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Blood Cruise

Narrated by: Andrew Tell
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Ben Clow's plans are set. Drop off kids, pick up girlfriend, head to the marina, and hop on best friend's cruiser for a weekend of fun at sea. But Ben's happy plans are about to be changed by a tentacled horror that lurks beneath the waves. International crime lords! Deep cover black ops agents! A ravenous, bloodsucking monster! A storm of evil and danger conspire to turn Ben Clow's vacation from a fun ocean getaway into a nightmare of a blood cruise!

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Exciting Good Humoured Horror Action Story

I really enjoyed listening to this fast paced and action filled horror story which was wonderfully narrated by Andrew Tell, I liked the main characters and also the use of humour. This was the first Jake Bible book that I have listed to and it won't be the last.
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  • Ray Johnson
  • 03-09-18

Deep Sea Rounders as a Cardshark meets Mutoctopus

You know what I love? Card Sharks. They are fascinating to me. One of my favorite films is the Damon/Norton classic, Rounders in which a guy who was a poker con man tries to go straight. Then, he has an old friend come into his life and drag him back into a owrld he had thought far behind him. Bible's protagonist, Ben, is one such fella. He used to be a rounder but gave that life up. However, he gets drawn onto a yacht and into a high stakes poker game that turns into something from a sci-fi channel remake of a Deep Rising pilot.

Ben is surrounded by deadly people, gangsters, his girlfriend, hell, even the ship's gopher is probably more dangerous than he is on paper, but the man has brains, and he uses them every chance he gets when thigs start going sour. Unfortunately for him and the rest of the people on the luxery yacht, there is another ship nearby that has been doing some naughty experiments with marine life, and they just happen to be nearby when one of those experiments makes a move and breaks free. In true awesome movie monster fashion it kills everyone onboard ship number two, and then, because its murderous rage has not been quenched goes off seeking more thins it can chew, smash, or crush. The object just happens to be the ship old Benny is floating around on. To say that things go to hell is an understatement, but it does so in the most truest and purest form of B-Movie cinema ever put into a novel. This book is fun and does not feel like a nine hour + book. It goes by sooo much faster. Which is understandable given how much action, excitement, and adventure is stuffed into this book.

Tell does well in his narration, and I have no problems with his work or the sound quality at all. He made this book fun and exciting, and he really respected the material. I'd listen to him again on another project, and that is the best praise I can provide.

Do not miss out on a High/Deep seas adventure that feesls like Jaws, Tentacles, Deep Rising, and a touch of Lovecraft mixed together (sorry, tentacles always takes me to Lovecraft). This was one blast that will leave you tasting salt water tinged with iron. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • The Bookwyrm Speaks
  • 26-09-16

An fast paced action Horror story.

Jake Bible, known for his various Zombie and Salvage Merc books, has something completely different here. On a ship in the Pacific, a defense contractor has a secret project under way, one that people are literally willing to kill to get their hands on. The fact that the secret project is alive and hungry should give you a clue this is not going to end well for some of the characters. When a double and then triple cross goes horrible awry, the project is released, and the other portion of the story, with Interpol agents, mobsters, card sharps and Deep cover spec ops comes together with the creature, creating some of the most creative and wild mayhem, chaos and carnage you are likely to read. Some really engaing characters help move the story along, as does the wild action.

Andrew Tell, who I was familiar with from his narration of books such as Nighblade and What Remains of Heroes, both epic fantasies, does an outstanding job with this contemporary horror story, doing a great job with reading pace, with the different characters and their various voices and accents. I will listen to any book he narrates, he's that good.

I recommend this for any fan of horror or darker sci fi. Any fans of Jake Bible's other books should really enjoy this one.

I was given a copy of this audiobook free of charge in return for an honest review from the Author, publisher or narrator through Audiobook Boom.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 18-06-16

Fantastic! Genetic engineering horror at its best!

Truly great story. Start to finish it keeps you engaged. Characters with depth that you can connect to and
Love and hate as the story develops. A fascinating genetically engineered creature. Horror on the high seas. Gangsters, black ops, poker. Fabulous! Have enjoyed everything I've read from this author. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review

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  • Brian
  • 02-07-16

A Deep Sea Terror Is On The Loose

Ben Clow, the stories protagonist is one of the unlikely heroes. He's been up against bad guys in his life as a Rounder. But he thought that he put that life behind him and now just blogs about poker. But, Ben is quickly thrown into the fire when their simple poker game on a ritzy boat (yacht) starts to go south.

Andrew Tell is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators. His use of different voices for different people and the execution of this makes each and every story feel like it's own. But, Tell is also able to make each story flow with such ease.

This story is nuts! I wasn't sure exactly what was going to happen when I first started it, but Bible was able to write two stories that interconnected into one awesome story. I found myself sitting in my car numerous times when I was home trying to get further into the story.

