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Kings of the Wyld Audiobook

Kings of the Wyld

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Publisher's Summary

Glory never gets old.

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help - the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

It's time to get the band back together.

©2017 Nicholas Eames (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant debut novel.... Eames has cranked the thrills of epic fantasy up to 11.... Moreover, the plot is emotionally rewarding, original, and hilarious. Eames clearly set out to write something fun to read, and he has succeeded spectacularly." (Publishers Weekly)

"An outstanding debut which will make you laugh and cry and hold your breath. This is a book that has it all." (K. J. Parker)

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    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 03-07-17
    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 03-07-17 Member Since 2013

    1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up.

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    "Locke Lamora Meets the Blues Brothers"
    Any additional comments?

    Like a world class chef took my comfort food and turned it into a thousand dollar a plate meal.

    A TL;DR: After 200+ books, this is the first one that is truly like Lies of Locke Lamora, except I like this one more.

    This is a tale of a group of buddies that were great back in the day, nay, the greatest group of mercenary heroes in the land. Now, however, families and middle age have set in with the group having gone their separate ways. This was likely how it would end if not for the band's (oh yes, that is the pun and joke that drives this whole tale) frontman showing up on the doorstep of the protagonist of this tale, Slow-hand Clay. Of course, to get the band back together, they have to convince the Crazy wizard, the murderous thief turned king, the stone cold killer that was imprisoned, and maybe a bard that won't die first. Oh and if they do get the band back together, they have to avoid old enemies, old friends, a forest where dang near everything wants to kill you, and up and coming new bands!

    Are you sold yet? No? There are bunny rabbit eared elves that are total jerks, a vicious fascinating world, and cunning (crazy) plans (dumb luck) to get them out of all those things when the greatest enemy is they are just getting too old for this [crap].

    Do you like adventures? Humor? Wonderful tales? Interesting worlds? The Blues Brothers? Gentlemen Bastards? Silly wizards? Terrible odds that are defeated in actual believable ways? Then I recommend this book to you.

    PS: It says this is part of a series, and I hope it is, but this book is effectively stand-alone.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jake Thompson 03-31-17 Member Since 2012
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    "THIS BOOK LITERALLY ROCKS TO THE METAL GODS!"

    Love the play on metal bands versus war bands. great book kept my interest with good story line and an underlying comedy of words in comparison to metal rock bands. Coolest and uniquely plotted book I've heard in quite a while. great book Mr Eames, I'll be looking fur more if your work in future. Well narrated also, the voice and accent were spot on perfect for these protagonist "Saga" worthy heroes!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-27-17
    Joshua Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-27-17 Member Since 2010

    fiction monster

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    "More country for old men"

    We start with an aging rock star, whose best friend comes at him with a proposal to get the old band back together. Except that instead of music, they are legends of fantasy adventure who won the game long ago, hung up their swords, and settled down. Fatter, older, and creaky in places, they're given an impossible task and the best possible motivation. But first, they have to get the band back together.
    High entertainment , philosophy in action, and unexpected humor make this novel unmissable!
    I have over 200 books in my audiobook collection and this one stacks with the best!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell Gibson Albany, NY United States 03-01-17
    Darrell Gibson Albany, NY United States 03-01-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome Book"

    I sure hope this is a series. This book had great characters and an awesome story line.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Hills 03-15-17
    Larry Hills 03-15-17
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    "Outstanding for a first book, a must read"

    This was the the most fun l've had reading and listening to any book, since Joe Aberceombie's ( Red Country ). I laughed my ass off, please, please, please get this book. If Nicholas Eames keeps writing like this, the man will become one of the greats.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jersey Devil Knoxville, TN USA 04-03-17
    Jersey Devil Knoxville, TN USA 04-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "An absolute MUST for d&d fans"

    I'm a huge fantasy fan, and my heart has been with d&d for 30 years now. I never thought I'd find a series or book I'd enjoy more than The Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook. But this book, in all its glory, has risen to the challenge.

    I'm still digesting it all so I'm not sure if it's at the top of my list, but it's certainly in the top 3. The characters and locales are superb and the arcs for each main character are thoughtful and insightful. Somehow Eames has made high fantasy feel familiar in a way I've never experienced.

    As the book drew to a close I found myself hesitant to reach the end... I just didn't want to leave the camraderie and snark of the band behind, as they remind me a great deal of some of my closest friends in life (and characters from d&d campaigns of the past). Honestly I don't think I could come up with higher praise for a book.

    I truly hope to one day be treated to a book about the early days of Saga. If you're reading this, Mr. Eames, I hope you'll consider that as an earnest suggestion!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 03-21-17
    Stephen 03-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    A very good read. The story was great and flowed well. It is a story you want to listen to whenever you have free time. I will look for more of this author's work.

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    Drew Pearson 03-02-17 Member Since 2012
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    "My First Review! Kings of the Wyld"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kings of the Wyld to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio version enough to go back and reread in print or ebook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kings of the Wyld?

    No spoilers, but any scene with Moog, the wizard of the band. He was equal parts brilliant and teetering on the edge of insanity.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favorite?

    Clay Cooper was the central figure. I become thoroughly engaged as his past, present, and future unfolded.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I found myself staying in my car to finish a chapter. I rushed home to plug into the wifi speakers to listen as I cooked in the kitchen. I even gave up watching (*GASP*) TV to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    It has a fantastic mix of humor, fantasy, and adventure. Potential listeners should be advised that it contains adult language.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 05-21-17
    Joe 05-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best audio books I have ever bought."

    What a great audiobook! I literally laughed to the point of tears on multiple occasions. It was fun, action-packed and suspenseful. The eclectic, aging band was endearing. Narrator did a very good job as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Sandersville, GA United States 05-20-17
    Angela Sandersville, GA United States 05-20-17
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    "Just excellent."

    Great story, great audiobook. Definitely check this one out. It's a book that manages not to take itself too seriously, but never strays into the territory of being really silly. Definitely one of the best fantasy stories I've come across in a while. And it's not some sweeping epic where you have to wait years between books. I can't recommend this book enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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