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Corruption

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A dishonored swordsman running from his past.

A city shrouded in dark magic.

An antihero born.

Daniel Harper was champion, until a single mistake destroyed his fencing career forever. With nothing left to lose, he flees to Eastern Europe, where he can start over... where he can be someone else.

In the exotic, lantern-lit crevices of a nameless city, Daniel meets two people who open very different kinds of doors than the ones he is searching for: the troubled flower girl Kashka, who holds the key to a nightmarish otherworld; and the enigmatic street magician and self-professed love tourist Ink, who has the power to bend others to his will.

As Daniel plummets into a downward spiral of hedonism and dereliction, he is tormented by macabre visions of a frozen world in endless darkness where an evil tyrant has stolen the sun, where humanity's remnants fight to scrape out a cruel existence underground, and wandering spirits inhabit the bodies of the recently deceased. Daniel is doomed to return to this Night Country every time he falls into a deep sleep. But the longer he spends there, the more Daniel realizes his curse is anything but an accident....

©2017 Adam Christopher Kennedy (P)2017 Adam Christopher Kennedy

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    Lomeraniel Spain 09-13-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 09-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I was completely absorbed by the story"

    After accidentally killing his girlfriend on an accident and spending two years in limbo, Daniel finally decides to break from everything and have a fresh start on the other side of the world. Accepting a job as a translator, he moves to an Eastern European country, where he will catch a mysterious disease which will transport him to another world.

    It took me a while to get into this book and follow the three different story lines: first, we have Daniel's story in Country; second is the story line happening in the Night Country; and last, the story in the poem Daniel has to translate. We get excerpts from the poem at the beginning of chapters, and there is a duality shared with the story in the Night Country. As soon as I got a grasp about the structure of the book I couldn't stop listening.

    The story is set in an European Eastern country, called Country in the book, and the city is simply the City. The city is referred to as the City of Churches, which made me think of Vilnius (Lithuania), Krakow, or Przemysl (Poland). But other references and the use of crowns made me think of the Czech Republic. The fact that everybody drinks vodka made me think of Lithuania and Poland. I know Vine took the liberty of just using Country as a name to avoid being tied to a specific geography, but I enjoyed guessing where this could be set.

    I was completely absorbed by the story. I think Vine did a good job in building up the intrigue about the Night Country, and I found the characters there interesting. I had issues trying to like Kashka, and I am still puzzled about Ink. I wondered why Daniel insisted on meeting with them both since they didn't offer much to him. I guess their role is more about the Night Country, and there will be more about them in the next book. The story about the Night Country amazed me, and the details we learned just had me wanting to know more. I hope my questions will be answered in the next book.

    Despite the fact that some of the characters were not very likable, I think the characters were very developed in general, especially Daniel. I really cared for him, and suffered seeing how he took wrong decision after wrong decision. The way Dan spiraled down was very well described, and it was easy to connect to him . The torture he felt due to the 'disease' felt very real, and in a way I could almost understand why he did what he did.

    I really enjoyed this book and I want to know what happens next, but there are a couple of things that got me puzzled. When does Dan work? In the book we follow him around while he visits the Night Country, and when he goes to bars and drinks himself to death. But when does he really work and translate the book? Also, how does someone get a job as a translator when they do not speak the language? There is a mention in the book about Daniel reading a Google translation of the book while on the plane, and his job is delivering a professional translation. How did Dan get this job when at the beginning he didn't even know a word in Country? It is not that he learned much with time, either, apart from cheers, yes, no, and thanks. Maybe I am missing something here but things just don't add up.

    Kevin Meyer delivered an excellent narration, transmitting the characters emotions and interpreting them very well. I already liked his work on Lurk, and I was happy to realize he was narrating this one too. There is just one setback for me, and it is the voices for female characters. They sounded exactly the same as males, and at times I had troubles to follow the dialogs between Dan and the women he interacted with.

    Despite the minor setbacks I found in the book I think this is very original fantasy, and I would like to see how it plays out in the next book.

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Adam Vine. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 09-16-17
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 09-16-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Unique and engaging!"

