Devoured by Jason Brant

BrantDevouredWhere I Got It: Review copy via Audiobook Monthly (thanks!)

Narrator: Wayne June

Publisher: Self-published (2014)

Length: 7 hours 3 minutes

Series: Book 1 The Hunger

Author’s Page

The world is about to go down the drain, and Lance York is barely aware of it. His own life, riddled with failures, seems to be in the toilet already. He bumps into an old coworker, Ron, who calls him ‘buddy’ but seems to be snickering at him half the time during their brief conversation. And then an apparently sick woman walks past them on the street and Lance attempts to keep her from walking into traffic, only to be hit by a vehicle himself. His wife Liz, who he is estranged from, meets him at the hospital. That is where all hell breaks out; not only is the sick woman from earlier there, but also other infected and they are getting more violent and hungry by the minute. Even with military reassurances that all will be well within the quarantined hospital, Lance, Liz, & Ron break out and flee. That is when the true adventure begins and Lance finally starts living his life.

This was another take on the current zombie craze, but an entertaining one. The start is admittedly a little slow, with Lance sniffling about his loser life and inwardly raging about his hateful wife. But once they part ways, things get really interesting for Lance and I really started enjoying his character. On the cover art, you see Cassandra (Cas) who actually doesn’t come into the story until about half way through. She is the most interesting character of the book and her arrival kicked the story up a notch. She carries a badass axe for dispatching the ravening infected. She dresses how she likes and has a practical haircut for the end of the world. I want to do shots with her.

So lets talk about the monsters. In this book they are some cross between zombies, vampires, and demons. In essence, they are all infected humans, but the infection has different stages. At first this isn’t apparent, but as the book moves forward you get to see the later stages of the disease and what the humans turn into. Also, our heroes speculate that the infected retain some of their intelligence, which makes them different from the common mindless zombies we see in nearly every zombie flick/book/tv. I really liked this aspect to the story and it added a new dangerous tone to the monsters.

Lance spent quite a bit of time early int eh book thinking angry thoughts about his wife. Justified or not, it started to feel like the author was using this scenario to exorcise some of his personal hate for a failed relationship. It was turning me off to the book because it was repetitive and Liz’s hoity-toity-ness was over played. If it had been toned down a bit, i would have gotten the idea quite well without getting bogged down in it.

The pacing of the story was good once we got past the initial moping by Lance. There were plenty of monsters that needed killing and plenty of humans simply taking advantage of the chaos. Action was interspersed with meaningful conversations or introspection. Over all, I am very glad I gave this book a try. I listened to it in 2 large sittings as I definitely wanted to see how ordinary Lance was going to keep himself alive. After all, he did start off in the chaos wearing nothing more than a hospital gown! Looking forward to book 2.

Narration:  Wayne June did a good job with distinct voices as well as feminine voices. He put in plenty of emotion where it was called for. The terror of the monsters and wonder of a new found friend came through clearly.

What I Liked:  The cover art; Cas & her axe; Lance is pretty ordinary & it was great to see how he managed everything; the monsters are more than your average zombies; I want to listen to Book 2!

What I Disliked:  Liz (Lance’s wife) is a bit over done, like the author was trying to exorcise some personal demon – it became repetitive.

What Others Think:

Aubrea Summer

Michael Loring

Fun with Books

Undiscovered Tomes

A Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson & Jeff Rovin

AndersonRovinAVisionOfFireWhere I Got It: Review copy via the publisher (thanks!)

Narrator: Gillian Anderson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2014)

Length: 9 hours 24 minutes

Series: Book 1 Earthend Saga

Anderson’s Author’s Page & Rovin’s Author’s Page

Caitlin O’Hara is a child psychologist and a mother. Her long time friend (Ben) asks her to help on an unusual case, and one that requires the greatest discretion possible. She meets with Maanik who witnessed the recent assassination attempt on her father (India’s ambassador to the UN). Tensions are running high between Pakistan and India, so Maanik and her family have to put up a strong front of family bliss and strength. However, Maanik is practically uncommunicative when Caitlin meets her, pssibly suffering from some trauma. Caitlin works on this assumption until she hears of other similar, odd cases from other countries. Soon, the story is taking off in unexpected directions, full of mystery and action.

