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230 BC - The first sovereign emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, has consolidated his ultimate power with battles against the last of the dissenting tribes of China. With one last province to take, he knows he will be pitted against the one man he fears - his mysterious half brother, Li Zhang, leader of a peaceful province to the north. The new emperor's goal was to murder Li Zhang for the secrets he has kept from the world that would give Qin Shi Huang the power to strike beyond the borders of ancient China. The power over earth, water, fire, and air. After a fierce battle by the Great Wall of China, Li Zhang used the powers of Air Bending to escape with his many villages into the expansive and brutal Gobi Desert. There, Li Zhang and his nation will vanish from the histories not only of the First Emperor but of China itself.  

Present day - The world's warring governments have simultaneously discovered deposits of an extraterrestrial ore within the borders of Mongolia. This amazing mineral has been found to have properties that, if processed correctly, have the potential to send men far beyond our own solar system using only a fraction of the material as fuel. The age of faster-than-light travel is now within the world's grasp.  

Enter Department 5656, the secret US government agency known to only a handful as the Event Group, as they are called upon to join this expedition when it is learned that the recent and brutal nemesis they discovered as having control over a blinded Russian nation is leading the search for the newest of elements that will send mankind beyond the stars.  

Join Colonel Jack Collins, Carl Everett, and Director Niles Compton and the rest of the Event Group staff as they attempt to discover the true mystery of what lies beneath the Gobi.  

Skies will explode, oceans of sand will rise, and ancient seas from the bowels of the Earth will be called upon to protect the greatest secret in all of China - the legend of Empire of the Dragon.

©2018 David L. Golemon (P)2018 Quoth Publications

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Change in narrator is disappointing.

I have followed this entire Event Group series using Audible, and Richard Poe has done a phenomenal job of bringing the series to life. What makes him such a great talent is that he portrays a wide array of voices and accents so naturally. He can go from an American accent to a French accent where you don’t think about or question the validity of it. Also, when not in character his regular reading voice comes across well so that you don’t focus on other noises or habits of the narrator.

It may just be me, but Jeffrey Kafer’s voice takes a bit of time to get used to. He has this deep and gruff voice that’s not bad at all. I think what drives me nuts is that there is no inflection when he reads, he’s just monotone throughout the book. And because he’s so monotone, I noticed just how heavy he breaths quite often throughout the book.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that it is really disappointing to 1) anticipate the release of the book (no fault of Audible) and 2) wait past the release date for the Audible version (maybe the fault of Audible) and find out that a completely different person is narrating the book. I recognize that a lot of effort goes into creating an audiobook, but I think I could have waited a bit longer if it meant that Richard Poe was going to continue narrating for this series. Hopefully, they will have him continue with any future books.

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Group is not it.
As usual, I loved the story, narration, however, was less than stellar. Please consider Mr.Poe for the next book. lm certain Mr. Kafer has a niche, but The Event Group is not it.

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Good story

I have listen to all of the Event group books, the story in this book is as riveting as the others. It only falls short in the narrator. The narrator of the previous books was much more enjoyable to listen to.

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Where’s Poe?

Another great story from David L. Golemon—delivers in all the right ways: plenty of action, humor, feel-good moments, and all the rest. Though to be honest I’ve felt that the last couple of installments in the series have lacked something that the earlier novels have. Nevertheless they’re still incredibly enjoyable, well written, and worth the credit(s).

With that said...you can’t go and switch narrators 13 novels in. He’d developed deep and rich characters, each with their own distinct voice and delivery. We KNEW them, we didn’t need to be told who was saying what, we had very specific mental images of them. So when the narrator all of a sudden changes it’s tough to get into the read (listen) and feel as invested in the story and the plight and victories of the characters. Audible—or whoever it is that dictates such things—has been much better about maintaining narrators through series over the last several years, but this one is real tough. It’s like what losing Luke Daniels this deep into a series would be like.

Despite the narrator tragedy it’s worth the credit just to continue the series and not only find out what happens in this installment, but also get one hell of a teaser for the next one!

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  • robert macdonald
  • 08-15-18

I love this guys book

another brilliant book and I have read all of them so much fun. I would like to see them as a TV show or movies.