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Publisher's Summary

A new life begins....

As his 18th birthday approaches, the only thing that Xander Stryker wishes for - is death.

Yet, he wakes up each morning, forced to go on living and remembering the image of his stepfather murdering his mother. Instead of dying, he is thrown into a supernatural world and offered a choice: Continue his sorry life or start anew.

For Xander, the choice is obvious. In the new world, life is just as unforgiving. Horrors from his past lurk from the shadows. His self-destructive urges creep back. Old rage. New bloodlust. As they fuel a fresh legacy, Xander has to stand tall and show old monsters a stronger, better version of himself.

If you like grit, horror, and compelling character chemistry, take a bite out of the dark supernatural series by Nathan Squiers.

©2019 Nathan Squiers (P)2020 Nathan Squiers

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Excellent narration!

I generally have a hard time listening to audiobooks, i get distracted without the book in front of me. But the story line was excellent and the narrator kept my attention the whole time!

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I. love. it!!!

This was darker than I expected but I found myself absolutely hooked. I can't wait for the next book in the series! The storyline was great and the narrator was fantastic.

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I Wasn’t Prepared for This

I didn’t realize this book was part horror novel even though it said so right there in the description, so I was definitely not prepared for all the gross death scenes. And there was a LOT of death in this book. I’m still not quite sure what I think of the book. Part of me hated it. I hate that this kid was so determined to be all angst and drama. He had no respect for any adults and did nothing to honor the way his mother tried to raise him to be even if she did die when he was really young. However, he did have a really rough life so I guess he had a reason to be mad if he wanted to be. He hated everyone. He smoked like a chimney, he stole liquor from his grandmother’s liquor cabinet. He played Russian Roulette every single night. But then asks someone if he thinks his father would be proud of him. Really?! Then, his newfound “family” is murdered and he shows no signs of grief. Ever. It was weird. His new friends/mentors he finds after that teach him a little bit and then just take off. If I’m not mistaken, this kid is still high school age! What the heck?! Why would everyone just tell this kid he’s doing great after the life he’s had and all the death he’s witnessed, and just take off and leave him all alone?! And the prologue still doesn’t make any sense to me. I cannot figure out what it has to do with anything in the rest of the book except that the obviously insane girl says “I hear you, Xander.”It was all just weird and mind boggling. But, that being said, when the book ended, I kind of wanted to listen to the next book. Call me strange, but the book ended in a way that made me want to learn more. The ending reminded me oddly of a Stephen King novel and that has my interest piqued. I definitely want to find out where this odd storyline is going and I want to find out if Estella can help heal Xander’s heart. I’m a sucker for those kinds of stories. I received this book for free from Audiobook Boom in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

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I now have an aversion to Kyles

I struggled a little with the storyline in the beginning and didn't know if I was going to continue. I'm really glad I kept going.
All of a sudden you get sucked into this twisted quest of revenge and misfortune. The cadence is great and the narrator keeps you excited for what's to come.
I kind of feel sorry for guys named Kyle... cuz that name will be a trigger word after listening to this book. lol

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  • 01-31-21

A great listen

The story is good, the narrator does an amazing job telling it, I really liked it.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-10-21

"Stand up and fight, Xander."

Noir indeed: this book lives up to it's title, from the opening chapter which tells of Elizabeth, a beautiful, disturbed and reclusive young artist who painted to capture her dream and perfection, through the brutal and abusive story of Xander, who lived so long in fear as a youth, he wanted to die until coming into his vampiric powers, to the final chapter itself. It is powerful and chilling, well written, and an unusual take on the worlds of the vampire.. Not the usual seduction and saving of garlic. The text moves between time frames, current and past, as well as different protagonist points of view, building a deeper weave of all of their lives. Just when one episode seems to be over, forgotten, suddenly it can reappear, exploding into the story again. The scenes are vividly portrayed to leave a strong after picture, black and white to show up the bright red of the blood...

Narration is by Skyler Morgan. His very pleasant on the ear voice is deceptively gentle, but he reads with precision, well articulated, well paced and, with just the right hint of emotion, allows the text itself to dominate and carry the reader. He also individually give appropriate voice to each character. A fine lerformance.

I was very fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of Noir by the rights holder, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. I am not usually a fan of the paranormal in stories, but there are exceltions, and this is definitely one of them. I shall certainly look out for the next in this serkes, and other works of the author, Nathan Squires. My only reservation was that I found there to be just too much violent action towards the conclusion and, despite it being inventive and well presented, grew bored with it. I realize, however, that this can often be a plus for many readers. This is a book to stir emotions, not least pity, sadness and disgust. It is a remarkable book and recommended but with the caveat that it has some very disturbing scenes.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer)
  • 01-07-21

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Xander is abusive by everyone the other pupils at school but mainly by his stepfather Kyle. Enjoyed listening to this and glad Xander got his revenge in the end.