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Meet Travis Rail, professional transporter of supernatural goods. Aside from his martial arts proficiency, skill behind the wheel, and solid track record of deliveries, what makes him qualified to do what he does is that he doesn't believe in the supernatural claims of his clients - which keeps him objective, honest, and detached.
Or so he thought.
When his latest client has him transport a chest containing something allegedly touched by Jesus, his world gets turned upside down. Not 20 minutes into the delivery the Rift show up - an underground cult hell-bent on collecting all of the treasures of God. However, it turns out that not only were they after the chest, they were after Travis as well.
Who exactly are the Rift? Why do they want him dead? And is what he's transporting truly of Jesus?
In his quest for answers, Travis is reluctantly thrust into another delivery, transporting yet another one of God's treasures. And the closer he gets to completing this delivery, the more he learns that what he's delivering might just be bigger than the package itself.
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By Dominique on 10-03-17
Looking forward to Book 2
I enjoyed this story from start to finish. What starts off innocently enough as a simple newspaper article turns into a hell of a roller coaster ride of epic proportions that, in spite of its supernatural origins, was believable and suspenseful to me as a listener.
I enjoyed the profanity. Why? Because it's the way real people talk. The fact that there are religious overtones to the story didn't strike me as preachy as it did some other readers. I saw it as simply author's decision. Each book about a secret society has to have roots somewhere and religion is as good a place as any to start. I don't want to spoil it for you because I believe this is one of those books you should go into knowing as little as possible.
Just know that Jonathan Chateau will take you on an enjoyable journey with unpredictable twists and turns. The narrator, Chris Rice, did a fine job keeping the pace of this great story. This was a book I didn't want to end, and the further I got into it, the more I started to dread the ending because I didn't want the book to end! I got this book in exchange for an honest review. I am dying for the next story from this author.
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By Marcus on 12-21-16
Mostly-solid first entry
I didn't realize when I picked up this book that it was written by an author I had just finished listening to in "Nightmares in Analog". I enjoyed that collection on the whole, so was even more excited to give this story a listen.
I wasn't disappointed. This tale seems to be the first entry in a series about a transporter of holy goods who doesn't really buy into the fact that the goods are holy. Only, it's not that he believes in God, it's more like he believes that if there is a God, he pretty much sucks.
With this background in place, the author begins to weave a sort of coming of age tale where we see our once-resentful protagonist learn to embrace the God he shunned. In doing so, he begins to accept gifts granted to him and learn what his purpose truly is.
It's a decent mix of sci-fi/supernatural with a dash of religion. For those of you not religious (I'm not), don't worry: this book isn't preachy to the point of being annoying. For those of you who are, I don't believe the author crosses into anything blasphemous or offensive (though, as I said, I'm not religious, so take that into account).
I did have a few qualms however. The story is told in the current first-person perspective. This is simlar to the tales in "Nightmares in Analog", but since this was a full-length novel, my personal annoyances with it were a bit more pronounced. The "stream of consciousness" style of writing can seem a bit meandering, repetitive and sometimes annoying. Not enough to ruin the story, but just enough to notice.
Also, on the story front, our hero kept seeming to get himself in ridiculous situations only to need to be bailed out in some fashion. Sure the author was likely setting him up to fail so that he could excel once he embraces who he is, but I found myself wondering, more than once, why someone so pathetic was the focus of the story.
The ending, of course, sets the stage for future stories which I think I'll check out. I'm cautiously optimistic on where this is headed.
The narrator did a pretty decent job, though during conversations many of his voices (especially females) sounded too much like shouting for my tastes.
I was provided this audio book for free in exchange for a fair review. My thoughts are my own.
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