In the wake of their mother's death, Jason and Amy Night tried to get on with their lives. While Amy buried herself in her work and taking care of their ailing father, Jason took another path. He donned a mask and became the protector of Darden Valley. He became The Guardian. When Darden Valley comes under attack from more than just crooks and thugs, the siblings will have to lean on each other to protect their family and defend their city. Does the Darden Valley Guardian have what it takes to protect his city while his family is under attack?
©2016 Matthew Davenport and Michael Davenport (P)2016 Matthew Davenport and Michael Davenport
I found Broken Nights to be a refreshing departure from a lot of Super hero stories I have read.
The protagonist has realistic responses and solutions to challenges.
He wasn't trained in the mysterious ways of a secret ancient martial art by the last remaining monk on the side of a mountain in Tibet. No, this guy took MMA classes at a local gym.
He doesn't have a power to enable him to jump 50 feet. No, he practices parkour and can clear a gap maybe 7-10 feet at a sprint.
He doesnt have a super flame/ice/bullet proof suit that will have him walking out of an explosion unharmed. No, he has a bullet proof vest he bought on Amazon and if he gets shot its into the bin with it and time to buy a new one.
I found these aspects endeared the story to me in a nice way. Also the use of modern technology was a nice departure from a lot of DC & Marvel hero's.
However I also found him to be a little naive and I found things fell into place a little too easily at times. Without spoiling anything there was certain aspects of the last third of the book I felt were a bit weak.
I found the narration to be fine. There are a few glitches with the actual recording where a few lines are repeated maybe 4 or 5 times in the story.
Overall I would be interested in listening to a sequel. I would like a bit more character development and grit in the sequel though.
"Good story, atrocious audio editing!"
While the story of this was good and the some of the ideas were really unique, I think it was the quality of the recording that let this down in a big way!! The narrator himself was OK, his male voices were varied but his female voices left a little bit to be desired. I found it hard to follow who was talking at any given time. For the narrator I'd give maybe 3 stars to but the quality of the audio would be 0!! I was left wondering did anyone listen to the full recording before putting it out there!! The narrator stumbled and repeated himself multiple times throughout. There were times when I thought I might have hit playback but I knew I couldn't have done it so many times. He also paused for what felt like minutes at a time during scenes. I found there was also some background noises sometimes, I think I even heard a dog once but I definitely heard music at one stage! It felt like he was recording it in an empty chamber at times too. Very kind of..... staticy and echoey. I went to put it aside plenty of times but continued on anyway.
Now onto the story itself. There was plenty to like about the book. I realy liked Jason! He is just a normal geeky boy doing a kind of "Batman" thing! He runs a comic book store during the day and becomes something else at night after his mother was killed. He buys his protective gear from Amazon and uses his mixed martial art to help him. It's not till he is seriously injured that he decides to include his sister in his scheme. With her on board, he is able to use her expertise to upgrade his equipment.
Initially, from the cover, I thought Zombies with a superhero with super powers, but it's not, which I quite liked. I liked the technology in the book, I liked that the females in the book were all capable and fairly kick ass. I didn't really like that we have a good few unanswered questions which left the story with an unfinished feel to it. I didn't particularly like that Jason went fighting burglars instead of actually going out and fighting real evil! The police could have handled the burglars but there was never any mention of them. The few times we see the masked vigilantly, he just seems to be going after the easy options. That's just me though, I always expect my superhero books to be super and action packed!!
Anyway, this has potential. I think it could become a brilliant superhero series because the bones of the story is great, it just needs a little more something.... It also needs to be heavily edited for the audio. It's a shame to not fix the bugs!!
*I received a copy of this from the author for review. This does not affect my thoughts.*
"Batman on a budget!"
The concept for this book was great! It is a vigilante adventure in the vein of the Punisher or Batman. We have a regular person, some martial arts training, and gadgets against the bad guys. As is expected, he’s got a chip on his shoulder for criminals.
I wanted to be Jason Night when I was 23! I watched a couple parkour video and practiced jumping from stuff and somersaulting. I took all sorts of martial arts classes. I even have a tie just like Jason’s only tie in my closet right now! It too, was from a wedding a few years ago.
I received a free audible code in exchange for a voluntary review. I get freebies often and don’t review them all. I do give them all a try, but if I can’t finish the book, I don’t leave a review. Sometimes the writing is poor, other times the tone is pessimistic. Because of this most my ratings are four or five stars. I finished this book, thought it was a fun adventure, and would even listen to a sequel, but two recurring elements forced me to think this book earned only three stars.
First, for a comic style adventure, I found the pace of storytelling slow. By that I do not mean a fight scene to story building scene ratio. I mean that the frequent use of passive voice pulled me out of the happy pretend land between my ears to figure out the Subject Verb Object sequence of the statement. Another pace problem was restatement. The story goes here, then confirms that it went there. As if I didn’t understand what was just stated. The prose also had tons of unnecessary that made sentences over long. Changing points of view within one scene also distracted me and if found most of the POVs were unnecessary. If Jason night observed Amy’s expression and implied what she was thinking, we would not have popped out of and back into Jason’s head to learn that Amy was worried. Word choice also jarred me. The word tire was used four times in one paragraph. It happened again and again. At one point some bad guys were described as horses because they were pulling something, but the word horses recurred so often in the scene that I wondered if Jason was fighting animals. Don’t worry PETA, they were people.
