Regular price: $24.95
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for $24.95
The blurb is a pretty good summary so no need to reinvent the wheel. What I enjoyed most about this audiobook was the humor. The narrator did a great job giving Dex this happy sound. Dex made me smile and chuckle and so I guess the narrator accomplished his job with the delivery of the wisecracks.
Detective Dex Daley was a riot. He was full of jokes and he was actually a happy person. It became evident that humor was his way of dealing with uncomfortable situations and also relating to others.
He came across as a very caring and thoughtful person even though he was shooting off at the mouth often. I like the world with humans and Therians (humans with a genetic mutation that allowed them to shift into allowed them to shape-shift into big cats). I thought he was a good fit at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron despite having family members there.
Sloane Brodie, Dex's team leader, took a little bit to warm up to since he was very moody. But once Dex turned on his charm, everyone began getting chinks in their Third's Armour and soon, Dex wiggled into their tight knit group.
I like the story had insta-attraction but not insta-love for Dex and Sloan. We knew something was there, but they were working towards it. I also like that the bad guy's motives mirror everyday rationale. It's stupid but it's very real. I look forward to what lies ahead for the Third as the gauntlet was thrown down at the end of this series opener. This was a good book 1.
I will hold out for book 2 on audio
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
New to the shifter genre, I was a bit reluctant to delve into this newly created world by Charlie Cochet. The first five minutes left me wondering if I had made a mistake but then the rest of the story and I could not wait to see where our protagonists, Dex and Sloane were going to next. Cochet's writing style kept you guessing and traveling fast in this interesting twist to the shifter genre. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and when it ended, I immediately went searching for the next part of the story...a good indicator that it's a good story. Mark Westfield did an exceptional job bringing the characters to life with his unique approach to the voices with his narration. I loved the dynamic between Dex and the cast of characters involved with this story. As I listened to the story, I pictured Dex as a subtle representation of Steve Martin's wild and crazy guy, with a serious side when it was called for. I laughed, cried, and became lost into this wonderful story offered by Cochet. I look forward to reading the next part of the series and I certainly would recommend this story!!!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
<br/><br/><br/>Dex makes a testimony that puts his police partner in jail. It also makes him boyfriendless and almost jobless. But his adoptive father steps up, and pulls Dex into the world of the Thirds, a shifter police-type force trying to keep the peace between the humans and the shifters. SLoane is the leader of the team DEx is placed in, and from the very start, he knows they still haven't dealt with the loss of their team mate, the one Dex replaces. There are other, darker forces at work, and when faced with the death of 3 HumaniTherian activists, Dex knows he has his work cut out to make the team accept him, especially Slaone, to whom Dex has a powerful reaction to.<br/><br/>A different take on shifters, the Thirds agents are mostly Therian, cat shifters of some kind, and they need extra special care after shifter, hence the need for a partner. Sloane and Dex have an head butting reaction, and its quite amusing how Dex deals with it differently to Sloane. Dex is witty, has excellent taste in *old music* but Sloane is straight laced, down the line, lets get this work done! These two, along with the rest of the team made for some interesting reading.<br/><br/>I enjoyed it, and will keep going with this series, Dex and Sloane dont get a full HEA, just a happy-for-now sort of ever-after, so there is more to come from these two! And it isn't going to be a picnic, I can tell!<br/><br/>Mark Westfield narrates, and this is the first I've listened to by this narrator. He has a deep clear *reading voice* and a clear distincion between the characters, making conversations between multiple characters clear and concise and with no problem making out who is talking at which time. Emotions come across in all the right places, and you get all the drama too, just where you need it. His voice made it easy for me to listen, and I will certainly listen to other work narrated by him. <br/><br/>4 stars for the narration, 4 for the story, and 4 overall. <br/><br/>
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
I loved this series when I read it the first time so I was super excited to start the audiobooks. Mark Westfield is a superb narrator, I just fell in to this world again and was so immersed in the story I felt like I didn't take my headphones off for 2 days. I exploited every little opportunity to listen to it.<br/><br/>So this is book 1 where everything begins. This is the story of Sloane and Dex, but so much more than that it's the introduction to this fabulous world Charlie has created. Dex has been working for the human police force as a detective for ten years. Following an intense court case involving Dex having turned his partner in for murdering an innocent civilian he is dismissed from the police force. <br/><br/>Sloan Brody is a defence agent for the THIRDS and also a Therian. A virus that spread rapidly during the war was treated via a vaccination Eppione.8 thus starting a waterfall of events that lead to the mutation of the virus which changed human DNA creating Therians - humans who can shift in to animals. Sloane is a jaguar therian and team leader of destructive delta at the THIRDS (Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron).<br/><br/>Following his discharge from the HPF Dex is sent to work at the THIRDS and becomes Sloane's new partner. They get off to a rocky start as Sloane's original partner was murderered on the job and he's chased away every partner since. But Dex with his happy, teasing, snarky attitude eventually wins him over. I LOVE Dex, he's such a loveable MC and he's up there with some of my favourite book characters of all time. Sloane is more reserved and still full of hurt and pain following the death of his partner but I loved him too.<br/><br/>Secondary characters are absolutely amazing and so well developed. You can tell that every character has been thought out and planned and each with their own personality and style. Mark really portrays this well when you are listening to it and I commend him for being able to switch between voices so easily. <br/><br/>There's plenty of action, adventure, twists and turns and psychopaths in this story. Loved listening to book 1 and cannot wait for the others! On to book 2!
I absolutely loved this. I’ve never really been into audiobooks but oh my god I’m hooked now. I already loved this series, but hearing it was just incredible. It’s lovely too get totally lost in a book and not waste time (I’m a huge time waster, I’d always rather read than get anything done). And hearing all of the voices of Destructive Delta was awesome!