Thursday, June 14, 2018

4.5 Wine Glass #Audio #Review of Danger's Race by Amanda Carlson

36216963Title: Danger’s Race
Series: Holly Danger Book #3
Author: Amanda Carlson
Narrator: Emma Wilder
Format: Unabridged Audio Book (6 hours and 45 minutes)
Published: 11 Sept 2017 (Amanda Carlson, Inc.)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Audible
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5 Wine Glasses

Time is running out…

After defeating the uprising, and becoming infected with a dose of Plush, Holly is in a race to help a seeker before it’s too late. Going South is the only option. But getting there is going to prove difficult, which is why Lockland has entrusted Daze with a secret weapon.

A pulse storm, overzealous militia, and uncooperative siblings are only a few of the obstacles standing in their way. Once they arrive on the coast, the prospect of finding the supplies they need dwindles. But what they uncover may be far richer. A way to move the remaining survivors forward.

But the people of the town don’t see it that way. They want to protect what’s theirs. With the militia closing in, they do the only thing they have left to do, fight. 

Linda's Thoughts:
Danger’s Race is the third exciting installment in Amanda Carlson’s sensational Holly Danger futuristic series! This book picks up right where the previous, Danger’s Vice, left off with Holly and her crew departing to forage for the ingredients required for a plush cure. Holly, Daze and Case head south to what was Florida tasked with finding a component harvested from the sea. Not surprisingly, they are met with danger galore from multiple sources including a brutal, power-hungry militia. The storyline grabs you from the first and doesn’t let go until the very end.

Holly and her take-no-prisoners attitude continue to rock! Daze is sweet and smart, maturing and learning from Holly. I’m feeling much better about Case and his mysterious past. He opens up much more in this book, seems less on edge and appears to be becoming a better partner to Holly. There’s not a romantic element in this series so far - but, I’m holding out hope that there may be one in the cards soon! The wonderful secondary supporting characters we are familiar with do not figure heavily in this installment. That said, we meet intriguing new characters who are likely to figure prominently in future episodes.

Amanda’s future world technology is an incredibly interesting component in this series. For instance, there’s a quirky artificial egg device that Daze is gifted with specifically for their trip south that comes in mighty handy while providing laugh-out-loud comic relief. I really hope to see more of ‘her’ down the line.

Following please find a few quotes that stood out for me from Danger’s Race:

“Males have superior brain recall and immune systems.”

“If you cooperate, we won’t hurt you. If you don’t, we will.”

“Holly shot her laser through this guy and smoked him a few days ago. Then, she gave another guy a radium ball and he started bleeding from the mouth and his skin started sliding off.”

Emma Wilder is the fantastic narrator for this series. If you are an audiophile as I am, treat yourself to the audio edition as Emma really makes it shine. She positively aces Holly. Her voice is crystal clear and perfectly paced. She consistently voices and distinctly interprets each character making it easy for listeners to know who is speaking at any time. She exudes all the proper emotions. The end product is polished and amazingly well done.

This is a series that should be read in order as Amanda doesn't waste any time recapping previous events and much has transpired already. I can’t imagine jumping into this series mid-way as each book has been fast-paced wall-to-wall action and each book’s characters and plot have built upon prior events. This is a fantastic series with extraordinary characterizations and you won’t regret starting from the beginning. Just do it.

While Holly, Daze and Case don’t find what they were seeking, they actually stumble upon something extremely valuable that holds even greater promise for the future! That’s good news, but it also heralds a whole new set of complications as Holly races to save humanity. I like that each installment in this series has a satisfying wrap-up even as Amanda is setting up the next book’s adventure. I’m really enjoying this series and can’t wait to see what unfolds in book #4, Danger’s Cure!

Suggested Reading Order: 
Danger’s Halo (Book #1)
Danger’s Vice (Book #2)
Danger’s Race (Book #3)
Danger’s Cure (Book #4)
Danger’s Hunt (Book #5)

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