Narrator: Daniel Baker
Series: The Urban Boys #1
Published by Two Petals Publishing on 11 April 2016
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Author, Submitted
Welcome or unwelcome. Fate had arrived. The Urban Boys, Chapter 9
"A captivating and poetic tale of mystery, fantasy, and reality tied together by action!" 5-stars, Lars Jackson, Amazon Customer
Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world of five teenage boys in The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses, an urban paranormal thriller. The story chronicles the boys’ effortless interrelations and they learn how to utilize their sensory super powers, as they embark upon a mission of good vs evil.
Upon the boys' mysterious incident with an energy source, they're instinctively called to a neighboring town, Sandry Lake, to root out evil. Their superhero senses guide them each time. However, secrecy about their mission, furious battles with evil thugs, extreme fatigue, and stress and pressure soon overwhelm the boys, but they must find a way to embrace their fate. A lurking, dark stranger seems to know their plight, and a strikingly beautiful, fearless girl lends way to heightened confusion. Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for action-adventure fans of all ages!
©2015 K.N. Smith (P)2016 K.N. Smith
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The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses K.N. Smith is a young adult paranormal novel set in the small town utopia of Danville and the dangerous Sandry Lake. Five teenage boys who are best friends wander into a nearby forest, despite warnings from their parents. One night they have a strange experience and they wake up the next day with each boy having an altered sense. Together, they are called by their new powers every night to go to Sandry Lake and fight the evil thugs in that town to make it safe again. Meanwhile, each must balance their own families and school. They must work together to overcome the challenges of their individual lives as well as their reservations if they hope to free Sandry Lake of evil influences.
While this is a young adult book, I found the writing and the plot to be too simplistic, and ultimately the actions of the boys to be unbelievable. The variety of language was limited and awkward, and the descriptors and characters lacked depth. The boys were given these powers, but there was no true explanation as to how this happened. Further, they received these powers, felt a pull, and ran off to start fighting thugs. It was hard to believe that any high schooler would do this and that ultimately, the families would allow this to happen. The families were described in great detail, which wasn’t necessary and that time could have been spent on the backstory for what was happening. I did like how the story surrounding those with magic abilities spanned generations and tied some things together.
The narration by Daniel Baker was difficult to listen to. While the dialogue was narrated with appropriate voicing and tone, the narration of rest of the prose was almost comical in its tone, as if deliberately reading to a small child. It was distracting and probably affected my opinion of the story itself. The production quality of the novel was okay, but there were musical interludes that did not add anything to the story for me, and also became distracting. Ultimately, I feel that this book replicated the small town world well, but fell short of developing a complete and well thought-out paranormal story.
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