Audiobook Series Blog Tour: Against The Tide by Stephen Puleston

About Audiobook #3


Author: Stephen Puleston

Narrator: Richard Elfyn

Length: 10 hours 1 minute

Publisher: Stephen Puleston⎮2019

Genre: Modern Detective

Series: Inspector Drake Mysteries, Book 3

Release date: May 29, 2019


Synopsis: A small village is shocked when a fisherman is impaled by his own fork. And when a young girl is killed, Inspector Drake has to find what connects them.

The small rural community of the villages of the island of Anglesey have a secret to protect. The dead man owns land connected to the development of a nuclear power station, so somebody wants him dead very badly.

Is the young girl’s death connected to the fisherman’s murder? 

Is it simply money at stake? Or are there more complex motives involved? And with the proposed nuclear power station causing massive controversy, the local community is reluctant to share its secrets. 

And how far will people go to protect their way of life and language?

Grab your copy of Against the Tide today because we all love a fast-paced mystery.


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The crimes that Inspector Drake has to solve in this series are utterly complex and leaves me scratching my head every time. Crime writer Stephen Puleston weaves a tight plot in every book for the reader’s journey. I was secretly hoping that Drake’s marriage would be salvaged at some point, but to no avail. I could feel the deep seated tension between the two. Good book. 

About the Author: Stephen Puleston

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff, the capital of Wales, provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.

I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.

I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia.




About the Narrator: Richard Elfyn

Richard Elfyn is a hugely experienced and talented actor with film credits including APOSTLE, MARIAH MUNDI AND THE MIDAS BOX, THE KILLER ELITE and THE DARK. TV credits include THE CROWN, KEEPING FAITH, HINTERLAND, EMMERDALE and STELLA and numerous leading regular roles for S4C including political drama BYW CELWYDD. Richard is regularly heard on BBC Radio 4 dramas and is a highly skilled voice over artist. He has re-voiced many Welsh language versions of popular animations including FIREMAN SAM, BEN 10 and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.

#Amlistening: Smoke Jensen – War of the Mountain Man by William W. Johnstone

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7 : War of the Mountain Man

by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone

Release Date: Aug 1, 2009

Approximate Running Time: 5 Hours

Number of CDs: 5

ISBN # 978-1-59950-582-4

Content Rating: Ages 18+

When Big Max Huggins, the outlaw leader of a nearby cutthroat town, tries to impose his influence on Barlow, Smoke Jensen promptly sends the gang packing, but they retaliate by kidnapping his wife, and Smoke must save her as well as the town.

© 1990 Published by arrangement with Kensington Publishing Corp. All rights reserved. (P) 2009 The Cutting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.


Thoroughly enjoying the full cast audio of SMOKE JENSEN: WAR OF THE MOUNTAIN MAN. If you haven’t heard the graphic audiobook complete with cinematic sound, effects and narrators, you’re in for a treat!



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Audiobook Blog Tour: Call to Arms by Rachel Amphlett

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“Call to Arms throws the reader straight into the action, and the pace doesn’t let up until the final page.” ~ Jo’s Book Blog


“Call to Arms is a riveting thriller, full of twists and turns, lies and secrets and totally engrossing!” ~ Good n’ Read-y







About the Audiobook

Author: Rachel Amphlett

Narrator: Alison Campbell

Length: hours minutes

Publisher: Saxon Publishing⎮20

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 5

Release date: March 5, 2018

Synopsis: Loyalty has a price.



Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country’s most evil serial killers.

Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn’t the only victim of that investigation.

DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil.

Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser.

But, as she gets closer to the truth, she realises her enquiries could do more harm than good.

Torn between protecting her mentor and finding out the truth, the consequences of Kay’s enquiries will reach far beyond her new role…


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The Detective Kay Hunter series is one of my favorites of 2018. Kay Hunter is back on the job having to prove herself again merely a year after barely surviving an attack. I always feel like I”m part of the investigation when I read one of these books. This time it’s her boss, DI Devon Sharp who’s in trouble. Kay and her team take it upon themselves to solve a cold case linked to Sharp ten years ago involving someone close to him. The mystery unravels in splendor in this page-turning crime book. I’ll be eagerly awaiting book #6!




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Call to Arms is a gripping murder mystery, and the fifth in the Detective Kay Hunter series:




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About the Author: Rachel Amphlett

Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.






