Desert Runner (Puatera Online Book 1) by Dawn Chapman

Posted September 19, 2018 by Jay Magidson in Reviews / 0 Comments

Desert Runner (Puatera Online Book 1) by Dawn ChapmanDesert Runner by Dawn Chapman
Narrator: Andrea Parsneau
Series: Puatera Online #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 10 January 2018
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
Genres: LitRPG
Format: Audiobook
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An NPC story.

With her pain potions in short supply, Maddie accepts a deadly run, picks up a package in Trox City, and crosses the desert plains to Port Troli. The only issues - an unwanted passenger and Tromoal breeding season.

©2017 Dawn Chapman (P)2018 Dawn Chapman

ABR received this audiobook for free from the in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the audiobook or the content of our review.

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Maddie is hired to cross the desert on a mission at the most dangerous time of the year, when the Tromoal are breeding, which means killing and eating everything that moves.  Maddie works alone because she has a problem, a built-in mechanism that causes her to fall in love.  Yep, she’s an NPC (non-player character), but not just any NPC, she knows what she is, has adapted, changed and grown.  She’s modified her vehicle, weapons, and herself.

It is a great concept and gets the listener interested in her life as a living person, not a machine.  She’s vulnerable, real and tough as nails when she needs to be.   Her passenger, part of her cargo, is an enigma to her, kind and risking much to travel with her.  It doesn’t jibe and she wants simultaneously to get rid of him and fall in love.  It makes for an interesting battlefield romance.

The RPG experience from the inside looking out, though no longer unique, is still fresh enough to be intriguing for the listener.  A good story with appealing characters makes this a fun listen with plenty of action and character development.

Andrea Parsneau is a good choice to perform the story.  She becomes the role of Maddie, and does it well.  The male character voices are as good as well.  She gets out of the way and the story progresses at the right tone and mood from her voice.  An excellent performance from a pro.  Sound quality is flawless as well.

This is a short novel, a little more than an introduction, but less than a full novel and clearly part of a much longer series.  You’ll want to continue right on to book 2 and so on as available.  An enjoyable listen and recommended.

About Dawn Chapman

Dawn Chapman has been creating sci-fi and fantasy stories for thirty years. In 2005, her life and attention turned to scripts, and she started work on The Secret King (TSK), a 13-episode science fiction television series, with great passion for this medium.

In 2010, Dawn returned to her first love of prose. She has been working with Coach EJ Runyon, who has encouraged her away from fast-paced script writing, to revel in the world of TSK and Letháo as an epic prose space journey.

This year, her experience of working with producers/directors from the United States and Australia has expanded. From drama and science fiction to action, Dawn has built a portfolio of writing, consulting, and publishing.

About Jay Magidson

Lover of books, Sci-Fi, 19th Century literature, young adult, and more, as long as it's good, I'll read or listen. I'm a writer as well, my weekly art column was published for years in the Aspen Daily News, Roaring Fork Sunday and Aspen Sojourner Magazine. I have 5 books in print, all pretty entertaining if you'd like to check them out. And my Sci-Fi novel, "Threshold of the Mind" was recently produced into an audiobook, read by award winning actor: Jeff Clarke (Chicago, Mad Men).

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