SERIES INFO: This is Book #1 of 4 in “The Nephilim Chronicles.” The 4th, and final, ebook Horsemen of the Apocalype was just released. The first two are available on audio so far.
Alan is a deeply troubled & conflicted character, but despite his initial bad choices, he remains someone we can care about and root for. I like that, even with superpowers, it is made clear that his emotional struggles haven’t all gone away, and may remain something he has to deal with for life.
I like the portrayal of his Psychiatrist (she doesn’t bash reading and seems very real), but maybe she should have started him out with something easier than a school dance to get him out of his shell.
There is a good mix of male and female characters on both sides of the conflict.
I liked the very first scene and felt like it introduced his dilemma well. BUT, then all the flashback - flashforward - flashback began, and I thought it hurt the connection I was trying to form. I think maybe it would have been better to start with the bar scene (where he finally meets someone who can tell him what is going on with his apparent superpowers) and then do a single flashback which showed how he got to this point.
Other issues: Sorry, but keeping a book that tells how to build dangerous weapons just for cultural preservation is stupid, no matter how you try to explain it away. / There were waaay too many chapter breaks, and they don’t always come at a logical point. / A certain character's repentance seems to come too easily.
The ending wrapped up the current story arc, but gave us a very surprising twist to set up the next book (if Gabriel, is the Gabriel).
NARRATION: Nice sounding voice / A small thing - his “book text voice” (when Alan was reading) was especially good. / Female voices are ok. / Listened on 1.25 speed (my usual) -- Cons - His non-dialog narration was a bit matter of fact for me.
FAVORITE PART(S): Bad guy in a snazzy suit… and slippers / The zoo (wish we could have gotten the whole story) / My favorite scene is hard to include without spoilers. It was when one of Alan’s new “gifts” unexpectedly defends him in the museum (think blue).
WARNING: This book contains Christian elements
Narrator Impact: AVERAGE
I received this book free in return for an honest review, courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
Alan Price and the Colossus of Rhodes by Jonathan Yanez; read by Aaron Wagner; produced independently in 2015 / Length: 6 hrs 11 min (Unabr) / Available through Audible & Amazon plus iTunes