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Shadows of Tomorrow

Narrated by: Jake Urry
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
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Earth is at war. Portals are opening across the planet and bringing creatures known as Outsiders. Their only desire is to eat, leaving a trail of destruction in their path. The only people who can stop them are the Defenders - led by Gareth Walker - who can open portals of their own to target the Outsiders in minutes. Gareth's only advantage is an ability to see glimpses of his future.

For the past decade the Defenders have held back the incursion, but now a new portal opens, bringing something that Gareth did not see coming. As he must find a way to stop this new threat, he starts a quest for answers. He must learn how the war began and find a way to stop them once and for all.

All the while, he is aware of a shadow in his future; a moment he can't see past. Will stopping the Outsiders cost him everything?

©2016 Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers Ltd (P)2016 Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers Ltd

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Became completely lost in this terrific book.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Science fiction, Adult but appropriate for YA.

OVERALL: I absolutely loved this book. The story and well developed characters drew me in. Ended up listening to this book in three days. I loved the characters, their back stories, their flaws and their strengths. As with any good book it was the characters that made this book great.

SEX AND PROFANITY: None, thank you. This book is appropriate for all ages. I plan on recommending this book to my teenage children.

"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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Hungry mutant demons, whats not to love!

Would you consider the audio edition of Shadows of Tomorrow to be better than the print version?

I always consider the audio versions to be better. The narrators bring in an aspect to the stories that I couldn't come up with myself, and i can listen to them anywhere.

What did you like best about this story?

I love inter dimensional travel, and when you mix it with scary monsters, even better!

Which character – as performed by Jake Urry – was your favorite?

Probably Richard, Jake Urry just has that voice that is perfect for snooty "I know everything" types.

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

They've come, and they are hungry.....

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free from the author, narrator, or publisher via audiobookboom for an unbiased review.

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Truly a hidden gem

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Shadows of Tomorrow by Jessica Meats is a terrific book with interesting and believable characters that you can't help but feel for and become emotionally invested in. With the author's attention to detail, the reader can't help but be drawn into the story and the world in which she has created.

This book is narrated by Jake Urry and with his lovely British accent took this story to a whole other level of enjoyment. This is the third audio book I have listened to that is narrated by Mr. Urry, and each one continues to get better and better. The performance was solid and the 'voices' were subtle yet distinctive enough for the listener to keep track of the speaker. I would have liked to have heard more emotion from each of the characters, but this is just a personal preference and did not distract from the story.

Overall, Shadows of Tomorrow is riveting story with a unique plot that will keep any fan of science fiction engaged throughout. This book is truly a hidden gem among the many jewels in the literary world and one that I would highly recommend.

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You MUST listen to this story!

I am so glad I was able to listen to this. Jessica Meats has created a world full of portals, monsters and the struggle to be human...or at least almost human.

Jake Urry is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators. He brings a mysterious edge to the storyline that is enjoyable.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Action Packed Story

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

This was a great, action packed book. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I finished it in one day. I would describe the book as similar to television shows such as Sliders and Stargate with portals to alternate realities and such. There are portals to other dimensions, monsters invading earth, dark blade sword fights and even a bit of future sight powers. It sounds like a weird combination but it works to create a highly entertaining story.

I’ve been reviewing some of these free books that new or indie authors have been providing me and to be honest they are hit or miss but this one was a really pleasant surprise. It does take a bit to get into as it starts in the middle of the action with no backstory really, but once you get a bit into it and understand the history of the characters and what’s going on it’s hard to stop listening.

This isn’t an epic long book that you have to get into, it’s just action packed fun, more like a TV series than a book. It looks like the author has written a sequel but there’s no audio version yet. If an audio book is produced I’ll be more than happy to purchase it as this book felt like a season one of a new show where you can tell there is a lot more room to explore in this world.

Jake Urry was a good narrator for this book. I was able to grasp the tone of the story and the voices for the different characters. I did have to speed it up a bit to suit my tastes but that’s just me.

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AMAZING!

First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

I liked it, wasn't sure I would but it does grow on you, The action is a mix of slow and fast, it can be bloody but also not as power packed as other books.

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Loved This!

This story had so many different elements that I think that it would appeal to a wide audience, including teens. I appreciated that the main characters were so fully developed and I enjoyed their back stories. Portals, alien monsters, action, adventure and clean romance - great stuff!

I've listened to Jake Urry narrate several audiobooks and he never fails to entertain me. Awesome as usual. I thoroughly enjoyed Shadows of Tomorrow and would recommend it to listeners of all ages.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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Great first installment

Great read. I enjoyed the action and mystery and Sci fi monsters from another dimension. It ended with a bit of cliffhanger. Hopefully the next installment will be out soon.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Great new ideas

I enjoyed this book very much. I noticed so many similarities to Game of Thrones that I imagine that Jessica Meats must be a die hard fan. No there weren’t any dragons or wolves but if you are familiar with the series you will see the way she pays homage to the series with this book.
The narration was great.
The story was a bit slow to start but once it is going it really kicks off. I love the idea of alternate universes, portals to other worlds & time travel.
This book has some bad ass characters and great concepts I haven’t come across in all my years of reading. I love it when I get something new and totally different.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

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Review Shadows of Tomorrow

I enjoyed this work performed by one of my favorite narrators, Jake Urey. The story by Jessica Meats is very good. She brings adventure and suspense together into a great book. I was glad to receive a free copy for review.

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  • MeDi
  • 10-20-16

Shadows of tomorrow

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Shadows of Tomorrow is an entertaining scifi novel which explores of what life might be like if you could see into your future. Looks so simple but it will turn out that time is not a single, unbroken, continuous forward line. Very interesting novel adding a superb narration

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 12-04-17

Interesting concepts used well

This book takes some interesting ideas such as alternate dimensions or realities, precognition and predestination and packages them into a book that seemed like a more human version of Pacific Rim.

