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  • The Bridge Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Nathan Hystad
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (158 ratings)

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Lost Contact

By: Nathan Hystad
Narrated by: Ray Porter
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Summary

Rex Walker always wanted to be like his father: a daring, adventurous man, traveling the world in pursuit of mysterious relics. Now Rex is the same age his father was when he disappeared without a trace. 

While teaching anthropology at a Boston college, Rex attempts to bury the past, until he discovers a hidden clue he can’t ignore. 

With the help of his sidekick Marcus, a former student turned protégé, he teams up with an alien-obsessed billionaire, and they search for the fabled Bridge. 

As an unidentified object nears Pluto, speculation surges. Some hail it as the homecoming of a distant alien race, and this cult is unwavering in its efforts to usher our world into a new era. 

Will Rex solve the puzzle before it’s too late? Find out in Lost Contact, the first installment of The Bridge Sequence by Nathan Hystad, the best-selling author of The Event.

©2021 Nathan Hystad (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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How to annoy your readers 101

Ian Fleming wrote james bond to be spy fantasy, but this author seems to want to fantasise about characters going to dinner parties, characters going to bars, characters visiting relatives. I kept waiting for something to move the plot forward, but the same pattern of characters going to a social function, perceiving a vague threat, fleeing and going to another social function kept repeating. Peripheral characters are indistinct and blend together, plot lines with side characters are introduced and then never mentioned again. The bad guys have no clear motivation or established villain (the faceless, nameless 'Sovereign' is mentioned. Don't worry, we never meet him or her, and their involvement doesn't resolve or matter by the end of the book). Either the editing or the structure was poorly done, as secnes seem to jerk instantly from one to the other, so it feels like the characters lurch from one place and time to another, inexplicably. I noticed several times in the book where I found myself saying things like: 'Oh! Well I guess they are in France now?'. It became infuriating. After 5 hours or so I decided to keep listening out of bloody mindedness, hoping to get some satisfaction from the ending. NOPE! Thats the main reason I'm writing this. I don't normally write bad reviews, but in this case I had to make an exception, as the ending we had been waiting for all of the book was a complete bait and switch, essentially resetting the characters 'progress' to getting any answers back to zero. Who are the threatening aliens? We don't know, except we do know, we just won't tell you. Who built the bridge? Don't know. Why did they build the bridge? Don't know. Whats on the other side of the bridge? Nothing, but also something, but also something we won't tell you. Buy my next book to find out!

**** off.

There's not many books that have made me legitimately angry at how the author treats the reader, but this was one of them. I bought it because I like Ray Porter as a narrator, and he does his usual top notch job of bringing characters and story to life, but even he can't put life into a lifeless plot. I had hoped that like RC Bray, he had curated his projects somewhat to cover stories he thought were high quality, but I guess sometimes a guy just needs to work.

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It’s fine, but doesn’t make much sense

It was an ok listen and the narrator was great, which is why I probably stuck it out.

I found a lot of it to be a bit silly. They “just happen” to guess the coordinates correctly with a bit of rearranging .... I mean it seems a bit convenient that they ended up in the right place first time, and “just happen” to keep bumping in to the right people! I mean you could literally have arranged the numbers around 50 ways and ended up all over the place. They then just kept following co-ordinates with a rich person paying for flights which I kind of think any fool could do.... feels like he didn’t need to waste 30 years becoming an archaeologist for that..... and then it just became a bit of, “and then we went here”, and “then we went there”.....thank goodness there were only 6 things to find, I don’t think I could have taken any more!

I think it’s an American thing but everyone seemed totally ok about guns and shooting people.... would a university professor be ok with this!?!? Maybe in America they would?

Overall everything was just a bit “convenient” and predictable. Along the lines of a Dan Brown book, but this was better than one of his (I didn’t want to burn it and set fire to the bookshop also, which was what I wanted to do 3 chapters in to the davinci code)

It also ends pretty much on a cliffhanger so you have to get the next book, which is a little annoying.

But overall not terrible.... and if you like Dan Brown you will probably enjoy it.

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Could have been so much better.

I bought this because Ray Porter narrates it and it sounded like National Treasure meets Stargate.
The story is good but there's waaay too much overly descriptive narrative, its unnecessary and detracts from the characters. So much so that the cliffhanger seems pointless as a lot of time and text could have been saved with better editing. That said, it was a fun story.

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Scrambles over the line as Sci-fi...

Not my usual cup of tea and debating to get the 2nd book...Ray Porter is swinging it for me at the mo...
bit of a let down ending but it definitely sets the next book up as most trilogies should...
I highly recommend THE HIDDEN SHIP...

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Great stuff.

Ray Porter does it again and this time with a little help from Nathan Hystad. They really enjoyable listen. I was hooked from the start it had the right amount of Indiana Jones adventure with a sprinkle of sci-fi to finish it off. Right I can’t be here all day I’m off to find book 2... do yourself a favour and download it now.

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a mix of indiana and national treasure with alians

loved the first one the story is gripping and very well wrote and read keeps you wanting to hear more love the how adventurer biz and mixing that with sci-fi is making for a really interesting story excite for more

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Not my cup of tea

Indiana Jones with a small sci-fi section at the end, which is not the end of the story. I found the first 6hrs or so quite boring, the story line very thin.

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A bit of a let down

I’ve just finished the book and feel rather deflated with it. The book felt rushed and scenes seemed to move too quickly to build the story or atmosphere. The ending just felt as if it was set up to promote the next book.

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Absolutely fantastic

An epic sci-fi full of twists and turns, exciting storylines and characters full of depth.

I really really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down, another fantastic read from Nathan!

P.s if you enjoyed this book please listen to "The Rise" series also written by Nathan and narrated by Ray porter.

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brilliant story

Great story that is also believeable. best way to describe is National treasure crossed with Da Vinci code.

onto the sequel

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