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Defiance

Thirteenth Legion Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Meral Mathews
Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)
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Summary

Creation is crumbling around us, yet we can’t see it. War, famine, carnage - it’s just the beginning. 

Darkness is coming for us all. 

They say evil comes in many forms. For former soldier Gabriel Willis, it looks like a motorcade of SUVs storming his quiet neighborhood, shattering his hard-earned domestic bliss. His loving wife and children watch in horror as he is arrested and whisked away without explanation. 

Accused of terrorism and brutally tortured for information, Gabriel later learns that his family has been kidnapped and hidden away. The madman responsible hands him the arduous task of trekking to the mountains of Afghanistan to find famed archaeologist Othia Morgan and return with her - or his family will die. 

Othia has unearthed a secret truth hidden deep beneath the sands of an ancient Afghan village, a terrifying beginning to the end of it all. The lives of hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting souls are destined to be caught in the middle - including Gabriel and Othia. 

With the weight of the world upon him, Gabriel is left with an impossible decision: When should a devoted family man place the needs of the many above those of his precious few? 

©2016 Eric Gardner (P)2017 Eric Gardner

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A tale of Good vs. Evil

Meral Matthews brings this tale to life marvellously, I don't think it could have a better narrator.

The story starts out with Gabriel being abducted from his family home, followed by his wife and family who are to be used to blackmail him into retrieving an archaeologist from Afghanistan, I didn't really enjoy the first part of the book as it involves too much beating of Gabriel (apparently by some government agency) but it picks up pretty fast, and becomes rather interesting when we're introduced to Othia (the archaeologist to be retrieved) and starts fairly racing along once Gabriel meets up with Othia in a cave.

This is only the first book of a series, and does end rather abruptly leaving you with the urgent need to grab book 2 and listen to it now, which is what I am doing as I type.

My only complaint is that the book is too short but that's not enough for me to knock off a star.

I received my copy free of charge from the author, in exchange for a frank and honest review, which I have given above.

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"I mean, come on, Gabriel: angels. ANGELS!"

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This is not the first of a series but the opening part of a serial, basically setting the scene for further books to come.

Any additional comments?

The opening scenes to Defiance are exciting, rather mysterious. A well respected, retired army officer who fought in Afghanistan, is wrongly seized from his home and held on charges of terrorism. Shortly after, his wife and two children are kidnapped, again by an armed force, but this time it is by the group which had set up the husband. They are taken 'into protection' in an exotically furnished mansion somewhere unknown. Later, this same group rescues the ex-soldier and use the custody of his family to blackmail him into working for them. They are brutal and mean business, killing his best friend in front of him.
So Gabriel, the soldier, accepts the commission - to bring back the archaeologist who has been working on a recently discovered temple or, if this is impossible, her notebooks.

The story so far is certainly exciting with heavy supernatural elements..But, as previously mentioned, is only the first part of a serial and, therefore, incomplete. For this reason I cannot rate is more highly than three stars.

The narration by Meral Matthews is good, aiding the tension and somewhat soothing the confusion inherent in the early text. His voicing of the various protagonists is also clear and each is individual. It is his reading which, for this reader, brought the greatest realism to the story so far.

I received Defiance as a freely given gift from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. However, without having heard the rest of this on going story, I am reluctant to recommend it without fully stressing the unfinished nature of this opening section of a serial.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 08-02-19

Really Good.

This took me a while to really get into but once I did, i really enjoyed it. It's intriguing, interesting and sets the stage nicely for what's to come.

The plot was interesting, if a little all weird at the start, but it came together and I had that aha moment where it made sense. I was a little put off at times with all the Religious content, but I also think it was needed to better understand the world the author has created. The premise of the plot is that Gabriel is taken from his house and framed for terrorism, he is given the option of helping his captures find someone, or face prison and worse. He agrees in order to keep his family safe. He heads into the mountains of Afghanistan to find an archaeologist, Othia, who is knee deep in a dig. Both of them are thrown into something they never would have believed though!!

I liked the characters. They are well written and developed and I'm interested enough to find out more about them. In all, this was a good read and had made me eager to listen to the next one.

Meral Mathews was excellent. I've never listened to him before but I must! He was clear, easy to listen to and had plenty of tones and voices for the different characters.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Kelly Watley
  • 08-02-17

Action Packed !!!

If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read/listen to this book. I can’t wait to read the next book by this author. Once I started listening to this book, I didn’t want to stop until the end. 
 "I was provided this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBoom dot com".  


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  • The Lone Mopper
  • 05-02-17

Setting the stage for an epic clash

What made the experience of listening to Defiance the most enjoyable?

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it has left me wanting the next book in the series, NOW.

Great mix of characters growing, developing and learning as they progress through the story line, end leaves you hanging but that's a good thing.

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  • Joe Mahoney
  • 05-02-17

Thrilling Unique New Series! Well Worth Hearing!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and family. It was really a great thrill ride all the way thru. I enjoyed all the aspects of the story and found it really engaging and some of the elements of faith thought provoking.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot did keep me on the edge of my seat. You never know what was going to happen next and really who was on the right side of things and what peoples motivations were until deep into the story. It was really good.

Have you listened to any of Meral Mathews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the very first time I have heard Mr. Mathews perform but I will look for more of his work based on what I have heard in this audiobook. I believe that he gave an amazing perform that gave life and depth to these characters that made the listener get deeply invested in the story.

If you could rename Defiance, what would you call it?

Gabriel's Tribulation

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This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Bethany
  • 01-02-17

Very intense

I was on the edge of my seat and didn't want to pause. This book was an exciting listen both because of the author's skill and creativity and the narrator's performance/delivery. I could follow the story line of this intricate plot and I appreciate the descriptions of the characters feelings, surroundings, and other "characters". I also enjoy well-written archaeology-related adventures, though I usually have a low tolerance for those that have "heavy-handed" religion themes. This book is balanced with religion and adventure which held my interest. I am hopeful there will be more from this author and narrator combo.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author -- which has not influenced my review.

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  • April Hudson
  • 13-02-19

unique

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

This book is pretty different than what I expected. It took a bit for me to figure out all the characters and their situations. The narrator did an excellent job on this book.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 12-02-19

complex and wonderful

one of those books that you expected something and got something else and it threw you the way in the best way possible I expected to get I kind of classic or modern horror story but I got so so much more it was a great beginning for the series it was enjoyable and very good so much little nuances I loved it was a great great beginning
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  • Kayla Krantz
  • 04-02-19

Intense Blend of Genres

Even though this was a shorter book, it made up for it with a constant stream of action. This book is a blend of a bunch of genres like thriller, horror, suspense, action, and paranormal. With every page, we are introduced to new challenges that Gabriel must overcome. The details of the archaeological part of the story was unique, and I thought added more intrigue to the story as a whole.

The narration was smooth and intense, added to the suspense at all the key moments of the story.

Together, the story and narration makes for one fantastic audiobook, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series holds.

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  • Theresa Horton
  • 04-02-19

Great story

I enjoyed the storytelling I liked the characters it was exciting and the narrator did a great job I got this audio book from audio book boom and I thank the author for the free promo code

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  • Andrew Lee
  • 18-10-18

Amazing start to the series!

Not very many books out there brave enough to take on this genre. If you are into conspiracy, illuminati like themes, and what seems to be shaking out like a Constantine like hero this book/series is for you. Book #2 downloaded and cant wait to get rolling!

Book #1 focuses on building the background for characters and sets up the epic story of good vs. evil.. angels vs. demons.. heaven vs. hell. Gabriel is called to fulfill his role in the grand design while running from an illuminati like organization.