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Spotlight & Giveaway: The Final Correction (Condition #3) by Alec Birri

25 Mar

 

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Author: Alec Birri

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble

Length: 6 hours 34 minutes

Publisher: Essential Music Limited⎮2018

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: The Condition Trilogy, Book 2

Release date: Jan. 17, 2018

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The third and final part of a dystopian trilogy based on the author’s command of a top secret government unit.

So, Professor Savage has been unmasked as the monster Alex Salib always knew he was. But what was their agreement, and why is she still determined to see it through? The war on terror appears to be back on track, but why does President Kalten seem hell-bent on ramping it up – are the Americans seriously intent on starting World War Three?

And what of the treatment itself? Despite Savage’s arrest, the “corrections” go on, but to what end? The laws of unintended consequences are about to cause a seismic shift in the very nature of our existence. But then our new master knows that and won’t let it happen until we’re ready….

Ready to accept the unacceptable.

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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.

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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.

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Book Review: Savior by AJ Eversley

21 Mar
Title: Savior
Author: AJ Eversley
Genre: YA Dystopian Sci-Fi
Editor: Q Books Editing
Cover Designer: Cover Art by Salome Totladze
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Sawyer has been a Watcher. She’s been a Carbon. Now she must become their Savior.
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With the inevitable return of Coleman looming, Sawyer knows their army is not enough. On a journey to convince an ally to join their war, Sawyer discovers why the stars have placed the fate of the human race in her hands. And she’s not alone.
Kenzie is the enemy. The obedient soldier who’s just following orders. A pawn in this game. Yet Sawyer can’t stay away. Both drawn to each other in a way neither can explain, can they learn to trust one another, as well as themselves, in order to survive. And soon, Sawyer will learn she must put her faith in others if she wants to live, and trust in the stars to protect her.
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Find out who will survive, and if they can save humanity from a future painted black, in the epic conclusion of the Watcher Series.
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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read and reviewed Watcher and Carbon so I was looking forward to reading Savior and I was not disappointed.

Savior picks up a short time after the end of Carbon. Sawyer seems to have finally accepted the fact that she is a Carbon. She’s in a relationship with Max who helped her get through Kenzie’s death. But Kenzie is alive and has been turned into the enemy by Coleman so they have him in a cell with his powers controlled. Poor Sawyer truly loves Max but still has a bond with Kenzie that won’t let her go, no matter how much she tries and despite the fact that he tried to kill her.

The characters are well developed and they’re as complex as “real” people. The main characters have gone through so much and they’re so strong, that it’s difficult to read about these further trials that they’re going through. Sawyer is in an impossible situation as far as her relationships are concerned and she doesn’t feel comfortable being the Savior. She wants to help others and doesn’t want to be the recipient of help from others, which is understandable given her nature. There are a lot of characters but it was easy for me to keep them separate.

Savior is full of action, heartache, war, a couple of twists, and even a little humor. I was not able to put this book down after the first couple of chapters. There was so much happening throughout the book and I had to find out how everything would turn out. I liked the ending, which is good after reading three books. The only thing that bothered me was the lack of editing. 

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AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in everyday conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.
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Audiobook Review: The Final Enemy by Dan Petrosini

5 Mar

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Author: Dan Petrosini

Narrator: Joseph Kidawski

Length: 8 hours 31 minutes

Publisher: Dan Petrosini

Released: Jan. 25, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction

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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 received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Dan Petrosini. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Many people want to live forever but have they really thought that through? Dan Petrosini has, and The Final Enemy shows that maybe living forever wouldn’t be as great as you might think. With no one dying from natural causes, suddenly the world population would grow faster than ever before. Where would all of those people live? More importantly, what would happen when they can’t all be fed?

Some of the things that the US government does in The Final Enemy is unthinkable, at least right now. But when people start dying of starvation, how far would we be willing to go? I’m glad we don’t have to find out, at least not in my lifetime. 

This is good science fiction with just a shade of Soylent Green and a lot of politics and the breakdown of society. The main character, Jack, is a good reporter but will he be willing to give up integrity in order to avoid starvation?

The narrator does a good job with timing and pacing. There were a lot of male voices and they would have been difficult to distinguish, but he always included who was talking which helped.

I definitely recommend The Final Enemy. It’s good fiction that will give you something to think about.

 

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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 http://danpetrosini.com and has written seven novels.

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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 http://www.kidawski.com

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Book Review: Identity by Cynthia Kumanchik

8 Feb

Twenty years after the great drought of 2020, citizens in California and across the United States live under the government’s watchful eye. In this age of intrusion, competition for resources and jobs is fierce. One mistake can be disastrous.

