An epic adventure in a strange world by the best-selling author of War of the Black Tower, an epic fantasy trilogy...
A thousand years ago, the sea began to change, and the change spread.
Now the boiling, toxic, lightning-wreathed Atomic Sea has encompassed every ocean on the planet, and the creatures that live in it have become mutated and unnatural. The sea's taint can infect any human who comes in contact with it or with unprocessed seafood, killing them...or altering them. No one knows why the sea has become this way or what it portends, only that it has irrevocably changed the world.
Meanwhile, world war has erupted, and the small country of Ghenisa, like many others, is tottering on the brink of collapse under the onslaught of the Empire of Octung. Middle-aged widower Dr. Francis Avery is aboard a military whaling ship far out on the Atomic Sea when a series of murders onboard propels him down a rabbit-hole of danger and terror unlike any other.
Soon he becomes aware of a spy on the ship, but that's just the beginning. With the help of the grizzled whaler, Janx, and a mysterious woman named Layanna, he will embark on an epic quest to save Ghenisa from Octung and unravel the secrets of the Atomic Sea.
This is the third volume of a multi-part saga of an epic fantasy and science fiction adventure and high stakes in an awe-inspiring world unlike any you've ever seen before. Welcome to the world of the Atomic Sea.
©2015 Jack Conner (P)2015 Jack Conner
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
So today and tomorrow, I'm back with Avery and the crew in the fight against the Octung!
It was great to be with them again. I can't help but totally get involved in the world here, Avery as a character had come on in leaps and bounds. I must admit, I was a little shocked that he and Layanna get together. But, the more their relationship grew through this part of the story I can see why. Avery is a vastly different character than when he started this. He's stronger and more resilient than anyone I've met, but he's still vastly flawed in some of his decisions and I guess that is what still makes him human.
Janx and Hilde are such fun characters, Janx will pretty much do anything for the cause now, and Hilde's constant 'this will never work' but 'oh well, lets go' is funny.
The explanations in here of the Collosom and then the Overloards and gods is really good, it's great to start to put together the whole world that is inside Jack's head. Sad to see MurBlog back though on the other side :( that's really bad for their friends.
There weren't any really moving moments in here, in regards to story. Perhaps because of the grisly nature of the sacrifices, and the overlords. It's horrific to think that these people are so brain washed that they'd go in their willingly. Was also quite shocked that Avery poisoned himself so that he could go in the inner temple. Uggh, glad at least that his mutations weren't so bad he was totally deformed.
Sheridon and Annie turning up was quite a surprise, and this is where Avery makes the biggest mistake and takes her back to the Black Sect. Which is their downfall, you know it's coming because of it. I have to admit, I didn't like that Janx, Hilde and Layanna didn't inform Avery that the weapon they've been building to stop the war needs extra dimensional fuel to work, this is a big wrench when Avery's at the end of his tether.
In regards to narration, excellent job from Ray, there's some moments in here that I would not be happy reading aloud haha, because they're just cringe worthy, he does a fab job of sticking to character, and totally is entertaining with his different voices.
I am looking forward to what happens next, will they catch Sheridon and make it to the Atomic Sea.... but I'll have to wait till I'm in work again haha. I am defo an audio book covert.
"Interesting story in an interdimensional world war"
One of the most memorable moments was when the final piece of The Device snapped into place and all of a sudden it was no longer just a machine in this dimension but a strange, otherworldly and hypnotic-looking sphere part of multiple dimensions.
I have listened to several other of Greenley's narrations, including the first two Atomic Sea novels. This one shows Greenley's continued development as a narrator.
Not necessarily since I listened to it during my commute to and from work. It was something to look forward to for the next ride, though sometimes it left off with a small cliffhanger depending on when I arrived at work.
It was interesting to again see how Avery, Janx, Layanna, and the others progress in the "war against the war" with the Octung. It feels like progress was made, but of course there's another wrench in the plans and another leg of the journey. I look forward to continuing book four to see where this story is going next.
I would. I am thoroughly enjoying this series of books.
Still gotta go with Jenks. Really like what his character adds to the story and how he has been developed. He's a tough guy but the writing does a very good job of showing his "softer" side when appropriate as well.
Likely the scene when the main character, Avery, is undercover as a priest during the offering. Outstanding writing done here.
Don't go in the water!
Overall I enjoyed this book, though not as much as volume two. Volume two was full of great action, while volume three focused heavily on plot development. I realize that this is a key component of any literary work, but I just found volume three to be a bit tedious at times. That being said, it was likely also the best work done by the narrator, Ray Greenley, in the series so far. So many new characters were introduced in this volume, and Greenley jumps between them masterfully, all while keeping the listener engaged and understanding what is happening. Well done!
As the story continues I have been able to watch the characters grow and change with the twists and turns of the plot. The narrator does a great job of voicing each character uniquely as well as showing emotion tied to that character. Of the three volumes so far I enjoyed this one the most.
It can be compared to many books of its style. The characters have a quest and face many perils along the way in order to reach their goal. The author does a great job of fleshing out the nations and histories as well which lend to the circumstances of the adventure.
I have listened to the previous 2 volumes, as well as a book named Nebulous, and Ray continues to deliver superb work. He shows passion and consistency with his voice over work and really brings the story to life for the listener.
I found some parts of the story to be humorous but mostly this story felt intense. The action started early and kept on rolling until the end of the book.
I am looking forward to continuing the adventure of the atomic sea and I will be awaiting the narrations of Ray to guide me through the next tale.
"Good story, good characters, great narration!."
Yes, Just the narration is sufficient reason, but the story is worth the listen as well.
Mr.Conner has created an interesting world. In someways I am seeing it as a steampunk world, with a mix of archaic technology and modern. The colorful characters would also do well as Steampunks. I remain a bit puzzled by the history of this world, with 3 moons it is clearly not earth, but the characters seem to be unaware of alien lifeforms, Even though their gods are alien.
I enjoy listening to Ray read, may be a bit prejudiced though, he is my son afterall! I have listened to all of his audio books... several times.
I was a bit shocked by Avery's diet in this book.
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