The Earth is under siege - and no one knows about it because the invaders erase those whom they consume. A handful of men and women stand on the border between the mundane and the magical. They have a special spark of soul - not quite enough to be naturally gifted in spellcraft but greater than the average person, a tiny flame that can ignite incredible potential. They possess the ability to fight back against the Vorid: the ability to become a Contractor.
Daniel Fitzgerald is one of those people, but when duty comes calling he promptly slams the door in its face. He has no illusions of grandeur. He is not someone special. He wants to go to school and study law. And frankly, he doesn't really like people, and he doesn't want anything to do with magic. He just wants to be left alone. But when the entire planet is a battlefield, there is no place to run.
©2014 Andrew S. Ball (P)2016 Podium Publishing
Really think that Audible needs to start categorising books. Adult/Young Adult/Children etc because this is the second book I have bought thinking the plot sounded good, only to find the book was marketed as teenage fiction.
The blurb in this makes it sound like a gritty post apocalyptic read when in actual fact it was a dude going to school and seeing an alien creature attached to his friends back.
This starts out looking like a young adult novel with the main character just leaving high school and about to start attending University but it is a bit older than that with adult dialog and situations. The overall story of a hidden magical society is nothing new but the fact that its existence is revealed because of an attack by an alien culture is an interesting twist.
The basic premise and plot is logical and proceeds in a manner that makes sense and doesn't depend too much on all the right things just happening at the right time and place. There is some real sadness and real humour in the story and it moves along at a reasonable clip being neither too slow nor too fast.
The ending is certainly not predictable though again it fits well in the story and leaves you wanting to know what is going to happen next.
I highly recommend this either as a book or an audio though you will end up waiting like the rest of us for the next book in the series.
Pan Man UK
really enjoyed this story and narration, in fact it was a totally unusual idea which I really enjoyed. I really hope there is at least one sequel to this original story.
Expected apocalyptic Sci fi but got a teen fantasy! This was disappointing. However I listened all the way through as I had nothing else! The narrator gave it his all and was good but I'm afraid the plot was infantile and although the end was inconclusive...in readiness for book 2. I will not be buying again.
This is a great book to listen to and I would rank it highly among all I have listened to. But not at the top.
Daniel comes across as a fun guy but I really enjoyed all of them.
Some, Luke have really managed to enhance the story by his brilliant narration. He is my favourite narrator along with Stephen Fry. This book was actually only on my shoppinglist to begin with because he is the narrator.
No but it was a book I wanted to make time for.
Sounds a bit stupid at first, the general idea of the book, but I really got into it, I was really frustrated to find the next in the series is not on audible yet...
I bought this book on a whim ( like most books I buy) and wasn't disappointed. A little childish in its content but I found myself listening for hours to it. Well read and would buy another from this author
"Greatful only for the moment"
Luke Daniels did a great jod with this book. The book is well worth the credit, Andrew Ball did a great job of not exposing too much of the story too soon. He also turned in a science fiction adventure that has an actual story line. Some events of the story wreak of incidents in other stories, but Mr. Bell injects enough original ideas that the other distractinns are not objectionable
Worth the credit, and I am ready for the great escape that's coming!
It's really hard not to spoil stuff so I will say this: It's a well written young adult story and if you like good, kinda dark fantasy in modern times (urban fantasy it's caleld I think?) mixed with sci-fi, great characters and well written fight scenes, this is definetly book for you!
I bought this audiobook kinda on a whim. I wanted to try random fantasy so I bought something Luke Daniels narrated and I was seriously surprised. How to explain the book without spoiling a lot of stuff. What I will say is, movie of this book would be absolutely spectacular. Magic gives author incredible range of how fight scenes can look and those were definetly one of best parts of this book.
Main character especially is really fun to imagine when he fights and I couldnt get enough of those scenes. It is fun to watch him get better and better.
When it comes to characters. Main character felt bit unsympathetic to me after the start and felt like he had a lot of "a perfect guy" momnets, but if you realise what kind of person he is, you start to like him. At least I did.
Side characters were pretty much all interesting to me or at least well written when they had just short few lines. You could understand their character instantly, but I am not saying there were not complex characters. There are and character development is pretty good in this book.
Book's lore is rich and interesting, it has so many stuff that even when you think like you've seen everything, you will find out something new.
I am looking forward for next book in a series and I will definetly buy it as soon as its available. Hopefully Luke Daniels will continue narrating this series, because his performance was amazing as always and I am starting to believe he just cant narate badly anything fantasy related. I havent heard his other genres, but fantasy is something he definetly nailed.
"Loved the Sci-fi and Fantasy blend"
The main character was very relatable, he never seemed "too good to be true" in his attitude or behavior. There were some parts I just started laughing and others reminded me of my college years. All in all I can't wait for the next installment.
This is an amazing mix of comic book action, aliens and drama. A witty story underlined by right, wrong and sacrifice. I can't wait for the next book! This book falls into many genres but it's story and narration lift it above the commonality of the rest. This is book is a must for any avid enthusiast.
"Where. Is. The. Sequel!!!!"
I loved this book. I took the long way home just to be able to listen to it 30 minutes more per day. I even drive the speed limit.
Now it's over. I've been furiously combing the Internet and any Andrew S. Ball site I can find to figure out then it will be released. I've come up with nothing definitive and I want to scream.
I hate the idea of Black Friday. However, I like this book so much that if it were a Black Friday item, I'd drop a WWE elbow on a petite soccer mom just to get the last copy.
And Luke Daniels as the narrator just made this even more fabulous. That man can narrate IKEA instructions and make them bearable.
I honestly only gave this book s glance because I was trying to fill in my time until the next Iron Druid book (another Luke Daniels narration that you MUST read if you have not) was released. I thought I'd hate it because the reviews kept calling it "young adult". I'm so friggin' glad I gave this book a shot.
Five stars all around.
I cannot wait for the second book. The narration and the story are awesome. There are several times where the author avoids the obvious plot development and takes a different path, which is something I appreciate.
This is an author to keep an eye on for sure.
THIS book is very good. Fresh take on magic and aliens. I can't wait for the next book in the series. Cant recommend.enough.
"Wasn't looking for young adult story"
Interesting premise but characters way too juvenile for real enjoyment. The performance was masterful however, and the only thing that kept me with it.
Ball has created a world very similar to our own, with the slight deviation(?) of explaining the unexplainable with hidden wizards and magic. Add an interdimensional war with an implacable race of religious zealots, some teenage angst, and a generous helping of gamer culture and you have "Contractor." While some of the directions the story went felt a little like tangents, and there were new author moments here and there, everything did either contribute to the plot or the character development. I was mesmerized until the end, which came all too quickly and from left field. I definitely did not expect the way it ended. The main character is cheeky and likable, but not always good or smart. I guess that makes him more believable, which is also a good thing.
This was a credit well spent, and I'll be looking forward to the next installment in the series.
This book draws you in, and doesn't let go. Can't wait for the next book!
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