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Publisher's Summary

After escaping a murderer and resurrecting his boyfriend, Sage figures he deserves a little time to recover.

Unfortunately, life is rarely fair.

So instead of a break, he gets to deal with a magical law enforcement rookie asking uncomfortable questions about his brush with death. The quaesitor is acting downright suspicious. Or is it suspiciously?

Things go from awkward to dangerous when the man who murdered Sage’s mother is released from prison, and soon after, there's a break-in at the bookstore. The situation escalates so fast that Sage is afraid he's going to end up with whiplash. Or worse, end up dead. He wanted a break, but not a permanent one.

Fluke and the Faithless Father is a direct sequel to The Fantastic Fluke, and should not be listened to first. It is an ~85k word novel that follows the continuing adventures of Sage, Fluke, Gideon, and their whole family, found and otherwise.

©2021 Sam Burns (P)2021 Sam Burns

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  • Jon Doe
  • 04-12-2021

Great story, mediocre narration.

This is a very good and well crafted story. The author, Sam Burns, has continued Sage’s (MC) development; a proper protagonist who’s growth as a person is a direct result of the story’s events. In the first book, The Fantastic Fluke, Sage is someone who doesn’t believe he has a right to exist, to the extreme that he almost allows himself to die. During this book, Fluke and the Faithless Father, Sage has people that he cares about and not only believes that he has a right to exist, but demands his place in the world. This is clear in the writing and Sage’s words and actions. The problem, and the reason for the low score, is the narrator Zachary Johnson.

Johnson does add some emotion to Sage’s voice, but it’s not consistent and it’s the wrong emotion. Johnson’s tone makes Sage sound despondent throughout the story. Gone is Sage’s sarcasm and wit; those are still present in Burn’s writing, but Johnson’s narration doesn’t reflect that. Johnson’s narration lacks everything that made the storytelling of the first book, read by Joel Leslie, so wonderful (I especially miss Gideon’s voice).

Beyond the despondent tone almost all of Johnson’s characters sound the same. Sage, his grandmother Iris, and Jordan are identical; Gideon, the driver, the accountant, and nearly all the bad guys have the same voice. This makes it difficult to know who is talking, which pulls my attention away from the story and back to the individual words.

After my first listen I was going to give the performance 2 stars, after the second listen I’m giving one star. It isn’t that Johnson is without talent, it’s that he wasn’t a good fit for this story. This is a great story that is lessened because of the narration.

I hope the author will re-record and re-release this audiobook with Joel Leslie as the narrator.

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  • Roger
  • 02-12-2021

I love the book

I love the book, however I was completely disappointed that Joe Leslie was not the person reading the book. He had already set the stage with the voices the characters in the last book nothing against Zachary he did a great job but Joel just has a way of bringing the characters to life.

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  • Michelle
  • 26-11-2021

Great Story & Narration

I loved this second book in the series. Sage's past impacts the present and we get to see Sage start to find his confidence and grow into his own. We get to see much more of the baddies and it really amps up the suspense. And there were several wells crafted emotional scenes to add depth to the story.

This is a new-to-me narrator and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really hope people will give this a listen, as it was an extremely well-crafted performance. The character voices were distinct and his pacing and tone enhanced the story. I think the author made a great choice in narrators to pick up the series and I hope the next book is out on audio soon. Well worth a credit!

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  • Teresa
  • 25-11-2021

Awesome!

I love this audio, I loved reading the ebook but listening to it was much better. Zachary did an awesome job bringing the characters to life.

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  • Cris P Cruz
  • 22-11-2021

A Phenomenal Comeback

When Sam Burns said that Fluke's sequels would not see an audio release I was devastated. That they have found new life with Zachary Johnson is astounding. Zachary is a much better fit, making the quippy sarcastic nature that Sage projects far more natural than Leslie had. Where Leslie made Sage seemed bogged down by his anxieties, Johnson shows a person working through them. The only voice he doesn't succeed in nailing is Grandma McKinley, who sounds not high class enough and not old enough in my mind.
As for the prose and content, Sam Burns once again pulls one out of the hat. The story is excellent, it's devilishly dark while still having enough rest for the characters to thrive. There's so much foreshadowing in this book it makes you desperate for the next book. The world is excellent, the magic system is well thought through. It's just an exciting book.

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  • Sean R.
  • 24-12-2021

Loved it!

I loved this book so much! The story is just great. Sam Burns knows how to pace a story so well, and the character development is spot on!

I found the change in narrators to be a minor bummer, but Zachary Johnson did an awesome job! I found his female voices to be indistinguishable from his speaking voice AND the protagonist’s voice, which was a bit confusing at times. Still an excellent performance.

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  • Nicole
  • 03-12-2021

No no no! Bad narration

The first book in the series is narrated by Joel Leslie. Joe Leslie is a fantastic narrator and in high demand. But for some reason the second book is narrated by Zachary something. He is so horrible. I love the books but this has ruined the second book for me. Perhaps it is Zachary whatever his name is was a good narrator it would be fine but he’s not.

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  • Joshua lankford
  • 29-11-2021

Wonderful, but miss the original performer.

The story is wonderful. I loved continuing Sages story. The Performance on this second book is unfortunately not as good as the first. The first books performer really PERFORMED the story, all characters had distinct voices, and the emotion he projected was on par with an audio drama. This performer, while not bad, doesn’t project the same emotion, and his voice is far too deep to cater to the different voices needed. The female characters suffer the most with the grandmother sounding like a 250lb linebacker. It’s distracting.

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  • David CB
  • 22-12-2021

A good follow on story but I miss the original narrator.

It took me a while to get used to the new narrator as the voices didn’t feel right throughout.
The story was good following on from the second and building on the story, it felt shorter and rushed in places and The magical ‘training’ felt to be more of book one , with limited development and lacking in places ; it would have been nice to see this developed further
The next book isn’t available yet , I plan to listen to it but hope the previous narrator is back (and even reads and re-releases this book).

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