Listen free for 30 days

The Judas Cypher

Narrated by: Tucker McDougall
Series: The Synth Crisis, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

When machine murders man, one detective is the world's only hope of preventing an all-out-war....

Dhata Mays has become used to living on the fringes. Unlike most of humanity, the detective treats the synth population with the respect they deserve. But when a gruesome murder points to a synth as the perpetrator, Dhata must do everything in his power to discover an explanation before the case goes public. 

In a race against time, Dhata discovers a scheme involving cypher hackers, synth prostitutes, and a pair of rival gang bosses that could tear the city apart. When the case puts his loved ones in harm's way, the investigation becomes personal. For Dhata to keep the uneasy peace, he'll have to track down the murderers himself, but no one said he had to take them alive.

©2018 Thirsty Bird Productions (P)2018 Greg Dragon

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Pure joy !!!

I fully enjoyed this audiobook.
Greg Dragon writing style is amazing, it’s simplicity to understand every word is great, it’s a combination of a great story without mind bugling hard to understand words or sentences !
Everything you want in a good book
ENJOYMENT.

Tucker McDougall perfect performance have done the rest with his excellent narration.

I full heartedly recommend this audiobook to all !!!



Even so that I got this audiobook book for free I truly believe that my review was an honest one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Deedra
  • United States
  • 02-12-18

The Judas Cypher

This was a great book!I enjoyed every minute of it! Tucker McDougall was the perfect narator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

The Judas Cypher

An interesting world creation with the synthetic humans, gangsters and the main character, skip tracer and synth advocate, Dhata Mays. The author has managed to create a sympathetic group in the synths, who are just as flawed as the humans that wish to keep them under control.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Interesting Story!

Great characters in an interesting world. Lots of action as the investigation progresses and twists it's way to the surprising conclusion. Very enjoyable!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Much excitement and many surprises

This book finds Dhata no longer on the police force; but instead he is a "skip chaser" who works under contract with is old partner as a detective to solve murder cases. The issues are that someone is killing both synths and humans for body parts and as they try to determine who it is Dhata encounters nothing but obstacles

His investigation takes him into the underworld of Tampa, into the cyber world of Orlando and even gets him kidnapped and taken to Cuba. His previous meeting with the daughter of a Cuban crime lord brings new danger to his life.

He pursues the culprits to protect those he cares about and ends up putting himself and others in danger from the unknown agenda of others.

Outstanding book with great plot and many surprise twists and turns.

The narration was fantastic and easy to follow.

This book was provided free of charge and this review was freely written..

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

It always rains in this d***ed city.

Tampa, and the Synths are almost indistinguishable from humans. But that doesn't stop people from hating them. And killing them. Dhata Mays and his friend, Jason, are trying to keep the uneasy peace: Jason in the police force and Dhata working for him as a PI. They both know that it would take just one major incident and the whole city could blow apart.
Then a body is found, it's backbone removed, clean, almost surgical, the work of a professional. It's happened before, Synth body parts harvested to be sold for use used in upgrades. But this time the victim isn't a synth. Now why would anyone want the backbone of an human judge?

The second in the Dhata Mays stories, Greg Dragon's sad and seedy vision of a post apocalyptic future is cleverly crafted to world build distinct images in the mind. Dhata himself is well characterised, less so the other protagonists but still sufficient to make them remarkable personalities. I would say 'colourful', but the overall lingering perception is grey, despite some towering glass buildings. Narrator Tucker McDougall again gives a good performance, his slightly lagubrious tone loping through the story capturing Dhata's personality. His pacing is good as is his voicings of the other protagonists, distinct and appropriate.

My thanks to the rights holder of The Judas Cypher who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. Although the second in the series, this book is entirely stand alone, it's complex mystery more intriguing and involving than the first. Fast paced, it frequently demands an emotional response from the reader of shock and outrage and occasional sadness. An altogether satisfying story. Recommended for all S.F. fans of action packed, futuristic thrillers.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for cosmitron
  • cosmitron
  • 28-07-18

A light and entertaining Sci-Fi story.

With a taste of many previous Sci-Fi stories this Book is still unique delivering a good plot and well developed
characters.

As in any successful Audio Book a good Narrator is needed to bring the story to the listener and that is true here.

So if you want an entertaining read that is not a literary masterpiece you have a good candidate in this Book.





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


5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dee
  • Dee
  • 02-08-18

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!

I listened to the prequel of this series and was hooked. Dhata (pronounced "dah-hot-tah") is a wonderful character.

In this book, he's still a Synth sympathizer and is working to solve another Synth-centric crime. Synth's are updated Androids and even though they are more human than machine, they are treated badly. Dhata champions their cause.

So many things happen in this listen, some of them were huge shockers. The narrator was up to the task. His portrayal of Dhata, and his best friend Jason, was pretty special. I loved how it felt so "in the moment."

I don't know if there are other books in this series but I sincerely hope so.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Shane
  • Shane
  • 08-11-19

Tech-noir fun

If you enjoyed Blade Runner then you will have fun with this book. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rayc
  • Rayc
  • 31-10-19

Gripping and entertaining

The Judas Cypher. .
I found this audiobook gripping and couldn't put it down. A unique storyline and great characters with depth and strength.
Excellent narration that enhances the book.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review ..

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for murphyfields
  • murphyfields
  • 18-10-19

Fun fast-paced man-vs-machine-vs-man story

I enjoy it when an author can make me feel for a machine, or a "Synth" in this case. Both the good guys and the bad guys were well developed, and it was interesting to watch as the author established the ground rules for both Synths and Humans. The world is somewhat dystopian, but still recognizable.

I had two minor challenges with the story. First, there was an important death that seemed all to quick and quickly dismissed. If you blink, you miss it (or, since this is an audiobook, get distracted and you miss it). Second, at times the main character, Dhata, seems really bad-ass, but there is not much to explain how or why this came to be. Maybe in the prequel.

The narrator seemed a good fit for the story, with versatile voices for both male and female characters. He definitely kept the story moving forward.

I was given a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-19

Fantastic Story!!

Such a great book! I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next installment!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Theresa Horton
  • Theresa Horton
  • 10-11-18

Great

I really enjoyed this story the characters were great and exciting I enjoyed the story before this one also and the narrator did a great job
Thank you for the free code so I could listen to a very good story you are a very good writer

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Elizabeth Robb
  • Elizabeth Robb
  • 16-10-18

Interesting Story!

Great characters in an interesting world. Lots of action as the investigation progresses and twists its way to the surprising conclusion. Very enjoyable!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Roger Fauble
  • Roger Fauble
  • 14-09-18

A wonderful collaboration between author&narrator

The Judas Cypher (the Synth Crisis Book 1) is my first read/listen from author Greg Dragon. An enjoying & entertaining blend of the mystery & science fiction genres. Narrator Tucker McDougall adds greatly to the listening enjoyment. I’ll definitely be reading more from Greg Dragon; in fact Dhata Mays (the Synth Crisis Book 0) is my next read!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for C. A. Rawson
  • C. A. Rawson
  • 08-09-18

Enjoyed completely

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

Loved tbe language & characters & context.

Look forward to more books in this series, as well as other books by author "Greg Dragon"