Review: X-Files: Stolen Lives by Joe Harris, Christ Carter and Chris Maggs


The division has been reopened, but nothing is as it seems in this electrifying follow-up to The X-Files: Cold Cases, starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and a full cast. Out of the ashes of the Syndicate, a new, more powerful threat has emerged. Resurrected members of this fallen group – now shadows of their former selves – seemingly bend to the will of someone, or something, with unmatched abilities and an unknown purpose. As those believed to be enemies become unlikely allies and trusted friends turn into terrifying foes, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully become unknowing participants in a deadly game of deception and retribution, the stakes of which amount to the preservation of humankind. Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris – with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter -adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), and directed by William Dufris of AudioComics, Stolen Lives further explores the sonic landscape of Mulder and Scully’s paranormal investigations while continuing the epic storyline begun in Cold Cases.  Listeners experience it all alongside Mulder and Scully in this original dramatization that reunites Duchovny and Anderson once more with fan-favorite characters: Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis), and the Lone Gunmen (Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood).

X-Files: Stolen Lives by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Chris Maggs.  X-Files Audible Original # 2 in the series.  Published by Audible Audio,  October 2017.   3 hours long.

Once again, Audible Original delivers us an X-Files story in the form of an audio drama.  The cast from the TV show comes back and delivers another nice set of mini “episode” stories for us to enjoy.  I liked this almost as much as I liked the first book in the series, Cold Cases.  The voice acting felt like I was listening to an actual episode of X-Files.

There are 5 stories, or “episodes”, in Stolen Lives.  The first story was a pretty entertaining demon possession story.  The second story dealt with a serial killer who controlled a man eating bug army.  Both of these stories dealt with your typical type of X-files cases.  The rest of the stories all dealt with the over all story arch of the new threat to Mulder and Scully, as well as picking up loose ends from Cold Cases.  Story 3 shows us what was going on with some missing FBI agents from the first book.  Story 4 is is a flash back story about the drug G23 from the cancer man.  The drug was briefly touched on in the previous book. We get to hear how it is made and see some of it’s effects in present time, but it didn’t feel like this story was fully finished.  Story 5 dealt with finally learning who the main bad guy, the prime elder, was. I personally had a really hard time following this story.  When they revealed the identity of the prime elder, I had no clue who that was.  The writer tries to clue us in by explaining who and where this guy came from but I still was just like “………………….who?”.   Also, I had a really hard time understanding WHY this guy was doing all this stuff?  I mean…. I guess to get back at Mulder…. for ….. something?  But, like…. this was a LOT of work and….. for what? I just didn’t get it.  This story was the least explained, not just story, but also the effects we heard or the actions the characters did.  Like, there would be a noise, and instead of cluing us in to what was going on, the writer kind of left it open to interpretation, which instead just made it hard to figure out what happened.  This was the longest story out of all of them, but it felt vague and not fully fleshed out.

Aside from the 5th story, this was an excellent book 2.  I was really, REALLY enjoying this.   But then that 5th story was just not good and hard to follow.  I was really disappointed with that last story, but I’m trying not to let it ruin the whole book.  It was too bad they finished on that one.   The very end did seem to be a set up for a book 3, but I can’t seem to find any info on if there will be another book in the series.  Does anyone know?



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