Maggie, Jasmine, Sydney, and Lena are strangers with one thing in common: they each have nothing left to live for. All these women need is a fresh start, but they’ll find the cost is more than they could ever have imagined. A secretive biogenetics company offers them a mysterious serum that promises to change their identities, giving them great fortune and power. Is such a serum too good to be true?

The women find that their new success draws them into a world of rivalry and blackmail, and by the time they discover the truth about the serum, it’s too late. The evil scientist who created it only cares about money, regardless of how many people get hurt.

After reuniting for follow-up testing, the four women realize their only choice is banding together to stop testing of the serum. They’re watched from every side, but they must try to salvage what little is left of the humanity of Earth.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my ooewn and completely unbiased.

Identity is about the near future and what could easily happen, but hopefully not. Resources are low, jobs are difficult to keep, and the government knows everything about everyone. Optimal offers a new identity to people who have hit bottom. They have a drug that helps transform people into what they want to be and it gives them more confidence at the same time.

The current group is Maggie, Jasmine, Sydney, and Lena. Things dramatically change for them but they eventually learn that something that seems so good comes at a price. Will they be able to save themselves and everyone else from an evil man who will do anything for money and power?

It was a little difficult to follow at times because of the multiple characters. With so many characters, they weren’t as well developed as I would have liked.

Identity has a good premise and was a pretty good read. It would be much better with a good edit.

 

About the Author

Cynthia Kumanchik is the author of several young adult and women’s novels. She attended the University of Missouri–Columbia, graduating with a degree in journalism. She is a marketing and public relations professional. Cynthia lives with her husband in Pasadena, California.

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Book Review: Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters

31 Jan

“Once upon a time there was a monster. This is how they tell you the story starts. This is a lie.” 

Sometimes things are not what they appear to be. DNA doesn’t define us, gravity doesn’t hold us, a home doesn’t mean we belong. From circus tents to space stations, Damien Angelica Walters creates stories that are both achingly familiar and chillingly surreal. Within her second short story collection, she questions who the real monsters are, rips families apart and stitches them back together, and turns a cell phone into the sharpest of weapons. 

Cry Your Way Home brings together seventeen stories that delve deep into human sorrow and loss, weaving pain, fear, and ultimately resilience into beautiful tales that are sure to haunt you long after you finish the collection. 

“Once upon a time there was a girl…”

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a variety of stories that have one thing in common: they’re all dark and mostly about women. They represent suffering, loss, pain, and fear. I was surprised at how well the author was able to make me feel connected to the characters so quickly. Short stories often can have a good story but without the connection with the characters, so that was impressive.

Cry Your Way Home is seventeen short stories over different genres. I didn’t read them in one sitting. I could have because each story was pretty short but they’re so dark I didn’t want to read too many at one time! I definitely recommend Cry Your Way Home if you like dark fiction.

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About the Author

Damien Angelica Walters is the author of Cry Your Way HomePaper Tigers, and Sing Me Your Scars, winner of the 2015 This is Horror Award for Short Story Collection of the Year. Her short fiction has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award, reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and published in various anthologies and magazines, including the Shirley Jackson Award Finalists Autumn Cthulhu and The Madness of Dr. Caligari, World Fantasy Award Finalist Cassilda’s SongNightmare MagazineBlack Static, and Apex Magazine. Until the magazine’s closing in 2013, she was an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede, and she lives in Maryland with her husband and two rescued pit bulls.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Halley’s Casino by Mark JG Fahey

24 Jan
 
Book Title: Halley’s Casino by Mark JG Fahey
Category: Adult Fiction, pages
Genre: Science Fiction / Time Travel
Publisher: Mark JG Fahey
Release date: Jan 25, 2016
Tour dates: Jan 8 to 26, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (No profanity, readable for all ages 12 and up, pure fun and witty story)
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Book Description

Halley’s Casino is set in 1986. 26-year old Nebula Yorker (Neb to his friends), is patiently awaiting the return of Halley’s Comet. He is about to discover that the world is not what it seems.

Upon the arrival of Halley’s Comet, Neb is confronted by a mysterious stranger who literally swoops out of the night sky. What happens next will change the course of Neb’s life and that of all he befriends.

This stranger (Mr. Tict) reveals to Neb that Halley’s is not a comet at all, but an Intergalactic Casino that has been posing as a comet for countless years. Mr. Tict is the Concierge of the Casino and he has come back to Earth to recruit Neb as his assistant.

What happens next is an eye-opening experience for young Neb that no one on Earth can imagine. It can only be explained by watching old Star Trek reruns, while eating cheese sandwiches and drinking hot chocolate. From androids with attitude to a vast assortment of alien beings and historic individuals, with a touch of time travel from ancient Babylon to 1757 London and back to Rome of 12 BCE, Neb soon learns that his past, present and future have always lain in the stars above.

