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Risk is not a nice man, but then it doesn't pay to be nice in his line of work. A bounty hunter who lives only for his work, and the nastier, the better : "he only took the ones other bounty hunters refused" But he does have qualities beyond being a loner and superb killing machine. Mostly human, he doesn't depend on artificial upgrades, he keeps his promises, mostly, and pays his debts. He has friends, scattered, but good to call on, a sardonic sense of humour and amazing powers of recuperation. It goes without saying that he is also stubborn, quick witted, and phenomenal with guns, knives, hands and anything else within reach when he needs to defend himself: he doesn't believe in unecessasary killing. And he wants his money - the fee he earned when he delivered the remains of his latest quarry.
This book is his pursuit of his fee and all that happens along the way, a long journey through space and in duration. And of the people, and others, that get in his way. A full blown adventure thriller, it is violent, yes, but also humerous. Jake Bible is a master of imaginative scenarios, picture building in the mind. His attention to character building is also superb as, with just a few brief words, he converts them from shadows on a page to real living, if strange, beings. They are further brought to life by the excellent narration of Mr.Wehrein, whose distinctive slightly gravelly voice fully injects the sardonic humour and determination of both Roak himself and all of the other characters, be they adversaries or helpers. The voicing of a ship's AI. is especially delightful but my real favourite is another A.I., grateful to Roak for enabling him (it?) to evolve into a full human - no, don't ask.
Imaginative, well written, fun behind the swiftly administered violence, this is a series of delightful vignettes behind Roak's ongoing quest for his money. My thanks to the rights holder who gifted me a copy of Roak, via Audiobook Boom. It was really enjoyable and I look forward to hearing more books by Mr.Bible.
I have to admit I was a little nervous coming into this one right from the start. It promised a lot of action and tension!
There were some great descriptions of the setting and of Roak. His character was blatant. Pay me or you'll suffer. But, when he was the one left suffering I was unsure as to what he was physically capable of.
Roak, is one of those characters you love to hate. He lives by simple rules and he does everything he can to keep on, keeping on. It takes a while to realise that he's not actually a bad man, he's just set in his ways, and does his job. Along his journey to get 'paid' Roak comes across some really cool characters. Some that you'll feel so sorry for and others you'll love to get their comeuppance.
Andrew, has just the right tone for this novel, deep, gritty and he totally has the right voices to pull off the different aliens along the way too. In his performance there was such humour, and I really enjoyed both the writing and acting. Great job.
I think my only quibble was I just wanted more, haha so I went to look for more work by Jake, :) and I do hope that Andrew gets to narrate some more.
I was given this book by the author/narrator without obligation for review via audiobook boom.
4.5 out of 5 stars
I don't know why I can't shake this feeling. Roak reminded me of Guardians of the Galaxy, the main character had the same cocky demeanor while still getting the job done. The comparison stops at the main character, though, this was much bloodier and much more violent than that film.
Roak was a really enjoyable main character to follow around. He has his own style and does things for no-nonsense reasons. He gets the job done efficiently and as quickly as possible. He's a great bounty hunter who is self-admittedly a little broken.
The story itself was really enjoyable. The first part, the reader isn't really sure who Roak is or why he's doing the things he's doing. But after a little while, we quickly figure out who he is and what makes him tick. The cast of characters he meets along the way to getting paid range from completely insane to really enjoyable.
This was an intergalactic thrill ride with elements for a lot of different readers.
Andrew B. Wehrlen does a great job narrating this, allowing this fast-paced story to play out quickly. I really enjoyed his narration and will continue to support books narrated by him.
I was given a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review in any way.
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Well, what a ride!! I honestly didn't know what to expect going into this because I didn't read any review before listening. What I didn't expect was to devour this and absolutely adore it. It was fun, action packed and unstoppable.
Roak was such an amazing character. Truly a bad ass with a heart of gold (well a little bit anyway). He is a bounty hunter, he will do what's needed to get the job done and get paid, but when his latest assignment is over, the man who hired him refuses to pay. Of course Roak can't have that, he did the job he was given so deserves to be paid, and what follows is one heck of a long, bloody battle to "Just pay me what you owe me".
I loved Roak's character. You don't really get a sense of who he is till you are knee deep in the story. At the start he comes across as a cocky, no nonsense, deadly man, but eventually you get to see who he really is, and it just made me like him more. He is cocky, brass and bold, but he is also honest, thoughtful and kind. He just want's to do his job and get paid, but double cross him and it's about to get real!!!
In all, this was an amazing read. Brilliantly written and executed, with characters that you can't help but love and an adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat, it's a must read!! I really hope we see more from Roak.
Andrew B. Wehrlen did a good job with the narration, he read the story well and was clear and concise. I just feel like he didn't have a lot of different tones for some of the characters, and there were some accents that were hard to listen to!
*I received a free copy of this but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.*
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