Landfall

  • by John McWilliams
  • Narrated by Paul Heitsch
  • 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Alberta, Canada, at the foot of Dead Horse Mountain, a space capsule is discovered - a capsule that shouldn't exist. Thirty years earlier, Dr. Jan Lee, American entrepreneur and space tourist, purportedly destroyed this craft when he blew up the International Space Station in an act of unexplained sabotage. That event has since inspired conspiracy theories ranging from espionage to alien invasion.
Special Agents Lauren Madison and Ellis Cole have been assigned to investigate. But inside the capsule they find an even greater mystery: the remnants of a three-decade-old time-messaging experiment that could, within days, usher in a new era of manned space travel - or ignite an unimaginable disaster.

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Intriguing.

This was quite interesting and intriguing, though got bogged down in details at times.

The blurb pretty much says it all so here's my thoughts. Character wise, I really liked Special Agents Lauren Madison and Ellis Cole. They make a good team and their banter was fun to listen to. The science guys were well written and researched. They are uber smart and quite daunting!

The plot was, at times hard to follow when they got into the nitty gritty of the time travel, but also interesting and thought provoking. I also liked how the story is told from the past and present. It all wraps up nicely in the end.

In all, a good listen. I wanted a little more character development though. I felt like they all stayed the same and didn't grow. Other than that, It's a good book and I'm glad I listened to it.

Paul Heitsch was amazing. This isn't the first book I've listened to that's narrated by him and it won't be my last. He is clear and concise and easy to listen to and puts his all into his performance.

*I received this for review, this in no way affects my thoughts.*
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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

This time-bending thriller will have you asking ?s

In Landfall, we follow two Special Agents as they discover more then they thought they would when they come across a crashed space capsule. A capsule that was thought to have been destroyed when the space station blew up nearly 30 years ago. Follow Lauren Madison and Ellis Cole as they discover what really happened on that fateful day nearly 30 years ago and try and prevent WWIII at the same time.

Paul Heitsch does the narration for this and he has a great voice for a thriller novel. It's pacing is great and he just has a way of becoming the characters. I've listened to books that he's narrated before and I will continue to seek out his books because he does such a great job with them. Quality was perfect, listened very smooth with no hiccups at all.

The story, while confusing due to the time-changing aspect of it was a blast. I like the ideas that the authors writes about within, they are very "this could happen." Which, to me, makes a story just that much more interesting.

The two main characters had really great chemistry, both seperate and together. I hope that McWilliams will write other stories with these two.

I always enjoy a 6 hour run-time audiobook because there's enough time to develop characters, find out who the enemie(s) are, and conclude. Usually this "conclusion" is just a "end of part 1" type. Not with Landfall, which makes my heart flutter with excitement. McWilliams concluded the story (to some degree), and didn't leave it hanging super open ended like some books are. Now, with that being said; he could easily continue the story and let us know what happens after the fact.

Overall, a unique journey across space and time, without feeling like we've been there before. McWilliams is definitely an author I will be looking out for from now on.

One of my only complaints was that the "mysterious virus" that is spoken of numerous times (to the point where no one shakes hands anymore) wasn't really explained at all. I'm a bio-thriller fan. I would have really, really liked to see a little more on the virus.
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- Brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-09-2015
  • Publisher: John McWilliams