A Riveting Sci-Fi Story
5 out of 5 stars
Dark Destiny by C. T. Phipps and Frank Martin is a captivating audiobook that takes a slight departure from Phipps’ usual humorous style while maintaining his signature storytelling brilliance. If you’re a fan of Phipps and expect the constant laugh-out-loud moments found in his previous works, you might not find them here, but don’t let that dissuade you, as this book offers a different and equally satisfying experience.
The story is so engrossing that it’s nearly impossible to put it down. I found myself listening to it in just two sittings, a testament to its gripping narrative and well-executed plot. From the moment you press play, I was immediately drawn into a world of intrigue and suspense. And a world that I wanted to both know more about and also figure out how on earth Robbie was going to “fix” it.
The premise of Dark Destiny is both intriguing and thought-provoking. Robbie’s journey as he discovers his transformation into a monster and strives to prevent it is reminiscent of the parallel universe and time-travel concepts, similar to the classic “Back to the Future 2” where Biff’s actions have ripple effects and they’re trying to stop it from happening. This intricate web of causality keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering how the characters will navigate the consequences of their choices.
One of the most commendable aspects of the audiobook is the satisfying revelations that emerge throughout the story. The carefully plotted twists and turns keep you guessing and, when revealed, leave you deeply satisfied, adding layers to the narrative that you couldn’t have anticipated.
The characters in Dark Destiny are a true highlight, each vividly brought to life by the authors. They are multi-dimensional, with a mix of good and evil, yet all feel genuinely fleshed out. This depth in character development makes the listener emotionally invested in their fates and decisions, adding a layer of authenticity to a genre that often relies on the fantastical.
Ultimately, Dark Destiny is a triumph in the science fiction genre. C. T. Phipps and Frank Martin have delivered a gripping, thought-provoking story that keeps you engaged from start to finish. As a longtime fan of Phipps, I can confidently say that this collaboration has not only met but exceeded expectations. I am eagerly looking forward to where this compelling tale will take us next, as the authors have masterfully woven a narrative that has rekindled my excitement for sci-fi storytelling.
Gary Noon did an excellent job with the narration – keeping me riveted to my seat late into the night (twice). It was one of those narrations/performances that I have nothing to say about because it was exactly what the book needed and didn’t stand out to me (good or bad).
Eighteen-year-old Robbie Stone is an anti-corporate activist in 2066. During a protest in Chicago against the sinister Butterfly megacorporation, a riot breaks out, and he’s almost killed before being rescued by a mysterious white-haired girl. Soon, Robbie finds himself almost killed again by an assassin with seeming superpowers. Apparently, one of a group hunting him across America.
The white-haired girl, Jane, reveals that she’s from the future and that the assassins are as well. In their future, Robbie grew up to become the world’s worst dictator, and now the assassins are there to make sure he never achieves his destiny. Robbie has to adjust to Jane’s overbearing presence and figure out why she wants to protect him while dealing with the fact avoiding his fate may lead to an even worse future.
Dark Destiny is an exciting sci-fi action-adventure with cyberpunk elements by C. T. Phipps (Supervillainy Saga, Cthulhu Armageddon) and Frank Martin (Oscanawa, Cthulhu Is Hard to Spell).
Dark Destiny by CT Phipps, Frank Martin
Narrator: Gary Noon
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
Series: Dark Destiny #1
Published by Crossroad Press on September 22nd 2023
Genres: Science Fiction
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Also by this author: Cthulhu Armageddon, Agent G: Infiltrator, The Tower of Zhaal, Lucifer's Star, Predestiny
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