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Fossil fuels are gone. 

Five years ago, hungry for energy and profits, the Union Forest Corporation embarked on an aggressive search for alternative power sources. In their quest they drilled too deeply, releasing a long-forgotten evil that’s been terrorizing the planet. As frightening as the dragon is, the executives at Union Forest are more terrified of losing corporate secrets than losing human lives. Somewhere in that drilling site, there’s a data core that they desperately want back.

After giving years of service to the military, Henry Morgan just wants a normal life. But between nagging feelings from his past and a strained relationship with his brother Rick, “normality” always feels just out of reach. When Henry learns that Rick is among the force of elite commandos sent by Union Forest to battle against the demon at the drilling site, he’s forced back into the roles of soldier and protective older sibling. He’ll do everything he can to save his brother...including risking his own life at the hands of a ruthless corporation.

©2017 Daniel Swenson (P)2017 Immortal Works

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The shadow

Henry with his geeky, but very important friend, heads out to try and save his brother from almost certain death. It was a roller coaster action packed that will keep you listening until the very end.
A great debut novel by the author

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great dragon unleashed on the modern world story!

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

I really liked this book. I liked the premise of a greedy mega corp releasing a real dragon and chaos ensuing. I liked the ex-military main character and his friend. The narrator did a good job of bringing the book to life as well. All in all, a very enjoyable book. I'd definitely be open to more from this author.

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3.5* - Interesting plot idea

I would give three stars for the story. The idea for the story was very interesting, but I wish that it had passed through the hands of a critical editor to tighten things up. For example, there are numerous aspects of the story that are unexplained. I appreciate the occasional red herring, but the author must be able to convince me that he/she is using this device deliberately and cleverly, rather than making it seem like a plot point that the author forgot to do something with. In this story, I noticed several loose plot threads that went nowhere, such as: a boat captain that requests a handful of grenades from one of the main characters, a protagonist receives a special gift of a compass that isn't mentioned again, different animal species that are mutated for no apparent reason, wolves that have are able to display emotions such as the need for vengeance and retaliation for something that a specific human had done, trees in a specific type of location that are thriving although all of the other trees have withered and died, a video with a mystery lady that we're not told about, and so on. I can understand where/why the author deliberately left us with mysteries (such as the history of the beast's interactions with humans centuries ago, how the beast's power source seems to fluctuate), but I think those other loose threads could have easily been omitted to tighten up the story.

A second reason why I think the story would have benefitted from an editor's expert eye is that the dialogue and characters' actions didn't seem to be authentic to me. These are experienced and professional soldiers who have seen active duty in combat situations. Seems to me that if an experienced sniper tells you his spidey senses are tingling, that instinct should be trusted rather than questioned by everyone (including his brother, who has previously trusted that instinct). In some places, the dialogue resembled exposition surrounded by quotation marks rather than words that someone would actually say. I know a few folks in the armed services and they're all more likely to drop the f-bomb than use the words like "thus" and "therefore" in the middle of a highly dangerous situation. I also saw moments where the military characters froze, hesitated, questioned decisions, had conversations, etc., during tense moments when I thought they should have been focused and professional. It occurred to me, during the first half of the mission in particular, that Rick was turning into a liability to his squad - he has the wrong amygdala for this type of profession...

Finally, I thought that an editor would have helped because of the awkward repetition and phrasing that popped out numerous times during the story. Another reviewer already mentioned the "more often than not, you're always right", which wasn't presented as a joke in the story. I was also distracted by other repetition and mistakes. For example, in the grocery story, Jacobson turned to Jacobson to say something (a minor error that an editor should have been able to catch). In another scene, a main character described how Rick *crashed* into a table and sent some china *crashing* to the floor. That type of word repetition became quite distracting because it occurred several times during the story - I wanted to yell "THESAURUS!!!" every time that repetition distracted me from the flow of the story.

In summary, it was an okay story and I don't regret listening to it. It's just a shame that it hadn't been edited better. I would easily have given the book another star if these issues had been addressed pre-publication.

