• Sentinels

  • When Strikes the Warlord, Volume 1
  • By: Van Allen Plexico
  • Narrated by: Pete Milan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Sentinels

By: Van Allen Plexico
Narrated by: Pete Milan
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Publisher's Summary

The greatest superhero audiobook saga of all begins here, with Volume 1 of the Sentinels saga! The power-mad Warlord stands poised to conquer - or destroy - the universe itself. Can anyone stand in his way? Enter the Sentinels: College student, Lyn Li - brilliant inventor, and total jerk, Esro Brachis - beloved national hero, (and amnesiac!), Ultraa, flamboyant showman, Damon Sinclair, and mysterious alien cyborg, Vanadium. When at last they all clash atop the Warlord's floating city, can the world itself survive?

©2011 Van Allen Plexico (P)2017 Van Allen Plexico

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Right from the Silver Age!

That headline is a compliment. The Golden Age of comics was a time of introduction and establishment of characters. The Silver Age is when they became innovative and experimental with characters and storylines. This novel feels like it is set in that era, a time when comics were fun and exciting, the art was fresh and experimental, and the characters weren't always heroes. Plexico has captured that sensibility and poured it into this book. The ride is fun, exciting, and fresh, even though it is nostalgic as all get out.

This is a real David vs Goliath story, as we are introduced to the Warlord; a mindbending ruler who has decided to enslave the populace of Earth. Who steps in? Some newbie heroes who really are still wet behind the ears but have high ideals and the belief that they need to stop the Warlord no matter the cost.

The heroes are fun and they do take you back to a point where you feel like you are seeing the Avengers or Justice League form. One really great thing is that you never really feel like the heroes have their win in the bag, and it really is possible that the bad guy can win. This isn't Marvel or DC after all. This is a free range universe in which anything can happen, anyone can live and anyone can die.

Pete Milan is ok as the narrator. There were a few points tha the seemed to slightly pause mid-sentence, but otherwise he was highly enjoyable. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If you are a fan of comic books, or have just jumped onto the superhero movie bandwagon, then this is a a book you will cherish!!!! I cannot wait to see what happenes next, and I know that you will too. Get this book and relive your childhood, or at the very least have one heck of a time with this band of Supers as they struggle against an overlord that they really have no right to be fighting.

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Fun Old School Superhero Story

No anti-heroes. No sexuality. No cussing. No vulgarity. Just an old school, clean, fun superhero story. A throw back. It was enjoyable enough. I'll most likely listen to the next couple books in the series.

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Not as Campy as I Expected

I received a review copy of this audiobook.

Honestly, based on the full title “Sentinels: When Strikes the Warlord” I was expecting more of a tongue-in-cheek cheesy romp in the vein of old radio dramas. This book surprised me. While it is certainly not without its flaws, I enjoyed its description and dialog nine times out of ten. The story isn’t the most original, but neither is it trite. I wish it had been handled with more subtlety at times, and there were a couple choices of the author with which I outright disagreed, but I’m legitimately looking forward to the sequel, which I have already downloaded.

The narrator did a fine job overall, but assigned accents to two of the characters that seemed totally off. This was exacerbated by other characters with actual accents mentioned in the narration.

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  • Ryan Pascall
  • 01-17-21

As a family of the card game, well impressed!

I was provided a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

As someone who has played many games of the Sentinels card game, I was very interested to check out the books and I'm pleased to say I was not disappointed.
Superhero tales can be very unbalanced due to superpowers but I felt that the protagonists were well balanced and it felt more like a pulp superhero tale than any crazy, over-the-top Marvel silliness.
This isn't to say it was lacking in action, far from it, but the story was very well written, paced and. narrated excellently.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-20

Sentinels vol. 1 review by Albert Anness

I thought this was an amazing story, I'm a fan of superheroes and I thought this was a great superhero tale, the narration was very good it had such an intense and heroic feel to it making just crave for more, the story was really well done it was so realistic in its interactions of the characters to how these could play out in real life and making them all so relatable, it also went into so much detail that I could easily picture what is happening, the characters all too were very relatable and likeable in their own rights, I particularly liked Ultraa, I really like his genuine heroic and noble nature, characters such as Lynn too were very relatable too many in real life, the Warlord was also such a brilliantly over the top villain giving off that impression of a ruthless, pompous dictator, it's also interesting on his it explores possibilities of things had they turned out differently, like the third Reich like what if the Nazis won which is a rather scary thought, overall I really enjoyed this story and I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested especially those interested in the superhero genre.

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  • Julie
  • 04-20-20

Out of this world

I normally listen to cozy mysteries but fancied a change. I have never been into comics but I have watched the Avengers films so thought I would given this book ago. Glad I did because I enjoyed it and have already downloaded the next book in the series. It is action packed and didn't let up until the end, very much like the film's. It is a real good against evil battle with the old character you are not to sure of. From the sample and the picture I did think the story was going to be more of a tounge in check story but that wasn't the case, it did have some nice one liners but was more action than comedy.
A new team of super heroes is forming just in the nick of time because they will have to fight the most deadliest villain earth has ever seen. The Warlord is back and looking for more power to control his minions using mind control and he has discovered a power source currently in the care of Esro Brachis, a brilliant inventor and friends and mentor to three other super hero's. Lyn a college student who only recently found out she had powers, Ultraa a hero with no past and memory but a civilian hero and Damon a ladies man with an eye to fame. Can they stop the Warlord dead in his tracks? Or is there more going on than even he knows?
I liked the narrator and thought he put his voice to good use giving each character very different sounding voices.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request from audiobooksunleashed and have voluntarily left this review.