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A devout secret society, a faithless courier, and a ruthless cult are about to face off over the fate of mankind and the power of God himself.

Meet Travis Rail, professional transporter of supernatural goods. Aside from his martial arts proficiency, skill behind the wheel, and solid track record of deliveries, what makes him qualified to do what he does is that he doesn't believe in the supernatural claims of his clients - which keeps him objective, honest, and detached.

Or so he thought.

When his latest client has him transport a chest containing something allegedly touched by Jesus, his world gets turned upside down. Not 20 minutes into the delivery the Rift show up - an underground cult hell-bent on collecting all of the treasures of God. However, it turns out that not only were they after the chest, they were after Travis as well.

Who exactly are the Rift? Why do they want him dead? And is what he's transporting truly of Jesus?

In his quest for answers, Travis is reluctantly thrust into another delivery, transporting yet another one of God's treasures. And the closer he gets to completing this delivery, the more he learns that what he's delivering might just be bigger than the package itself.

©2015 Jonathan Chateau (P)2016 Jonathan Chateau

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Looking forward to Book 2

I enjoyed this story from start to finish. What starts off innocently enough as a simple newspaper article turns into a hell of a roller coaster ride of epic proportions that, in spite of its supernatural origins, was believable and suspenseful to me as a listener.

I enjoyed the profanity. Why? Because it's the way real people talk. The fact that there are religious overtones to the story didn't strike me as preachy as it did some other readers. I saw it as simply author's decision. Each book about a secret society has to have roots somewhere and religion is as good a place as any to start. I don't want to spoil it for you because I believe this is one of those books you should go into knowing as little as possible.

Just know that Jonathan Chateau will take you on an enjoyable journey with unpredictable twists and turns. The narrator, Chris Rice, did a fine job keeping the pace of this great story. This was a book I didn't want to end, and the further I got into it, the more I started to dread the ending because I didn't want the book to end! I got this book in exchange for an honest review. I am dying for the next story from this author.

More please!

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  • Marcus
  • SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States
  • 12-21-16

Mostly-solid first entry

I didn't realize when I picked up this book that it was written by an author I had just finished listening to in "Nightmares in Analog". I enjoyed that collection on the whole, so was even more excited to give this story a listen.

I wasn't disappointed. This tale seems to be the first entry in a series about a transporter of holy goods who doesn't really buy into the fact that the goods are holy. Only, it's not that he believes in God, it's more like he believes that if there is a God, he pretty much sucks.

With this background in place, the author begins to weave a sort of coming of age tale where we see our once-resentful protagonist learn to embrace the God he shunned. In doing so, he begins to accept gifts granted to him and learn what his purpose truly is.

It's a decent mix of sci-fi/supernatural with a dash of religion. For those of you not religious (I'm not), don't worry: this book isn't preachy to the point of being annoying. For those of you who are, I don't believe the author crosses into anything blasphemous or offensive (though, as I said, I'm not religious, so take that into account).

I did have a few qualms however. The story is told in the current first-person perspective. This is simlar to the tales in "Nightmares in Analog", but since this was a full-length novel, my personal annoyances with it were a bit more pronounced. The "stream of consciousness" style of writing can seem a bit meandering, repetitive and sometimes annoying. Not enough to ruin the story, but just enough to notice.

Also, on the story front, our hero kept seeming to get himself in ridiculous situations only to need to be bailed out in some fashion. Sure the author was likely setting him up to fail so that he could excel once he embraces who he is, but I found myself wondering, more than once, why someone so pathetic was the focus of the story.

The ending, of course, sets the stage for future stories which I think I'll check out. I'm cautiously optimistic on where this is headed.

The narrator did a pretty decent job, though during conversations many of his voices (especially females) sounded too much like shouting for my tastes.

I was provided this audio book for free in exchange for a fair review. My thoughts are my own.

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Decent story

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I like the action scenes. A bit repetitive. Overall a decent book. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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capturing winding incline!

A well written story that is creative, visual, and draws the reader into the story. I love the consistent references to the "good" book's principles. A winding road of mystery filled with action that grabs the reader and takes you on an steady anticipated incline. Fools the reader's assumption. Strongly recommended!
Great narration, distinctive voice inflection and great separation of emotion and timing.

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An amazing read

This book was an amazing and easy read. If you like the DaVinci code you'll love this series. The best way to describe it is "The DaVinci code" meets "the maze runner". The book kept me interested the whole entire time. I can't wait for the next one in this series to come out.

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A great ride!

This is a well paced tale. Well envisioned scenes tell the story of a dark hero. Plenty of action to enjoy. There is just enough humor to keep you in through the tension and moments of gore. It is a great escape that starts with a great escape.

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Loved it!

The narrator for this book was a little flat, but the content and story more than make up for it! Suspenseful and thrilling it leaves me wanting to know what happens next! Kudos to the author!

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Meh

Not sure what audience this was to appeal to ? Devout Christians unlikely as they holy are oddly portrayed, the agnostics? Not very convincing. Too many respective action sequences.

Blah

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Faith against the wolves

This is the first instalment in a serie of books. You can read it by himself but it will leave you longing for more. Hopefully book two is on writing!
The story is packed with action right from the beginning (really, like the first sentence!) and it never slows down. There are no boring moments or anything in the story to complain about, and the writing style is something I've already learned to appreciate since this is my third book from the author.
What was sort of hard for me to relate to was the religious part. I have to say that it helped the fact that I completely agreed with the reactions to the matter that the main character had. He was often pissed off about christian talk, and I was too! He will progress through the story and tries not to be angry at God, which is obviously a good thing, but he will remain sort of rebellious until the end, which is more human I think. Let's see how this thing evolves in the next book, I'm curious, since the book was a little preachy, but the author normally is not, and that makes me really curious about the developments..
I liked the reader and he was a good fit to the story.
I have been contacted by the author that gave me a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Michelle
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 09-20-17

A good story, but a bit preachy

Travis Rail is a transporter. He picks up packages and delivers them. He is told these items are artifacts that possess supernatural powers. Travis does not believe in the supernatural, but he is good behind the wheel and good in a fight. When Travis is attacked by a group of people called "The Rift", he finds out that they are not only after artifacts but him as well. Travis is determined to finish this one last job so he can retire but it turns out a lot harder than he thought.

The story starts off strong with good action and plenty of mystery. About halfway in however, the narrative starts to get a bit of a "preachy" feel to it. The Preachy message also starts to get a little repetitive. At some points it felt more like Christian fiction however, the book is also fairly violent, gory, and the use of profanity would turn off most people looking for a Christian message. If you can get past this, there is enough of a story underneath to keep it interesting though I did have to skip forward 10-20 seconds a few times.

The Audiobook is narrated by Chris Rice. Chris does a great job narrating the action scenes and the main character. The one weakness to his narration (at least in this performance) was his female characters could have been done better.

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