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Rev Smalley is hard talking, hard drinking and hard as nails.
When the mutilated body of a woman turns up on planet Tsunam it's up to one of the last two eugenics experiments on earth, Rev, to investigate. He quickly gets drawn into a political conspiracy that will take a lot of thinking and a lot of action to get out of.
The whole story is delivered excellently by Rand Doering who performs a cast of eclectic characters.
This audiobook was given to me free of charge in exchange for an impartial review.
Both the author and narrator were new ones to me, but the setup for this book seemed like it would be fun and thankfully that proved to be the case as the author builds an interesting scifi world and uses it well as the setting for a detective novel featuring Rev Smalley as the star of a varied cast.
Besides the aforementioned Rev, the most notable character in the book is probably not one of the humans, but is instead an automaton he names Flint and who becomes his new partner and friend over the course of the book.
Rev is a former EIA agent and one of the two remaining products of a eugenics project that resulted in a person having greater strength, longevity etc. He is brought back to the action by his former boss, Magnus, who wants him to investigate the disappearance of his ex-lover Cassie and her current EIA partner, Braz who had been investigating an unusual murder on the planet Tsunam.
The narrator did a very good job with bringing these characters to life and nicely enhanced the story in the process.
Overall, this was a very good combination of story and narration that resulted in a fun book that has me interested in seeing how the series progresses.
[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]
Would you listen to The Beast of Tsunam again? Why?
No but it was imaginative with interesting characters.The Tech was fun and the story carried
What did you like best about this story?
Have you listened to any of Rand Doerning’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
First time he is a capable narrator.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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The Beast of Tsunam was mostly an off-world adventure of a special agent investigating a murder on a planet where murders just don’t happen.
Hedging toward a hostile domestic terrorist or an intergalactic plot in the works made it fell like it would be more - well, more intriguing, more depth, more surprises, more suspenseful.
However, the mini sub plots kept distracting me. As each sub plot was uncovered and concluded, I caught myself thinking - oh! It’s over. That was pretty good and was that really 11 1/2 hours? Because I’d forget we still haven’t solved the major problem ... Each time.
So it did have a lot of smaller issues that needed unraveling to conclude the reason why he was even on the planet.
Perhaps I’m jaded, but the whole “Take me now” that every female wanted him was just too redundant and tiring. First, Smalley wanted everyone. Then he’s come to the realization he’s in love with an old flame and is going to be good to win her back.
This made the book fall subpar from my expectations. Another reviewer nailed it when comparing this to a comic book. It is too simplisticly written, it could be geared for a teen or NA audience.
It is a fun, mindless listen/read with caution it has some mature topics, but our teen generation is pretty versed in that realm - only intending that to mean it wouldn’t shock, repel, nor insult them.
Mr Combs’ previous works seemed more skilled, tighter, and constructed for light reading for adults; this could be enjoyed by a broader audience.
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