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Paternus

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Even myths have legends. And not all legends are myth.

When a local hospital is attacked by strange and frightening men, Fiona Patterson and Zeke Prisco save a catatonic old man named Peter - and find themselves running for their lives with creatures beyond imagination hounding their every step.

With nowhere else to turn, they seek out Fi's enigmatic Uncle Edgar. But the more their questions are answered, the more they discover that nothing is what it seems - not Peter, not Edgar, perhaps not even themselves.

The gods and monsters, heroes and villains of lore - they're real. And now they've come out of hiding to hunt their own. In order to survive, Fi and Zeke must join up with powerful allies against an ancient evil that's been known by many names and feared by all. The final battle of the world's oldest war has begun.

©2016 Dyrk Ashton (P)2016 Dyrk Ashton

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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-03-17
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-03-17 Member Since 2011
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    "an action-packed mythological adventure"

    Fi and Zeek are young adults who face the typical obstacles to a budding romance and life in general.  Fi is completing an internship at a nursing home while living at home with her stuffed shirt uncle and Zeek is preparing for a conference and working at the same nursing home and madly in love with Fi.  Fi is the only person able to take care of the dementia-stricken and invalid Peter.  Fi and Zeek stumble through their relationship when suddenly the nursing home is invaded with evil looking creatures who mangle and eat the residents.

    Mythological beings on all sides (good and evil) invade the world of Fi and Zeek to the point that nothing surprises them any longer.  The question lies in the outcome of the 3rd holocaust, who will win?  Good or evil?  Regardless, the creatures and beings believed to be mythological are real and at war.

    Dyrk Ashton, the author, is an amazing story-teller creating an action-packed adventure by blending mythological creatures and myths into the present world and bringing them to life.  One senses the story is not going to be boring even given the slow start.  One does not expect, however, to be so totally immersed into the action and story that one is caught off guard momentarily to find oneself so thoroughly engaged.

    Ashton builds the action around the development of the characters, in some cases, the character development is done almost instantaneously – such as the first time we meet Clarion.  There are several twists and turns, but not so much that one loses interest or connection to the story.  The story flows smoothly and each twist is handled with aplomb.  This is an epic journey in many ways, one the listener has no choice but to go on once they are snared in the story.  Thrilling to the end, one cannot help but wait for the next book to know who wins and who else will meet their mortal demise.

    The narrator provided an excellent performance in the narration of the book.  Although the book was a total of 15 hours, Nik Magill did not once lose his place or the voice of the characters.  His talent helped to draw the reader into the story and captivate them into staying as well as the work of Ashton.  His light rhythmic voice made listening to the story pleasant.  He never went campy nor did he become shrill as some tend to do during epic length books.

    Paternus is a very good book, one I would listen to again without hesitation and would appreciate more the second time around now that I understand how some of the pieces fit together.  At first, I admit to being lost because I didn’t realize there were two worlds that were going to be blending together into one.  I struggled to see the connections but once things started to fall into place, this book quickly became a favorite of mine.

    There were no production or quality issues with this book.  Everything was smooth and clear.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 03-08-17
    Brian 03-08-17
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    "Great alternative take on mythology"

    This book is very good. It starts a little slow with the introduction of characters, but once the action starts it's hard to put down. Loved the alternative explanation of the origin of mythological creatures. It sets up the larger story very well and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Hoot 02-07-17
    Josh Hoot 02-07-17
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    "Great fantasy book to read and listen to. "

    I really enjoyed this book. I am hooked with the story and I am anxiously waiting for the next part of this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kory Allenbaugh 01-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Do yourself a favor, and listen to this novel!"

    Such an amazing concept!! Dyrk Ashotn brought forth a beautiful new outlook on the views of religion, folklore, and mythology! Cannot wait for more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stardrifter 12-31-16
    Stardrifter 12-31-16
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    "Could not stop listening!"

    This is easily one of the best books I read this year, so when I saw that there was an audiobook, I couldn't not immediately drop a credit on it and devour it in a day. It should be said that I very rarely read (or listen) a book more than once. I read this one, and then listened to it *within 2 weeks of each other* it is that good.

