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By Ray Johnson on 04-22-18
From Slave to Spartacus? More Hunter to Hero
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am an absolute sucker for time travel stories. It doesn't matter if it is temporal dislocation or intentional travel it pulls me in; so, when I saw that we had a tale of an Ensign sent back in time I was intrigued. I'm glad that I opted to get this book, because it was bleeding fantastic.
This is a classic story in which a man wakes up, torn from his own time, to a place that he is unfamiliar with, and is forced to learn how to adapt to his new surroundings or die. Here, we have Hunter, who takes this survival stuff to heart, and before you know it, he is a full fledged hero. Kind of like Conan, but with moral and ethical counterbalances. He does not, in fact, seek glory or to improve his own lot in life, but because he continually does the right and proper thing at the right time he garners respect and power. His real troubles come when he lands smack dab in the middle of a rebellion, and is charged with protecting someone (a noble's daughter) until he can get her to safety.
The book is packed so full of action that if this weren't an audiobook just opening the cover would cause one of those snakes in a can to pop out at you. It also has humor, and a nice message about doing the right thing. If Watkins was the chef for this story, then Jack de Golia added all the flavor and spice. He knows how to tell a story. His voices are unbelievable, and his pacing is spot on. He adds a lot to this story without stealing it away from Watkins, he's pretty smooth in his delivery.
Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-07-15
interesting and well written adventure sci-fi
Hunter: Warrior of Doridia is an interesting and well written adventure sci-fi book.
Reminiscent of John Norman’s Gor series of the 70’s, John Hunter is transported to a new land, a new time and a new life. He must struggle to fit in this new world. A former navy ensign, Hunter awakes naked and in a strange land. Making the best of a bizarre situation, he approaches some travelers and when he awakes yet again he finds himself a bound slave. Being recognized as a free man, Hunter is freed to pursue a life as a warrior or Sekker. Hunter struggles through intense and severe training. Learning to fight with rudimentary tools, Hunter becomes very adept in his new life.
Finding friends along his journey, he finds himself in the center of a rebellion. He is charged with transporting a noble man’s only remaining single free daughter to a safe place. Hunter encounters deceit and violence – and not just from the rebels! He must teach this free haughty woman to play her role as slave girl to ensure her safety and return to her home. Rising in rank, Hunter is a man of honor and skill, Hunter succeeds but not without cost. Although he adapts to his new home quickly, he is still an honorable man and struggles through the themes of bondage, sex, slavery and man dominating women.
Character and plot developments are done quickly and efficiently. It is a quick moving book that leaves one breathless. Well constructed, the reader has no moments of confusion. I look forward to the next in the series.
This is a good book. The writing style is clear and flows smoothly. Dialog is handled very well. I highly recommend it.
The narrator did an excellent job of reading and keeping the intenseness of it flowing.
The production of the audiobook was well done also. I had no issues – everything was clear and concise.
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