Jonny Nebula was the greatest heavy-grav fighter to ever compete in the Orbs. Galactic Champion for two decades running, no one could touch his skill. Until his final, brutal fight when his reign came to a bloody, deadly end. But, as Roak is about to find out, there's always an encore. An old friend from his past. A job that shouldn't exist. A web of lies and deceit that goes deeper than anyone knows. Roak has his work cut out for him. It'll take all of Roak's skills as the galaxy's premiere bounty hunter to track down a dead man. Especially one that refuses to be found without a knockdown, drag out, to the death (again) fight!
Jake Bible, Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, has entertained thousands with his horror, sci/fi, thriller, and adventure tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres.
Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the bestselling Salvage Merc One, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega series for Severed Press, as well as the YA zombie novel, Little Dead Man, the Bram Stoker Award nominated Teen horror novel, Intentional Haunting, the ScareScapes series, and the Reign of Four series for Permuted Press.
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Nebula Risen: A Roak: Galactic Bounty Hunter Novel Written by: Jake Bible Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen I requested this audible book and the review is voluntary. I love Jake Bible's books that I have read so far! This is one heck of a ride! It has everything a good sci-fi should have: aliens, action, suspense, an AI that is not quite right, intrigue, danger, a bounty hunter with some morals when need be, sprinkle of humor, fast ship, and faster talking. Great plot, wonderful characters, and loved the narration! With an audible book, the narrator can make or break the book and this narrator was spot on! I forgot it was a man when he is talking like the female AI. He did the creatures so well, I forgot he was a human! I was so immersed in the story, the narrator really helped this story along. A big plus. Great job all the way around!
This is an excellent, fast-paced 2nd instalment in the Galactic Bounty Hunter series. Roak is on the run - simultaneously towards his intended target, and away from some mysterious black-clad woman from his past. I can’t wait to find out who she is...on to the next book I go!
Take portions of “Blade Runner”, action from “Aliens” and combine it with a little bit of “Fight Club” and you get a sense of what “Nebula Risen” which is the second book in the Roak Galactic Bounty Hunter series, is all about. This is the latest book released by Jake Bible; a rather prolific science fiction and fantasy author. The audiobook edition is very well narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen who himself narrates many books in the same genre. What could go wrong when you place one of the most overconfident bounty hunters against one of the most powerful crime syndicates? You get a story full of action, intrigue, unique weapons and technology, along with a story that flows very well from one page to the next. There is a fair amount of humor and secrecy rolled into the story making it one that easily crosses many genres. Even though this is the second book in the series, the story stands alone and does not require previous knowledge of the first. If you are looking for a story that is not only full of combat, but contains a fair amount of defined story, I suggest you pick up “Nebula Rising”.
In a rather crowed literary category, Jake Bible seems to always surprise me by not following the expected story tropes. He adds well-rounded characters, wit, unique items, and mystery; and this book is no exception. When the main character is hired to hunt down a dead man, things get quite interesting and messy. Mr. Bible not only writes words on the page, he is an accomplished storyteller. This is amplified even more via the excellent narration by Mr. Wehrlen. The book’s narration adds the necessary voicing that makes the story feel gritty and rather dark.
The main character has the weight of the universe upon his shoulders because of the high bounty set on his own head for double crossing his employers. I also laughed the many times people would call the main character “Mr. Roak” and he constantly had to remind them that his name was simply “Roak”; like Cher or Sting. One aspect that I found interesting was Roak’s sense of a moral system (often defined in his own way), he did his job to the code and would not compromise for any reason. He often gave others the chance to surrender without using force, but he also had a reputation of severely injuring those who refused.
Not only do you get a well-defined main character, but a somewhat neurotic artificial intelligence (AI) that runs his ship and communicates with him via an embedded device. Being that this is the first book I have listened to in this series, I’m unsure if the mysterious lady in black appears elsewhere. She is still somewhat clouded in mystery and I’m sure she will continue to play a role in future books of the series. I feel the same about the AI. She had a role in this story, but the mystery that surrounds her was not fully addressed in this book. The author created some interesting and unique monsters or creatures that really brought the story to life and kept it new and different.
