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The Evilution: Rise of the Antichrist

Dark Tomes, Book 1
Narrated by: S.W. Salzman
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

Masquerading as the powerful Vatican Bishop, Cardinal David Xzytun, ultimate "Evil" has incarnated with intent to control, as puppet master, a Caesar for his new Roman Empire.

Standing tenuously on the side of hope amidst the encroaching apocalyptic doom is Dr. Paul Bradfield, a man conflicted between rational science and matters of faith regarding unexplained supernatural occurrences, and the horrifying deaths of several of his closest friends.

Only Jennifer Dowling, Bradfield’s true love, and Matt Larsen, his slovenly yet brilliant friend, recognize the unholy phenomenon which has fixated on, or perhaps emanates from, Father Joseph, Bradfield’s dearest friend of all.

What will come of humanity when the clock counts down? Can one man make the difference and stave off mankind's ultimate doom, at least for the time being?

All roads appear to lead to one inexorable horrific beginning of the end...that is...The Evilution.

©2014 David Reuben Aslin (P)2018 David Reuben Aslin

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Superbly done!!

Excellently written and wonderfully read. excellent job by the narrator, who really made a awesome book, even better!!

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 21-03-18

Dial 1-900-666-O-M-E-N to order now!!!!

Hey, wanna talk about end times? The Antichrist? Dark things growing in power? Then I'm all in. This stuff fascinates me. So, throw a book at me and watch me devour it intellectually within hours. So, this was a no-brainer for me to get.

Let me lay things out for you. I am an honest reviewer if nothing else. This book is part of a trilogy or a series, ans do does not conclude in a way most people like. It has an open ending, one that leads into the next book. Secondly, this book is a set-up or what I like to call a slow burn. It does not come at you hard and heavy, but instead creeps up on you. You get to know the characters, you get to see the threat, and you get to evaluate the chances they really have in stopping it. Don't expect Die Hard type action. In fact, the only way to have made this a fast paced thriller would have been to have it start with the characters ready to make their move, and that wouldn't work because you need to get to know the group. You need to empathize with them, and fear Cardinal Xzytun------to see HIS plans, too. Making this as breakneck thrille would have failed. Also, expect some badthink happening. What I mean to say is, there is some sexist and racist elements in the book, and in today's society some people may get offended by that, but seriously, you are reading about the antichrist! There will be some topics that you aren't comfortable with, but I know people who would be more upset by the racists aspects than they would if cannibalism or incest took place in the book.

My only complaint is that the book really isn't "dark". Sure the subject matter is grim, but I have seen dark, and this feels more like shadowed. I think Aslin could have taken this down a few more twisty roads than he did. That's all. The story is great, and the characters are believable, but it is not a black pit of hopelessness.

You really do care about the characters, their plight, and will wonder if they will be able to save the world. Cardinal Xzytun, prounounced Satan if you do it right, is more than sufficiently menacing and evil. So, we are good on the story/character quality.

Salzman does a fine job narrating; I liked his style. He kind of flowed with the story. 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. In fact, 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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  • Spooky Mike
  • 16-03-18

Evilution: Hurry up and do the next book

This book has a lot going on and is hopefully the start to a fantastic series. Where to begin? First, this is part of a series and this book doesn't have an ending so you will need to be on-board for listening to the rest of the series. Second, the first three quarters of the book lays out the characters and develops them individually so while it is interesting it is a bit slow. Third, there are some sexist and racist comments in the book, nothing too bothersome but I can imagine that in today's world people might be offended. Forth, this delves into some religious ideas which are necessary for the story but could upset some devout listeners. I wouldn't call this book religious by any means but when writing about the Antichrist you need to discuss religion a bit. Having said all that this book is laying the groundwork for a huge story. This one just gives you a taste of where it is going and it has a lot of destinations on the horizon and I look forward to everyone of them. Hope the rest of the series comes out quick.
I really liked the narrator's voice. Nice and calm and soothing. He had a slight change of inflection when switching characters which I found really made everything smooth. First time I didn't change the speed too so he read at a good pace. He made it very easy to just sit back and listen.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 25-04-18

Great narration, sub par story.

