Armageddon's Children

Version: Unabridged
Author: Terry Brooks
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: August 2006
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 14 hours
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Overview

Terry Brooks is one of a handful of writers whose work defines modern fantasy fiction. His twenty-three international bestsellers have ranged from the beloved Shannara series to stories that tread a much darker path. ArmageddonAAA1/2s Children is a new creation - the perfect opportunity for listeners unfamiliar with BrooksAAA1/2s previous work to experience an author at the height of his considerable storytelling powers. It is a gripping chronicle of a once-familiar world now spun shockingly out of control, in which an extraordinary few struggle to salvage hope in the face of terrifying chaos.
Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his familyAAA1/2s slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilizationAAA1/2s downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity. Navigating the scarred and poisoned landscape that once was America and guided by a powerful talisman, Logan has sworn an oath to seek out a remarkable being born of magic, possessed of untold abilities, and destined to lead the final fight against darkness.
Across the country, Angel Perez, herself a survivor of the malevolent death-dealing forces combing the land, has also been chosen for an uncanny mission in the name of her ruined worldAAA1/2s salvation. From the devastated streets of Los Angeles, she will journey to find a place - and a people - shrouded in mystery, celebrated in legend, and vital to the cause of humankind . . . even as a relentless foe follows close behind, bent on her extermination. Meanwhile, in the nearly forsaken city of Seattle, a makeshift family of refugees has carved out a tenuous existence among the street gangs, mutants, and marauders fighting to stay alive against mounting odds - and something unspeakable that has come from the shadows in search of prey.
In time, all their paths will cross. Their common purpose will draw them together. Their courage and convictions will be tested and their fates will be decided, as their singular crusade begins: to take back, or lose forever, the only world they have.
In ArmageddonAAA1/2s Children, Brooks brings his gifts as a mythmaker to the timeless theme of the unending, essential conflict between darkness and light - and carries his unique imaginative vision to a stunning new level. Prepare for a breathtaking tour de force. To those who are new to Terry Brooks, welcome. And to those who have read him for many years: prepare for a dramatic surprise.

Reviews (6)

Written by Stephen domingue on June 3rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a great start to the series. It is set between the word and the void and the Shannara books. Learning about what it was like. After the destruction of the world. Before the Shannara world. It helped that I have already read the word and the void series. Although you don't have to have read them. To understand the book. A great book to listen to by a great Author.

Written by Scott Mackay on August 13th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Well done. Fun and entertaining with the usual memorable Brooks characters.

Armageddon's Children

Written by Dewey Stevens on March 19th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Don't go into this expecting an ending... it is most definitely the opening of a trilogy. And actually, it is a continuation of an earlier series, "The Word and the Void." If you look at the author's website, you can see the chronological order of the entire Shannara series, divided up into several trilogies, which is more than 20 books long. The narrator of this one needs to work on his accent. I couldn't tell if he was trying to be English, Australian, or what, for the elves' voices.

Wasted time

Written by Hotel King from Waterloo, IL on August 2nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

12 CDs long. The 1st one was good. Then it got weird. Then after making it through 12 CDs it ended without an ending. Not funny.

silly teenage stuff

Written by lorin on June 15th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Never listened/read Terry Brooks before. I rented it based on positive reviews. If you are an adult expecting adult fantasy you will be very disappointed. The characters are one dimensional, the story is forced. It is very young stuff good for a teen of 16 but certainly not an adult. If you love Donaldson or Tolkien this is NOT for you. Avoid.

Armageddon's Children

Written by Bill on August 29th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was a complete surprise to me. I never thought of listening to fantasy, and this book blew me away. A great story and an excellent reader. The ending of this book leaves you hanging and you don't get complete satisfaction until going to the second in the series, The Elves of Cintra... I always love to hear Dick Hill read, and this was no exception. Highly recommended.

Author Details

Author Details

Brooks, Terry

Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received his graduate degree from the School of Law at Washington & Lee University.

A writer since high school, he wrote many stories within the genres of science fiction, western, fiction, and non-fiction, until one semester early in his college years he was given The Lord of the Rings to read. That moment changed Terry's life forever, because in Tolkien's great work he found all the elements needed to fully explore his writing combined in one genre.

He then wrote The Sword of Shannara, the seven year grand result retaining sanity while studying at Washington & Lee University and practicing law. It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list, where it remained for over five months.

During the spare time he could afford from his law practice, Terry wrote The Elfstones of Shannara, which followed in 1982 and once again brought the literary world an epic novel of wonder and adventure in the eagerly awaited sequel to The Sword of Shannara. The Wishsong of Shannara, published in 1985, finished the remarkable trilogy.

After publishing his first three Shannara novels, Terry knew that writing was not only his life's ambition but that he could make a living with it as well. Even though he was hesitant, he quit his practice of law to pursue a full-time writing career. He moved to Seattle and began writing Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold!, which began a bestselling new series for him in 1986. After two more Landover novels—The Black Unicorn and Wizard At Large—Terry wrote The Heritage of Shannara, a four-book series returning to the very heart that had made him such a success. The publication of The Talismans of Shannara in 1993 concluded that storyline.

Terry can't write in one series for long. He needs, as a creative writer, to take time off from a project which inevitably allows him to explore new mythos and ideas that he is constantly thinking about; he recharges himself in this way for when he comes back to a series it is meaningful storytelling. Rather than start a new Shannara novel after he finished The Heritage of Shannara series, he wrote two more Landover books—The Tangle Box & Witches' Brew.

Once done with the Landover books and another foray into the Shannara series with the release of First King of Shannara, Terry decided to create something new. Since the beginning of The Heritage of Shannara series in 1990, Terry had been thinking of a new series; a dark, contemporary fantasy set in a town similar to the Illinois hometown he grew up in. The ideas for this new series grew, expanded, and grew some more over the next several years while he wrote other novels, and in September 1997 Terry released Running With the Demon, his darkest most complex masterwork yet. The story of Nest Freemark and John Ross continued in A Knight of the Word and Angel Fire East in what has been tentatively titled The Word & Void trilogy.

In the midst of writing The Word & Void trilogy, George Lucas, the esteemed creator of Star Wars, personally asked Terry if he would write the novelization to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Being a Star Wars fan Terry agreed easily and soon found himself travelling to Skywalker Ranch to discuss the project with Lucas, and a month before the theatrical release of the movie the book was published with great success.

It was during this time that Terry decided to have an official website, one that a dedicated fan would devote time towards to ensure that the latest news, touring information, and book summaries could be available to his fans. Terry found his fan. Read that history here.

During the six years that followed the website's inception, Terry wrote two Shannara trilogies: The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara and High Druid of Shannara. The six books take place 130 years and 150 years respectively after the events of The Talismans of Shannara where Walker Boh is still a Druid and is still trying to form a new Druid Council.

This year's release of The Gypsy Morph, Book Three of the Genesis of Shannara series, finishes off a storyarc begun in Armageddon's Children and The Elves of Cintra. Terry has just finished writing a new Landover novel as well! Click here to get a glimpse of what Terry is up to right now.

Terry Brooks lives with his wife Judine in the Pacific Northwest and on the road meeting his fans.

To read a more comprehensive biography of Terry Brooks, read his memoir/writing book titled Sometimes the Magic Works.