Author: Harper Fox
Narrator: David Thorpe
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/01/2016
Length: 11 hours 51 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay Romance, Paranormal
MI5 agents Marina Griffin and Leo South are made to be together. But their mission’s-end encounter with Ashkeloi gypsies in the Russian forest reveals a terrifying prophecy – a fate that will tear them apart, and re-echo into the lives of their sons, John and Mike.
Thirty years later, a deadly climate shift has opened up a seaway through the Arctic, and nuclear war is imminent as the global superpowers make a grab for the oil reserves suddenly exposed. Like everyone else, Mike and John just want to ride out the storm and protect the people they love, especially their boy Quin.
But love isn’t enough when the stakes are this high, and Mike and John too are in the grip of a destiny they can’t avoid. Summoned from their Glastonbury farmhouse to the office of their ex-boss, James Webb, they discover not only the truth about their heritage but the forces they will have to encounter if the war for the Arctic – and the future of humanity – is to be won.
So, I have to admit I couldn’t remember much of Last Line 1, but got the gist of it from my old review and the blurb. I wish I had taken the time to reread it as a lot of what happened in that book is needed to get the full impact of this one right away. As it was it took a little bit to get into the grove. Part of the problem was the huge prologue. While all that information is essential to the story, it was really confusing. In fact most of this book was confusing.
It was a roller coaster of events and happenings. Not only are there paranormal elements but also a bit of an alternate world where climate change has opened a way through the arctic and all countries are worried about a nuclear war. There really isn’t a good explanation for why there is a paranormal aspect, why these five people out of everyone have a tied destiny.
On the other hand, while the book had me wanting to quit listening 85% in, I still had to finish it. It also had me sobbing. Whether this was the fault of the book or my own mental state, it affected me. I’m not happy with the ending. It does end with a HEA, more or less, but the road to it was awful and I felt it was still incomplete.
I struggled to come up with a star rating as I feel it may be a case of it’s not you it’s me. There were many things that I just didn’t get and things that happened that I hate, but it compelled me and I was captured enough to care for the characters greatly.
Past reviewers had <a href=http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2015/06/last-line-2-ring-around-the-sun-by-harper-fox-buddy-review-by-beverley-and-ulysses/> this</a> to say about it. They gave it 5 stars to my 3. I agree with them on the beauty of the language Harper Fox uses. I recommend reading both book 1 and 2 if you like spy action stories with a twist, especially if you are a Harper Fox fan to begin with.
I loved the narration of this story! David Thorpe had such a wide variety of accents and inflections so that each character got an appropriate voice. He did Irish, English, Russian, and American without a problem. I think I would have DNFd if not for his narration. I will definitely look for more of his work!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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