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  • Talon the Slayer

  • Tales of Talon, Book 1
  • By: A. A. Warren
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Summary

A warrior without a past is the galaxy's only hope for a future....

Talon is a man without a past. A slave, a gladiator. His only memories are a lifetime of bloody combat in the arena. But when a chance encounter with a seductive alien sorceress plunges him into an intergalactic war, he finds himself fighting for the ultimate prize...his freedom.

As Talon and a rag-tag crew of allies embark on a vital mission for an exiled prince, they are pursued by an ancient warlord who has unleashed the most destructive force in the galaxy. The key to stopping it? Talon's lost memories....

If Talon cannot unlock the secrets of his past, his newfound freedom will be lost, and the fires of annihilation will consume the galaxy. Wielding a plasma axe and an indomitable will, he must triumph over the evil forces that stand in his way. He must be more than just a warrior. He must become...Talon the Slayer.

Dive into a galaxy of high adventure! Fans of Conan the Barbarian, Flash Gordon, and Guardians of the Galaxy will love this high-octane mix of science fiction and fantasy action.

©2019 A. A. Warren (P)2019 A. A. Warren

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  • 31-07-19

Great Sci-Fi action adventure

I didn't know what to expect with this story and I really enjoyed it, the action was fast and intense with likeable characters. The universe that the story was set in was interesting and little different to what you tend to find in other stories.
The narration was done to a high standard allowing you to immerse yourself into the story.


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Don't be fooled by the cover, it is a decent book.

This is a fast paced action scifi book.
It is one of those books that jumps straight into action.
Don't expect deep characters, it is all mayhem and fun.
I would recommend it for something not to indepth but fast paced and plenty of action.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 10-04-19

Talon in Space Space Space

Talon made me think of one those horror movies that jumped the shark and had a in space episode. This absolutely felt like Conan the Barbarian in space. His crew didn’t really remind me of Guardians of the Galaxy outside of them being a ragtag crew of mismatched aliens who happen to be trying to save the universe. I think it is easy to try to make that association when really they are as unique in this story as the Guardians are in theirs. What started out as a swords and sandals type story quickly evolved to a pulpy space style fantasy. The marrying of the two made for a fun and unique experience.

The overall plot felt fairly typical of a save the world type science fiction story. This one had a few twists that helped to make it stand out from the others, but I would say it didn’t stray too far from the middle of the road as far as plot. You definitely get the B movie feel which appeals to someone like me who used to stay up late as a kid watching sci fi movies on TV. The dialogue and interactions between the various characters solidifies that and you can’t help but be brought back to that time.

What really stood out in the story were the characters. Talon, dressed like He-man, complete with baldric and axe, was a great focal point of the story. Like the modern day one last job type stories, Talon, has one last battle to gain his freedom and it is an epic battle. I liked the supporting characters, although by far my favorite was Zobel, a wolf-like alien who is snarky, arrogant, and a total bad-ass. Selena’s story was another favorite of mine and I hope that as the series progresses we may get to hear more about her.

Travis Baldree is a master at character voices and he could make a medical text book full of life and fun to listen to. Baldree adds that layer to this story that makes it go from a decent sci fi story to an exceptionally fun one. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Baldree, you owe it to yourself to check out his narration. As always, he nailed this story and I look forward to hearing him narrate the next book in the series.

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

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  • Charles Gibbs
  • 14-05-19

Pulp Space Opera at its best

First, to get it out of the way.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
If you like space opera in the tradition of Edmond Hamilton, Leigh Brackett, and Lin Carter you will enjoy this book. A. A. Warren has written a rich tale that equals any of the great pulp fiction.
For one who grew up reading magazines like Analog, Galaxy, and others this story was a wonderful find.
Travis Baldree's narration only enhances the experience. I look forward to more from A. A. Warren and Travis Baldree.

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  • Mad Max Reviews
  • 07-04-19

Pulp Sci-Fi At It's Finest!

I'm a huge fan of pulpy sci-fi. Ate it up as a kid. Movies like Star Wars were my gateway drug, but then I discovered flicks like Battle Beyond The Stars, Starcrash, Hands Of Steel, Yor: The Hunter From The Future, and Spacehunter...just to name a few. A. A. Warren brings us Talon the Slayer; a cross between these imaginative sci-fi flicks and the crazy "Barbarian" flicks I also loved (Conan, Beastmaster, Sword and the Sorcerer).

What REALLY sells this is Travis Baldree's "tough as nails" gritty narration. He really brings the character of Talon to life as well as all the supporting characters. I'm excited to see where this series goes!

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  • Keith LaDue
  • 24-05-19

Great in its many genres.

