This review is for the Audible Audio Book version of Particle Man by Deric McNish. “This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.”
I rated this book 4 stars as I split the difference between the voice performance of 5 stars and the story aspects that I rated 3 stars.
PARTICLE MAN by Deric McNish is a slow and often humorous narrative of a young man growing up in the 1950’s who discovers that he has extraordinary powers. This is mostly a coming of age story as we are introduced to a cast of friends, family, and his day to day life. This introduction takes up the bulk of the novel and the action is almost exclusively in the last ¼ of the book.
Unfortunately this makes everything at the end feel a bit rushed and the ending abrupt. It’s like the origin story of a superhero where not all the mysteries have been explained. It isn’t clear to me if this is intended to actually be the first book in a series or not. It certainly feels as if it needs another book to wrap it up and give the reader closure.
When I saw that Deric McNish was listed as both author and narrator I paused in trepidation for a moment but I needn’t have worried. His voice is well suited to the main character of the book, and all of his voice inflections give just the right emphasis to the story.
I sincerely hope we get a sequel because I was hungry for more details about the events in the end of this book and want to know about other things only hinted at.