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Four Winds-One Storm

The Bone Brick City, Book 1
Narrated by: Steve Vito
Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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Summary

Every city has its dangers. But in the city of Embrenil, the thieves steal eyesight as well as coin. No one knows why its citizens are being mystically blinded. Is it merely a way to make victims easier to rob? Or are these blindings part of a greater conspiracy? With no leads and options limited, the Embrenil Civic Police enlist the aid of four supernatural individuals to solve the case and combat the dark powers of the Mystic Mafia. This first volume in the series introduces a team like no other as they seek answers, get wrongly accused, get drunk, get lucky, fight undead assassins, protect a vain beer baron, battle powerful theurges, fall from high places, and learn the secrets that threaten the entire city. In a world where anything is possible, the truth becomes harder to find.

This is the first volume in the Four Winds-One Storm saga.

©2012 Aaron William Hollingsworth (P)2014 Aaron Hollingsworth

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Four Winds-One Storm

The characters are a well developed and the four main characters were all unique and able to use their own special talents to help the team as a whole. The author created great character from his own head, which he was able to developed without leaving the reader lost and confused nor with excessive exposition.

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Excellent story, fabulous narration

I really loved the narrator Steve Vito, his range of voices is amazing and I know who is who without having to be told. So much easier to just listen when you know that. Also he does the female characters really naturally and well.

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the story. I wasn't sure what to expect when I chose it but the blurb sounded interesting. It vastly exceeded my expectations. I loved all the twists and turns and finding out about the characters and watching them build their relationships. The different species (can I call them species?) are brilliant. The world building is great, enough to know where you are and what's going on but not overwhelming enough to pull you out of the story. Like any book it did take a little while to settle into the book and the characters, but once I had I was hooked. I'm hoping that there is another to follow this as it feels like there could be.

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Magic, adventure & plenty of action.

I really wanted to like this more than I did unfortunately.
Whilst it was narrated well with some good character voices and the story has a lot of potential, I just found it a little magic heavy (ie. there’s a magic skill owned by someone to counter absolutely anything thrown their way!) and too much to take onboard in this alternative universe where everything needs overly explaining.
The overall plot is pretty cool and should appeal to all adventure fantasy fans, but I couldn’t figure out whether it was YA or not... it goes a long time almost like a children’s book using swear alternatives, then suddenly there’s some expletives thrown in... unfortunately it felt like a pick and mix selection where some off all the sweets had been chosen and thrown in rather than just a few of my favourites.
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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Mercenary Heroes With Extraordinary Powers.

This is a mix of scifi Western, Japanese Shogun and the Mafia. A group of mercenaries are pulled together, each with special fighting abilities and powers. They are up against a powerful master criminal. There are plot twists and turns with lots of action. The premise is good but could have benefitted from further editing to tighten up the plot and dialogue. A decent start to a series with good narration.

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  • Deedra
  • United States
  • 22-12-18

Four Winds

This was a really great first book in a series!Thrown together in a town after a murder,four 'people' come together as a team to track down who is blinding people.They become ao much more. Steve Vito was a wonderful narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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The Start of an epic Series. endless possibilities

Enter a new world,, "yeh heard that one before" but in this world, possibly eons to the future, or just in the mind of Author Aaron Hollingsworth. Written in a way we can focus ourselves in each of the characters, without being Tolken sculpted into his world but left to our own imaginings, I don't write but feel multiple direction the author could take each character. Being an avid Audio book fan, that makes for good times, as I already want to know where they go next. The narrator Steve Vito, did a great job lending voice to each, I am not always a fan of this type of narration, however it worked, I can hear as I write this, the characters echoing in my mind. Great book Jim

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 05-03-18

Clint Eastwood hangs out with Gandalf

I'm not saying that this is a western, but man, this fantasy sure has some western overtones. And that is great, I love melding genres. Hollingsworth has proven to be a real favorite for me, and I think I can say that everything he has produced has been a real winner. Vito really rocks out doing the narration. He slaps in some special effects, accents, voices, etc. He's really good at his craft, and he accentuates Hollingworth's style. I mean Hollingsworth creates a whole new language and Vito doesn't even blink.

I really could rave on and on about the characters, the story, the magic, the mystery, but the truth is, all you need to know is that this is an amazing book, and that you should be reaading it right now. So, no spoilers or attempts to condense the plot. Just me telling you that Hollingsworth is an amazing writer, nd Vito nails the narration. This is like a buffett of all your favorite food served piping hot and perfectly cooked, so don't waste time considering whether or not you should get this, JUST DO IT. Then, get Hollingsworth other stuff and enjoy life to the fullest.