It’s a rock and roll ride chock full of chaos, a formidable nemesis, drama, satire, humour, death and new beginnings, with revelations that Neb never saw coming.

Even John Lennon is amused!

Starting out on a quiet evening of star gazing, Nebula Yorker finds himself caught up in the most extraordinary time travel and planet saving adventure of a lifetime.

And that’s only the beginning of what is to come.

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Halley’s Casino is a fun book to read. Neb was adopted when he was 6 years old by an older couple who taught him a lot including to love the stars. He goes star gazing in 1986, waiting to see Halley’s Comet, wishing his parents could see it one more time. Then, poof! His world completely changes.
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The best way to describe it is to use a quote from the book itself: “The Vegastriopelia? Triopelians?” Neb scratched his head. “Man, this is all too much! Halley’s comet is not a comet but a casino. Androids that look human. Aliens posing as human so they can fit inside the Casino! And John Lennon may or may not be human?” Neb dropped his head into his lap.
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At first, I didn’t know if I was going to like this book or not because it seemed like it was all Tict talking about his story, then the history of the universe, and then there was the history of a conflict and how the Casino came to be. At some point, though, I realized I was enjoying the story and it got better and had more action the further I read. 
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The characters are interesting and unique. Neb is one of a kind but so are many of the characters. Star Trek is important in a way that tickled me, and how it became important tickled me. This was a fun science fiction story that had a good ending. I’m looking forward to reading the next book, Marine.
 
 

 

 

 Meet the Author

Mark JG Fahey is not an alien, contrary to what you may have heard, though he swears he has been to space. Mark has dabbled in various undertakings throughout his illustrious career, from on-air hosting/reporter/stand-up comic to messenger for the Prime Minister of Canada. Mark also holds a degree in Restaurant Services. His family and friends can attest to his excellent cooking skills. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mark was raised and still resides in Aylmer, Quebec, Canada. Halley’s Casino is the first book in the Halley’s Casino trilogy.
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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Rimrider by L.A. Kelley

6 Nov

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Author: L.A. Kelley

Narrator: Cassandra Richardson

Length: 9 hours and 57 minutes

Series: Rimrider Adventures, Book 1

Publisher: L. A. Kelley

Released: Aug. 22, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

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Orphan, pirate, spy.

Awakened by her father, teenager Jane Benedict is ordered to memorize a mysterious code. Hours later, Mathias Benedict is dead and Jane and her brother, Will, are wards of United Earth Corporation. To evade the company’s murderous clutches and uncover the meaning of her father’s last message, Jane leads Will on a desperate escape across the galaxy aboard the Freetrader smuggler ship, Solar Vortex. Tangled in the crew’s fight for freedom, Jane saves the life of young smuggler, Mac Sawyer, and learns her father’s code identifies a secret cargo shipment. The trail leads to the planet Rimrock and the massive prison complex of Golgotha. Undercover as a spy, Jane stumbles into a conspiracy that can spell doom for the entire Freetrader cause and the extinction of an alien race. Can she escape the prison confines and deliver a warning before it’s too late?

Piracy, intrigue, romance, space battles, and a daring rebellion from Earth wait on the galactic rim. Will Jane answer the call to adventure and find new purpose, or is death for high treason her fate?

What will you hear in this audiobook? No whiny, crybaby characters, only action, adventure, sweet romance, and a bit of sassy humor. It is suitable for kids through adult.

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L.A. Kelley is from Florida and has been writing fantasy and science fiction adventure stories for all ages since she was old enough to chew on a number two pencil. All her books have adventure, humor, and a little romance because life is dull without them. She doesn’t write graphic sex or gore so your mama would approve, but does add a touch of cheeky sass so maybe she wouldn’t. In her spare time she calls in Bigfoot sightings to the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife. They are heartily sick of hearing from her.

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Cassandra Richardson is a multi-discipline artist specializing in Audiobooks, Musical Theatre, and Film. Her eclectic background has resulted in a varied and exciting career. You can see her on the stages of Southern California and in three indie features coming out in 2018. Her audiobooks are primarily Young Adult Fantasy / SciFi and The Rimrider Series is among her favorites! Who doesn’t love the idea of being a space pirate? Giving voice to Jane and her band of fellow pirates has been a wonderfully creative experience.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by L.A. Kelley. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Rimrider grabbed my attention from the beginning and never let go. Jane and Will have already lost their mother in an accident and within the first few minutes of the book, they find out that their father has also died in an accident. Or was it? Before he died, he booked passage for Jane and Will on the Solar Vortex to go to another planet and out of the clutches of the evil United Earth Corporation.

