Seas of Blood Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
When malevolence and chaos threaten to over-run the passenger ship, Madagascar, the search for a new life becomes a race against time. Ancient evil will tear them apart and turn the seas to blood.
From the gold fields of Australia to the Indian Ocean, Seas of Blood is a tale of revenge and salvation. In 1853, when a robbery turns up more than anyone has bargained for, the lives of everybody aboard the Madagascar are put at risk. Crew and passengers face ancient malevolence, and an evil determined to seek revenge.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 36 minutes|
|Narrator||Terry F. Self|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 04, 2018|
|Publisher||Mr Michael Whitehead|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #411,653 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,243 in Historical Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#13,549 in Horror Fiction
#17,334 in Historical Fantasy (Books)
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Poetic descriptions of brutality and savagery had me cringing with disgust and delight. Savage tribesmen, a cursed amulet, what’s not to like?
The book’s downside was there were quite a few typos and repeated words in successive sentences where an alternative could’ve been used. They really pulled me from the story and happened often enough for me to get annoyed and feel it was worth mentioning.
The violence was great. Author would benefit from a thesaurus and a proofreader.
Later, John and his wife Rose board the Madagascar to set off on a new life. Alas, John’s recent past catches up with him and he’s removed from the ship and jailed. Rose and the mysterious medallion continue on. That’s when things get deliciously messed up. I have always enjoyed ghost ship stories, those tales where obviously something terrible happened to the ship’s occupants. This is a tale that shows us how we get just such a ship.
There’s a few flashbacks showing the ancient tale of Xia whose spirit has since taken residence in the strange medallion. Through that bit of unusual jewelry, her vengeful spirit influences Rose and others. Indeed, the somewhat timid and socially awkward Rose becomes the avatar of the beautiful and dangerous Xia. The scenes with Xia were often dark and very serious and they became the anchor for this tale. Xia put the punch in this horror story.
Obviously, horrible things start happening on board ship. Captain Harris tries his best to be fair with the initial outbreaks of violence but his gentlemanly ways won’t be enough to hold back the tide of tormented anger from Xia. There’s plenty of potential victims or heroes on this ship: Lady Worthington and her son Philip, the First Mate Steven, Mr. & Mrs. Basset, the sailing master Timothy, etc. It eventually became a blood bath but there was hope even then. Not everyone was affected by Xia’s spirit.
To my happy surprise, John Francis wasn’t out of the picture either. He’s joined by a very mysterious but knowledgeable Templeton. He is seeking the medallion and has some knowledge of it’s evil powers and history. Templeton became the most interesting character by the end of the book. I really hope we get another story featuring him. I wonder what other magical or possessed relics he has hunted down.
All around, Seas of Blood is a worthy tale of heists, vengeful spirits, and shady characters taking the higher road. 5/5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book.
The Narration: Terry Self was a perfect fit for this book. He had quite the variety of English and Australian accents, making each character distinct. Also his female character voices were feminine. He excelled at performing Xia’s scenes which were full of emotions. I also loved his voice for John Francis. I could practically see his wolfish grin or quirked eyebrow. There were no recording issues. 5/5 stars.