    This story was a bit different from what I normally read. First, you have Daniel Harper, an ex-Kendo champion, who has moved to an ex-Soviet country to work for a publishing company translating local works into English. Then you have the Night Country, a post-apocalyptic world that is dark, grim, cold, and cluttered with scary creatures where the Vermin (the last true humans) do their best to survive underground. Then we have a few bits about a very talented masked swordsman called the Rat Catcher, a nemesis of the Vermin.

    This story is full of opposites and it caused opposite feelings in me. I was totally engaged all the way through and yet I don’t really like Daniel. Still, I found myself rooting for him; I want him to pull it together and become that hero this story is crying out for. The ladies at first are all sex objects and silly, one-dimensional things. This does change about 4 hours into the book with the Vermin. Those ladies can take care of themselves and then some! So, at first I was a little turned off the story but once we get some gender balance going on, I really started to love this story.

    Let’s talk about the two main story lines. First Daniel is laden down by guilt over the death of his past girlfriend and this colors all this relationships. He seems to have given up on steering his own life and he’s willing to take guidance from anyone, including these two questionable guys he meets at the bar. Ugh! I just wanted to slap Daniel so many times. It’s like he’s ghosting through his own life, not really attached to it. I wonder if this is what Adam Vine wanted the reader to feel about Daniel.

    So Daniel starts drinking too much on a regular basis and he asks any woman who gives him the chance if she’s French, because that’s the pick up line he was told to use by his new buddies at the bar. Yep, Daniel is not your typical hero, is he? Anyway, eventually he meets Kashka (who has her own issues) and he spends the rest of the book breaking up with her and getting back together. There’s also the Blot! Hahahaha! I’m surprised that’s the only thing he picked up.

    Now to the Night Country. Daniel wakes up in clothes not his own in the freezing cold and right away he has to do a fight to the death with this eyeless hulk of a beastman. Then he comes across Zaea, a woman who also wonders how she got here to this frozen world. I loved the Night Country! Though Daniel takes his sweet time becoming an active participant in his own fate even in this messed up world.

    The biologist in me reveled in the beasties of the Night Country. There’s giant mites! Not cat sized, not pig sized, no, they are house sized! Aaacchhhh! Run away! And the Vermin do, taking Daniel and Zaea prisoners as they flee. Now Zaea at first isn’t much more than a pretty face and someone for Daniel to ponder on how to flirt with. Later on she also comes into her own, demonstrating her skills.

    The Rat Catcher and his overlord kind of tie everything together with this mystical spiral and some weird traveling and what not. I don’t understand it all yet, but I don’t think I’m supposed to. It does give a magical way for Daniel’s soul to travel between his humdrum translator job and his hopeful hero role in Night Country.

    Overall, I quite enjoyed this book. It’s a bit of a mystery as to where it’s going but I like that’s it’s not your typical quest fantasy story.

    The Narration: Kevin Meyer was a decent choice for this book. The volume was steady all the way through and I think there was only one repeated sentence in the whole performance. He makes a really great Daniel. However, his female voices were lacking femininity. Also, he doesn’t have a wide range of voices and didn’t use accents, so sometimes the characterizations weren’t distinct and I had to listen closely to keep track of who was saying what. I don’t know why he didn’t use accents for Daniel’s friends and colleagues in the ex-Soviet country, but perhaps the author asked him not to. He was really great at portraying Daniel’s emotions throughout the story. His narration definitely added to the suspense and the gravity of the tale as needed.

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Adam Vine. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kyle wray 07-28-17
    kyle wray 07-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!"

    A perfect meld of sci-fi and fantasy, for what is highly advanced technology but magic in the eyes of those who do not understand it for what it is?
    This is the first in its series but the second book of Adam Vine brought to life by Kevin Meyer. Perhaps you have yet to listen to Lurk and stumbled upon this by accident. I highly suggest you listen to that book as well if you loved this book as much as I did.
    When listening to this book, it's best to dive in only reading the summary. Take little to nothing with you when beginning this. I promise, by the end of this book (as all of Adam Vine's work is apt to do) you will find yourself leaving with much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    twenty 07-23-17
    twenty 07-23-17
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    "Take me to the Night Country"

    This book has quite an interesting premise and it does not disappoint. Love the world building, the specific/unique names used for places and characters/species. The first half of the book is preparing us for Dan's travel to the Night World and it might seem slow at first, however it is pretty crucial to the story, so bear with it and keep an eye out for details. My only complaint is that this is a duology, so we have to wait for the next book to see what happens!!!!!! This first book is a very good buildup and by the end it had me asking dozens of questions whilst answering the questions I already had.
    SPOILER CONTAINING MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT THE BOOK: I seriously loved the blob! I loved how this ability to travel between Night and Regular Country is a disease and his time is limited, it certainly is unique.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A Miller 10-12-17
    A Miller 10-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "What a unique story!"