New Audiobook Release: Girl on the Brink by Christina Hoag

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“An engrossing tale of a dangerous teen romance.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Girl on the Brink is a must have for every high school and public library.” – Isabella Kane, author & school librarian

The summer before her senior year, 17-year-old Chloe begins an internship as a reporter for a local newspaper. While on assignment, she meets Kieran, a quirky aspiring actor. Smitten with Kieran’s charisma and his ability to soothe her soul, torn over her parents’ impending divorce, they begin dating.

But as their bond deepens, Kieran becomes smothering and flies into terrifying rages. He confides in Chloe that he suffered a traumatic childhood, and Chloe is moved to help him. If only he could be healed, she thinks, their relationship would be perfect.

But her efforts backfire and Kieran becomes violent. Ending the relationship is hard for Chloe and Kieran pursues her relentlessly to make up.

Now Chloe must make the heartrending choice between saving herself or saving Kieran, until Kieran’s mission of remorse turns into a quest for revenge.


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Interview with Christina Hoag – Girl on the Brink


Do you consider yourself locked in to one genre?

I write both adult and YA. What they have in common is that I write contemporary realistic stories about social/moral dilemmas and issues. My adult title “Skin of Tattoos,” where theprotagonist is barely out of his teens at age 20, is a gritty tale about gangs, sort of an LA twist on “The Outsiders,” that seeks to delve deeper into the reasons kids join gangs and the consequences of choosing that life.


Did Girl on the Brink begin with an idea, theme, or factual events?

This novel was born out of my own experience in an abusive relationship. I really wanted to write about it because being a former journalist I know a good story when I see one and I knew this was a good story, despite the fact that it happened to me. Also, I felt strongly that I wanted to write sort of cautionary tale to alert girls at the beginning of their dating lives to the red flags of dangerous relationships, such as a fast ramp-up of a romance and being pressured quickly to making a commitment. These signs can be easily misinterpreted if you don’t know what they mean. Using the aforementioned example, that can be interpreted as a “whirlwind romance,” like something out of a movie, but it can be someone looking for control. This stuff isn’t taught in schools or anywhere else so girls and women aren’t trained to look for these signs.



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Did you get emotional while writing this title? 

I had enough distance from the actual events not to get emotional, but it did bring back a lot of memories. However, I found that helped me write faster because I just wanted to get through reliving this stuff and have the project done!


Who is Chloe?

Chloe is a 17-year- old who wants to be a reporter so she gets a summer internship at the local weekly newspaper, where she meets Kieran on an assignment. She is smart and empathic, but she’s also going through the split of her parents and feels very alone. That makes her lean on Kieran all the more.


Who is Kieran?

Kieran is a 19-year- old aspiring actor. As a child, he suffered from an abusive stepfather and a father who left and never returned. So he is torn between loathing his real father for deserting him and desperately wanting his love and approval. This has created a huge insecurity in him, which is reflected in his desire to control and dominate Chloe. Although it’s never stated in the book, Kieran has borderline personality disorder, which is characterized by sudden, terrifying Jekyll-and- Hyde type rages.



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If you had opportunity to speak to all the “Chloes and Kierans” what would you say to them?

Get help! Tell someone what you are going through. Don’t be ashamed. You are not alone. And lastly, you will get through this.


Chloe must make a difficult choice of saving herself or saving Kieran. Explain the dilemma that victims face in abusive relationships.

The dilemma results from the fact that the abuser is generally a troubled person. They seek to dominate and control often, not though all the time, because they suffered some type of trauma such as physical abuse in their childhoods. That creates a lot of sympathy for them in their partners, who naturally want to help them. There are usually great things in the relationship, that’s why the relationship was sparked in the first place. The partner wants those great things, but not the abuse. They think if they can repair the abuser, the relationship would be great. But the abuse usually worsens over time until it gets to the point where it is unbearable and the partner must choose whether to stay or leave.



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Is Girl on the Brink a standalone or will you write more YA novels?

I’ve got two more YA projects on the burner. Both are realistic contemporary stories that revolve around social issues, teens getting in trouble and learning from their mistakes. Both are also set in the same fictional town of Indian Valley, New Jersey, as Girl on the Brink, and involve some of the same characters.


What’s next for you?

I’ve been working on a few short stories and then will likely plunge into a YA novel. I’ve also got two half finished adult novels sitting in my proverbial drawer so I may dust one of those off. But my gut is feeling I should do one of the YAs so that’s what I’ll likely pursue next.