The main antagonist of the story seems to be the sea creature that I will not write much about. This creature is really well explained and even believable with the way that it's written about. Let's just say that I would be absolutely terrified. It absolutely terrorizes the group of people and feels never ending.

The story felt like a combination of a lot of other stories and movies that I enjoy. I won't list them, but believe me, when I say that if you like "deep seas" movies like Jaws and Deep Blue Sea, you will enjoy this. Also, if you enjoy James Bond movies (especially Casino Royale) this book will definitely be enjoyable for you.

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  • Massie
  • 31-03-18

Very original plot

Let me start by saying enjoyed the story. Very original plot but not very suspenseful. The narration was OK but a revision should have been made in my opinion due to the constant annoying and seemingly childish way that dialogue is written with constant
"(insert name) said" between people. The biggest beef I had with this nautical horror was in a story full of adult language, violence, and situations the first of all unneeded humor, is just plain juvenile, not at all witty or actually funny but as if to depict a gangster with the humor of a middle schooler.....

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  • Reg
  • 02-01-18

True Horror

Ben is a poker expert with a dubious past. He's got two daughters, an ex-wife and a new girlfriend. He is taking his girlfriend for a poker-fueled cruise with a childhood friend on a million dollar yacht. What could go wrong? Let's see...mobsters, assassins, secret agents, and a genetically modified monster for starters!

This was a fun listen. Ben is a complicated character who keeps getting stronger with each peeled layer. It was fun to watch him unfold. Just be prepared as no one emerges from this horror story unscathed! It is a bloodbath in the tradition of Jaws or The Deep Blue Sea. It is action packed and a nice diversion for a few hours.

The narration was decent from Andrew Tell with some characters better acted than others. He is not great with the female voices but some of the male voices were quite good.

I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 11-07-16

Surprisingly good!!

This really surpassed my expectations! Saying that, I didn't really have any to start with. I didn't read any of the reviews on this and only really wanted to read it because Andrew Tell was narrating!

This book though, has it all!! Action, adventure, comedic relief (at times), mobsters, unexpected twists, and plots within plots, but the main thing is the genetically modified sea creature. You can tell by the genetically modified part that things aren't going to end well ;) Lol.

Plot wise, it was slow to start but once it did it was awesome! What does an ex poker player, an Interpol agent, a mobster and a genetically modified sea creature have in common? Well you will have to read it to see!!

In all, this was such a gripping read. Once the action takes off, it's pretty much a non stop thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat! It had elements of so many books and movies I've enjoyed, all mashed expertly together by the author, to create a memorable and entertaining read. I will definitely be checking out more by Jake Bible!!

Andrew Tell was amazing, as always. He is so easy to listen to and has such an assortment of voices and tones, to bring any story to life. I loved his portrayal of the sea creatures thoughts!! His performance was effortless and made the book come alive.

*I received this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*

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  • Tiffany
  • 30-06-16

Better than expected

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The story was a little slow to start. It gradually drew me in. Before I knew it, I had finished the book. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • S A
  • 06-06-16

Boneless Creature Feature

Did Blood Cruise inspire you to do anything?

Maybe a little hungry for Japanese food.

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Wildly improbable but lightly entertaining ocean romp brings international criminals into contact with a genetically modified mollusk. Pretty much every scene is so over the top that you have to suspend disbelief to make it through this book. There isn't really very much activity with the creature, but there is a lot of blood and snarky dialog. A plethora of accents give the narrator a real workout which he does to his credit. I'm sure there will be spawn from this book, but I doubt that I'll be too interested in going on another blood cruise.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-19

Entertaining, fun, and simple read.

I have been looking for ocean creatures and giant sea creature horror stories for quite some time. I love giant octopus and giant squid monsters. Basically if it has tentacles, a bad attitude and eats people in the bloodiest ways possible, I'm a fan. Sadly, I haven't been able to find many options. Read The Beast, The Black and several others, so finding new content was getting harder and harder, to the point I pretty much said "Screw it, I'll write my own". During one of my many hours searching for similar content, I stumbled across this piece. I have to say I was not holding my breath for this to be the next 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but I was desperate. I'm so glad I sucked it up and gave it a listen. It was fun, the characters (for the most part) were enjoyable and relatable. There was humor, sci-fi/horror, espionage, and blood. Lots and lots of blood. I was happy with how it ended, not too cheesy or over the top...well the whole book is over the top, but in a mid-90's water monster sort of way. It filled all my wants and needs for a mindless crazy ride through open waters. My biggest complaint would have to be that some of the reoccurring jokes got annoying after the 50th (no exaggeration) time being said. Also, some of the characters were a bit annoying as well *cough* NICK! *cough*. This was over shadowed by the cool actions going on and the coolness of the other characters thankfully. Definitely worth the buy. Used my free credit for this one. Kinda wish I had spent the money to support the author because after looking up his other novels, this seems to be his first attempt at ocean horror and I hope he does more. I'll be sure to buy any other water based stories he does.