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Night Shadows

Children of Nostradamus, Book 2
Narrated by: Robin J Sitten
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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Murder isn’t in the hero handbook.
 

A year after joining the Nighthawks, Conthan feels anything but heroic. He fulfilled the prophecy of a dead psychic, but the stain of the warden lingers. In the cold of night, he battles a crippling self-doubt by waging war on the synthetic army.
 

A secret society unleashes a second civil war.
 

Jasmine can’t standby and watch the world plummet into darkness as the society rises to power. Controlling the synthetics means her kind are marked for extinction. Her freedom from the military will mean nothing if she’s dead.
 

Continue with the super-powered sequel to Nighthawks in book two of the Children of Nostradamus Universe.

©2017 Jeremy Flagg (P)2018 Jeremy Flagg

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The battle intensifies.

When the group find they did not destroy the power behind the persecution of the Children they must try to determine who is really in charge. They continue to run to keep ahead of the government as they train and prepare. When the town of people they were trying to protect is destroyed and the people killed they are devastated and intensifies their efforts.

This book is full bore excitement from start to finish. The narrator is exceptional with multiple voices and expresses emotions well at the right times.

This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of an honest review.

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Stakes are raised in a strong sequel

First thing to get out of the way with this review is to suggest that you go and listen to the first book in the series before starting on this one, this isn't a series where you would fully appreciate this installment without the first one as it successfully builds on the foundations that were laid in that first novel and then proceeds to ramp things up quite a lot.

Once you are up to date with the series this one will again evoke memories of X-Men plotlines such as the shadow king, hellfire club and the sentinels, but the author manages to take these familiar themes and characters in different and interesting directions to produce this strong second book in the series.

The performance of the narrator continues to be a strength of the audiobook with her narration nicely enhancing the overall story.

Overall, a strong second book that leaves me eager for the next installment.

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

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We are at war. There are no lines.

Everyone, it seems, is fighting to save America, but the America envisioned is different. The President, the first woman elected, is there for life, and she intends it to be a long one. Eleanor Valentine, the psychic who could, all her life, foresee future patterns and tried to change them, is dead, but before she was murdered, had written letters to be given to people at strategic points over the next 40 years, letters which will greatly influence each recipient. Boston is radioactive. Breaking the curfew will likely result in death. Synthetics, powerful machine sentinels, roam the streets and can destroy a village, and there are strange smiling men in leather jackets appearing who seem without fear.
And then there are the Children, young people, mostly, who have developed special attributes: telportation, telepathy, kinesis, superstrength, the ability to throw lightning, make fire, even fly (almost). The children evolve and are hunted, sometimes to be subjected to laboratory testing, mostly for simple extermination. But the small group of adult Children is determined to stop the killings - even if it means war.

These are colourful comic book characters, both good and evil. And, with visual writing, the author transports the reader between locations engulfed in fire, bombarded by bullets and illusion, or to a sparse grey cell - and all places in between. Narrated again by Robin Sitten, the pace is fast and the text clear. Read with a passion and good inflection, the relative absence of voice differentiation between many of the (numerous) characters is not a problem. This is the second book in the series and it is advisable to read it's predecessor before beginning this book as, moving between 1992 and 2032, it can be a tad confusing without the prior knowledge.
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An exciting and different Apocalyptic story, fast paced and full of action, My thanks to the rights holder of Night Shadows, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy of the book,. It is one to bring pleasure to any comic fan.

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Book 2 also awesome!!

This takes up as soon as book one ends so you probably want to read book one first. Book one is also awesome so that's a good thing! We see more mysteries unraveled in this book as we evolve the story and our characters. Our nighthawks are great characters! We see them evolve nicely and the story is great. Very good. I'm trying to avoid spoilers but I will say the escalation between the president and the military is a great scene/section. I also like the shadowy organisation that fits in very well with the storyline and offers competition for being the bad guy. Two bad guys going against the Nighthawks makes for a cool book. Great pace and a story filled with twists and turns.

Very good. The narration is excellent and adds to the storyline and gives great pace to the book.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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So Eleanors reach continues

The story continues building on before and shows us bigger things for the said children. There are newer and older threads weaving a rich tapestry here and a good few twists that even the children didn't foresee one way or another. Solid book and looking forward to finding more of Eleanors plan as it continues from the cemetry....
Doesn't disappoint

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A great continuation of the series

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

The Book

Continuing hot off the heels of the first book this one throws more mutant futuristic action at you straight from the beginning. Its got elements of X-men with mutant types and Sentinel types but manages to not feel like a copy but its own version of a similar story. You really do need to read these in order to properly appreciate the story however.

We see a bit more of the past of the world in this one which is nice but also plenty of the nighthawks current trials and tribulations. The ending is once again infuriating in that you want to know what happens next! More please.

The Production

As with book one in the series the quality of the narrators reading and the sound itself was of a very good standard.

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  • Kyle Hempel
  • 18-12-18

Learn about the past to understand the present!

First I would like to say if you have not read Nighthawks please go and read that book first. Night Shadows continues right after Nighthawks leaves off and while you follows the Nighthawks as they try to figure out what is next for them and the nation. Amongst all of the exciting fights and tense situations you also get to learn a little bit about how the country ended up in this situation.

I compared the first book to Brilliance and X-men, while these comparisons are still appropriate this book delves more into the why then the first book dared. If you care about characters and backstory this book has a lot more to offer you then the first one did. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Jason
  • 10-01-19

Good series!

Had a few issues with jumping back and forth. MC has depth and breadth. You have to have read or listened to the first in the series for it all to come together. If you are into YA type novel with super powered folks, this on is for you. Well worth the time and credit.

This book was provided at no cost for a fair and honest review.

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  • Daniel O.
  • 08-11-18

Great continuation of book 1, worth the listen!

If you enjoyed book 1, then this book is right up your alley. Everything that I enjoyed about book 1 is contained in this book and we get to know the cast of characters much better this time around.

I thought narration by Robin J Sitten was definitely acceptable. In book 1 narration felt a bit flat to me (though not enough to prevent me from enjoying the book). This time around it I was not convinced to change my rating from "It's great" to "I love it" but overall there was a noticeable improvement in the performance and I would have no problem listening to further works narrated by Robin.

Overall, a very interesting world and a decent narration. I look forward to more works by this author and narrator and am interested in hearing how book 3 turns out.

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

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • 09-10-18

Wow, what a ride!!!

Night Shadows
Children of Nostradamus, Book 2
By: Jeremy Flagg
Narrated by: Robin J Sitten
This is an Audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
First, read the books in order. Second, read these books!!! If you like a world were kids are born different, like they have gifts like the X-Men then this might be for you! The world has robots, or synthesis that enforce the curfew, failure to obey the curfew is the death penalty. Anyone with a gift is caught, killed, or worse...yes, worse! It is an exciting read that continues from book one. I can't wait for the next one! Great story! I love each of these kids and the bad characters are super bad!
The narration is excellent! Such emotion! Wonderful voices just as I imagine them to be! Great all the way around!