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Last Days Trilogy

By: Jacqueline Druga
Narrated by: Rick Gregory
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Summary

Led by his curiosity and fueled by intelligence, Dr. Marcus Leon embarks on what he believes is the greatest scientific experiment of all time. One that ignites a firestorm of controversy. Not only does Marcus intend to extract DNA from the blood trapped in the Shroud of Turin, but he will clone the image upon it. 

The experiment is a success and the masses embrace the clone as the embodiment of Christ, failing to recognize that science can replicate the body, but cannot touch the soul. 

Devoid of this essential spirit, the clone is nothing more than a directionless vessel in need of a captain. A position quickly filled. The arrival of the clone begins the end to all humanity. 

Last Days Trilogy includes all three books: Last Days, Exodus, and Purge.

©2017 Jacqueline Druga (P)2018 Jacqueline Druga

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Could have been so much better

Could have been so much better ...with a different narrator it was very monotone and no life in the characters.
Story was different though

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I like this audio book s lot one of the best ones I have had this year

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 05-09-18

Awesome series!!

Book 1: Marcus is a scientist and himself and his team have decided to take some samples from The Shroud of Turin and see can they grow a clone from the DNA on the Shroud. This is, of course, met with a lot of criticism from religious fanatics and others. They think it's sacrilegious. Death threats, attacks and abuse, doesn't deter Marcus and they plow away. The embryo grows amazingly well, but they never realised it would not be a baby, but a fully grown man. This man has powers and the masses think he is the Saviour, but while science can clone a body, they can't clone a soul, and this man doesn't seem right to Marcus. Just what have they created?

This is a hard book to rate because while it was incredibly intriguing, it was very slow to get going and took me a long time to get into. Things don't really get going till near the end of the book and there were times when I wanted to put it aside, which is unusual with this author! But I can tell that now the seeds are set, the rest of the series should be a lot faster to get going.

I did like the whole idea of the plot, even if the science of it was a little out there! The idea of trying to make a clone from the blood of the Shroud of Turin was unique and interesting. I do think the reactions of people was something that would happen, with people equal parts protesting against it, as they were delighted with the idea. I also liked that the author made it so Marcus's family weren't all on board with the idea.

I did love some of the characters. Reggie is a strong lead and I liked her spirit and her friendship with Marcus. She is there for him no matter what! I also liked Kyle, Reggie's dad. He was some much needed levity!! The author did write the characters well and I found myself rooting for them.

In all, this started slow, but did set the scene for, what I hope will become, a memorable series.

Rick Gregory did a really good job with this. This is the third one I've listened to by him, and with each one it seems that he is getting stronger as a narrator. He had a good few tones and voices for the different characters, and even read the females well. I think he still needs to work on his tone of voices, in regards emotion or tension, to really bring a book alive.

Book 2: Having loved book 1, I eagerly dived into this when I got it. Moving on from book 1 and the birth of the Antichrist, Devante, things are really starting to heat up. People are flocking to believe Devante and after he shows some of his power, they have no choice but to comply with him or die! Meanwhile Marcus and Reggie have their own hands full when they get a present from God.

As I said, I loved book 1 and couldn't wait to start this one, and boy was I happy with it!! The plot is really starting to come together. Things are about to come to a head and there seems to only be a handful of people who can stop it, namely Marcus, since he created Devante, and Reggie, who is about to become a kick ass warrior! Devante is making his army and any one who opposes him is dead!! The plot was fast paced and intense.

In all, this was a great second book. I felt my anticipation rising as the plot progressed and I know that the final book will be epic. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Rick Gregory read this really well. His tones and cadences were great and helped create the atmosphere needed for this book. He gave each of the characters their own personality and was able to bring them to life. I really like his portrayal of Devante!!

Book 3: This is the final in the trilogy and as sees Devante waging war on anyone opposed to him. Meanwhile, Marcus, Reggie and Michael are trying to build their own army to save humanity and destroy Devante. But what will the price be and will they be too late?

I really liked book 1, loved book 2 and was eagerly awaiting this one! And while I enjoyed this a lot, I felt a little let down with the final battle, which I'm not going to talk about because there would be major spoilers!!! All I'll say is that the final fight was a little too easy!

Other than that, this was well written, action packed and engrossing. There were plenty of other battle scenes that were full on and had me eagerly listening to the story. Reggie and Michael were so fun when they were interacting. Michael was hilarious at times and it added much needed levity to the overall good vs evil thing.

In all, this series was really good. It was a unique story line and held my attention the whole way through. I can't wait to check out more from this author.

Rick Gregory did a great job as always. I really liked the way he did Michael and his female voices were good. I did find that some of his male voices were very similar and it took me a few seconds to realise who was talking.

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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  • Spooky Mike
  • 08-08-18

Awesome Non-zombie Apocalyptic Trilogy

Last Days Book 1
Having read the publisher's summary I knew that I had to listen to this trilogy. Have to say I wasn't let down. This book isn't standalone by any means so there is only a slight climax and ends at the start of everything. This whole book is pretty much a buildup to the second book.
Not your typical end of the world story and so far it is definitely seeming like a cool story. The premise of the story is quite outrageous, but done quite well and approached the same way I would expect it to be in real life, or at least how Hollywood tells me real life is. Not sure that the science behind any of this is correct but that doesn’t impact the story itself.
I actually don't really care for either of the two main protagonists. The only person who actually seems to make any sense is Kyle. Devante is so far my favorite. I know you shouldn't root for the bad guy but his character is the most intriguing and the most fun. I know Reggie is supposed to be the fun one but she annoys me.

