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Tev is a hunter, one of the best in his clan. Trained since birth in the art of tracking and killing, Tev has never met a challenge he couldn't overcome. But when a mysterious fireball falls from the sky, Tev will question everything he has ever known. For the first time in his life, he isn't the one doing the hunting.

He is the prey.

Primal Dawn is the first short novel of the Primal Series, spanning centuries of conflict following first contact. Each novel tells a complete story in the ongoing saga of two cultures learning to explore the vastness of space together.

©2016 Ryan Kirk (P)2017 Ryan Kirk

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"No visuals, no vitals, no control any more."

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Primal Dawn is an unusual, engaging and well written first contact story. A jump ship lands it's crew on a planet "a long way from home" which had indicated some anomalies. A signal from the distant past had been identified as coming from the planet and a probe sent to the surface had never returned. Was there , or had there ever been, life there?
The crew's discovery is dramatic and poses at least as many questions as are answered. In an effective writing strategy, the author interspersed chapters from the ship's personel point of view with that of the indigenous population and cleverly captures the emotional reactions of both.
The narration is excellent with Andrew Tell fully taking on the personas of all of the protagonists as well as giving further life to the text. His voice is clear and pleasant and fully adapts to the story as it proceeds.

An enjoyable, rather touching book which I fully recommend to science fiction fans. My thanks to the rights holder of Primal Dawn for the gift of this book, via Audiobook Boom. It was easy and quick to hear, simple and yet thought provoking. I look forward to a follow up volume.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 13-02-17

Brilliant world building!

The first thing to catch my attention about this was it's cover. Very intriguing!! Then I saw who was narrating and I definitely had to listen. Andrew Tell is such an amazing narrator. He always delivers and is clear, concise and has a range of tones and cadences that always make the book come alive. Thoroughly enjoyed his performance in this one.

When I first started this, I was a little put off with the POVs. It felt disjointed and I wasn't sure what was going on. But the story came together and clicked and I realised that the author set an amazing scene and had me gripped from the get go. I thought the POVs was switched from Earth to the Space Ship, but I was confused because they were on about Earth being destroyed. But it finally clicked and I realised who Tev was. It's a nice change of pace when humans are the aliens ;) Lol.

The world building was awesome. I loved finding out about Tev and his world, I also loved being on the ship and following those characters and finding out their story. The world building is expertly written and developed and I really hope we see more!!

The characters are another major bonus. Each were well written and developed, and I was rooting for each for different reasons. I don't want to go into too much detail about them as this is a story that's best experienced first hand, but I will say that I loved Tev. In fact, there wasn't a single character I didn't like.

Even though a whole lot didn't happen in the book, it was still a fast paced and entertaining read. I listened to this in a day and didn't want it to end. I really hope there is more planned for this and it will become a series. Highly recommend.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Montzalee W
  • 09-08-17

WOW, just WOW, what a action packed story!

Would you listen to Primal Dawn again? Why?

Normally I never re-read but yes, and I would love to get the next book!

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Primal Dawn (Primal #1) by Ryan Kirk (Author) and Andrew Tell (Narrator) was one heck of a book! I absolutely enjoyed the heck out of it! A group of scientist space explorers are sent to a planet that may have life. Oh, it has life alright, human life! Primitive but human and they don't know what to make of these beings. So they attack with their bows and arrows. Nothing can hurt the super armor of the suits they wear but astronauts, who has some PTSD from battle, goes nuts and shooting... it was downhill from there. An action packed story that gets better and better as the story goes. Wow, surprises, twists, and lots of action. LOVED it! The narration was excellent! Perfect in all ways, it seamlessly blended an already great story into a wonderful story! Sci-fi space adventure, first contact, and humanity story all rolled up in one!

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  • Dina otero
  • 20-02-17

It has potential just didn't seem to go anywhere.

Because of the author, I expected a much more comprehensive story line. it's plot was very plain and had its exciting moments. However, it development was not what I was hoping for, which was detail and enveloping characters.

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  • Terminator Fan
  • 11-02-17

A good, quick listen!

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

Would you consider the audio edition of Primal Dawn to be better than the print version?
I didn't read the print version

What other book might you compare Primal Dawn to and why?
Hmm ... I can't think of another book that compares to this. It was unique.

Have you listened to any of Andrew Tell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes - shortly before this one, I listened to Tell in "Access to Power". It's hard to compare the two performances because each book was very different. I think I liked his performance in "Access to Power" more, probably because there were many different characters and I tend to like books like that more than sci-fi.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No extreme reaction - just a feeling of dread about how things spiraled out of control when the two groups came into contact.

