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A Looming of Vultures

Ruritanian Rogues, Book 1
Narrated by: Jake Urry
Series: Ruritanian Rogues, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
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While an ugly war with its neighboring realm continues to rage, the insulated members of Ruritania's upper class laugh and dance their way through their superficial lives. Some people, increasingly disillusioned by the pointless conflict, start to consider how the King might be persuaded - or forced - to end it.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of items of great value are going missing from those attending these high society gatherings. At whom will the finger of suspicion point? Who can be trusted? With so many competing, yet intertwined, agendas, what will be the outcome of this looming of vultures?

©2016 Richard Alan Storry (P)2017 Richard Alan Storry

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A lovely story

The lives of the landed gentry in Ruritania seems like an episode from Downton Abbey! I adore the language and the etiquette employed. The gentleman burglar is so endearing, I know I should abhor his behaviour, but I simply couldn't bring myself to dislike anyone so fond of chocolate tiffin! Of course, the exquisite language was enhanced by the narration of Jake Urry - a man who's voice can be likened to liquid chocolate. There doesn't exist a word, story or tale that cannot be turned into a masterpiece by the addition of Mr Urry. I'm thrilled to recommend this tale, it's simply lovely!

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Your magnificent chocolate Tiffin.

Delicious in every way, this book of dirty deeds amongst the grandeur of Ruritanian nobility has echos of the gentleman thief books of Raffles and sidekick, Bunny. Gloriously written by Richard Storry, a visual and gastric delight providing a colourful background to the amusing story of thefts and double dealing. There is even an end recipe for the delectable chocolate Tiffin.

Simply to say that it is narrated by Jake Urry should be enough. His excellent narration with just a twinge of the sinister gives this sumptuous and whimsical tale the needed gravitas. Perfectly read, as always, he voices the characters and paces the text perfectly, his reading not disguising the inherent humour.

Good story, definitely fun and definitely recommended.

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Just brilliant!!

A thrilling storyline penned from the amazing imagination and writing skills of Richard Storry exquisitely narrated by the skills and luxurious vocal tones of Jake Urry.

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Great story

Let your imagination run free through this brilliant story of fiction. I love how the characters interact with each other and if you want a tense, edge of your seat tale, then listen to this.

The land of Ruritania is laid out in vivid and colourful descriptions, showing both the good and bad sides, even the upper classes aren’t as safe as they think they are, even from their own kind.

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  • Deedra
  • United States
  • 17-02-18

A Looming of Vultures

This was a really good story narrated by my favorite narrator,Jake Urry.There were twists and turns i would have never guessed.Not giving anything away.Loved it!“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Compelling Story

It’s years since I have read anything in this vein - a story that just makes you want to go on and on listening...forget work, blow the housework, can the chores...I just wanted to be immersed in the story.

Characters are brought to life by the wonderful voice and narrative shaping of Jake Urry; and the personalities of the protagonists are depicted with finesse.

I feel sure that this Ruritanian saga is just the beginning of many; and I really hope to see more of Rudi, Wilhelm, the sumptuous banquets and above all, the atmospheric setting of this magical land.

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  • DubaiReader
  • Holsworthy, Devon, United Kingdom
  • 09-04-18

Trouble in Ruritania.

This is the third book I've read by Richard Story and narrated by Jake Urry; a formidable duo. The Cryptic Lines still remains my favourite, but I enjoyed this humorous fantasy, set somewhere around the early twentieth century. The setting of Ruritania is fictitious and it's certainly not a book to be taken seriously, more of a 'romp' than a who-done-it.

It's quite a short book, at just 220 pages, but that gave me just enough time to get to know the characters, without the humour wearing thin. I'm not the sort of reader who laughs uproariously at a book, but I did find my face cracking a smile from time to time.

Covering an assassination plot and an attempt to steal some valuable coins, I'm not sure I'd have read this as a novel and it definitely benefits from being narrated. There is a second book, The Nest of Vipers and as this is also narrated by Jake Urry, I may well give it a try in the future.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 06-07-18

Brilliant!

This book!!! This surprised me so much. I didn't read the blurb fully and was expecting a high fantasy kind of book filled with war and fighting etc, but what I got was a fun, story that's filled with mystery, murder plots, theft and highly likable characters. I really think you should go into this book blind, it's such fun!!

I adored the duo of Rudolph and Wilhelm. Rudolph is the rich master, but he also has sticky hands and Wilhelm has made him promise not to take anything again. But when one of his friends tells Rudolph about an uncrackable safe he recently got, Rudolph just has to take up the challenge and try to crack it! It helps when his friend entrusts Rudolph with some of the code for the safe. 2 others have the other parts of the code. This is to ensure that nobody other that the owner will have access to the code should he ever forget it. So Rudolph sets off to get the parts of the code and crack the safe! But he finds out something along the way... there is a plot to kill the king! Rudolph has to twart the plot before it's too late.