Man! This book has it all. Si-Fi, Fantasy, Military Si-Fi, Gladiators, Flavian Amphitheatre, a good storyline, plenty of bloody action. If you like most or all of the above, this one is for you. I recommend this Audiobook. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review." "I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.”

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  • M. Lehiste
  • 26-04-19

Gotta love Travis Baldree & space gladiator!

I knew I was in for a treat when I got this message from this audiobook narrator:

"Do you ever think, "Hey, I long for a book that's like watching Flash Gordon & Conan at the exact same time - except, scratch that, I want to LISTEN to them!" If so, you are in such unbelievable luck. This is straight-up sc-fi pulp that knows exactly what it wants to be. Space gladiators, a sultry alien sorceress, ancient temples, galactic magic - and everyone really values breathability in their clothing, apparently.
I would have watched this approximately 8,476 times on the Superstation TBS."

And sure enough, it did not disappoint, the narrator did top notch job with narrating this kick-ass book about Space Gladiator called Talon the Slayer, anybody who like space adventures and gladiators fighting all kinds of robots and galactic riff-raff should definitely get this book, it's super energetic journey with Talon from a lowly slave to savior of the galaxy, I wanted to say that Talon for me is like Spartacus, but he does even win in the end, hope its not much of a spoiler :)

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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  • meiti
  • 18-04-19

Conan Meets Star Wars

Talon the Slayer is the first book in the Tales of Talon series and it was epic! It was a fast, fun, adventure through space that conjured up images of Conan the Barbarian and Star Wars around every corner. The story is not a short book, but I still felt like I was at the credits far too soon because of how engrossed in the story I was. If space adventures or warrior heroes are your type of story then you'll love this book.

Talon is sold into a life of slavery and battling in the arenas as a gladiator from an early age. He's doomed to a life of fighting and death until a mysterious sorceress finds him and drags him into an intergalactic war that gives Talon a purpose and a chance at freedom. Determined to win his freedom without being a slave to anyone else's plans, he sets off with a crew into an adventure that will change the galaxy for better or worse.

This was a fun book. The characters are who they are. If you're looking for a story where the characters change and evolve into someone new, this isn't it and that's not a bad thing. For me, this story brought to mind thoughts of barbarian heroes like Conan. Talon is a warrior and will do things his way. He's not stupid, he's not a pawn, and he'd just assume chop you to pieces with his battle axe than to hear your plans to rule the galaxy. The story was a blast and I'm looking forward to seeing what adventures await Talon next. If space adventures or barbarian warrior stories is your type of thing, you won't be disappointed by this one.

There are some adult situations in this book, so I would recommend it for more mature teens or adults.

The narration by Travis Baldree was excellent as well. His voice is perfect for capturing what I imagine a character like Talon would be. He's rough and gritty and it was an enjoyable experience listening to his narration of this book.

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  • JB
  • 11-04-19

Such an epic book!

This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time!

When I was told it was Conan the barbarian in space, I wasn’t lied to, this was so epic!

So much action, so much adventure, so much YES!

But wait... ZOBOOOOOOOO!

You need to listen to this story, I am beyond excited for another one in this arc!

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 09-04-19

Fun!

This is a truly fun filled, action packed adventure... I knew that I was in for a good time from the very start!
It was advertised as a "Conan the Barbarian meets Flash Gordon" pulp fiction, but I don't think that's quite right... it's close, but more like Conan meets Star Wars, and when I figured that out, I kept hearing John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra in my head! LOL
I can always count on it being a sure thing when I get a book narrated by Travis Baldree! He's really, really good at his craft!
Grab a plate of snacks, and sit back to enjoy the story! You decide if the London Symphony Orchestra plays out as a backdrop! LOL

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Randy Murphy
  • 07-04-19

Very well done

I was taken back to the early pulp movies and books and that was a good thing. The main character was great and though not as fleshed out the supporting characters all performed their part. the Narrator did a good job of bringing everything to life. I am definitely looking forward to the rest in the series. I was given a free copy of this audio in return for an unbiased review.

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  • Jason
  • 26-06-19

Awesome tale to kick off a great new sci-fi story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It was fast paced with a ton of action. The characters were cool.

Slave worlds and the battle arena breed some of the greatest warriors. Add in some ancient secrets and a bit of prophecy and you have one wild ride. Talon just wants to be free, but he has to run gauntlet after gauntlet to find this freedom.

Highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great blend of sci-fi action with a healthy dose of humor. Looking forward to book two.

Travis Baldree's performance was outstanding. He enveloped the characters and brought them to life.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving an honest and voluntary review.

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