Exodus Book 2
Enjoyed this story a lot more than the first one. Since the first book was essentially a buildup to this book we get a lot more action and no slow roll. The first book abruptly ended, as does this one.
We finally are getting closer to the end of the world. Split between those who believe in Devante and those who oppose him. Both sides get ready for battle and a surprise guest shows up to lead Marcus and Reggie into battle. If they make a movie about this I think Paul Bettany should play this role.
Starting to like Marcus more but Kyle is still probably my favorite next to Devante. I really like how Devante, not being from this century, doesn't know how modern things work. Michael is a dick. It is really annoying how Michael, not being from this century, has no idea how modern things work, including words, people, relationships, showers, etc. Reggie is going to become the savior?

Purge Book 3
Great way to end the trilogy. The battle was good and the ending, although sad, was fitting. Glad to see that Reggie continues to be the bad-ass she was in the last book. Got a little tired of her complaining about not having a sword, but the resolution to that was fantastic. Really enjoyed how everything came together. Each book seemed quite different and this one was perfect for the ending. Keep in mind this needs to be heard in order and I’m happy to say there is no hook ending leaving it open for another.
Things got a little weird for me between Michael and Reggie. I wasn’t really sure what the whole point of his desire to be intimate with her was. As a point of explaining how he was not human but took on human aspects I can get, but it just got creepy and didn’t portray how I would want an angel to behave when they descend to defeat evil. I want something more like Michael from the movie Legion. Prefer a bad-ass over an emotional train wreck. I definitely prefer Devante over Michael, he didn’t have the weaknesses that I felt Michael has. I have to say though that I loved how Michael called everyone a jerk not knowing what the actual meaning was.

Rick Gregory did a great job with the narration. I have always enjoyed his character voices and he continues to do a really great job. Rick's different tone between Devante, arrogant and pompous, and Michael, foolish yet confident, is perfect. He really nails those characters. All and all he really brought these stories to life and his voice really adds to the emotions and personalities of each character. Glad he was the narrator for the entire series.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Lois Elliott
  • 07-08-20

The series is great..but

the narrator was awful.....the story was really good and I loved it, but I struggled with the narrator. Every time he tried to do another character's voice I cringed. It was terrible. imho it ruined the whole vibe of the book. I recommend the book but read it. This narrator did nothing good for this book.

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  • Bernard Piavaux
  • 13-10-21

I had to return it, awful narration

Book was good, loved the concept but ...
Rick Gregory's narration is too fast and his voice is not nice to listen to. It was for me not enjoyable at all.

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  • Susan Bigham
  • 02-10-18

Terrible narrator

The book was good but the sarcastic narrator was horrible. I dont recommend it because of him.

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  • Sidney
  • 27-07-18

Really different approach to the end times

This story involves a young scientist who is trying to create a clone using the DNA from the Shroud of Turin. The process goes horribly wrong when word gets out and people start to turn against him and when the clone is taken over by evil.

The story revolves around two people. The scientist Marcus and the girl he has known since birth Reggie. Their adventures trying to correct the situation and the family involvement and those they care about involve death and destruction as well as love and commitment.

The story involves much death and destruction by the forces of evil yet manages to throw in many humorous zings throughout. A very well done story.

The narration is superb. Great range of voices and accents make it easy to tell the characters and it is done well with emotion to boot.

This book was provided free with the expectation of a review.

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  • Jessica E. Gieske
  • 08-06-22

Don’t waste your time

The narrator sounds robotic and is so annoying. The plot, if you call it that is ridiculous. Don’t waste your credit or time on this trash

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-03-22

Science Vs Scripture in End Times

This story was absolutely amazing for the most part! Rick Gregory did a great job for the most part, except that he mispronounced several key words.

Dr Marcus Leon is raised in a Baptist home, but he's a scientist, so he can't be bothered to really believe. Instead, he takes blood from the Shroud of Turin and creates a clone. After a super short gestation, Devante, rises from the artificial womb, clearly Nephilim born at a height of 6'10. Marcus realizes then that something is severely wrong! So he opens the Bible. It is there that he discovers that the Antichrist will come to this world before Messiah's 2nd Coming!! Now the stage is set and the battles begin. The damage one who is raised with Scripture but refuses to believe can cause can be incredible!!

Clearly the author is very knowledgeable about the End Times, the deceptions and false miracles that will be perpetrated and how man's free will plays into the End. However, I genuinely dislike Reggie/Regina, her totally disrespectful attitude and her take charge no matter the consequences, unwillingness to ever really listen to anyone else. Not wanting to give away too much, so I'll end my review here. It is definitely worth the time it takes to listen!

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  • Mellissa
  • 14-02-20
Listener received this title free

Great box set

Religion usually isn’t my thing, but I really enjoyed the story and the humor. Great story.

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  • Teresa L.
  • 17-06-19

I enjoyed this a great deal.

This book started slow. But it's worth the wait, stay with it you'll really enjoy it. The ending was excellent.