Having loved this authors Ian McDermott series, I was eager to read something else by him and started this when I got it! I mean, I'd read it on the cover alone because it's awesome!!! So this was..... weird. I found it confusing and quite long winded to be honest! When they went into the old style talking, it just felt so, so long and unnecessary!! My mind started wandering while listening and I always know that's the time to give up. I did manage to finish the whole book, but it was a massive chore. I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series.

S.W. Salzman did a great job with this. He was the only reason I kept going!! He is clear and concise and had plenty of tones and voices for the different characters.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts

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  • TU
  • 13-04-18

great book, can't wait for more

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

This was a pretty great, if slow building, horror novel. It felt pretty fast-paced, but the overall story actually builds slow. I believe that is intentional, as this is book 1 of a series. It does have an open ending, so if that bothers you, I'd recommend waiting until the next book(s) are released. If, like me, you love stories about an anti-christ and the end of the world, don't miss this one. It is worth the credit.

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  • Kerry Farragher
  • 14-08-19

Painful Narration..... too bad

This book had a lot of what I want in a story but the delivery made it impossible to pay attention or even care. I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This on missed the mark

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  • Steffi
  • 03-07-19

Great Narrator, interesting story

As some people already mentioned: the whole first book is more or less an introduction to the characters. Nevertheless, I thought it quite interesting, even though there weren't any exciting passages yet. I still can't wait for the next book to see how the story continues. S.W. Salzman is doing a great job bringing the characters to life and keep you hooked on the story.

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  • Neesie315
  • 01-07-19

Evilution

This book sounded like an interesting story and S.W. Salzman is one of my favorite narrators, so I decided to give it a try.

The premise of the story is interesting and I enjoyed the way that the author made the story progress. The idea of a (possible) antichrist using 12 people to do something is intriguing, but that is where I have a problem. Things are hinted at, people die, people fall in love, but nothing is resolved.

I don't mind a cliffhanger in a book, but this one just didn't progress enough to make me ready to jump into the next installment. A lot of ideas are thrown around, but nothing is really revealed. I never really got invested in the story or the characters that much.

Also, the first couple of chapters were really hard to get through. A really long drawn out diatribe by a (supposed) demon/devil in the second chapter nearly had me stopping at that point. If I had been reading a physical book, I am sure that I would have skipped that part.

All in all, I admit to a little disappointment in this book. The narration was amazing (as usual by Mr. Salzman), but the story just didn't grab me. If you are easily offended by the F-bomb or things that might offend your Christian beliefs, I would suggest that you steer clear of this book. I was given the opportunity to listen to the audiobook version of this book through Audiobook Boom! and chose to review it.

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  • Deedra
  • 31-05-18

Evilution

This was a good book.The story is familiar but treated in a different way.The characters were likable.S.W. Salzman was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Dreamer
  • 21-05-18

I did end up loving this book

At first I wasn't sure if I would like this book. I love anything Mr. Salzman narrates so how could I not get into The Evilution - Rise of the Antichrist. This is my first taste of Mr. David Reuben Aslin's work and I have to say I am impressed. When the book first started out I wasn't sure if this was a book for me, as it is not my usual genre, but I have to say I loved this book so much I listened to it at least 5 times back to back. It's a great story with an evil lurking to collect bodies, minds and souls. I highly recommend you give Evilution a listen. With Mr. Aslin's story and Mr. Salzman's voice, this is a winner.

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  • Nomi
  • 03-04-18

❤️

A well written slow build horror. It does have a cliffhanger ending, some people really don’t like that but I loved the end. I really enjoyed the writing style and characters. I think I’ll check out the authors other books. Excellent performance you the narrator.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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