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The Tower of Zhaal

Cthulhu Armageddon, Book 2
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: Cthulhu Armageddon, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs
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It has been a year since John Henry Booth's exile from New America and the fall of the Black Cathedral. Cursed with a slow transformation into a monster, he has begun a doomed relationship with fellow escapee Mercury Halsey as they seek some way to arrest his transformation.

Dubious hope arrives in the form of the University, the deranged scientists and cultists descended from the staff of Miskatonic University. Except their offer of help comes at a price. Having sold themselves to ancient aliens called the Yith, they wish John and Mercury to join a group of rogues in hunting down a wayward member of their faculty: a man who intends to release the last of the sleeping Great Old Ones on an already ravaged planet. If they're telling the truth, John and Mercury will be heroes. If.

The Tower of Zhaal is the second novel of the Cthulhu Armageddon series, a post-apocalyptic continuation of H.P. Lovecraft's popular Cthulhu Mythos.

©2017 Charles Phipps (P)2017 David N. Wilson

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“I’m not afraid you’ll go crazy, I’m afraid you’ll go sane!”

With Mr Phipps at the helm you can’t go wrong! He’s such a great writer, coming up with stuff that you’d just never dream of and when he adds in his flavour of wit and sarcasm, you know it’s going to be good! He also has great taste in his narrators and Jeffrey does a brilliant job telling his story. Is he an actor with unique accents and voices for every character; no, but what he does bring to the table is even better. He’s got an amazing storytelling voice that pulls you into the story with great pacing for the different levels of drama Charles throws at you. If you liked this, then you’ll simply LOVE Charles’ Supervilliany series. Go buy it!! This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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  • erobbins33
  • 09-05-17

Excellent and legitimate

As a fan of the Lovecraftian Cthulhu, and all of the mythos and pantheon that entails, I was surprised by the level of dedication here. Not only did Phipps capitalize on the pre-existing characters, but he created plausible NEW Elder Gods, which made me question whether or not they were also pre-existing! Kafer is, as always, an awesome voice-actor, so there was no problem with listening vs. reading. I'll actually admit, I trust his pronunciations more than the ones my brain conjures up (not a hardship, though, as my brain tends toward pronouncing words phonetically, like: epitome...) Anyway, this was a very enjoyable read, with a really good balance of history, fiction, and fantasy!

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  • Brian
  • 25-04-17

Buckle Your Seatbelts, This Is Action Packed

I don't know why I didn't see a sequel coming from the first book, but I'm really glad that Phipps wrote one. The benefit of a sequel is that you've already had time to explain out certain characters and their characteristics, but it also allows you to explain the world a little bit allowing you to jump right into the continuation of a story.

Well, Phipps did that for sure. I thought that Cthulhu Armageddon was non-stop action. I would be wrong compared to Tower of Zhaal. Holy cow, I need to catch my breath from this one. Another thing that I really enjoyed was the addition of new characters. Phipps was able to weave new people into the story without them feeling like complete outsiders.

The story itself from the first book wasn't normally my cup of tea, but darn it did I still enjoy it. The Tower of Zhaal was the same way. I went into it with an open mind and having read the first book. I wasn't sure what was going to happen in this book, but I was bucked up for the ride. I'm glad that I was buckled up though because this one too me for a ride.

Anytime you can get the amazing Jeffrey Kafer to narrator your books, you already have an edge up on the competition. But when you combine Kafer's great narration of this book with Phipps great writing you have a winner.

The Tower of Zhaal was even more enjoyable than Cthulhu Armageddon and took me on a roller coaster ride that I wasn't sure I was coming back from. a

I was given a free copy of this audiobook, it has not affected my review in any way.

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  • Reader4life
  • 27-02-20

book Amazing

This is the second in a continuing series I Hope. It is the BEST HP Lovecraft themed book that I've read. It is OUTSTANDING and exceptionally EXCELLENT. I really liked Jeffrey Kafer as narrator. He was the right person for this story. Just because someone can read doesn't they are the correct person.. I will be looking to find other books that he has narrated. HP Lovecraft would be proud of this and I'm thankful to have found it on Audible. I will see if I can find this book to add to my collection. I love books and I need to have this in print. I have limited space so I have to pick which books are worth being in my home. P.S., I would give it more star's but there are only 5 stars available.

