Evil comes in many forms. Gabriel Willis missed the warning signs of its imminent arrival. As a result, blood, pain, and misery are now his unwanted companions. A loving father, devoted husband, and former soldier, he no longer leads a normal life. After being arrested, falsely accused of terrorism and tortured, he discovers his family has been kidnapped. The madman responsible has handed him the complicated task of traveling halfway around the world to the mountains of Afghanistan. There he must find Othia and return with her, or his family will die.
A brilliant archaeologist, Othia has unearthed a secret truth hidden deep beneath the sands of an ancient Afghan village. A truth that will alter the lives of hundreds of thousands - including Gabriel and Othia.
Left with an impossible decision, Gabriel must choose: fulfill his destiny or risk the destruction of humanity. With the weight of the world upon him, Gabriel struggles to answer the impossible question: when should a father and husband place the needs of the many above the needs of his precious few.
©2016 Eric Gardner (P)2017 Eric Gardner
This is not the first of a series but the opening part of a serial, basically setting the scene for further books to come.
The opening scenes to Defiance are exciting, rather mysterious. A well respected, retired army officer who fought in Afghanistan, is wrongly seized from his home and held on charges of terrorism. Shortly after, his wife and two children are kidnapped, again by an armed force, but this time it is by the group which had set up the husband. They are taken 'into protection' in an exotically furnished mansion somewhere unknown. Later, this same group rescues the ex-soldier and use the custody of his family to blackmail him into working for them. They are brutal and mean business, killing his best friend in front of him.
So Gabriel, the soldier, accepts the commission - to bring back the archaeologist who has been working on a recently discovered temple or, if this is impossible, her notebooks.
The story so far is certainly exciting with heavy supernatural elements..But, as previously mentioned, is only the first part of a serial and, therefore, incomplete. For this reason I cannot rate is more highly than three stars.
The narration by Meral Matthews is good, aiding the tension and somewhat soothing the confusion inherent in the early text. His voicing of the various protagonists is also clear and each is individual. It is his reading which, for this reader, brought the greatest realism to the story so far.
I received Defiance as a freely given gift from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. However, without having heard the rest of this on going story, I am reluctant to recommend it without fully stressing the unfinished nature of this opening section of a serial.
"Great start to a series"
Great start to a series.
I was really looking forward to this book and I was not disappointed at all. The story pulls you in immediately and never lets go. Even though it's a shorter book it doesn't feel like it. It's well written, creative, flows smoothly and is very entertaining. The plot continually moves forward at a good pace. There is no middle of the book slump, something new is always happening. It keeps you glued to the story and on the edge of your seat.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Suspense, mystery, intrigue, action, horror, religion, unnatural forces and catch 22 situation all woven into a very entertaining and interesting story with a great cast of characters.
Meral Mathews did a fantastic job with the narration. This is the first time I have heard him narrate a book. Nice voice. Clearly spoken with an even pace. All his character voices were really good even the female voices. You could easily tell which characters were speaking through the accent or voice. He brought the story to life. I would definitely listen to other books he narrates. Very enjoyable.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.
"Action Packed !!!"
If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read/listen to this book. I can’t wait to read the next book by this author. Once I started listening to this book, I didn’t want to stop until the end.
"I was provided this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBoom dot com".
"Setting the stage for an epic clash"
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I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it has left me wanting the next book in the series, NOW.
Great mix of characters growing, developing and learning as they progress through the story line, end leaves you hanging but that's a good thing.
"Thrilling Unique New Series! Well Worth Hearing!!!"
I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and family. It was really a great thrill ride all the way thru. I enjoyed all the aspects of the story and found it really engaging and some of the elements of faith thought provoking.
The plot did keep me on the edge of my seat. You never know what was going to happen next and really who was on the right side of things and what peoples motivations were until deep into the story. It was really good.
This is the very first time I have heard Mr. Mathews perform but I will look for more of his work based on what I have heard in this audiobook. I believe that he gave an amazing perform that gave life and depth to these characters that made the listener get deeply invested in the story.
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I was on the edge of my seat and didn't want to pause. This book was an exciting listen both because of the author's skill and creativity and the narrator's performance/delivery. I could follow the story line of this intricate plot and I appreciate the descriptions of the characters feelings, surroundings, and other "characters". I also enjoy well-written archaeology-related adventures, though I usually have a low tolerance for those that have "heavy-handed" religion themes. This book is balanced with religion and adventure which held my interest. I am hopeful there will be more from this author and narrator combo.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author -- which has not influenced my review.
"Intense thrilling rollercoaster ride"
Thrilling, Intense, Horror
The plot of characters and interesting story which kept me invested.
Great powerful narration!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."
When It was good, It was very good. The action sequences were clear and compelling...But, the abrupt ending heralded a series on the way, (one that I would not mind delving into). Not knowing that the series direction was the goal of the author, I found the multiple character presentation/development a bit confusing. Maybe if presented in its entirety I would have found it a bit more palatable. I found Meral Mathews narration quite good.
This audio book was presented to me without charge in exchange for this review.
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