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Twisted Mind

A Broken World Novella
Narrated by: Heather Firth
Series: Broken World, Book 1.5, Twisted Series, Book 1.5
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
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Summary

Born at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse to the head of the CDC and the leader of the new world, Jackson Star has always known that he would one day rule. Only the Stars’ plans go much deeper than simply keeping humanity alive, and the evil that sleeps inside Jackson is darker than even his father knows. Everyone in the settlement is a puppet, and everyone has a purpose in the Stars’ master plan, starting with Megan James.

But as Jackson and his father creep closer to achieving their goals at the CDC, things slowly begin to unravel. Meg isn’t cooperating the way she should be, and the presence of a new person in her life is threatening to blow their plan apart. Jackson must now decide how to deal with the girl he has spent the last nine years trying to manipulate, as well as the family she has left and the man who has taken up residence in her life. To complicate matters even more, the darkness inside Jackson has gotten increasingly persistent, making it difficult for him to control it at times and leading him to wonder if he shouldn’t just give in to his urges once and for all.

Twisted Mind is a dark and disturbing look into Jackson’s brain, and the inner-workings of the CDC. It will give readers a glimpse of the future, as well as answer questions that have plagued us from the very beginning of the Broken World series.

©2017 Kate L. Mary (P)2018 Kate L. Mary

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The Edge of Madness

I received this book via a promo code and this is my voluntary review.
This is a side story of the Twisted World series and it doesn't lack for impact, you get the sense from Meg's POV in book one that Jackson is one twisted dude, actually spending time living in his head though, really hits home the danger that Team James are in. He's insane, sadistic and even worse than his father.

Jackson is completely irredeemable, and an utter sociopath who has played Meg since the beginning like a fiddle. The mental manipulation he's been doing and his desire to get hold of her cousin Charley is terrifying! I do sort of wish that although Heather Firth has been amazing narrating this story, that a male voice artist had done the role of Jackson, just to help differentiate his character more from Donaghy. I did skip some scenes that were just too much for me listen to- his version of sex for example.. too much!

I consider this novella essential listening after Twisted World.. and if you havent read twisted world, turn around, and go get it!

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Twisted Mind: Jackson

This book is from Jackson Star's point of view, and definately not for the faint of heart. I don't know how Jackson was able to hide his true nature from Meg for so long, he does make a very sinister villain, and she does seem surprisingly naive! I was on the edge of my seat, desperately hoping for Donaghy to survive Jackson's plans, and for the James family to get away unscathed! I really enjoyed this book, it was very dark, intense and full of suspense.

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Pretty twisted

This was an inside of a really horrible character. It started from Jackson perspective during the first book, when he saved Maddie. It was a good book, short, but pretty ugly, like his ugly thoughts and what he did to for example Maddie boyfriend and her father. All in all it was a twisted read and not for the fainted heard.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance free Reader Copy of this

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amazing story

Born at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse to the head of the CDC and the leader of the new world,
Another amazing book by Kate L. Mary and narrator by Heather Firth
can't wait for more books

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nice little spin off

i liked this,was good trip into (aptly named) Jackson twisted mind,stick really good to the main story plot ,KLM hit the nail for me on this,so we need more broken and twisted world novels on audible

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Wow, talk about a cold-blooded sadistic character

After listening to book 1 I was interested in what came next. With what came next was not what I was expecting, but was perfect nonetheless. I had high hopes that a certain character was only acting a certain way to appease another character but in this story I saw that character’s true colors and all I can say is WOW, talk about a cold-blooded sadistic person. As I was listening to this one, it was engaging to see this characters point of view, as this story is occurring while book one is going. I am interested in seeing what’s next, and am definitely rooting for the good guys and girls. #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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Adds to the Series!

Most of this is similar events that happened in book 1 but it is from Jackson's point of view. I think this is a great in between novel because it really helps us understand the calculated actions of the CDC. It helps us gain perspective of how awful of a person Jackson is and just really helps definitively answer what is really going on behind the scenes that are eluded to in book 1 but that aren't entirely spelled out. Great in between novella.

As with book 1, I am still incredibly impressed with Heather Firth's talent as an up and coming narrator and especially with the difference in her voice from other performances. I feel like she did a great job personifying Jackson in this novella and was able to capture his twisted personality.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Whoa

This is basically a long summary of the first book from Jackson's point of view. The reader gets to spend some time in Jackson's mind and see how things looked from his point of view. They get to find out just how he was able to come across the info he'd come across through the story. It's always nice to see a story from another point of view. More authors should do things like this now and then. I was curious on how Jackson was finding out the things he was finding out through the first book. This book sheds light on that. This book also sheds light on how dark Jackson really was. He was very twisted and terrifying. I don't know how I'd of liked being around someone like him. Can't say I really disliked anything about this book. If I hadn't liked the series before, I definitely do now. This book gave the story an even darker edge than it originally had, and that says a lot. The story was pretty dark on it's own without realizing just how twisted Jackson was. I definitely recommend this book. I recommend the first book as well. Even though I haven't read the other books yet, I fully recommend them as well. I'm very convinced that I'm going to be as in love with those books as I have been with these two.

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Brilliantly twisted!!

Chillingly Terrifying insight into the mind of a manipulative horrific sadistic monster. This is written from Jacksons POV and slots in round the storyline from book 1.
This novella definately needs to be read after 'Twisted World: A Broken World Novel' otherwise it might be a bit confusing!!
Stunning writting as always. Im looking forward to see where the story goes. Warning it is a cliffhanger!!
Great narration!!

