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The long awaited second book of the critically acclaimed, best-selling Reemergence is here. With an important diplomatic visit to the troll nation just days away, Tesser receives a phone call with dire news from Sin City. A bus is found in the desert; filled with the husks of dead bodies killed by something far from human. Unable to break away from the crucial meeting with The long awaited second book of the critically acclaimed, best-selling Reemergence is here. With an important diplomatic visit to the troll nation just days away, Tesser receives a phone call with dire news from Sin City. A bus is found in the desert; filled with the husks of dead bodies killed by something far from human. Unable to break away from the crucial meeting with the ancient troll kingdom he dispatches his brother Ambryn; the dragon of death in his stead. Ancient mistakes are finally ripening like rotten fruit, and the black dragon must rush to the December desert of Nevada to harvest his own missteps before they transform an entire city into a necropolis before the world's eyes. And this time Ambryn doesn't have the help of his sister Kaula, so his task may be nearly impossible. At least now he has Mr. Doyle, Spoon, and a dark man with darker deeds in his past from old Europe on his side. Not all change is good. Welcome to the Reemergence.


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The long awaited second book of the critically acclaimed, best-selling Reemergence is here. With an important diplomatic visit to the troll nation just days away, Tesser receives a phone call with dire news from Sin City. A bus is found in the desert; filled with the husks of dead bodies killed by something far from human. Unable to break away from the crucial meeting with The long awaited second book of the critically acclaimed, best-selling Reemergence is here. With an important diplomatic visit to the troll nation just days away, Tesser receives a phone call with dire news from Sin City. A bus is found in the desert; filled with the husks of dead bodies killed by something far from human. Unable to break away from the crucial meeting with the ancient troll kingdom he dispatches his brother Ambryn; the dragon of death in his stead. Ancient mistakes are finally ripening like rotten fruit, and the black dragon must rush to the December desert of Nevada to harvest his own missteps before they transform an entire city into a necropolis before the world's eyes. And this time Ambryn doesn't have the help of his sister Kaula, so his task may be nearly impossible. At least now he has Mr. Doyle, Spoon, and a dark man with darker deeds in his past from old Europe on his side. Not all change is good. Welcome to the Reemergence.

30 review for Ambryn & the Cheaters of Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Frank

    Overall it was just okay. Some enjoyable moments, some decent action scenes, and decent character development.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erik Ramsey

    Another page turner from Chris Philbrook I anxiously awaited the continuation of the first emergence novel. It was such a huge departure from what I was used to Mr. Holbrook writing. It captured may attention immediately and left me wanting more. As soon as I saw this second book I jumped right in. As always, great story and great writing. He is very good at drawing you into the story and making you love and hate the various characters. And here I am again...anxiously awaiting.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eric Loflin

    I really love this series. Ambryn is as good if not better than the first book, Tesser. I can't wait till book 3. The characters are really fun and you really love their stories. Dragons are SO cool. And more intelligent and soulful then you ever thought they could be. Not to mention that they're really kick ass. Alpha predators to the extreme. Which dragon's story is next. Please write faster!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carl Phillips

    Was doing well until the end, which was a rubbish anti-climax with several plot strands left swinging in the wind. I like the world-building and setting but the writing frustrates and the characters are largely predictable in action and motivation. I will read more in this series, but Chris Philbrook's other books are better than this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Randy Harmelink

    I didn't care for this book nearly as much as Tesser, the first book in the series. What I loved about Tesser was his emergence and acclimation to the new world. So, even there, I loved the first half of the book more than the second half. Overall, it was still good, with enough fantasy and action to keep me reading. But I'm not necessarily hungry for a third book in the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gregory

    The book was ok. Not about Tesser but his brother. I do not know. These books seem very simplistic. Not a bad read but just not great.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anna Finley

    The world building is great, but two things about the book are really off-putting. The first is the language. Seems like every few minutes I’d run into a mangled idiom or mixed metaphor. The second is its lazy shorthand about two kinds of people we’re supposed to hate: fat people and bitches. Several minor characters are fat and we spend lots of time going over how sweaty and gluttonous and out of shape they are. One major character is a literally described as a “ball-busting bitch.” What makes The world building is great, but two things about the book are really off-putting. The first is the language. Seems like every few minutes I’d run into a mangled idiom or mixed metaphor. The second is its lazy shorthand about two kinds of people we’re supposed to hate: fat people and bitches. Several minor characters are fat and we spend lots of time going over how sweaty and gluttonous and out of shape they are. One major character is a literally described as a “ball-busting bitch.” What makes her a ball-busting bitch? From what I can tell, it’s because she is ambitious and female and therefore utterly unworthy of redemption.

