By New York Times best-selling author Bob Mayer, writing as Robert Doherty (author of the best-selling Area 51 series)
What if the Shadow that destroyed Atlantis 10,000 years ago, comes back to threaten our present world? A war beyond time. An enemy beyond space. A thriller beyond your wildest dreams.... Three areas on the Earth's surface defy explanation: the Bermuda Triangle, the Devil's Sea of Japan, and a small region of Cambodia. Inside these realms, planes have disappeared, ships have vanished, and, in Cambodia, an entire civilization has been lost, leaving behind Angkor Wat.
In 1628 BC, a volcano erupts, one that would become legend as the eruption that destroyed Minoan Civilization. But a small group of priestesses stand fast against the dark Shadow that precipitated the destruction.
In AD 79, the oracle of Delphi must join forces with the most fearsome gladiator from the arena of Pompeii to fight the Shadow that destroys Vesuvius. And the XV Legion is sent on a quest that causes it to disappear from the Roman Empire and into the fog of history.
In 1937, Amelia Earhart is on the most dangerous leg of her 'round-the-world flight, near the Devil's Sea. A dark Shadow rises in front of her and swallows her and her plane, never to be seen again. Until the present, when Eric Dane leads his team against the Shadow threatening our present world and unites with her.
In 1986, the Shadow appears inside of Chernobyl, sucking power from the reactors and causing disaster. And in the present, a Ring of Fire around the planet ignites, threatening the entire world.
Former Green Beret Eric Dane and the mysterious Sin Fen, a woman with powers he can't quite understand, must track the mystical crystal skulls that have baffled scientists, to use them as a weapon against the Shadow, and unite with the gladiator and oracle to make a last stand for mankind.
If you enjoyed Lost, you'll love this book and be amazed at the similarities in concept (although this book was published before Lost).
©2012 Bob Mayer (P)2012 Bob Mayer
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"I didn't think the narration could get worse"
I honestly didn't think the narration could get worse after Hayes, I was wrong. Gollery is simply terrible. He's obviously isn't reading ahead prior to the recording. This is evident by constant attempts to retry sentences. His staccato pronunciation of words is irritating beyond belief. It's actually making me want to fast forward at times.
Again, this is merely detracting from a BRILLIANT work by Mayer. It is a testament to his gripping writing that I am pushing through this narration to learn more of the fight against the Shadow.
I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to Jeffrey Kafer in the final three in the series. Such a great narrator.
"What happened from one book to the next?"
nothing by this reader or writer
every place over a thousand years in the past past the first 3 flashbacks
Did anyone listen to this book before it was put up for sale? The reader repeats himself every five minutes or so when he makes mistakes. Did anyone proof listen? just aweful
"Narration from Grandma's Basement."
The story was a good continuation.
EVERYTHING. It was like someone decided not to edit out the mistakes and left them in and Gollery would go back a few words and try again. He also reads in a horrible monotone that affects the characters and the flow of the story.
Except for the narrator, I thought that this was a very interesting story. The whole thing was very poorly affect by the bad narration. I has to put it at X1.5 speed to get through it; it makes it much more doable.
"Great story terrible performance"
I have enjoyed the series but Matin Gollery is the worst narrator I have listened to from any book on Audible.com
J. C. Hayes
Yes read it again with a different narrator
"Good book but..........Narrator is dreadfull"
No my time was not well spent; while I enjoy the series the narrator is the worst that I have ever heard
Anyone but him would be an improvement.
I'm not sure why anyone would allow this amateur production to be sold! I really enjoy this series but am disappointed by the narrator. It would be different if this were a free book by an amateur but to actually sell this as professional production is insulting to the consumer. I will be requesting my money back on this book as I will have to purchase this book and find the time to read it because I keep zoning out because of the narrator
"Overalla reasonable story. Audio Editing sucked!"
The story is pretty good. Though I think that things are changing how they work from book 1 until now. But still not too bad.
The one complaint I will make is that the audio editing was done fairly poorly. There are several times where the reader goes back and re-read words or phrases in, what seems to be, an attempt to improve the reading. But then the editor did not remove the first reading. So you hear the same things twice several times throughout the book. This needs to be resolved.
"OK story, AWEFUL performance"
Martin Gollery should NEVER narrate, ever. How the heck did the robot voice from the answering machines from the '90 get the longest book in the series?
I like the story line, I really do. I don't like Mayer's tendency to explain away God and religion. I would say this is the most frustrating thing about all his stories. That being said, it is otherwise a good story. So, yes.
All of it. He is a terrible narrator, the worst I have ever heard.
"Where do you find these people?!"
Very choppy. Intensity was misapplied at times. Characters were indistinct. Also, technology now allows for editing a recording - why did no one do this? Pronunciation should be researched as well.
Yes - consider a career as a narrator for Audible!
My previous experiences with Audible have been excellent. This series has, so far, been very disappointing.
The narrator of the first 2 books was hit or miss, but this person was just horrible - very mono-tone.
There are also errors in the speaking where the narrator corrects himself. Why would these not be edited out?
Same as in book 2, there are so many specifics already introduced in the first two books I found myself fast forwarding to get to something new.
Narrated by someone that could very their voice and less repeats in details already mentioned in the first two books.
Disappointment in the Series
Just that I hope the next book is not put together this poorly.
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