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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: James Somers
- Audible.com Release Date: November 20, 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GTI0BEM
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The Realm Shift: Realm Shift Trilogy, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged
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Unfortunately, this work cannot be ranked among these successes.
The book follows the classic format of young farm boy discovers he has hidden talents which enable him to conquer evil and save the world. It's been done a million times and despite the repetition can be very enjoyable to read.
I think my main problem with this work is that it's too clearly separated into Good and Evil. The hero has set himself up as a force for Good, but despite his weaknesses never falters. For some reason he has an unshakable faith which allows him to work miracles. But why? He has every reason to question his faith, but never does. He has no apparent religious training. There's no church or other ritual practices that might support his faith. It's just there.
There's never any question about whether people he encounters are good or bad - there are no shades of grey. He's either making friends immediately or forging enemies. People who drink or do drugs are BAD and subject to demonic possession. People who are Good drink fruit juice.
Even though fairly early on it's clear demonic forces are influencing both sides, any questioning of the rightness of the forces of Good is attributed to demonic influence.
For some reason the naming of everything from the Bible or the Arthurian saga didn't bother me as much as naming the Azure sea. Really? That's the most your imagination came up with? Blue sea? And then of course the ignorant farm boy knew to compare the blue sea to sapphires, though where he would have seen sapphires is beyond me.Read more ›
From the moment you pick up the book, the author draws you right in with good character development, a great storyline, lots of sub-plots. Still, it flows quickly and smoothly, without getting bogged down in the details. There was no need for overly-graphic scenes, making the book appropriate for all readers! The ending was perfect to leave you wanting to read more, leading you into the next book in the trilogy! The worst thing I can say about the book was that it wasn't at LEAST 300 pages longer!
Great work, as are all of the books I have read by Mr. Somers!
I had high hopes for this story. It is a standard "poor unwitting peasant child is actually the world's best hope against implacable evil" yarn with a couple of interesting twists - the lead character can see demons that nobody else can perceive, yet demons can't see him, and he can shift into a spiritual realm and do battle with demons - you know, stuff like that.
While the story has great potential, the author is not up to the task. The prose is simplistic at best, often bordering on sophomoric. The author has chosen to use character and place names from other genres - the bad guy is named Mordred and he lives in the city of Emmanuel in the land of Nod, for example - which I first thought was relatively clever until I realized that it was just laziness on the author's part.
Anachronisms abound. The good guys all carry swords and cudgels while the bad guys have gunpowder, pistols and cannons. As Indiana Jones so aptly demonstrated, chemistry beats metallurgy every time.
The language and dialogue are inconsistent, with characters often spouting words and phrases that you would more likely hear emanating from the mouths of teenaged mallrats rather than the gob of a medieval peasant.Read more ›
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This probably entertained me in ways it wasn't meant to, but I did enjoy it for that regardless.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I LOVED THIS BOOK FOR SO MANY REASONS!!!! It is such an engaging experience! The writing style, the use of idioms and soliloquy were outstanding!!! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Patrick Lovette
Really enjoyed the adventure! This is my first time reading Somers and now I have a new author to add to my favorites.
Now off to the next book!
After reading many fantasy books, this one fits pretty well on my favorite list.Published 10 months ago by Moises H. M.
Loved all the books. Getting others to enjoy them as well.Published 11 months ago by Angeline Duran
A different look at spiritual warfare! Excellent storytelling with lots of action, and many oppotunities to think about life and the living of it!Published 11 months ago by Chip