I removed the second star because I feel there was a lack of research. Neurons are one example. A character describes “natural paths in the brain” instead of saying neurons. If neurons were better understood then a concept like have the knowledge of martial arts means automatically being a great martial artist would never have made it to print. It takes very little time to understand a martial art move, but constant practice to make the move work well. The reason for this is because neural networks grow each time they are accessed. They also shrink if not used often. That is why practice makes perfect. Some of the fight scenes gave me the impression that Jason did not have the training he claimed to have. Specifically “mma on the ground” or grappling and Jui Jitsu. One scene has him scissor sweep his opponent, stand up, position himself, and return to the ground to attack. A grappler would not return to his feet and get back down again. Instead he would use his chest to press the opponent flat to the ground and spin like a pin wheel. It’s a warm up drill in the mma classes Jason would have taken. It would be drilled into his instinct.
If either of the issues happened only a time or two, I would not have noticed, but they happened all throughout. Normally I would have stopped listening, but like I said at the top, I really did enjoy the book! Thorough editing could make this book a Best Seller. These are all just one person’s opinions. If you don’t fuss over writing style and martial arts, I’m sure you’ll think I’m being crazy. You’re welcome to that opinion, like I’m welcome to mine.
I think the authors brought a unique twist to the genre by going to great lengths to describe how every day attainable items that you or I could buy or already have, made up Jason Night’s arsenal. The phone app was my favorite.
average Joe turned modern day hero! do yourself a favor and give this book a read, you'll be glad you did! I won't be surprised when this is turned into a movie or is picked up by DC and/or marvel comics.
"Very imaginative story"
I enjoyed listening to this book. The characters are well developed in the story. The story has very imaginative technology that is believable. The hero, his team, and the rest of the characters were well acted by the narrator. The ending was creative and the book overall was entertaining.
"An adrenaline filled Superhero story"
The story was filled everything I wanted, great story, twists and relatable characters. The journey was one I greatly enjoyed including the group dynamic of the main characters.
"Doesn't have Oliver Queen's swagger."
I received a free copy of the audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I like the narrator. He uses enthusiasm and different character voices. However, the production needed a little better editing. In ch 8 the narrator makes mistakes and repeats himself, and he does the same thing a few more times throughout the book. I'd give him a 4/5 for his performance and 3/5 because of the editing.
Based on audible categorizing the novel as sci-fi, I was under the impression the protagonist had super powers. For anyone wondering the same thing, I'll go ahead and tell you he's just a normal person. The sci-fi portion revolves around the villain which we'll learn around half way through.
The protagonist is a discount batman, wearing amazon-purchased costumes and fighting crime with his mixed martial arts skills. If he was rescuing people from muggings and beatings, I'd like him more. However, all we see is him beating up people who robbed pawn shops and other stores without any violence. In return for his trouble, he gets shot. I think changing the intro scene to use criminals in the act of a violent crime would have been better.
Cut to his bruce wayne counterpart. Jason owns a hobby store and is approached by the attractive Stella Bernard who offers to purchase his property for double the market value. Because the store holds sentimental value, Jason declines the offer politely. That's when all hell breaks loose and the story takes a turn. One of the other reviews compared the story to the tv series Arrow which I think is a good comparison. It's a mixture of silly fist-fighting against criminals with guns while the fate of the world rests on a masked vigilante and his scooby gang. Where are the police, you ask? Probably having a coffee break. In the first and last chapters, the author switches between the present and the past multiple times, which I felt was really unnecessary and interrupted the action. There were a few things I didn't like in the plot. For one thing, why did Stella take such a special interest in Jason? Going through a "date" and threatening his family, weighing his value over the value of his sister. For that matter, why did Stella really need to buy up the town for her purposes? Plenty of alternatives which would have been much, much easier.
For anyone who really wants to know the sci fi portion part of the tale, keep reading.
Stella has technology where people can download into machines and control other machines.
"Pretty awesome and very enjoyable"
This audio book was a very fun and entertaining to listen to. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. The details were written very vividly which made it easy to submerse myself in the book.One I started I couldn't stop listening thats how much I enjoyed this book. The narrator also did an awesome job on the book as well. I am looking forward to another book in this series if there is one!
I received the audio book version free in exchange for an unbiased review.
Loved it. The reader was fantastic and the story kept pulling me in. Awesome book
"Nice, Mostly Realistic Superhero Book"
Yes. Overall, I really liked the book. It is a pretty good superhero story, and as far as superhero stories go, it was one of the more believable.
I don't have a specific *book* to compare it to, but it is very much like the Arrow and Daredevil TV shows.
I had a few issues with the narration. There were several spots where the narrator repeated himself. The first time it happened, I figured it was just something weird going on with my bluetooth headphones/speaker or I accidentally hit back, or something to that nature. The rest of them I went back and double-checked that I wasn't crazy. This really should have been picked up and removed before being released. A few seconds after each of these spots, the narrator stutters or repeats himself:
Chapter 7 - 11:26
Chapter 8 - 14:34
Chapter 10 - 12:04
The narrator was awesome at the voice of the main character, almost Batman like. However, the female voices were all a little muddled and harder to differentiate if I'm being picky.
Yes. I was very drawn into the story and left exciting wondering what would happen next. I listen to books in my car though typically, so I didn't listen to it all in one sitting, but the want was definitely there.
I received this book for free from the author in return for an honest review. This in now way effected my review, as I would not have spent the 6 hours to listen to the book if it wasn't good, even if it was free. I have quite backlog to get through as it is. This is a wonderful superhero origin story and I really liked how (more or less) realistic it was. Things got a little unrealistic towards the end, but not crazy so. The main character doesn't have super powers, the villains don't either, it's just a guy trying to protect his neighborhood from muggers and such, when something strange happens. I don't want to go any further into the story, because I don't want to give any spoilers.
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