I started to wonder why I was not enjoying this book as much as his Grimnoire Chronicles...and I was really questioning the quality of his writing--it's pretty bad. In comparison to his other work, which I think is really exceptional, it's shockingly bad in fact. Come to find out, this was originally a self-published novel and was written years before the Grimnoir Chronicles and all it really succeeds in doing is showing what a few years and a LOT of practice can do for a writer. I don't think I'd have the patience to stick with this series (the dialogue is truly painful) but if he adds to the Grimnoire series I'll be all over it!
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.
While the story was pretty predictable and filled with stereotypical tropes and deus ex machina style plot contrivances, the characters and writing style were entertaining.
Let's be real here. This is masturbatory writing about a Mary Sue that just keeps on getting more and more unrealistic. That's not to say it isn't fun, or that I won't read more. In fact, I've already bought the second one.
It is urban fantasy, anything seems to go in this genre. if you enjoy gun fights and hard talk, this is definitely the urban fantasy for you. 7/10
I was excited about this book until about half way through, when I couldn't wait until I didn't have to listen to it anymore. Around then, I started to be embarrassed whenever the audio book was playing aloud and I thought anyone else could hear it. It's just so lame.
The book is basically the writer, childishly portraying himself as the strongest, smartest, and most talented person in the world, who's also been selected as the 'chosen one' to take on some task, all the while referring to himself as dumb and ugly as an attempt at humility. He literally has a conversation where he's comparing his intellect with another character over jeopardy. Give it a break.
Being the protagonist, are you supposed to side with him as he unreasonably hates another character because they're dating the girl he likes? Feels like high school.
He goes on to steal said girlfriend and still hates the other character, wanting to kill them even though they never do anything wrong to him.
I loved the idea of professional monster hunters, but I absolutely hated the main character.
I hope that the author's newer books are better, having developed his skills as an author. Feel free to let me know, because I won't waste my time finding out.
I purchased the 2nd book in the series before listening to the first, based solely on Audible ratings. Not sure I would have purchased it if I waited until after listening to the first.
I would recommend it to those that have a great interest and knowledge of weaponry...for me the amount of the story spent on describing, in detail, the weapons made my brain tune out.
While listening to this title I frequently realized it had become background noise and I wasn't really listening. Sometimes I rewound. Sometimes I didn't rewind and I didn't feel like I missed anything. On the plus side, he characters were engaging and I was very interested in their stories and rooted for their survival.
I really enjoyed the "Hard Magic" series so I have the one a try. I guess because I'm not into guns the story slowed down for me when started explaining every little thing about the gun. How he fed Ammo into the gun, the type of gun, the type of ammo, in the gun, how it feels to shoot the gun, etc.. instead of just saying he shoot someone. That's what ruined the book for me. Sort of like "Ready player one" the story slowed down with the over explaining of little details the don't move the story forward.
I absolutely loved Correia's riff on the elves. Like a comic book, there are lots of guns and action, but not much character development, and you pretty much know from the start where you are going to end. I liked the Grimnoir books and expected more from this.
It was just OK. A bit juvenile. Probably better if you are a government conspiracy fearing ultra conservative than just a regular sci-fi/gantasy fan. The narrator also drones a bit.
I am an avid lover of books and stories. Audible has provided a great outlet for me to read when otherwise I couldn't. I love dogs.
Cutting out the political anti-government rants that took up about a third of the book would have freed this captive story and made a decent book.
No, his anti-American rhetoric made both of his books impossible to read.
He is an OK narrator.
There were no characters that stood out sufficient to overcome the books weaknesses. .
The story arc, the writing itself was passable. Then it turned into one long anti government diatribe. Very disappointing, I had expected more.