Jason Lex just saved the world. Now he's immersed in training as a new Rampart Guard to protect the shield that enables humans and cryptids like Skyfish, Bigfoot, and the Black Shuck, to live side-by-side and danger-free. A summons from the League of Governors, the clandestine organization that presides over the human-cryptid treaty, takes a suspicious turn when Jason's dad and sister disappear on their way to League headquarters. Jason must find them before things go bad, so he follows their trail to London, where he discovers the League of Governors may not be the benevolent organization everyone believes.
Injured and alone, Jason doesn't know whom to trust. After a shocking loss sends him reeling, news about his family forces Jason to make a terrible choice. When he learns of a secret plan to enslave the world, Jason must risk his life to defeat a powerful enemy and reunite what's left of his family. But can he stop a dominating adversary, and again save the world, before it's too late?
I had mixed feelings about the age of the hero after book one, and I still do to some extent, but that's resolving to some extent because of how well the books are written and how well Jason is coping with everything that's happening.
Speaking of happenings... there is a lot happening in this book, talk about big and complex, this story does not hold back. It's a trilling, grip the edge of your seat ride from beginning to end.
The characters are complex and the moral lessons within the story are compelling.
The narration is excellent, the character voices are great and the emotions of the characters and the story in general are conveyed.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Usually, the first book in a series is "okay", and the story/author grows stronger and better. In this case, the first book is the best of the three. I should have stopped after listening to the first one.
Ironically, I was offered credits for the second and third audiobooks and decided to pick up the first. So, it was no skin off my nose, just mediocre time fillers as I worked in my yard.
Jason's actions and thoughts seemed to flip flop; he didn't become a stronger, wiser, or better person. Well, he did, then he regressed, then he took a half step forward then slipped back four. It was very uneven and confusing. And disappointing.
Mr Callanan is a wonderful narrated and wasted his talent and time with this series.
This book continues the ‘adventures’, or in this case the “misadventures” of Jason Lex. Jason’s father and sister, Della, flew to London to seek counseling help at the League of Governors. Jason has cause to be concerned when he and his Uncle Alexander can’t reach his father by phone. They decide to follow to London to make sure everything is alright. They quickly learn that things are not all right.
Jason and his Uncle are attacked. When he awakes he is at the League and learns that Uncle Alexander is in a coma. A stranger sneaks him a secret message and Jason doesn’t know who he can trust. Jason struggles trying to determine how he can save his family, and the world, from enslavement by a super powerful, mind controlling enemy.
I am glad that I listened to book one before book two. It was a little hard and frustrating imagining Jason fighting alone. The story goes on quite a bit with danger and little hope of a positive resolution. This makes it a bit dark. Still, I enjoyed the helpful characters and wondering how the other creatures might help defeat the evil. Again, I think middle graders would enjoy the danger and excitement… and it is adequately entertaining for an adult as well.
Audio Notes: Brian Callanan again does a good job with the narration, giving voices to the characters. His strong narration makes the story a fun listening experience. I enjoyed listening to both books.
I received this audio title from the narrator through AudioBook Boom.
This is book two in The Adventures of Jason Lex series. If you haven't read book one, I'd recommend picking it up first! Book two begins with Jason training to be a Rampart Guard to protect the world from cryptids like Bigfoot and Cappas. After the events of the first book, Della is still severely depressed, so Jason's dad takes her to The League of Governors headquarters in London. They're hoping to get treatment for Della, but Jason's dad and Della disappear after they arrive.
Jason and Uncle Alexander hop a plane to London to find them, but things get even stranger. The passcode to get into League headquarters has been changed, and when they visit a friend of Uncle Alex's, they're attacked. Jason wakes up in the medical unit at League headquarters, where he's warned that things at the League aren't as they seem.
This was a great book for fans of the YA, adventure, and paranormal genres. It was an entertaining read that kept me hooked with twists and turns and betrayals! Jason is fourteen, but he faced choices and situations that would disturb an adult. He faced it maturely and that was refreshing. I loved Colleen, such a brave girl in a quiet way, and hope we get to see her again. Again, the identity of the 'big bad' was a surprise, and there were some revelations near the end that were pretty unexpected.
