Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CBB Audiobook Tour & Giveaway ~ Lethal Circuit

Candace's Book Blog: Follow the tour & enter the GIVEAWAY
for 3 audiobooks & 3 ebooks (INT)

*Book source ~ Many thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Author ~ Lars Guignard
Narrator ~ Ben Sullivan
Publisher ~ Fantastic Press
Published ~ 8 August 2013
Genre ~ Thriller

My Rating ~ 4 bites out of 5

Michael Chase is told his dad died in China, but months later he’s led to believe that his dad is alive. An experienced backpacker, he travels to Hong Kong under the guise of traveling the world’s backpacking trails in order to discover what has happened to his dad. However, he barely sets foot in Hong Kong before he’s running for his life, trusting people on blind faith and following the clues that put him on the path to finding an historical relic that could change the world. He finds out that, not only is his dad not the person Michael thought he was, but he’s been searching for this relic for decades. Michael’s world has been turned upside down, but he has no time to dwell on this surprising new reality. With agents of several factions on his trail, he has to stay a step ahead, find the relic and stay alive.

A true thriller the story unfolds quickly from the beginning and careens to the finish. Michael arrives in Hong Kong, all hell breaks loose and it’s a race to the end. It was fun riding along as Michael figured out the clues and with each one it brought him closer to finding out what happened to his dad. As with any good thriller (well, in my opinion anyway) the story is told from several viewpoints and I had to figure out who were the bad guys and who were the good. It also helped to ratchet up the tension as well as pull the pieces together. The story was an interesting one even if the relic was a bit farfetched. But then, who knows what secrets governments around the world have buried. While I did enjoy the multiple viewpoints, it was at times a bit confusing. There were times when I didn’t have a clue how anyone fit in this puzzle and instead of being intriguing it was frustrating. On the whole though, this is an excellent thriller.

Also, since I listened to the audiobook, I have to say that the narration was often irritating. While the voice was very pleasant to listen to, it was if parts were edited in and sounded completely different from the regular narration. If they had not been done in the middle of passages it might not have been as noticeable. As it is, I would be extremely hesitant to listen to another Fantasy Press audiobook. Though I would be more than happy to read Book 2 in the Michael Chase series, Blown Circuit.


  1. I noticed the cut ins as well, I can tell you that they have switched for the next book so it shouldn't have the same issues. I also listened to the middle grade audio and it didn't have the issues. So don't dismiss them them completely for audios, this time was just a fluke.
    I personally liked the narrator a lot though and so the cut in pieces didn't bother me so much.
    I'm really glad that you enjoyed the story at least! Thanks for hosting a tour stop!

    1. I'm glad to hear that. Ben Sullivan has a very good voice and great pacing for audio narration. It's the editing that is irritating and certainly does not do him justice. I would love to listen to a redone copy. Thanks for inviting me to the tour. :)

  2. Thanks for listening and for the review. Fantastic Press told me it is looking into the audio issues that have been mentioned so that they can be addressed. As far as the relic goes, there are many more unbelievable technologies that the Nazis were developing at that time. It was fascinating doing the research. Best, Lars Guignard

    1. I can believe there are and I just bet the research was fascinating. That's why I said who knows what secrets governments the world over are harboring. It boggles the mind. :)