Parno's Company

The Black Sheep of Soulan, Book 1
By: N.C. Reed
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Series: The Black Sheep of Soulan, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
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The world died long ago.

The world died long ago, leaving only a few here and there to rebuild. Their world had once been grand and magnificent, but too much was lost in the years after the time known as the Dying. Knowledge that had been gained over centuries disappeared from the world, lost when those who carried that knowledge died with it. 

The population has grown again over the last centuries, but the world has not regained its lost knowledge or former glory. A few things survive, here and there, and scholars seek to uncover more of their Ancients lost technology. But in the midst of that comes the threat of war with a rival nation. The latest in a long line of such wars for the Kingdom of Soulan.

Enter Parno McLeod, third son of King Tammon McLeod, who is unloved by his family and laughed at by the nobility. A brawling, drinking, womanizing playboy still in his teens, the common soldiers and people love Parno because he doesn't preen and pretend and Parno loves his people and his Land, even though he doesn't love his family.

When sent away by his family on an impossible mission, can young Parno overcome the odds and become the prince that destiny intends him to be?

©2015 N.C. Reed (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Amazing !!!

I can’t say enough about this author! I thought his book “Odd Billy Todd” was just about one of the best books I’ve listened to in a long time but Damn this book blew me away! This author puts you in the lives of his characters and you become so engaged with them that they become real for you! Now I am a die hard zombie fan so when I tell you how good these non-zombie books are that says a lot. Also the author is very vested in his work and he will chat with you freely.
You will want to listen to these books all the way through so get ready and put some time aside - I promise you will be unable to stop listening! Fantastic book and the narrator was soooo good!

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Outstanding, Could Not Put Down

I haven't written many reviews but I always read them before buying. At the time I am writing this there are only 31 reviews. Don't let the low number of reviews stop you from trying this book. If I could have given it 6 stars I would have! After listening to Odd Billy Todd, I thought I would try this book. (By the way, it too is a must-listen) This book had me captivated all the way through and just when I thought it couldn't get any better the suspense kept building. I could not put it down. I could actually visualize the gap, the training of the troops and oh the characters are very good. This is as good if not better than the Last Kingdom series but in the future. Yep, the dying has killed off most people and technology has been lost. Parno must recover some of it to help save his country. Parno is a black sheep and underdog, and his troops are criminals given a second chance (Reminds me of the Dirty Dozen). N. C. Reed, this is an awesome story! Two home runs! It is so suspenseful, it just so happened when I was at the end of the book I was to go to the movies with friends to see 1917 (very good movie) and I didn't want to go to the movies but I did. This audiobook for me was even more captivating than an action movie like that. This should be a best seller. Eric Summerer what an awesome performance. My next book will be an N. C. Reed book, hopefully read by Mr. Summerer. I hope N. C. Reed makes lots of money and keeps writing because he truly writes good stories and good stories are hard to find. Side note, I'm wondering if the author is religious. I saw great morals in the good characters and evil in the bad. Also, I didn't notice the typical cussing in a lot of books today and this was pleasing. Some books are just too overbearing.

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This book made me stupider

I could feel the intelligence seep out of me as I finished the first chapter. Barely able to string words together now... I sacrifice my final moments to warn you... so my lose is not in vain.

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Superb from start to finish.

The perfect blend of world building and action. The characters are well developed and the narration excellent. Do not hesitate. Add this one to your library.

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Top 10 Fav EVER!

I can't stop listening. I already bought the second book and I'm only half done with the first. ~ JTC ~

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Well written and enjoyable.

Good plot, well written with good character development. Emotional insight into responsibility with accountability as to what it means to lead/send men into battle.

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Mostly loved

I loved everything about this book and all of its characters. I love this author, but there was a good hour or two of long battles and talks from multiple characters that you knew and didn't know that I didn't quite like. Other than that I will continue to keep on going through the series and to support this author.

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Loved it

Very well written and narrated, I could hardly put it down. Thank you for a great story

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Reed and Summerer = Good Value

EMS brings his uncomplicated narration to a "good" story and makes it a "Grand" story. Reed's main characters are all a bit much of a sameness. That's not a bad thing 'cause prepackaged hero is why we read books right? So solid MC, (if a bit boring) hints of Thermopaly, hints of Henry V "we few we happy few" put together with some sibling Macbethian action. It works well. Enjoyed it.
Will, of course, read the next ones and be impatient till they get here. (Sigh)