Title: Nothing Special V (Nothing Special #5)
Author: A.E. Via and Aiden Snow
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: October 20th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary, Action, Romance
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Atlanta’s notorious narcotics task force is at it again. They are stronger, bigger, and better than ever. Especially when a city councilman sends RECON Marine Edwin Steele – who’s been blacklisted from his Oakland department – to join the team.
Steele was ready to hang up his shield. He was done fighting with bigoted bastards that couldn’t respect the job. He was good at fighting; he just needed the right team to fight with. When his uncle – City Councilman Rasmus Steele – shows him a video of God’s team in action, he knows right away it’s where his nephew belongs in order to restore his faith.
Steele was skeptical about his new placement, but when he meets God’s technology specialist/computer genius, “Tech”, he’s willing to give it his all, and he definitely shows and proves.
Tech is stunning. His sweater vest and khakis, a stark contrast to the blue-jeaned roughnecks he works with. A beautiful sheep amongst the wolves. Steel thinks there’s no way the brilliant man would be interested in a hardhead like him, but Tech has a few badass hidden talents of his own and manages to surprise him…surprise all of them.
A.E. Via writes alpha men soooo well, and Aiden Snow is absolutely delightful, with a great range of character voices, and an effortless performance of all the action parts, on and off the sheets (wink wink see what I did there?).
Aiden Snow is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators. He performs all the alpha male voices so well, with just the right amount of gravelly, growly goodness woven into each voice. The Nothing Special series family has a lot of characters, with even more being introduced in this installment, and impressively, Snow keeps up with them all, only having some repetition of tone with some secondary and tertiary characters. Besides character voices, where Snow shines is in the smoothness of tone and pacing, engrossing the listener so deeply, it made this twelve and a half hour audio feel like it’s only a few hours long.
Fans definitely won’t be disappointed. Told from multiple POV, Nothing Special V, more than any other in the series so far, felt like a love letter to fans from Via. Full of action, romance, and mystery, maybe the best thing about Nothing Special V is the ending, because it keeps the door of possibility wide open for many more stories in the series to come.