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Publisher's Summary

Evan Portin is at a sad, scary place in his life. While taking a long walk to compose himself and figure out where to go from here, he encounters a young woman being mugged in a park.

When he tries to intervene, he discovers that she doesn't need his help. At all.

Her name is Harriett. She is very, very good at defending herself. Everything she owns is in a large backpack. She's never seen a cell phone. She's never been in a car. She's never really ventured into the outside world.

And she says she's traveling across the country to slay a Cyclops.

She's crazy, right? Evan is not in the habit of hanging out with delusional women he's just met. On the other hand, it can't hurt to offer her a ride out of town. And maybe this insane journey is exactly what he needs...

A brand new adventure from the four-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Blister, Dweller, and Wolf Hunt.

©2016 Jeff Strand (P)2017 Jeff Strand

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Fantasy At Its Finest

Evan Portin has just lost his wife to cancer, still grieving, he quits the job he hates. What more could possibly go wrong? How about walking up on a mugging in the process! Evan goes against his better judgment and wades in to help a damsel in distress. How embarrassing that this damsel named Harriet ends up kicking ass all by herself.

Life changes completely when a skeptical Evan decides to help Harriet, as she heads to Arizona to kill a Cyclops terrorizing a small town. Along the way Evan and Harriet slowly pull together a rather reluctant ragtag team of fellow Cyclops hunters.

Magnificent! That's all I can say… well, maybe I can say more like, what a wonderful audiobook!
It’s mainly fantasy and but it has humor, suspense, heartbreak all mixed up together and what you end up with is a story you’re sad to see the end.

Joe Hempel narrates and his winning streak continues with this nearly 8-hour audiobook. I’ve only listened to Joe Hempel read fantasy/sci-fi and he is one of the best narrators in this genre, especially when there’s humor involved. He is so expressive and does well, voicing both genders. I often wonder if he just picks the type of books I like or if I like whatever Joe reads… hmm... The old chicken or the egg quandary. Either way, Joe is the rare narrator that I search for when I’m looking for a good audiobook. I know I'm guaranteed a good listen.

This audiobook was gifted to me in exchange for an unbiased review!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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AMAZING!!!!

This book was ah-bloody-mazing!!! Seriously. I've read a few books by this author and he never fails to impress and amaze me with his imagination. Where does he come up with his ideas?? Lol. Anyway, it's going to be so hard to say all I want to say about this because I will end up spoiling it. This is the story of Evan, who lost his wife and child not too long ago. He is having a hard time with life and ends up kind of getting the boot from his job too. He decides to take a walk through the park, which ends up changing his life forever!!!

Evan, oh god, my heart broke for him!! He is so sad and I just wanted to hug him. He is at rock bottom when he sees Harriet being mugged in the park. Evan is a nice guy, and decides to step in, but Harriet doesn't need help, in fact she is like a ninja!! She gets hurt and he offers to help. Little does he know that this will change his life and himself irrevocably!

Harriet is such a mystery. At the start, when she tells Evan that she is on a trip to kill a cyclops because the prophecy said so, you think, what a nut job. But her story unfolds and you find yourself eagerly waiting to see exactly who she is and where she is going?

The plot of this was unique, quirky and absolutely gripping. I had no clue where the author was going with the story, nor how he would get there. But get there he did, and let me tell you, it was an absolute rollercoaster of a road trip. I mean, who wouldn't want to go on a road trip to kill a Cyclops??

That is all I can say about the book itself because it is one better experienced. I'd advise you not to read any review (well apart from this one ;)) and just go read the book. I didn't read any and boy did I devour this one. It captivated me and stunned me.Right from the first page the author gripped me and made me become invested in the characters and the story. After finishing, I wanted to dive back in and read it slower, just to savour it. Brilliantly written and executed, this is one book I can highly, highly recommend.

Joe Hempel was simply amazing. He brought this book alive and really made it easy to visualise. He has a clear, clean voice and gave each character their own tone and personality. He also reads and performs brilliantly. It was effortless to listen to because of him!

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

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 04-07-17

Hooked me from the first sentence

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Have you ever listened to a song for the first time and knew immediately when the words and melody began that you would like it? That's this book!!

The narrator and the author were a perfect duo. The story started off with a death that was so masterfully written that you know you are in for a literary treat. And boy, does this book deliver.

Yes, the band of would-be slayers are ultimately going to kill a cyclops, but with tongue firmly planted in cheek, the author and the narrator took us on a wonderful journey that I hated to see end.

I loved every minute of this book. I wish Evan and Harriet had gone back to the fight club (did I mention the fight club?) and got their money back but other than that, my sci-fi oriented, mystery loving heart was happy.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Cyclops Road

What did you love best about Cyclops Road?

I was fully entertained, and hard to put it down. This book is not the usual horror themes from Jeff, but there is some horror in it. It's more of a road trip adventure tale. And full of twisted humor

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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A Fresh Take on an Old Monster Story

I had a lot of fun listening to this story. Harriet is a very interesting character from the first moment we meet her. She is a very well-written female character. As was said by George R. R. Martin, it seems like the author considers women to be people, and writes Harriet as such. The camaraderie that she and Evan share really helps define and shape the story. It shifts with each addition, but it is still the framework. When they finally reach their goal, I was satisfied with the intrigue and developments we found. Jeff Strand really nailed it. A classic cyclops hunt reminiscent of the Odyssey for me took on new life and context journeying through the United States.

