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Fade Rippers Audiobook

Fade Rippers: Galefire, Book 1

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Lonnie is just your average runner for the infamous Eighth Street Gang when he gets an urgent phone call to back up his crew after trouble follows them home from a drug deal gone bad.

During the ensuing firefight, Lonnie sees some things he wishes he hadn't, including the gang's leader, Selix, channeling her powers from a place called the Fade by getting high...and dancing. Memories begin unraveling inside Lonnie's darkened mind. Memories of dragons and fiends and fire-swept otherworlds. Memories Selix controls with a simple touch.

But what is real and what is not?

In the strange and violent world of Galefire, Lonnie comes to realize not everything is as it seems, including his own identity. But will Lonnie and Selix reconcile the past before they are caught by those who seek to drag them home in chains?

©2016 Kenny Soward (P)2017 Kenny Soward

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    Bethany McCann Preston 09/05/2017
    Bethany McCann Preston 09/05/2017
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    "Interesting Narrator"

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator.

    I greatly enjoyed many aspects of the story portrayed by Scott Aiello, the difference between the characters was not only easy but also enjoyable. The difference in accents gave an interesting aspect to the book and helped along with an interesting story, that was not what I expected, to make this a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jason
    19/04/17
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    "Odd book, but good."

    The plot is like a train wreck, you know its bad but you can't look away, or in this case, stop listening, then it makes sense. A interesting start to a series.


    "This book was provided at no cost for a fair and unbiased review."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CT
    Ashland, Ky USA
    12/04/17
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    "Urban fantasy at its dark and grittiest"

    I fully admit to being a huge fan of Kenny Soward’s GnomeSaga series. This is a big departure, though, being a dark urban fantasy novel about a man named Lonnie who is a mysterious man enslaved to a gang of brutal drug-dealing fae who are more than they seem. The discovery of his true identity and the nature of his hallucinations form the heart of the book.

    The mood of the book is unlike most urban fantasy storylines out there. It’s languid and surreal with Lonnie feeling very much out of step with his own life. He doesn’t have much control over himself because he is going through the motions of existence. Why? Because, he’s on drugs. Virtually any of his decisions not making any sense to himself or the audience make sense because he’s on drug and operating on autopilot.

    The fact the drugs include mind-control, memory-alteration, and whatever other magic worked on him doesn’t change this fact. Contrary to hurting characterization, this actually helps it as we feel Lonnie struggle to regain some sense of control in his life. The characters are vivid and well realized, being both stylized as well as threatening.

    Urban fantasy and horror is full of mind-controlled servants to various supernaturals with very few of them really delving into their nature. The fact Lonnie isn’t precisely a character like Renfield makes the story somewhat more interesting and unpredictable but I actually enjoyed this walk on the lower end of the totem pole.

    In conclusion, Galefire is a very enjoyable urban fantasy novel which is different enough from others out there to be worth a look. I’m a bit worried about the ending but I hope the author will continue the dark, grimy, and trashy-sexy environment he’s created. It would be a shame to waste the book’s unique flavor.

    9/10

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jenniferk
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    17/05/17
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    "Good UF in a dark atmosphere"
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    This is a page turner that is set in a steamy and dark environment. The world building is quite good and the characters are suitable to their parts. Not for the readers of fluffy lovely fae. The story is full of the underbelly of a place where drugs, violence and sex are a regular backdrop. Unusual circumstances arise that test the main character and his navigation through is compelling. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Willowdancer
    Tennessee
    12/05/17
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    "Fun romp"

    This story was fun from beginning to end. As the main character pieces his memories together, he takes you along for the ride. I'm looking forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler U.
    10/05/17
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    "A short but interesting start of a series"

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    This was a pretty good book, a bit odd, but good. I found myself riveted from the beginning. Even after finishing it, I'm still puzzling out what I heard. The story is a lot more complex than I first thought and I'm actually pretty interested in hearing more of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    04/05/17
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    "blindsided by the outcome"

    A peculiar book about drugs, street gangs, hell on earth and dragons … Lonnie is a young man with a drug problem and many more issues.  He is the secret street runner for his crew doing all the buying and selling of packages and fetches anything needed.  During one run he is called home by his crew to help in a street fight.  This is where it becomes peculiar!  His friends are dealers and thugs but because of their past and who he is … things begin to unravel and he discovers new uses for his drugs of choice.  He can’t remember the name of his wife or child, but there is so much that he does remember … or does he? Kenny Soward weaves a fantastic tale that will have you on the edge of your seat.  There were a few moments where I felt lost but Soward solved that confusion quickly and completely.

    Soward takes his characters and builds them neatly into the plot but gives them depth that is interesting and meaningful – in other words they are much more than they seem.  The twist this story takes is unexpected and amazing.  It’s one of those “what, huh? Oh … wow” moments.  This book is one of those rare finds where you are blindsided by the outcome.

    Soward does a magnificent job of storytelling, not leaving anything to chance – instead, Soward takes the common response and turns everything upside down.

