This book was a series of hits and misses for me.
The hits? An interesting if familiar premise - monsters secretly living among us and secretive groups battling them. The protagonist is a likable, self-conscious guy with a complicated past. The back story of the bad guy is well-crafted. And the narrator is quite good with his range of voices.
The misses? Whole lotta gunporn - cool for a while, then tedious. An anti g-man subplot that portrays the monster-hunting feds as largely incompetent losers. (Really? The elite gov't paramilitary forces battling the most evil beings on the planet are bumbling bureaucrats?) And like many books, the progression of the main character from simple everyman to uber-hero feels rushed and (at times) overly predictable.
Overall, this book deserves 3.5 stars. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll continue with the series.
My favorite books are when rational characters are put into an interesting world and let go. Favorite narrators: Bronson Pinchot, Tim Curry
Did anyone else absolutely love the Grimnoir Chronicles and absolutely hate Monster Hunter International? I did, and I'm still trying to figure out what the difference is. Part of it is probably the order in which I listened to them. After the brilliance of Grimnoir, I had high hopes for MHI and was severely let down. If I had listened in reverse order, maybe I would have found MHI to be just mediocre, and not such a thorough disappointment. I rated it 2 stars because I'm trying to overcome that bias, but how I felt after listening to it (and even during the later parts of the book) was a 1-star reaction.
In the Grimnoir books, Correia created a new set of supernatural rules, and it worked really well, intertwining with historical events and the politics of the day. In MHI, it's just your typical werewolves and vampires and basically a bunch of people try to shoot them and blow them up. I guess that didn't do it for me. The plot and character development of the Grimnoir books seemed so much more developed and interesting, while the Monster Hunter characters are superficial and stereotyped. I found myself neither believing them nor caring much one way or another what happened to them as the book progressed.
And the narrators definitely play a role. Bronson Pinchot really brought the Grimnoir series to life, not just with character voices, but with his tone and with pauses in just the right spots. Oliver Wyman kind of read MHI and didn't add much. Or maybe the writing was just that much worse and he had less to work with. I honestly don't know where one stops and the other begins.
Anyway, you have two popular series by the same author with very similar overall ratings. But in my opinion, they are nothing like each other, and I recommend digging a little deeper into the reviews to try to figure out if this is what you want.
This was a big commitment and with the reviews, I thought it would be solid. The narrator, often sounding like Nick Offerman, I thought I'd give it a try. The story offered a fantasy based typical hero who doesn't know he's a hero, with classic guides, love interests and teams. I often felt, though, like I was listening to a low budget shootem up film dialogue with cliché fighting dialogue. It was entertaining enough to get me through the first one, but I'm not interested in any sequels.
I wanted to like this but I just couldn't stand the way the narrator swaggers through the text. It's pretty juvenile to begin with and the narrators style just makes it impossible to take. If you enjoy paramilitary drama saturated with simplified macho dialog and endless weapon-porn maybe it's to your taste. I think a more subtle and swagger free narration might have saved it for me but the characters just had no personality in this narrators interpretation.
This is a long book which makes it a better deal than most audible provides add to that how entertaining the story turned out to be and I'm more than satisfied with the purchase. I would like to add that the sample audio turned out to be a good representation of how the book is read throughout the entire story. Kudos to the narrator for carrying such a long performance well.
this book came highly recommended by a friend of mine, and after listening to the black noir I was happy to give it a shot. I liked the story, but after a while it just seemed like it was bashing Democrats far too much. It seems like a personal vendetta on the authors part, and it didn't really add anything to the story.
First of all, let me state that I love the basic genre and am a huge fan of the Harry Dresden and Iron Druid series which drew me into trying this title. Unfortunately I was very disappointed. The author used some unusual mechanisms to enhance the story, like allowing the main character to enter the memories of the villain (Harry Potter would observe that its not that unusual I suppose).
In reality, I was mostly put off by the unrelenting gun trivia and gun glorification, sprinkled with Tea Party political views usually stated like "truths" without exploration or justification. Hours would have been taken off the story if the gun trivia (which doesn't advance the storyline) were removed. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against guns per se', but I get far more intrigued and entertained by the creativity of the main character(s) in fighting evil when they are out of bullets.
If you are ardent Tea Party/NRA supporter, then this is the series for you. If not, I recommend you pass on this series.
The author spends his time making things hip and cool and loud, but there's no substance. Yes, I realize this is a book about monsters, but even books like that have to make some sense and must have characters that are more then caricatures. I think the kids might like this book, because they don't pay much attention to those particular aspects.
Almost gave up after the character's voice was established on the first two chapters. You can almost hear the author's thought process: "Hmm, he should be in a boring job. what's the most boring job? Better play it safe and go with the stereotype. He's a CPA." This was the author's modus operandi for most of the characters. "I'll make his dream girl be dating a jerk. That always happens. They never date nice guys like me, I mean, Owen."
Clichés everywhere, linguistic and literary. A character sandwiches in the fact that he's engaged minutes before he's killed. Deus ex machina in chapter after chapter. Convenient exposition to explain the convenient skill the character acquires for a scene that never arises again. Nobody runs out of ammo.
Talking about the tactics employed against the forces of evil just makes me mad. Faith is demonstrated to be effective against vampires, but MHI doesn't try to capitalize on this fact, oh no, they just keep pouring bullets into the monsters. Bigger problem? Bigger gun. We just blew up a car on top of this thing, so that must have killed it, let's all turn our backs to it. Poor teamwork, bad communication, and WHAT DO YOU MEAN ONLY ONE PERSON ON YOUR TEAM KNOWS MORSE CODE, YOU'RE A PARAMILITARY UNIT FOR ODIN'S SAKE.
Odd word choices in the narrative voice throughout. Outright poor command of English in some places, and I don't mean the parts with the characters who don't speak English. Anti-establishment sentiments so outlandish they'd be comical if you didn't realize the author means everythin he writes. The political nuance of a self-assured teenage git.
Anyone with an ounce of military or police training will hate this book, and the content does nothing else to endear you to it. I zoned out during the frequent, innumerable action sequences. Narrator didn't help, but in the words of Mark Hamill, "Yes, George, but just try acting to these scripts!"
Not the sequels to this.
Probably, but what would be his motivation?
Disgust that this trash still passes the publisher.
If you love monsters and guns this is the book for you. This book was suggested to because Im a big fan of the Dresden files. This is also urban fiction thats basically about good vs evil. There are some similarities but for the most part the Harry Dresden and Owen Z Pitt are different.
You can tell its the authors first published work. Its a little clumsy at times and unnecessarily long. Its also predictable.
The narrator did a great job! I enjoyed listening. I plan on listening to the next book in this series.