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Get Bent!

The Hybrid of High Moon Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
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My name is Tamara Bentley, "Bent" to my friends, and I'm not supposed to exist. I was born of the forbidden union between a witch and a werewolf, and they've been trying their damnedest to hide my existence ever since. 

But now my secret is out, and my uncle, the leader of the wolf pack, is pissed beyond belief. In his eyes, I'm something that should've never been born. He wants me dead and doesn't care who he has to sacrifice to get the job done. 

I'm far from helpless, though. Not only am I a champion athlete, but I'm strong enough to punch out a bus. Good thing, too, because a rare lunar event is about to increase my uncle's already terrifying power. I'll have to call on every last ounce of strength I have if I want to survive the night and save the lives of everyone counting on me.

©2018 Rick Gualtieri (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-2018

Gualtieri Strikes Again!

First off, I have to confess that I love urban fantasy novels that feature kick-ass female leads.

So, when I discovered that Gualtieri had a new novel out, I knew I would be getting it. Since I had some credits on my Audible account, I chose to purchase the audio book version. It was a choice I do not regret in the least.

The story:
Having already been a fan of Gualtieri’s Tome of Bill series, I already knew what to expect when it came to writing style. There would be plenty of action, more than a bit of snark, and several moments that would make me honestly laugh aloud. All of which came to pass.

As a character, Tamara Bentley, Bent to her friends, is both familiar and unique. Familiar, because she’s written like a normal American college girl home for summer vacation. Unique, in the fact that she’s not only a female who participates in the male-dominated sport of wrestling, but she’s also a hybrid born of two warring supernatural species.

Without risking spoilers, let’s just say that Bent’s existence isn’t something the two sides of her heritage are willing to tolerate.

The premise is a slightly different take on the theme, but Gualtieri handles it perfectly. The buildup to the revelation is paced properly and when things start to go sideways (as they usually do in these tales), the narrative keeps up with the flow.

The characters:

Bent is an interesting character. She could have been a cookie-cutter heroine, but she’s presented like an average person suddenly thrust into a non-average situation. Her parents, despite being denizens of the supernatural, behave like you would expect adult to. Reeva, Bent’s best friend and confidante, had some of the best lines in the book. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of her in future installments.

Some of the minor characters did seem a little stocky. However, if Gualtieri had spent time to turn everyone who made an appearance into a complete person, with motivations and backgrounds, the audio book would have been a hundred hours long. Spear-carriers are there for a reason and in Get Bent, they are as fleshed out as they needed to be to tell the tale.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. As with the Tome of Bill, I’ve instantly found a new series to keep me entertained and make me frustrated as I devour the latest and have to wait on the next installment. If you’re a fan of humor-filled, action-packed urban fantasy, you really should give this series a try.

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  • Robert Alley
  • 25-10-2018

looking forward to the next book

Not Bill, But a great story with wonderful characters. Thank you Richard and Rachel who did a great job bringing the Characters to life.

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  • Jeremy R. Snyder
  • 19-01-2019

Great new series to jump into!

Get Bent is a strong new thread in the Urban Fantasy tapestry. This new series stands on firm footing with Werewolves and Witches in a classic UF fashion, with all the sarcastic wit we enjoyed from the author's Tome of Bill series. Characters are strong and fun and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

You'll like this book if you're a big UF fan and are eager for a fun new take on werewolves and witches AND/OR you can appreciate occasionally grumpy humor in front of an action-packed backdrop. If you enjoyed Tome of Bill, you'll enjoy this just as much.

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  • Elisabeth
  • 19-10-2018

I can't wait for the next book!!!!

I have been impatiently waiting for this book to be available on audio and it didn't disappoint. I was hooked from the very beginning and it was such a fun story to listen to that it will definitely be on my list of books I relisten to when I am out of credits. I thought the narrator was the perfect voice for Bent and did a great job.

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  • Toni
  • 15-04-2019

A Kick-Ass Good Time

This was a really exciting story to listen to. The family dynamic is a lot of fun, and the main character is tough and doesn't take any crap. The first Rick Gualtieri book I've read, and I can wait to read more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-2019

Love This author but this book ?

I am an avid fan of this author & really got into his "Tomes of Bill" series! I like this book but didnt have the humor & light hearted feel that his other books have! When the next one comes out I will definitely listen to it!
Over all it's a good book & I dont really have anything negative to say; it's just not the Rick Gualtieri that we've all gotten used to! However if an author always write with the same type of outline & characters then it gets boring & monotonous!
Yes I would recommend this book & author anytime!

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  • Jspot da Fiendish_Thingy
  • 18-01-2019

Rick does it again!

Humor, supernatural, and snarky characters. The ingredients to other great stories of Rick’s, such as The Tome of Bill series, come together again to create a new character that you love to read about as they figure their place in a world of monsters and magic. Don’t think, just buy and read if you’ve enjoyed Rick’s other works.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-12-2018

Surprisingly different

This story line was fun and easy to follow without being boring and the narrator was excellent.

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  • ronda
  • 22-12-2018

great book

i have listened to this book 3 times and loved it each time .For me the main character is strong and confident.
Rick Gualtieri is a new writer for me , i will definitely read more of his work.

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  • Sebastian Rutigliano
  • 30-11-2018

can't wait for book 2

can't wait for book 2. It was a good story and well read. it was hard to press stop once I started listening.