My blood kills cancer. Yep, you read that right. The big bad C word that scares just about everyone these days. My blood kills it. Dead. Dead Kennedys' invitation to the White House dead. Disappointed George Romero dead. Doesn't matter what type of cancer. It quickly finds itself outmaneuvered, surrounded, and mercilessly crushed by an iron-red phalanx. Just a few drops of my blood-drops mind you, and miracles start happening.
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Serious story meets hilarious sarcasm!
The voice actor is so very professional! But he sounds young enough to portray the vim, vigor, and sidesplitting snark of a sixteen-year-old! It jibes perfectly with the author's written narration. If only bigger, more supposedly-professional titles took so much care in matching up their manuscripts and voice actors.
The Devil You Know by Trish Doller. The Devil You Know has more edult scenarios, but there are few contemporary YA books that don't focus on romance or the supernatural. Phalanx Blood is a slowbuilder, but at heart it's a corporate cloak and dagger thriller from the perspective of just some hapless kid who's got to find a way to survive and get ahead..
I've read the electronic version of the book and found James Simenc's performance to hit the mark in almost every way. He sounds the right age. He can handle some very longwinded sentences while keeping them perfectly coherent. And his demeanor can go from tongue-in-cheek to serious, to scared, and to simmering rage in an instant. All the while he gives the impression there is an emotional reserve in place indicating there's much more boiling emotion inside but he just doesn't feel it right to express it. And that feels exactly right for the narrator/main charcter.
I understand this is Mr. Arrington's first attempt at a serial, and I will be following his work closely. His other ongoing series, Josh Anvil, is what first got Bruce on my radar. And I eagerly look forward to the production of new audiobooks as his series progresses.
- Sky's End