Rudy and Willy were such great characters!! I know you shouldn't root for the thief but it's hard not to when he is such a lovable rogue!! I was hoping he wouldn't get caught. I loved the dynamics between the two too! I laughed out loud a good few times while listening to it!! Willy threatens Rudy with not making his favourite treat if he keeps stealing, but Rudy wants this last big score to earn more than enough to keep them both comfortably! The author has created some unforgettable characters!!

In all, this is a gem of a book and one I urge everyone to try!!It's extremely well written and entertaining and I can not wait till book 2 comes out!!

Jake Urry was exceptional!! He has such a distinctive voice and it worked so well here. I know he has experience in theater and it shows because he brought the atmosphere and characters to life effortlessly. He didn't just read this, he performed it! He immersed me in the world the author created and I can't recommend him enough!!

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 22-02-18

Perfect combo of writer and narrator

A looming of Vultures is a fine mesh of two artists. Storry creates a world filled with quirky characters, and Urry brings it to life. The story is set in an imaginary country, that feels just as real as luxembourg. It is populated by some shady characters, and the mood bounces from light to dark swiftly. One minute you have a who's on first tye back and forth between Rudolf and Wilhelm, and in the next a nefarious event has taken place. Murder, mystery, theft, and so drive the tale forward.

Storry's writing is smooth and flows like water down a mountainside. His characters are complex to a point hat you'll believe they are real people. The setting, although fictional, has an air of life to it, and you'll find yourself looking at a map to see exactly where it is.

Urry brings a formidible set of tools and puts them all to good use. He is dry when he needs to be, or cutting like a blade when wit is required. His voice just sets a mood, and you can feel the fog and shadows of a good mystery envelope you. I am very impressed with this first book, and look forward to the next in the series.

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  • Karen M.
  • 04-12-17

Wonderful Tale of Thievery and Treachery

What an entertaining listen! An aristocratic thief, a treacherous murder plot and scrumptious baked goods - sounds like fun to me. Will Rudy finally learn his lesson or is he beyond redemption? Will the assassins succeed or will an unlikely hero save the day? Listen and find out!

I really enjoyed this story. The dialogue between Rudy and his manservant was hilarious and they definitely had an interesting relationship. The action and suspense had me captivated. As for the narration, you can always count on it being great with Jake Urry as the narrator. I would recommend this.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 26-11-17

A tale of two thieves

A baron with a penchant for taking what he wants in the dead of night as a gentleman’s hobby. A manservant who is along for the thrills and to keep his master safe. Along comes a challenge that can’t be ignored in the form of a safe full of gold deemed uncrackable by the makers. As the crime unfolds a plot to assassinate the king is uncovered, due to his nature he cannot reveal what he knows. What an two rogues do? Listen and find out. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Layla
  • 17-07-19

A looming of Vultures

Don't judge a book by it's cover and this one falls under this category. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, it was not what I expected at all.
It had plenty of action and suspense which had me turning the page. but it also had some humour, something I love in a book and a twist that kept things interesting.

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  • Jan
  • 13-06-19

Enjoy!

situational-humor, verbal-humor, fun, historical-fiction, mystery

***** A real tongue-in-cheek laugh riot! When electric lights were new and carriages were the going form of transportation, in Ruritania we are introduced to the light fingered Rudy and his long suffering manservant, Wilhelm. Expensive things go missing and the plot thickens! Great fun! The audio is performed by Jake Urry of the delightful voice and marvelous interpretation.
I won this audio in a giveaway and I really win!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-19

Quite Intriguing

This is quite an excellent story...just the right blend of mystery and suspense. I absolutely LOVED the very final chapter...really made me laugh.

Jake Urry has hit another home run on his narration. He sets the bar high when it comes to mystery books.

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

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  • KimR
  • 22-02-18

Highly Recommended!!!

Ruritanian Rogues Book 1 “A Looming of Vultures” By: Richard Storry is a bit outside my normal genre, however, I really enjoyed the story. There’s loads of action and suspense, with enough humor to keep things fun and a twist to keep things interesting. Narrated by: Jake Urry who does an amazing job bringing individual characters to life. Highly Recommend!

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 09-02-18

The thrill of the hunt

Loved the sarcastic humor throughout. The twists and turns holds your attention to the end.

Jake Urry, narrator, knew his characters well.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 01-02-18

the book has everything

such a good suspense book I liked the book very much and I listened to the second book as well and the two books are so good I want to listen to them again and again I enjoyed those books very much

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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