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Publisher's Summary

E.E. Knight has proven “a master of his craft. His prose is controlled but interesting, and his characters are fully formed and come to life” (Science Fiction Weekly). In his latest Vampire Earth novel, the national best-selling author tells a tale about David Valentine’s fellow freedom fighter Ahn-Kha when he was imprisoned and forced into hard labor by the Kurians - and the rebellion he led against them....
Captured and sold to the Kurian-allied Maynes Conglomerate, to work as a slave in the coal mines of Appalachia, Ahn-Kha is angered and appalled by the dangerous working conditions, and the brutal treatment inflicted upon his fellow miners. When a protest against shortages is deliberately and bloodily suppressed, Ahn-Kha sets himself against the ruling Maynes family and sets out on a trail of vengeance through the Coal Country.
Finally, the people of the Coal Country are driven to the breaking point - and they now have a leader, a powerful and battle-hardened leader, determined to forge them into an army that will wage guerrilla warfare against the Maynes family and their Kurian masters - and free the Appalachians from their tyranny....
©2013 Eric Frisch (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 04-15-13

This Audiobook is Missing a Number of Pages

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This "unabridged" book contains a number of gaps - places where one or more pages of the original text were apparently left out of the recording. The result is a disjointed, confusing, and frequently confusing listening experience.

Someone should have the author or editor "proof-listen" to this audiobook and correct the omissions. A quick comparison of the printed hardcover edition with the audio version (especially the final chapters) will confirm a number of significant errors in the transcription.

What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

His dramatic delivery and range of voices are very impressive.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story itself isn't bad. The sloppy, error-filled transcription/editing of the audiobook spoils the listening experience.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook should be pulled from the store until the editing mistakes have been corrected. People who already downloaded it should receive a free book credit as compensation.

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17 of 18 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-06-14

This book is from the point of view of Ahn-Kha.


That was my reaction as I started reading Appalachian Overthrow. I've had a fondness for the golden one since he first crossed paths with Valentine and I was simply ecstatic to discover that this book was in his voice.

This is the 10th book in the Vampire Earth series and you really must read the prior books in order to appreciate it. This is also the only book so far that hasn't been from David Valentine's perspective. The narrator shift takes some getting used to. But once into the meat of the book, the story and action flow well and it's easy to forget that we are missing our normal protagonist. This book fills in a lot of the gaps surrounding what happened to Ahn-kha while he was separated from Valentine. There are many references to the storylines of the previous books where Ahn-kha timeline drops in/out.

I enjoyed this book- the story, the characters, and the mountain setting. The book is presented as sort of a field journal by Ahn-kha. Towards the end there is one particular section that reads like its missing a few paragraphs- dropped like Southern Command was tasked with printing the account & managed to lose a page. I delayed purchasing this book because of the comments about the missing parts & regret doing so now- I was able to pick up on what was going on and quickly got pulled back into the story.

The narrator, Christian Rummel, does a wonderful job and had a thankless task. He does a fantastic Ahn-kha voice in the previous novels but it would have been nearly impossible to use that voice for 9+ hours as Ahn-kha tells his story. That voice is what heard in my head as I read the ebook version and so I was a tiny bit (unfairly) disappointed when I started listening to the audio. The primary voice he uses is a deeper, richer version of the one that he uses for Valentine and he occasionally slips into a southern drawl.

Note: The audio book is missing an Appendix that the ebook had that describes the impact the Appalachian fight had on the other Kurian zones.

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2 out of 5 stars
By GobiD on 12-01-13

Not As Good As It Ought To Be

What disappointed you about Appalachian Overthrow?

This book is one that promises much and delivers little. Having listened to all the books in this series I was anticipating another ripping yarn. What I got, was a mish mash of ideas and narrative threads. The overall arc of the story was disjointed to the point that I kept checking the playback to make sure it wasn't in shuffle mode (it wasn't) and I almost didn't bother completing the audio book.

What could E. E. Knight have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book may have suffered from a technical glitch in that it really sounded as if the audio files had been loaded out of order. Wether this was the case or not it really seemed like the author was not reading what he wrote. There were multiple contradictions in the story lines and some blatant errors in the continuity of the story. Disappointing.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The most enjoyable scene was when the rebellion in the mines began. However, given that at least the three earlier books had alluded to this event in the story it was a long time coming in the book, was almost an after thought and felt a little glossed over.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Christian Rummel's narration is, as always, spot on. The story is still in its concept solid, it is just poorly executed.

Any additional comments?

Please don't stop writing these books! One duffer out of 11 isn't bad!

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