Ash: Asher Benson Book 1 (Unabridged)
by Jason Brant
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9 AM EST: A senator shoots himself on national television. 10:32 AM EST: An entire floor of government agents leap to their death from their office building. 12:57 PM EST: All the police officers inside a station murder each other. And the day has just begun. Lieutenant Asher Benson left Iraq with a traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and a Purple Heart. His doctors warned that the symptoms would be life altering. They had no idea. As his body healed, the thoughts of those around him began to echo through Ash's mind, stretching the boundaries of his sanity. Five years later, Ash is drowning the voices with copious amounts of booze and self-loathing. When unidentified intelligence agents abduct him in broad daylight, Ash is thrust into a world of espionage and assassinations. A unique terrorist is operating on U.S. soil, and the government needs Ash, and the malady that has plagued him for half a decade, to find the killer.
a light but fast-paced thriller
Ash is the first in the Asher Benson Series, with a little paranormal hint. Asher Benson, a war veteran suffers from PTSD and has a purple heart, after a brain injury he was able to read people’s minds and with this new gift or rather a curse he is more troubled than ever because while walking on a street, the thoughts of the people around him form a chaos in his mind as if they are shouting and screaming in his ears.
Able to read people’s minds and unable to stop himself from filtering the thoughts, Ash is aware of the grave a danger he is in or how would the government make use of him if they ever knew what he could do. He only has one friend named Drew and he tries his best to keep himself out of Drew’s mind.
The story begins with Ash stopping a bank robbery by reading the robber’s thoughts and talking him out of it when he meets Sammy who considers him, her hero. The government gets ahold of him and that’s where the action starts and never stops till the end. Ash and his team get into a mess and are trying to prevent a tragedy about to happen.
As much as it is a thriller, it is quite humorous too. Nami, one of the characters is like a breath of fresh air in the story, and the dialogues between Drew and Ash bring a chuckle. Anyone who’d like to read a light but fast-paced thriller, this is for you.
However, after all the praise about the story, there were some things specific to audiobooks that are not like-able about this one. Some sort of music at the very beginning of the book is fine but at the beginning of every chapter it becomes annoying and distracting, it kills the mood. Besides, the music is also not that great. The production was not so convenient to listen to, the voice seemed suppressed and blurred at times, and it was just not clear on higher volumes. The idea of projecting people’s thoughts (whenever Ash listens) in a deep echoing voice was a good one but again they weren’t clear and didn’t seem really necessary. The sounds of gunshots and the police radios right in the middle of a huge twist made me feel like I was going to miss something which could have had a great impact on the story by itself. The narration was overall good, but had there been none of these extra little things, it would have been excellent.
Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.
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