Cyclops Road Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Evan Portin is at a sad, scary place in his life. While taking a long walk to compose himself and figure out where to go from here, he encounters a young woman being mugged in a park.
When he tries to intervene, he discovers that she doesn't need his help. At all.
Her name is Harriett. She is very, very good at defending herself. Everything she owns is in a large backpack. She's never seen a cell phone. She's never been in a car. She's never really ventured into the outside world.
And she says she's traveling across the country to slay a Cyclops.
She's crazy, right? Evan is not in the habit of hanging out with delusional women he's just met. On the other hand, it can't hurt to offer her a ride out of town. And maybe this insane journey is exactly what he needs...
A brand new adventure from the four-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Blister, Dweller, and Wolf Hunt.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 51 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 29, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #188,969 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,149 in Fairy Tale Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,431 in Contemporary Fantasy
#6,100 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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The story... wow. This is kinda hard to do without spoilers, and I hate to spoil a good book. Ok, the closest book I can compare this to is Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest by A. Lee Martinez. Both involve people out to fight a cyclops (eventually). Mythological road trips I guess would be the genre name. I loved HATERQ, and while this book is WAY different (for instance the lead female is NOT, in fact, a giant minotauress and this is NOT set in a world of epic fantasy), it's still sort of the same idea. People go on a road trip that seems weird to try and fulfill a mission for vague reasons that seem to fit any RPG out there.
So, I plunked down my cash (metaphorically, because I got the ebook and frankly you can't really "plunk" paypal anywhere), fired up the kindle and got my read on. I teared up a bit (manly tears though, cause I'm manly, dammit), I laughed, I laughed some more, I winced, then laughed a bit more.
Was it his greatest book? No, because I double checked and the title isn't Wolf Hunt. Was it an awesome book? Yes, because I spent my cash and enjoyed it greatly. Was it worth the 5 stars? Eh...Yea. The ending is sort of sudden (but frankly, there really wasn't anywhere to GO from the climax), but it's nowhere near as annoying as David Wellington books tend to be with the immediate resolution of the plot and BAM "THE END" and screw you for wanting some sort of epilogue.
Basically, buy this book, or just borrow it on kindle unlimited and read it. Dude's a hell of a writer and while I feel this isn't his greatest work, it's still a damned fine read.
The characters set out on the road trip from hell. They are a odd mix of characters. One is just a oh umm kinda guy trying to get over some really terrible heartbreaking stuff. The girl is a very to the point, no messing around type who has now stepped out of her very sheltered life and into the real world to complete her destiny. Another guy is a total awesome nerd type who plays Dungeons & Dragons and has been training for this adventure since he was 15. The other guy is a tough man. The group finds him in a strange little town, under stranger circumstances. Before he joins the group, the group and him have to participate in a bizarre "team building exercise". Coming a little late to the party is a grandma who first said no thanks, but now has said ok to the group. This is a group of semi-heroes.
They now are all together and back on the road. Together they make a very unusual team but it seems to work pretty good for them. However they do run into some bumps in the road, but they find the courage to carry on. At times in this book you think you know where the author is going but then he throws a twist and turn, now you find yourself going in a totally different direction. Great adventure, pick this book up.
The star rating means different things to different people. I choose to reserve 5 stars for novels that I believe will become classics. However, I was tempted to give the story 5 stars, if for no other reason but to encourage folks to read this book. It is refreshingly imaginative, funny, at times scary and a fast read. I totally enjoyed it!
Top reviews from other countries
Harriett admits she is on a journey to slay a Cyclops.
Trained from birth by her parents to fulfil a prophecy, journey to Arizona on the way seek out three heroes and a weapon to slay the Cyclops.
A natural flow, a sense of easy going humour it's just great. Had trouble putting it down.
- Danny Farham