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Shoot the Messenger: A Paranormal Space Fantasy

Messenger Chronicles Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Annie Ellicott, Jeff Hays
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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Summary

A new space fantasy series where the guys are hot, the perils are many, and one rebel messenger holds the key to the survival of the human race.         

Lies aren't her only weapons against the fae...         

In the Halow system, one of Earth’s three sister star systems, tek and magic - humans and fae - are at war.         

Kesh Lasota is a ghost in the machine. Invisible to tek, she’s hired by the criminal underworld to carry illegal messages through the Halow system. But when one of those messages kills its recipient, Kesh finds herself on the run with a bounty on her head and a quick-witted marshal on her tail.         

Proving her innocence should be straightforward. Until a warfae steals the evidence she needs. The fae haven’t been seen in Halow in over a thousand years. And this one - a brutally efficient killer able to wield tek - should not exist. But neither should Kesh.         

As Kesh’s carefully crafted lie of a life crumbles around her, she knows being invisible is no longer an option. To hunt the warfae, to stop him from destroying a thousand-year fragile peace, she must resurrect the horrors of her past.         

Kesh Lasota was a ghost. Now she’s back, and there’s only one thing she knows for certain: Nobody shoots the messenger and gets away with it.         

DragonCon Award finalist for Best Fantasy (Paranormal) 2018    

Soundbooth Theater is proud to present this mind-bending tale from acclaimed author, Pippa DaCosta, expertly narrated by our rising star, Annie Ellicott. Supported by our very own vocal wizard, Jeff Hays, as the male cast, Annie brings the brooding enigma of Kesh Lasota to life with chilling clarity, giving her most compelling performance yet.    

The Soundbooth Theater Team for this production:      

  • Annie Ellicott - Narration  
  • Jeff Hays - Kellee, Eledan, and the rest of the male cast, sound design 
  • Dalton Lynne - Editing and proofing  
  • Griffin Malnar - Editing, sound design, and mastering
©2018 Pippa DaCosta (P)2018 Jeff Hays

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  • Amanda Rose
  • 16-11-18

must listen!

I loved this book already and jumped on the chance to listen to the audiobook, made me love it even more! The backround noises and sound effects were a nice bonus!

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  • Maria
  • 18-11-18

A great start for a sci-fi/fantasy series

With less than a month until the release of the fourth book in the series I thought it was high time to go back to the beginning. And I was lucky enough that the audio version just got released as it let me experience the book on workdays. If I had to stick to normal reading it would have taken me at least a week of stolen moments in the mornings and evenings. The audio quality is incredible. I loved Annie Ellicott and Jeff Hays narration and the sound effects were simply great. Jeff's makes all the male characters come alive. I can't decide which one I liked most - SOTA or Kellee. Kellee's voice made me purr - I wish I could find a man with such voice in real life (I have a thing for voices).

Now, onto the book itself. In this book we get introduced to a whole new world filled with amazing tek (SOTA!), magic, Fae and other fascinating species. We also get introduced to two of the main male characters - Marshal Kellee and Talen. Kesh, the main protagonist of the series, is a strange mix of badass and vulnerability, of innocence and cunning. And I love that complexity, that potential for change - change I had the opportunity to observe over the course of the following two books.

A little note on the genre of this book. If you're expecting a hot dirty smut type of book you'll be disappointed. The reverse harem develops slowly. Very slowly! But there's a lot of sexual tension. How would I categorize this book - a sci-fi/fantasy with some romance/erotica sprinkled in. So think carefully before picking this up - if you're looking for fast and dirty read focused more on the carnal than on plot this book is not for you. But if you're looking for a slow burn romance with a gradual character development and a lot of action you should definitely give the series a try.

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  • Jan-K. Brekke
  • 27-11-18

Beware: Bodice ripper disguised as sci-fi.

First of all, this is not a bad book, as such. Soundbooth Theater delivers excellent narration as always and the writing is competent. But if you're a guy who expects logic and reason to dictate the flow of events, this really isn't the book for you. Shoot the Messenger is heavy on the romance and doesn't offer much else.

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  • Melinda B
  • 13-02-20

Drags you into the story...

Wow! What to say about the book. Action and intrigue abound. Plots and twist make it hard to stop listening. The narrators are perfect, drawing you into the story further. I feel like I just watched a suspenseful movie.

Now, time to take a deep breath and a short break, then begin the next book. I gotta know the rest of the story.

Well done! This definitely goes into the favorites pile!

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  • My2Boys
  • 12-12-19

Reverse Harem

I wish I would have known this was a reverse harem series. I was really enjoying the MCs and story line...

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  • Boundless Book Reviews Sara
  • 30-10-19

A wild ride

Shoot the Messenger is a wild ride that kept me glued to listening. First off, I LOVE a Kick-Ass Female Lead, and Kesh Lasota is that x 100. She is a Messenger. Her job is to deliver messages. The book starts where she is delivering a message to a mine worker, telling him he has 18 seconds to live. From there, the book gets so incredibly fast-paced with so much action and plot twists I am still reeling.

I was torn in the story of how the Fae where depicted. I was expecting them to be the love interest, but oh no, they are the villains and what evil villains they make. It was delicious yet unexpected, and the plot twist at the end of the book, seriously my mind is so blown.

This space fantasy/paranormal romance was everything! The world-building is phenomenal, and the character-building is extraordinary. I just have one thing to ask. Where has DeCosta been in my reading life? Why didn’t I discover her sooner?

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  • Andrew Hart
  • 06-02-19

loved it

I can't wait for the next one. it was so good I couldn't stop listening.

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  • fd_novo
  • 11-12-18

Thank you

Narration was a little robotic at times. Not sure if that was intentional or not. I never realized how much I liked using my own imagination for narration and character voices. I really liked the story, but I don't think audio books are for me.

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  • D. Messing
  • 06-12-18

Absolutely FANTASTIC story!

This is hands down the BEST performance of an audiobook I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. It even has the sound effects that are integral to the story, and the narrators were perfectly chosen. Exceptionally well done!

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  • Keith
  • 04-12-18

Great series start

Great plot. Very well written, the story flowed smooth. Great weaving of paranormal space fantasy.