Let me turn to the book’s narration by Andrew B. Wehrlen. I enjoyed the professional manner the book was read and his voice gave a darker feel to the overall book. The audio itself was clear of any artifacts or issues such as volume inconsistencies, page turns, or swallows. Mr. Wehrlen was able to voice the many different characters while also implementing some additional sound effects into the narration; without overdoing it. Having listened to three titles by Mr. Wehrlen, I know I can expect a professional and high-quality audiobook when picking up one he narrates.
Parents and younger readers take note. Although the story contains some light and witty humor, this book is not intended for younger audiences. It includes some scenes containing graphic violence, mature subject matter (sex, drugs, and alcohol), along with the use of vulgar language. If these are offensive to you, recommend you look for a different book to read or listen too.
In summary, if you enjoy space action books full of mystery, adventure, and humor, I believe you will enjoy Nebula Rising. As stated earlier, the book can be listened as a stand-alone, but I’m sure we will be getting more detail on all those who still has a few open-ended questions needing to be answered. I have yet to be disappointed by a single Jake Bible story, and look forward to more books by this author.
Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
Bounty hunter Roak is forcefully hired to locate and bring Johnny Nebula, one of the greatest heavy-grav fighter, who died during a fight. During his search, Roak will meet an old ‘friend’, who will just increase Roak’s worries.
I really enjoyed Roak’s cheeky personality and his conversations with ‘Hessa’ the special and quirky AI in Roak’s spaceship. I always appreciate when there is good humor in books, and there are quite some funny moments in this one. There is also plenty of action to keep the reader entertained.
This could have been a 5 star book, but I was not completely invested in Roak’s search. I did not feel the urgency of it. I was much more intrigued about Roak’s friend, and the end twist was just superb. Roak’s mission felt kind of an excuse to show us the truth about himself.
From the beginning of the book I had the feeling that the story would have worked better if written in first person. Every time we switched from Roak to the narration I kind of expected to hear it narrated from Roak’s POV.
Andrew B. Wehrlen did a wonderful job in becoming Roak, and delivered a great interpretation, transmitting Roak’s emotions and sounding as cheeky as I am sure Bible intended. Other characters were also well portrayed and the audio production was spotless.
I am looking forward to listening to other books by Bible. I have already listened to Mech Corps, but I have to say that I enjoyed this one more.
I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
( Format : Audiobook ) "Roak, just Roak." Jake Bible is a master at creating this type of book: the sardonic loner bounty hunter, best in his class, fast talking, even faster action and always battling extreme, life threatening situations. Or worse, at risk of perhaps not getting his fee in chits (cash); never credits, thank you very much. This book is no different. It is fast, it is fun, it is very easy to read and enjoy as Roak finds himself trapped into taking on the job of tracking down a dead man. And it seems that this time half the galaxy is out to get him. Trusting only in the help of his exceptional ship's AI, Roak dodges from, fights with, and out talks assorted antagonists out to stop him collecting his hard earned reward - by any means they can.
Roak would be nothing without a voice to match his character and Andrew Wehrlen's is that voice. He is pleasant to hear, fast talking with good intonation, flowing with the text - and his performances of the other protagonists are clear and distinctive, too.
I love this new series of bounty hunter, Roak, the man with a hunger for chits and a heart of (slightly crumbly) stone. And just watch out for that ship's AI: she's really special. My thanks to the rights holder of Nebula Risen, from whom I received my complementary copy of the book, via Audiobook Boom, freely and with no expectations of a return. This review is entirely my own. Definitely recommended to science fiction and action fans.
"Nebula Risen: A Roak Galactic Bounty Hunter Novel," is the second of the series, written by Mr. Jake Bible. It is a fast, fun, quick reading story of a determined loner, bounty hunter: Roak.
The story has Roak (no first name, no "Mr.," just Roak) being manipulated into taking a "hunt," for a gambling syndicate's premiere fighter, thought to have died in his last bout. Roak, accompanied by his quirky, sentient AI "Hessa," picks up the trail, encounters criminal interlopers, and discovers a intricate web of deceit.
