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Lost Horizons Travel Agency and Suckers
Narrated by: Gary Bennett
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
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Summary

From Kevin Candela's sf/fantasy/horror collection A Year in the Borderlands comes a pair of science-fiction adventures. 

In "Lost Horizons Travel Agency", greedy corporate executive Melvik Joay of the not-too-distant future schemes to alter the past to his advantage by jumping ship when his "historical recreation cruise" takes him back to Borneo in the "ancient" year 1959. In "Suckers", a modern day horror epic, a hurricane dredges escaped black ops nightmare creatures up from the depths to prey on those trapped in the storm, including hard luck second story man Shake Knightly, who may actually have to become a decent human being if he hopes to survive. 

Styled like a classic drive-in double feature, this pair of tales strives to evoke that beloved era and its associated feelgood emotions while still thrilling and frightening those willing to take the rides. Both stories are family-style entertainment with little foul language and virtually no "adult situations" - in other words, sheer all-ages fun.

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Excellent storyline, great book!

Great all around. Perhaps would have been better with SFX in my opinion but excellent nonetheless!

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 05-08-18

A B Movie Madness Science Fiction Double Feature

Candela strikes again, and I am happy it wasn't a warning shot! I have to respect a cat who can take old B movies and whip out some super fresh original material that not only pays homage to the source material, but generally as a rule, out does it a well. Here his idea is pretty simple. Slap together a couple of creepy short stories together and emulate those old drive in sensibilities. Sorry if you are too young to remember Drive-Ins, but theaters also had the Double Feature bills, the yjust weren't as fun. The only thing I wish he had included was a short short story between them that could have been the stand-in for the old Let's All Go to the Lobby interim commercial. You can't tell me that there isn't some ripe material for a Hot Dog trainer with a whip that Candela couldn't crush like a lemon being turned into lemonade.

Either way, I LOVED the nod to the amazing Capra classic, Lost Horizon, which also features a character who jumps ship. BTW, who doesn't adore time travel stories? This is the second one of Candela's that I have been lucky enough to listen to and I have to say that he has a firm handle on temporal mechanics, and a viscious mind to make it fun. Suckers was very reminiscent of the old '77 flick Tentacles, which was a cash grab made to capitalize on the Jaws craze of that period (much like the movie Orca, yes I have seen a lot of movies and read a lot of books!). This too is ridiculously fun, and as much as I can respect a semi-reformed criminal acting heroic I will ALWAYS root for the monster. You will too! After all, no one watched Jaws or Piranha in the hopes of seeing swimmers escape being eaten.

Gary Bennett does a fine job narrating, and does a good job playing things straight and making you care about the characters, even if it means you are supposed to dislike them. I enjoyed his work, and am glad that Candela managed to secure yet another good narrator for his stories. I don't know how he gets so lucky.

In summary, solid writing, great stories, and excellent narration. I really don't know what more you could ask for from two people (writer and narrator). The best thing about this is you only invest a little time into this project, a real double Bill would suck up about 5 hours of your life just at the theater. grab some popcorn, a bottle of pop, turn down the lights, and listen to the best double feature you can find today. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • cosmitron
  • 14-08-18

Fun light entertainment

This is a quick easy read that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.


Without taxing your mental abilities go Download and have some innocent fun.




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

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  • RJ
  • 28-11-18

Didn't quite deliver!

This particular volume contained two short stories; Lost Horizons Travel Agency and Suckers. The stories were fairly interesting and fun to listen to I guess, but both left me wanting for a much better ending. The build-up on the book flap was impressive, but didn’t quite deliver. In my opinion Suckers was the better of the two. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Raul
  • 26-09-18

No-one can resist a Double Feature!

To start with, both stories were great. Lost Horizons Travel Agency had a very nice twist at the end, it had a similar feel to some of Phillip K. Dick's short stories. Then Suckers, indeed the darker of the two. A hurricane, an unlikely group of people and monster hungering for human flesh, what else can you ask for. The MC had some mayor character development for the best too. What made this extra great for me was the intermission by Kevin Candela, it made the whole experience somehow interactive and gave a refreshing pause between stories. Gary Bennett did an awesome job performing and made the stories really standout..
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • TU
  • 11-09-18

Short but fun listen

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

This was very much a b movie double feature of a listen. Totally pays homage to the old sci fi and horror b movies favored at drive ins. The narration is fantastic as well. Although short, this was a fun and entertaining listen.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 11-09-18

Sci-fi double feature drive in style.

Great duo! Two stories that would be right at home on the big screen of any drive in theatre. These two tales of terror are reminiscent of the classic old Sci-fi movies. One is very lovecraftian in style while the other is a great twist on time travel. Without giving it away I just say it was truly a pleasant surprise with he twists it took. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Deedra
  • 28-08-18

Super Sf

Loved this from beginning to end!Gary Bennett was a really good narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 23-08-18

Do yourself a favor and grab this book...

This was a delicious double feature of Dark Fantasy... I've actually only read a few of Kevin Candela stories, but he's already moved up to one of my favorite short story writers, joining Seanan McGuire, Tim Pratt and Mary Robinette Kowal...

I've heard Gary Bennett before and love him, and true to form he did not disappoint! Gary seems to have a talent of making you believe that the story is true, that he's relaying actual events, especially with the second story, Suckers...

So do yourself a favor and pick up this book... It'd be fantastic for a short commute or whenever you haven't got a lotta time to devote to a more lengthy story!


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  • Rayc
  • 22-08-18

A great example of this genre

Lost Horizons Travel Agency and Suckers, 2 tales of sci - fi . Both are great. My favourite the first one. A good taster for Kevin Candela's work.
What you get is great classic sci-fi.
Highly recommend this works and will be looking for more by this author.
Narrator is excellent and keeps it a page turner.
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  • Marcus
  • 21-08-18

Snuggle in for a night at the listen-in

This is a collection of 2 short sci-fi stories presented as if you're at a drive-in double feature. In fact, in between the tales, the author offers up an intermission where he explains this and properly sets the mood for the second. Personally, I think this intro (or at least a bit of it) in the beginning of the book would have been even better as it definitely helped set the tone, leaving you ready to snuggle in for part 2.

Lost Horizons Travel Agency takes place in the distant future and follows the last heir of a once-great family as he plots heading to the past to change his family's fortunes. It was wonderfully told (and read) and the ending not only caught me by surprise, but was very fitting as well. 5 stars.

Suckers follows an unlikely group of folks trapped down in Florida during a hurricane that dredges up thousands of powerful Octopus/Salamander hybrids from the ocean deeps. This was the "scary" of the two, and perhaps why the intermission was placed where it was. However, while it definitely had its tension and excitement, the ending left much to be desired. For me it was less about the "resolution" and more about the style/tone. It seemed to take a turn for the corny and undo much of the nervous tension that masterfully built up. I'd give it just under 4 stars taking the last scene into account, but a nice 4.5 for everything that came before it.

Clocking in under 2 hours, this is a short listen that, slight issues aside, I think is well worth your time. Gary Bennett does an excellent job narrating and keeping the tone.

I was provided this audio book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.