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Emergence

Dave Hooper, Book 1
Narrated by: Sean Mangan
Series: Dave Hooper, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Monsters" said Vince Martinelli. "There are monsters on the rig, Dave."

Dave Hooper has the hangover from hell, a demonic ex-wife and the claws of the tax office sinking into him. So the last thing he needs is an explosion at the off-shore oil rig where he works.

But this is no ordinary industrial accident, and despite the news reports, Dave knows that terrorists aren't to blame for the disaster. He knows because he has killed one of the things responsible.

When he wakes up in a hospital bed guarded by Navy SEALs, he realises he hasn't been on a bad acid trip. It all really happened. Yet his shock is cut short by a startling self-discovery; his contact with the creature has transformed the overweight, balding safety manager into something else entirely. A goddamned superhero. Then he learns the attack on the rig is only the first.

©2015 John Birmingham (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"[Birmingham displays] an exuberance and virtuosity that is positively 'Clancyesque'." ( Time)

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Awesome

Great story and you cant help just liking Dave...only downside was Sean Mangans narration as a huge fan of his reading i was i bit disappointed in the production compared to his reading on Mathew Riley books as his gasps for breath and breathing in between lines became a bit off putting but dont let that stop you from enjoying a great book..

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Entertaining from the get go

Sean magnam brings this book to life.
really liked the back story on the monsters and different view points from which the story is told.


fast paced and exciting

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  • Jan
  • Carole Park, Australia
  • 09-09-2015

Perfect pulp fiction

Just the right mix of evil dead 2 and Rambo. Cool pop reference, cheesy one liners and all round goodness

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Very enjoyable

First let me start off with my only 2 negatives with this book. 1 the long and overly exaggerate parts involving the monsters, their names and the way the see things. 2 Dave not exploring his new powers and using them more effectively. It was a fun book and I recommend it. Just those two things got a little annoying for me personally at times in the book. the narration was great, I'm used to his style from the Steve Alten Meg book series.

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almost there

struggled to get through. listening to audio with nasal breathing between sentences is just hard work

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Always Delivers

Massive John Birmingham fan and this is another cracker! Crazy imagination and what a hopeless hero. Books are always so different. First time I have not read the JB book. Terrific narration- couldn’t have done better myself :) Off to download the sequel. Not a story I would normally pick but trusted the author and he doesn’t disappoint. A roller coaster of fun.

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Fantastic. Could not "put it down".

Lovers of John Birmingham. this will not disappoint. great genre. looking fwd to book 2.

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He died with a splitting maul in his skull.

I have always enjoyed John Birmingham's writing, and it feels like he's having a great time blowing off steam in this fast paced tale of an ordinary man who unexpectedly gains super-powers. Unexpectedly light and fun, l loved every minute of it.

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  • James
  • 23-09-2016

Narrator

Old mate has a lovely speaking voice but this was not a good choice for this series. I couldn't finish the first chapter and I love the books.

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  • Allan
  • 27-07-2015

Antihero sort of

Somewhere between Hellboy and Tor most of it I have heard from other stories before but this was an interesting way of putting multiple other.

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