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Eleanor Valentine is a powerful psychic able to predict the near future with astounding accuracy. As an advisor to the president, she has used her powers to help steer the workings of government to positive outcomes. She discovers that a horrible darkness looms for the world, the only solution is to assassinate the president, but fails in her attempt and is killed in the process.
Now forty years in the future, the world is playing out the way Eleanor predicted. The children of Nostradamus, people with extraordinary abilities, are being rounded up or murdered outright as dangers to society. Their only refuge is the radioactive wasteland of northern New England. A small band of super humans, having received 40 year-old letters from Eleanor, finds their only hope of survival is to strike at the heart of the secret government organization trying to exterminate them.
There are many similarities to X-Men and the author even alludes to this humorously. The characters are different in that they must discover their abilities on their own, or hopefully with help from their peers. Most would just rather get along, integrating with society, but are not given that option as they are rounded up, or shot out of hand. There are many interesting dynamics that make the characters more human than mutant.
It is an entertaining story with an engaging plot. There is plenty of supernatural action to satisfy most lovers of the genre. They aren’t invincible or supermen, just people with extraordinary skills they can barely control at times.
Robin J. Sitten performs the story well. She has a pleasant voice and a matter-of-fact tone that gets out of the way. Audiobook listeners might be more accustomed to the many actors who perform books dramatically. Sitten is more about reading the story transparently, letting the listener imagine the action and drama in their own minds. It is a personal taste, but she is highly competent and easy to listen to.
Nighthawks is an entertaining story with imaginative characters and plenty of supernatural action. It is the first in a series of unknown length, wrapping up well, but giving us the groundwork for future sequels. If you enjoy this book, you will be looking forward to future novels.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Eleanor Valentine was a psychic to the President of the United States, she feels something is wrong and writes some letters to be sent to different people in the future. She then attempts to assassinate the president, but fails, and this leads to the culling of all mentalists. These letters she sent, shape some peoples lives, these people she chose have some kind of special ability and are known as The Children of Nostradamus. These children are often sequestered away by the government or sent to live in the Outlands, a place that was devastated by a nuclear attach and is now radioactive. No normal person can survive there.
This book was.....good. I've been trying to gather my thoughts abut it for the last few days and all I can say really is that it's good. I think the sheer amount of different POV's and the way it jumped from person to person just made it too much. I found it hard to connect to the characters because, just as I was getting a feel for one, it would jump to another one and it all just felt to hectic and all over the place.
Now saying that, I did still enjoy the story. I think if it wasn't so all over the place, I would have loved it because it had the makings of a really good book. I loved the super powers element and loved seeing them in action, I liked the characters and wanted to get to know them a bit better. I loved the X-Men feel to it, and I enjoyed the overall plot. I just feel a little lost with the way it was all over the place, and I'm still unsure who the Paladins are!
In all, it was good and I did enjoy it, I just wish it wasn't so higgledy-piggledy. I will definitely continue with the series because the world is very intriguing and I'm needing to see what happens with the characters!!
Robin J Sitten was ok. She was clear and easy to listen to, I just thought that she didn't differentiate the characters enough and it made it more confusing. While listening, I often thought that it was on about one character when it wasn't.
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
If you are a fan of the X-Men comics then a lot of the themes and characters will seem very familiar at first, evoking memories of characters and storylines like the shadow king and days of future past.
However, this book is more than it's starting point with a strong cast and a compelling storyline with good pacing that doesn't flag despite having a fairly large cast with a varied array of powers to introduce and at the same time nicely setting up the sequel too.
I am not familiar with this narrator, but thought her performance was very strong and the story was nicely enhanced by her narration.
I will definitely be looking out for the next book in the series when I get a chance.
[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It took me a few tries to read this one.I was confused at the beginning.Too much back and forth through time,I think.It was a pretty good story.Robin J Sitten was a fine narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”