Review by Alexander
SERIES: A Panopolis Story book 2
AUTHOR: Cari Z
NARRATOR: Nick J Russo
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 3 hours 6 minutes
RELEASE DATE: 04/18/2017
Making a name for myself as a Villain in Panopolis is hard work. Six months ago, my boyfriend broke me out of jail. Now he’s spending most of his time defending our turf against other Villains he accidentally freed along with me. And my new psychic powers are not only impossible to control, but they’re also giving me migraines.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. My skills are improving every day, and Raul – aka the Mad Bombardier – and I have never been happier. That is, until my first solo job is interrupted by a mysterious woman who tells me that Raul has been kidnapped by a ruthless new Villain. The only way to free him is to do a job for Maggot, a man with scary ideas and an even scarier superpower.
I can’t go to the cops or a Hero for help. Odds are they wouldn’t listen to me anyway. If I fail, Raul will be killed. If I succeed, we’ll both be bound to a man who’ll stop at nothing to put Panopolis on the path to civil war. It looks like the only way to win is to take out the competition.
A most unusual beginning to a review:
This was my reaction when I got to the end of Where There’s Fire, and desperately wanted the story to continue. I realize that there will be a third book, but the greedy reader in me wanted the story to continue NOW!
Where There’s Fire resumes six months after Where There’s Smoke ended, and I had no issues slipping back into the wild and woolly world of Panopolis. That being said, without the first book (audio or print) under your belt, it may be a bit confusing, since this is a direct continuation of the first book.
I really enjoyed seeing Edward and Raul’s relationship grow, although they did spend quite a bit of time apart, Edward’s feelings and actions spoke volumes about what had happened in the previous six months, and seriously, what they go through for each other is disturbingly sweet and shows a crazy amount of love and commitment.
Another great performance by Russo, marred only by a few unusually pronounced words here and there. The individual character voices were absolutely perfect and a key part of why I was able to easily immerse myself back into the story. I was not only impressed with how Russo maintained vocal consistency between books, but also how he introduced new characters and gave them their own voices that matched who they are, good, or bad.
In conclusion…AAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!