E.E. Knight has proven "a master of his craft. His prose is controlled but interesting, and his characters are fully formed and come to life" (Science Fiction Weekly). In his latest Vampire Earth novel, the national best-selling author tells a tale about David Valentine's fellow freedom fighter Ahn-Kha when he was imprisoned and forced into hard labor by the Kurians - and the rebellion he led against them....
Captured and sold to the Kurian-allied Maynes Conglomerate, to work as a slave in the coal mines of Appalachia, Ahn-Kha is angered and appalled by the dangerous working conditions, and the brutal treatment inflicted upon his fellow miners. When a protest against shortages is deliberately and bloodily suppressed, Ahn-Kha sets himself against the ruling Maynes family and sets out on a trail of vengeance through the Coal Country.
Finally, the people of the Coal Country are driven to the breaking point - and they now have a leader, a powerful and battle-hardened leader, determined to forge them into an army that will wage guerrilla warfare against the Maynes family and their Kurian masters - and free the Appalachians from their tyranny....
©2013 Eric Frisch (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This book is one that promises much and delivers little. Having listened to all the books in this series I was anticipating another ripping yarn. What I got, was a mish mash of ideas and narrative threads. The overall arc of the story was disjointed to the point that I kept checking the playback to make sure it wasn't in shuffle mode (it wasn't) and I almost didn't bother completing the audio book.
This book may have suffered from a technical glitch in that it really sounded as if the audio files had been loaded out of order. Wether this was the case or not it really seemed like the author was not reading what he wrote. There were multiple contradictions in the story lines and some blatant errors in the continuity of the story. Disappointing.
The most enjoyable scene was when the rebellion in the mines began. However, given that at least the three earlier books had alluded to this event in the story it was a long time coming in the book, was almost an after thought and felt a little glossed over.
Christian Rummel's narration is, as always, spot on. The story is still in its concept solid, it is just poorly executed.
Please don't stop writing these books! One duffer out of 11 isn't bad!
"This Audiobook is Missing a Number of Pages"
This "unabridged" book contains a number of gaps - places where one or more pages of the original text were apparently left out of the recording. The result is a disjointed, confusing, and frequently confusing listening experience.
Someone should have the author or editor "proof-listen" to this audiobook and correct the omissions. A quick comparison of the printed hardcover edition with the audio version (especially the final chapters) will confirm a number of significant errors in the transcription.
His dramatic delivery and range of voices are very impressive.
The story itself isn't bad. The sloppy, error-filled transcription/editing of the audiobook spoils the listening experience.
This audiobook should be pulled from the store until the editing mistakes have been corrected. People who already downloaded it should receive a free book credit as compensation.
"IF I COULD GIVE LESS THEN ONE STAR I WOULD"
A complete book would help. Then i could actually grade the book n content instead of guessing DO NOT GET UNTIL IT IS COMPLETE. Current length of audio book is 9:34:10
And it is missing MAJOR PORTIONS. DO NOT WASTE CREDIT UNTIL COMPLETE. Book holds great promise but it is currently INCOMPLETE. I will ask that this be removed once the complete book is posted instead of the partial.
"This book is from the point of view of Ahn-Kha."
THIS BOOK IS FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF AHN-KHA!
That was my reaction as I started reading Appalachian Overthrow. I've had a fondness for the golden one since he first crossed paths with Valentine and I was simply ecstatic to discover that this book was in his voice.
This is the 10th book in the Vampire Earth series and you really must read the prior books in order to appreciate it. This is also the only book so far that hasn't been from David Valentine's perspective. The narrator shift takes some getting used to. But once into the meat of the book, the story and action flow well and it's easy to forget that we are missing our normal protagonist. This book fills in a lot of the gaps surrounding what happened to Ahn-kha while he was separated from Valentine. There are many references to the storylines of the previous books where Ahn-kha timeline drops in/out.
I enjoyed this book- the story, the characters, and the mountain setting. The book is presented as sort of a field journal by Ahn-kha. Towards the end there is one particular section that reads like its missing a few paragraphs- dropped like Southern Command was tasked with printing the account & managed to lose a page. I delayed purchasing this book because of the comments about the missing parts & regret doing so now- I was able to pick up on what was going on and quickly got pulled back into the story.
The narrator, Christian Rummel, does a wonderful job and had a thankless task. He does a fantastic Ahn-kha voice in the previous novels but it would have been nearly impossible to use that voice for 9+ hours as Ahn-kha tells his story. That voice is what heard in my head as I read the ebook version and so I was a tiny bit (unfairly) disappointed when I started listening to the audio. The primary voice he uses is a deeper, richer version of the one that he uses for Valentine and he occasionally slips into a southern drawl.
Note: The audio book is missing an Appendix that the ebook had that describes the impact the Appalachian fight had on the other Kurian zones.
As other reviewers have said certain sections of the narrative are missing making the book quite confusing and disappointing
The ones that were not missing...
Anger. Mostly because I only got most of the book not all of it as I had expected!
To be quite honest I would like to have a new version that is complete or a refund.
"SECTIONS OF THE BOOK ARE MISSING - DON'T BUY IT"
Big chunks of the book are not recorded. A lot of the story doesn't make sense. I'd like a refund.
"Nice side trip from the overall series"
This was a nice side trip to fill in the details of what happened to Ahn-Kha while he was separated from David. It also did a great deal to add even more layers and flavor to the world Knight has created. Rummel does his typically excellent job narrating which really brings the characters to life. Sometimes when a series has characters involved in events that happen outside the narrative it feels like their triumphant return is contrived and too convenient a way for the author to get out of the corner they painted themselves into. Having this book as part of the series helps to demonstrate that Ahn-Kha wasn't just strolling through the hills gathering rebels that ultimately help save the day and it makes his character even deeper than in previous book because for the first time we are actually seeing events through his eyes. Knight does a great job of relating that perspective without it being difficult to follow. Looking forward to more.
"Would have been Better if Not for Missing Bits"
The book overall was good, as I would expect for any in the Vampire Earth series. however, sometimes I was confused when it appeared that bits of the story would be skipped over or sections were missing. The scene would switch without warning and I would find myself in the middle of a dialog that did not exist before. I would recommend somehow re-recording or re-editing this book to put those missing sections back in, otherwise it becomes very hard to follow. Disappointed, as this would have been an excellent story otherwise.
I've enjoyed the series so far, but this one is incomplete and the manner is with the story is told just puts me to sleep. Save your credit.
I was looking forward to this book but in the end.......just disappointment.
"Least favorite of entire series"
This was easily my least favorite of the entire series, switched main characters and really seemed jumbled in places. Very disappointing.
"Not his best work by far"
Yes, just because this one is crud it doesn't mean that other works will be as bad.
Christian Rummel did not detract from the book. He was impeded by a poor story that was delivered as a diary rather than tale as so far told
Mr Knight please return to your old formula and retell this story they way it should have been told!!!!!
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