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Combat Wizard

The Wizards Series, Book 1
Lu par : Matthew Berry
Série : The Wizards Series (Knapp), Volume 1
Durée : 7 h et 23 min

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An experimental training program produces a psychokinetic, a man who can move objects by mental power alone. He has other abilities as well.

But is he too powerful?

What if the Special Talents decide to go their own way?

©2013 Jack L Knapp (P)2017 Jack L Knapp

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Milica
  • 18/09/2019

Paranormal, Action, Real Life

A telepathic psychokinetic is sent to Afghanistan to evaluate his abilities. He is monitored by the government and must fight against them and other evils to save his life.

This book started off really well and varied the pace. It was well written and keeps you interested. There were some fascinating real life considerations discussed which really makes you think!

Matt narrated really well and made the book entertaining.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi action and real life reflections.

Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 16/07/2019

Story & narration could use some polish

This tale is a slow start but it establishes the magic system for the story. The military has trained a select few to use their ESP skills. T is skilled in psychokinetics and has also developed a kind of defensive shield that makes him hard to kill. He meets a few other special people and together they discover that the military has installed a kill button in each of them, making it tricky for them to disappear and deadly to disobey orders.

The story felt like a final draft, needing a few things addressed. T goes on and on about the need to keep his special skills secret yet he does spill his guts a few times without much reason. Chezzy (not sure on spelling) and Surfer become his special telepath buddies as each of them makes plans to extricate themselves from this military program. Yet each character takes actions that feel a bit sudden and don’t have strong motivations, making the plot a little jarring at times.

A good chunk of the story takes place in the desert Southwest, which I liked. Our heroes investigate the possibility of surgically removing the kill button, and that means plenty of time in El Paso and Juarez. They also hide out in the Jemez (New Mexico).

There are few women in the story, Chezzy being the chief among them. She starts off as a sex object, but then gets a little role. Her character grows a bit and then she goes right back to being the romantic interest. Obviously I would have liked to see more women in the story, and doing stuff other than being romantic interests.

As the tale progresses, each of the characters gets a little whiny, creating some emotional drama for themselves, which spurred the plot onward. It was more than I needed and I started to lose interest. The story ends with some things wrapped up but a few bigger issues open, ready for a sequel. 3/5 stars.

The Narration: Matthew Berry’s narration could use some polishing. He has a good voice for T and did well with T’s various emotions throughout the story. Berry mispronounces several words throughout the story, including various military terms (brigadier) and Spanish words (Juarez). Admittedly, this drove me a little crazy. His pacing was slow, so I sped up the playspeed. Berry does have a good female voice for Chezzy. This is one of Berry’s earlier narrations and I recently listened to one of his latest narrations (Trail of Blood) and there is improvement. 3/5 stars.

I received a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own.

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  • RJ
  • 23/02/2020

What's up with Chezzy?

Welcome to a unique and interesting sci-fi psychic-thriller. A black op government training program recruits volunteers who possess a telepathic or telekinetic talent. The genius behind this program thought the U.S. Intelligence Agencies could use these talented people to mind-spy on our enemies. I’m already thinking this is an old concept. Our MC, “T” as he is known, is skilled in telepathy (TP) and psychokinesis (PK); meaning he can manipulate matter using his mind. He has also developed a defensive “bubble” that can protect him from serious injury. Many of the recruits become disillusioned with the program as the true purpose is made clear. Several are placed on missions, the rest rebel or desert. This is not looked upon favorably by the program leader. Additional problems arise and the program is disbanded. Time to clean house, leaving no witnesses. So the characters are introduced and the groundwork is laid for this new series. BTW…what’s up with Chezzy? There are some glitches here and there but the series has great potential. Three.point.five. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Sparky's Girl
  • 06/11/2019

Combat wizard

Secret government projects combined with intertwined destinies always makes for a good read! This book had me wondering what was coming next.
I understand why some people have reviewed the narration the way they did, but as someone who listens to a lot of audiobooks, I honestly think it wasn't too bad especially for one of the first books the narrator performed. Everyone starts somewhere.

*I requested this book and am voluntarily leaving this review

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  • vanita Thornton
  • 24/07/2019

this book was given to me at my request for review

I really enjoyed listening to this book the way E.S.P. was used along with the other mind works was very interesting. the best part was getting the micro chip out of T's neck. was saddened by the death of his friend.

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  • The Infamous ElJay
  • 02/04/2018

Bland performance but serviceable

An interesting listen but some mispronunciations (more-tar?) and the generally banal reading took me out of the story.

There is an air of mystery and discovery about the abilities on display but those seem to have been shuffled to the second book.

The use of an echoplex to differentiate normal speech from telepathic communication is very clever.

I’m intrigued enough to kindle the second book but the performance on display lacks the kind of luster I’ve come to expect from audible.

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  • mcyleman
  • 15/07/2017

Very poor narration almost like speech impediment

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Either learn how to pronounce military terms correctly, or choose a different genre. A vocal coach or editor was seriously needed on piece, it was like Mr. Berry wasn't even trying.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Matthew Berry?

James Patrick Cronin, Luke Daniels, R.C. Bray, Jonathan Davis, Tom Lenno

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Combat Wizard?

none it's unabridged

Any additional comments?

I realize that the more popular narrators cost more, but for audio you get what you pay for. I have enjoyed most of the authors written works to date. The military commentary and southwest references (Ft Bliss/El Paso, and New Mexico) are spot on.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06/02/2018

Not a bad story, but PLEASE find a better narrator

Narrator reads very bland, and needs to learn and understand the terminology and nomenclature used in the story he's trying to read. Story line was good, but was constantly being distracted by poor narration.