New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
While listening, I thought two things, it must have been written in the 70's and that it was written for a movie. It was actually published in 1988 and it did start out as a script. The book has a sort of Ira Levine feel do it. Most of the scary happens toward the end and by today's scary, gory books, it is not that scary. It does build to a pretty good climax and from chapter 23 on it really gets good.
At first I thought the main character a little silly, since he did not believe in the supernatural, but did believe in the paranormal and telepathy. By the end this makes more since and I can not explain without giving away the plot.
I normally would not read another book by the author if the first book is only worth three stars, but in reading Herbert's bio, it sounds like his very first book Rats, might have been his best and pretty good by today's standard. He was criticized for it being too gory and too negative about London slums.
When I want really scary I turn to the three K's, King, Koontz and Kilborn.
While others are thinking about what to do, Joe Ledger is getting it done. If you take a second to think, Joe will kick your ass, he pulls no punches, he is balls out all the way.
The book is funnier then a John Scalzi novel, Scarier then Stephen King and weirder then Dean Koontz.
The Department of Military Science, seems to be the action side of the X-Files. It is run by Mr Church, but who is Mr. Church? People used to say Who is John Gault, but now they will be saying Who is Mr. Church?
Don't get me wrong this is no comic book fluff, this is well-written stuff. Some say it is not literature, but I dare you to say that in front of John Maberry. He even knows how to use chapters, something that seems to confuse most modern Science Fiction writers.
This is the best book I have listened to since I started listening and that is hundreds of books.
Ray Porter does an excellent, excellent job. If I could give Seven Stars I would give it to him.
IT WAS A SHALLOW EMOTION FEELING SORRY
If you have watched the movie this is nothing like it. King kind of mentions that he did not care for the movie, he also did not like the movie Shinning. I believe in both cases the directors did what they needed to make the books popular for Movies. So, the movies are good and the books are good, but they differ in many ways.
SH@T IN YOUR BOOT AND EAT IT.
This is a dark Orwellian type of book. It is very Liberal in it's political views. The United States has gone to Hell in a hand basket. The air is so polluted by large corporations that children are dying from cancers and other diseases that are pollution related. Their is a large divide between the haves and the have nots. The poor have no medical insurance and they are starving. The cops are corrupt, mean and are always calling the people maggots. THE POOR ALWAYS HAVE ITCHY A##HOLES.
All that said, I love the book, love King and love King as Bachman. Long before their was a Survivor or nothing on TV, but reality shows, King had predicted that we would be watching game shows in which real people, put their lives on the line for money. I like the main character, who despite the situations he is thrown in, remains defiant. I agree with some others that more could have been done with the game itself and with the hunters. If you read a lot of King, then you know he is more interested in making social statements then in scary books. He has a reputation for the scary, but most of his books are character driven with scary as the backdrop. He usually has a message and it us usually liberal. When they make the movies they take out the message for scary effects. Read the book and watch the movies, you will like both.
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
If you're looking for entertaining, competently-written escapist fantasy, you could do worse than the Warded Man. As might be expected in a book where bestial demons rise out of the ground every night to terrorize human beings protected by fragile magic wards, there's not a whole lot of subtlety to either the characters or the writing, but I found the story engrossing nonetheless. Brett confidently draws the reader into the fine details of his three protagonists' lives, gradually adding twists and internal conflicts as they grow from childhood, and I found myself staying awake "just one more chapter". The world reminded me a bit of Stephen King's The Wizard and the Glass, with its part medieval, part Wild West, and part post-apocalypse setting, though the mix here leans more towards the former.
Yeah, the book has its flaws. The prose can be adverb-heavy, the side characters are a little exaggerated, and the demons themselves have all the personality of monsters from the computer game DOOM. (On a side note, some readers have also complained about the rape scenes, but I didn't find the author's choice to include them objectionable -- I thought they fit in with the harshness of the novel's world.)
But, overall, I found The Warded Man an enjoyable read and got sucked into the book's world. I liked the conflicted central characters and the portrayal of human society in uneasy coexistence with an ever-present (if mindless) supernatural threat. Usually, I don't mention the audiobook experience, but, in this case, the narrator, whose voice was perfect for this kind of tale, probably added something. Give it a shot. I immediately downloaded the sequel upon finishing.