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Garran Holt is a troubled young man. Unable to tolerate his self-destructive ways, his mother sells him into indentured servitude as part of work crew building the King Remiel’s new trade road. When mercenaries sent to disrupt the road’s construction attacks his work camp, Garran discovers an inner power capable of turning him into a warrior of unparalleled ability. Recognizing Garran as being one of the transcended (a fighter able to slip into the swifter currents of time), he is trained as an agent, one of the kingdom’s elite spies. Crude, abrasive, and deeply committed to destroying himself with drugs, alcohol, and debauchery, Garran might be the kingdom’s only hope against falling to The Guild, the powerful trade cartel bent on becoming the true and undisputed power in the land.
©2014 Brock E. Deskins (P)2018 Brock E. Deskins
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 03-04-18

Such a lovable guy!

Deskins pens a pretty messed up story with the Miscreant, but I do not mean this in a bad way. He is very unapologetic for what he writes, and the way his character behaves. It is very refreshing to see a REAL sociopath as a main character. I had read the Dexter novels, but they still tried to pawn off the badness in the man to his Dark Passenger, and he had an inner struggle that made him sympathetic. Not here. The book is funny, and in no way does it try to improve the main character. He is a letch that is interested in self fulfillment and utter debauchery, and he makes no qualms about behaving as he pleases.

This wouldn't be so bad, but Garren is Transcended, which means he has powers few others have, and he is forced to fight for his homeland in spite of his wishes. Too bad, so sad they are depending on such and A hole to be their savior. This book is not for everyone. There will be some whiney sniffling cry babies who cannot stand he things that happens, and they need to stay away from this book. Away as in restraining order distance.

But, if you love craziness, action, and all kinds of debauchery then this is, without a doubt, the book for you. Arquin, btw, does a great job narrating. He is quite skilled, and carries the story along without a hiccup. I see a lengthy career for him in this industry.

Get this book, and be prepared to go on one wild ride. Just don't expect any apologies.

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5 out of 5 stars
By alias11 on 04-13-18

Garren Behaving Badly

This is a highly entertaining audiobook. Garren's behavior is so outrageous that you can't help laughing while you shake your head at his actions. He is the epitome of an anti-hero. He's rude, crude, mean, crass...well, you get the picture. This is not a story of poor boy makes good and pays it forward. More like poor boy makes good, keeps it all for himself, then spits in your face to boot. Garren has no apologies or regrets for who he is or his bad behavior. He revels in it. If you are expecting redemption or personal growth...you picked the wrong audiobook. If you are looking for a wild, no-holds-barred, kick-a$$ ride, buckle your seat belt, hold on, and enjoy the ride. I can't wait to see where Deskins takes our...um ...hero?...next.^^

The narration took some getting used to at first, but overall it suits the story. The pace was good. The accent that some other reviewers complained about didn't bother me.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Placid on 04-26-18

Great anti-hero type book

Where does The Miscreant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is one of the most humorous

Who was your favorite character and why?

Garran. Everything he did was so totally wrong.

Which character – as performed by J. S. Arquin – was your favourite?

Garran

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a review.

This was a humorous anti-hero type book. Garran did absolutely everything for the wrong reason and was full bore selfish and self serving. He abused his body with drink, drugs, and women and refused to take responsibility for his actions.

His only salvation was that he was that he was a Transcended who could swim the tides of time and extremely rare.

The entire book was about him flouting every authority and still managing to survive. His antics were funny but really sad at the same time.

Great read and worth the time.

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4 out of 5 stars
By C. Rowlands on 04-07-18

A rogue can just be a rogue and not always a hero

This is not the first series I have listened to from this author and just as he did in the first book of the Sorcerer's Path series, he took some familiar fantasy novel plot elements and then proceeded to give them an interesting twist.

The main character of this book is a young man called Garran Holt, he is a fairly charismatic character who seems to be on a path of self-destruction, be it from drink, drugs and debauchery or simply from his self-centred nature being destined to eventually lose him what friends he does make.

The pacing of this book helps to keep things interesting with the author choosing to not linger on a particular element such as his time at the work camp or his time at school any longer than is necessary for that part of his development, which makes sense when the underlying conflict between King Remiel and the Guild would not really suit a young teenager, no matter what gifts he has due to his nature of being one of the Transcended and it is this conflict that seems likely to occupy subsequent books in this series.

The narrator gives a good performance overall with the main character seeming to fit his performance and the supporting cast being given distinctive enough voices that were appropriate to the class you would expect.

This was an interesting start to a series with a strong main character and it definitely drew me in enough that I would want to see what happens next in it.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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