Mr. Bible, writes well (except for his obsession with "...smirks...), pushes limits, and challenges himself in various ways. No single genre or niche fits the author, as he writes across a broad spectrum. He is a free swinger as a writer: sometimes he hits it out, other times strikes out. Some of his books have intrigued and fully entertained this reviewer. Others have failed miserably for this reviewer. "Nebula Risen," with its focus on a loner gunfighter, his personal code of conduct, the posited future of sentient AI's and unbridled genetic engineering, create a worthy read.
"Nebula Risen: A Roak Galactic Bounty Hunter Novel," is a stand alone novel, that is highly recommended. It was fully read via Kindle Unlimited.
Another great addition to the series. These books are just addicting. They are fun, humorous and very entertaining. This book help make a very unpleasant road trip (evacuating for Irma) a lot more tolerable.
Even though this book is part of an ongoing series It can be listened to as a standalone.
Jake Bible knows how to write a story that pulls you in from the start and never lets go. Between the action, intrigue, and suspense there is always something happening. Add in all the snarky sarcastic humor and Roak's penchant for getting into one situation after another and there is never a dull moment.
Expecting Roak to do a job and not leave mayhem in his wake is impossible. He just has a knack for getting into and out of situations.
Andrew B. Wehrlen once again does a fantastic job with the narration. He has one of those voices that just pulls you right into a story and makes it come to life. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Great character voices. All of them... human, alien and a very independent AI. Perfect tone and delivery of the humor and sarcasm. He is the perfect narrator for this series. Very enjoyable.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.
Roak, so famous and so effcient and competent that most know their beat before he has barely started. This is my first outing with Roak but he is very well written as an uncaring and direct if aged hunter. when you live for the hunt and even your AI seems to spend as much time trying to make you more humane, then your know your in trouble. The tale of Roaks subsequent frame up job and his deal spans a worthwhile size although it can be a little long i did find it a nice change following his thought processes on this leveraged hunt he had been forced into. Characters even sporadic ones are quite realistic and the number of strange aliens he encounters add a convincing layer to the tale. what comes to mind is a more humanised if uncaring Bobba Fett in his younger days. Narration is very good although overuse of he said she said back and forth very annoying as i dont have the ebook im not sure if this is the narrator or author but it has cropped up before in other audibles from them both. As this is more a personal niggle perhaps it is not too bad and doesnt detract from an enjoyable listen.
Our famous or infamous, depending how you look at it, spaceman bounty hunter engages in one of his strangest hunts. Roak is hired to prove that one of the Orbs greatest fighters, Jonny Nebula, is in fact dead by producing the body. Orbs’ fighters are similar to our MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) league. Roak over turns one rock after another to discover the facts and fantasy assigned to Jonny Nebula. In so doing Roak made many enemies who wanted the truth to remain unknown. As it turns out the truth is more complex and convoluted than you might imagine. Roak unravels a scheme of treachery and conspiracy revolving of course, around money. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
The second outing for Roak, see's him forced unto the hunt for a dead orbs fighter. This builds on the first book and is a much better story line. The introduction of a partner in Hessa, the slightly eccentric AI, helps bring out Roak's character. Looking forward too book three and hopefully finding out more about the mysterious lady in black from his past.
Roak and Hessa are a brilliant duo, they complement each other, even though one is 'human' and the other is an insane, sentient, A.I. The story races along, it's crazy and funny, and I stayed awake until 2am reading it because I couldn't put it down.
This is the second in the Roak series. Much like the first, Roak gets a bounty and things don't work out. The galaxy just hasn't realised that if you don't mess with Roak everything will be so much better. They are starting to learn that in this book. Roak is forced into searching for a dead person and along the way we are introduced to some shadowy figure from his past.
Lots of action, an uppity AI and dumb lizardmen make for a really enjoyable book. Andrew B. Wehrlen does an excellent job reading the book.
Looking forward to the next one.
I received a free copy of this book and chose to write a review.