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Audiobook Blog Tour: The The Ace of Clubs by Patricia Loofbourrow

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About Audiobook #3

Author: Patricia Loofbourrow

Narrator: Machelle Williams

Length: 8 hours 4 minutes

Publisher: Red Dog Press, LLC⎮2018

Genre: Noir Mystery, Steampunk Crime Fiction

Series: The Red Dog Conspiracy, Book 3

Release date: Jan. 26, 2018


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Synopsis: Trapped. Betrayed. Desperate.

Could you betray your family to buy your freedom?

From NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Patricia Loofbourrow….

The one secret which could destroy everything….

After financial disaster and the zeppelin bombing, the far-future, domed, neo-Victorian city of Bridges is reeling. Three of the four Families are implicated, and an inquest is called to investigate.

After her failure to prove Jack Diamond’s guilt in David Bryce’s kidnapping and the murders of her informants, private eye and mobster’s moll Jacqueline Spadros has had enough. While she and her former lover Joseph Kerr try to learn who killed their family friend, they also begin making plans to leave the city.

Her tormentors, however, are just getting started. As their web of lies and forgery draws ever tighter, Jacqui begins to see how deep the conspiracy against her and the Spadros Family really goes.

When she’s called as a witness in the inquest, the secrets Jacqui has kept over the years come back to cause her serious trouble. Will she be able to escape Bridges? Or will she be forced to face the terrible consequences of her lies and trickery once and for all?


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Welcome to part 3 of the Red Dog Conspiracy with the Ace of Clubs. I believe this is the best of the first three books thus far. But I had to remind myself that this is a 13-part serial novel! Quite interesting, eh? Indeed. The plot begins to take shape in this book when more secrets are revealed and things are brought out into the open. The Family crime drama continues…

Narrator Machelle Williams has a sweet voice and has a way of luring into the story. Each book gets better with her performance and familiarity with the characters. I’ll do a full review of the her performance soon on the AudioSpy.


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  • Narrator-Story Connection: 8/10

Machelle Williams does a great job being immersed in the story herself. This brings out the better performances of narrators. Great job.


  • Voice Switch Over:  7/10

The narrator displays a good voice for children and the protagonist, Jacqueline Spadros. The voices of Anthony (spouse), household servants, and french accent were notable.


  • Pacing 8/10

The narrators pace was great and in sync with the type of story presented.


  • Emphasis 7/10

Good emphasis in character portrayals with their personalities, reactions, etc. Of course, my favorite was Jacqueline Spadros herself with the slew of circumstances she has to encounter.


  • Reader-Story Connection  7/10 

It took me a bit longer to finish audiobooks 1-3 for some reason, but I kept coming back to see what happened next and learn more about the neo-victorian city of Bridges with their crime families.


Sound Quality: 7/10

Publisher: Red Dog Press, LLC

The first book had decreased sound quality with background noise. It wasn’t overbearing but noticeable. Books 2 -3 were a lot better.


Overall Performance: 7/10

Overall it was a good audiobook performance for books 1-3. Narrator Machelle Williams has a very sweet voice and soft approach to the story. It kept me coming back to fine out more.




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Blog Tour: The Condition Trilogy Book 2



The Curing Begins…


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About Audiobook #2

Author: Alec Birri

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble

Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

Publisher: Essential Music Limited⎮2018

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: The Condition Trilogy, Book 2

Release date: Jan. 17, 2018



The second in a dystopian trilogy based on the author’s command of a top secret government unit.

Discovering an infamous Nazi doctor conducted abortions in Argentina after the Second World War may not come as a surprise, but why was the twisted eugenicist not only allowed to continue his evil experiments but encouraged to do so? And what has that got to do with a respected neurologist in 2027? Surely, the invention of a cure for nearly all the world’s ailments can’t possibly have its roots buried in the horrors of Auschwitz?

The unacceptable is about to become the disturbingly bizarre. What has the treatment’s “correction” of pedophiles got to do with the president of the United States, the pope, and even the UK’s Green Party?

As if the Condition trilogy wasn’t unsettling enough….


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This book is a very imaginative read on many levels.  Book two, The Curing Begins of the Condition trilogy makes for another entertaining book. Alec Birri does a great job of creating his characters with their own quirks and motivations. In each book there seems to layer upon layer of the plot revealed.

Narrator Jonathan Keeble’s performance is spot on in this book. He brings the story to life in many ways with her character portrayal, voices and skill. There were several notable accents that were perfect.


Interview with the Author


In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?

I think a series works better than a stand-alone when it comes to the business side of things, as the first can be given away, but that’s not how Condition started out – when it became too big for one novel I split it into two and then, as the words mounted, three books. I’m 25k into my current work, and have no idea if the word count will end up being 40k or even 400k. I write the story and stop when it’s told.


