Nazis, zombies, wizards, and beasts roam the path before Dr. Andrew Doran.
Dr. Andrew Doran has been out of touch with the major civilizations for quite a while. When an emissary from his alma mater demands his assistance, Andrew is in such a state that he has no choice but to help.
The Nazis have taken the Necronomicon from Miskatonic University's library. With it they could call upon every form of darkness and use the powers of the void to destroy all who stand in the way of obtaining unlimited power.
For years Doran has been at odds with Miskatonic University. Putting his negative feelings aside, Andrew takes charge and heads straight into the Nazi-controlled territories of Europe. Along his journey from America and into the heart of Berlin, the dark Traum Kult - or Dream Cult - has sent beasts from the void between worlds to slow his progress.
This is adventure and monsters unlike anything the anthropologist has ever experienced, and only with the assistance of the trigger-happy Leo and the beautiful Olivia, both members of the French Resistance, does Dr. Doran have any chance of success.
A sane man would flinch. Dr. Andrew Doran charges in.
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"A intriguing read."
I probably would because there was so much that happened that I'm sure I missed something.
The world building, though at times confusing, was awesome. I loved finding out about the Necronomicon and the monsters. It also felt very Indiana Jones to me, which I loved!
In all this was a wonderfully written and imaginative read. While listening to it it played out as an Indiana Jones type movie in my head. I mean it had all the elements of Indiana Jones, mystery, Nazis, artifact retrieval, mayhem every where the doctor goes, but it had much more than that, it has zombie type things, magic, beasts and plenty of action!
It starts off slow but once the action starts, it's pretty much non stop. There is so much that happens in the story that it's hard to summerise without spoiling something, so all I'll say is that this is a story that needs to be savoured to be fully enjoyed! The author put a lot into it and it shows. The depth of the story and the development of the characters was amazing.
In all, I really enjoyed this. It kept my interest the whole way through and I was left reeling when some of the mysteries were revealed. I hope we see more from these wngaging characters!!
"Davenport needs a new audio performer"
Good storyline and development. Excellent characterizatons of humans and non humans. Descriptions of personalities and weaponry as well as environments clear. Loved the story and set up for next in series.
Narration aspect done well, but character interpretation by perfomer grating and a disservice to the writer.
"Entertaining Story for Lovecraft Fans"
This is a great story for people who enjoy Lovecraft tales. It has great monsters and a main character who I felt compelled to root for him. Andrew Doran is a Indiana Jones type character, smart with human foibles. The narrator was good with the story but his German and French accents sounded very similar. It was an entertaining story and I enjoyed listening to it.
"Okay lets be real..."
Yea its a fun introduction to the Lovecraft universe that takes its own spin on things.
The chase scene was wonderful. Reminded me of Indiana Jones with some of the action in this book.
Yea it feels like a scooby doo adventure with how quickly some of the encounters are solved.
Take Harry Dresden and put him into a blatant Lovecraft universe.
This is in no way a Statement. One of my big peeves with this book is the title as well as the VERY obvious Dresden pull. That being said, its actually not bad. I would recommend it.
When Andrew realized what Olivia truly was.
The story was intense wrapped in intrigue as Matthew wove a web for his character Andrew Doran to unravel as he strive to complete his quest.
"As if Bob Howard wrote a Mythos tale in the 1960's"
(Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author, but have no other affiliation with him.)
When I started listening to this book, I was expecting a traditional Lovecraft tale where the tension builds and builds and there's a final release in the last few pages as the protagonist learns what's really going on and either goes mad or faints. To use an amusement park metaphor, I was expecting a ride on one of the contraptions that lifts you higher and higher, pauses for a few seconds for effect, and then releases you, leaving you to plummet to Earth.
What I got instead was a classic rollercoaster full of twists, turns, and thrills all along the ride. While set in HPL's mythos, "The Statement of Andrew Doran" is not a classic Lovecraftian pastiche, but it's more similar to something HPL's pen-pal Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan, Soloman Kane, and many other memorable characters) would have cooked up. We have the super-manly and fearless Dr. Andrew Moran who always knows how to get out of a pickle with brute force or a magical sleight of hand. We have the love interest who we meet fighting for the French resistance, a dependable supporting cast, and we have Nazis. Lots and lots of Nazis.
The end result is one of the more interesting tours through Lovecraft's bestiary and atlas as Dr. Doran encounters a wide variety of races and characters from HPL's original weird tales. What the story lacks in existential horror is made up for with gunfights, interrogations, and a romp through Europe in the early days of World War II.
If you're looking for a tale to chill you to the bone, this probably isn't the right book for you. If you're looking for something light and fun to listen to on a road trip or while hanging out on a beach this summer, you can't go wrong with this tale.
"bit over acted but very fun"
I really enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more. It has all the stuff you're looking for in lovecraftian horror and Indiana Jones."no time for love Dr doran" give it a shot you won't be sorry.
"Great book for fans of the Lovecraft mythos"
As a maddened fan of the Lovecraft mythos I loved this book. The headline review is: action packed, reference packed, fun read. If you are a fan then please do read the book. Iä!
Longer review: This is a book that rewards the listen. It had a slightly clunky start but the writer soon settled in to his forte which is clearly gripping action scenes. I loved the Lovecraftian characters and references which were weaved in seamlessly to a roaring, rollocking series of chars and shootouts.
Taking inspiration from the pulp heroes of yesterday and the pulpy, tentacled thoughts of the old gentleman of Providence the writer has weaved a story of Nazi villains, Whateley children, fungi from Yuggoth, those with the 'Innsmouth look' and so many more allusions. An HP Lovecraft addition to the canon. More please!
The reader was little variable, but did well channeling Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.
"Great story...not so good narrator"
I really enjoyed the story. As far as Cthulhu mythos goes, it was very well done. The narration was a bit slow and over dramatic. I think I would have rather read it than listened to it.
"A unique & action packed fantasy/horror/thriller"
THE STATEMENT OF ANDREW DORAN
Author: Matthew Davenport
Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged
Narrator: Shaun Toole
Length: 6 hours, 28 minutes
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Publisher: Matthew Davenport
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is difficult to classify. It could be filed as "Horror." It could be described as "Fantasy." It could be filed as "Historical Fiction." It could be classified as a thriller; however it is actually all of the above.
In this book there are nazis, wizards, demons, Gods, soldiers, sailors, winemakers and more.
Dr. Andrew Doran is a Monster Hunter. The year is 1941 and World War 2 is raging.
Andrew Doran works at a University that houses (and displays) the only known English translation of a book called the "Necronomicon." It is also the only copy in existence that contains all the original charts and diagrams. This book is capable of calling great evil into our world.
The "Necronomicon" is stolen by the Nazis and it is up to Andrew Doran to head into the heart of Nazi territory to retrieve it before Hitler has a chance to use it to bring evil Gods, demons and other creatures into the world.
This book is a fascinating look at an alternative (supernatural) history of World War II.
The narrator does an outstanding job with this audiobook. With the garbled names of demons, Gods and other supernatural creatures it would have been excusable for him to stumble over the pronunciations, but he didn't; not even once. That is an impressive feat. I also really enjoyed the timbre of his voice and his cadence. His pacing was also perfect. I rate the narration as 5 out of 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
All in all I rate this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
To write about such a bizarre mixture of topics and to make it sound plausible takes serious writing talent.
I also liked the fact that the book ended with all the loose ends tied up, but still paved the way for the next book in the series.
I recommend this audiobook to those who enjoy the Contemporary Fantasy genre.
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