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Timberwolf

Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
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Some want war, some want peace. He just wants the damn spider out of his head!

For 100 years, humanity destroyed every alien species they encountered...until we met the Arnock - psychic spiders that drove us insane on contact. There was only one man who ever survived contact with the spiders - Timberwolf Velez.

He’s a very damaged man and took every suicide mission he could, but the spider forced him to stay alive and do its bidding. As a madman schemes to control the most deadly weapons in the galaxy, Timberwolf is the only force that can stop the galaxy from descending in to endless war.

A cinematic epic on every page - Timberwolf has the hardware of Aliens, the intensity of Battlestar Galactic and the intrigue of Dune. Terrific action and great characters make this audiobook impossible to put down!

©2017 Thomas Julian (P)2019 Thomas Julian

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You are the fire. We are the wind.

With so many human versus alien futuristic military action stories available nowadays, it is unusual to find one which is completely different. Timberwolf is one. From the real excellence of it's writing quality, through the way in which the natures of the several main protagonists is revealed, to the turned upside down driving forces behind the warring action itself, all feels immersive, dragging the reader into a very bleak universe where nothing is quite what it seems. And yet is also very straightforward.

As in the beginning of Dune, the reader is thrown without prior information into the heart of the story. To name just a few, there is Timberwolf Valez, a once powerful military man, Gray, his former friend and commander, now a Bishop leading the religious extremists to war, a deposed Cardinal Prime, Michael, who once saved Timber's life and is a clear second to Gray now, Doctor Tier, a peace operative at the very top of the organisation, ferocious weapons of the near indestructible genetic kind, like Wrath, and also central to (or at the head of) the story there is Kizik, an huge spider shaped, telepathic alien who can enter and control Timberwolf's brain. His main motivation is to get the spider out. But Kizik is no ordinary arachnid: his face had already been seriously depleted by attacking humans and he was determined that his culture should survive - because, essentially they were a peace loving, philosophical and artistic culture whose way of life had been attacked and most!y destroyed by the humans with their religious attitude that aliens were not wanted by God to exist. Over the preceding century, the Earthers had encountered, and mostly eradicated, some 28 species of aliens. And the wars had been very financially rewarding. Now, led by Bishop Gray, the Believers were being led to waragain, despite the best efforts of the DEP (Department of Peace Enforcement). Confusing? Yes, but very intriguing. Dialogue is sparse, action fast and furious but not over the top in descriptive moves or spread out over pages. Everything is very tight, extremely visual and enthralling thrilling. The need to know what happens knots the reader's stomach, does not allow him or her to leave without intense difficulty. And the - it's over! This world which has become so real is gone again. But there will be a sequel.

So, a masterly story, also well read by C.J.McAllister. His pleasant to hear voice is well modulated, and expertly paced. He exhibits just enough emotion into the narration to further hold the reader and gives individual voice to the protagonists. A good performance which enhances the enjoyment of this book.

I was very fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of Timberwolf, at my request via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. This was an excellent story, peopled with well developed characters, yet still moved at great speed through visually brilliant scenarios. What a stunning film this could make - the life-weary not-quite-a-superhero who shares his head with an alien, the horrifying spider race which is more harmed than harmful, the religious fervour and love of power and war of the humans, strange living war machines, a calculating, but sad, AI and her creatures - there is so much crammed into this amazing book.
I look forward to the next.
If you enjoy science fiction, or just an amazing story, this book is recommended.

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  • Megan Tackett
  • 14-01-20

one hell of a ride!

you can't go wrong with this dystopian future. the story left me wanting more. Reminded alot of the Mathew Riely scarecrow series

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  • Jonathan Liechti
  • 18-02-20

Awesome Sci FI Fantasy Novel

First off this was a fun and interesting read! I enjoyed the surprises and character development quite a bit. Humans as the conquering race that has destroyed many other alien races. Its a different take on the sci fi space odyssey and I loved each moment of it! Timberwolf was a awesome character and I loved the idea that he was the only human to survive against the Arnock. Its a space ballet that does not disappoint and I Would love to read more in the series!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • TU
  • 06-02-20

Fantastic, complex story with a solid narrator.

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

So, I find it hard to articulate my thoughts on this book, but I'll do my best. The story, itself, is interesting and very complex. That is not a bad, thing, though. It just requires you to pay attention or you can start to get lost. I primarily listen to audio books in my truck as I commute to/from work. During some parts I was forced to pay close attention to traffic and I didn't really "capture" what had happened. I found myself going, "wait, what's happening?" I backed the audio up and re-listened and was fine, but if you aren't someone who can mentally multitask or just not used to listening to audio books, you could have trouble following the larger story line. For me, this is actually a plus. I love complex stories that have depth and nuance. I find them mentally stimulating. I really felt like this book was very well executed. The characters are interesting. They have depth and substance.

The narrator did a good job in giving them life. You could tell who was talking by the voice, as each character was unique. The overall pacing is good. The beginning of the book you are kind of dropped into what feels like the middle of the story, but stick with it and things will be put into place. I won't go into too much detail on the story/plot. You can read the author's synopsis for that. What I will say is this is a fantastic blend of spy thriller and science fiction. There are some "religious" elements, but it's not like a certain belief is forced down your throat. It just is used to world-build and drive the story in some part. If this sounds like something you'd like, I would HIGHLY recommend this book. I eagerly await the next one.

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  • Matt Raftis
  • 05-02-20

A Sci-Fi with a Movie in mind!

Timberwolf was definitely an interesting and well written novel. Its a Sci-Fi novel with a very interesting take on religion and how its used as a means to brainwash soldiers. Although the religious aspects do take a bit of filler time at the beginning of the book, meaning the novel has a bit of a slow start, it really gets going and continually keeps adding new lore to further expand upon the universe that Tom Julian has written.

Like the title of this review has said, the book clearly knows what it wants and would translate pretty well into a movie screenplay. With the ideas and scenarios presented in this book, I think it would make a good fun scifi movie to watch, but I would warn against making it too preachy on the religion aspect. It's not just Christianity, but also Islam and Judaism. In todays PC cancel culture climate, it would make a tough sell in a world where movie producers rarely take chances on new IP's that have a lot of risk. Hence why we see nothing but superhero movies, sequels and reboots.

Overall, the presentation was great. The novel was fun to listen to and the Narrator, C.J. McAllister did a great job. His style is a bit more "looser" with his speech style than I would have liked, but it set a good mood with the military style of the characters.

I would gladly recommend this audiobook, Timberwolf, to any potential listeners. I would like to add that this audiobook was provided to me for free and I have voluntarily left this review of my own personal opinion of this book.

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  • magicmonster
  • 22-02-20

good read

The story is good and has complexity and the characters seem well rounded. The story however will not have the legacy that Dune, Battlestar Galactica, or the Honor Harrington series does. Put those out of your head and just enjoy a good book with a plot. Unlike a lot of indie authors put out. I really appreciated some of the secondary characters better than the main character. I don't want to give plot details away so I will stop here.

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  • Backlash
  • 19-02-20

be careful what you discard

the military might be through with Timberwolf but hes not a disposable hero. This story is part Jack Reacher, part Babylon 5 with lots of action, plot twists, and a universal scale. I liked the narration and what it added to the characters.

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  • Lonnie Armenta
  • 23-01-20

Very good battles.

This book was given to me by my request, and this is my voluntary review.

I almost had to stop, for me I was so lost with all the aliens and characters in the first 2 hours.
But with that said, the action/ space battles were great.

The narrator did a good job with all the voices he had to do. It was a hard lisen but got into it more than halfway into the story.