Title: Defiance (Thirteenth Legion Series #1)
Author: Eric Gardner
Creation is crumbling around us, yet we can’t see it. War, famine, carnage – it’s just the beginning.
Darkness is coming for us all.
They say evil comes in many forms. For former soldier Gabriel Willis, it looks like a motorcade of SUVs storming his quiet neighborhood, shattering his hard-earned domestic bliss. His loving wife and children watch in horror as he is arrested and whisked away without explanation.
Accused of terrorism and brutally tortured for information, Gabriel later learns that his family has been kidnapped and hidden away. The madman responsible hands him the arduous task of trekking to the mountains of Afghanistan to find famed archaeologist Othia Morgan and return with her – or his family will die.
Othia has unearthed a secret truth hidden deep beneath the sands of an ancient Afghan village, a terrifying beginning to the end of it all. The lives of hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting souls are destined to be caught in the middle – including Gabriel and Othia.
With the weight of the world upon him, Gabriel is left with an impossible decision: When should a devoted family man place the needs of the many above those of his precious few?
Even though this was a shorter book, it made up for it with a constant stream of action. This book is a blend of a bunch of genres like thriller, horror, suspense, action, and paranormal. With every page, we are introduced to new challenges that Gabriel must overcome. The details of the archaeological part of the story was unique, and I thought added more intrigue to the story as a whole.
The narration was smooth and intense, added to the suspense at all the key moments of the story.
Together, the story and narration makes for one fantastic audiobook, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series holds.