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This was my second book that I've listened to in the series. Once again, it's a complete standalone with guaranteed HEA.
Member of the Alpha Squad, Sean McMillan is joins looking to feel a part of something. Being half shifter and half human has always left him feeling like was stuck between two worlds. Now, with a new sense of purpose and belonging he finds himself investing a murder, but one of the key witnesses proves to be a bit of a distraction. Erin was working on a research project that wasn't what she thought it was. Now she wants nothing to do with the pretext, but can't help but feel a strange pull towards one of the new guards.
The plot was good and full of suspense and packed with action. The main characters had great chemistry and overall it was a great addition to the series.
Audrey Lusk once again delivers with a fantastic performance and dazzles with her spot-on accents! Again, my only dislike of her narration is that she sounds a bit older than the characters, but that's just me nitpicking at this point. Her performance outshines that detail and you quickly become captivated by the story and that's fast forgotten.
If you could sum up Alpha Squad: Showdown in three words, what would they be?
Quick, Enjoyable, Fantasy
What did you like best about this story?
I like how the author makes each story unique. Certain parts of the story continues the work of a group of people solving a different mystery for each book. But it's how the author goes about solving that mystery that makes it unique. I also like the fact that we have those that accept people that are different and then we have those that don't. Just like in regular society.
Have you listened to any of Audrey Lusk’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have listened to all but one of the Alpha Squad series. Ms. Lusk has been a pleasure to listen to as she lets me get acquainted with this group that are trying to protect their community. I have to think of her as a narrator instead of a voice actor. In thinking of her as a narrator she becomes a storyteller. A voice actor would bring the characters to life.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
You couldn't make a film of this book unless you made a film out all the other books in the series. Maybe a miniseries on TV would be better.
Any additional comments?
My disappointment was twofold. I was surprised how swiftly this story went by. I was hoping to keep my mind occupied as I worked out in the yard. Ms. Moone's books are very good at keeping my mind off how much hard work I have to do - makes the labor more enjoyable. My second disappointment was finding out that this was the last in the series. But the good thing is that I have one more book to listen to and then I can have an Alpha Squad marathon.
It's tough to think which characters I like the best because they are all important to the squad as a whole. I would like to think that if there shifters out there that they have someone to protect their interest. Otherwise, we may have those people that either want to experiment on them or are afraid of what they don't understand and have decided that the world would be a better place without them. Discrimination is not logical.
Will have to see what both Ms. Moone and Ms. Lusk have in store for their listeners in the future. And I'll be interested to see if they collaborate again on another series or book. But if this is the first book you're thinking of listening to please change your mind. You need to start with book one in order to understand the world that our author has created.
I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.