    I enjoyed the connections and parallels between the three stories in “Corruption”. It was quite a while before I realized how they were connected and the first time we transition from Kat (sp?) in the NIght Country to Daniel in Country was jarring (it's a big change on every level). The initial disconnect didn’t make things any less enjoyable for me, though, because each section is complex and creative in its own right.

    The premise of this story was unique and the way Mr. Vine laid out the plot and details was quite intriguing. The world here, despite the lack of ‘actual’ names for places in our part of it, was very well developed. For the first half or so of the book, we’re left to wonder if the three stories are in fact related, but as things progress, it becomes clear that everything is headed to the same place; the Night World. For me, this was a new (and fun) way of preparing characters, settings, and conflicts. Dan and Kashka were a complex couple and with them, Mr. Vine struck a good balance of strange and funny. I liked them both, which has been happening less and less with book couples of late.

    The real disappointment in this was the narrator. I usually enjoy Mr. Meyer’s work, but in this case, I wasn’t feeling it. He did almost nothing to distinguish one character from another in any given scene (with the exception of Big Ben and Kashka, who had accents that were usually present). I felt like the characters, while interesting at times, were flat overall and so this lack of distinction between them by the narrator didn’t help. The audio quality, however, was professional and I will say that Mr. Meyer’s pace was good for this kind of story.

    Bottom line: A great story, though I would choose the print version the next time around as I don’t think Mr. Meyer contributed much to the overall experience. I’m looking forward to book 2 and I recommend this for lovers of the strange and different in Sci-fi and fantasy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lilly's Book World Romania 09-24-17
    Lilly's Book World Romania 09-24-17
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    "Would not have expected less"

    Another great book by Adam Vine and to be honest, I was not expecting anything less. Actually, the story exceeded my expectations on so many levels.

    Let’s start bay talking a little about the blurb. I believe it does not express the full complexity of the story very well. We have so many interesting facts and so many things that aliment our intellect and so many situations that require our attention. The author has created a story narrated on three dimensions: the real world, where our main character has a job and tries to figure out his life, a fantastic dimension where heroes fight for survival, where life is anything but boring and a story that develops in verse. These three plans will come together beautifully and will form this adventure that will keep you wrapped up for quite a while.

    Daniel Harper is apparently your average young man, trying to make a living, get over a traumatic past and hoping for a better future, nothing out of the ordinary at all. He goes out, he drinks, he fails on picking up girls in bars. But he has so much potential when surrounded by the right kind of people. Daniel, as well as the other characters, is one developed personality.

    Let’s not forget the mystery surrounding the worlds and how Adam Vine decided to base his story in County, in the City. Country is a county (didn’t expect that, did you? 😀 ) in Europe, we do not have its name explicitly, but there are some hints here and there that can offer an idea. This is such an interesting concept and this just adds to the uniqueness of “Corruption”.

    The narration was ok as well, even though Kevin Meyer does not do a great job when voice acting. Most of the characters sounded the same, but the emotions were well transmitted. He would laugh if a character laughed, or sound desperate if the case. So for that he has my deep appreciation.

    I feel my review does little to show how exceptional this book is. I feel I have not done justice to the characters, but I do hope you will give “Corruption” a try. Moreover, I encourage you to give Adam Vine as an author a try. He is… a revelation. A breath of fresh air!

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Adam Vine. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Jones San Antonio, Texas 09-22-17
    Lauren Jones San Antonio, Texas 09-22-17
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    "Corruption"

    Living in a world that you don’t know much about is hard, but going to an alternate world in your dreams where nothing is as it should be, that is even harder. Daniel Harper, from California, has traveled to a place called Country for work. He meets a flower girl, named Kashka, who befriends him. He knew that she would change his life since he hadn’t dated anyone after his ex-girlfriend passed away two years ago, but with the existence of another world at the edge of his dreams? Vine has an interesting, yet very twisted story-line which makes the title of this book quite accurate.

