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"This is what the truth is. Second Salvations murdered my parents, and I'm running away."

A single post over unregulated Internet channels. A sleeping society awakens to a chase, broadcast live on television screens all across the New United States of America....

Rebecca and Daniel have never met. A 15-year-old preacher's kid and a 16-year-old atheist outcast, they appear to have little in common. And yet they both have attracted the attention of a recruiter for Angel Island, where bad kids go to be remade-or destroyed.

Agents of the all-powerful New America Unity Church will stop at nothing to get them. They're building an army, a modern children's crusade, in which Rebecca and Daniel may be just the kind of future leaders they need.

If not, they might be just the kind of sacrifice necessary to keep the rest of the faithless in line.

©2016 Marcus Damanda (P)2018 Marcus Damanda

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story not very good. narrator rocks

the story felt unorganised. please stick to short stories or go to authors meetings to receive constructive criticism. the narrator was amazing, I listen to the no sleep podcast just hear her amazing narration.

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  • Charlotte
  • 29-01-2018

Amazing book and performance!

Oh Wow! I’m not that big on stories with a religious twist (honestly - it makes me want to roll my eyes a bit) but it didn’t take long before I fell in love with the story and the characters and then it didn’t matter to me anymore. The Salvation State is definitely a pageturner (or what ever the name is for it when you listen to it as an audiobook) and I highly recommend it to everyone. Btw Jessica McEvoy does an amazing job reading the audiobook. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen!

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  • Joseph Mahoney
  • 12-02-2018

Interesting Theocratic Dystopian Future Tale

The Salvation State by Marcus Damanda is a very interesting first installment in what I am guessing could become a series. The idea of a Theocratic American Government is not a new one, Robert Heinlein first used this with his short story "If This Goes On...".

Mr. Damanda has crafted some interesting and compelling characters and gets the listener to invest in their well being, lives, and rapidly draws us into this world. The modern anti-religious sentiment in America makes these characters at times a bit over the top but the story was interesting and an fun. I would recommend the audiobook.

The narration by Jessica McEvoy was very good this is the first time I have heard a performance from her and would definitely enjoy listening to her audio work again.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Shannon
  • 07-02-2018

Chilling and thought-provoking

Wonderful character development. It made me really think. What would I do? Preserve myself by following the crowd, or risk everything by standing up for what’s right? Well written and captivating.
Jessica McEvoy’s narration offers a fantastic enhancement to a great story.

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  • Simone K
  • 02-04-2018

Fast Paced, Gripping Thriller

I love a story about out of control cults. They're just so fun! 'The Salvation State' seems to take place in a future where being religious is a requirement for living - having a job, being respected, remaining safe and free. In this future, when one rebells they may find themselves indefinitely imprisoned in a mental institution... or dead. Two young people from opposite sides of this faith fence, end up en route to the same isolated island where the religious nuts are building a terrifying youth army. This story was absolutely enthralling for me from top to bottom; I had a very hard time putting it down. That said, this book has no ending. It just ends. So unless there is a sequel coming out be prepared to love the book and be disappointed in the last second. Normally, this would mean I couldn't recommend this book. But the story itself is so good I can forgive the no-ending enough to recommend it. Jessica McEvoy gives a fantastic narrative performance!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Derek
  • 27-01-2018

A fun time

I loved the varying emotions I felt while listening to this book. It’s a slow burn but once it get going it doesn’t seem to stop. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a nice rollercoaster of emotion with their action. You’ll feel it all; sadness, anger and so on and to me that is what makes a good story. You feel for the main character and her struggle in this seemingly horrifying universe.

Jessica delivers the story to you with wonderful character voices and she always has a way of bringing the stories she reads to life. Marcus Damanda’s fantastic writing coupled with Jessica’s smooth relaxing voice makes for a very good time!

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  • az
  • 23-01-2018

A great story by one of the best horror writers out there today

This book was amazing Marcus can really set a tone and create nightmares like not many others can I highly recommend this to any horror fiction fan

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  • Anthony Montgomery
  • 17-02-2018

Don’t miss this story

I purposefully didn’t burn right through this in order to fully soak in the story. I wasn’t disappointed! Mr. Damanda has always hooked me with his characters since discovering his work via the No Sleep Podcast, more of the same here. Fully fleshed out.. makes you feel them if that makes sense? Fantastic story. As for the narration? Google Jessica McEvoy. She’s one the best and does an awesome job here.

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  • jennifer a isham
  • 14-02-2018

A brightly woven tapestry of characters and drama

The addictive beginning of an enticing tale. The author and narrator have entrapped me entirely!

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  • Rima Chaddha
  • 12-02-2018

Very original and difficult to put down!

Dystopian YA fiction isn’t usually my genre, but I’m a long-time fan of Marcus Damanda and the narrator, Jessica McEvoy, so of course I jumped on getting the audio version of this book! (I have a Kindle copy already, but I love Jessica too much to pass up one of her recordings.)

Damanda writes his characters with a depth often missing in this genre. It only takes a few pages before you find yourself invested in both Rachel and Daniel’s stories. This particular book is a great setup for what could be a continuing series on a world where religious corruption runs rampant.

Definitely give The Salvation State a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-2018

Awesome narration, interesting premise

I really enjoyed the narration. It's not easy to keep a story interesting, and give life to multiple characters, but Jessica McEvoy did just that. The premise was interesting, but I wish we were given more back story to how society has reached this point. I also felt like the story ended too abruptly, without a very satisfying cliffhanger to lead into the next story. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next installment, as I would like to get more answers, and the author has woven a very interesting universe with room for many twists and turns. Very enjoyable listen, and a high recommend overall.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 16-02-2018

Dystopian future in a usa dominated by religion

With the main characters in this book being teenagers, it would be quite easy to overlook this book as being just another book in a dystopian YA series, but that would be underestimating the scope of it.

This book does not go into much detail of the nature and extent of the disaster that has resulted in the usa having been rebuilt in a fairly fascist and extremely conservative christian image, the focus is more about building a picture of the current state of that country rather than what caused it to exist.

The main character is a teenage girl called Rebecca who has caught the attention of a recruiter for a shadowy re-education camp called Second Salvations and this book is predominantly about how she ends up at that camp, while also introducing us to a lesser extent to Daniel who has similarly attracted the attention of this recruiter and he seems likely to increase in prominence in subsequent books.

It says quite a bit about the nature of the country established in this book that Rebecca's fairly ineffectual attempt to avoid being taken to Second Salvations managed to gain her such a level of notoriety, clearly very little rebellion is tolerated there now.

I am not familiar with the narrator of this book, but thought that she gave a strong performance for the main character and enough variation on the supporting cast as needed, nicely bringing to life the book as a whole.

One thing I didn't like about this book very much was the opening which was a flash-forward to an action scene as if the author did not feel enough confidence in the pace of the opening chapters getting to that point in a more linear fashion and thus resorted to this needless gimmick. However, this did not detract too much from my overall enjoyment of a strong first book in this series and I would definitely consider looking out for subsequent ones.

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