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Aliens and clandestine government organizations play major roles in Sam Cameron's inventive, strikingly original LGBT sci-fi novel, but at its center is the relationship between Danny Kelly and Kevin Clark, two Nashville teens undeniably drawn to each other as they grapple with the destructive, extraterrestrial Ruins.

Josh Hurley turns in a versatile, pitch-perfect performance that captivates the listener from the outset, and adroitly captures this young adult novel's freewheeling teenage spirit and unique blend of the emotional with the supernatural.

Summary

Danny Kelly cares only for rock 'n' roll and fast cars. Too bad he's stuck in the capital of country music and he's banned from driving until he turns twenty-one. Plus he likes other boys, a secret that he's vowed to keep until he graduates high school. When his stepdad's new truck roars off on its own, Danny discovers a secret that is endangering cars and drivers across America. It almost kills Danny, too, until he's saved by seventeen-year-old Kevin Clark.

Kevin's gay, handsome, and confident, but working with his dad's secret government organization has left him lonely. It's going to take a weekend of car chases, fiery explosions, and country-western singing to save the citizens of Nashville from certain death - but can Danny protect his heart and secrets as well?

©2013 Sam Cameron (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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Promising concept but lacklustre climax

The first few chapters flew by me as there are so many names that sound like cars and states. Dallas, Ford, Music Box, etc. I didn't really get engaged until the garage scene.

I do like the concept; Kings of energy floating between vehicles and gaining more power. How lights and colours determine the strengths.

The narration was done with a good effort; distinguishing the different characters.

The plot at times can be quite slow and other times, it makes you wonder what the point of it is. There are few parts where it should be more dramatic, more climactic. But instead it finishes with a small dull line.

There's probably more in the series but given this was alright, I'm not sure if I would like to jump onto the next one.

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  • HaloLove
  • 04-06-15

What an adventure!

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This was such a great gay teen tale! I usually complain about too much romance in my stories but with this one I'm complaining about the lack of romance between Kevin and Danny. I wanted so much more with them trying to find the King together. I felt like they were apart for most of the story. I hope they have more time interacting with one another in the next story, if there is one.

But this writer is talented. A uniquely told story that was refreshing, and fun with some serious undertones. But I truly loved Kevin and Danny and so want more of their story.

😍 Josh Hurley 😍 did an excellent job bringing each character to life and he is now one of my top ten favorite narrators.

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  • Tyler Scott Miller
  • 29-05-15

Great Gay Teen Story

A great story (though a little too similar to Christine) that has great chemistry between the two main characters that leaves you eager for more.