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Publisher's Summary

My name is Viktor Engel Warden, and I'm here to tell you that there's more to this world than you might suspect.

There are things that slither and pass unseen through the night, and it's my job to stop them. But sometimes that's easier said than done. Twenty years ago, I ended a nightmare that would've brought the world to its knees. I thought it was over...but I was wrong.

The Cult of Fenrir has returned, and they're stronger than ever. Now I'm in a race to find the survivors of that day so I can stop them again. Permanently. If I get things wrong...which I won't...but if I do...it might just bring about the apocalypse. But, hey, no pain, no gain, and all that BS. Right? Yeah, I'm not buying it either.

©2016 Ken Lange (P)2016 Ken Lange

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Awaken to a fantastic story

Would you try another book from Ken Lange and/or Marlin May?

Yes, I would try other books from both. I enjoyed the print version more than the audio version because the narrator was a little stiff. He still did fine, but his performance lacked the edge of sarcasm that I expected to hear from Viktor.

What other book might you compare The Wanderer Awakens to and why?

James A. Hunter's Yancy Lazarus is a book I could loosely compare. The characters are similar with their sarcasm and snark.

Would you be willing to try another one of Marlin May’s performances?

I would like to try another book, though I would like to see the performer loosen up and really embrace the character's attitude.

Any additional comments?

It was story to get lost in because the protagonist is exactly the kind of character I love to read. Viktor is snarky and savvy with a vow to protect human kind without them even knowing. I like the fact that the protagonist is not a young 24 year old that thinks he knows everything. Viktor, though quite the super hero, portrayed himself more like a man off the street in this fantasy story. The secondary characters were engaging while not complex, they really didn't need to be.

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Science fiction meets mythos and legend.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters are well-developed and the fast miving storyline keeps you listening/reading. Can't wait for the next in the series.

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Great Book!

If you could sum up The Wanderer Awakens in three words, what would they be?

edge of seat

Which character – as performed by Marlin May – was your favorite?

Kira - For all her accomplishments she is still Daddy's little girl.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The author's style of side notes to the audience did make me laugh on a couple of occasions!

Any additional comments?

This book is a great stand alone but if you enjoy a series it is a great set up book. I thought the narrator did a great job with this book.

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awesome

loved the story but the narrator took away my enjoyment by over pronouncing the words. I suppose it's because of who the main character is. this book has so many twists and turns that if you try to listen inactively you will miss large bits of the story

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Surprising!

So, based on the author's recommended reading order, I read this book after reading Accension, which was well written urban fantasy. This story is written in the same world, and mentions some of the inhabitants of the other series, so it made sense. However, the origins of the characters came from an entirely different place than I expected! I was both surprised and amused by the references to classic sci-fi and mythology inherent here.
While I initially was curious as to the choice of narrator, because of the vast difference between his brash baritone and the previous book's mild tenor, I came to realize he couldn't have casted it better. May has the darker undertones necessary for the main character, and the fluidity to also hit on the snotty undertones of the female supporting roles. This is my second book by this author, and I'm on to the next!

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Urban Fantasy with a Sci Fi twist!

Most urban fantasy lately has been the usual wizard/mage/witch/warlock/druid, what have you detective/shop owner, etc protagonist. The Wanderer Awakens is not that book. In fact, its a pretty unique universe, which intersects fantasy, sci fi and a touch of Time travel and Norse mythology. Sound intriguing? It should, because this is one creative, not run of the mill book.

Victor Warden is a leader in a secret society whose mission is to stop the forces of darkness from taking over the world. That includes a vast assortment of monsters and magic users. The problem is, the society's founder hasn't made an appearance in years, and the leader left in charge while he is gone, The Gatekeeper, is a power hungry scumbag. He starts a power play, all while a new threat to the entire world has come out of Victor's past to haunt him and the world. A dark evil Sorceress name Gulveig with a connection 15000 years in the past to Victor. That's right, I said 15000 years. Victor is far older than he appears, and has powers and abilities commensurate with that, all brought about by unique alien tech.

Victor, his daughter, Victor's powerful ex wife must deal with the Gatekeeper's plan to kill them all, while trying To also deal with Gulveig's plan to take over the world, as well as betrayal from within their circle of allies, which includes a Federal Marshal, an FBI Agent, and various leaders in the society. Gulveig will stop at nothing to fulfill her plan, killing whoever is in her way. Even Victor and his crew might not be able to stop the uber-powerful deathless sorceress. You'll have to listen/read it to find out how it turns out.

Victor has been unable to access more than the basics of his power, like strength, speed, and creating a body force shield, ever since his last run in with Gulveig 15000 years prior. After a pivotal event, Victor's mentor Mimir is released and starts repairing Victor's systems so he can access his full abilities and memories. The flashback scenes are first rate as he regains his memories, adding a sense of depth to the story.

The story takes place in New Orleans, which is a great setting for it. The city is rich with culture, history and tragedy, and the author utilizes these to the fullest, from scenes in the old US Mint, to various landmarks and even the final climactic scenes in the abandoned Six Flags amusement park. The setting is like another character, and it's very well drawn out.

I mentioned Norse mythology. Well, several of the characters, such as Gulveig, Mimir and Victors true name should be familiar to people who know Norse mythology. Some of the cosmology is different, but stories change over time. Victor's true identity actually surprised me. I thought I had it, but missed it. Great little touches with it though.

As narration goes, Marlin May did a very good job. He gave each character a unique voice, and really kept the story moving along. Great pacing, and good flow throughout. All in all, this is a book I would recommend for anyone looking for something little different than another Dresden Files or Iron Druid clone.

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A fantastic story and a wonderful narrator

Where does The Wanderer Awakens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favorite audio books to date.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was engaging and the narrator has a voice you can really settle in with.

What does Marlin May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The way he does the voices brings the story to life.

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

Make peace with whatever gods you worship, because I'm coming for you.

Any additional comments?

This was absolutely fantastic from start to finish.

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