The story was narrated by Joe Hempel's welcome voice. My own issue, and the -1 star, is that I did not feel Joe differentiated the characters' voices well enough. I following along fine, didn't find any distracting quirks, and enjoyed the overall tone and reading. I would listen to Joe again happily.

I volunteered to receive a free copy of this audiobook and have volunteered my review with no influences other than my own listening experience. I recommend this book!

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Very Good Story And Performance!

If you could sum up Cyclops Road in three words, what would they be?

A Fun Story...

What other book might you compare Cyclops Road to and why?

This Book Is In A League Of Its Own..

Have you listened to any of Joe Hempel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

My First Time Listening To This Narrator And He Was Excellent!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At The End When All The Characters Came Together... The Book Started Out Strange And Stayed Strange The Whole Storyline But It Worked Very Well...I Really Enjoyed This Book...

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I Was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Funny

I've read and enjoyed many of Jeff's books that along this line, and this one doesn't disappoint. Story adds all the right character types to make this fun to read. If you're looking for something in the absolute fantasy world but still need to stay grounded in reality, this one is for you. The main character keeps you grounded, and make the others funny to imagine. Enjoy, I did.

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Excellent weird road trip story

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I really enjoyed this book. From the beginning I was hooked. The characters are excellent and the story as well. There are so many odd and wonderful moments that I dreaded the end of the book because I would have been happy with more. Super quirky characters and crazy road trip adventures on the way to the ending were amazing. I recommend this one.I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Quirky, interesting story

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This was a quirky, fun road trip story with some fantasy elements incorporated into it. I'm not a huge fan of road trip stories; this audiobook caught my attention because of the fantasy elements. Like some other reviewers, I would have liked to understand the back story for the main female character - it was a blank spot that poked at the back of my mind several times during the story. However, I wouldn't say that it detracted overly from my enjoyment of the story.

I also enjoyed the narration. I've enjoyed Joe Hempel more in other audiobooks, but I have no real complaints here. If you're an audiobook fan, you may know what I mean when I say that sometimes the narrator's voice is magically compatible with the hero's character and the image that you form of the hero. There wasn't a dissonance here, maybe not a magic fit (because his accent is unusual for my ears), but nothing to make me roll my eyes in frustration. I'll continue to listen to audiobooks by this narrator (not something I say about all narrators I've listened to).

I provided this review in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Unusual, humorous and entertaining

I really enjoyed this unusual, quirky story. It is a entertaining mix of reality, fantasy, intrigue and has some great humour in it. I loved the colourful characters; from the grieving, sarcastic Evan, to the cyclops hunting Harriett and the cage fighting Berserker. The humour and sarcasm in the story comes through well in the narrators voice, his tone fits perfectly and you can not help but laugh. He does a great job of both the male and female voices and shows the quirkiness of the story well. The contrasts in this story are great and you don't know what's true and what isn't, or where it will lead in the end. This story entertained me, was amusing and kept my interest right to the end.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 04-14-18

An urban fantasy road-trip

I haven't read or listened to anything by this author before, but the premise of the book is an interesting one with a mysterious woman going on a quest to kill a cyclops in a modern setting, she is joined on her quest by Evan Portin who finds himself in a dark place having recently lost his wife and telling off his boss enough to lose his job too.

Harriet is an unusual one as she seems to have led a very sheltered life, being unused to common elements of modern technology such as cars and phones, she also takes on the more traditional warrior role of their party as she so ably demonstrates at numerous points along their journey.

Evan, by contrast has had a much more conventional life, but grows greatly over the course of an unusual road-trip that is recounted with a subtlety to the humour that doesn't undercut the more serious moments.

The cast expands beyond these two initial characters, but this book is as much about the journey as the titular cyclops, so it is probably best for people to meet them for themselves as they read this book.

By contrast to the author, I have listened to a number of books done by this narrator and he again gives a strong performance, moving the story along at the appropriate pace in a clear manner, while giving nicely distinctive performances for all the main characters that help to further enhance an enjoyable story.

Overall, I found this to be an interesting and enjoyable listen and will keep an eye out for more from this author in the future.

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

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  • Rob Cooke
  • 04-12-18

What an awesome story from start to finish!

I started this book and it had me so confused, I was sure I had signed on for a fantasy road trip epic and that is exactly what it delivered the literary slight of hand at the start is so worth it as it sets the tone for the rest of the book.

It is a tongue in cheek fantasy road trip to kill a mythical monster and the journey is anything but straight forward.
The story misdirects you whilst never feeling like any of it is out of place. You move through increasingly bizarre and incredible situations and all the while you just keep going with it as it is so well written and narrated.

The narrator Joe Hempel has definitely matched the tone and feel perfectly allowing for a listening experience which is up there with the best. All of the characters feel real and unique. I never once had any confusion as to who was speaking. All of the voices seemed tospeak of the characters essence and I absolutely could not put this book down once I got started. (I even checked if there was a follow up book).

In summation this is a must read for anyone who enjoys an adventure story whether you like fantasy or not you will love this book it is so well written and narrated that I urge you to give it a try.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

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  • Raven
  • 04-05-18

Entertaining from start to finish

I really enjoyed this story and the characters in it. The narration and production were very well done. Well worth a listen.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.