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This book was fantastic. The characters feel natural and the dialog flows beautifully. I would recommend Red Gambit to anyone who enjoys sci-fi, fantasy, or dystopian fiction.
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The characters were fun and the narrator did an outstanding job of reading and putting life into the characters. Jarek was quite the character, but this was a nice adventure that wasn't too sappy or wise-cracking that it took away from the story. If you like the adventure, fantasy, with some comedy mixed in book, you'll like this one.
I did receive this audiobook in exchange for an honest review and I'm giving it one. The book was not too long but is also very competitvely priced. This book was a great listen as I honestly like audiobooks more than regular old paper books.
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Red Gambit stands out among the scifi/ fantasy books on the market right now. The story feature a main character whose sense of humor does not seem to ever fade no matter how dire the situation is.
Rachel Cross is looking for her brother Michael, and, rumours are, he's being held prisoner by the Red King, Jarek wants his Fela back, an exosuit he shares with Al, an A.I., and 'home' as well as giving him enhanced powers. Seems the only person who might know where it is just happens to be this very same Michael.
Great story, vividly written with superb characterisations and very fast paced, imaginative battle scenes.. Rachel is an arcanist able to channel powers: she's a tough, if frightened, lady looking out for her "boy scout" revolutionary brother, whilst Jarek is a sardonic, egotistical joker, a "let's see what happens kind of guy", and a pretty hot fighter even without his suit. And that Red King is a really nasty piece of work. There are other great personalities, too, such as Pryce ("Albert Einstein's evil twin gone mad scientist and starting to bald") and the past hero of the Resistance, missing now for five years, Alaric.So many comedic one liners in a rattling good adventure story.
I loved this book when I read the ebook and recommended it wholeheartedly to anyone looking for an addictive reading, nicely structured, fast fun book with a hint of superheroes.
So was very much looking forward to the Audio version. Probably my expectation slightly blighted my enjoyment in the listening. The story itself remained superb but, for this reader, the narrator, Steven Barnett, failed to impart the inherent comedy within it, his reading, though clear, being over enthusiastic especially in the earlier sections. It seemed to dwarf, rather than capture, the characters. Nevertheless, it is still a book I would recommend to anyone who has not read a text version.
Completely stand alone initially, it does end with a super big cliffhanger and the following story is as good, if not better.