A Human Element

  • by Donna Galanti
  • Narrated by Chase Bradley
  • 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Evil comes in many forms...
One by one, Laura Armstrong's friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next.
Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents' death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together.
But the killer's desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben's emotional relationship and Laura's pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his, and she has two choices-redeem him or kill him.

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What the Critics Say

"A Human Element is an elegant and haunting first novel. Unrelenting, devious but full of heart. Highly recommended." (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Code Zero)
"Be afraid. Be very afraid. And be utterly absorbed by this riveting debut that had me reading till the wee hours of the night. A thriller star is born. Don't miss A Human Element." (M.J. Rose, international best-selling author of The Collector of Dying Breaths)

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Customer Reviews

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Such a weird story, but held my attention.

What did you like best about A Human Element? What did you like least?

The one thing this book doesn't lack at all is character development.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

GASP. Insane. I loved how the story revolved around one mysterious act, and then another would happen and throw a wrench in the works... all leading up to some pretty big reveals. It was fun to see it all come together, as I was trying to predict what was going to happen all along.


Which character – as performed by Chase Bradley – was your favorite?

I think Mr. B - he sounded like Michael Keaton's Batman and it made me chuckle everytime! Chase did a fabulous job narrating this story! I loved his voice, and the quality was way better than some I've heard as of late. He had some wonderful inflections that made the characters come to life!


Do you think A Human Element needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, I think it was tied up in a nicely weird bow!


Any additional comments?

This story was just as weird as I thought it was going to be, maybe even weirder! The plot was very creative, interesting and engaging. The characters are well developed, and their was a lot of thriller and mystery aspects that I loved!

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- M. Addison

It was fate

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Donna Galanti and Auspicious Apparatus Press. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Laura Armstrong is someone special. She has great healing powers, but that does not prevent her loved ones from being murdered one by one. She has terrible nightmares about somebody who wants to kill her too. Somehow it is all related to a supposed meteorite fallen years ago, when Ben was just a child. Ben is meant to meet Laura to try to fight against this evil.

I rarely judge books by their cover, but in this case its cover was what drew me in. I was not sure what to expect from it, it seemed a paranormal novel, but it was a sci-fi wannabe. The story about the two twins was a good premise, but it failed in its execution.

The characters were just plain and I could not connect to them. Laura was just too perfect, naive and kind to be real, and Ben was broken, and this was a good possibility for good character development, but Galanti just left it as merely drafted. Relationships were forced. I never got Laura's friendship with Jim, and how her parents accepted this without any questions or concerns. And that Ben and Laura's relationship was something meant to be... I am sorry but I cannot let that pass. The word Fate was repeated so many times that I could not help rolling my eyes. It could be because I do not believe in fate, and because I do not see how it fits in a serious sci-fi novel. One of the characters could see the future, and he said that he knew some things were going to happen, but about other things could or could not, depending on people's decisions. This felt ambiguous and it was as if the author was trying to explain something very profound without succeeding at it. Due to these aspects I did not care much for the characters or what happened to them.

At some point I felt I was reading a new version of the Beauty and the Beast, where all things ugly should be bad by popular opinion. And the Beauty is all good, innocence and kindness. It was just too black and white.

There are several explicit sex scenes in the book, that apart from not adding anything to the story, seemed repetitive and unrealistic. A man and a girl, her with little experience, and him with experience just with prostitutes, meet and shortly after have the best sex of their lives climaxing at the same time. Where does this happen? Just in romantic novels, believe me. I like when sex scenes add some value to the book, or they are described in an original way, but none of these two things happen in this book.

Chase Bradley narration was not bad, but also not great. It felt like he was more reading than really interpreting, and all voices sounded the same. His voice is very clear though, and despite feeling the speed a bit slower than average, this is not a real problem since the Audible App allows for speed shift.

It was an okay book but I will not continue the series since I prefer a different kind of science-fiction.

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- Lomeraniel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2017
  • Publisher: Auspicious Apparatus Press