"My name is Lucas Soul. Today, I died again. This is my 15th death in the last 450 years."
Soul is an outcast of the Immortal Societies. Born of a Bastian mother and a Crovir father, a half-breed who is abhorred by the two races, he spends the first 350 years of his existence being chased and killed by the Hunters.
One fall night in Boston, the Hunt starts again, resulting in Soul's 15th death and triggering a chain of events that sends him on the run with Reid Hasley, a former US Marine and his human business partner. From Paris to Prague, their search for answers leads them deep into the Immortal societies and brings them face to face with someone from Soul's past. Shocking secrets are revealed and fresh allies come to the fore as they uncover a new and terrifying threat to both immortals and humans.
To defeat his enemies, Soul must embrace his tortured fate and become the Hunter. But time is running out. Can he protect the ones he loves and prevent another Immortal War before his 17th and final death?
Hunted is the first installment in AD Starrling's multi-award winning, action thriller series Seventeen. If you like high-octane, fast-paced adventures that combine science and a dose of the paranormal, then you'll love the world of Seventeen.
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I love audiobooks
This started off so well with the action and plot but lost its way somewhere in the middle. I struggled to finish it. However the narrator did a good job.
"suspenseful intrigue built on a cool back story"
Soul Meaning by A.D. Starrling is the first book in a series called Soul Meaning. Lucas Soul is a private detective and a half-breed immortal. When the hunters of the immortal race Crovir start hunting him, Lucas is suddenly on the run after centuries of silence. His investigation leads him from Boston to Washington DC to all over Europe. Accompanied by his human partner, Reid Hasley, Lucas fights for his life and steps into the politics of the immortal races. Lucas must figure out the motivation of the Crovir hunters and address them before the immortal society comes crashing down and kills him.
This is a fast paced action adventure with a lot of suspenseful intrigue built on a really cool back story to make it really exciting. Starrling has created a really interesting shadow world of immortals that lives amongst, but hidden, from humans. The unique nature of the immortal deaths and how Lucas fits into the world works really well. I really liked the characters, their evolving relationships and the way that the politics of the immortal world is developed for the reader as the story continues. Lucas is a compelling main character. While he is somewhat of an underdog, his considerable skills at fighting and the revelations about his unique position in the immortal world lift him into a pretty complex character. His interactions with Reid, politicians, and other immortals are fun to listen to and move the story forward. There is also a romantic component to the novel that I thought was merely okay, but its addition to the storyline was necessary for some plot points. I did find some of the action scenes to be too much to follow along with, but that's a personal preference. While the motivation of the villain of the story is seemingly cliché, the way that Starling has incorporated science into the plotline made it interesting and novel. The scientific motivation really made the backstory exciting for me and made we want to find out more about some of the complexities of the immortal races.
The narration by Michael Bower was really excellent. His voicing of the characters really well, including all the accents, and was well paced. The well-executed articulation of the sighs or laughs really brought the story to life and is a great skill for a narrator. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes face paced action adventure stories with a touch of science.
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You barely have a moment to breath because this story just jumps from 0 to 120 miles per hour with action! I love this story of immortals gone insane.lol
Reid and Lucas were the perfect duo of best friends a.k.a. business partners! And who wouldn't want a friend like Reid to watch your 6 when everyone is out to kill you?!
You get a bit of mystery, a bio-hazard scare, a light romance (although the eww factor is there for me, the coupling was just so wrong for me) and ACTION! I have absolutely no complaints with the action. Almost non-stop action is what I love in stories I listen to. And this stories delivers it tenfold!
I agree with others that the book is too long with way too many details that don't push the story forward. I think an abridged version might be better. I feel like there is so much action that it impedes my ability to bond with the characters??? I tried this book twice and gave up a third of the way in.
I think my husband may like it though so maybe he will listen to it.
"Too many lives for just one person"
The good guys never die ! No, wait ! The good guys die and then come back to life . They die then come back to life again . And then they die and come back to life again . And this just keeps on going ! ! Too much of a stretch of the imagination for me !! It is not that I want my hero to die , I just don't want my hero delivered again and again and again and again . ........... and now there will be a sequel to this ? ! ? !............. no thank you ! !
