Audio Review: Overload Flux by Carol Van Natta

Posted October 8, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 20 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio Review: Overload Flux by Carol Van Natta
Overload Flux
Narrated by Nicole Poole

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Series: Central Galactic Concordance #1
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on August 24, 2018
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

After being utterly riveted to the prequel, I was revved to dive into Overload Flux for more of the CGC world of suspense and intrigue in the future among the stars along with the sensational narration work of Nicole Poole.


Overload Flux introduced its main characters over a grisly murder scene.  Neither are exactly what they seem with their psychic abilities that must be hidden particularly Mairwen Morganthur’s.  She can’t be discovered, but the longer she acts as the clever and tenacious Luka Foxe’s security, she is in danger of him figuring out her secrets long before he figures out who is behind the killing of his friends and what they knew that got them killed.
Luka’s minder talent is a wild thing that he can barely control, but he has to if he is to function and figure out the truth.  With Mairwen at his back and helping him control his psychic talent, even the dangers of a deadly conspiracy, won’t get him off the trail.
Slowly, the pair make discoveries about the case and about each other even as someone races to stop them from discovering the truth.

This couldn’t have been any more up my alley than it was.  Psychic gifts, a futuristic setting, murder mysteries, actions and a slow burn romance.  I was so into the story that I barely shut it off to go about my needed business.

Luka and Mairwen were amazing characters.  He is vulnerable because his minder gift is messed up, but he is dedicated and intelligent.  He’s focused, but also kind.  He is struck by Mairwen from the beginning when others overlook her.  Once he knows the truth, he is not intimidated and completely respects her along with desperately hoping he can find a way to keep her with him.  On the other side, Mairwen is keeping a dreadful secret.  She is an augmented human with lethal abilities that are off the charts.  She was taken and forced to become a secret government trained killer (or hunter as they are called).  She got herself out of that by faking her death and taking on a new personal.  She’s hidden in the background terrified to draw attention to herself.  Luka is like a colorful and bright star in her life and she can’t resist him even though she fears he’ll find out about her.  Protecting him as he does his work tracking down the truth becomes more than a duty to her.  He’s showing her how to live and she never wants to lose him.

There were some wonderful action scenes and I loved those tight spots moments.  There were some good twists.  The futuristic setting and world were well drawn.  All the elements of the book really worked for me and I love how it ended and the way the rest of the series seems to be laid out for the future stories.

As I said, Nicole Poole did the narration work and I loved her fabulous talent bringing not just the main characters to life, but giving the secondary characters their own sparkle so that I felt no disengagement from the story.  Pacing, tone, emotions, accents, genders- all were amazing.

All in all, this was a sci-fi romance winner that I can whole-heartedly push at anyone who loves the genre particularly if you like a mystery and intrigue tossed in for good measure.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

Oh that’s great to hear that you had such a great time with this one there!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I really did. I am going to devour this series. I just know it. 🙂

3 years ago
Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Oh, you know it, Karen. I am impatient for my copy of book two to show up. 🙂

3 years ago

I love the cover art! Too bad I can’t get into this genre, sounds so badass though

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Braine

Never say never. LOL There’s always that one book that gets to you.

No, I get it. There are a few things that I’ve tried over and over and they are just not my thing.

3 years ago

This is not a genre I read, but this sounds interesting. I am glad you had a great time with this one.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes, it has a few great elements combined. Loved that it was a sci-fi murder mystery and adventure.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I love Poole so that alone intrigues me Sophia. The murder did it

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh, you know it, Kimberly. It was you who put me onto Poole and Lola who got me hooked into trying this series. Soooo worth it. 🙂

3 years ago

I’ve been getting into SF Romance lately and bought this while it was on sale for release week. I loved the sample, but it’s already started slipping down my TBR mountain. Your review reminded me to bump it back up to the top.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  JenM

Haha! Glad to give you a little nudge. Hope it turns out great for you, too, Jen!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

This sounds so good, Sophia Rose! I am betting that it would be right up my alley too 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh yeah. Sci-fi, secrets, and murder mystery. You’d love it, Carole. 🙂

Lover Of Romance
3 years ago

Lovely review!! I really get a kick out of this genre, and need to read more of it. And glad to hear that this narrator did such a solid job of it.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh yes, Renee. I think this is one of the best SFR I’ve read in a few years. 🙂 Nicole Poole was great.

3 years ago

I need to get back to listening to my audibooks, they are such a convenience. Great review Sophia and this one sounds awesome 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Sharonda

Oh yes, this was definitely a great one for audio. I know what you mean. I like to listen while I’m getting stuff done so I feel like I’m getting two things done for one. 🙂

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

The psychic gifts sound kinda different, especially with his being out of control. And futuristic worlds can be interesting! I also love a slow burn. This sounds great!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I agree, Kristen. There were so many elements in this one that I enjoyed. Hope you get the chance.