Narrator: P. J. Ochlan
Published by Self Published on 4 December 2014
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Urban Fantasy
Source: Submitted, Author
When work-a-day corporate stiff John Cade makes a delivery to a prodigiously eccentric client, his world spins out of control. Hunted by otherworldly creatures in a wild chase, he hurtles through an abruptly unfamiliar Los Angeles as the boundaries of reality bend and blur. Will Cade hold on to his sanity or be driven off the edge by forces beyond his comprehension? The answer can only be found in the Seventh Lane.
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Talked into a job he didn’t want, by a girlfriend who just left him, John Cade is going nowhere fast. The wine distributor he works for just had a major theft, which has left the company in turmoil and financial crisis. Cade spends all his time putting out fires and trying to appease his angry clients. His boss is a jerk and many on his staff are incompetent. When a valuable order goes wrong, he must hand deliver several cases of wine to a wealthy, eccentric client. He is given a gift for his special effort, and his ordinary life takes a strange and surrealistic turn as he enters a world of monsters and magic. Surviving will have to be his first priority.
Set in Southern California, among busy freeways, beautiful girls and quirky characters, the listener can almost feel that warm California sunshine. Martin, Cade’s German friend, mangles English phrases while he serves beer, bratwurst, and relationship advice.
This inventive story is a teaser, just the first few chapters of what one hopes will be a book. This makes it hard to review, however. While certainly entertaining, it is neither a short story, nor a novella, there are too many loose ends and unresolved plot developments for either. It is, rather, a first installment. That said, it is a promising start and the listener will certainly want to follow the author’s progress with the story towards the next installment or the book itself.
P.J. Ochlan reads the story with great skill and his accents and character voices are a thing of beauty. He is one of those performers you will want to follow, searching for books he narrates, just to listen to more.
The Seventh Lane will entertain the listener for the two plus hours of audio. Well performed and developed; it unfortunately leaves us hanging. Know this before you begin and you’ll want to follow Ochlan, looking forward to the rest of the story when it arrives.