"another fun listen"
I like the concept if not totally original. The story is well-written though I sometimes think my ears glazed over with all the bullets and swords flying so often. Narrator is a good reader with fun, if not totally authentic, accents and voices. But frequent mispronunciations too often broke my concentration on the storyline.
""Hunted" review "
This fast paced action adventure is excellent. You will find yourself caught up in the intrigue of immortals among us. The performance by Michael Bower makes this a great listen. Enjoy.
"Hunting for books"
I always like the audio book because I can listen to it at work and when I drive.
When the story started clicking as the facts between the action started coming together
I have not but this one was pretty good.
Vampires without all the human blood sucking.
"A decent read and listen.."
Let me start by saying it’s unusual for me to read/listen to any book written in the first person. Really? I, I, I, I, I? How boring is that through a whole story? But I decided to give this a try since it’s sounded good. It’s about an Immortal and a human who are partners in an investigations company but they don’t have any investigations because someone is trying to kill the hero. After leaving the United States they end up going to Paris where there was waaaay to many loooong street names spelled out in French, they also went to Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Germany, only to end up back in the US, then to an island in the Mediterranean Sea, always chasing the bad guys. Anyway, this will be my last book written in the first person for a long time, and I especially won’t read another book about an Immortal written this way. To me, something that doesn’t exist should not be written in the first person: Immortal, any kind of shifter, Fae, and like that. It doesn’t make any sense to me. But, that’s just me.
Anyway, this was a good story and it kept you guessing as to why they wanted Lucas Soul dead so badly. AND there were soooo many battles between the good and bad Immortals. That being said, I can tell you this didn’t need to be a 420 page book. Besides all the battles there were ridiculously long descriptions going on, i.e. He walked to the car, unlocked it, got in, put the key into the ignition, started it, and eased out into traffic. Really? Is all that kind of junk necessary? You write a good book then put all that crazy stuff in it and ruin it? I did find myself skimming a lot, just to get to the good parts. Even though the 2nd book is actually written in the 3rd person I can’t see myself reading it. It’s another 400 page book and I just know there will be all kinds of nonsensical descriptions to muddle through.
I did liked Reid, though. He was an awesome partner. There were a lot of good characters but sometimes I felt there were a little too many, too many Crovir Immortals and too many Bastian Immortals you had to remember. I picked 4 or 5 names and that’s whose names I remembered: Anna, Tomas, Bruno and Anatole, Victor, besides Lucas and Reid, I mean. However there was Costas, Roman, Felix, Benisek, Pierre, Solange, Vellacrus, Grigoryie, Reznak, Pinchter, Friedrich, Burnstein, McCabe, Lacroix, Solito, Carlo, Sylviana, and I have no idea how many others I've forgotten that you needed to keep track of, and remember if they were good or bad or human.
Their battles took them to all the countries I mentioned earlier, and there wasn’t a country they missed killing in. Well, killed for a minute before the Immortals got back up. Overall, a good and bad book.
There was no swearing and not enough romance to even mention.
As to the narrator: He was OK. His characters had their own voices. The women were alright and his emotions were good but still he was still just OK for me. His reading was rather boring, really. He wasn't the worst I've ever heard so I would definitely listen to him again.
"non-stop action and trap doors"
Time is running out Lucas Soul, half breed of a Bastian Mother and a Crovir Father, which neither race likes, only has a few more lives remaining. But when a job comes through the Private Investigators office where Lucas works with his partner Reid, it turns things bad and sends them both running for their lives.
This is a great action packed, well written book. The characters are awesome, interesting and the story has so many twists and trap doors to fall thru, but you have to get up and run some more it just does not stop.
I have the audible version and Michael Bower could not have done a better job with all the voices of the different characters and accents, he was wonderful and I hope he continues on with the series as he did such a awesome job.
But either format you choose you won't be disappointed by Soul Meaning it was such a good start to the series. Also don't forget about the novella First Death which will explain some of Lucas' backstory and is well worth it in either form.
"Fast Paced Action"
I enjoyed the journey through Europe, and the nearly nonstop action. I couldn't stop listening. I was also enthralled by the reader. His ability to make each person stand out made it play like a movie for my imagination.
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