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Nighthawks

Children of Nostradamus, Book 1
Narrated by: Robin J Sitten
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
4 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)
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New England is a walled off radioactive prison. People exhibiting extraordinary abilities are hunted for experiments. The only talent twenty-six-year-old Conthan has in life is his art and knack for sarcasm. When a cop threatens his life, Conthan discovers he has the ability to teleport. Hunted by the military and a woman with her own gifts, Conthan finds exiles in the Boston wastelands with powers of their own. For the first time, he sees potential to become a hero. But as he unravels a conspiracy threatening the world, he must decide between his survival and his humanity.

©2016, 2017 Jeremy Flagg (P)2017 Jeremy Flagg

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an entertaining story with an engaging plot

Eleanor Valentine is a powerful psychic able to predict the near future with astounding accuracy.  As an advisor to the president, she has used her powers to help steer the workings of government to positive outcomes.  She discovers that a horrible darkness looms for the world, the only solution is to assassinate the president, but fails in her attempt and is killed in the process.

Now forty years in the future, the world is playing out the way Eleanor predicted.  The children of Nostradamus, people with extraordinary abilities, are being rounded up or murdered outright as dangers to society.  Their only refuge is the radioactive wasteland of northern New England.  A small band of super humans, having received 40 year-old letters from Eleanor, finds their only hope of survival is to strike at the heart of the secret government organization trying to exterminate them.

There are many similarities to X-Men and the author even alludes to this humorously.  The characters are different in that they must discover their abilities on their own, or hopefully with help from their peers.  Most would just rather get along, integrating with society, but are not given that option as they are rounded up, or shot out of hand.  There are many interesting dynamics that make the characters more human than mutant.

It is an entertaining story with an engaging plot.  There is plenty of supernatural action to satisfy most lovers of the genre.  They aren’t invincible or supermen, just people with extraordinary skills they can barely control at times.

Robin J. Sitten performs the story well.  She has a pleasant voice and a matter-of-fact tone that gets out of the way.  Audiobook listeners might be more accustomed to the many actors who perform books dramatically.  Sitten is more about reading the story transparently, letting the listener imagine the action and drama in their own minds.  It is a personal taste, but she is highly competent and easy to listen to.

Nighthawks is an entertaining story with imaginative characters and plenty of supernatural action.  It is the first in a series of unknown length, wrapping up well, but giving us the groundwork for future sequels.  If you enjoy this book, you will be looking forward to future novels.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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Not original but interesting.

It is common in this genre to have ideas borrowed from earlier stories so it is not surprising the Writer has done this with this Audio Book.


But the Book is well crafted and has a great variety of characters that can hold the listeners interest.

The Narrator made the Book more entertaining.


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


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Stop reading reviews, and buy it already!

What did you love best about Nighthawks?

When I was given this book to review I was worried it would be a knock off of X-Men because the whole super-powered/mutant thing, but it turned out that I had nothing to worry about. For starters, this story takes place in a dystopia, there's not a special school for our heroes, they don't have cheesy super hero names, and nobody is wearing spandex. I also enjoyed the few jokes in reference to the X-Men that the author scattered throughout the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nighthawks?

The opening scene was the most memorable to me, and it did a wonderful job setting up the rest of the book.

Which character – as performed by Robin J Sitten – was your favorite?

Robin J Sitten did a straight read of the story so none of the characters stood out from each other based on her performance. What made the characters stand apart was the author's writing. That being said, my favorite character was Alyssa.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wouldn't qualify any the reactions I had to this book as extreme, but I sure did laugh a lot.

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy of the audio book in return for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Different.

Eleanor Valentine was a psychic to the President of the United States, she feels something is wrong and writes some letters to be sent to different people in the future. She then attempts to assassinate the president, but fails, and this leads to the culling of all mentalists. These letters she sent, shape some peoples lives, these people she chose have some kind of special ability and are known as The Children of Nostradamus. These children are often sequestered away by the government or sent to live in the Outlands, a place that was devastated by a nuclear attach and is now radioactive. No normal person can survive there.

