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Radioactive Evolution

A Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic Adventure
Written by: Richard Hummel
Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
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How far would you go to change humanity's fate? 

Jared Cartwright grew up in a loving, caring community, completely isolated from the horrors of the outside world. When tragedy leaves him alone and untethered, Jared sets out to explore the unknown: a world where twisted, scarred creatures roam an earth ravaged by nuclear war while the rich fled to the skies on floating utopias, escaping destruction and leaving the rest of humanity to die. 

To face his new reality, Jared must learn to survive in a cold, harsh world. A twist of fate changes Jared's destiny when he discovers dragons are real. The dragon unlocks a hidden technology within his body, giving him powers he never imagined existed. 

With deadly adversaries above and below, he must evolve beyond mere human limitations to defeat the powerful rulers of the cities and the rabid beasts lurking in the shadows. 

Amazon number-one best seller in Post-Apocalyptic & Cyberpunk!

©2018 Richard Hummel (P)2019 Richard Hummel

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"A worthy series kickoff with riveting characters and a world that readers will want to explore." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 2019-04-02

A new version of the post apocalypse

The world has been reduced to a radioactive waste land full of mutated creatures and hidden dangers. The earth populous has been reduced to scattered colonies supported by floating cities populated by the rich and technologically advanced elite. The cooonies have a few scouts each, brave or stupid souls who explore the world and scavenge for weapons, items of use and nanite (nanotechnology) injectors that stave off the radiation sickness and allow people to live. One of these explorers finds more than he bargained for. Phase pistols, injectors and a creature that he inadvertently becomes bonded to. This binding leads to a discovery about the world they live in, the truth behind the history of mankind, the nanites and the countless injustices perpetrated by those in the sky cities. Cannhe find allies and grow strong enough? This world has a unique almost video game style of growing a characters strength. Get ready for the start of the next great world building series. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 2019-04-17

Fast paced and fun!

This book was so much fun to read! I pretty much enjoyed everything about it and loved the world the author created!! There was only minor issues that kept it from being a 5 star read.

The plot was fast paced and highly entertaining. Jared is trying to survive in a world ravaged by radiation and war. He scavenges what he can but it's hard because if he doesn't inject the nanites into himself regularly, he will die. On one such scavenger run, he finds a good deal of loot and a stone. Before he can study it fully he has to flee from an animal he hears. Safe for now, he is stunned to see the egg hatch into a Dragon. Dragons were long thought extinct so Jared takes a while to realise what he has. I loved seeing them grow together and their interactions were fun and easy. Both Jared and Scarlet were the reason I loved it so much!! Anyway, back to the plot, Now that Jared has Scarlet, he realises that he might have a chance to defeat the people who did this to the world but he will need help. He sets out to find other people who will help him.

As I said, the plot was fast paced, entertaining and was easy to follow, but there were quite a few unanswered questions I had. There wasn't much about the world before and how it came to be the way it is now. It also didn't fully explain the nanite situation and the way they are distributed. I understand how the nanites work, but why when Jared or Scarlet sucks up the dead things nanites, do they only get something like 60% to distribute? Where did the rest go? I'm not much of a gamer so maybe that's why I didn't fully understand it!

Other than the unanswered questions, I found myself immersed in the world the author created. I loved the mutated animals, especially the bunnies!! I loved the quest Jared and Scarlet were on. Their bond was compelling and I loved seeing it grow. I loved the fighting scenes, which were plenty by the way, and I loved the overall story! I'm really looking forward to the next one because despite not understanding everything, I've become invested in these characters stories and I can't wait to see where the author takes it.

The narrators Armen Taylor and Anneliese Rennie made an awesome pair. Armen Taylor gave a a brilliant performance as Jared. His inflections and cadences brought the story to life. Anneliese Rennie was also brilliant as Scarlet. Her voice for the Dragon was scarily good. I need to see what else these narrators have narrated.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 2019-04-06

It's a Radio-Active Read! Don't miss it

The first thing I should say about this book is that I loved it. No, no, that’s short changing it. I freaking loved this book. I generally use a couple of criteria to tell if a book is really good. The first is the sleep test. If I fall asleep without prompting it isn’t a good sign. When I go to bed I usually leave the book on for fifteen minutes, and pass out after that is over. If I fall asleep, no matter how tired I am, it isn’t a good sign. If I stay away its good. If I listen to it for the whole fifteen minutes, and reset it its better, and if I do that for a second time or more The book really has my interest. There’s only been a few that I’ve tagged three times or so. This is one of them. Another indicator is when my son, Prop guy, goes for a ride with me and has me pause the book to update him on what happened before he came in, and what the name of the book is because he wants to read it, tells me it is good. And that is exactly what happened. He became very vested in the story by the time our ride was over. So, given that I wanted to listen to this book every opportunity I had, and that Prop guys was interested after only a few moments I know this is an excellent book. It kept me riveted throughout, I only had two drawbacks to the book, and they were minor.

First, this is what I would call lite Litrpg, the elements are all there but not in a way that they pop up continuously. There is progression and increases to stats, but not a ton of the rpg stuff, and that’s fine. I’m only throwing this out as a heads up for people who like their stuff a lot more heavy. I’m cool so long as a story has some elements, and it does.

