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In the 17th century, hundreds of thousands of Europeans endured some of the most barbarous assaults ever lost to history. Until now. As heir to the family estate, young English gentleman Christopher Clive is submissive to his grandfather's grooming, but his heart is drawn to the enchanting Irish muse, Raven O'Morrissey. When her village is attacked, Christopher makes a noble sacrifice and comes face to face with Leviathan - a godless spirit of chaos - and its world of forced slavery, jihad, and the clash of empires. Yet even as the years pass, he cannot forget the coastal mist of the sea cove he and Raven once shared as the setting of their tragic romance and of a legendary treasure that could change their fate forever. An extraordinary journey across perilous lands and a historical portrait of unthinkable evil, The Pursuit of Leviathan reveals a great monster that threatens us all - and the greater power that insures its inevitable defeat.
©2016 C David Baker (P)2017 C David Baker
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By Heather North on 09-02-17

Fantastic historical epic

Who was your favorite character and why?

Christopher Clive, he stays true to his beliefs no matter what happens to him and stays faithful to Raven, if only her memory.

Which character – as performed by Nick Denton – was your favorite?

Christopher

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Christopher finally realizes he's free.

Any additional comments?

Loved this book, and it covered an era and subject of history that isn't often seen. The narrator was amazing as well. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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By Kingsley on 08-24-17

A dark journey through middle eastern slvery

The Pursuit of Leviathan is the story of a young British nobleman who goes into slavery for the sake of a young Irish lady that he is in love with. Covering over 20 years the story takes him from England half way around the world to be a slave in the Ottoman Empire, and into the middle of the Ottoman-Habsburg War.



It is his love of the Irish lady who get's him through the troubles, with him focusing on making sure she is okay and always hoping for a complete and free reunion. That said, the love story is almost a MacGuffin for the rest of the story - it is the reason to drag him into the world, it is something that keeps driving the plot forward, but it is not the plot. This isn't a romance story.

I picked up the book based on the cover thinking it would be a Hornblower type story with Ships of the Line. It is not that in any way, there is some time on a ship but not a significant amount. But the story is not lesser for it. It is a very interesting historical piece in a period and location I didn't know much about.

The book is detailed in it's descriptions of the historical places and events. It covers life in the Ottoman empire, and the beliefs of the Muslim occupants at the time, as well as going through a major event in the Ottoman-Habsburg War. The description of this event is detailed and all the history seemed well researched. At times it is a hard read, with the details of events and suffering of the character being significant. He certainly does not come through it all unscathed and unchanged.

The main character is a Christians and is unapologetic for it in the Muslim Turkish empire; something that gets him into a lot of trouble at times. I did not find the references to his religion in anyway overbearing or unbelievable - especially considering the 17th century context, around the height of some of the Catholic-Protestant issues in England and Europe. The religion is present, the character is religion. But it is not brow beaten and I never felt like it was proselytizing.

Nick Denton does a very good job with the narration. It is varied and interesting. The main character has a British accent, while the other characters are all varied based on their nationalities - Irish, Turkish etc. I'm no expert but they certainly sounded good to my ear. He is well paced and included acting the parts - providing emotions and varying the narration to match the action or slow points.

I look forward to reading more books by Nick Denton.

This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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By Mick Coulter on 10-06-17

Loved it

Fantastic performance he really took you to that point in time. Story at the end left you wanting more.

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By Anonymous User on 09-11-17

Truly amazing!!

wow the book was absolutely amazing i could not stop listening to it, some points I was on the edge of my chair and heart was beating fast!! the narrator did a great job at all the different accents and how he read the book, it made you feel like you was in the story watching it all fold out. a big 5 stars from me.

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