Summary

Barred from crossing the NorthAm border, Clay McAulay, his AI copilot Gibbons, and their battle mech are forced to flee into the warped and twisted territory of the Midlands. A desolate, dreary landscape filled with denizens of questionable character, the Midlands has the reputation of a place folks want to avoid on their travels.
Few ever enter, almost none ever leave.
Clay is quickly embroiled in a conflict between the townsfolk of Perdition Plains and a mad scientist who may have discovered the secrets to immortality. Clay tries to extricate himself from the volatile situation, but as always, trouble keeps its grip on him, and he is soon fighting against a foe he'd never thought possible: a mech made entirely of dead flesh!
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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 04-11-16

"The hat again? You're obsessed"

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The fact that I had not read Fighting Iron 1 didn't matter in the least - the writer drew me instantly into the story as Clay's fighting mech was under attack, damaged and had to force land in a depression in the dessert. Great action, yes, but it was the bantering dialogue between the pilot and his A.I. that held me captive and continued to do so to the very last words. All of this repartee is perfectly caught by the narrator, J.Scott Bennett and I especially enjoyed his variation of Gibbon's speaking as the A.I. transfered out of his mechanical housing and into an alternative 'meatbag' for part of their forced stay in Perdition Plains.
Clay and Gibbons are great characters, and find themselves surrounded by a cast of other oddballs unexpectedly found living, well, sort of, in Perdition. The story has action aplenty, much of it gory and involving numerous body parts put to work in unconventional ways Not for the S.F. purist, probably, but great fun in a dystopian creative zombie sort of way

As mentioned previously, the narration is excellent with Scott Bennett's somewhat unusual voice absorbing and mirroring the story. He is even able to partially obscure the repetitious intrusions of, "he said", and, "he asked" etc. during conversational passages, useful on the printed page but often irritating to hear. Jake Bible's writing is good, the humour sometimes laugh out loud and the protagonists fresh (well, some of them!) and cleverly sculpted. Altogether a great listen. My thanks to the right's holder who gifted me a copy of this book, via Audiobook Boom - I enjoyed it immensely. So much so that I am now off to purchase a copy of the first Fighting Iron audio. And I'm hoping that there will also be a third ...

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lori on 19-11-16

Perdition Plains

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Interesting, unusual and entertaining story. Definitely an unusual and unique story. I have not read the first book in the series but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of this installment. I had no problem following the story line. It can absolutely be listened to as a stand alone book. I would like to go back and read the first book just for the enjoyment of it.

An unusual world that is a mixture of post apocalyptic, old west, futuristic. Full of humor, action and creepiness. A twisted tale that includes ghouls/zombies, rotten meat, a mad scientist and much more. What cast of characters. Of coarse Clay and Gibbons are great characters. The rest are just creepy. Good but creepy.

Run far and fast from any place that has the name perdition in it.

J Scott Bennett did a fantastic job with the narration as usual. Great character voices. Love the voice for Gibbons. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Great delivery with the humor in the story. He just has a way of bringing the characters and story to life.

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

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dee on 30-10-16

Clay and Gibbons Rock!

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I listened to book one and was very happy to find there was a book two. Clay and his AI, Gibbons, are so much fun and the narrator absolutely makes you feel, think and believe!!

Book two picks up where book one leaves off but you don't need book one for this listen to resonate--it can stand on its own. (But get book one. That's where my love affair for Clay and Gibbons began!)

The two road warriors stumble yet again into the crazy that is this new/neo existence. Even though the world and the technology therein is not real to my 2016 sensibilities, the author and narrator combine to bring the machinery to life.

I really enjoy whatever it is that the narrator does to create the vocals for Gibbons. He even ratcheted it up a notch for Gibbons with this listen.

I have to believe that a book three is in the works and I can not wait.

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