My only issue was that the advancement/progression wasn’t very refined. It runs off of percentage points, which I completely get. I’m terrible at math and stats is hard, so making things easy by going with percentages was smart, but it never really detailed what the percentages did when they were applied other than to say they assigned 35% to this ability or stat. I followed, but it needed some more mechanical work before it left the garage. Again, nothing major, but it needs noting.

Anyway, the book is set in a post apocalyptic setting in which radiation threatens to wipe out the humans left on the earth unless they receive periodic shots of nanites from the upper class dudes that done escaped on floating cities. Life below is heard, life above, not so much. The MC, Jared, is an explorer who scouts out areas looking for anything he can salvage. He ends up being led into an area that gives him some pretty good loot, after following in the footsteps of another dead explorer. He manages to find a few nanites injectors and a mysterious stone before being forced to flee when the sounds of a large monster makes itself known. He later discovers that he has stolen a dragon’s egg and ends up bonding to it via a special set of nanites. I honestly thought that this was the way that Dragon Seed was going to go, but that book really emphasized becoming a rider before you got to meet the dragon. Here we get to see the dragon go from hatchling into horror as it grows and maxes itself out.
The interplay between Jared and Scarlet (the Dragon) is really well done, and it feels natural and organic. They play well off of one another, and this is the best part of the story. To me, the only time that the story slightly bogs down is when they focus on other creatures like the Mer-people or the dragons. I get that they both need some sort of love interests, but the book really flows when it is just them against the world. I think the nanites interaction was fun, and a great way to deal with the dystopian issues that they faced.
The narration was just banging. The tag team of Armen Taylor and Anneliese Rennie was just unstoppable. Like Jared and Scarlet they played well off of each other. Taylor has a presence and voice that makes me wonder why he’s not sought after more often. Aside from Hummel the only other LITRPG authors who’ve used him have been James Hunter and Chris Carney. Rennie brings a nice sardonic attitude to the dragon, and lets you believe that the dragon can be wise beyond her years while still being played as young. It’s a nice balancing act. It was good to hear her voicing Scarlet. She made this just as fun as Taylor, and I look forward to the next installment.
Form me, this was a couldn’t put it down once I got started kinda book, and I think you’ll feel the same way. The book ended in a nice solid place, the characters were well fleshed out, as was the world (although I did have some questions that might not have been fully answered, like how did all the animals get nanites, or keep getting them is the bigger question).

Final score, 8.5 stars. Man this was a fun ride.

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  • Matt
  • 2019-03-22

Great book and great audio performance.

The story line keeps you captivated. The writer is descriptive. The main character is not your classic hero and you get to watch the character evolve into that roll.

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  • bill fletcher
  • 2019-03-17

Entertaining

Very good first book of I hope many more in this series. I would have went crazy far with a dragon but I can understand you planting a base of characters. I also like that you were able to sell 15 hr. Audiobook. Most would have stopped at 8 or 9.
Sell many and make writing a full time job!

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  • Michael Oberhardt
  • 2019-04-01

Post Apocalypse Techno Fantasy

Radioactive Evolution is an easy read of a post apocalyptic fantasy. I'd say this book is definitely youth / teen friendly, and not heavy and depressing, as many post apocalyptic books tend to be. Looking at the author's website, the term litRPG is mentioned. I wasn't familiar with the term, so looked it up, and I would agree that it would fit that term. I don't believe this is based on a specific commercial RPG game, but the RPG portion of the genre relates more to the character development of skills and powers. The length of the story, and the arc and ending was also satisfying, not feeling too short, and not leaving a cliffhanger. The genre would also span both full fantasy and future post apocalypse, with both techno and mystic elements.

I was given this audiobook as a review copy from the author. That said, I did purchase the kindle companion edition.

The writing style is very smooth and professional, and given the authors debut status and apparent young age, it is pretty impressive to me. Coupled with the smooth writing style, the incredibly polished narration, primarily Armen Taylor, supported by Anneliese Rennie, is doubly impressive, and so easy to follow, understand, and enjoy.

So if you are wanting to try (like me) a well produced example of a new sub genre from a new author, suitable for all ages, give it a go.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-02

Good mix of future

It was good, I can't wait for the next one to find out what is going to happen.

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  • Tyler
  • 2019-03-29

post apocolyptic. lit rpg + Dragon love

amazing book. interesting and unique leveling system. a main character that would be OP in another setting but in this one there are threats far beyond him, so his rapid growth feels nessisary. the narrators bring both the main characters to life. delivers on a dragon bond as well or better then the Eragon novels. gonna have to reccomend to my mom because sge is a huge ann mcafee fan.

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  • Mack
  • 2019-03-28

a good story

I think the story was well written and cant wait to see where the second book takes the story

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  • Lint
  • 2019-03-28

THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!

This story was a packed with so much awesome. there was the unexpected, lots of action and gamelit elements, and even the right amount of feels. I had a hard time pressing pause to do other things. This is a must listen masterfully performed by the two people giving it voice.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful