Narrator: Robin J Sitten
Series: Children of Nostradamus #1
on 17 July 2017
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Superheroes
Source: Author, Submitted
New England is a walled off radioactive prison. People exhibiting extraordinary abilities are hunted for experiments. The only talent twenty-six-year-old Conthan has in life is his art and knack for sarcasm. When a cop threatens his life, Conthan discovers he has the ability to teleport. Hunted by the military and a woman with her own gifts, Conthan finds exiles in the Boston wastelands with powers of their own. For the first time, he sees potential to become a hero. But as he unravels a conspiracy threatening the world, he must decide between his survival and his humanity.
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Eleanor Valentine is a powerful psychic able to predict the near future with astounding accuracy. As an advisor to the president, she has used her powers to help steer the workings of government to positive outcomes. She discovers that a horrible darkness looms for the world, the only solution is to assassinate the president, but fails in her attempt and is killed in the process.
Now forty years in the future, the world is playing out the way Eleanor predicted. The children of Nostradamus, people with extraordinary abilities, are being rounded up or murdered outright as dangers to society. Their only refuge is the radioactive wasteland of northern New England. A small band of super humans, having received 40 year-old letters from Eleanor, finds their only hope of survival is to strike at the heart of the secret government organization trying to exterminate them.
There are many similarities to X-Men and the author even alludes to this humorously. The characters are different in that they must discover their abilities on their own, or hopefully with help from their peers. Most would just rather get along, integrating with society, but are not given that option as they are rounded up, or shot out of hand. There are many interesting dynamics that make the characters more human than mutant.
It is an entertaining story with an engaging plot. There is plenty of supernatural action to satisfy most lovers of the genre. They aren’t invincible or supermen, just people with extraordinary skills they can barely control at times.
Robin J. Sitten performs the story well. She has a pleasant voice and a matter-of-fact tone that gets out of the way. Audiobook listeners might be more accustomed to the many actors who perform books dramatically. Sitten is more about reading the story transparently, letting the listener imagine the action and drama in their own minds. It is a personal taste, but she is highly competent and easy to listen to.
Nighthawks is an entertaining story with imaginative characters and plenty of supernatural action. It is the first in a series of unknown length, wrapping up well, but giving us the groundwork for future sequels. If you enjoy this book, you will be looking forward to future novels.