Broken Nights

  • by Matthew Davenport, Michael Davenport
  • Narrated by Carson Beck
  • 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the wake of their mother's death, Jason and Amy Night tried to get on with their lives. While Amy buried herself in her work and taking care of their ailing father, Jason took another path. He donned a mask and became the protector of Darden Valley. He became The Guardian. When Darden Valley comes under attack from more than just crooks and thugs, the siblings will have to lean on each other to protect their family and defend their city. Does the Darden Valley Guardian have what it takes to protect his city while his family is under attack?


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Good story, atrocious audio editing!

While the story of this was good and the some of the ideas were really unique, I think it was the quality of the recording that let this down in a big way!! The narrator himself was OK, his male voices were varied but his female voices left a little bit to be desired. I found it hard to follow who was talking at any given time. For the narrator I'd give maybe 3 stars to but the quality of the audio would be 0!! I was left wondering did anyone listen to the full recording before putting it out there!! The narrator stumbled and repeated himself multiple times throughout. There were times when I thought I might have hit playback but I knew I couldn't have done it so many times. He also paused for what felt like minutes at a time during scenes. I found there was also some background noises sometimes, I think I even heard a dog once but I definitely heard music at one stage! It felt like he was recording it in an empty chamber at times too. Very kind of..... staticy and echoey. I went to put it aside plenty of times but continued on anyway.

Now onto the story itself. There was plenty to like about the book. I realy liked Jason! He is just a normal geeky boy doing a kind of "Batman" thing! He runs a comic book store during the day and becomes something else at night after his mother was killed. He buys his protective gear from Amazon and uses his mixed martial art to help him. It's not till he is seriously injured that he decides to include his sister in his scheme. With her on board, he is able to use her expertise to upgrade his equipment.

Initially, from the cover, I thought Zombies with a superhero with super powers, but it's not, which I quite liked. I liked the technology in the book, I liked that the females in the book were all capable and fairly kick ass. I didn't really like that we have a good few unanswered questions which left the story with an unfinished feel to it. I didn't particularly like that Jason went fighting burglars instead of actually going out and fighting real evil! The police could have handled the burglars but there was never any mention of them. The few times we see the masked vigilantly, he just seems to be going after the easy options. That's just me though, I always expect my superhero books to be super and action packed!!

Anyway, this has potential. I think it could become a brilliant superhero series because the bones of the story is great, it just needs a little more something.... It also needs to be heavily edited for the audio. It's a shame to not fix the bugs!!

*I received a copy of this from the author for review. This does not affect my thoughts.*
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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Batman on a budget!

Any additional comments?

The concept for this book was great! It is a vigilante adventure in the vein of the Punisher or Batman. We have a regular person, some martial arts training, and gadgets against the bad guys. As is expected, he’s got a chip on his shoulder for criminals.

I wanted to be Jason Night when I was 23! I watched a couple parkour video and practiced jumping from stuff and somersaulting. I took all sorts of martial arts classes. I even have a tie just like Jason’s only tie in my closet right now! It too, was from a wedding a few years ago.

I received a free audible code in exchange for a voluntary review. I get freebies often and don’t review them all. I do give them all a try, but if I can’t finish the book, I don’t leave a review. Sometimes the writing is poor, other times the tone is pessimistic. Because of this most my ratings are four or five stars. I finished this book, thought it was a fun adventure, and would even listen to a sequel, but two recurring elements forced me to think this book earned only three stars.

First, for a comic style adventure, I found the pace of storytelling slow. By that I do not mean a fight scene to story building scene ratio. I mean that the frequent use of passive voice pulled me out of the happy pretend land between my ears to figure out the Subject Verb Object sequence of the statement. Another pace problem was restatement. The story goes here, then confirms that it went there. As if I didn’t understand what was just stated. The prose also had tons of unnecessary that made sentences over long. Changing points of view within one scene also distracted me and if found most of the POVs were unnecessary. If Jason night observed Amy’s expression and implied what she was thinking, we would not have popped out of and back into Jason’s head to learn that Amy was worried. Word choice also jarred me. The word tire was used four times in one paragraph. It happened again and again. At one point some bad guys were described as horses because they were pulling something, but the word horses recurred so often in the scene that I wondered if Jason was fighting animals. Don’t worry PETA, they were people.

I removed the second star because I feel there was a lack of research. Neurons are one example. A character describes “natural paths in the brain” instead of saying neurons. If neurons were better understood then a concept like have the knowledge of martial arts means automatically being a great martial artist would never have made it to print. It takes very little time to understand a martial art move, but constant practice to make the move work well. The reason for this is because neural networks grow each time they are accessed. They also shrink if not used often. That is why practice makes perfect. Some of the fight scenes gave me the impression that Jason did not have the training he claimed to have. Specifically “mma on the ground” or grappling and Jui Jitsu. One scene has him scissor sweep his opponent, stand up, position himself, and return to the ground to attack. A grappler would not return to his feet and get back down again. Instead he would use his chest to press the opponent flat to the ground and spin like a pin wheel. It’s a warm up drill in the mma classes Jason would have taken. It would be drilled into his instinct.

If either of the issues happened only a time or two, I would not have noticed, but they happened all throughout. Normally I would have stopped listening, but like I said at the top, I really did enjoy the book! Thorough editing could make this book a Best Seller. These are all just one person’s opinions. If you don’t fuss over writing style and martial arts, I’m sure you’ll think I’m being crazy. You’re welcome to that opinion, like I’m welcome to mine.

I think the authors brought a unique twist to the genre by going to great lengths to describe how every day attainable items that you or I could buy or already have, made up Jason Night’s arsenal. The phone app was my favorite.

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- Shane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-19-2016
  • Publisher: Davenport Writes LLC