Narrator: Luke Daniels
Series: Legends of the Duskwalker #1
Published by Angry Robot, Brilliance Audio on 2013
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
Genres: Action & Adventure, Post Apocalyptic
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The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more. His name is Three, a travelling gun for hire in a dying world. He has no allegiances, no family, no ties.
Against his better judgment, he accepts the mantle of protector to a sick woman on the run, and her young son. Together they set out across the plains in search of a mythic oasis, attempting to survive the forces that pursue them, and the creatures of the dark.
In these dark times, a hero may yet arise.
©2013 Jay Posey (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Every now and again I find a book that sounds so interesting to me and combined with the cover artwork that makes me say “I have to listen to this” and it is all that I can think about until I do. What it is that I fond so attractive is really difficult to put my finger on. Anyway, after stalking Jay Posey on twitter and seeing that he is one that actually uses twitter I tweeted to him about if there were plans for an audio version of his book. He replied yes, by Brilliance Audio, well, I have yet to be able to get a hold of anyone in that company, he pointed me to his publicist from Angry Robot Books. Long story short, after a little over a month and many emails Three: Legends of the Duskwalker, Book 1 arrived at my door. Without hesitation I ripped the CDs to my phone and I was off.
Jay Posey was able to create a unique post-apocalyptic world full of interesting and dynamic characters, that didn’t seem that way at first. The protagonist, Three was a unique blend of Jason Bourne, Obi Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, MacGyver, Sylvester Stallone, Indiana Jones and James Bond. Quite the mix up! In other words he is very quiet, only speaks when needed, a brutal fighter, a very wise and yet a risk taker, a ladies man, who has a place in his heart for friends and actually cares about people even though he thinks he shouldn’t. One of the few people that navigate the wastelands, where nasty bio-human-monsters hunt humans (that made the hair on the back of my neck standup), safely. Who finds it right to save a mother and a son that he doesn’t know and suddenly the journey that was once safe is now riddled with second thinking his choices and more to worry about that himself. With the surprise ending that I didn’t want, I am not exactly where the remaining books will takes everyone, but I know that I will find out. If you are looking for a pulse pounding, truly frightening, post-apocalyptic, science fiction story that delivers more than promised, look no further.
I have listened to Luke Daniels before and found him to be a very strong narrator. But it was this performance that cinched it for me. Where Daniels really excels and separates himself from the pack is in his individual character voices, each unique in their own way and transforms the story for pretty good to “I can’t stop listening”. This paired with the excellent storytelling of Posey makes Three: Legends of the Duskwalker, Book 1 an audio adventure something not to be missed.
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