  8. 4 out of 5

    RJ

    The Cheaters of Death; aka Vampires. In the paranormal history of the world Ambryn & Kahula created vampires to help keep the population in check. As is usual things did not go as planned and the vampires became more intelligent and powerful; the initial idea got away from them. With the vampire nation on the rise once again it is up to Ambryn & associates to get the vampire population under control if not eliminated altogether. Thus is the plot of book two; The Reemergence. There is much dialog The Cheaters of Death; aka Vampires. In the paranormal history of the world Ambryn & Kahula created vampires to help keep the population in check. As is usual things did not go as planned and the vampires became more intelligent and powerful; the initial idea got away from them. With the vampire nation on the rise once again it is up to Ambryn & associates to get the vampire population under control if not eliminated altogether. Thus is the plot of book two; The Reemergence. There is much dialog to contend with, but it is an interesting tale if you can persevere.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kalee

    Though it didn't "suck" me in as much as the first book, and I felt that the ending was lacking, I still enjoyed it. Ambryn is a lot sassier than his brother, which makes it extra funny since he's the Dragon of Death. I like how the vampires were depicted; Philbrook did a great job bringing them "back from the dead". I'm sorry for all of the vampire puns, but I can't help it. I can't wait to see what Book 3 has planned. (Also, Philbrook, this series would be great on the big screen...or at least Though it didn't "suck" me in as much as the first book, and I felt that the ending was lacking, I still enjoyed it. Ambryn is a lot sassier than his brother, which makes it extra funny since he's the Dragon of Death. I like how the vampires were depicted; Philbrook did a great job bringing them "back from the dead". I'm sorry for all of the vampire puns, but I can't help it. I can't wait to see what Book 3 has planned. (Also, Philbrook, this series would be great on the big screen...or at least Netflix. Can we make it happen?)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    I didn't enjoy this as much as I did the first book (Tesser). I liked the returning characters and a few of the new ones but I wasn't fond of the cheaters of death. Also, I sometimes had a hard time differentiating between dialogue and inner dialogue. I think this is because I was listening to the book and there wasn't really a way to indicate the difference as there is in print. I don't know that I need to "read" anymore of the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nikolai Wisekal

    Just like last time Chris Philbrook has created a great story, with interesting characters, and well-written stakes. I like the twists and turns that get put on magic in a modern world. How the effects of Tesser's actions in the first book are still not fully realized. How Ambryn is challenged by the circumstances of his allies and enemies. I'm diving straight into book 3 after this!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Bachand

    While I found Tesser to be slightly more entertaining this was a solid follow up in the series. I liked the addition of some new characters and Ambryn as a new main character was great. If you liked Tesser I recommend you keep going in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Honey Cherry

    Intriguing This book provided a new hypothesis for an old theory. I was quite pleased with this interesting thought on how the various forms of undead emerged.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elena Alvarez Dosil

    My original Ambryn & The Cheaters of Death audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. Tesser is visiting Norway with his family, when he receives a call from Sin City reporting the case of a bus full with dead bodies completely drain of blood. Tesser visit to Norway is not just for pleasure since it is a diplomatic visit to the Troll Nation, so he sends Ambryn, his brother and dragon of death, back to the US to investigate with Agent Spooner the cause of this mysterious My original Ambryn & The Cheaters of Death audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. Tesser is visiting Norway with his family, when he receives a call from Sin City reporting the case of a bus full with dead bodies completely drain of blood. Tesser visit to Norway is not just for pleasure since it is a diplomatic visit to the Troll Nation, so he sends Ambryn, his brother and dragon of death, back to the US to investigate with Agent Spooner the cause of this mysterious deaths. This book is the second in the Reemergence series, but it could be read by itself, since the story is a completely new one with no relation to the previous book, and the only elements from book one are are just some characters. Philbrook's characters are not quite plain, so reading the first book is not a strict requisite to enjoy this one. It also feels completely different since we barely see dragons (Ambryn keeps his human form most of the time), and what we see here are vampires. A lot. This book is action packed, and there is not a moment for boredom or rest, but I felt something missing. It could be because I was expecting a book about dragons again, and what we got was a book about vampires, which I was never very fond of; or just because it felt quite different to the first book. In any case it was a good story and was well built, although the end was something that I did not expect. James Foster narration was good again, although his vocal register is not very broad, and female characters sounded like the male ones. Since we have fewer 'dragon moments' than in the first book, his powerful voice felt a bit underused. I enjoyed this book, and it is a very good story. If you are open to other things apart from dragons you will enjoy this one too.