This book was.....good. I've been trying to gather my thoughts abut it for the last few days and all I can say really is that it's good. I think the sheer amount of different POV's and the way it jumped from person to person just made it too much. I found it hard to connect to the characters because, just as I was getting a feel for one, it would jump to another one and it all just felt to hectic and all over the place.

Now saying that, I did still enjoy the story. I think if it wasn't so all over the place, I would have loved it because it had the makings of a really good book. I loved the super powers element and loved seeing them in action, I liked the characters and wanted to get to know them a bit better. I loved the X-Men feel to it, and I enjoyed the overall plot. I just feel a little lost with the way it was all over the place, and I'm still unsure who the Paladins are!

In all, it was good and I did enjoy it, I just wish it wasn't so higgledy-piggledy. I will definitely continue with the series because the world is very intriguing and I'm needing to see what happens with the characters!!

Robin J Sitten was ok. She was clear and easy to listen to, I just thought that she didn't differentiate the characters enough and it made it more confusing. While listening, I often thought that it was on about one character when it wasn't.

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous Start of Series

Nighthawks is a fabulous first in series that kept my interest from start to finish. The story is told in multiple POV's which takes a bit to get used to but the narrator did a fantastic job and I was able to follow along easily once I got used to the flow. I look forward to more in this series.

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Every day superhero book

The narrator was amazing. The story was good but not all consuming. I felt it was like the TV shows The Gifted, Heroes, No Ordinary Family and any x-men story out there. I wanted more than what I got. It certainly was enough to keep me entertained but I don’t know that I’ll think about these characters or this story now that I’m done with it.
I may listen to the next in the series as it becomes available. Just not certain of it.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

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  • David
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 09-07-17

A great story

What made the experience of listening to Nighthawks the most enjoyable?

This takes something that is all to common among this type of books, and makes it unique and interesting.

What about Robin J Sitten’s performance did you like?

This is my first book with the narrator by Robin Sitten, and I was very please with all the different voices.

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Excellent!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! There is lots of action, an interesting dystopian setting, and the powers are interesting and unique to each character.

Which character – as performed by Robin J Sitten – was your favorite?

Vanessa/ Angel

Any additional comments?

Loved everything about this book and can't wait to see where the series goes next. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Dystopian x men

I enjoyed the story which was well written and imagined. Its about an x man style society but post apocalypse. A young artist discovers his powers and is hunted by the government and police/police cyborgs in the outlands which is what is left of the post nuclear cities. He meets a group of other "powered" and they try to overthrow the government while figuring out clues from a powered pre-cognitive left in notes 30 years prior. My only problem was the narrators execution. Her voice is pleasant enough however her range is lacking. I couldn't tell one character from another and it did impact the enjoyment of the story significantly. Otherwise it was good, not sure I would listen to the next one on account of the narration but the story was excellent. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jayde
  • Nampa, ID
  • 08-09-17

An engaging read

This story is a bit odd on many fronts. Jumping in at the beginning it is easy to follow till it loses you. The story takes place in several time slices and uses time stamps to try and let you know when you are in the story. Although, with only a 40 year spread this did not work to well for me. I was eventually able to recognize the characters and was able to place the time by the people involved.
The killing of the main character at the beginning of the story was a bit confusing and I was tempted at several points to go back and figure out what I missed but I never did. It was explained enough at the end so that I did not go try again.

This story reminds me a lot of the X-Men series. If you liked them you will enjoy this excellent read.

Robin J Sitten did an excellent job reading this story.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 08-14-17

Familiar themes and characters produce strong book


If you are a fan of the X-Men comics then a lot of the themes and characters will seem very familiar at first, evoking memories of characters and storylines like the shadow king and days of future past.

However, this book is more than it's starting point with a strong cast and a compelling storyline with good pacing that doesn't flag despite having a fairly large cast with a varied array of powers to introduce and at the same time nicely setting up the sequel too.

I am not familiar with this narrator, but thought her performance was very strong and the story was nicely enhanced by her narration.

I will definitely be looking out for the next book in the series when I get a chance.


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

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  • Tony Bough
  • 11-05-18

Wow. This is cool.