I thoroughly enjoyed 3/4 of this book. Caitlin is a well formed character with strengths and weaknesses. I especially enjoyed her relationship to her son (who is deaf). She’s detailed and determined in her job, but doesn’t always have the lightest touch with adults. Also, her love life is nonexistent for much of the book (giving a few mixed signals to a potential boyfriend). For much of the book, she relies on facts – things she experiences directly and things that repeat predictably (even if she doesn’t understand why they happen). But then towards the end she starts making intuitive leaps – like big, big leaps. In fact, the ending of the book is a huge, superhero with a cape leaping over tall buildings leap. It was a complete change in pacing for the book and a break in character from the established very logical Caitlin. For those two reasons, I can’t say I loved this book. I quite enjoyed 3/4 of it though.

The book did pull in bits and pieces from Norse mythology and Vodou, which was an interesting mix. For the most part, I liked it. Running parallel to these elements was a large-scale, well-funded conspiracy of unknown agents. I expect there will be more about them in the next book in the series. members of this conspiracy had small parts throughout the book, but for the most part, they seemed to be in the know as to what was going on world-wide.

So, back to the ending. things got loose and weird towards the end. It was too much too fast. SPOILER ALERT There was some gene memory thing going on – memories past down through the generations. And then we get aliens. Yep. END SPOILER ALERT. I think Book 1 could have ended a little earlier, and some of this extra not so well explained stuff could have been put into Book 2 and made better use of.

Over all, it was an interesting read. I would recommend waiting til Book 2 comes out so that you don’t have to wait around wondering what you missed in the ending of Book 1 and can jump into Book 2 right away where (hopefully) everything is explained.

Narration:  Gillian Anderson did a great job narrating. Of course, I pictured her as Caitlin, but no harm in that. She pulled off the various accents well and had a variety of voices for children, men, and women.

What I Liked: The large scale mystery; Caitlin was easy to connect with; the politics added an interesting level to it; Norse mythology; Vodou; the narration.

What I Disliked:  The ending fell apart for me – too much too fast with not enough explanation for me or the main character.

What Others Think:

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Michael Patrick Hicks

Upcoming For Me

A Bibliophile’s Reverie

X Files Universe

Lightning Wolves by David Lee Summers

SummersLightningWolvesWhere I Got It: Review copy via the author (thanks!).

Publisher: Sky Warrior Books (2014)

Length: 266 pages

Series: Book 2 Clockwork Legion

Author’s Page

Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, I feel that most readers could pick it up and enjoy it. There is enough material from Book 1 mentioned to explain the background of characters in Book 2.

This book is part alternate history, part steampunk, part mystery and all those parts come together for a massively entertaining read. Set in the 1870s Western USA, Russian forces occupy the Pacific Northwest while the desert Southwest is still Wild West. Our heroes from the first book have since scattered; now the impending doom (or fate) brings them back together. Ramon Morales (who was once a sheriff) and his fiance Fatemeh Karimi (a healer and owl talker) are resting up at Ramon’s mother’s house at the start of this series. But soon they are traveling west. Professor Maravilla and Larissa are hiding out in the Grand Canyon tinkering away with the ornithopters and other mechanical wonders. They too are pulled into the trouble brewing in the Pacific Northwest.

Billy searches for work and ends up on a chili farm owned by Hoshi, a retired Japanese samurai. Soon, they are asked to help hunt down a thief and murderer, William Bresnahan. New characters are pulled in to round out this team of soon-to-be heroes; the Shieffelins, Luther Duncan, and a completely foreign entity that only Maravilla can communicate with.

A wild ride through the wild west, with a rich mix of the various cultures and political factions, this book is a most entertaining read. Growing up, I didn’t really care for Westerns because I felt they only focused on the Caucasian cultures while casting all others in a negative light (if mentioned at all). Lightning Wolves does not make this mistake pulling in many cultures with real characters that have regular flaws and gifts.

The plot jumps from character to character, giving us quality time with all our main characters. Some of my favorite scenes are where Maravilla and Larissa go off to investigate the rumor of a warrior ghost who rides a camel, haunting a certain mountain range. Just the imagery alone evinces a giggle from me. Natives of the desert Southwest may recognize several real locations used in this story (a plus in my book!).

For those who need some mechanical wonders in their steampunk novels, you also will not be disappointed. There are some carryover wonders from Book 1 (Owl Dance) such as the ornithopters. But Prof. Maravilla has been hard at work in Book 2 – there are indeed lightning wolves! These are steampowered metal contraptions in the shape of wolves and they are pretty awesome. Then there is the digging peccary, a metal mining machine in the shape of a javalina (but far larger).

