• Humanity's Protectors

  • An Influence Series Origin Novella
  • By: David R. Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Rachel F. Hirsch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Where will you stand at humanity's end? 

The corporate abuse of youth who have the special ability to manipulate reality is at its apex. A revolution to regain society has emerged and 16-year-old Leeyah is thrust in the middle of the war against the corporate-controlled police. 

Will a growing ability put her life at risk? 

Immerse yourself in the universe of the Influence series with this origin novella. Discover the beginning of the Influence phenomenon. 

©2017 David R. Bernstein (P)2017 David R. Bernstein

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A wonderful start to the Influence series.

Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel

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At first I was confused until I realized that Humanity’s Protectors takes place thirty years before the Influence series begins.

At sixteen. Leevah was forced to leave home and work for the corporation to use her abilities to influence the public into their way of thinking. That is until they asked her to manipulate a crowd in ways that was against what she thought was right. Unfortunately, her one action of defiance changed everything. She began to question everything she believed leaving her struggling to survive. What she found left her fighting to find who she could trust and if there was any place safe.

This was an incredible novella that came to live in the audio-book format.

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Short yet Surprising!

As a novella, this isn't meant to be long, and is just the origin story or 'prequel' of sorts for the story. Still, even picky as I am about novellas, I enjoyed this one, the narration and writing style were engaging, and I can't wait to discover more of this series!

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Fast Paced and Full of Action


Taking place 30 years before Influence and just as the world is beginning to realize what Influencers can do, Humanity's Protectors is a short novella about Leeyah who is working for a cushy corporation job. But today she is asked to do something that goes against her ethics and when she says no her whole world spins out of control.

Fast paced and full of action this is a great prequel to the events in Influence and can be read either before or after the first book. The audible edition comes with a sneak peak at Influence at the end of the novella.

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Some insight in how it began

Performance was good, no problems there.

The story was a nice addition but not so much the useful novella that adds a lot of insights. Although it has a few interesting things, yes. This is one I personally felt like it doesn’t add much to the Influence world David has created. Normally I am happier about novella’s in a certain world. But nonetheless it was a nice story. Not exactly depicting the fall itself but a little story about one fairly clueless Influencer, Leah and her experiences about life as an Influencer in the early days.
I think I’m a little bit less excited about the story because throughout the beginning d almost right up till the end, I was expecting rhis to be the story about Kaylin, the main character and Influencer on the run from the series. But who knows, maybe book 2 might reveal a certain tit-bit that places this story in a whole new light. After all, I did enjoy the story, I’m glad I had the chance of getting to know this one!

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The Beginning

Just like the first book, Influence, this novella is packed with action.

Humanity's Protectors shows a glimpse of what the world will eventually become in Influence.

Leeyah works mostly in secret for a corporation as their own personal influencer. Her, and people like her, were hired to help the company to gain an upper hand in the corporate world.

The job pays well and, though it's lonely and soul-sucking, Leeyah puts up with it. That is, until the day the company asks her to do something so against her personal morals she refuses.

What follows is probably high up on the "Worst Day Any Teenager Has Ever Experienced" list. Leeyah must flee and fight for her freedom and very life.

Good for people who love stories with a lot of action and adventure and for those who liked Influence and want to know how the world ended up the way it did.

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Just Get Started

I started with Humanity's Protectors before I read teh first book. As an orgin book, I reall wante to started there.
Leeyah is sixteen and has special power that allows her to munipulation minds and emotions. In true American style, coroporations have snapped up the ones with theese powers and keep them to themselves. Leeyah doesn't understand that this is more than anyting other than a basica ob that helped keep her parents comfortable. But when she refuses a job that goes againast all her ethics, all hell breaks loose adn her life chanegs forever.
With elements of The Darkest Minds, Humanity's Protectors shows what would happen in America if people with special powers actually exsisted and it's pretty spot on and sad. HP also takes on resisence groups. These saviors aten't all they seemed either.
The only issue I had with this was there was an aburt and jaring tranistion to teh ain story. A "30 years later such and such begins." Myabe I would feel diffeently if I started wih the first book.
Over all, this novella is though provoking and exciting and I look forward to the rest of the series.
Heads up: only about 2/3 of the content is the actual novella. The rest is a look at the first book in the series. This isn't bad, just a shock and I had to go back the last ten minutes to process as an end.
I received this book from the author for an honest review; all opinions are my own.

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Humanity's Protectors is a Great Quick Read

Humanity's Protectors is a Novella so it is a bit shorter but it is packed with action from the start. Great concept and the narrator brought it to life. I've also read Influence by David R. Bernstein and can't wait for the next book in the series. I subscribed to David's email list on his website so I will get notification whenever he publishes a new book. Thanks for making it easy David.

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Fast-paced thrill ride!

I loved the narration and the story was so unique and cool! It was short, but well worth it! On to Influence!

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Very good

This was a good story. It gives a good introduction to the Influence Series. Rachel does a great job.

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Really good

I really liked this novella from the influence series origin books and Rachel is a really good add for a narrator

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  • Ian
  • 01-02-20

Enjoyable

This is an enjoyable story, it's not overly long but it's a good listen all the same, the story itself is well written and the narration is really good.
deffinatly worth a listen.

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  • Ellen
  • 12-04-19

Humanity protectors

This audiobook is full of action as poor Leeyah, still in her teens find out that her job doesn't have a leave option. She has special abilities that make her a asset or a threat but who can she trust and what do they want from her. It is well read and can easily have a follow up story.