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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Spiders everywhere

This is your typical Wong story. It falls in right where John dies at the End left off. Arguably, you could listen to this on its own. But it's so much better after listening to the first story.

David wakes to find a strange spider creature in his bed. As he is fighting it a policeman shows up. The policeman becomes possessed by the creature. This results in a crisis of epic proportions....mostly it's John and David's fault. But it's a wild ride from beginning to end.

This story felt more complete than the first novel. It also explore more complex themes like martyrdom, mob mentality, survival, and most importantly hero vs. villain. An important part of the story is that Dave and John were not exactly right but neither was their opponent. Also, with characters like Anna and Carlos, I found myself wondering who needed protection from whom. Overall I would say that this mad a more fully realized version on JDATE. I enjoyed seeing the return of Soy sauce, Amy, and Molly.

I was sceptical about Nick Podehl but he was an age appropriate choice for narration. He gave me a convincible performance.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Finally

I think Bruin is one of the most loveable characters in this series. With that being said, I'm happy to see him finally get his mate. Before getting his story and his history, I never really thought I would be interested in him as a main protagonist. But he's such an easy character to like.
I was happy to hear about the Bearen. If you follow this series, then you know about the lore surrounding the shiften, Ren, and Khain. The author finally explains why the Bearen lost their renqua, Bruins exhile, and why Willow is so important. There is also another appearance from the mysterious Leilani. There was definitely a big change in momentum in the end. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Because it's is popular

I am going to outright say that I do not care for this series. It is problematic and poorly written. However it seems so much more interesting from Christian's point of view. With some tweaking, this could be a great suspense novel (ie: You by Caroline Kepnes). But unfortunately, were being sold and unhealthy relationship as a romance.

I still love Zachary Webber. His voice is beautiful and he commits to all his performances.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Well...

I have never read or listened to anything like this. I would describe John dies at the End as hilariously scary. It's so wrong that it's right. It's the kind of humor that reminds me of Cards against humanity. David and John are anti heros. Both are slackers that get caught in the underbelly of reality. Even when David tries to escape, he can't. He literally lives in a nightmare. However his temperament makes it satirical. John, no matter how irresponsible, thrives on the supernatural. It makes for interesting adventures.
The only thing I did not like was how segment the book was. It felt like 3 different stories rolled together. I liked them all but I was expecting one long epic tale. However, there was great continuity between the 3.
Stephen R. Thorne was so snarky. I am so committed to his performance that when I watched the movie I was disappointed by the difference in tone.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

A beautiful story

Veil of Vines was one of the most romantic love stories I have indulged in a long time. I was so caught off guard because this is radically different from the author's Scarred Souls series. But I am not complaining because Tillie Cole delivered. It shows great range as an artist.
Although it wasn't as dark as Scarred Souls, my heart strings were sufficiently tugged. I believed in the setting, the fantasy, the couple, their love, and their conflict. I laugh, I swooned, I cried, and in the end I didn't want to say goodbye to these characters.
Plato's symposium was mentioned in this book and these characters truly embodied that vibe of epic love. I aspire to have this type of passion on my life.
Brian Pallino's Italian accent was very believable. He bought Achilles to life. I also enjoyed Marisa Vitali, commitment to her role.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

A new take on Zombies

I'm a big fan of iZombie. So when I first started listening to this, that what it reminded me of. However I learned that this was the inspiration for the TV show. I will admit that I like Angel a bit more than her iZombie counterpart. She is funny and raw, with southern charm. She's poor, uneducated, surround by bad influences. Ironically, her death changer her "life". I found myself rooting for her, praising her, and in the end being proud of her.
There was also an interesting murder mystery in the community of zombies. This exposes Angel to a community of zombies, the virus and the history of her condition. Some elements of this zombie virus remind me of Death becomes her and vampires.
I'm curious to see where this type of Zombie story will go.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-18

After the ship

This story picks up right when Indian Hill 1 left off. After the Aliens are revealed to the general public, the world falls in to chaos. Beth and Deb somehow find themselves alone and surviving together. They made an awesome team. However, I didn't like Beth in the first one and I really don't like her in this book. She isn't a likeable character to me. Deb on the other hand, deserved better.
In all of the disarray, Paul and Mike relationship starts to evolve. I would imagine that an alien invasion would cause emotions to run high. These characters, their actions and their motives are very different from the ZF series but in a good way. I'm also going to mention that I love Mike' s new alien bestie. I was really emotional for this one. I laughed but I could really empathize. Mark Tufo is really good at giving the humor through the horror.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Absolutely fantastic

This is another universe in the Michael Talbot adventures. It features Mike's adolescence with Paul and Dennis and their infamous car accident. However this goes into a very different direction. We explore Mike's college years with his first love, Beth.
He and Beth are captured along with thousands of others by aliens and forced to fight each other to the death. I have to say that Mark Tufo has outdone himself. This was a great story about morality, bravery, courage. I always admired Mike, but I really fell in love with this character. Paul was also very different. ZF he was a bit weak. This time around he became a strong leader.
The aliens were a very interesting species. I thought of them as smart but too arrogant. Like many colonizers, they have a superiority complex. The awesome standoff at then end was inadvertantly their fault.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction. There's action, romance, death matches, freaky aliens and hilarious dialogue.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-17

A universe where Mike Suffers

This story starts off with the infamous car crash scene involving Mike, Paul, and Dennis. However, in the story, they don't all survive. As a result, we get a very different Michael Talbot. There's still some his wit but it lurks under a lot of pain and anguish. He spends a lot of time alone and surrounded by death. While I liked this story, I found it depressing. I get that it's an alternate universe with a different Mike, different relationships (with some characters from Zombie Fallout), and different story overall; but Mike could not catch a break. It seemed like every time something good came into his life, it kept getting snatch away. I also felt like the adventure didn't happen until the end. When the conclusion finally came, I was completely blindsided, and then blindsided again. I wasn't expecting this from Tufo. It was different for him but it was good.

Sean Runnette is Michael Talbot to me. No other narrator could do it at this point.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-17

Peter Clines does it again

Upon reading the synopsis, I thought that this story could not possibly be as cool as Clines' other stories. I couldn't have been more wrong. If you took the The Matrix, National Treasure, and Back to the future, mixed all together, you would get Paradox Bound.There's this interesting concept of traveling through American History (NOT TIME) in vintage cars to find the American Dream. You also have to think about an agency of faceless men with superhuman powers chasing you throughout said history.

I think that in order to understand this story, you'd have had to read The Fold first. My theory that the dream functions the same way the Albuquerque door did. While this isn't a series, it all exists in the same universe. Understanding the Fold helped me wrap my mind around the complex concepts in Paradox Bound. Things are done and undone; people alive yet dead; life on an endless loop that hasn't started but is also never-ending. Clines took something as overdone as time travel and made it fresh. The characters are also interesting. Although Eli was a bit annoying at first, I loved his partnership with Harry. I loved the addition of historical figures with interesting backstories and motives. They gave the story more dimension and relevance.

I will admit that I am biased because Peter Clines is one of my all-time favorite authors. But that fondness is not without reason. His science fiction is the cream of the crop.

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