Banshee

  • by Terry Maggert
  • Narrated by Henry McNulty
  • 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cities Fall. Dragons Rise. War Begins.
The war for Earth began in hell. First came the earthquakes. Then came the floods. Finally, from the darkened mines, caves, and pits, the creatures of our nightmares boiled forth to sweep across the planet in a wave of death.
On the run and unprepared, mankind is not alone. We have dragons.
Emerging from their slumber, giant dragons select riders to go to war. Their forces strike back at the legions of demons that attack on the night of every new moon. The Killing Moon, as it becomes known, is the proving ground for warriors of skill and heart. Among the riders is Saavin, a brave young woman from the shattered remains of Texas. Her dragon, Banshee, is swift and fearless, but they will need help to fight a trio of monstrous creatures that hell is using to take cities one by one.
With the help of French Heavener, a warrior of noble intent, Banshee and Saavin will launch a desperate defense of New Madrid, the last city standing. But first they'll have to go into the very cave where demons bide their time until the sun fades and the moon is black.
The hope of mankind rests on dragon's wings and the bravery of Saavin and French.
They have the guts. They have the guns.
They have dragons.

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I applaud Maggert for doing something unexpected

As you may know post-apocalyptic audiobooks with or without zombies, but especially with, are all the rage or maybe they are just getting more coverage these days. Terry Maggert has decided to jump in the flow of the raging river of destruction of the earth and human perseverance. Yet he was able to spin it in a way that I have not seen before. No zombies. Instead dragons and demons. Sounds so exciting right!

Demons rise from the bowels of hell destroying all that humanity has built. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, dragons rise from their hiding places to help defend humanity. We are told various eye witness accounts in documentary style throughout the story. Giving a great insight into the war that ensued that the characters along would not have given us. While it was fascinating that Maggert ventured into the biology of the life that was left in the world, I found it tedious at times. Even though I loved that idea of what life became.

Even though it has been a long long time since I read anything from the world of Pernn, a place that Maggert obviously has a more recent experience with. He was able to pay homage to the classic while creating something of his own. Because in its simplest form here we have the Dragon Rides of Pernn fighting hell on earth.

I applaud Maggert for doing something unexpected and unusual while keep some basic familiarity. If you have become board with all of the similar apocalyptic stories out there, Banshee could be quite refreshing to you. If all you want is a dark fantasy, you will find that here as well.

This was my first time listening to Henry McNulty. He has a very deep voice and a fast speaking pace. I found it difficult at times to follow what he was saying because of the speed that he was going. Do you know what I mean when I say that certain narrators connect with the listeners? Well, unfortunately McNulty and I did not connect. When I do not connect to a narrator, my mind wonders and my attention fades. However, he has some great characterizations that really helped immerse me into the fantastical world that Maggert created.

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I must not have been the correct audience...

I tried very hard to like this book. But, ultimately, it did not speak to me at all. I didn't connect with any of the characters (there are too many of them and their names are strange and there really isn't much difference between them other than A is a bad guy and B is a good guy and C is apparently female). I say apparently because there is no content/description that would lead a reader to know which characters are female (other than, of course, being told that they are).

The concept was interesting - I liked the origins of the dragons, and what they're up against. And it was believable how humankind united (or not) to defeat the demons, and what would happen within the communities, etc. So the problem was not with the world building as much as it was with the... language...

People don't walk downhill in this book, they "follow a declination". People don't look like they're sorry, they look "suitably reproved"... and the actions are written like this: they "deposited a voluminous woven basket filled with guts that were well on their way to unbearable fragrancy given the relentless heat"

It could be that I'm used to reading to-the-point/action novels where, if someone is dumping a stinking rotten bag of guts at my feet, that's how I want to see it written.

It could also be that I didn't like the narrator. His pacing was cumbersome and there was little differentiation between the characters. Some sections were narrated in such a slow methodical pace that I think it hurt any tension-building the author was aiming for. There is no swearing, sex or gore.
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- crazybatcow "I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-23-2015
  • Publisher: Terry Maggert