Review: The Alpha

  • Title:
    • he Alpha
  • Author:
    • E.J. Findorff
  • Release:
    • Not listed on Audible.
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Cathi Colas
  • Series:
    • Blood Parish #2

Going into this book, I had a tiny bit of a bias. I’ve previously listened to and reviewed book 1 in this series and it was one of my favorite reviews of 2021. I also had the opportunity to beta-read the third book in early 2022.

I appreciate the callbacks to the previous book, while also remaining its own story set in the same series. It didn’t feel like I needed to read or listen to the first book to know who Angel is, to care about her as a character, or to be invested in this book.

I found the Mystery to be pretty obvious and easy to solve, unlike the third book. Though with how relatively early on it’s revealed, I also didn’t get the impression that it was intended to be a big reveal anyway. Despite how easy it was to pick out the killer, the book was still chock full of surprising twists and reveals and was full of intense, suspenseful moments.

My only real issues with the novel were the repeated usage of the word “silencer” to refer to firearm suppressors. you can’t silence a firearm and I truly hate misinformation in all its forms. The second issue was the recurrent usage of the word “footage” to refer to digital video. We’re not living in 1975, this book isn’t set in the 20st century. Who the hell is using film in the modern era? It’s especially jarring with how prevalent modern tech is in this story.

As for the audio narration; Overall, it was pretty good. The character voices could use some work, but I’d argue it was better than most audiobooks. I did get sick of listening to the narrator repeatedly mispronounce the word familiar. There’s only 1 R in familiar “farmiliar” isn’t a word and I can’t fucking stand it when narrators add letters to a word. Audiobooks are expensive. Is it too much to ask that narrators be able to properly pronounce the words of their chosen language? Have some professional standards!

Complaints aside, I do recommend this book. As well as Blood Parish, One Hundred Bullets, and when it’s released, the third book in this series, Dead Redheads.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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