In 2065, corporate sponsored governments jockey for supremacy in the biotechnical arena. Bullets and missiles take a back seat to cyber-enhanced soldiers and pulse weapons. In this extreme environment, only the most hardened body and mind can survive.
Calder McKenna was a failed experiment in the military's push for power. Now a special agent for the metro task force, he lives day by day trying to forget the ones that were lost, the ones that he could have saved.
When technology and humanity collide, Calder is forced to make desperate decisions, but how do you destroy the monster without becoming one yourself?
©2016 Vikki Romano (P)2016 Vikki Romano
Before, as a soldier and, especially, as one in Special Ops. Calder learned to reject any thought of personal commitment - other than friendship's loyalties. When a package arrives containing a data chip which interacts with and overrides the augmentation in his head leaving him other than himself, it is his police partner Sierra who first finds him, and later joins him in an attempt to bring down the corporation behind the experimentation.
The story is told from the points of view of both Calder and Sierra. A fast paced, science fiction adventure thriller, the author does not ignore character development as the lives of these two main protagonists, both physical and emotional, are slowly, often painfully, revealed as the book progresses. Shaun Compton effectively becomes the voice of them both as well as that of the lesser players, and his English accent for Agent.Gage is exemplary. He reads well, infusing the whole story with excitement.
Much to commend about this book which explores several issues of morality, personality and relationships in addition to that of cybernetic implants all within the confines of a good adventure story. And well narrated. My thanks to the right's holder for the gift of this book, via Audiobook Boom.
"Edge of darkness"
This audiobook was great from start to finish! Calder gripped me from the very first page till the last chapter . Sierra has balls of steel and made me admire her.
I received a review copy courtesy of Audiobook boom.
"(Vulgar) romance... set in the future"
Story: 1 out of 5 stars
Narration: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I've sat down a few times to write my review on this book. There are some parts of it that just completely rubbed me the wrong way. The intro (first few minutes) felt completely unnecessary. I'm a guy, but hearing about a guy needing to (I'm not even going to write it here for fear of Amazon's review policies) in the first minute of a Science Fiction novel really threw me for a loop. Another issue that I had with this is the absolute vulgarity of it. I curse... a lot in my everyday life. And there are definitely books where swearing and cursing are completely fine (I've read some post-apocalyptic novels where it just worked). But, there was something about the tone of this book that the cursing didn't seem to match.
The story itself was semi-interesting, though a lot more of it focused on romance than I'm comfortable with. After I finished it, I ended up looking at other reviews and I notice a few commonalities. The reviews were all from readers who aren't normally into science fiction. Well, if you're into romance this book is for you. Also, if you're into books where the main character curses for no apparent reason, this book is definitely for you. If you're looking for a science fiction book with a great plotline and good character development -- there are other books out there for you.
I ended up not being able to finish it. If I had read this book on my own, I might have only read 20 pages before I gave up. But since I was listening to it, I gave it more than a fair chance. Shawn Compton was the only reason I almost finished this book. I enjoyed his narration so much, I'm having a hard time rating this book. The book itself, in my opinion, was only 1-2 stars. But Compton's narration is easily a 4 or a 5.
I should have known by the cover of it that this wasn't going to be for me, but I let myself get sucked in by a well-written synopsis.
I think the most frustrating part is that the book still sounds good to me. I just took a moment and re-read the synopsis and I would pick it up again. But I just couldn't get into it. I think if the book was focused more on what was written in the synopsis and less on the main characters sex drive it would have been a hit.
I genuinely feel terrible writing reviews like this, but sometimes a book just hits a nerve at the right (or wrong) time. I wish the author nothing but the best of luck, and I hope that she see's continued support from non-sci-fi fans.
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"Edge of Darkness"
Really good start to a series. Interesting, engaging and entertaining. It took me a bit to really get into the story, but once it gets going it's pretty fast paced and keeps you glued until the end.
Corruption, modified soldiers, tech, underlying hints of future romance, PTSD, abusive boyfriend and much more all woven into a story full of action, intrigue and suspense. Interesting and creative the world the author has created.
Good interesting cast of characters. Especially Calder of coarse. Who doesn't want a hot alpha male bad*ss as the lead in their story.
Shawn Compton did a good job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Clearly spoken. Nice even pace. Good character voices. His female character voices were good. He didn't try to do a high falsetto for the female characters( I hate that) just a softer tone, which was great. Overall, an enjoyable listen.
Looking forward to listening to the next installment in the series.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.
"This novel has everything that you could want in a book in it."
This is a fast paced exciting book that is plum full of action from beginning to end. Although it has lots of action it also touches on so many other aspects that range in diversity from domestic violence to P T S D. It even has a little romance thrown in for good measure. I would recommend this book to anyone. I was voluntarily provided this review copy by the publisher author or narrator
"Exciting intro that left me wanting more!"
Pretty much everything. The plot flows quickly and determinedly from one event to the next. The characters are dynamic and easy to relate to. There is a great balance of action, detective work, and personal events. The narrator "puts on and wears" the characters and fades into the story, letting the book shine.
All of the technology that Calder has at his disposal is really the star of the show. The augments define his character right from the get-go, and continue to influence events in the story all throughout the book. My favorite scene was his "activation" when he finally assumes complete control of them.
In a word? Everything. He has the ability to fade into the story and let the book shine, which I always say is the hallmark of a truly talented narrator.
Towards the end of the book, when Calder and Sierra grow closer and finally bond (trying not to spoil any of the plot here) does a great job bringing an anticipated plot arc to a close and also setting up the next book.
This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
"A good listen"
It isn't a genre I'm typically interested in but the reader grabbed my attention and kept it throughout. Looking forward to the next volume!
"Thrilling book with some romance"
It was a thrilling book with lot of action and some romance... But it also mentions abuse in relationship. The narrator made a good job too... I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review.
"I am ready for the next one!"
the narrator's voice was crisp and clean like I imagine the soldier. I didn't want it to end. ready to hear the second book!!
This story keeps you on the edge of action and a tinge of romance. A beast of a partner and a kind women on the metro task force. An abusive boyfriend and a corrupt corporation this book has killing, future tech, augmentations and more listen and enjoy.
I received this book free in return for a unbiased review.
"Tons of action!"
I did buy the ebook, but I have not read it yet, though I did receive this audiobook for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The books starts out with actions and remains fairly fast paced! I loved the use of tech in the book. It kind of reminded me of Deus Ex.
I think a good narrator can make a book better or worse based on their performance. Shawn has a good voice and decent range. I thought his pacing was good also.
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