I do have one small criticism for this book: many of the fight and/or escape scenes are pretty basic, like something you would see in the old black and white Zorro TV series. They also often come off rather flat as the characters don’t have any particular emotions during the scenes.

The ending was definitely satisfying and I did not expect it to be quite what it was – pleasantly surprised! For those of you who read Book 1, you will notice a minor but important scifi thread weaving its way through the plot. This comes to the forefront at the end and it is well done!

What I Liked:  The coverart is gorgeous!; lots of cool mechanics; plenty of cultural interactions; ghost warrior camel riding in the desert; mysteries and political factions; the ending was satisfying. 

What I Disliked: Some of the fight and escape scenes came off as flat.

The Dragons of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell

CampbellDragonsOfDorcastleWhere I Got It: Review copy via the publisher (thanks!).

Publisher: Audible Studios (2014)

Narrator: MacLeod Andrews

Length: 11 hours 27 minutes

Series: Book 1 The Pillars of Reality

Author’s Page

Mage Alain is on his first assignment, which is guarding a caravan as it travels through the desert wastes. Alas, desert raiders (Or are they? Pretty heavily armed to be merely bandits.) strike the caravan. Mage Alain does the unthinkable and teams up with Master Mechanic Mari to survive the attack and make it safely to their intended destination. There, Mari heads off to her first Mechanic assignment and Mage Alain must report in to his guild. Further odd occurrences and the blooming friendship between these two continue to pester them both. Their guilds have have nothing but disdain for one another and seniors from each guild worn the two young friends to stay clear of each other.

This was one of my favorite reads of the year, hands down. I am new to Jack Campbell’s work (but I heard him talk at Bubonicon this year, so had to check out this book when the opportunity came my way). The world building was excellent without being tedious. The character development was smooth and complex and deeply fascinating. The plot showed us there are plenty more mysteries to come in this series, and yet, still wrapped up the most immediate mystery and left me feeling satisfied. It was a great listen.

Both Mari (18) and Alain (17) are young for having attained status within their guilds. And their guilds seem to be incapable of letting them forget it. While this can’t be ignored by the plot, I never felt like I was being hit over the head with it. Mari and Alain are young and do make mistakes, but they also approach their work with seriousness and dedication (both of which pay off as it keeps them alive again and again). Both struggle with their pasts, as each was raised within their respective guilds and not by parents. In some ways, Alain’s training was harsher, stripping him of nearly all of his human feelings and therefore, his ability to connect with others. Set next to these two fascinating characters, we have several side characters that I am looking forward to learning more about.

In this world of Dematr, the Mechanics Guild and the Mages Guild have been set against each other for as long as the reader knows. The Mechanics rely on engineering, weights & measures, and logic. The Mages believe the world is but a dream and all but the individual are shadows; nothing is real. This allows them to manipulate the world around them in ways that Mechanics and the Commons (all the rest of us) can scarcely comprehend. The Mechanics and Mages lord it over the Commons and the Commons seem to be tiring of it. There is rumor of revolt building. Questions about guild law and history are frowned upon and rarely answered. It’s a lush world full of secrets and conflict! It was at times heart pounding to listen to Mari and Alain navigate through it.

Without giving much away, the dragons don’t come in to it until very near the end. They are completely worth the wait! some of the most exciting scenes (often coupled with the most humorous scenes due to Alain’s lack of understanding of stressed humans and sarcasm) occurred with the dragons. And let me mention that this book has a bit of a steampunk vibe to it with some of the work the Mechanics do. I am very much looking forward to the next installment in this series.

Narration: MacLeod Andrews did a very good job with this book. I loved his voice for Mari, which was a little throaty for a woman (but, hey, why not?) but also captured her humor perfectly. He also did a fantastic job of pulling off more than one emotionless Mage voice (as required by the Mage culture). As Alain grows and he starts attempting to infuse emotion into his voice, Andrews did a great job of portraying those attempts.

What I Liked:  Mari & Alain grow through out the book; great world building; fun plot that left me satisfied for Book 1 but also with enough hints for the continued series; steampunk vibe; the dragons!

What I Disliked: Nothing to report hit – this was a great book!

What Others Think:

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Interview: Michael O’Neal, Author of The Eighth Day

O'NealTheEighthDayEveryone, please welcome Michael O’Neal. You can catch me review of his book, The Eighth Day, over HERE. Today Michael stopped by to chat about action flicks, his kid-self, detassling corn, and much more. Enjoy!

1) If you could, what book/movie/TV series would you like to experience for the first time all over again and why?

I would have to go with The X Files. Not only is it still my one of my favorite shows, I would be curious to experience it for the first time in the post-9/11 world, with all we know now about our government’s nefarious activities (NSA spying, CIA “black sites”, etc).

2) How does modern pop culture influence your work? Do modern cultural references date a piece or add touchstones for the reader?

We’re immersed in our culture so it’s hard not to let that seep into the work, but you’d be amazed how fast the world changes. For instance, in the original draft of THE EIGHTH DAY a reporter references Y2K as being the biggest crises the president had to deal with so far, which in 1999 when the book was first written was this big impending thing, and two years later (after 9/11) it was a laughable afterthought. So that had to be changed.

It really depends on how timeless the culture reference is as to whether it dates it. The book references The X Files and Top Gun, and I think both have cemented their status as pop culture icons to the extent that it doesn’t date the piece at all.

3) Due to your job and training as a maritime safety instructor, you know some action is dangerous, but does your character? Do you find your background helpful in creating dangerous circumstances in your writing?

My background definitely helps, although getting expert opinion is just as important. The author always knows more than the character. Right now I’m working on a new series of books (a heart-warming tale of a girl and her dog…trying to survive the zombie apocalypse ;) and I just wrote a sequence the other day where they’re escaping in a small private plane, and the heroine’s only had a little bit of instruction on how to fly, so I thought back to my early days in flight school at some of the things I had trouble with and potential pitfalls for a young, inexperienced pilot.

4) What has been your worst or most difficult job? How does it compare to writing?

My most physically demanding job was detassling corn during the summers in high school, but as unpleasant as that was my worst job was my first job at the second college I attended. I was working at a call center shaking down alumni for money, and I lasted about a month and a half (of working 2 days a week). No amount of showering will make you feel clean after bugging a just-furloughed-going-through-a-nasty-divorce airline pilot for money. They call me now and I give them a little just because I feel bad for the poor sap on the other end of the line, having spent some time in their shoes getting cursed at. Some of the people I called were pretty cool but most were less than happy to talk to me and some were just downright nasty. I don’t particularly care for talking on the phone anyway. Needless to say, writing is a much nicer way to make money (and I sleep better too).

5) I see that you are into thrillers and action stories (The Avengers, Top Gun, Tom Clancy novels). In the past year or two, what have been some of your favorite action/thrillers either to hit the pages or the big screen?

As far as books go, there’s been a couple. Katya’s World is one of my favorite YA books, it reminded me a lot of seaQuest DSV, which while short-lived was one of my favorite shows growing up. Tom Clancy’s last book, Command Authority, was really good and unnervingly prescient, given what’s happening in Crimea and Ukraine right now. I was deeply saddened when he passed, though his co-writer Mark Greaney has taken up the mantle with Support and Defend, which you could kind of tell was the publisher letting him take the Clancyverse out for a spin on his own before giving him the keys to the kingdom. But he did a good job, the transition was nearly seamless. It looks like the powers that be thought so too, since Greaney’s next book will include Jack Ryan and all the supporting characters, rather than just one of the lesser Campus operators that Support and Defend centered on.

Speaking of the Clancyverse, I thought the new Jack Ryan movie was pretty good, but I think they’re missing a golden opportunity right now. I think they should make the Campus series books into movies and have Chris Pine play Jack Ryan Junior, and bring back Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan Senior, but that’s just my two cents.

Outside of that, Marvel Studios continues to knock one after another out of the park. The Winter Soldier was probably the best Marvel stand-alone movie so far. And the last two Hunger Games movies were really good too. Sometimes a movie adaptation will add a little something to the story that really kicks it up a notch, like some of the Harry/Hermione scenes in Deathly Hallows Part 1, and in the Mockingjay movie I loved how Peeta’s rescue, which happens off-page in the book, becomes a nail-biting almost shot-for-shot remake of the climax of Zero Dark Thirty.

