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B. Rawlings

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Love this series!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-2020

Great story, great action, great suspense, excellent narration by all four main characters. Highly recommend!

Finally!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-2020

14 and The Fold are still two of my favourite books, and learning that there was finally a third in the story (discounting the unrelated Dead Moon), I got really excited. And although this story didn't quite live up to those two, it was still thoroughly enjoyable and has given me a hunger for more deserted island horror stories! It was also great to have a favourite character from 14 cameo in this story, bringing an added layer of humour and sarcasm to the dialogue.

If 14 and The Fold were perfect 10's, and Dead Moon was a pleasant 8, this would be an 8.5, though I gave it a 5 star rating purely for the fact it continued the main story and brought back the same narrator.

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Not quite as good as the previous in the series

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-2020

Sadly, the case in this title wasn't too thrilling or unique, with barely a twist at all to it, which made it hard to push through. Previous titles in the series had been quite enjoyable, but this one was a bit of a let down, though that's not to say it wasn't enjoyable at all, just not as much. Some of the narrator's voices were a big strange too. The female characters all sounded similar and anyone with an accent sounded incredibly cliched.

Just managed a score of 4...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-2020

This story started off slow and barely engaged me, but it picked up a bit after the first 2 hours and finally found its pase. Unfortunately, the jumps in time and characters made it hard to follow along at times, and the main character grew rather annoying, particularly with her constant ignorance. Stories told from the point of view of a character who is hard to like are always hard to pull off. The "did he actually do it" factor held strong right up to the final chapters, yet the ending wasn't all too surprising.

Just as good as the first!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-2020

Enjoyable and unique story, balancing interesting concepts with an almost teen-drama/romance story, but without being too soppy.

Wow, not quite what I was expecting...

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-2019

Firstly, narrator is on point, as usual. Audible is pretty good at casting these people.

Next, the story. The first hour or two was a little hard to get through given all the repetition and "equality phrasing" used. But once that's over, it's pretty much nonstop action until the end of the book! The characters are believable and enjoyable, and the story has twist after twist all the way through. I felt like a few opportunities for better twists were missed though. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, but it did have a kind of poetry to it. I felt like it kind of created a few plot holes though from earlier events.

And on the topic of plot holes, I felt like there were a few inconsistencies like that throughout the story too. Police who are basically mental zombies due to their mindcaps accept bribes? That didn't make sense. And people who have never swam before dive into water to rescue each other, swimming and diving with skill? Some of these kind of killed the believability of the story and took me out of the world it had put me in.

Another amazing Eskens read!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

Just like all Allen Eskens other books, this one is again fantastic. The characters are enjoyable, the story has so many twists and turns that just keep coming right up until the end, and the way each book ties together is just icing on the cake. And to cap it all off, the narration is perfect. The voices suit the characters and are all believable.

There were only two negatives to this title. First, the volume is quite low. I had to have the volume in my car cranked right up to maximum to hear it. The second was the main chatacter's twisted view of guilt and ethics. A woman takes advantage of him while he is concussed and barely lucid, yet he never defends himself against accusations of having cheated and even blames himself and says he deserves what happens as a consequence. I just couldn't get past these messed up views and unrealistic reactions enough to give the story a perfect score, but the rest of it was still amazing!

An improvement on the first!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-2019

A longer story, less stats and more story development and humour have given this sequel a welcome step up in quality from the first in the series, not that the first was bad. The constant talking about stats and damage can definitely become grating, but looking back on both books, I tend to only remember the story itself, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and so perhaps the stats aren't as bad after getting used to them.

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A little lacking in action.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-2019

Another great installment in a fantastic and addictive series, but this title was obviously meant as a build up to some major events in the next installment. As such, the action is a little lacking compared to other titles in the series. That being said, it still has plenty of action and twists to keep it interesting and I'm definitely hanging out for the next one now!

Enjoyable story with an original concept

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-2019

The story starts quickly and you're immediately thrown into the thick of it, so I can safely say there's never really a boring moment. The characters are likable and the way the characters act and evolve seems rather realistic and relatable. The only drawback is that there are probably a few contradictions and plot holes in the story, but still looking forward to the next book in the series.