In this book you still had the demonic-seeming invaders coming from another world through portals, but in this case those defending the earth needed to rely on their own strength and skill to fight them off rather than being more safely locked away in mechs as the casualties throughout clearly demonstrated.

I liked that the author shifted the first-person perspective from time to time as it helped me to get to know more of the characters than simply the main protagonist and the story felt all the stronger for that choice.

The narrator gave a good performance, nicely enhancing the overall story, even if I did expect some of the characters to have been quickly killed off as some of his voices sounded rather like Sean Bean.

Overall, I found this to be an interesting and enjoyable sci-fi novel suitably enhanced by good narration.

[I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Vicki Goodwin
  • 11-13-16

Excellent What if stroy


I loved the premise and the words that were used. They conveyed the heart of the characters and the pain of their knowledge of the future. Knowing that they could change that if they varied. The setting was dismal and brought reality to the story.

The narration was wonderful, the tone of Jake Urry's voice was fitting for the emotion of the story. I enjoyed the tension and the emotion.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-01-16

"A whole new Universe, a whole new life"

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For some years the earth has been beset by the sudden appearance of Outsiders, terrifying, ravenous creatures which pour out of opening portals "like a horde of zombies in a horror movie". And they are impervious to almost all weapons. Small groups of highly trained human Defenders, armed with unique and non replacable swords, are the only protection. What are these creatures and where are they from?
We follow the core group of the Defenders through a crucial period, getting to know them individually how they work and interact and, in particular, we meet Cassie, a one time athlete as she trains to join the Defender's ranks.
The book is written in a deceptively simple style, easy to read. But it covers a complexity of concepts including portals into other dimensions, foreknowledge of who will live and who will die, memories of the future, time travel, free will, loyalty and traitorous deeds, envy, fear and love. All wrapped up in a rattling good unusual action thriller.Jake Urry reads the text flawlessly and his characters each have distinctive, true sounding voices despite the numbers involved. But the real highlight of his narration is the sinister tension his reading imparts to the entire story. Excellent, as always.
My thanks to the narrator for the gift of Shadows of Tomorrow, given to me without expectation of any return. I very much enjoyed this book and hope that the author will soon follow with another to provide answers to the questions raised and, so far, not explored. A good, thought provoking science fiction adventure suitable for all ages. Recommended

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  • robert
  • 10-12-16

alien zombies from another world!

What did you like most about Shadows of Tomorrow?

the concept of portals from other worlds with alien zombies pouring through eating and killing anything in their path, of people with precognition fighting through the knowledge that others going into battle with them will die and not being able to do or say anything that will change that whilst coping with the deception of those once admired made for an action packed roller coaster ride of a tale that was very well written

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadows of Tomorrow?

when Richard realized that the capture and abduction of Gareth his best and only friend was down to his childish prank to get back at Geoff was a real turning point in how he saw not only himself but his but his friend and well, enabling him to refocus his abilities in understanding the portals

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the race up the tower on the alien planet, fighting every step of the way , trying to get to the top, Jake ulry's narration really pulled me into the scene with the heroic team battling impossible odds to try and save humanity, absolutely gripping stuff!

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

for sure! it was certainly a tale that kept you gripped to the edge of your seat, the story was very well written and Jake's narration always made you feel that you could be just one step from certain destruction!

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  • pointlessgods
  • 10-31-19

loved it

an easy listen not my normal genre but it was very good yet again jake urry does a good job as narrator only ever listened to him do horror so i was impressed the main character Gareth is written very well and the story was great id be interested in what this upcoming author does next.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 10-27-19

Sci-fi with a bit of everything!

Wow. We have everything in here. We get alien creatures that appear through portals wanting to devour everything. We have a skilled group of defenders who attempt to save us. There are special powers with loads of fighting. Sprinkled with betrayal and intrigue. It's great!! From start to finish I was dawn in and wanted more!

The narration was very, very good. I really like Jake Urry's voice.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 05-15-17

Good story, GREAT narration

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Ms Meats has written a thoroughly enjoyable and complex sci fi story, which is raised to greater heights by the brilliant narration of Jake Urry. I'm sure I would have liked this audio book, but the calibre of the narrator takes it up to a higher, superb level.

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  • Petra
  • 11-14-16

Enjoyable, fast-paced sci-fi suitable for all ages

This exciting science fiction story had a bit of everything: ravenous alien creatures that appear through portals, a skilled group of "defenders" who attempt to protect earth from these monsters, named "The Outsiders"; special powers, fighting and action scenes, betrayal, secrets, and even some romance.
The characters were well developed and I thought the group of defenders was made up of a good variety of different personalities. I enjoyed the relationships and the dialogue among the defenders. In particular, Cassie's story of joining the training to become a defender from her background of having been a successful athlete was interesting. The book was generally well written; the only thing that interrupted the flow a bit were the inserted back stories of each character. They were great for getting to know the characters, but I wished that information had been inserted into the story in a different way.
The end leaves a few things open, presumably to be continued in the sequel "Between Yesterdays".
A very suitable story for a younger audience, clean with regards to language and romance, nothing graphic.
Jake Urry brought the characters to life and made them easily distinguishable through subtle differences. The only thing I was missing here and there was a bit of emotion.
Overall, an easy to follow, suspenseful sci-fi adventure recommended for all ages.

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  • James
  • 01-16-17

good story but...

not sure the narrator was the best choice, good story but distracted by his pronounciation of some words and the slight misplacing of punctuation

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