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  • Serenity
  • 06-01-19

The return of John Henry Booth

Booth returns and is again trying to save the world. Trying to cope with his changing body, he is recruited to try and stop an unimaginable evil being released. Constantly double crossed, Booth & his team race into certain death. This book moves at a fast pace, with good characters. Well read as ever by Jeffery Kafer, he keeps the story moving nicely, giving each character a distinct voice. "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

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  • M. Bragg
  • 09-08-18

Great sequel to the Cthulhu Armageddon Series

John Henry Booth is one bad A$$ Futuristic Cowboy, with way too many problems on his hands. First he can't fully trust anyone, his current girlfriend is scared of him, his former best friend tried to kill him, his ex wife is both crazy and a super-genius, his body is changing, and oh yeah Demigods, cultists, demons and undead hordes are attacking and killing everyone around him. Non stop action with a great story and performance from the Author (C.T Phipps) and Narrator (Jeffrey Kafer).

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  • Antonio Marchena-Roldan
  • 01-08-18

When you thought things could not get worse...

The second volume of this series happens some time after the end of the first book. It builds on the Cthulhu Armageddon world adding more action and higher stakes to the mix. This book also takes us to some of the most iconic locales in Lovecraft's work: Arkham (including the Miskatonic University) and Insmouth. The world building is very solid and it was very interesting to see how Mr. Phipps imagined life in these places after the Old Ones took over. I also enjoyed the new characters that were introduced in the story and how they interacted with the survivors from the events in the Black Cathedral. And of course I am a big fan of the West Boys! One of my favorite things from this book is how Booth reacts to what is happening to him and around him. Listening to his thoughts is very enlightening and makes you think about how his morals work in that world that is doomed. The book is full of struggles and when you thought things could not get worse... something else happens that takes to even higher stakes up to the epic final confrontation. Trust me, you don't want to miss it. I liked this book more than the first one on the series and I am eager to enjoy the last one.

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  • Ammon
  • 06-06-18

A Decent Cthulhu Mythos Yarn

Zhaal was pretty darn good and it reminded me that I definitely need to dig deeper into the Cthulhu Mythos (is there even an official canon?). I definitely feel that I would have been better served if I'd read/listened to the first book of this series, although the recap at the beginning kind of brought me up to speed. Wow. Just wow. Phipps does a pretty darn good job describing the indescribable horrors of Lovecraft's world. I've had trouble picturing the assorted old ones, shoggoths, et al, in the past, but I was drawn into this world I'd never want to wake up in. Narrator Jeffrey Kafer is very well suited for the role. I've enjoyed his performances of the D-List Supervillain books as well as Phipps' own Saga of Supervillainy. He brings his trademark level of snark and believability to his reading--although this time around he's definitely much more ominous sounding. While I enjoyed The Tower of Zhaal I can't recommend it for everyone. It's dark, gory, and messes with your mind. If you're a fan of Lovecraftian horror or post-apocalyptic novels then it might just be up your alley. ***Full Disclosure: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Zach Graham
  • 11-02-18

Better than the first!

The first book was a very unique take on the Cthulhu mythos and this one just builds on it in a very imaginative way. The ending battle is one of the coolest things I’ve ever read. If you like the first book, give this one a read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-07-17

Even better the tge first one

Story: Perfect
Narration :Awsome

This story had more depth and world building than the first one. I can't wait to see what book three will bring.

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  • Maximilia
  • 09-06-17

Sequel Stands Up to the First

I loved the first book in this series, and the sequel did not disappoint. I admit, I squeed like a fangirl when I saw this one published. It picks up a little bit after the end of the first, and we're back again with the hero, John Henry Booth. He's somewhat more than human now, and he and his lover Mercury are recruited to kill someone to prevent the end of the world.

The plot is not quite that simple, and the author really throws a lot of philosophy in there, many questionable choices, the whole Lovecraftian pantheon, and just so much more. It's an enjoyable listen, made even more so by the talented narrator Jeffrey Kafer. Kafer's deep, gravelly voice matches the lead character so perfectly that even when the prose did get a little overwrought and might have sounded silly, Kafer's deep voice brings a seriousness and poignancy to the narration which really makes you feel for the lead, bringing the stark reality of the world to life.

If you haven't listened to the first one, do so, but I think this sequel could probably stand on its own as well.

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