THE ATOMIC SEA: Volume One
Author: Jack Conner
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Ray Greenley
Length: 6 hours, 40 minutes
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: April 6, 2015
Publisher: Jack Conner
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
THE ATOMIC SEA is a very unique and interesting audiobook.
Dr. Avery is a medical doctor on board a Navy whaling ship that travels the Atomic Sea.
The Atomic Sea is exactly what it sounds like. The water is toxic and humans cannot even be exposed to the air or they will die. Any time someone needs to be on the deck of the ship they must wear an “environment suit.”
A thousand years ago, the sea started to change. Now the waters are boiling and toxic. These changes have happened to every ocean on the planet.
The creatures that live in these toxic waters have become mutated. For example, many have extra limbs and even extra eyes located in strange places on their bodies. These creatures are inedible unless a person wishes to risk mutation or even death.
Meanwhile, there is a world war being fought. The small country of Ghenisa, is on the brink of collapse under the continuous barrage of attacks by the Empire of Octung.
Dr. Francis Avery is aboard a military whaling ship out on the Atomic Sea, when two murders occur over a two week span. the second murder victim had been a friend of his and he vows to find the murderer.
Avery becomes aware that there is an Octung spy on the ship, but that’s just the beginning.
With the help of a huge and fierce whaler named Janx, a mysterious woman named Layanna, and a band of misfits, he finds himself on an quest to save Ghenisa from Octung.
This is the first book in a series that promises lots of twists and turns along with a cast of interesting characters.
The author has done an amazing job of world-building with this audiobook. His attention to detail (whether big or small) is readily apparent.
The only thing I did not like about this audiobook was the cliffhanger ending. I would have liked an ending that was a bit neater and did not leave the reader hanging.
The narrator, Ray Greenley, was wonderful. His voice was clear and his words were concise. There was no mumbling or stumbling over words. Also, his voice somehow adds an extra element to the story and draws the listener in. This allows the listener to fully engage with the audiobook. I give the narration 5 out of 5 stars.
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.