Narrator: Shaun Toole
Publisher: Self-published (2015)
Length: 6 hours 38 minutes
Series: Book 1 Andrew Doran
Dr. Andrew Doran is an anthropologist and a trouble shooter. The Nazis have stolen a powerful book, the Necronomicon, from the Miskatonic University and they are almost certainly planning wreckage and mayhem with it. His mission is to recapture the book. Along the way, there will be creatures of Void, temptations, the undead, and the French Resistance. Which will be his undoing?
Andrew Doran was an intriguing character to follow around. At first he comes off as a little stuffy and scholarly but then we see what he sees: creatures from the Void. I loved all the Lovecraftian stuff going on in this book, much of it centered around our main character. The Fishmen were particularly creepy. Obviously the fact that Andrew has been exposed to these types of things for sometime has made his outlook on life a little jaded. I really like that about him because he is about to get tossed from the relatively safe USA to the heart of Germany in search of a super evil book.
There is only 1 female character, Olivia, and if there was another female, she was in passing and I can’t recall if she had a name. Obviously, I would have liked more female characters since the ladies make up ~50% of the population. Olivia herself is OK. She’s a total sexkitten – scrumptious to look at, and the sexual object for a good chunk of her time on the page. Yet she isn’t totally useless. She doesn’t scream or faint too often and she gets to fire a gun and successfully run away. Still, more could have been done with her character.
The action scenes are well balanced with quieter moments where Andrew is reflecting on circumstances. Of course he has to worry about the Nazis, but then there are also the plans of the Traum Cult that stole the Necronomicon. Toss is concerns about being sold out by one of his boon companions, and Andrew has quite a lot on his mind. Overall, it is a solid start to the series. the mix of Lovecraftian creepy, action, and bigger picture save my soul stuff is great.
The Narration: Shaun Toole had absolutely awesome voices for the creepy Fishmen. I was really impressed with how he got that underwater gurgly voice and still be understandable. His German and French accents felt forced. While I could appreciate his effort, they didn’t work for me and definitely could use some improvement. That said, he was the perfect voice for Andrew Doran, being a mix of scholarly skepticism and decisive action.
What I Liked: Dark Lovecraftian creatures; a bit of WWII history; the hunt for the Necronomicon; the cover art; mysterious cult; the narrator’s voices for the Fishmen.
What I Disliked: Only 1 female; some of the narrator’s accents sounded forced.