What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Seek out danger. Nothing like a near-death experience for freeing the imagination! Seriously though, get out of your comfort zone. There’s a good reason why the likes of Frederick Forsyth have visited war zones or risked crossing deserts just as hostile. No money to do that? Then hang out with your local ambulance crews, paramedics, police and get the experience second-hand. Anything that brings you into contact with the uncomfortable.


Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?

Unless you’ve been praised for your ‘easy listening’ vocals, forget DIY – anything other than a smooth experience for the listener will spell disaster, no matter how good the writing. Be prepared to get your wallet/purse out – the dulcet tones of a professional actor are well worth the cost.


What’s next for you?

Alt Truths will be out later in the year. Another dystopian novel, but where ‘fake news’ has become so prevalent, democracy is on the brink of collapse (tell us something we don’t know, I hear you say). To combat this, every news agency and social media company is legally obliged to accept an independent ‘moderator’ – a United Nations policeman whose sole purpose is to counter the organisation’s output with opposing viewpoints. Not to get to the truth, but to ensure everyone has access to a different ‘opinion’. Needless to say, that doesn’t go down well, and when one of UNPOL’s officers discovers he’s being used to cover up a genocide…




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About the Author: Alec Birri

Alec Birri served thirty years with the UK Armed Forces. He commanded an operational unit that experimented in new military capabilities classified at the highest level (Top Secret Strap 3) and it is this that forms the basis of his novels. Although semi-autobiographical, for national security and personal liberty reasons, the events and individuals portrayed have to be fiction but are still nonetheless in keeping with his experiences.









About the Narrator: Jonathan Keeble

If you regularly enjoy listening to audiobooks then this Shakespearean actor will need no introduction. Winner of a 2016 SOVAS award, Jonathan’s voice is rightly recognized as being one of the best, and his narration of The Condition Trilogy is no exception.






Audiobook Blog Tour: The Condition by Alec Birri

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About Audiobook #1

Author: Alec Birri

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble

Length: 6 hours 32 minutes

Publisher: Essential Music Limited⎮2018

Genre: Medical Thriller

Series: The Condition Trilogy, Book 1

Release date: Jan. 17, 2018


Synopsis: The first in a dystopian trilogy based on the author’s command of a top secret government unit.

What if all brain disorders were treatable? Few would lament the passing of dementia or autism, but what if the twisted mind of a sex offender or murderer could be cured too? Or how about a terrorist or maybe a political extremist? What if we could all be “corrected”?

It’s 1966, and RAF pilot Dan Stewart awakes from a coma following an aircraft accident into a world where nothing seems to make sense anymore. Not being able to recall the crash might be expected, but what about the rest of his life? And what’s stopping him from taking his medication? Is it brain damage that’s causing paranoia about the red pill, or is Dan right to think something sinister is going on?

His horrific injuries don’t make any sense either – a post-crash fire caused him to suffer almost 100% burns. How is it even possible to survive that? Are the hallucinations and strange dreams trying to tell him something? They are, and he’ll soon find out what, but not before his doctor’s sure the shock won’t kill him.




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I loved this book. The writing combined with the excellent performance of narrator Jonathan Keeble made it great book. The Condition is a psychological medical thriller of its own kind. Author Alec Birri does an exceptional job of unraveling his plot, compelling point of view, and drawing headlong into the story. It seemed like one domino lead the next one, and so forth. Very entertaining with lots of suspense. Can’t wait to start book two!



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Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.

Painful! Just who do these producers/narrators think they are? How dare they suggest changes to my writing to make it ‘sound’ better. The very cheek of it! Don’t they realise the agonies we authors have to go through when giving birth to our creations? Now I know why directors/actors get more kudos than screenwriters – the best elevate everything they touch.



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Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?

Oh yes, anything to get Condition read, heard or seen. I’m even considering a movie. Nothing too elaborate – a live action/animation of one of the chapters would be ideal. Jonathan not only sounds like Professor Savage, a bit more grey hair and he could play him too.



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How did you select your narrator?

Don’t laugh, but as artificial intelligence features in my novels, I originally planned on using a virtual assistant like Amazon’s Alexa. It (she?) could do the job, but the staccato style soon irritated. I then moved on to a human ‘enhanced’ by AI – just as annoying. Essential Music got wind of what I was trying to do and brought me to my senses. AI is getting better, though – are robots on the verge of taking over more than just factory jobs? Listen to The Final Correction to find out!



