Saturday, July 14, 2018


Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Melissa Williams

Series: The Liberty Box series, Book 1

Length: 6 hours 25 minutes

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Kate Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of 24, she's the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving fiancée and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that she's been living a lie. Jackson MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control, returns to the Republic for his mother's funeral. Within a few hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or fleeing for his freedom. Kate, bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees, where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their rescue missions right under the Potentate's nose?
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By day, C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ, and she writes medical books under her real name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She lives with her husband, with whom she maintains a facetiously contentious movie review blog, and travels as often as they can get away. When not writing or seeing patients, she does yoga, drinks red wine while eating dark chocolate, and consumes audiobooks like there’s no tomorrow!  


Narrator Bio
Melissa lives with her family, including two dogs and a cat, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado. After having a corporate job for most of her life, and as a self-proclaimed introvert, she decided to leave corporate America to work from home. Voice overs had always tugged at her heart as something she would like to explore, so she attended some classes and landed with a company that taught her how to break in to the industry. Loving to read, she explored the fast growing world of audiobooks and fell in love with it. She has ten audiobooks under her belt and is currently working on the 11th. Understanding that she should always be learning how to improve her skills, she is currently working with Sean Pratt. When not talking to herself in a padded room, she can be found walking her dog, singing or fishing the Arkansas River.
  I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.


As I listened to this story, I was intrigued by the thoughts that this story was so plausible even though it was science fiction.  This is a story of survival.  This is a story of deceit.  This is a story of overcoming all the odds and, it's also a story of observing the realizations of the world around you.  The main character is Kate and in the beginning she is oblivious of all expect the world as the new republic tells her is real, but is it?  It takes an outsider, Jackson,  to use his grandfather's training to show the affluent Americans things are not as they seem in these new Americans.  Kate is a reporter/anchor woman for the government news station, who finds herself in a world full of deceit, murder and government conspiracy all because she wanted to find information out about a long lost room mate. 
This is a well-written epic tale filled with adventure and learning to survive in a new world order.  It really reminded me of the Revolutionary War.  Story is concise and each event builds on the ones creating a very coherent story.  The author has given enough time to develop the characters into complex people.  We see that no character is all good or all bad. Characters had modern day problems and life events including ordering pizza and stopping for coffee and a chocolate croissant in the morning before work.  The book is action packed with themes of not taking things at face value.  It is a theme about loss and survival and dealing with life changing events. This is the first book in the series and it does end on a cliffhanger of sorts, but could be read/listened to as a standalone book.  I look forward to listening to the next two books in the series. 
This well written story was narrated by Melissa Williams, who spoke clearly and at an excellent pace for understanding and dramatic effect.  She changed her voice enough for me to know who was speaking at each time and used inflection to convey emotions of the characters very well.  Her voice changes into each character were consistent throughout the story making it very easy to understand which character was which and the inflection in her voice added to the drama and emotions conveyed in the story both stated and implied. She even gives characters accents which is always a great touch to make the story come to life.
Amazon/Goodreads rating: 4.5/5
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