Hot Ash and the Oasis Defect

Written by Philip Wyeth ⎮ Narrated by Cheryl May

Author: Philip Wyeth
Narrator: Cheryl May
Length: 5 hours and 37 minutes
Publisher: Cheryl May
Released: Sep. 19, 2019
Genre: Science Fiction

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“Robots and exowombs and hemp, oh my!”

Welcome to 2045. Automation has freed humanity from the drudgery and limitations of blue-collar labor. For 20 years, a remarkable group of female bureaucrats has overseen an ambitious construction program that is spreading equity, prosperity, and peace worldwide.

But Detective Ashley Westgard of the Jacksonville Police Corps senses that beneath all the glimmer and shine, a new malaise has taken root in society. From brazen acts of criminality and rampant party pill abuse, to her own insatiable desires...all is not well on the road to paradise.

Ash is beautiful, vain, headstrong, and erratic. A symbol of her time as she careens from impulsive shopping sprees to drunken fights to escapades of sin. But now that a methodical killer is on the loose, she must rise above apathy and doubt in order to forge her raging inner fire into a fearsome weapon of justice.

Philip Wyeth’s crazy fifth novel is imaginative, hilarious, sexy, and poignant. It will dazzle fans of Snow CrashThe Tomorrow File, and women who kick ass!

Note to listeners: This book contains adult language and sexual themes.

“Once you get that nano crawling through feel alive!”

This audiobook was provided by its author, Philip Wyeth, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Philip!

Susan's Review

5 Stars

Wow! Hot Ash and the Oasis Defect wasn't what I was expecting but it was an awesome ride! I'm a big fan of dystopian novels, which is why I gave this book a try. But it's more than that. It really makes you think, and also laugh, and sit on

the edge of your seat. It's sexy while also being dramatic and thought-provoking.

Detective Ash Westgard is such a fun character. She's arrogant but also good at her job, despite the occasional on-duty inebriation. An early scene in the book has Ash meeting up with her posse for a night on the town. They're all prettied up looking for liquor, dancing, and a lay. Then the book surprises me by tossing in some yoga and dead lifts in between bars.

In this near-future dystopia, women rule the country. They are encouraged to be forward, physically strong, and decisive. Meanwhile, men have declined in numbers and are second class citizens. They don't get paid as much as women, don'thold any high-ranking jobs, and are considered extraneous to society. Wyeth has built this into the story seamlessly and that bar/gym crawl at the start of the book was my first peek into this world.

Sex is part of Ash's life so it is part of this tale. She enjoys both women and men, though has more respect for women. Indeed, Ash starts off a little bit sexist, believing that women are innately better than men. Yet, as the murder mystery unfolds, she finds she needs info from a certain group of guys. Through this investigation, she gets to know them and one in particular better. I love that Hot Ash and the Oasis Defect has built this flaw into Ash, making her a very real character. And I also love that she comes to see that she may be wrong about a few things where men are concerned.

Hot Ash and the Oasis Defect is definitely an intriguing book with the perfect mix of action, sex, and reflection.

Narration Review
Cheryl May nailed it. Just a fantastic performance all around. I love her catty voices for the ladies when they are trash talking. I love her serious, completely in control, have a gun aimed at your head voice for Ash. May's voices for the male characters were masculine and all characters had distinct voices. The pacing was perfect and there were no tech issues with the recording.

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