The Rising (Audiobook Review)

MorTitle: The Rising (Badlands #2
Author: Morgan Brice
Narrator: Kale Williams
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: June 18 2019
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Mystery,
Lenght: 6h and 48m
Reviewed by: Larissa
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.33 stars out of 5


Book Three in the Badlands series.

A big storm is brewing, there’s a killer on the loose, and the ghosts of Myrtle Beach are restless. Psychic medium Simon Kincaide and his sexy cop boyfriend, homicide detective Vic D’Amato have their hands full helping the Grand Strand brace for rough surf, driving rain, and high winds as a winter storm roars toward shore.

Everyone’s on edge, and rumors are rampant about sightings of Blackcoat Benny, a ghostly omen of danger, and worse, the Gallows Nine, the spirits of nine infamous criminals hanged back in the 1700s, a harbinger of disaster. Rough tides wash the wreck of an old pirate ship into shallow waters, high winds threaten to damage an old mansion with a dark past, and the citizens of the beach town hunker down to ride out the storm.

As the skies grow dark and the sea turns wild, several men from prominent local families end up dead under suspicious circumstances. Simon’s premonition confirms Vic’s gut feeling—the killing is just getting started. As Simon tries to reach out to the spirits of the murdered men to help the investigation, he’s attacked by malicious ghosts that don’t want anyone getting in the way of their long-overdue vengeance.

With the storm hammering the coast, and new victims piling up, Simon is certain that the sins and secrets of the past are coming due, and that the murders have a supernatural link. Vic and Simon race to stop the murders against an unholy deadline, but as they battle rising tides and risen ghosts, can they save the intended victims without getting trapped themselves?


The Rising is the second book in the Badlands series by Morgan Brice. It’s a paranormal mystery series with a generous helping of romance with two very awesome characters and an engaging plot. Though this review is not about the book, but about the audiobook.

I admit, I read the book upon release, but couldn’t resist the audiobook, which I have been listening to on my morning and afternoon commute. A commute that became so much more relaxed while listening to Kale Williams narrating the story.

Let me break-up this review into two parts: the story and the narration so you get a better idea of what I’m talking about.

The Story

The Rising continues the story of psychic medium Simon and homicide detective Vic in the lovely little town of Myrtle Beach. Since the last story, Simon and Vic moved in together and have gotten closer and are working out the kinks of their new relationship, but there is  storm brewing, both literally and ghostly with a new mystery and murder and mayhem. It’s up to Simon and Vic to solve it and keep the town save. Oh and did I mention it has pirates?

There is a solid plot with a good mystery to keep you wondering and on the edge of your seat. At the same time you have a good cast of characters besides Simon and Vic to carry the story and make it more dimensional. I love miss Eppie!

Morgan Brice is an experienced author who keeps growing and spins a good (spooky) story and knows how to write in such a way to draw you into a story and keep you wondering what will happen next.

The Narration

While the author knows how to draw you into a story, Kale Williams makes it that more engaging and gives the story a whole new dimension with his narration of the story.

The manner in which he narrates the story makes it that more interesting. While he’s a single narrator for the story, he gives each character its own style. The only style I didn’t quite like was that for Vic, I didn’t click for me with how I pictured Vic would sound.

For an audiobook the narrator makes all the difference. In the past I have switched from audiobooks because I didn’t click with the narrator. In short, the narrator makes the story and Kale Williams handles this well with calm, steady, but engaging voice that gives the story just a little more oompf.

The audiobook for this story is highly recommended.

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Review Copy

Galley copy of The Rising provided by Morgan Brice in exchange of an honest review.