- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: 9ine Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: February 8, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004MSPY2A
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Red Serpent: The Prophet’s Secrets Audiobook – Unabridged
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In part 1, mankind, living on a giant space station in orbit, fought a major battle against the vampires, and was victorious. Also, Alexander Howe, nephew of John Howe, newly-appointed dictator of humanity, learned that he is The Falsifier, the long-prophesied savior who will defeat the vampires, once and for all.
In this novel, both sides are making all-out preparations for the war that everyone knows is coming. Humanity's priority is to build an immense energy weapon on the Moon that will destroy any and all ships that the vampires can launch against them. They are also creating enough room under the Moon's surface to hold all the people, because they know that when the vampires attack, the space station, called the Regnum, will be the first target. Humanity is also building thousands of ships, and gathering an army in the millions. The vampires are not standing still, either. Their top-priority plan invloves creating thousands of genetically-modified werewolves.
Meantime, Alex is learning more about his destiny as The Falsifier. He has gained the power to bring the dead back to life, which he uses more than he should. He watches disks left by his father, who died the day Alex was born; disks which tell Alex a lot more about where he actually came from. Part of the prophecy says that Alex is supposed to die three times, and be brought back to life three different ways, one of which has already happened. Alex also learns things about himself from communicating with his grandmother, in a hospital in an irreversible coma.
The human attack catches the vampires off guard. It turns into one of those grand space opera battles, full of beam weapons, energy shields and sword fights.
This is more of a politics and revealing of secrets type of novel, and the author does a fine job at it. It touches on themes like cultural intolerance, it's interesting and is very much worth reading.
As the story resumes, Alex is thrown back into chaos with power-hungry enemies coming at him from every angle. What's different about the sequel is that, now, Alex is in full control of his own power. Being so doesn't make it easier for him to persevere, but this time around, he goes toe-to-toe with those who, in the past, would have crushed him. As a reader, it has been really gratifying to experience the growth of such a complex character.
Just like the first book in the series, this one has its share of characters that are extremely dark contrasted by those who are fighting to keep fairness and balance within their world. It's a classic tale, but one that is told so richly that you forgive the obvious stereotypes and really do invest in what happens to each one.
Also, just like the first book, there is enough action and horror to keep you reading, wanting to know what comes next, and thinking about the book even when you've put it down and are doing something else.
When I finished this book, I felt as though Alex's journey wasn't quite over. I was left wanting more.
The second in the series is "Red Serpent: The Prophet's Secrets". Delson Armstrong continues the reader's journey into the fantasy world of sci fi adventure. As you read on, you learn more about the Falisfier, his supernatural powers and his destiny. A great science fiction novel filled with space battles, the War of Vengeance, secret societies and plenty of action. If you enjoy science fiction you will love this book, and like me you will be anxiously awaiting the release of the third book in the series.