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How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process?

Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters? I gave Jonathan a summary of the main characters and their traits i.e. male/female, age, personality type, general character arc, etc. but left it up to him as to how that should be interpreted. The trilogy starts in London, but moves on to the US, Argentina, Italy, Germany and even the Middle East – a lot of accents, so I asked him not to bother. To my amazement, he not only slipped into each like a native, but in a chapter featuring four Argentinians, used four separate Spanish accents!



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Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?

Yes – me! I’m the first to acknowledge thirty years in the military has affected me psychologically, and to the point where I feel compelled to commit my experiences to paper (albeit through science fiction). I write for cathartic reasons.




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About the Author: Alec Birri

Alec Birri served thirty years with the UK Armed Forces. He commanded an operational unit that experimented in new military capabilities classified at the highest level (Top Secret Strap 3) and it is this that forms the basis of his novels. Although semi-autobiographical, for national security and personal liberty reasons, the events and individuals portrayed have to be fiction but are still nonetheless in keeping with his experiences.










About the Narrator: Jonathan Keeble

If you regularly enjoy listening to audiobooks then this Shakespearean actor will need no introduction. Winner of a 2016 SOVAS award, Jonathan’s voice is rightly recognized as being one of the best, and his narration of The Condition Trilogy is no exception.








Audiobook Blog Tour: The Final Enemy by Dan Petrosini

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About the Audiobook

Author: Dan Petrosini

Narrator: Joseph Kidawski

Length: 8 hours 31 minutes

Publisher: Dan Petrosini⎮2018

Genre: Science Fiction

Release date: Jan. 25, 2018


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Synopsis: In the face of a death-defying power, what’s the “new normal”?

Like all reporters, Jack longs for a breaking story but is stuck writing obituaries for a small-town rag. As his frustration mounts, it hits him that no one has died in over three days. Jack’s odd observation becomes something far stranger when he connects a meteorite to the bizarre phenomenon.

Seizing the opportunity, Jack breaks the story and after a struggle to control the meteorite’s power is resolved, a swelling population begins to create havoc. With the survival of the human race hanging in the balance, politicians enact increasingly horrific measures and desperate citizens take matters into their own hands.

Jack’s in a position to not just report the news, but change it, and his decisions and observations creates an epic thriller that pits the potential of human immortality against a force designed to change – or obliterate – humanity itself.

Only one man might stand in its way … the man buried in the obits department.

The Final Enemy is a story of social disintegration as well as a saga of survival. Secret plans, starvation, suicide, and a series of events that spiral the human race into a desperate survival mode evolve from a seemingly singular event and leads to a fast-paced action story that delights with its penchant for the unexpected.

In the Matthew Mather and A.G. Riddle tradition, The Final Enemy is a gripping blend of thriller and science fiction that will prove hard to put down.


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I loved the story concept behind this book. The meteorite that strikes Earth that mysteriously has death defying properties for the entire planet. It was interesting to see the ripple effect it had on society. Apparently the meteorite is blessing to all of mankind. Until the world begins to see the affects of a human race who can live forever.

Narrator performance was overall entertaining. He does do a good job of connecting you to the story. Some of the character voices were pretty funny.  The sound quality wasn’t the greatest but not too bad overall.




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Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing? 

My belief is that it is impossible to separate your experiences from your writing.  I wrote one book, Complicit Witness, that emanated directly from the neighborhood i lived in during my teenage years.


How do you manage to avoid burn-out?

What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing? I haven’t been slowed by burnout. However, its the marketing side of things that tire and frustrate me. It takes an inordinate amount of time to market my work and that takes away from writing.  Maintaining my enthusiasm is easy as I have a lot of ideas for stories running around in my head.




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Are you an audiobook listener?

What about the audiobook format appeals to you?  Yes. I enjoy listening to good narrators bring the story alive.  The flexibility of being able to ‘read’ while driving, or otherwise engaged, is wonderful









What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?  

I would recommend they listen to a book or two. It seems highly unlikely they would not be drawn into a story and realize how narrators can enhance a books ‘read’.


How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?

I didn’t really celebrate, I immediately started my next book, Vanished. (An audio version is now in production.)


What gets you out of a writing slump?

What about a reading slump? I force myself to write even when its not easy.  When plot issues arise, as they always do, i find a long walk or drive helps to work things out.   As far as reading, I don’t get into slumps though at times, I find it hard to find something that i can quickly submerge into. There seems to be a connection to what i am struggling to write myself.



