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Having listened to -and enjoyed- the original Bullet Catchers Daughter trilogy, I was looking forward to the latest installment.
Sadly, while the book is ok, it is distinctly weaker that the trilogy.
Rod Duncans writing style and characterisation remains approachable , although most of the characters presented here are well worn tropes.
And this is the problem. The previous books, while playing with certain tropes, never became victim to them.
Unfortunately, this one does...and as a result is considerably more predictable.
You are never in doubt as to who is alive/dead, who will become a stowaway, who will fall ill , etc.
I found myself skipping entire chapters and being in no doubt what was going to happen next.
That said, if you a fan of the previous books, you will be interested in what happens next, and this will not turn you away form the series. The characters motives and behavoir remain consistent , logical and recognisable from previous books.
Gemma's reading is crisp,confident, competent and suited to the novel, Her range of accents /voices allows you to distinguish most of the characters clearly.
I would rate her as good; she narrates clearly and is pleasant to listen to , but not someone who adds an extra level to the novel (as the absolute best in the craft do). If you enjoyed her reading of the other novels you'll continue to enjoy it here.
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A great story and beautifully read. It kept me wanting to hear what happened next. The author imagines what the world would be like if the world signed up the The Great Accord in the 1800's, and follows the story of the heroine as she tries to save her friend amid differing factions of this alternate world. You will not regret listening to this story.
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