The Lost Puzzler by Eyal Kless Audiobook narrated by Michael David Axtell

  • Audiobook published by Harper Audio
  • Publisher Harper Voyager
  • Published January 8th, 2019
  • ISBN-100062792431
  • ISBN-13978-0062792433

Author website

The Lost Puzzler: The Tarakan Chronicles

From the publishers website:

About the book

“About a year has passed since I completed this book. At the time I was just starting to write brief reviews, I didn’t appreciate the value of a good review for the author and/or publisher. Books like this one though, really keep my fire burning, and are a great example of why I started putting time and effort into writing reviews. I feel fortunate doing a review blog, as some books are just so unique, that I want to do everything I can to help. Even if one person gives the book a chance, i’ve accomplished my goal, where as maybe they wouldn’t have before.”

Here’s my review

The title itself had this book on my Audible wish list and radar the day it was released. It just pulled me with it’s description as well. There’s a eclectic mix of fantasy,, and scifi, which I’m guessing is a hard balance to succeed at as a writer. 

The ruined, post apocalyptic world has remnants of fascinating, futuristic technology that is very hard to obtain, and harder still, to maintain. Most of it is locked up in mountains where, puzzlers are used, people with a unique ability to unlock the bunkers, assumed to contain said lost tech.

The story follows a scribe, a bit of mystery there too. He seems to be closing in on a young boy, Rafik, who is thought to be a highly gifted puzzler that previously had disappeared. It’s very exciting from there, with a unique cast of characters, action, adventure, leading to a grand twisty finish that blasts open the level of intrigue into the next book.

Eyal Kless has a very natural style of writing, and absolutely shines, in a genre that seems especially stuffed and watered down. I’ll say this though, this was a wonderful, speculative, and dystopian mix of a book with fascinating world building. When you consider this is a first novel for him, its even more impressive. I cannot wait to get into book 2, and I hope you give this book a chance.

Credit shall also be given to the narrator, Michael David Axtell. He did a very professional job, and truly brought the extra dimension needed to make this an all around outstanding audiobook.

Thank you for a few minutes of your day, and again, hope you’re staying sane and safe right now.

5 of 5 Bright burning stars.

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