book a slightly oddball parent reads to a delighted child at night, exciting and daring, suspenseful - and it really doesn't matter if it doesn't make sense, or slips into a different time frame, because it is magical, far away from real life and a great precursor to sleep. Worked for me: I was only able to listen to a short length before nodding off. This was ably assisted by narrator, Julian Pearson, who read well, great inflection, steady pace and oh, so soothing. For the first half of the book, each time it happened, I backtracked to catch up on what I'd missed; but eventually I gave in to my body's reaction, probably missing a total of nearly an hour's text taken in bite sized pieces. I don't think I missed anything crucial but ... The book was atmospheric, unusual and like a wild magical dream, or nightmare, not sure which. I'm sure it would appeal to many but sadly, not me. My fantasy tolerance is spread thin. My thanks, hosever, to the rights holder of Moon 514, who, at my request, generously and freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom.