AudioBook Review – Arisen Finale

Epic Zombie Series

Michael Stephen Fuchs – Arisen – Narrated by R.C Bray

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16 books, some over 10 hours in length… 160 hours plus in audio heaven. I promise, if you love zombies. This is just an amazing listen.

Originally I picked this series up over 2 years ago, you know the enticing box set of 3 books, (1 credit) 15 hours was just long enough for me to give it a try.

What I didn’t expect to happen did though, I fell in love with RC’s voice, and with the writers’ world and characters and was hooked… devouring all the series up to what was produced and written at the time.

I went on a very long and amazing journey with these guys and gals. I witnessed so much, felt every emotion going and I never wanted it to end.

When my driving job ended last year and I was waiting for book 13 and 14 to come out, I didn’t know it would then take me so long to listen through to the end, but I finally got through it, and I shared my reviews today.

Yes, I can’t help but gush, this series to me is a 10/10. Full 5 stars through till the end.

I could list all my reviews, but I won’t. – So, here’s my first and my last.

Do yourself a favour, get this series… today….

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Books 1-3 Box set.

I have to admit, I’m a sci-fi girl, but I picked this up because I’d some credits to spare and liked that it’s 3 books in one. Bargain.

I liked the read up and being a Brit thought yey, someone who might actually get us a little. I did think that R.C struggled just a little in the first book with the brit accents, but by the time I’d got through to the third, I think he’d really settled into it and I began to enjoy the whole performance.

When the end of the world hits, there’s Britain and by sheer luck managed to batten down the hatches and stay alive….. that is until one of the zombies digs it’s way out the channel tunnel from France. (and what an ordeal for those still in the tunnel)

I have to say the characters also started out a bit flat. 2D kinda military people who just seemed to get on and do their job no matter what was thrown at them, but by the end of book 3, I’d started to really connect with them all. The military bravado is just that, a huge attempt to just get on with the really crap situations these guys just seemed to keep finding themselves in.

So, top and bottom of it. I enjoyed spending the 15 hours with these die-hard characters, so much so I went and bought the rest of the series. And am already on book 5 

Thanks to both narrator and writers, who together made a really good team, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.

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Book 14

This was 18 hours of none stop pure adrenaline action and my heart couldn’t take it at some points. I could break down the story and the way this all came together, but the truth of the matter is I just can’t.

I felt everything these guys/gals went through, I got angry, I laughed, and I cried in buckets. There’s no emotion that this series can’t get, even sometimes a little frustration… these are serious military men in the hardest of situations and you kind of expect the utmost professionalism, but they show that humans are flawed and that being on the longest and most profound mission can make them do stupid things. I respected that and I enjoyed the fact that although we do want more from the men who serve, they are just people. 

What made this series so special for me from the get-go was just how epic I could see it was, and that it gave me something I’d not experienced before in audio.

These books and this adventure I will savour for a long time. As an audiobook fan and a writer, I will come back to these for the moments I remember and I’ll enjoy it again and again. (I do not do this, I usually don’t re-read or listen, too much to experience in life for that) but for this guy, this series and for RC’s performance, I’ll be back!

Awesome job, I am a fan of both this writer and narrator for life. Thank you so very much for a years worth of amazing stories to take me away somewhere exciting! off to find a new series to gobble up now…. I’m not sure I will be able too  tears of sadness here… guys. loved it.

Dawn https://www.audible.co.uk/…/Arisen-Omnibus-Editi…/B00QSFTYGM

E-Book Reviews – The Elder Ice

The Elder Ice: A Harry Stubbs Adventure (book 1) by David Hambling

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Ebook review #1

The Elder Ice by David Hambling is a delightful little Lovecraftian novella that gives us a taste of the world – and mind- of Harry Stubbs. Now I don’t generally read short stories as they tend to leave you wanting, and that’s something Hambling definitely accomplishes. An introduction into the universe is what this felt like, wetting our toes.
I enjoyed the investigative aspect of the novel, it helped build the mystery and suspense, learning more about not only the ‘Shackleton Case,’ but also our protagonist. I appreciated the depth he had and his struggle to remain meticulous and observant in his new profession. The author’s take on the Lovecraft mythos was interesting as well. I am quite interested and learning more about where he will take that. The grammar was great; the word choice was odd at times, though I think it helped set the scene. I definitely enjoyed some of the descriptions. They helped bring some scenes to life.
My biggest complaint was the rather large info dump that was the conclusion/reveal of what really happened to Shackleton and what he found. It felt awkward and somewhat ham-fisted, especially considering the elegance of the setup to that point, to just throw it all on the readers in a couple pages felt rushed. Certainly, this is not a mystery novella, but it does have mystery elements. I would have appreciated allowing the reader to connect more dots, or at least revealing more of this info gradually instead of all at once.
I won’t say the ending was exactly unexpected, but it did leave me unsatisfied, partially due to the length, but also due to how things worked out. If I had to summarize it with a statement, it would probably be: “Welp, that happened.”

Overall, a good read and worth the small time investment. I hope his next book is longer, I will be reading it for sure.
Rating: 7/10

The Elder Ice by David Hambling

Ebook review #2

The tip of the iceberg looms in The Elder Ice by David Hambling. This no-frills introduction to the world of Harry Stubbs is as brutal and practical as its protagonist, an erstwhile boxer and hired muscle for a solicitor’s office. The pacing suits the noir detective motif, comfortably couched in a Lovecraftian pseudohistory.

This story feels like part of a much bigger world and it does a great job of setting us up readers to want more. The style is suited to readers who enjoy pulp serials like Dr. Who, Hellboy, or The Dresden Files. With a languorous build-up of history, investigation, and espionage without really exploring the sense of mystery that it deserves. The first half of the story takes its time to set up a living, breathing world, reverent of tales of adventure and exploration. Hambling’s scenes set in the local tavern are lovingly described and genuinely welcome the reader in detail while the cold winds blow in the streets beyond.

The story pulls readers in up until the very end that rushes upon us and frantically ends with a climax that unfolds too quickly for its own cleverness. A standard for the genre, the story is genuine and quite enjoyable but needs space to breathe, needs more stirring.

Harry Stubbs is presented initially as relatable and thoughtful, self-conscious of his own shortcomings, but it’s unclear how and Edwardian-era boxer and son of a butcher owns such a robust vocabulary, this ends up feeling jarring amidst the otherwise tight and thoughtful dialogue.

The world is crisp, the story is direct and effective; The Elder Ice rings true to century-old detective novels or strange tales in general, with some rough edges that don’t really slow it down until the abrupt and expected end that leaves us wanting more in a good way.

Overall rating: 7/10

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AudioBook Review – The Elder Ice

The Elder Ice: A Harry Stubbs Adventure

 

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By David Hambling
Narrated by Brian J. Gill

Favorite Quotes:

“…I would never back away from a fight. I removed my bowler and hung it on the iron railing next to me; as though on a hatrack.

“Gentlemen,” I declared whilst unbuttoning my coat. “I too am a working man myself, and I do believe; you’ve taken money to do a job tonight.” I hung the coat next to my hat.

“Well then gentlemen; let us get to our work…”

“The prybar; is a useful, I might say ‘indispensable’ implement for the modern house breakers.”

Harry Stubs; what a legend. This ex-boxer turned butcher’s collections agent is one not to be trifled with. Having no problems going a round of fisticuffs with the next able chap, Harry enjoys hands on work. While investigating the whereabouts of some otherwise would be debtor; Harry is swept up in a world of mystery and intrigue. Unbeknownst to our protagonist this specific assignment is more than he bargained for.

I am a long standing super fan of H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu mythos. Really I am hard pressed to find a new story that comes out under the banner of “great old ones” and “Cthulhu Mythos” that makes me pay attention. My complaint about this novella is: ITS TOO DAMN SHORT!

Honestly this audiobook was fantastic to listen to. The writing of David Hambling is a real joy to experience. Having been teamed up with Brian J. Gill for this book; the team works wonders together. Hambling is able to really pull out enough cockney accent in writing that Gill can easily pick up the accent trends and shift seamlessly between them.

Hambling’s writing really shines during the last 5 chapter of the book where the actual “Cthulhu Mythos” section is held. Let me tell you, my mind was blown. I consider myself someone who thinks outside of the box, this was some next level contemplation. I had to listen to chapter 9 specifically more than once to get all of the nuances delivered in such a short and sweet audiobook.

Coming in at just over 3 hours; this book is a total delight. Please do yourself a favor and check out this fantastic book and figure head for the remaining series. All books in the series may be found on Audible at the link below.

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Overall 7/10

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Web Novel Review – Aethernea

Aethernea by Chloe D. Frost

This a web novel that I really wish I could like more. It is set in a fascinating world where you (eventually) learn there is only one country left standing. Regardless, it is certainly well thought out. There are two main races of intelligent beings (the Argel and the Elibu), though a third has been hinted at, and one enemy called ‘The Tainted’ of which, very little had been revealed. The magic system has been well thought out; the two races independent systems is a frequent topic, which leads into one of the main flaws of the series: the numerous info dumps that not only break the flow, but also slow down the already somewhat molasses-paced story. There was one chapter that was entirely devoted to describing one of the tests for the entrance exam. I appreciate that there was a lot of thought into these tests. However, we do not need to know the minutiae of it. Another big complaint. Over 100 chapters devoted to the /entrance exam/ of the magic school. Granted, other things happen, but it’s not like other stories I’ve read, where events are continually occurring, and that’s why very little actual time passes. There isn’t enough for it to justify taking this long. Now the characters. I like Kiel and Elaru: it did feel like Kiel was opening up more to her, but honestly, they seem to be developing a bromance much more than a romance. The fact that Elaru hasn’t (as of where I have read) really reciprocated opening up or stopped jerking Kiel around at all makes him feel more like a fun toy to her. He does have a stick up his ass, and a little bit of spontaneity does him well, but she keeps throwing ridiculousness at him. In summary: I enjoyed the world and the mystery surrounding it. I really do want to find out more. The characters are well written, though not always likable (which is fine). Unfortunately, the pacing is sluggish, the flow often broken, and the characters don’t feel like they are developing the relationship the author promised us. Overall rating 3 stars. With a good edit, I think this could be fantastic, but right now it is only average.

AudioBook Review – Apocalypse Gates

Rapture: Apocalypse Gates

Written by Daniel Schinofen

Narrated by Andrea Parsneau

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Favorite Quote:

“…Your reaction was to save me, again. You have been my hero…twice now.” He met her conflicted gaze with his mostly emotionless one.

“I’m no hero Gothy. I’m a very flawed person, deeply scarred, and broken..

We all are, to some degree, hero…”

Lit: Apocalypse Gates, is a third person narrative following around the anti-hero antics of “Alvin”, who goes by the delightful moniker; Al. Having awoken after some time, Alvin is greeted with a snarky A.I. named “Scott” in a room otherwise devoid of comfort. Steel to sleep on, a toilet to piss in, that’s about it. Scott takes time right away to explain in pretty good detail, the predicament Alvin is faced with.

Having his brain removed upon death, and sold away as part of a debt owed by some unknown force/being; Alvin is understandably confused. He takes no time in coming to grips with his new situation however. Immediately upon his exit for the “tutorial mission”, Alvin comes across a few zombies or what this game calls “shamblers”. Easily dispatching of these would-be assailants he carries on to succeed with more and more missions. Ultimately he finds himself in “Open World Mode”, where the characters you meet in the beginning chapters, flesh out their backgrounds and really grow.

Honestly, I liked the book right from the beginning. The initial meeting of Alvin and Scott (who becomes Jarvis later) is a classic comedy duo routine. Goof on one side, snarky/witty counterpart in opposition. Alvin himself is a very “rough around the edges” personality. We find out more about his past later on which explains his motivations and attitude in the beginning. He isn’t so much a “heartless psychopath”, as much as a man who just “knows what he wants” and “stands for what he believes in”. For a scenario like this, that attitude is king.

The world Alvin is dropped into, has just suffered an extremely catastrophic event; “The Rapture”. At least that is how it is best explained in the plot from a pretty well done “plot reveal scene” between Alvin, a soon-to-be zombified priest, and a couple of greasy spoon employees. Soon after Alvin is reunited with a set of survivors he saved from the first half of the book.

This survivalist duo “Bill” the gruff, handlebar moustache wearing ‘nam vet; and his daughter Susan. A buxom and beautiful redhead. Believe me, those details come up more than once in this story. With the help of Bill and Susan, Alvin is able to start up his first opportunity at “Settlement Building”…

RPG: I really enjoyed the flow of Daniel Schinhofen’s base building and introduction to those game mechanics in the book. Sometimes a borrowed base building idea is more clunky and should be avoided in a book. This one works well however. Reminding us all of the great base building games, that one in particular….”nuclear winter…something?”

The citizens of this newfound campground/compound drag up leftover bits and bobs or whatever detritus is lying around: old cars, slain monsters, houses(eventually?) Feeding them into this massive scrapping building, which can then be turned into stuff, to make more stuff. You’ve played video games, I’m sure, you get the point.

What I really enjoyed was the approach from Schinhofen with his characters. They just get it. Its post-apocalyptia madness man! It just got real! They all, thankfully, immediately understand. I’m all for “real people”, but sometimes, “real people” are just badasses. Usually also a bit crazy, but hey, no one is perfect. This attitude is shown by nearly every person in the book, makes sense. If it IS after the rapture, then who is left except “the sinners/weak of faith”?

With that being said, there is hardly any unjustified deserves dished out between MC (main character) and random people in the book. Alvin and Co. Are a full crew of awesome adventurers. Seeking solace in a word otherwise forgotten.

My biggest cons: there are quite a few explicit sex scenes that come out in the back half of this book, that, I’m going to be honest; made me blush. Andrea Parsneau, hats off to you for those. Unfortunately, there was a voice that just did not sit right with me from Andrea; Jarvis. It is minor however. Good attempt, but, a swing and a miss.

Audio: narrated by the ever talented Andrea Parsneau, the otherwise entire cast of characters is met with full believability. More often than not, though author and narrator weaving their magic together, the listener is able to fully imagine whomever would be speaking. You can really picture: Alvin, Bill, Susan, or even “meth dealer” from her voice alone. As always her performances are mixed and mastered to perfection with very little occasions of “not being able to hear” or “mixed too high”. Well, a couple of “high notes” but I won’t ruin those for you.

Summary: I am very glad to have had the opportunity in reviewing this book. It is vastly different from most LITRPG out today, but, is already a pretty solid hit for me. Daniel Schinhofen and Andrea Parsneau are a wonderful combination of literary and oratory presence; that makes you feel warm and cozy; secluded in a pillowy cocoon of love and righteous murder. Spend the credit. Buy this book. You won’t regret it.

Especially if you like: radscorpions, sarcastic flavor texts from pop ups, long winded butler robots, Monty Python jokes, driving a Vega, c-b radios, Fanny packs of unlimited storage, goth chicks, lots of descriptive sex, anti-heros, and most of all…The Mustang Boss.

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Apocalypse Gates 1…

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EBook Review – Adamanta Series

Adamanta Series – Book 1

By: T.Y. Carew and Jess Mountfield

 

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Adamanta is a great sci-fi book that is essentially a novel form of a tv show, It’s probably closer to that than even some novelizations of actual tv shows. There are even episodes for christ’s sake. This comes with ups and downs, but I will start with a brief introduction.

The book starts with an introduction to our small crew (Xander the Leader, Matt the Fighter, Drew the Tech, and the alien siblings; Tyra the Pilot and Trey the Heavy) but quickly throws us into the action against the faceless, killer aliens. We find out more details as the book progresses, though some details remain a mystery (and some of those that I wish didn’t). Though the setting is of humanity quickly losing a galactic war, this acts more as a backdrop and an occasional story agent than anything else.

The episodic nature worked well for the story, allowing the different “episodes” to have a variety of themes, from a chase scene to a mystery, even ‘plot’ episodes if you will. It also allows them to skip over some of the boring in-between that goes on, well, in between. The unfortunate side effect is that there was a certain lack of descriptiveness I noticed throughout the novel. Some places were worse than others, but I occasionally found myself mentally floundering when it came to imagining what the authors had in mind for a planet or structure. I still have no clue what Xander’s looks like. Granted it has little effect on the story, but it would still be nice. I would say the ‘military’ piece of the military sci-fi is not a strong factor here. The team is quite small, they report directly to a general (who I definitely imagined as a police chief from a buddy cop movie several times “Damn it, Xander! You’ve toed the line too many times!”) Their main technology is new and untested. Really, they say sir and take orders. They even wear a uniform most of the time. OK, that’s a joke, not a criticism. Point being, its light on the military piece.

Overall, I have few complaints. The grammar is excellent; I appreciated some of the word choice. A bit pulpier that I usually go for in my space sci-fi, but I will certainly take a gander at book 2.

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Not a Review :)

THIS IS NOT A REVIEW…

I thought it would be nice to step away from the “critical aspect” of being a reviewer and just talk about why I love to do it. Books have always been a huge part of my life. From the first time I read “Dragon’s Eye” by Stephen King; I absolutely fell in love with fantasy. I was 10 years old for that one.

Over the next 20 years I have had the pleasure to read some amazing works of literature: DUNE, The Dresden Files, Tales from the Nightside, Lord of the Rings, Drizzt and the Underdark. Not to mention some amazing authors like: Neil Gaimen, Robert Heinlein, Dean Koontz, Roger Zelazny, and Clive Barker.

However, I have recently found other works that are just as amazing and life-changing for me, as these were. All of them being under the genre of “LITRPG”.

LITRPG combines a very unique combination of: Sword and Sorcery, Technocraft, Steampunk, Cyber-Noire, Fantasy, and even Romance. More often than not the characters portrayed in this format are so life-like and realistic; they read like watching an amazing Broadway play. One of my major loves, and what I look for in a book are: “how do the characters develop?”. I just really can’t find the words for how some of these works of art have touched my heart.

There are so many incredible artists in the literary world who, unfortunately the vast majority of the reading world will not touch; because of the genre name “LITRPG”… Let me be the first to tell you; this genre rocks. There are stale archetypes and character creations, sure. Overall however, the stories breathe such fresh life into my favorite hobby, that my world would be a much darker place without them.

Artists like: Blaise Corven, Charles Dean, Matthew Dinniman, Aleron Kong, Dakota Krout, Michael Chatfield, and Dawn Chapman. All of these authors bring together such an amazing balance of story driven character development and overall world building that for me, offer an amazing ability for multiple reads. If you’re a fan of these books, or even if you’ve never heard of the genre, please, please do yourself a favor and read anything published by these authors mentioned above.

If you enjoy audiobooks compared to ebooks or physical copies; this world of wonderous works opens its pages so much further than just by reading. Being an avid fan of Audiobooks since I found my first in a flea market for 5 cents; I find myself re-listening to these books more often than any others’ genre. There are so many talented and valuable voice actors that subscribe their time to recording these literary works of art. Some of these narrators include: Tim Gerard Reynolds, Andrea Parsneau, Jeff Hays, Annie Elliott, Annelise Rennie, J. Scott Bennett, Neil Hellegers, and David Stifel.

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AudioBook Review – War Aeternus 1: The Beginning

War Aeternus 1: The Beginning -Charles Dean
Narration – Jeff Hays and SoundBooth Theatre

 

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Favorite Quote:

Miller: Don’t worry, the herald never hogs the blood and glory. If bad guys show up he’ll be sure to let us kill a few of them too.”

Ling: I don’t think that’s what he meant…

Miller: ARE YOU TRYING TO STEAL ALL THE HERALD’S GLORY?!”

Overview:

Some of you may already know the works of Charles Dean via his first foray into the world of writing as “The Bathrobe Knight”. This however, was the first for me. Honestly, I really enjoyed it.

Having a story telling rhythm akin to my own, Charles Dean fills his pages with a total menagerie of: puns, slapstick comedy, famous references, several Easter Eggs, as well as many references to old MMORPGs that no one knows of except the people who spent years playing them; Dark Age of Camelot anyone?

Story:

This is one of those “a God came from on high into the real world, kidnapped a poor sap, and made him that god’s plaything.” Our benevolent religious icon of worship in these pages is none other than “Augustus: God of Drinks and Crafts”. This entire first book is basically world building and character development. There are a lot of things covered in the story from: introducing the main character to his plight, rounding up and understanding the group’s characters and their abilities, as well as a bit of love sprinkled here and there.

Thankfully he stays away from the trap of “Harem Building” a lot of LITRPG books delve into. Instead he focuses on more “realistic fantasy” in a world of sword and sorcery. The plot for the book is an interesting one, in that the kidnapped human is brought to this world and becomes an “NPC” or non-player character. This sets off a slew of questions from “Lee” (our main character) about just exactly what he is and what he is supposed to be doing in this new world.

Augustus first introduces himself to Lee as a mouse in his office building. He then kidnaps Lee and takes him to an open air arena to face off against a zombie swordsman. Lee fends off the zombie, all the while Augustus is mocking, and doing his best to distract Lee during his first battle. Lee eventually beats the zombie and is set loose into the world to find “more people/NPCs to worship Augustus as their deity of choice”.

This is where we meet Miller. A tall, muscled but still lanky Firbolg, who dreams of nothing but becoming “A great Paladin Warrior!” Miller is a total boisterous, and battle ready badass who wields a spear and tremendous power to verbally assault his victims. Often he foretells how they are to die in some horrific fashion, proceeding to follow that death out to the letter. Let me tell you, some of them are….imaginative to say the least.

Charles Dean himself, does an amazing job of weaving a wonderful story balanced between: might and magic, pain and pleasure, righteous and sinful. Often putting Lee in just enough of an uncomfortable position to really make the reader squirm under their own moral compass. His ability to astound and amaze all adjuncts adventuring around this audacious and awesome array of alliteration, makes me smile. If you listen closely you can pick up some real wonders indeed.

Narration:

Nothing of this story is spoon fed to the reader. Luckily Dean managed to get none other than Jeff Hays himself to narrate this soon to be “LITRPG classic”. Using close to the same southern-style voice we would hear in other works; in this one, it fits. Hays’ ability to cast such a wide array of voices for each character is still surprising to someone who has listened to the large majority of his works so far.

As usual the production is crisp and clean, with no dropped words or poor mixing/mastering. Hays really has a great team behind him who can spot and equalize any problem before it comes to the customer. I for one, have never had a problem listening to any of his work to date.

Summary:

It took me a while to get around to this book, and, I’m sad for that. I had no problem wanting to sit through this entire book in one go. Coming in at just under 14 hours; that is hard to do. However I have definitely found another book to go on my “few times a year” re-listen list. Check this one out, you will NOT be sorry!

Buy this book if you enjoy:

Gratuitous violence, famous cameos, abundant alliteration, Jeff Hays being “Jeff Hays”, spear wielding maniacs, drunken shapeshifting gods, laughing out loud at 3 am, making believers out of fried chicken, using mice as scouts, and especially if you like: Drunk-Fu!

Overall rating: 8/10

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AudioBook Review – Fighting Iron

Fighting Iron – Jake Bible
Narrated by J Scott Bennett

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“…I had a feeling you had fight in you. You got away from General Hanson, most men don’t make it out of that ranch house…and if they do; they only get so far before ending up in her “fun house”. You, got ALL the way out….”

“Confidence is not the same as Ego.”

One of my most loved memories as a kid, was coming home to drone away hours on; Mech Warrior 2: 31st century combat. Talk about “amazing graphics man!” In 1995…on MSDOS mode…like a boss.

With that being said you can completely understand my immediate attraction to this book. It HAS a MECH on the COVER! That alone has to say something about the adventure within. Not to mention a little nod to the Bram Stoker award nomination; hey, can’t knock the hustle.

We have a motley assortment of characters, which is to be expected based on the subject matter alone. Be it: desert wasteland Mad Max style, the original West Word circa 1973, my beloved 1995 “hyper-realistic” Mech Warrior video game, or even some of John Wayne. That’s right, “The Duke”…in. A. Mech. Full on plasma cannons and hand to hand combat. Well, Mech vs. Mech as it were.

Hopefully you have gathered from my odd collection of comparisons; Iron Warrior delivers all of it in one: action packed, punny, fantasy living, memorable listen clocking in at just under 10 hours.

Our protagonist “Clay” runs afoul of a well off, yet struggling Land Barron in the area. One; “General Hanson”. However, At first you are greeted by Clay and some light background information peppered with world building. This is “futuristic dystopia” at its finest. A bit of a love story develops later on towards the second half and the arc for this particular story. Again, as to be expected.

Half of this book is Clay stumbling upon a huge power source in the middle of “nowhere in North East Mexi-Cali” which, believe you me, is different from Southern Mexi-Cali. By nowhere I mean: the boonies, the sticks, splitsville Jack. The General’s compound is filled with a bunch of “soldiers”, who, are trained to fight and kill another Land Barron’s different yet equally-as-trained “soldiers”. According to the book our General Hanson has been on the short end of the stick and is looking to rectify the situation. At all costs. That is just the first half; the story hasn’t even started. Believe me, I have spoiled nothing this book has to offer.

On pure talent alone, this story can stand out clearly to me while still maintaining its amalgaus originations. Clay carries a heavy burden in carrying on his family name and honor. Traveling the world as a mercenary of sorts, selling his Mech and talent in hauling shipments and cargo which would need protecting.

Contrary to most modern authors who spend their time developing a story with which to spin into a series. Jake Bible avoids this majorly by keeping the “personal world” of Jack McCauley just that; withdrawn. This by no means makes the character a shut in or introvert. More on the lines of “The string silent type”; to which I introduce Mr. J. Scott Bennett.

This narrator has been perfectly chosen for the roles in this book. His overall narration reminds me of Sean Runette or even Neil Gaiman reading his own works. All of which have a mellow and even cadence that is easy to fall into and enjoy. I had no problem enjoying this all in one sitting. As usual; the mixing and mastering of sound was top notch. No: missed words, clipped sentences, nor even dialogue mixed too low to hear on my soundbar. The entire book was a clean and crisp read.

I for one am going to be looking forward to Mr. Bennet and Mr. Bible teaming up for a second round…which is already available through audible. Check out the books guys, you will thoroughly enjoy them if you like (last list I promise):

Cocky sidekicks, a world that runs on hemp, if you support La Revolution!, 50 foot tall robots, John Wayne shooting rocket launchers, desert wasteland saloons with burlesque shows, graphic nudity and adult situations, a nearsighted marksman, and especially if you like; Harriet Tubman.

Overall rating 7:10

Fighting Iron 1:

https://audible.com/…/Sc…/Fighting-Iron-Audiobook/B01DOFGP7O

Fighting Iron 2:

https://audible.com/…/…/Fighting-Iron-2-Audiobook/B01LZEJWMX