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The Lion and the Five Deadly Serpents

Just Cause Universe, Book 8
Narrated by: Jessica Renfro
Series: Just Cause Universe, Book 8
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

Man. Lion. Warrior. 

Enigmatic superhero Lionheart was always cut from a different cloth than his teammates on Just Cause, so when he learns his old kung fu teacher, Master Chou, is dying, he doesn't hesitate to travel halfway around the world to pay his final respects to the man who saved his life, and set him off upon his heroic journey. Upon arrival, he discovers his old master has been murdered, and quickly becomes embroiled in a battle for the honor of his master's Cherrywood School against one of the most dangerous heroin cartels in Hong Kong: the Five Deadly Serpents. His only allies are Master Chou's two children: Qiao, the seething warrior determined to avenge his father's death, and Lihua, the lovely and dangerous fighter who steals the lion's heart.

They're outnumbered, outgunned, and the Five Deadly Serpents have numerous parahumans within their ranks. Lionheart, Qiao, and Lihua only have their training, their wits, and each other. Only time and blood will tell if the three warriors can save the Cherrywood School from the many-headed serpent of the Triad.

©2015 Ian Thomas Healy (P)2019 Local Hero Press, LLC

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Different setting and focus for solo adventure

While familiarity with the Just Cause series will give some background benefits to this book, it is very much a solo adventure rather than part of the main storyline as it focuses on a hero from an earlier incarnation of the team, Lionheart, as we journey with him to Hong Kong as he goes to visit his dying Kung Fu master.

Once he gets there, we end up with an interesting 'Just Cause' take on a martial arts movie, with the hero having a few allies (the children of Master Chou) as he seeks to bring those responsible for his master's death to justice and at the same time to save his school.

The narrator does a good job with this book, keeping the tones distinctive for the relevant characters, while avoiding the potential trap of becoming a parody or falling onto stereotypical accents too much.

Overall, an interesting listen that helps to add some more depth to the overall just cause universe.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]