An epic adventure in a strange world by the best-selling author of War of the Black Tower, an epic fantasy trilogy...
A thousand years ago, the sea began to change, and the change spread.
Now the boiling, toxic, lightning-wreathed Atomic Sea has encompassed every ocean on the planet, and the creatures that live in it have become mutated and unnatural. The sea's taint can infect any human who comes in contact with it or with unprocessed seafood, killing them...or altering them. No one knows why the sea has become this way or what it portends, only that it has irrevocably changed the world.
Meanwhile, world war has erupted, and the small country of Ghenisa, like many others, is tottering on the brink of collapse under the onslaught of the Empire of Octung. Middle-aged widower Dr. Francis Avery is aboard a military whaling ship far out on the Atomic Sea when a series of murders onboard propels him down a rabbit-hole of danger and terror unlike any other.
Soon he becomes aware of a spy on the ship, but that's just the beginning. With the help of the grizzled whaler, Janx, and a mysterious woman named Layanna, he will embark on an epic quest to save Ghenisa from Octung and unravel the secrets of the Atomic Sea.
This is the third volume of a multi-part saga of an epic fantasy and science fiction adventure and high stakes in an awe-inspiring world unlike any you've ever seen before. Welcome to the world of the Atomic Sea.
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Interesting story in an interdimensional world war
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.
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.
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.
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.
- G. Tenney "Geo"
I would. I am thoroughly enjoying this series of books.
Still gotta go with Jenks. Really like what his character adds to the story and how he has been developed. He's a tough guy but the writing does a very good job of showing his "softer" side when appropriate as well.
Likely the scene when the main character, Avery, is undercover as a priest during the offering. Outstanding writing done here.
Don't go in the water!
Overall I enjoyed this book, though not as much as volume two. Volume two was full of great action, while volume three focused heavily on plot development. I realize that this is a key component of any literary work, but I just found volume three to be a bit tedious at times. That being said, it was likely also the best work done by the narrator, Ray Greenley, in the series so far. So many new characters were introduced in this volume, and Greenley jumps between them masterfully, all while keeping the listener engaged and understanding what is happening. Well done!
- Jacqueline Behm