• A Human Element

  • The Element Trilogy, Volume 1
  • By: Donna Galanti
  • Narrated by: Chase Bradley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-10-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Auspicious Apparatus Press
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (17 ratings)

Regular price: $24.95

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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.
©2014 Donna Galanti (P)2016 Todd Barselow / Auspicious Apparatus Press
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Critic Reviews

" 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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3 out of 5 stars
By M. Addison on 06-05-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-04-17

A human element breaking the inhumane upbringing

What did you love best about A Human Element?

Donna wrote a captivating story that combines a great story and well-painted surrounding. I liked the detailed descriptions of the landscape and well-developed characters. The romance was a little too much for my liking but is most likely endorsed by female readers, as it gives a lot of depth to the characters but does little for the plot itself. Well, that is only me though 😉.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. B, because he reminded me of myself

What about Chase Bradley’s performance did you like?

In the audiobook version the broad American accent of the narrator rounds up the setting but requires a little time to get accustomed to for us on the other side of the pond. However, he is well capable of capturing and transmitting the atmosphere, the mood, the setting, and all the wonderful facets of Donna’s piece of art.

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

Every time when Laura, the protagonist, shows her loving and caring nature, even in the worst situations and to the most undeserving creatures.

Any additional comments?

The lives of a boy and a man change as something falls from the sky and destroys a hamlet in a remote mountain area.
The US government strives to collect all evidence and purchases all cabins in the area bar one that belongs to a recluse.
Months later a government agent ensures that the child of a runaway is born without reliable witnesses. The mother dies during delivery, but the paid for doctor has a change of heart and as he realises that the runaway delivers twins he hands over only the deformed firstborn boy and secures the second born girl can stay with the people who looked after the runaway girl.
The girl grows up with their foster parents on a farm in a nearby village and eventually becomes friend with the hermit and a boy that witnessed the incident before her birth and became an orphan by it.
Also the state agent has no proof of it he suspects that the government was betrayed and in his spear time follows the development of the two orphans, especially as he has a personal relationship to the girl and the deformed boy he brought to the government agency.
The twins and the agent have, or develop, some mystical and esoteric characteristics and depending on the upbringing the girl becomes the love part and the twin brother the hate part in a distant relationship that ends in a battle between good and evil.
but is it evil or only a mirror of the upbringing?
Is the light dark in one or only hidden under a bowl?
Can regular people help when higher powers are battling?
Is the future fixed or can it be changed?

If you are looking for a great read and like to get lost in a fantastic story you will love this book. It is a true page turner.

I am looking forward to the second part in the trilogy as an audiobook and wait patiently on the release of the third book, and I am convinced you will do so as well!

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