Summary

Evil comes in many forms. Gabriel Willis missed the warning signs of its imminent arrival. As a result, blood, pain, and misery are now his unwanted companions. A loving father, devoted husband, and former soldier, he no longer leads a normal life. After being arrested, falsely accused of terrorism and tortured, he discovers his family has been kidnapped. The madman responsible has handed him the complicated task of traveling halfway around the world to the mountains of Afghanistan. There he must find Othia and return with her, or his family will die.
A brilliant archaeologist, Othia has unearthed a secret truth hidden deep beneath the sands of an ancient Afghan village. A truth that will alter the lives of hundreds of thousands - including Gabriel and Othia.
Left with an impossible decision, Gabriel must choose: fulfill his destiny or risk the destruction of humanity. With the weight of the world upon him, Gabriel struggles to answer the impossible question: when should a father and husband place the needs of the many above the needs of his precious few.
©2016 Eric Gardner (P)2017 Eric Gardner
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3 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 28-02-17

"I mean, come on, Gabriel: angels. ANGELS!"

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This is not the first of a series but the opening part of a serial, basically setting the scene for further books to come.

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The opening scenes to Defiance are exciting, rather mysterious. A well respected, retired army officer who fought in Afghanistan, is wrongly seized from his home and held on charges of terrorism. Shortly after, his wife and two children are kidnapped, again by an armed force, but this time it is by the group which had set up the husband. They are taken 'into protection' in an exotically furnished mansion somewhere unknown. Later, this same group rescues the ex-soldier and use the custody of his family to blackmail him into working for them. They are brutal and mean business, killing his best friend in front of him.
So Gabriel, the soldier, accepts the commission - to bring back the archaeologist who has been working on a recently discovered temple or, if this is impossible, her notebooks.

The story so far is certainly exciting with heavy supernatural elements..But, as previously mentioned, is only the first part of a serial and, therefore, incomplete. For this reason I cannot rate is more highly than three stars.

The narration by Meral Matthews is good, aiding the tension and somewhat soothing the confusion inherent in the early text. His voicing of the various protagonists is also clear and each is individual. It is his reading which, for this reader, brought the greatest realism to the story so far.

I received Defiance as a freely given gift from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. However, without having heard the rest of this on going story, I am reluctant to recommend it without fully stressing the unfinished nature of this opening section of a serial.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lori on 07-03-17

Great start to a series

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Great start to a series.

I was really looking forward to this book and I was not disappointed at all. The story pulls you in immediately and never lets go. Even though it's a shorter book it doesn't feel like it. It's well written, creative, flows smoothly and is very entertaining. The plot continually moves forward at a good pace. There is no middle of the book slump, something new is always happening. It keeps you glued to the story and on the edge of your seat.

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

Suspense, mystery, intrigue, action, horror, religion, unnatural forces and catch 22 situation all woven into a very entertaining and interesting story with a great cast of characters.

Meral Mathews did a fantastic job with the narration. This is the first time I have heard him narrate a book. Nice voice. Clearly spoken with an even pace. All his character voices were really good even the female voices. You could easily tell which characters were speaking through the accent or voice. He brought the story to life. I would definitely listen to other books he narrates. Very enjoyable.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kelly watley on 08-02-17

Action Packed !!!

If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read/listen to this book. I can’t wait to read the next book by this author. Once I started listening to this book, I didn’t want to stop until the end. 
 "I was provided this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBoom dot com".  


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