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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Ares (Nomad, Book 1) by K.A. Finn is a contemporary science fiction audio book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of teenagers, young adults, and adults who enjoy science fiction with romantic elements. Gryffin is a human cyborg hybrid who is the current Captain of the Nomad ship known as Ares; the Nomads are outlaws that practice piracy and offer protection to settlements for a price. Lieutenant Terra Rush serves on the Foundation ship Infinity that is tasked with preparing for colonization, but her life takes a sudden turn when she comes face to face with Nomad Gryffin and discovers that he is not the killing machine that the Foundation has labeled him. Do these two have what it takes to do what is right rather than what is easy?
Ares (Nomad, Book 1) by K.A. Finn is a well-produced audio book that was easy to enjoy. I quickly found myself falling in love with Gryffin’s ability to be both human and machine; the battle between his two halves made him a very interesting character that held my attention for the duration of the audio book. My favorite scene was the first meeting between Gryffin and Terra; I loved the way he saved her and then she helped him remove the bullet from his chest. The narrator of this audio book was Keith Michaelson. Mr. Michaelson is an accomplished voice actor who has narrated many audio books including, but not limited to Veritas Morte: A Science Fiction Novella, The Crystal Bridge: The Lost Shards, Volume 1, and Uncommon Purpose: The Hope Island Chronicles, Book 1. Mr. Michaelson's expertise in doing the voices for different characters really showed in his voice acting for Gryffin and Terra. I felt that his voicing of Gryffin really pulled me in with how he changed his voice based on Gryffin’s emotions and mental state. Overall, I really enjoyed this audio book and I cannot wait to listen to book two.