    The narrator, Scott Aiello does an excellent job of performing the cast of characters especially the Jamaican and the Brit.  Loved his performance!  His voice was smooth and reflected the energy of each character.

    There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tammy
    03/05/17
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    "great story"



    I was gifted this ARC from the author for a honest and unbiased review. This looks like it will be a very good series. When I started the book, I thought that ho humm another gangster story. However, this was not the case. As the narrator weaved through the story your interest was peaked and you had to keep listening in order to find out what was actually going on. I would very much like to read any subsequent storys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    America
    03/05/17
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    "More twists than a mountain road"

    I think I spent most of the book confused but it was worth it.

    The story is complex and is revealed gradually as the main character figures things out. This makes for lots of 'wait... what?' moments and a book that keeps you guessing.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book, I hope the surprises continue.

    Scott's narration was good, it was nice and smooth and the characters voices were varied with amazing accents.

    This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve H. Caldwell
    Tacoma, WA
    30/04/17
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    "NOT your typical urban fantasy..."

    Lonnie, runner for the Eighth Street gang, has a feeling something about his life isn't right. He is the lowest member of the gang, used for running deliveries of drugs and going to the store for supplies. He just keeps feeling something isn't right, and keeps having wild dreams of another world where he is flying on a dragons back fighting airships! When he gets a frantic call from a gang member to meet them out back of the clubhouse and be prepared for violence, he doesn't expect to see what he does, as the club members are being attacked by supernatural creatures! After watching his gang leader Selix use magic after getting high to defeat the invaders, Lonnie is thoroughly confused, and even more so after she uses her powers to wipe away the memory. The memories are starting to refuse to stay buried though, and after the club is attacked again, Lonnie learns he has been kept in a memory wiped daze to protect him, since the beings hunting him could sense him if he had his memories. Lonnie and the other gang members are refugees from a lost war in another dimension, which one I wont tell because that would be a huge spoiler. This new knowledge Leeds to a climactic confrontation with the forces hunting for Lonnie, and his life will never be the same again, as he finally gets his memories back and realizes just who he really is, and what that means. Nothing will be the same again and he needs to decide what actions to take from that point on.

    This is not the typical urban fantasy, with the usual wizard detective or some such. The Eighth Streeters are a violent drug gang, due to their upbringing. They have a much more varied past than you'd expect, hinted at through conversations. It is an interesting mix of characters, and they bicker and fight as any group in close quarters would be expected to. The hidden secret the gang hides does explain quite a lot of their actions, and when it finally explodes in violence, it is much larger than you'd expect. Even though the characters are more anti-hero than hero, you can still get to like them, and appreciate the lengths they go through to protect Lonnie.

    The setting is grimy and well drawn out, and not some place you'd want to visit. It takes place in Cincinnati, not the normal Chicago or LA of UF novels, so that was interesting, and you can almost see the grime on the street and smell the reek of the sewers as explained in the book. Overall, a well drawn out world.

    Scott Aiello, who also narrated the author's Gnome Saga books, did an excellent job bringing the various characters to life. Each character has his or her own unique voice, and he has a great touch with tone, pitch and cadence. His narration is always top notch, never lagging or monotonous. 5 star effort all the way around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Niagara Falls, NY
    28/04/17
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    "A blast of a book with room to grow"

    This might be one of the most interesting books I've read in a while. From the very beginning, I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into, but boy was it a fun book. It's one of those books that I can't write the review that I want because it will ruin some of the great story turns that happen in it.

    Fade Rippers follows Lonnie, a runner for the Eighth Street gang. He's basically not allowed out the normal door of their hideout and feels like he's being totally wasted where he is. Suddenly, a phone call comes in that could change his life forever. The gang was in trouble and are asking him for help. What he finds when he finally gets out to help them will open his eyes to the Eighth Street gang and the people who he thought he knew.

    The story revolving around Lonnie was an interesting one, he wasn't the most likable main character throughout most of the book but he was a funny and enjoyable one to follow around. I really can't write much about the story or the story arc that revolves around him, but it genuinely surprised me around every turn.

    The story itself was a short one, but it was almost a complete one. It "finished" but definitely leaves room for a ton more to happen with this story. I think that by the end of the story, Lonnie really grew on me. His character went through a lot and was able to come out the other side a likable and easier to follow main character.

    Overall, Fade Rippers was a story that I normally wouldn't have read, but I'm really glad that I did. An enjoyable story with lots of room to grow. I will definitely be following along eagerly. I wish that I read more stories like this so that I could compare Kenny Soward to another author, but I can tell you this. Be on the lookout for Soward. I'm betting he has a great career as an author. He has a talent for writing gritty and realistic fantasy stories.

    The narration by Scott Aiello was spot on. He took the grit and vulgarity that Soward wrote into this book and made it easy to digest and incredibly fun to listen along to.

    I was given a free copy of this book, this has not affected my review in any way.

    If you enjoyed my review, please vote for it. If you'd like to see more like it you can check out BriansBookBlog DOT com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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