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Getting there

I found this a little hard to keep up with. Lots going on and quite a lot of characters to keep up with. I am looking forward to the next book to see where this is going. Great performance.

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  • Annie The Audible Addict!!!
  • 29-10-18

WHAT AN EVIL GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JUST WOW!! Sick sick sick little d-bag!!! I have to say I loved this...it really tied the stories together and just WOW!! Some peoples kids, right? I am glad Meg got away from him..he is a twisted, twisted character!!! Great job Kate L Mary!!! Good narration and great little short...dont miss this one!! I Recommend!!!

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  • Dawn H
  • 24-04-20

Twisted and evil

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I chose to listen to this novella before listening to the first two novels, and I think I’m glad I did. I was able to understand what was going on even though I haven’t listened to the first book. It also has me anxious to start listening to book no. 1.

Jackson is the main character in Twisted Mind and that’s the perfect title for the novella. The man is twisted and evil. The fact that he and his father run the CDC makes things even worse.

Jackson hates Meg’s family. He’s caused so much pain for Meg although she doesn’t know it, and he plans on becoming even closer to her so that he can manipulate her and ultimately destroy her. But there’s a new man in Meg’s life…will Jackson’s plans have to be changed?

Although families have made it through the zombie apocalypse, they have to deal with Jackson Star and his father and their evil intentions. I can’t wait to read the first two novels in the series and get to know the other characters better. I know plenty about Jackson now! I also have a question or two that I’m sure will be answered in the first book.

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  • Annette Schwartz
  • 26-11-19

Fabulous!

I definitely enjoyed listening to an audiobook that remains with the same narrator throughout the series. Heather Firth has the right amount of variation in each character. She makes it easy to immerse yourself in the story with the different emotions of the characters.
This story is extremely well written and narrated!!
The main character is one sick bastard.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 19-10-19

Hard to keep up

I found this a little hard to keep up with. Lots going on and quite a lot of characters to keep up with. I am looking forward to the next book to see where this is going.
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  • Carole Wooten
  • 20-09-19

How an evil mind works

This was a great chance to see things from a completely different perspective. This is a novella-length story that really does need to be read after Twisted World since the events in this story take place at the same time. In this story, we see things from Jackson's point of view. I was pretty sure that I didn't like Jackson before I started this book but now I am absolutely certain that this is not a nice guy. It was really kind of fun to see just exactly how this guy mind really works. I had a good time with this story.

Jackson Star was born at the start of the zombie apocalypse and he is roughly the same age as Megan. Jackson's father is the man in charge of the settlement that they live in. He doesn't know what it is like to not be in power. They live in a big house while others live in shacks. Jackson, along with his father, has a plan and that plan involves Megan James.

Jackson was even worse than I thought he would be and I thought he was pretty bad. He really does have an evil mind and I was at times amazed by just how far he would be willing to go. I thought he was selfish and uncaring but learned that he actually enjoys seeing others in pain. He likes to make others suffer and he is completely unable to empathize on any level.

This story was very eye-opening. It was really interesting to see things happening that I couldn't even imagine. I liked that certain parts of this story mirrored Twisted World but though a warped lens. I thought I knew what happened but I didn't know everything. I love the fact that even though I knew a lot of the events that would happen in this story, everything still felt very fresh because the perspective was so different.

I thought that Heather Firth did a great job with this story. I like that she speaks very clearly and I think she does a great job with the character voices. I thought that she had a very pleasant voice and I had no trouble listening to this story for hours at a time.

I would recommend this series to others. I love the world that Kate L. Mary has created and the characters almost feel like family. I cannot wait to read more in this series!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author.

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  • Tammy
  • 19-08-19

Definitely A Twisted Mind!!!

This is a quick novella read inside the mind of Jackson a true villain who acts all helpful and sweet on the outside but inside he is rotten to the core. He has a very twisted mind. This series keeps getting better and better I highly recommend. The narration was spot on.

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  • Gizel albarez
  • 08-08-19

I would have preffered a male narrator

Not be misunderstood this narrator did an excellent job, However this was the inner monologue of THE Villan in this series and while we are invited on some new information from other characters they where mostly all male so for me it would have been better to get this perspective with a better matching voice.

this audio just reaffirmed that this villan has absolutely no redemption, without further spoilers I'll note that while some may not find it necessary to listen as this is the inner workings of one, we where also given missing information and background convos feom side characters that better tied up suspicions from the 1st book.

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  • Mark Mackey
  • 25-06-19

Twisted Mind review

Another great part to a fantastic serie, scary and suspenseful. Went by quick, five stars.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 08-06-19

Great Read

Twisted Mind: A Broken World Novella was a good quick read by Kate L. Mary. Jackson has always wanted to rule the new world. He and his father don't want to keep humanity alive. Jackson has a really dark evil inside him. As Jackson's plans start to happen, things start to unravel. His plan for Meg isn't working because she isn't cooperating. This was a good look into Jackson's disturbing brain. I can't wait to read more by the author.

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  • CyberCowboy
  • 04-06-19

Different view

This is basically the same story as the first book in the series, but from a different character's perspective.

I always enjoy alternate perspectives in books like this, however I had a harder time with this because it didn't seem like the author tried to 'justify' the character. Everyone is a hero in their own story. Instead of taking this view, it seemed like the main character was content and willing to be the world's villain

Even with the above I enjoyed. the book, I just wish it was a little more thought as to why this character and the people he associated with felt justified in what they did.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.