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In a future where all the adults have mysteriously disappeared, gangs of children live brutal lives as scavengers. In this cyberpunk urban thriller, Flip and his friends explore the swamps that surround their ghost town, find unimaginable treasures, and fall prey to a vicious predator who tests their fragile friendships. High-tech weapons that paralyze, underground parking garages run by AIs, and biologic weapons thirsty for human blood set the stage for this sci-fi novelette.
©2016 D.C. Lozar (P)2016 D.C. Lozar
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By Ms. Christian C. on 02-13-18

Action-filled urban sci-fi short story.

Something happened to all the adults in Flip's world: they've all disappeared. Now Flip and his friends run amok in an abandoned city, living in an underground garage that's still under the control of an AI system. The kids scavenge for their survival, and try to eke out an existence by following their own set of rules. A malevolent force is lurking in the swamps surrounding Flip's city, and it's anyone's guess when (and who) it might strike next.

The Shadow King is an urban thriller, garnished with a hint of supernatural sci-fi. An action-filled adventure that packs a punch considering its brief length. Narration by Quinn Lozar (the author's son, maybe?) speaks slowly but with enthusiasm, and enunciates clearly. There's a small number of mispronouned words, but my understanding of the context was in no way negatively affected. Overall, enjoyable.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge. This review is unbiased and the opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

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By Brian on 01-08-17

Lord of the Flies meets I Am Legend

3.5 out of 5 stars

The Shadow King is a story about a group of young kids who are trying to survive in a world that has been taken over by "shadows". They must do whatever it takes to survive in the wasteland of a world.

A book that's over before it even begins. I think this would be a good "episode 1" or "book 0.5" in a full series. Granted there are some things that you wouldn't want to come out in the first book that came out in this book.

I do enjoy short stories, novellas, and novelettes more than most people do, but this one felt a little too short for me. I honestly thought that it was just getting into the good stuff and it ended. Granted, it had an ending of sorts, but it still felt rushed. I'm not sure if Lozar ended it like this on purpose or if they have thoughts of doing more with the story later (I think there's something here). It had a Lord of the Flies meets I Am Legend feel to it.

The narration of The Shadow King was done by Quinn Lozar who voices the characters pretty well. The story was fast paced and his narration definitely moved it along.

Overall, an enjoyable short book. I definitely don't regret the hour that I spent listening to this.

I received a free copy of this book, this has not affected my review in any way.

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