  15. 4 out of 5

    James Roberts

    Alright, so the second book in the series was great! It didn't quite grab me as the first one did, but that may be because I read it while my family and I wallowed in sickness... its a bit hard to concentrate on reading when you are vomiting every meal that you have ever eaten in your adult life or cleaning up the vomit of the small minions you call your progeny. That being said, it was a great installment to this series, and I cant wait to see which dragon receives the spotlight in the next boo Alright, so the second book in the series was great! It didn't quite grab me as the first one did, but that may be because I read it while my family and I wallowed in sickness... its a bit hard to concentrate on reading when you are vomiting every meal that you have ever eaten in your adult life or cleaning up the vomit of the small minions you call your progeny. That being said, it was a great installment to this series, and I cant wait to see which dragon receives the spotlight in the next book. I have my suspicions, but I'll wait to see if I'm right. As always, Chris has done a great job at breathing life into his characters and giving each role a great voice that is wholly their own (I know I've said this before in other reviews I've left for this author, but thats the kind of thing that makes a great story and keeps me coming back for more). I'm a big fan of Spoon, and glad that he played such a major role in this story, and hope he continues to play a big role in any upcoming installments to this series. Im also really happy with Artur. I wasn't too sure that I would like his character when he was first introduced, but love how he developed as a character. The rest of the players in this story were great as well, and wish that some had been able to stick around a little longer, or played a bigger role in the story. I would love to see something going into the history between Belyakov and Doyle.... or really concentrating on Belyakov. He has played a bit of a minor role in both stories, and I just know that there is a great story lurking back there for him! All in all, this was a wonderful story for this series and I'm hooked!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

    The only very good part of this book was the end. After this book, I don't really have much interest in reading more in the series or from the author, either. All of the issues I had with the first book in the series were even worse in this one. The writing style feels like a bad action movie, which worked fine for the first book, but did not work for this book at all. The characterization all feels rather shallow, and it doesn't feel like most the characters have meaningful growth or choices du The only very good part of this book was the end. After this book, I don't really have much interest in reading more in the series or from the author, either. All of the issues I had with the first book in the series were even worse in this one. The writing style feels like a bad action movie, which worked fine for the first book, but did not work for this book at all. The characterization all feels rather shallow, and it doesn't feel like most the characters have meaningful growth or choices during the entire book. The way the plot is set up also ruins most the tension because of how imbalanced things are between the protagonists and antagonists. I'm pretty sure I could have read a summary of the book and the last few chapters and not really have missed anything.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Pitkin

    Great vampire and werewolf mythos. Artur is now one of my favorite werewolves also great to see the vampires are not either the sexy twilight style vampires or the behind the scenes puppeteer type. The vampires in the book go from sympathetic I did not ask for this type, the thrill seeker to the mastermind types of vampires. And it is refreshing to see this many types of vampires in one book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gary S. Briggs

    Dragons, Vampires and Werewolves Oh My ! Excellent read that is action-packed with fascinating characters. The vampires are worthy enemies but the werewolf who specializes in fighting vamps is incredible along with the Dragon, of course. Some well written storylines keep the interest high. I very much enjoyed it and can't wait for the next episode. Great job Chris.

  19. 5 out of 5

    jason hilley

    Amazing! I absolutely loved this book. I've always been fascinated by vampires. Never even thought "the cheaters of death" would be vampires. Chris Philbrook your stories never cease to amaze me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christopher MacDonald

    Great Follow Up. Loved it. Ambryn was a great follow up to the first book Tesser. Picking up where Tesser leaves of we follow his brother Ambryn (The Dragon of Death) as he deals with vampires in Las Vegas. Fun read that expands on the series and leaves you wanting more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Robin Halvorson

    A compelling read by the author of Tesser. Enjoyable and fun.

  22. 5 out of 5

    David

    Yeah, should'a stopped with book one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Still pretty good. But not as good as the first. I felt the end was kind of lackluster.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gio

    mind-numbing

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kris Mahoney

    If you enjoy urban fantasy of any kind, are a fan of The Iron Druid Chronicles or The Dresden Files, you will enjoy this book and it's predecessor "Tesser."

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    A solid continuation from the first book, from a different perspective. If you liked Tesser, you'll enjoy Ambryn.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Naoma

  28. 5 out of 5

    Xephon

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen Bunch

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joona

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