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Publisher's Summary

Panopolis is a rough place to be an average Joe. I came here looking for adventure and excitement, but nobody cares about one more normal guy in a city filled with super-powered heroes. The closest I've come to glory is working in a bank that villains often rob.
But then I maybe accidentally-on-purpose helped a villain escape the hero who was trying to save the day. Imagine my shock when, a week later, that villain asked me out for coffee. One date turned into more, and now I'm head over heels in love with Raul.
Falling in love with the guy dubbed the Mad Bombardier isn't without its downsides, though. I've had to deal with near-death encounters with other villains, awkwardly flirtatious heroes who won't take no for an answer, and a lover I'm not sure I can trust. It's getting to the point where I know I'll have to make a choice: side with the heroes, or stand fast by my villain.
Either way, I think my days as a normal guy are over.
©2015 Cari Z (P)2017 Riptide Publishing
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4 out of 5 stars
By Belen on 02-25-17

Great Narration!

Any additional comments?

Interesting premise and a good start to the world building, but it needed more time to build.

It also lacked in the relationship building. Edward and Raul had so much of their relationship off page. I would have liked to have seen more time with them as a couple doing couple things around town, etc.

Mostly though, I can't say I loved the cliffhanger ending. Grr.

What I did love was Nick J. Russo's narration. 5 Stars for the narration! His character voices brought this short story to life and definitely kept me enthralled.

I'm looking forward to the next story in the series, and finding out all the wicked truths about Panopolis...but I think I'll wait to catch it on audio.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 04-26-17

Dystopian short

What did you love best about Where There's Smoke?

This world called Panopolis that Cari Z has created. It reminds me of Brandon Sanderson and his Reckoners series where you've got these people with super human abilities and either villains or heros and there really is no in between. Or so it seems.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked Raul. The way he's this conundrum of a Villain, more like the Devil's advocate, stuck in the middle. How he starts to find his way and a purpose when he meets Ed.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very end after Raul has Ed back with him. I like this tease leaving us, readers, wanting more from Ed, Raul and the crazy hectic world of Panopolis.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing to cry about really, more an occasional laugh, but mostly intrigued.

Any additional comments?

I'm a huge fan of Dystopian worlds so this book was a must listen for me, and I wasn't disappointed. As short as the story is you still get a feel for the world Ed lives in. And then at the end you get a glimpse of just how twisted the leaders and doctors of this future society are. I'm excited to start book 2 and see where the author takes Ed and Raul.

Narrated by Nick J Russo and I just love this mans voice. So, not only does he give each character their own voice and tone, he has to use several for Raul for a reason I won't spoil for you. I think my favorite vocal tone in this book was the reporter at the beginning of each chapter. He sounds like a pompous ass which I'm quite certain, where he a real person, he totally would be.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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