Doctor David Lephmann wants nothing more than to learn about and help the less fortunate, and his new post at Mercy Hospital is the perfect place to do both. His mentor is desperate for the help, and welcomes him to a world of nonhuman customs and strange magics.
One night after a long day at the hospital, David is confronted by the reality of life among monsters, when he intervenes in a fight he knows nothing about. He takes a side, and his life is changed forever.
Sorely wounded, he is thrust into a world of violence and mistrust. With no way back to his old life, he must fight for a place in the new one he's been plunged into, but David has never had to fight for anything in his life. Can he survive the challenge?
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There are characters you will enjoy and some you will hate with their first word.
Dr. David Lephmann wanted to learn how to heal and help those less fortunate who were suffering. His mentor convinces him that Mercy Hospital needs him, desperately to help those who are non-human and magical – meaning vampires, shifters and other magical creatures.
Unfortunately, being out after dark is not always a good thing in this world. Dr. David Lephmann finds himself face to face with two shifters fighting to the death. This is the beginning of the end for David – he can no longer serve in the role of healer as he is now considered dangerously contagious. Thrust adrift into a world of shifters he knows nothing about, David aligns himself with the House of Edmonton (vampires).
Mark Cooper creates a story that brings together vampires and were-animals (shifters) sharing their lives and protecting one another while also facing a common enemy – the AML (Anti Monster League). The book is divided into several parts, allowing the reader to immerse themselves completely into the story. Cooper weaves the magic of his tale tightly around the audience so that they have a hard time telling when the story actually is set – until there is mention of a car or other modern technology. His characters are fully developed which allows Cooper to create this illusion successfully. The narrator does an excellent job with the dialects and accents which also adds to the illusion.
There is much more to this story than the creatures of the night – daily fears that all humans have such as biological warfare, rape, lust, greed and more. There is a good amount of dialogue present which helps create the connections but it is not over done. There is also a bit of romance and comradery mixed with action and murder.
Cooper does an excellent job at creating this world and making it work. His writing style is excellent and he delivers the story fully. There are characters you will enjoy and some you will hate with their first word.
Mikael Naramore does an excellent job of narrating the book. It is obvious he is deeply into the book, projecting the voices in a solid manner. He does a fair job at both male and female voices. His excitement is contagious – he projects the right amount of awe, horror, rage, confusion and other emotions into the reading.
I had no issues with the production quality of this audio book. I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it.
Audiobook provided for review by the author.
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