Jane turns 16 years old while she’s on the Solar Vortex. Even though her world has been turned upside down, she does what needs to be done. She’s a strong and brave young lady and is mature for her age in many ways. When it comes to romance, however, she’s innocent. I like her character and look forward to reading more about her adventures.

I like L.A. Kelley’s writing style. It’s easy to follow and has just the right amount of description. Cassandra Richardson does a very good job of narrating the story. I liked how she sounded excited as the action increased. It made the story even more exciting. 

I have to mention the character Gem. She is intelligent and funny and a joy to read about. L.A. Kelley did a great job of creating her and her people.

I definitely recommend Rimrider and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

 

 

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Audiobook Review: Hair Power by Piers Anthony

23 Oct

Terminal cancer patient, Quiti, walks into an abandoned building planning on taking her life. 

Instead, she encounters a telepathic ball of hair that insists it is an alien seeking to facilitate diplomatic communication on Earth. 

Quiti assumes it is all a hallucination conjured up by her brain tumor. 

Because of this assumption, when she saves the alien’s life and it insists on doing Quiti a favor in return, she only asks for her hair back. She soon discovers, however, that the creature’s gift extends much further than her new locks that can change color with a thought. As her powers grow and her deadly illness goes into remission, Quiti quickly realizes that there are those that would want to use her for her abilities and is forced to leave behind everything that she knew. 

Will this blessing curse her to a life on the run, or does the mysterious hairball have more in store for her? 

Piers Anthony, critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestselling Xanth series, brings together humor and adventure in this original story of loyalty, friendship, extraordinary powers, and hair. 

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My Review

I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy from Dreaming Big Publications. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I’ve always had a lot of Piers Anthony books in my bookstore so when I had the chance to review one of his books, I thought I’d check it out. 

Hair Power is a story of hope, friendship, and weird hair. I felt sorry for Quiti at first because she has terminal cancer but that all changes when the hairball she saves ends up saving her. She gradually becomes strong not only physically but intellectually and emotionally. She knows that it’s the hair’s doing and lets it continue to grow. The longer it grows, the more powerful she becomes. 

This book was fun to read for the most part because it is so over the top. Quiti grows throughout the book and even when she is on the run she is self-sufficient and makes friends along the way. I was uncomfortable when she allowed her underage friend to do anything with her body but penetrate because that would still be considered wrong and probably illegal. I will listen to Hair Suite to find out what happens. Hopefully, it will be without the weird sex.

 

 

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Audiobook Spotlight & Giveaway: The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein

10 Oct

 

Author: Tal M. Klein

Narrator: Matthew Mercer

Length: 8 hours 42 minutes

Publisher: Audible Studios

Released: Jul. 25, 2017

Genre: Tecnothriller

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It’s the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport—a secretive firm headquartered in New York City. Their slogan: Departure… Arrival… Delight!

Joel Byram, our smartass protagonist, is an everyday twenty-second century guy. He spends his days training artificial intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980’s new wave—an extremely obscure genre, and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems—until he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting.

Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.

 

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Tal M. Klein was born in Israel, grew up in New York, and currently lives in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. When she was five years old, his daughter Iris wrote a book called I’m a Bunch of Dinosaurs that went on to become one of the most successful children’s book projects on Kickstarter ―something that Tal explained to Iris by telling her, “your book made lots of kids happy.” Iris then asked Tal, “Daddy, why don’t you write a book that makes lots of grownups happy?” Tal mulled this over for a few years, and eventually wrote his first book, The Punch Escrow. It won the Inkshares Geek & Sundry Hard Science Fiction publishing contest, and is the first book published on the Geek & Sundry imprint.

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Matthew Christopher Miller, known professionally as Matthew Mercer or Matt Mercer, is an American voice actor involved in English dubs of Japanese anime as well as cartoons, films and video games. In anime shows, he voiced Levi in Attack on Titan, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Kanji Tatsumi for episodes 13-26 in Persona 4: The Animation and Trafalgar Law in the Funimation dub of One Piece. In video games, he voices Leon S. Kennedy in the Resident Evil series, Jack Cooper in Titanfall 2, Chrom in Fire Emblem Awakening, McCree in Overwatch, MacCready in Fallout 4 and Yusuke Kitagawa in Persona 5. In addition to voice-over, Mercer has developed some live-action web series including a Nintendo character parody called “There Will Be Brawl” and the famous Geek & Sundry and Alpha Dungeons & Dragons gaming session show “Critical Role.” The Punch Escrow is his first audiobook.

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