6) What book should be made into a game (card, PC, board, etc.) and why? Is there a specific character who you would want to play in this game?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’ve always been a big fan of the Splinter Cell PC games since to me they were like experiencing a Tom Clancy novel rather than just reading one, so I’d probably have to go with one of his newer books. Probably Locked On or Threat Vector, maybe more the former since it featured the Rainbow counter-terror team that’s already been featured in a number of successful video games.

Come to think of it though, Jim Bernhiemer’s Dead Eye books would make a cool GTA-style game. Go around punching ghosts, always low on cash and gas, having to make allies and run errands for funds, and there would be plenty of puzzles to solve as your character figures out how to control his powers as a Ferryman and how to use them to get out of sticky situations. I’d definitely want a “Pedestrian view” so you can see your character trying to fight a ghost but not the ghost itself, that would probably be good for a laugh.

7) What were you like as a kid? Did your kid-self see you being a writer?

Oh man, me as a kid. I have a good anecdote about that. Part of my first book takes place at a place called AUTEC (Atlantic Underwater Testing and Evaluation Center, it’s a real place the Navy plays with all their underwater toys), after one of my co-workers read the book he came up to me and said “I knew about AUTEC because I used to run the civilian contract ships down there. How the hell did you know about it as a sophomore in high school?” To which I shrugged and replied, “My fourth grade book report was on a 400 page dissertation on the U-boat campaign off the East Coast of the US during WWII. I was kind of a weird kid.” I always had my head buried in a book. The only way my parents got me to go outside was introducing me to model rocketry, which after they had to run in terror from an errant home-made rocket is something they probably regret.

That said, as much as I liked reading I never really saw myself as a professional writer. I was always good at it in school but didn’t start doing it for fun until high school, and doubted I was good enough to turn pro. For most of my childhood I either wanted to fly or design airplanes or be a submariner or underwater explorer. Looking back, two out of four ain’t bad.

8) Care to share an awkward fangirl/fanboy moment, either one where someone was gushing over your work…..or one where you were gushing over another author’s work?

Unfortunately I don’t have enough fans for this to have occurred yet, nor have I personally met most of my favorite authors. Thus far the people who gush about the book are people I know so that makes it less awkward. I did spot a guy I’d met before at the local Comic-Con where I was selling my books, and this guy had the most terrifying creepy clown sounding laugh you’ve ever heard. It haunts my nightmares still. So I thought to myself “If I call out to him I bet he’ll come over and buy a book…but I will literally pay $15 to not have to hear that creepy clown laugh again.”

9) What is a recurring or the most memorable geeky argument or debate you have taken part in?

If they ever do a “VH1 Behind the Music”-style documentary about me, the time I got sucked into playing Physics Equation Hangman with my fellow aerospace engineering students in the basement of the engineering building at Iowa State will be the “and that’s when he knew he’d hit rock bottom” moment. I looked around me and thought, I don’t belong here. I transferred to flight school shortly thereafter :)

The Eighth Day by Michael O’Neal

O'NealTheEighthDayWhere I Got It: Review copy via the author (thanks!).

Publisher: Self-published (2014)

Narrator: Robert Martinez

Length: 9 hours 42 minutes

Author’s Page

In a small town in Iowa, life turns messy for highschool senior Jay Anderson. He is accused of a drug crime he didn’t commit. Luckily, his friend Kathy sways the jury and gets him acquitted. But more than that is going on in this small town. Pretty soon Rachel, Ryan, and Jeff are pulled into the mystery as well. It seems some sort of sickness is spreading through out their town, making people irritable and paranoid. Men in suits with an unusually large armament show up. Pretty soon, the 5 friends have to leave the town or end up in a bad way.

In this action flick, the teens take on fantastic abilities while trying to save their friends and family, and perhaps the entire nation. It’s a mix of genres, with some gene splicing going on, alien life, conspiracy theories, and a touch of Christian morals lacing through it all. Jay and Kathy get the most page time and have the most character growth in the book. Ryan and Jeff play important second fiddles as the 5 travel the USA, then to Russia, and finally the Caribbean. Rachel often became non-existent in the narrative as she had so few lines; in fact, I had completely forgotten that she had traveled with the guys until her voice reappeared near the end.

The story starts off strong, with it’s mystery asteroid, the men in suits, and Jay prosecuted on false drug charges. The plot started to drift a bit after that, the various threads spreading so thinly that I wasn’t sure where the story was going. But during the final quarter of the book, the author brings it all back home and does a good job of wrapping it up. So if you started this book and felt that you were getting a bit lost, keep going – it all makes sense at the end.

