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Note: This is Volume 3 (or Part 3) in the series and I feel this is a series best read in sequence. Volume 1 is freaking awesome but it also gives you a good basis for the characters’s motives in Volume 2. Also, I want to say that the author has made things a little confusing by combining parts or dividing them up. So sometimes we have volumes and sometimes we have parts.
Once again, we have another interesting and enjoyable tale from the Atomic Sea! This is just a great series about messed up fish-faced people. In Vol. 2, we left our heroes trying to find another altar for Layanna to do her big thing. They decided to try for the heart of Octung, where the Cathedral of Lors rests in Golna. Things don’t go as planned – cue evil laughter!
Dr. Avery remains one of my favorite characters. In general, he’s a rather gentle soul, but that benevolent characteristic is slowly being beaten out of him by this quest of Layanna’s. He once had a daughter and his memories of her come into play in this book. How much would he sacrifice to have her alive and whole again, as if that were possible?
Janx and Hildra are still around, as well as the monkey. Every fish-faced dirigible crew that’s out to save the world needs a monkey. Hildra makes me laugh even though most of her lines are pretty simplistic.
Much to my delight, Captain Sheridan, who I think is now an Octung General, makes another appearance. This time she wants more from Avery than just his body. Plus she has more to offer Avery than bedroom restraints, decent food, clean water, and a place in the medical research unit. Dr. Avery will have to make the hardest choice of his life in this book.
We lost a favorite character in a previous book but that character gets another shot at fame in glory in this tale. There’s plenty of opportunities for our heroes to turn sell-outs and leave the rest of them to be sacrificed. Layanna is obviously driven to complete her mission but she also has this deep natural drive that is sometimes at odds with her bigger goal. This series continues to grip me! Where will the author take us next in this fishy tentacle land?
I received a free copy of this book.
The Narration: Ray Greenley continues to give us an excellent performance. I love all his fishy voices. Really, I don’t know how he does it! Plus there’s some pretty emotional scenes in this book and he does a great job with those as well. I still love his voice for Sheridan who can be both sexy and a stone-cold killer.
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What was one of the most memorable moments of The Atomic Sea: Part Three?
One of the most memorable moments was when the final piece of The Device snapped into place and all of a sudden it was no longer just a machine in this dimension but a strange, otherworldly and hypnotic-looking sphere part of multiple dimensions.
Have you listened to any of Ray Greenley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have listened to several other of Greenley's narrations, including the first two Atomic Sea novels. This one shows Greenley's continued development as a narrator.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not necessarily since I listened to it during my commute to and from work. It was something to look forward to for the next ride, though sometimes it left off with a small cliffhanger depending on when I arrived at work.
Any additional comments?
It was interesting to again see how Avery, Janx, Layanna, and the others progress in the "war against the war" with the Octung. It feels like progress was made, but of course there's another wrench in the plans and another leg of the journey. I look forward to continuing book four to see where this story is going next.
So today and tomorrow, I'm back with Avery and the crew in the fight against the Octung!
It was great to be with them again. I can't help but totally get involved in the world here, Avery as a character had come on in leaps and bounds. I must admit, I was a little shocked that he and Layanna get together. But, the more their relationship grew through this part of the story I can see why. Avery is a vastly different character than when he started this. He's stronger and more resilient than anyone I've met, but he's still vastly flawed in some of his decisions and I guess that is what still makes him human.
Janx and Hilde are such fun characters, Janx will pretty much do anything for the cause now, and Hilde's constant 'this will never work' but 'oh well, lets go' is funny.
The explanations in here of the Collosom and then the Overloards and gods is really good, it's great to start to put together the whole world that is inside Jack's head. Sad to see MurBlog back though on the other side :( that's really bad for their friends.
There weren't any really moving moments in here, in regards to story. Perhaps because of the grisly nature of the sacrifices, and the overlords. It's horrific to think that these people are so brain washed that they'd go in their willingly. Was also quite shocked that Avery poisoned himself so that he could go in the inner temple. Uggh, glad at least that his mutations weren't so bad he was totally deformed.
Sheridon and Annie turning up was quite a surprise, and this is where Avery makes the biggest mistake and takes her back to the Black Sect. Which is their downfall, you know it's coming because of it. I have to admit, I didn't like that Janx, Hilde and Layanna didn't inform Avery that the weapon they've been building to stop the war needs extra dimensional fuel to work, this is a big wrench when Avery's at the end of his tether.
In regards to narration, excellent job from Ray, there's some moments in here that I would not be happy reading aloud haha, because they're just cringe worthy, he does a fab job of sticking to character, and totally is entertaining with his different voices.
I am looking forward to what happens next, will they catch Sheridon and make it to the Atomic Sea.... but I'll have to wait till I'm in work again haha. I am defo an audio book covert.