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  • KD
  • 05-11-18

high expectations

I listen to a lot of fantasy, i will say it's my favorite genres. So i always try to see what unheard of novels might be hiding. I was not disappointed with this book and am really excited for potential sequels in the future.

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  • Beth M Rickner
  • 02-07-15

Lovely new world!

I really liked this book. there were many new characters/races that I've never read about before. I love fresh new takes on fantasy/sci-fi. Don't get me wrong, I love to read and reread my favorites like Jim Butcher, Anne McCaffrey, Kim Harrison, and Laurell K Hamilton. Usually I read urban fantasy, not western anything. But I really enjoyed the new (to me) setting of this book. Plenty of action, and some mystery. there's even a tiny bit of romance, very brief. I'd love to learn more back story on the characters, there's definitely more to be told about at least 2 of the characters. I hope the author, Aaron Hollingsworth gets another book published very soon! in the meantime, I'll be listening to the book again, see if I can find more clues about character histories, and enjoy this wild new world all over again!

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  • Edward Schmalz
  • 23-12-18

Amazing Book!

Aaron is incredible! in every way, this captivating read is a must! This is just one of his incredible stories :)

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  • patricia sterlin
  • 27-11-18

a good scifi with interesting mix of monsters

the authors characters were great. he banded 4 misfits together and made them into a good detective unit. the narrator was great. I hope the author writes more about this story line. I would read it.

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  • kevin
  • 13-11-18

Someplace Else

Four Winds-One Storm is one of the most unique books that I have ever read. Imagine a fantasy in a western setting. Now add in that almost every character comes from one of the diverse humanoid races with their own special abilities and history. The world is vivid and the characters are extremely individualizes and relatable. That whole story leaves you with the impression that the author hated tropes so vehemently that he would avoid anything that was even related to one. The only down side is that it can be hard to follow the story at times due to the bizarre world. Overall it is a great book that is creative and fun and I will be reading the next one.
I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
Morality rating- Four Winds-One Storm contains sexuality, sex, some language, and lots of violence.
#Western #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Cindy
  • 05-11-18

A New World

At first I struggled to keep up with all the characters . Eventually it all came together, which is not unusual when you start a new series. I found it humorous, with interesting on the side. A good mix of fantasy/sci-fi.
The narrator did an good job, also.
All and all, I found it to be a good audio listen. Long enough to want more, and not wonder "is that it"
This audio was given to me free at my request, and I voluntarily gave this review.

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  • Charles A.P. Wetherington
  • 01-11-18

Good fantasy story.

Storyline is consistent, and smoothly written
Narration is well done, with excellent voice inflection for different characters.
Recommended for ages 17-+ due to violence and some adult situations.

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 17-10-18

Wow, what a story!

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. I could find no flaws in either the writing or the narration in this fantastic story. This tale is truly very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-18

Characters that Grow On You; A Few Inconsistencies

Full Disclosure: I received this audiobook in exchange for my review.

TL/DR: Well developed main characters and an intriguing new magic system. Subtract one star for intermittent sound effects that make it hard to understand the narrator, subtract an additional star for inconsistencies in the story.

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In general, the narration is excellent. The characters have distinct voices and accents. When appropriate, the audio is tweaked to make it apparent that a character is using a PA system or is a ways away from the main action in a scene. However, when these effects are applied, you need to be listening in a quiet environment as the volume drops significantly. (Example: Standing in line at an event, with my media player at maximum volume, I can comfortably understand most of the narration over my headphones. However, when these effects occur, I can't make out what is being said due to the volume drop.)

I was a bit unsettled at first by the admittedly alien justice system that was used to introduce the main characters and bring them together, but as I got deeper into the story, these characters grew on me.

The author provides excellent characterization; each of the main characters has a distinct personality, back story, and motivations that arise from those histories.

The magic system that the author introduces is wholly unique in my long experience with fantasy novels and role playing games. I'd love to see this system of "philocreeds" and their "maxims" written up for Pathfinder, 1st Edition.

There is a depth to the plot that doesn't become apparent until well past the half-way mark, but there are also a few inconsistencies.

One character is apparently able to deceive the narrator (3rd person omniscient) when they are introduced, as their introductory thought is inconsistent with facts about their knowledge and plans which are revealed later in the story. Another character states at one point that they can't cast their maxims (use their magic) under certain circumstances, yet they appear to be able to do so on two different occasions when these conditions are not met.

As of the writing of this review, Book 2 of the Four Winds--One Storm saga, "The Geohex of Wraith County" is available in print and for Kindle, but not yet in audiobook form.

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