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Publisher's Summary

While an ugly war with its neighboring realm continues to rage, the insulated members of Ruritania's upper class laugh and dance their way through their superficial lives. Some people, increasingly disillusioned by the pointless conflict, start to consider how the King might be persuaded - or forced - to end it.
Meanwhile, an increasing number of items of great value are going missing from those attending these high society gatherings. At whom will the finger of suspicion point? Who can be trusted? With so many competing, yet intertwined, agendas, what will be the outcome of this looming of vultures?
©2016 Richard Alan Storry (P)2017 Richard Alan Storry
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 02-22-18

Perfect combo of writer and narrator

A looming of Vultures is a fine mesh of two artists. Storry creates a world filled with quirky characters, and Urry brings it to life. The story is set in an imaginary country, that feels just as real as luxembourg. It is populated by some shady characters, and the mood bounces from light to dark swiftly. One minute you have a who's on first tye back and forth between Rudolf and Wilhelm, and in the next a nefarious event has taken place. Murder, mystery, theft, and so drive the tale forward.

Storry's writing is smooth and flows like water down a mountainside. His characters are complex to a point hat you'll believe they are real people. The setting, although fictional, has an air of life to it, and you'll find yourself looking at a map to see exactly where it is.

Urry brings a formidible set of tools and puts them all to good use. He is dry when he needs to be, or cutting like a blade when wit is required. His voice just sets a mood, and you can feel the fog and shadows of a good mystery envelope you. I am very impressed with this first book, and look forward to the next in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen M. on 12-04-17

Wonderful Tale of Thievery and Treachery

What an entertaining listen! An aristocratic thief, a treacherous murder plot and scrumptious baked goods - sounds like fun to me. Will Rudy finally learn his lesson or is he beyond redemption? Will the assassins succeed or will an unlikely hero save the day? Listen and find out!

I really enjoyed this story. The dialogue between Rudy and his manservant was hilarious and they definitely had an interesting relationship. The action and suspense had me captivated. As for the narration, you can always count on it being great with Jake Urry as the narrator. I would recommend this.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Melanie Preston Lewis on 10-18-17

A lovely story

The lives of the landed gentry in Ruritania seems like an episode from Downton Abbey! I adore the language and the etiquette employed. The gentleman burglar is so endearing, I know I should abhor his behaviour, but I simply couldn't bring myself to dislike anyone so fond of chocolate tiffin! Of course, the exquisite language was enhanced by the narration of Jake Urry - a man who's voice can be likened to liquid chocolate. There doesn't exist a word, story or tale that cannot be turned into a masterpiece by the addition of Mr Urry. I'm thrilled to recommend this tale, it's simply lovely!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 11-02-17

Your magnificent chocolate Tiffin.

Delicious in every way, this book of dirty deeds amongst the grandeur of Ruritanian nobility has echos of the gentleman thief books of Raffles and sidekick, Bunny. Gloriously written by Richard Storry, a visual and gastric delight providing a colourful background to the amusing story of thefts and double dealing. There is even an end recipe for the delectable chocolate Tiffin.

Simply to say that it is narrated by Jake Urry should be enough. His excellent narration with just a twinge of the sinister gives this sumptuous and whimsical tale the needed gravitas. Perfectly read, as always, he voices the characters and paces the text perfectly, his reading not disguising the inherent humour.

Good story, definitely fun and definitely recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael M on 01-29-18

The author paints a vivid picture of another time

If you could sum up A Looming of Vultures in three words, what would they be?

Vivid
Intriguing
Quirky

What did you like best about this story?

Colourful descriptions of another time and place intertwined with an intriguing plot.
Creates a foundation for a good series of books.

Which character – as performed by Jake Urry – was your favourite?

The man servant.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Will be reading the next in the series.

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