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A decent sci-fi novel that moved along well, with no wasted time or unnecessary fluff. At just a little more than 5 hours, it was a quick listen.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 07-02-17

First contact with a twist

Primitive humans on a far away planet are discovered by a high tech exploration team from earth. No humans should be there. How will these primitives react? How will the explorers react? Will the galaxy ever be the same afterwards? I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • jean doe
  • 04-02-17

Sci-Fi Action..

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The characters were decent and the pace was pretty fast

Overall, an entertaining science fiction novel.


Andrew Tell did well with the narration.

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  • Nomi
  • 09-03-17

Fun if a bit short

Somewhat short audiobook. Interesting story that moved fast. My first book by this author. I'll have to check out his other books now. Fun if short sci-fi Very enjoyable.

The narrator did a good job. I really enjoyed his performance.

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  • plbour
  • 09-03-17

You need to listen to this one.

with exquisite skill Ryan paints a picture of the land scape and the people in few words. This is a tale that grabs immediately with people, I'll call it deviation at first but that is not apt. The pace is fast and the emotions are well written. While the end is a cliff hanger. It is a complete pose and leaves me earning for the next chapter. Buy it you will not feel remorse.

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  • MelHay
  • 05-03-17

Humans searching for life, and what they find.

Would you try another book from Ryan Kirk and/or Andrew Tell?

Yes I would. Not even second thinking this question.

From the beginning I enjoyed the suspense added by Andrew's voice to Ryan's words. The action of what the character was doing was something common, but between the two (Ryan's writing and Andrew's vocal) the tension is added, bringing the hunt to life. Andrew gives each character their own voice in tone and feel. Andrew has brought the story to life without me even knowing it. His narration has given the characters voices and personality, and he doesn't get in the way of what the author has created. A wonderful job for Andrew.

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*At my request, this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

The clash of a primal world of simple humans with humans of another world full of science and technology.

The story is well written, from what I feel and hear in the audiobook, but it just feels as though Ryan hasn't brought anything new to the idea of humans coming to a new planet to take samples.

We get two point of views in this story; Tev and Kindra. They are both of different origins and views of what's to come about in their lives. They are both very strong characters as well. In the beginning I wasn't sure about Tev, but he quickly became my favorite character as he developed into more through the pages.

Tev is a smart and logical person. I liked that Ryan does not downplay Tev's mental capacity even though he's not of the technologically inclined world. Tev logically thinks things out, even though his world's not as advanced as Kindra's. By getting Tev's POV we see how he thinks through things to communicate and takes in what he finds.

What I found interesting was Kindra and a huge decision she makes. This decision feels unusual from what I thought she would do. Ryan takes the leap to make his characters go further and gives them a setting to do things they would not normally do. This is a decision that will change lives, but could be the only choice to save the life on the planet they've visited. Very interesting. This is one thing that sticks out in my mind about the story, and makes the story individual.

This is the starts to a new series. It feels basic in humans searching for life and finding it. But I think the series will take off now that we've gotten through this and heading back out to space to search some more. I'm looking forward to the situations the characters will have to face.

I'm curious to see where the characters go after this. There is another planet being searched at the same time, so what's found there by others? And where else is there to visit?

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  • Lori
  • 27-02-17

Primal Dawn

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3.5 stars

Good start to a series. Overall an entertaining, enjoyable, quick and interesting story.

What happens when life is discovered on a planet that you thought was devoid of life. When a primitive culture meets the far more advanced space explorers no one could have foreseen what would happen next.

Since this is the first book in the series there was a lot to cover to set up this story as well as future installments. It's pretty fast paced. Even though it kept my attention and was entertaining, I just I felt like something was missing from the overall story. The characters were just there, except for Tev. If it had been a bit longer there would have been more time to develop the characters. Some things were just too easy and convenient but that is the way with shorter books. There just isn't the time to tell a more detailed and complex story.

Great cover, it immediately grabs your attention.

Curious as to where the series will go from here. Who is really the "Alien"? The book blurb hints at a much broader story involving the same two differing sides of the human race in future installments. Sounds as though not all of them will be getting along.

Andrew Tell did a great job with the narration once again. Nice voice, easy on the ears. He has one of those voices that just pulls you into the story. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Really good character voices. He makes the story come alive through his narration. Always enjoyable to listen to his narration.

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