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Publisher's Summary

In Adam Burch's thrilling series debut, a young man must choose between violence and peace in a distant world divided between those who thrive in endless sunlight and those who survive in eternal darkness.

The isolated planet of Tao is a house divided: the peaceful Daysiders live in harmony while the pale Nightsiders pursue power and racial purity through the violent ritual of the Combat.

Edmon Leontes, the gentle son of a ruthless warrior noble and a proud Daysider, embodies Tao's split nature. The product of diametrically opposed races, Edmon hopes to live a quiet life pursuing the music of his mother's people, but his Nightsider father cruelly forces him to continue in his bloody footsteps to ensure his legacy.

Edmon's defiance will cost him everything...and spark a revolution that will shake the foundations of Tao. His choice - to embrace the light or surrender to the darkness - will shape his own fate and that of his divided world.

©2017 Adam Burch (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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very impelling

on the whole I really enjoyed the book but would like to have had little different ending

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A Story of Sex and Sadness

Despite the very vivid sex scenes, I enjoyed the first half of the book. Then the second half started and it was like the main character through a pity party and everyone else was like, "what else can we do to this kid?" Character development does not always have to equal heartache and pain. The ending also bothered me, I stuck around through this whole brutal journey of pain for what? The book to end is what.

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Excellent original story preformed brilliantly.

I'd never heard of the author-actor, Adam Burch before this audiobook. This is an excellent original story. Adam brought his story to life with narration as brilliant as the best of the hundreds of audiobooks I've enjoyed.

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Not what I thought I was going to read

This was a well written book. That said, it was horrifically sad and awkwardly sexual with the underage homosexual themes. I understand the quirks that come with a coming of age story, but this was definitely not what I thought I was going to listen to by the synopsis.

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Good story, but. . . .

Too much gratuitous sex. Did the author think it would make the book more sellable? I don’t know. I just know I probably won’t bother reading anything else he wrote. I’m not really into pornography.

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A bit confusing at first, but enjoyable

At first I wasn't sure what I was listening to but by the end of the book I came to enjoy it except I hated the ending.

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Well done!

I don't usually read fantasy or sci-fi, but this story held my attention.
Being read by the author, it was obvious that he knew his characters, and his command of unique voices truly enhanced the performance.
The story line, though quite violent, is tempered with an emotional thread that keeps the reader wondering what else could possibly happen to our poor hero - just as the story takes on a new dimension you didn't see coming, and sweeps you into a whole new venue of conflict while remaining true to the initial challenges the hero faces.
The book is written with intelligence & class not usually found in stories of this type.
Very entertaining & I feel comfortable recommending this book to those who might not otherwise give this genre a chance. Well done, Mr. Burch!

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This author should hire a professional narrator.

For me the Narrator did such a bad job when his characters laughed or coughed it nearly ruined the mood the book had created.

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  • Sandy Hook, CT, United States
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Unimaginative Simplistic and just plain bad

The narration is at best tolerable. the story had anachronisms that I just can't abide, such as an amputee Inc a culture of star farers and the use of rockets.
I had only the authors word for it that this story took place in the future as there are no cultural dynamics that suggest anything other than the past and present.

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Edmon takes a licking, but keeps on ticking.

Good book. It was easy to visualize characters. Hope there are more books in series.