    Dan meets a magician named Ink and becomes obsessed with some nonsense that he seems to spew out during a drunken conversation about something called “the blot”. Not being told too much information, Dan comes to the realization that this conversation that he had with that fellow may not have been an idiosyncrasy after all. After sleeping with Kashka, his dreams become very vivid and he is able to travel to a foreign world called the Night Country where he has to stand with others against the one they call “the Crippled King”. The only thing is that when Dan awakes, he is feverish and becomes sick. Physical exhaustion takes hold of his body and starts to eat away at his mentality. Can Dan figure out why the sudden dreams are invading his sleep and how to stop his descent into madness before something bad happens, like imminent death?

    Vine has an interesting and original story with Corruption. The book lacks character development, but other aspects like scenic detail are vivid and highly creative. Throughout the entirety of this audiobook, “he said this” but the character was actually a woman. This could have been common once upon a time, but really confusing in this setup of the story. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced but the narrator did not provide that excitement or call to action with this audiobook. He didn’t change his pitch and vocalization very much for the characters which made it a little difficult to distinguish when someone else was speaking in a conversation. Meyer’s representation of each character seemed to be lacking a little bit of muster and his pronunciations did not quite fit either! This review is complimenting the audiobook. If you are a reader of dark fantasy and post-apocalyptic science fiction, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first installment in the Corruption Cycle series, the reader can jump right in.

    A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a three-star rating for Corruption by Adam Vine, narrated by Kevin Meyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Ann 09-19-17
    Melissa Ann 09-19-17
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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about Corruption?

    How it draws you into the world and holds on to you quite tightly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really loved Daniel, he grew on me over the course of the book.


    What about Kevin Meyer’s performance did you like?

    I liked the steadiness of his reading. There were parts of the book that were quite disturbing and would not have been easy with a different narrator.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    emily 09-10-17
    emily 09-10-17
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed"
    Any additional comments?

    Kevin Meyer, as narrator, did a terrific job as a voice actor. There was enough distinction between actors to make it clear which character was speaking (and there were a lot of characters) and his tone varied appropriately so that I listened intently for every plot point. There were times throughout the audiobook that I felt as though I was listening to a radio drama rather than being read a story. This kept the story engaging and entertaining, although the plot on its own was already pulling, the voice acting added an extra dimension to it and made it easier to digest as I said before, there are a lot of characters and complexities in the plot. I felt as though if I read a physical copy of this book instead, I’d have a less clear perception of the whole story.

    The production overall was of good quality; the sound was clear, which of course, is the most important quality of an audiobook for me. The audio progressed nicely, so that pauses were of the appropriate length.

    Like I said, I enjoyed listening to this book and I think I got more out of the story by listening to it rather than reading it. I would definitely recommend it for those audiobook aficionados out there.

    Not to mention, the plot of this book and the overall skill displayed by the author Adam Vine were phenomenal. The world building that Vine engaged in and the imagery that so often accompanies fantasy books were exceptionally well thought out. One of the best things I liked about this book is that it was ambiguous- the villains were given humanity, the so-called good rebels succumbed to the uglier parts of humanity, and our protagonist struggles between defining himself as a good person or a bad person. I also appreciated reading from the perspective of an insecure, average, middle-aged man who deals with issues of masculinity, love, and career. I think that is a perspective that is often hard to come by in literature and I really appreciated seeing that it got its voice in Corruption.

    Guys, if you like fantasy, you have to step inside the world that Vine has created. It is so complex, and riddled with things like technology, religion, politics, astrophysics, sexually transmitted diseases/memories, genocide, cultural clashes, cultish followings, and the like. There was so much thought put into the creation of this alternate reality and it was a joy being plunged into the complexities, beauties, and issues of a world that exists in another place and time. If you enjoy fantasy, this is a MUST READ for you.

    One of the biggest compliments that I can offer a series is that I desire to and cannot wait for the next installment. I can say this for the next installment in the Corruption cycle, and that’s possibly the best recommendation I can give you to read this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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