I enjoyed the narration, except for the voice characterizations. To me, the voices sounded like they would belong to teenagers rather than experienced combat vets. The voice of the Sergeant seemed exaggerated in a different way (reminding me of the coach in the comedy movie 'Major League').

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

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This is one great book, I am so glad I got it.

This is a book everyone needs to read, could not believe it's his first book.

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  • Dayton, Oh
  • 11-30-17

Interesting take

I really enjoyed this take on dragons in the current world. I really liked how the men have honest reactions to something so powerful and terrifying but still have courage to fight. how the land and animals changed and mutated after the dragons appearance was refreshing. I really enjoyed how the writer tells the story from all perspectives, even the beasts, and it flowed well.

for the narrator his voice was enjoyable the only gripe I have is how 2 or 3 characters had distinct voices but everything else sounded the same and it made the experience distracting.

I received this audio book free for an honest review.

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Not My Cup of Tea

I was given this story for an honest review. On that note, while the story, thankfully, didn't have any real issues and it flowed nicely, it just didn't hold my attention. I love stories involving out of the ordinary type situations, like this story; I just had a hard time getting through it.

The narrator did a pretty good job. My only issue with him was the way he pronounced certain words. I have no clue why it bothered me so much but whenever he'd say words like "been" or "against" he pronounced them exactly how they were spelled, for example, "been" was pronounced as "bean." He sounded like he had an English accent so I don't know. Otherwise, he did a good job with the variety of voices/accents. I'd listen to him again.

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A Dragon story set in the present.

Loved the way this author integrates a story set in this day and age with a Dragon millennia years old. The narrator did a magnificent job of telling this story. I couldn't stop listening. I received this audio book for free at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Fun listen if not taken too seriously.

The book:
I found the story quite fun overall. I enjoyed the story and world it was built around and would genuinely be interested in reading/listening to more in this world (if expanded upon). I'd say this book felt like one of those popcorn action flicks where you can sit back and enjoy the story/action if you don't try to analyze it in detail. Without spoiling anything, I would have loved to have had more story related to either the corporation or the beasts (pre or post event).

With that said, I feel like it could have used a bit more world building (personal preference). Also, some of the conversation seemed a bit shallow and I felt like some of the character actions were on the unrealistic side based on how i perceived their characters at that point in time.

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Pleasant narration by Steve Campbell. I am definitely willing to give this narrator another listen despite my criticism. Two things bugged me about the narration. 1) It would have been better with some more variation in character voices. To me, it sounded like there were pretty much 2-3 variations at most. 2) My largest gripe is what i would describe as "whispering secrets loudly" voice when, I believe, the intention was a menacing or dangerous tone. I'm not sure how else to explain it.

The Audible version: I believe this was an issue with Audible version processing and not the actual written book (just a note, not accounted for in rating) but there were numerous occasions where the same sentence would repeat twice which occurred enough to be distracting at times.

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

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A different sort of adventure

The plot builds, thickens in its description, then twists to build to a crescendo!
Recommended to 17 +

I was given this audiobook for free, and I give my evaluation for free.

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I’m hooked

From the time the dragon breaks free I was hooked. Interesting intelligent mutant everyday creatures...the attacking squirrels was a genius idea. Strong men having ordinary reactions and flashbacks make the characters real. Solid action scenes. I even found myself liking the Beast and his perspective. I also liked the ending! The narrator did a nice job!

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

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 11-17-17

Fantastic Listening

Poor Henry is a geeky guy. Where his brother Rick is special ops. But when Rick get into trouble Henry is there to try to help him.
This is a delightful books. With some different twists.makes you want no need to hear more.
Each character with their own little quirks is so wonderfully written. Detail to the story was beautiful. The story is set in Ireland which has been described beautifully. Oh the Dragon (I love dragons) another character very well written m.
Steve Campbell I’ve never listen to him before was fantastic with each character voice. He made them come alive.i really enjoyed this book. I will listen to it again.
I was given this copy for an honest review.
Which I truly did.