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If you could sum up The Babylon Rite in three words, what would they be?
HO, LY, and CRAP!!
This story is all over the place geographically and historically. Imagine Raiders of the Lost Ark, Se7en, The DaVinci Code, and one of Led Zeppelin's mystical/mythical songs all mixed together with ancient Peruvian rituals, organic hallucinogenic drugs, and a who what why and when non-stop race unravel more than one mystery.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Have you listened to any of R.C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes - big Bray fan. He really upped his game with this one - try to picture one guy performing a conversation among a Scotswoman, an Australian bloke, two English cops, paranoid elderly witch doctors and more all while using his own voice to narrate. It's pretty astounding not to mention that he never detracts from the story with his accents or delivery.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
MANY times I found my mouth to be in a permanent "O" with my eyes bugged out of my head....
Other times I had to press pause until the laughter died down (Boris Valentine... awesome character - awesome narration!)
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I'm a sucker for the religious conspiracy genre, but Tom Knox's writing ruined what could have been a really clever approach. I'm down with the uncouth, open to engaging with unlikable characters, but when a DCI looks at a woman bleeding out in a wardrobe and thinks about how pretty she must have been? Then a lead male character listens to a key female character being raped and frets how the rapist was doing it in earshot to torture HIM? Not a single opportunity was lost to describe a female character in terms of her sexual desirability no matter how dire the circumstances.
The only thing that saved this book was RC Bray's performance. As usual, he delivers on pacing, unique character voices, and emotional impact. I suspect my Scottish and Aussie friends might have a word to say about his use of their accents, but at least it was consistent!
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