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A Power Renewed, Sentinels of Creation #1 by Robert W. Ross

In the beginning, God created … then came the fall of Lucifer and other angels.  A bargain was struck – ok more of a teaching moment for God to show Lucifer he was a pompous and ungracious angel.  Unwilling to destroy Lucifer or allow him to destroy humans, God allowed for Sentinels to be selected.  They were to bring light or darkness beyond God or Lucifer’s vision.  They were to rescue or wreak havoc on humans but only through free will.  The angels Raphael, Michael help Micah ben Judah who willingly shouldered the responsibility to bring lightness where darkness rules and angels fear to tread.

Now in the 21st century, it is time for Micah to pass his sentinel duty to another.  Kellan Thorne is faced with skinwalkers wanting to rip him apart and a man with glowing emerald eyes and a glowing sword ordering him to stay put.  Thorne discovers he is to be the recipient of otherworldly powers and that he has free will to use those powers as he sees fit.

At first, I thought this book would be a fire and brimstone type book but instead after Kellan appeared it took on more of a superhero with a mouth type audiobook.  Thorne’s sarcastic wit and unique way of looking at things along with his female friends and the narrowmindedness of Raphael and Micah one cannot help but enjoy the story as it unfolds.  One has to wonder if Thorne will keep things in check or if he will let chaos have a little bit of reign.  Regardless, the showdown with the Prince of Darkness’s sentinel is intriguing and unexpected!

Robert Ross, the author, has written a wonderful book that leaves lots of room for more books just as interesting and engaging!  Clearly written, characters are well-developed and the imagery is vivid.  I enjoyed the pop culture references that kept popping up.  A fun story that makes you laugh, and scary at times that will make you gasp.

The narrator, Nick Podehl performed the story perfectly!  His ability to deliver a sarcastic witty comeback was spot on!  He nailed the angels as well!  I enjoyed his voice, it was smooth and clear.  He truly became Kellan Thorne!  And the female leads – he was perfect with the delivery of their smart remarks as well.  I am looking forward to hearing the other two books but know that he has a wealth of storylines here if he chooses to use them.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It was not what I expected when I first started listening to it.  It was fun and light. I highly recommend this audio to anyone who enjoys witty books with adventure and supernatural.

There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.

 

Star Rating:   * * * * *

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An American Weredeer in Michigan (The Bright Falls Mysteries Series Book 2) by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

Jane Doe finds herself in yet another mess in Michigan!  Seems she can’t take a step in the woods without stepping right in it!  Enjoying a picnic with Emma, Jane encounters two monster hunters, a religious fanatic who wants to be the world’s strongest wizard and discovers a mass grave!

Jane finds herself facing down yet another entity as well as figuring out how to live now that mom and dad are in witness protection! Oh, then there’s the little thing between her, agent “hottie” Alex and “luscious” Lucien!  Male testosterone is in full “charge ahead” mode leaving one anticipating a knockdown drag out between the two brothers.

C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttku are excellent storytellers utilizing snark, whimsical and humorous writing and dialog styles to tell the story of young Jane Doe.   Skilled in puns, the authors cleverly utilize their talent to draw the audience in and make them laugh.  This is a fun, easy read with lots of laughable moments.  I enjoy this series, it has everything – supernatural, mystery, romance, clever writing and … well, it’s just fun!  Of course, there are a lot of folks who think I am nuts given my frequent outbursts of laughter and such while in public with a Bluetooth headphone in!  My one question – when’s the next one????

The narrator, Arielle DeLisle performed the audiobook expertly.  She brought the book to life with her talent and enthusiasm.  She is Jane Doe!!

There were no issues with the production or quality of this book.   I highly recommend this series if you like light, fun reading with mystery and supernatural creatures!

Star rating:  * * * *

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