The Nexus: Samhain

  • by Ian Cadena
  • Narrated by Ian Cadena
  • 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Nexus is the realm between death and the after-life and has been sealed for centuries. Max Dane, an 11-year-old boy turning 12 on Halloween, may be the only key to opening it.... But should it be opened?
This book series is set within a year span of Max's arrival to Ravencrest, Vermont where the paranormal is the norm. Max has epileptic seizures that cause hallucinations, but his new friends try to convince him he's having psychic visions via the Nexus. Max's visions keep taking him back to Samhain during the middle ages where he meets a tortured soul in the form of an eight-year-old boy named Jack. Max decides he's going to help release Jack from his torment even if it costs him his own sanity. His only chance at doing that is to traverse the Nexus and brave a fierce entity known as the Knightmare. And to traverse the Nexus he must explore mystical and spiritual practices like drumming, meditation and tarot, which launch him not only through the Nexus but on a journey of self-discovery that he may regret.


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are intriguing ideas in the novel

Warning: Contains graphic sexual descriptions and pedophilia references which may offend certain readers.

Max is a deeply troubled 11 year-old.  His parents are in the middle of nasty divorce and it’s his fault.   He knows this, because his mother keeps reminding him.  Max also knows things about people whether they tell him or not, plus he sees ghosts, witches, and visits the dead.  Add to this a new school, an angry bully, a local murder, and a lot of confused adults and Max is clearly over his head.

Samhain (pronounced sow-win) is a Gaelic festival celebrating the end of harvest season and the beginning of winter.  It coincides with Halloween and Day of the Dead, a time where the veil between life and death is thinnest, and if one knows the proper rituals, can traverse these worlds.  Max has unwitting crossed over and discovered a tortured soul, a young boy whose head was severed in a magical ritual and cannot rest until his tormentor is brought to justice.

Another plot weaves through Max’s time as the listener is brought back to an ancient age of knights, sorcery and a headless horseman of incredible power.  In Max’s own time, there is also an unsolved murder, a small town power struggle, an abusive swim coach, an untrustworthy psychologist, incompetent FBI agents, Halloween loving Native Americans, Knights who don’t know what a crucifix is, and much more.

There are enough plots and subplots to keep the listener guessing (and possibly confused) throughout the story.  Characters come in and out of the story, from the different times and subplots, and can be quite difficult to follow.  Perhaps this would be different if reading the story rather than listening to it as an audiobook.

The story is read by the author.  He has a pleasant enough voice, but reads in a staccato fashion which is highly distracting.  Many of his character voices are inconsistent and his accents don’t match what is told to the listener in the story (French, English, Native American, etc.).

The Nexus: Samhain, because of its young main character should probably be considered a young adult novel, but the intense homosexual innuendos, borderline graphic rape/sex scenes and pedophilia references might narrow that audience.  Though there are intriguing ideas in the novel, humorous interludes, and courageous explorations of prepubescent sexual ideas, the confusing interwoven plots and distracting narration make it difficult to recommend.  At the end of the novel, the listener is left without any resolution to the story.  This is the first volume in a series of unknown length and as of this writing, an audio sequel is not available.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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So disappointed

What would have made The Nexus: Samhain better?

Making the child not be such as a-hole.

What was most disappointing about Ian Cadena’s story?

The main character is terrible. He's selfish and self-centered. Sure we were all teenagers, but this is absolutely over the top. I stopped listening after the first couple chapters.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Better audio editing. The production is sub par.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Nexus: Samhain?

Everything, honestly.

Any additional comments?

I received this book free of charge in exchange for a review.
I'm sure someone will like this book, it's just not for me. Please see the other reviews and make your own decision. Don't let only my words affect your choice.

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- Walt Snider

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-13-2015
  • Publisher: Ian Cadena