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The narrator made this book for me. The story is very good--I've read the two books in the series so far--but Michael Page brought it alive in a way few narrators can.
The description of this book compares the writer with George Martin, but that is extremely misleading. George Martin is a good writer, true, but his stories have no clear-cut heroes, no good guys or bad guys, which makes it difficult to root for any of them. This disconnection between the reader and the characters makes one enjoy the story, admire the art of prose, and marvel at the characterization, but lacks a certain something that makes his books truly great.
But this isn't a review of George Martin.
Robert Redick's books are about people who recognize the corruption within their respective empires and amongst their respective peoples, and rather than submitting for the sake of solidarity, choose to do the right thing. Unlike other fantasy books, where the enemy is a demon, or someone possessed by evil magic, the enemies are people who think they have the right to rule unjustly, and treat the world like crap due to some sense of entitlement.
Robert Redick's ability to make the fight for good feel like a true struggle for the protagonists is amazing. I found a few of the good guys rather obnoxious, which can make the story difficult to get through at times, but overall, I'm very glad I purchased these books. I will warn you, though, that the series isn't complete, yet, and the second book ends on a rather extreme cliffhanger.
All the same, a definite must read for any fantasy reader.
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I rarely write reviews on books. In fact, I rarely write reviews on anything. However, The Red Wolf Conspiracy earns the boon of my efforts. I am a science fiction and fantasy veteran. I have been actively reading books from these genres for the past 28 years so I feel I can offer an informed opinion. In addition, I have been listening to one or two audiobooks per month for the past two years or more. Over that time, I have come across many books that I might not have read otherwise. The Red Wolf Conspiracy audiobook rates among my favorites for many reasons. The complex story holds interest without feeling contrived. The characters are engaging and allow the reader to develop an desire to know more about them. The narrator, Michael Page, creates an wonderful ambience with beautifully fleshed out characters and an attractive English accent. Finally, Robert Redick's story allows the reader to dive deeply into a robust, many faceted, fantasy leaving them wanting more.
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