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In a ravaged world, in the wilds of Scandinavia, their is a civilisation that has survived..... barely. They are barren, with no live births in over a decade. A scientist has put a call out for the greatest warriors because there is hope for humanity, but it's in Italy, and with no way to get there quickly or safely, it's an important but extremely dangerous mission.
Val is determined to lead the mission, and with proving her worth in a battle, she is tasked with bringing the genetic material back from Italy. Along with a small group of Vikings, Val sets out with some provisions and the few quads they have managed to keep running. But the world is totally different than what they are used to and the group have to contend with mutated animals and groups of gangs. Can they make it or will this be the death of them?
I devoured this book!! It was absolutely brilliant!! Comparing it to "the savagery of the History Channel’s Vikings with the frenetic chase scenes of Mad Max" sums this up perfectly. I adored the Viking group, especially Val and Ulrick. Val was such a kick ass character and her second in command Ulrick was the same. Ulrick respects Val in a way none of the others do. He backs up her decisions and Val comes to rely on him too.
Right from the start, we are brought into the action and taken on an unforgettable journey. The world these authors have created was brutal, deadly and oh so good!! The team have to learn new things as they go, have to learn to work together and most importantly, learn to trust each other, and I loved seeing that play out. Things don't always work smoothly, but I loved how Val does her best for all her men.
In all, this was an action packed, adventurous and extremely fun book to read. I've always loved reading about the Vikings, and when you add in a creature feature, I knew I'd love this, and love it I did!! Filled with amazing characters, danger at every turn, deception and plenty of action, this is a must read for everyone!!! I really hope we get to see Val and Ulrick again soon.
What can I about Jeffrey Kaffers performance that I haven't said before?? Every book he reads, he brings his "A" game. He read this well and his accents were actually pretty good. I say that because he had to do quite a few different ones here and they were great. He is so easy to listen to and nails the performance.
I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
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Unique storyline, with fantastic world building and intriguing characters. Loved the narrator too! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.
This book opens with a fairly common scene, a child left orphaned after a tragedy befalls her parents, but despite us returning to her after she has grown up, this does not become a defining part of the story and is dealt with almost in passing because it isn't as important as the primary quest of our viking heroes.
Many years after some undefined catastrophe has destroyed almost all technology, set the surviving humans back to a more medieval time and left many areas and countries extremely hazardous due to mutated animals, a small group of vikings led by the young woman named Val embark on a quest to find some genetic material that is needed to help ensure the survival of the human race as a whole.
Through the course of this journey, the party is beset by numerous troubles from a shadowy foe who controls various bizarre remnants of humanity to delay or stop our heroes and seemingly has help from a traitor within the party of vikings. This journey is predominantly through Germany and it was an interesting change to hear about places I recognised from there being mentioned in this post-apocalyptic setting.
I hadn't read or heard anything from these authors before this book, but will be looking for further work from them with interest as they had a very good blend of story, characters and world-building that resulted in a compelling start to an interesting series.
The narrator of this book had a pleasant style that nicely enhanced my enjoyment of the book, albeit without maybe providing sufficient distinction between the various characters that appeared in the book.
[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]