Birthright

  • by Adam J. Whitlatch
  • Narrated by Jeff Hays
  • 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Alien warmongers have cloned an ancient emperor to lead an unstoppable army. Gifted with superhuman powers and advanced technology, he sets his sights on his home planet, Earth, and then...the stars!
However, countermeasures have already been set in place. A young Iowa farm boy, oblivious to his powers or destiny, is thrust into a battle that will decide the fate of humanity against the new and improved Genghis Khan!

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a lighthearted adventure, science fiction novel

Earth is the genetic soup created by aliens to produce super-soldiers for an upcoming battle for galactic dominance.  Their plan rests on the greatest military leader of all time, Genghis Khan or Temujin.  His body is located and he is resurrected to force the Earth into deadly conflict.  Those who remain will be deemed the strongest.  Hope lies with the young Alex and his twin brother Quintin, created with the same strengths and powers of Temujin.  They will try to stop the deadly plot before it destroys the Earth.

Alex is guarded by three unique creatures of extreme strength and abilities.  They need to protect him as he grows in age and ability.  Temujin is years ahead, both in planning and in strength and will be a formidable foe.

The action begins early and continues throughout.  There is a lighthearted feeling to the story and plenty of humor.  Alex’s three alien bodyguards often sound and act like the three stooges.  It is hard to say if this is because of the voice portrayal or the writing, but it is generally funny and they often steal the spotlight.  Alex is a typical teenager, full of self-doubt and insecurities.  He can move objects with his mind, but can’t ask the pretty girl out on a date.

Birthright is a fun novel with plenty of action and light dialogue.  It feels like a much larger story, often alluding to events unfolding in other parts of the galaxy and with unknown aliens that don’t get fully revealed.  The first book does end with a conclusion of sorts, but clearly leads the listener onto the sequel(s).

The novel is performed by Jeff Hays.  His voice has a certain style that creates a kind of mischievous mood to the story.  He does a good job with the character voices and they are easily discerned from each other.  The production value goes a little further than many novels with some minor sound effects that are subtle and gently placed.  Very good overall.

Birthright is a lighthearted adventure, science fiction novel about flawed superheroes battling for the survival of Earth.  Not a new idea by any stretch, but humorous characters and bungling bodyguards make it an entertaining listen.  Worth a listen.

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Would recommend for YA

What was one of the most memorable moments of Birthright?

One of the most memorable moments was near the beginning when the author was writing about humans from an alien view.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I really enjoyed the first several hours while the universe and plot was being set up and then it slowed down to introduce the "good guys" and started using some voices that were a little jarring for me.


Any additional comments?

I was not the target demographic for a lot of the humor however I imagine it might go over well with YA.

Overall I enjoyed the quick pace, the world, and the general plot but I felt it fell short in the dialog and character development. Also Sam was too "Over Powered"

I received a free copy in return for an honest review.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2015
  • Publisher: Adam J. Whitlatch