The book leaped out. It's probably the first time that I've even thought to myself that I just listened to a graphic novel. And it works. It's an action packed roller coaster of a book and I loved it. We have an action packed superhero story with great characters.

I love the way it starts. We open with a focus on the advisor to the president who has powers of precognition. She isn't the only one, but she is the most powerful one on earth. One of her visions shows her a dark future so she writes letters for the stories principal players and heroically attempts to stop what's coming. We then cut to our heroes and villains on the impact of these letters in shaping the next steps that they take.

It kept me hooked from start to finish. It's got excellent promise as a series.

The narration was great and really suited the story. It also added to the sense of pace in the story.

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

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  • IOI-655321
  • 10-09-18

A good solid X-men like story

I was given a copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

The Story

A good post apocalyptic story of people who have powers beyond normal humans and their struggles with life and agencies looking to control them, I wanted to find out what was going to happen to the characters and the story had enough twists to keep me guessing. It's by no means completely original (obviously you think straight away of X-men or similar) but it's also not a direct rip off of anything I can think of and is a fun well written tale with some interesting characters and abilities. Obviously part one of a larger series and i'd definitely be interested to see where the story goes from here.

The Production

A good clear narrator who reads well with enough emotion to keep things moving well and engage the reader and doesn't detract in any way from the story. She doesn't really try and do character voices which might have brought things alive a bit more but 'no voices' is better than 'bad voices' so I can't really complain as the quality of her reading and the sound itself was of a very good standard.

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  • Deedra
  • 02-18-18

Nighthawks

It took me a few tries to read this one.I was confused at the beginning.Too much back and forth through time,I think.It was a pretty good story.Robin J Sitten was a fine narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • Emily
  • 09-03-17

Incredible

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

I loved this book! It's a bit like X-Men only much more in depth. After an event that caused these differences to become widespread and well known, the government locks up the people who develop changes. Alternatively, they can be exiled to New England, which is a scorched out ruin.

Conthan discovers that he is a child of Nostradamus, somebody who has an ability deviant from the norm, after a cop threatens his life. I loved Conthan. I thought he was really interesting and it was so cool to see his character develop over the book.

I really liked this book. I found it interesting and it drew me in, until I didn't want to stop listening. The author also has this incredible talent at descriptive text. Instead of just telling you one of the Children of Nostradamus's abilities, he explains it and it's absolutely wonderful reading.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-26-17

I will fear no evil

Any additional comments?

1992, and America has it's first female President. She is assisted by a Eleanor, a psychic who can see future patterns and who, before she is murdered, writes letters to be given to people at strategic points over the next 40 years, letters which will greatly influence each recipient. A culling of 'mentalists' after Eleanor's death is followed by a fighting back by ten and the explosion of two nuclear devises, the emergence of the Children of Nostradamus and, ultimately, in 2032, an apocalyptic fight to free the Children of the atrocities to which they have been subjected.

Colourful comic-hero characters, equipped with a variety of super powers, become engaged in the maelstrom of battle against the establishment's forces of law and order and, with visual writing, the author transports the reader between locations engulfed in fire, bombarded by bullets and illusion. This is a book worth revisiting after the initial read as the earlier half of the story, moving between 1992 and 2032, can be a tad confusing but all becomes clear in the end.

Narrated by Robin Sitten, the pace is fast and the text clear. Read with a passion and good inflection, the relative absence of voice differentiation between many of the (numerous) characters is not a problem.

An exciting and different Apocalyptic story, told with cartoon colour. My thanks to the rights holder of Nighthawks, who freely gifted me a copy of the book, via Audiobook Boom. It is one to bring pleasure to any comic fan. Standalone though the book is, the ending certainly suggests a further story to come and I, for one, look forward to it.

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  • MGC
  • 08-07-17

Thrilling!

I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it! The characters are brilliant, well detailed and complex and the story starts with a thrilling opening sequence! Superb dystopian fantasy that I will happily revisit again!

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  • Kirsty Barrett
  • 08-04-17

Good book

Loved this book. Narrator was good. Storyline solid and explanation is correct measure. Characters were good with believable actions and reactions. Liked the style of writing and names and details. Will look forward to the others in this story arc