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This book has a lot going on and is hopefully the start to a fantastic series. Where to begin? First, this is part of a series and this book doesn't have an ending so you will need to be on-board for listening to the rest of the series. Second, the first three quarters of the book lays out the characters and develops them individually so while it is interesting it is a bit slow. Third, there are some sexist and racist comments in the book, nothing too bothersome but I can imagine that in today's world people might be offended. Forth, this delves into some religious ideas which are necessary for the story but could upset some devout listeners. I wouldn't call this book religious by any means but when writing about the Antichrist you need to discuss religion a bit. Having said all that this book is laying the groundwork for a huge story. This one just gives you a taste of where it is going and it has a lot of destinations on the horizon and I look forward to everyone of them. Hope the rest of the series comes out quick.
I really liked the narrator's voice. Nice and calm and soothing. He had a slight change of inflection when switching characters which I found really made everything smooth. First time I didn't change the speed too so he read at a good pace. He made it very easy to just sit back and listen.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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Hey, wanna talk about end times? The Antichrist? Dark things growing in power? Then I'm all in. This stuff fascinates me. So, throw a book at me and watch me devour it intellectually within hours. So, this was a no-brainer for me to get.
Let me lay things out for you. I am an honest reviewer if nothing else. This book is part of a trilogy or a series, ans do does not conclude in a way most people like. It has an open ending, one that leads into the next book. Secondly, this book is a set-up or what I like to call a slow burn. It does not come at you hard and heavy, but instead creeps up on you. You get to know the characters, you get to see the threat, and you get to evaluate the chances they really have in stopping it. Don't expect Die Hard type action. In fact, the only way to have made this a fast paced thriller would have been to have it start with the characters ready to make their move, and that wouldn't work because you need to get to know the group. You need to empathize with them, and fear Cardinal Xzytun------to see HIS plans, too. Making this as breakneck thrille would have failed. Also, expect some badthink happening. What I mean to say is, there is some sexist and racist elements in the book, and in today's society some people may get offended by that, but seriously, you are reading about the antichrist! There will be some topics that you aren't comfortable with, but I know people who would be more upset by the racists aspects than they would if cannibalism or incest took place in the book.
My only complaint is that the book really isn't "dark". Sure the subject matter is grim, but I have seen dark, and this feels more like shadowed. I think Aslin could have taken this down a few more twisty roads than he did. That's all. The story is great, and the characters are believable, but it is not a black pit of hopelessness.
You really do care about the characters, their plight, and will wonder if they will be able to save the world. Cardinal Xzytun, prounounced Satan if you do it right, is more than sufficiently menacing and evil. So, we are good on the story/character quality.
Salzman does a fine job narrating; I liked his style. He kind of flowed with the story. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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