The narration was really well done, Brian Callanan performed voices for men, women, and younger children, and had a distinct voice for each of them. They fit the characters well, and I enjoyed his English accents. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
I read the League of Governors after reading The Clan Calling. You can read it either way but I liked reading it in this order because we find out a few things (in this book) that make sense in The Clan Calling.
Jason goes with his uncle to London to see what is going on with his sister and dad. One thing leads to another and he ends up in the League of Governors headquaters. We get to find out more about the organisation that we have been told about in the first book.
I felt Jason was slow in certain areas in figuring things out, but he does get there in the end. We also get a few surprises that I was not expecting.
I was not expecting the ending as much because I always see the hero saving the day but this I felt is more realistic. I don't want to say anymore becuase I'll spoil it.
I really liked this book and I would definitely recommend it.
We get to find out how good the narrator really is when he had to do an English accent as well as giving the characters there own personality. I thought he did a great job. He is a very talented narrator in my opinion and I have listened to quite a few. I was able to distinguish between all the characters without being told who said what.
There is no sexual content, but there is some profanity and violence.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I would suggest you listen to the first book in the series before tackling this one. Overall, the story had a great plot line and the twists and turns in the book were at times surprising. For a YA book it was a bit on the dark side and the choices that Jason had to make were at times heartbreaking. I was a bit surprised with the content but it made the story interesting and made me feel sorry for Jason and the choices he assumed he had to make and the bad feeling that went with some of those choices.
The narration was spot on and it was a great listen. I will be glad to listen to the first book in the series to fill in missing information that unlike other series I have read/listened to, wasn't back filled here....but the story was still a good one.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
First of all, I have to admit that I was really confused. I thought The League of Governors was the first of the series, since "The Clan Calling: The Adventures of Jason Lex, Chronicle 2" was listed as the NEXT book in the series... This is definitely a series better started with the first book, which, I say again, I was attempting to do when I picked this one up and failed... rant over... ANYWAY, going in, I didn't realize this was a YA series, but that's not always a bad thing as I did enjoy this book. The narrator was excellent, and story was entertaining, if a bit dark for a YA book. I'm currently debating if I should go back and read/listen to the ACTUAL first book of this series or just press on to the third book. Either way, I'm interested in more.
I was given this book free in return for an unbiased review.
So I quite liked this book, mostly. I do have some problems with the situations the kids are put in, which I feel are pretty extreme and dark for a young adult book. I don't necessarily have a problem with kids in peril books, I mean Harry Potter got pretty dark, but I really have a problem with kids basically killing and not having any type of discussion about the moral consequences of their actions. The attitude, it seems to me, is "Oh, he's a bad guy, or a monster, so it's ok for me to slice and dice him. I just think the author is missing a huge opportunity to make these characters more 3 dimensional by having real guilt or regret for their actions.
The narrator was very good, distinct easily distinguishable voices and a fair English accent. I would recommend this book, with the above caveat, to teen readers aged 16 and up.
I loved these books. So far there are three books in the series and I recommend listening to them in order. The books are geared to a YA audience, but as an adult I found them very enjoyable. There are some mature topics and hard betrayals portrayed in the story, but the leading character are unique and sympathetic. There are all sorts of cryptids in the tale to make the story interesting.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review
The second installment of Jason Lex's adventures was quite a ride. Shocking twists, the evil that infiltrated the League of Governors HQ shows itself, the revelations about the various players makes this book even more exciting than the previous one, building the suspense to the end. And what an end, I didn't expect it to end like that at all, but it is a good ending.
Paranormal, fantasy and adventure fans, this is for you. PG though because of the few scenes that are a bit violent.
Mr. Callanan's performance was just as good as with the previous book. Loved the passion and care with which the various voices were selected in the first book and kept throughout this second one, they fit the characters. Looking forward to the next book.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and this review is voluntary.