Author: Adam Vine
Narrator: Kevin Meyer
Series: Corruption Cycle, Book One
Length: 13 hours 57 minutes
Publisher: Lilydog Books
Released: July 18, 2017
Genre: Dark Fantasy
A dishonored swordsman running from his past.
A city shrouded in dark magic.
An antihero born.
Daniel Harper was champion, until a single mistake destroyed his fencing career forever. With nothing left to lose, he flees to Eastern Europe, where he can start over… where he can be someone else.
In the exotic, lantern-lit crevices of a nameless city, Daniel meets two people who open very different kinds of doors than the ones he is searching for: the troubled flower girl Kashka, who holds the key to a nightmarish otherworld; and the enigmatic street magician and self-professed love tourist Ink, who has the power to bend others to his will.
As Daniel plummets into a downward spiral of hedonism and dereliction, he is tormented by macabre visions of a frozen world in endless darkness where an evil tyrant has stolen the sun, where humanity’s remnants fight to scrape out a cruel existence underground, and wandering spirits inhabit the bodies of the recently deceased. Daniel is doomed to return to this Night Country every time he falls into a deep sleep. But the longer he spends there, the more Daniel realizes his curse is anything but an accident….
Adam Vine was born in Northern California. By day, he is a game writer and designer. He has lived in four countries and visited thirty. He is the author of two novels and many short stories. When he is not writing, he is traveling, reading something icky, or teaching himself to play his mandolin. He currently lives in Germany.
Kevin Meyer is a devoted Midwesterner, raised in rural Wisconsin and transplanted to Tulsa, Oklahoma over three decades ago. A career-long voice-over and music radio guy, his iPhone playlist ranges from Alice Cooper and Waylon Jennings to Twenty One Pilots and The Zac Brown Band. Favorite reads are dominated by political biographies (Lincoln, Truman, Kennedy)… and Stephen King.
Another great book by Adam Vine and to be honest, I was not expecting anything less. Actually, the story exceeded my expectations on so many levels.
Let’s start bay talking a little about the blurb. I believe it does not express the full complexity of the story very well. We have so many interesting facts and so many things that aliment our intellect and so many situations that require our attention. The author has created a story narrated on three dimensions: the real world, where our main character has a job and tries to figure out his life, a fantastic dimension where heroes fight for survival, where life is anything but boring and a story that develops in verse. These three plans will come together beautifully and will form this adventure that will keep you wrapped up for quite a while.
Daniel Harper is apparently your average young man, trying to make a living, get over a traumatic past and hoping for a better future, nothing out of the ordinary at all. He goes out, he drinks, he fails on picking up girls in bars. But he has so much potential when surrounded by the right kind of people. Daniel, as well as the other characters, is one developed personality.
Let’s not forget the mystery surrounding the worlds and how Adam Vine decided to base his story in County, in the City. Country is a county (didn’t expect that, did you? 😀 ) in Europe, we do not have its name explicitly, but there are some hints here and there that can offer an idea. This is such an interesting concept and this just adds to the uniqueness of “Corruption”.
The narration was ok as well, even though Kevin Meyer does not do a great job when voice acting. Most of the characters sounded the same, but the emotions were well transmitted. He would laugh if a character laughed, or sound desperate if the case. So for that he has my deep appreciation.
I feel my review does little to show how exceptional this book is. I feel I have not done justice to the characters, but I do hope you will give “Corruption” a try. Moreover, I encourage you to give Adam Vine as an author a try. He is… a revelation. A breath of fresh air! Thank you Jess for this amazing tour and thank you Adam for sharing your story with us ! Oh, and please stop by to the other bloggers participating in this tour. There is a great interview with Adam and some many other fun facts 🙂
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Adam Vine. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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