    This book is full of mythology, from just about every pantheon that has ever existed, and they're all blended and whipped together in a really interesting way... like a big, amazing mythological smoothie. This story is really original and quite engaging. It's an age old story of good vs evil retold in a very unique way. I love Fi and Zeke, and I'm not sure it's possible to not like the Pater.

    While I think some of the accents weren't quite what I was expecting them to be, I really liked the narrator, Nik Magill's voice is mesmerizing in a way. You'd think that'd make me sleepy, but no, not at all. The opposite, in fact. The combination of the story and his telling of it kept me awake well past bedtime, and then all through the next day despite a lack of sleep. In a week where I struggled to stay on task with anything at all, including the book before this one, and despite the fact that I very recently read this one and know exactly what happens, I happily listened to this one in more or less one sitting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vilius 11-02-17
    Vilius 11-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Its quite good."

    I felt like this book was just one big cliffhanger. The story is interesting but way to much is hidden. Still I will pick up the next book.

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    lucentgem 07-30-17
    lucentgem 07-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant Story Revolving Around Myth and Legend"
    Would you listen to Paternus again? Why?

    Sure. The person narrating had a really annoying narration style. It sounded more like he was reading slides than a book. His voices for the characters, however, were really well done. I was a little surprised that his narration was so weird, as a result.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved Fiona and Zeke. They were so real, so visceral and their story seems like such a normal occurrence.


    What three words best describe Nik Magill’s performance?

    Frustrating, surprising, great [voices]


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    When the Gods have a fight to the death, who survives to make the legend into a myth?


    Any additional comments?

    In a story told from multiple points of view, omnipresent style, we learn of the Cataclysm, and the first and second apocalypse. In time, we are introduced to Fi, the main focus of our story, and Zeke, a co-worker and the man Fiona is interested in. Through miscommunications and fumbles, Fi believes Zeke doesn't like her which will make working with him awkward and will make things difficult for Zeke who truly loves her.

    After the mishap with Zeke, and while on her way to work, a bum accosts Fi and later, the hospital where she works is ravaged. Confused and scared, Fi seeks safety with Zeke and the old man she cares for and discovers she has been unwittingly involved in a conflict of mythical and godly proportions where the bad gods will stop at nothing to take over the world and the good gods seem to be losing the battle.

    It took some adjusting to get used to the story telling as it's been a while since the last time I read an omnipresent POV book. I loved knowing thoughts and feelings of most of the characters, even in little snippets. It added some depth to characters I wouldn't otherwise have must investment in.

    The storyline was really clever, well researched, well thought out and I very much enjoyed it. When it ends, it doesn't make me feel as if I've been robbed of an ending, but likewise it leaves me wanting more.

    Dyrk's characters feel realistic, with real problems, flaws, miscommunications, while being attractive, or plump, or maybe hideous for a variety of reasons. Even the mythical or legendary creatures are made visceral.

    I'd definitely recommend this book if you have an interest in myth and legend, but be aware it covers a ton of myth and legend, not just the major ones. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    1/24/17
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    "The revelations continued throughout!"

    Urban fantasy isn't normally my bag, but this felt more like historical myth and legend manifesting itself, for real, in modern day... everywhere. I expected a US heavy story, but I was wrong. Many wonderful locations, people's and, more importantly, monsters, demons and gods(!) punctuate this epic throughout.
    A smashing debut that promises a potential full blown 5* to follow this 4* story and performance. In fact, I'd say 4.5* if I could.
    Very real characters meet apparently real mythological beings - the research for which is evident and incredible.
    I'll look forward to the sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R
    8/2/17
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    "Excellent"

    Intrigued by the blurb, I started listening to this audiobook immediately and - mind blown – this book was brilliant!  It’s a unique blend of urban, contemporary, mythical fantasy, and it features the most incredible beings – called the Firstborn.  

    The Firstborn are from our myths, legends, folklore and fairy tales from across the world and spanning back through history.  They include the Japanese racoon dog Tanuki, the half man / half bull Asterion from Greek mythology, Bodvar Bjarki the bear from Norse mythology, the occultist goat figure of Baphomet, and even Merlin the wizard from Arthurian legends.  There’s also Gods, demons, vampires and werewolves. 