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About the Author: Dan Petrosini

Dan has his own view of the world and culture or lack thereof. He is passionate in his belief that people can realize their dreams if they focus and take action. He actively encourages people to break out and live a the life they want.
Married with two daughters and a needy Maltese, Dan splits his time between South West Florida and New York City, where he was born. Dan teaches at local colleges, writes novels and plays the tenor saxophone in a couple of jazz bands. He also drinks way too much wine.
Dan has an active blog at and has written seven novels.






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About the Narrator: Joseph Kidawski

Joseph Kidawski is a Boston born actor, musician and artist based in Los Angeles California. He is a lover of audiobooks and it is his distinct pleasure to be a part of the worldwide community of narrators. Find out more about Joseph at






Audiobook Blog Tour: A Looming of Vultures by Richard Storry

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Ruritanian Rogues, Book 1



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About the Audiobook

Author: Richard Storry

Narrator: Jake Urry

Length: 4 hours 57 minutes

Publisher: Richard Alan Storry⎮2017

Genre: Suspense

Series: Ruritanian Rogues, Volume I

Release date: Oct. 5, 2017


Synopsis: While an ugly war with its neighbouring realm continues to rage, the insulated members of Ruritania’s upper class laugh and dance their way through their superficial lives. Some people, increasingly disillusioned by the pointless conflict, start to consider how the King might be persuaded – or forced – to end it.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of items of great value are going missing from those attending these high society gatherings.
At whom will the finger of suspicion point? Who can be trusted?
With so many competing, yet intertwined, agendas, what will be the outcome of this looming of vultures?


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I loved the story idea and execution for this book.  Set in Ruritana, the upper class are full of jealously, suspicions, squabbles and conflict. The characters are very well developed adding depth and strength to the story. My favorites were Baron Rudolph and his loyal servant, Wilheim. They totally breathed life into the story!

Part of the beginning was a bit more narrative than I’d like, even a bit of an info-dump, but not too bad. In the overall scheme of things, very minute. Excellent book.



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Narrated by: Jake Urry


  • Narrator-Story Connection: 10/10

I have no qualms here. When Jake Urry narrates he’s fully immersed in the story. His work always pays off. Excellent.

  • Voice Quality: 10/10

I love Jake’s voice. When matched with books like, A Looming of Vultures, the result is sensational. This always boggles me. How narrators create the voices for characters and portray them so effortlessly. The voices for Baron Rudolph and Wilheim were extremely fascinating.

  • Voice Switch Over:  10/10

Excellence. Jake is one of my favorite narrators for a reason. The way that he narrates a story, switching between characters is masterful. The dialogue between the Baron and his servant Wilheim is memorable.

  • Pacing 10/10

Right on the money. Skillful, even particularly methodical for this type of story.

  • Emphasis 10/10

Masterful. Can’t say enough about how Urry brings out the personality of the main characters. It’s like listening to a book in 3D.

  • Reader-Story Connection 10/10

I was fully absorbed into the story. That’s the affect of great storytelling and narration.

  • Sound Quality: 10/10

Publisher:  Richard Alan Storry

Completely professional. Very rich sound.

  • Overall Performance: 10/10

Absolutely masterful. This is the only second time I handed out a perfect performance. I’m looking forward to book 2 in the series!






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About the Author: Richard Storry

Richard studied at the Royal Academy of Music for five years, between 1984-89, graduating with high honours and a recital diploma – the only guitarist in eight years to be awarded such an honour – and winning the Julian Bream prize.
After recently being adapted for the stage, Richard’s first novel, “The Cryptic Lines” has now been published and is available for download from the kindle store at Amazon here; and his song “Until You’re Safely Home” is being performed frequently by various Military Wives Choirs in many different parts of the world.
Richard’s second novel, “Order of Merit” was published in September 2015. His third novel, “The Black Talisman” was published in January 2016, and his fourth – “The Virtual Lives Of Godfrey Plunkett”, was published in April 2016. You can find out more about Richard’s books at the Cryptic Publications website here.






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About the Narrator: Jake Urry

Jake Urry has been narrating and producing Audiobooks since February 2016, and in that time has released 28 titles, including The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry, White is the Coldest Colour and A Mind to Kill by John Nicholl, the PI Harlan Ulrich series by Ambrose Ibsen, The Tesla Gate by John D. Mimms, and The Dragon Apocalypse Series by James Maxey. In 2018 Jake will be working on a wide range of Audiobooks across the genres of Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror and Sci-Fi.





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