Through out the tale, the kids do some fantastical things. Granted, two of them have some unusual biological abilities, but that doesn’t give them the ability to win trials or parachute jump successfully or fly airplanes (all on the first try). So I felt certain scenes were definitely stretching my ability to part with sensible reality. I wanted to root for the kids, but I also felt they weren’t truly equipped to do some of the things they accomplished in this book. Plus, many of the adults were written as simple obstacles meant to be pushed over by these young heroes. They didn’t have to struggle too much against the social norms or government system. There you have my one real criticism about this book. So, if you have a great ability to suspend disbelief, then check this book out.

Through out the book were touches of Christian morals and beliefs. I am not Christian, and for the most part, these didn’t bother me, until the last little bit of the book. There, I felt that the author was borderline preachy at points. By that point, I was invested in the book and wanted to see how it all turned out more than I was annoyed by the Christian moral advice. If you are into Christian fiction, then you would probably enjoy this little addition to the storyline.

I felt that Kathy did a good job of rescuing one of the guys as often as she needed rescuing. I would have liked to see more female characters. We have Kathy, her friend Rachel, someone’s mom, and much later in the book a female Navy or military officer. There is a plethora of male characters.

Over all it was an entertaining listen once I suspended by disbelieve and became attached to the two main characters. I also liked the addition of a dolphin later in the story.

Narration: Robert Martinez did a really good job with this story. He had a good range in voices and accents, making it easy to keep track of characters. Also, the characters were often thinking to themselves, so Martinez made the extra effort to put those lines into an internal dialogue sound. There was also a fighter pilot scene and he made it sound like the dialogue was coming over a radio. Very good performance!

What I Liked:  Fun, fast-paced action flick; Kathy makes a great female lead; plenty of plot lines that the author does a good job of tying together at the end. 

What I Disliked: The kids accomplish great feats that defy my ability to suspend my disbelief; there are few female characters.

Pirates of Mars by Chris Gerrib

GerribPiratesOfMarsWhere I Got It: Review copy via the author (thanks!).

Publisher: Hadley Rille Books (2014)

Narrator: Gary McKenzie

Length: 7 hours 50 minutes

Author’s Page

This not-so-far-future scifi story has humans settled on Mars and up to nefarious deeds. The pirates of Mars are quite a mixed crew (which was entertaining) who end up kidnapping a volunteer space rescue man (Peter). But his agency doesn’t have the funds to ransom him. Luckily, he has friends who improvise a rescue. Over all, the book had a Wild West feel to it, kind of a nod to the TV series Firefly.

Once the characters were set, there wasn’t much growth. But that was OK as this was a fast-paced action flick. I really liked that none of the women were wall flowers or simply there for pretty scenery. There was a lesbian sex scene which could be a bonus or a distraction depending on your view on sex in books. For me, the sex scene was OK, bringing a slight heat to my cheeks but nothing beyond that.

There’s plenty of fun tech in ships and weapons and protective gear. I don’t need it all to be true to life functional for me to enjoy the story. I was a bit skeptical of the human race being capable of having Mars settled and infested with pirates by 2074. But that was easy to set aside and simply pretend it was 2274 instead.

The storyline was predictable but for a quick action flick, I wasn’t looking for any deep mystery or great twists and turns. Over all, I would give this book a solid 3 out of 5 stars. My biggest issue was with the narration.

Narration: I hate being negative in my reviews, but I have to be honest and say that this was a pretty rough narration. McKenzie had a limited range in voice, so many of the characters blended together. His feminine voice was almost non-existent (which was an issue as about half the cast were ladies). Also, I could occasionally hear the pages being turned as he narrated. There were some words that were pronounced oddly and I had to stop and puzzle out what he meant. Also, his words were not always clear. For example, one of the characters is named Jack. So several times there is this phrased, ‘Jack asked….’. Well, the ‘asked’ part was not enunciated so it often sounded like ‘jackass’ and I thought the characters were joking with each other or insulting each other, when in fact Jack was being inquisitive. I felt that the story was being announced, like in some sports announcer voice, for much of the book. With such a narration, I have to rate the audiobook lower than 3 stars.

What I Liked:  Fun story line; Wild West feel; plenty of ladies who are active members of the story. 

What I Disliked: The narration; storyline was predictable.

What Others Think:

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