    These Firstborn are old, some as old as the beginning of time, and – as much as possible – live out of sight of humans (or mtoto as they are known to the Firstborn).  Being around for so long, it’s to be expected that a few Firstborn have rubbed each other up the wrong way, picked sides and had a few wars. And it’s time for another battle, perhaps the biggest of them all…

    This story is told from multiple points of view, but the main story is told through the characters of Fi, a seventeen-year-old who lives with her odd English uncle and his huge dog, and works at a hospital for the elderly.  Zeke, her handsome colleague who plays guitar to the old folk.  Peter, the mysterious patient who Fi is looking after at the hospital and Fi’s uncle Edgar.  We also hear from some of the creatures.  Each non-human character is fascinating and the humans are likable and believable.      

    The author’s descriptions of the appearance of the creatures and their backstories are vivid and mesmerising, the action flows effortlessly, the fight scenes and violence is truly epic, and the blossoming, awkward relationship between Fi and Zeke is perfect as it is subtle and realistic.  There’s also humour and this book made me laugh out loud at a few points (which is no mean feat).   

    The narrator, Nik Magill, was brilliant.  His voice is captivating and I felt he portrayed all the characters distinctly and naturally, and I was completely absorbed by the story.

    It is clear that a ton of careful research has gone into this book, and the scope of myths/legends/fairy tales/folklore that the author depicts is huge, and the way they are all tied together is clever.  I was fascinated by all the mythical creatures from different cultures, times and religions.  I can’t wait to read the next book and find out what happens next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/14/17
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    "Get some Paternus for your ears!"
    What made the experience of listening to Paternus the most enjoyable?

    The ever expanding scope of the story - Ashton leaves no hero of old to rest in peace, instead he drags them kicking and screaming into the Paternus world for our aural pleasure!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Paternus?

    The hospital scene where Fi and Zeke are first encountering the true strength of the antagonists. It was tense, gripping and exhilarating.


    Which character – as performed by Nik Magill – was your favourite?

    I really enjoyed Max! Also, Bodvar Bjarki and Peter


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The World of Myth awakens once more for the ultimate battle royale!


    Any additional comments?

    I very much encourage you to let Paternus enter your consciousness via your ear-holes!

    I enjoy a good book when on long drives, and can very quickly determine if I’ll make it all the way to the end. In the case of Paternus, it does start a little slowly, but it builds, and it builds, and it builds. So stick with it!

    I normally don’t read contemporary or urban fantasy, and have a pathological aversion to anything that sparkles, or even hints at being a Twilight type affair. Fortunately, Paternus kicks that notion into the long grass, and forges ahead as a thoroughly entertaining  mytho-fantastical romp.

    From the depth and complexity of the cast, it’s clear that Ashton spent a considerable amount of time researching Paternus (probably the understatement of the age). He has cleverly woven together myths and legends from across the globe into one single tapestry, and so vividly realised. After a bit of  a slow start, things really start to come together for this story, and before long, legendary creatures, heroes and gods all make their way into the piece, causing mayhem for our protagonists. In particular, the hospital scene is excellently realised! Throughout the course of the story, there are some excellent reveals of familiar heroes (and villains) of ages past, and I found myself at several times giddy with happiness at their appearance!

    There are bits and pieces about this book that would normally put me off, for example, the first person omniscient point of view took a little getting used to. But in audio, it made things easier to transition for my peanut brain courtesy of the excellent performance by Nik Magill. One other aspect that slightly bothered me was that Zeke didn’t quite fill out as much as I’d have liked, instead becoming something of a six-foot Wikipedia page of every mythical being that came to life before the eyes of our protagonist. But these are small concerns, and they are consumed and forgotten by the expanse of the story.

    On the whole, I found Paternus to be a triumphant act of imagination, research and adventure, in which Ashton kicks off what promises to be a very innovative series.
    For the sheer breadth of imagination, Paternus merits its place a SPFBO 2016 Finalist. I tip my hat to Ashton on an excellent advertisement of all that is good in the world of Independent Fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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