I came to this book after listening to Correia's Hard Magic series, which were fast-paced and fascinating. The story in this book is hampered by frequent diversions into dime-store libertarian polemics and exhausting, jargony descriptions of firearms.
If you read all of that and it made you go "Woo!" then have at it, but it really deadens the narrative. Especially when I'm wondering how these characters resolve their hatred of government with the fact that most of their income comes from government funds.
But there's a great story here and a lot of potential for the rest of the series, so I will probably keep reading in the hopes that Correia becomes more interested in the story than he is the ranting.
The idea for the story is solid, but the elaborate descriptions of the guns gets old fast. I get it you know your guns. He sometimes seemed to hurry the story along or not do more for the story so he could talk about a gun. Got annoying. I wouldn't give another one in this line a listen, but Larry has another set of stories the grimoir chronicles and the first in that series is pretty good so I haven't given up on the author.
I'm a teacher, and it's my policy to NOT give any 100%s for work done by anyone especially me. ( I figure there's always room for improvement.) The story is entertaining, just think about the scene as in an alternate reality. I'm a series fan, and I have several books of this series. I'm looking forward to many more of this series. OK, the guys and girls aren't "super-heroes" and that's another good thing about the series. I can picture myself as just about any of them, but I think I should feel more fear than comes thru. Quite a bit of my personal "book budget" is invested in Audible Books, it's convenient for me to listen while I'm doing "drudge work" or relaxing between classes. I like the balance of action and dialog, but I keep thinking "what is he/she thinking about in this situation?" Or "does he have any plan of action or reaction?" If you're gonna lead a group you need a basic 'op' plan (who takes care of the car, who goes in the back, etc). for the fight. I'm interested in these guys' way of thinking. I like an "action tripod" #1, What (action), #2, Why?, and #3, How? If I got all that I might have to give 5 Stars for the first time in my life. Thank you.
Love sci-fi books, romace books. I love to get lost into a good book.
THE SWAMP AND TIME GAP
HELICOPTER THEY FELL IN LOVE
THIS IS ACTION PACKED WITH FAMILY, AND ROMANCE, MUST READ...
Plot and characters offer few surprises. Language is sometimes awkward. Larry Correia uses the word "was" entirely too often.
Action is good and tense. Narrator does a good job with character voices, but doesn't break immersion.
This reads like a half-decent novelization of a really good action movie.
I really didn't know what to expect, had no idea what would happen here. So many of the latest 'monster' stories make the monsters into mis-understood Nice Guys. This book doesn't make that mistake, these are Monsters and they need to DIE! Heheheh. I like that. It starts out fast (have to be fast when fighting a werewolf!) and just keeps going. Worth your time, definitely.
Great, enthusiastic performance of a great story. Larry Correia really knows his guns and got me very interested in them.
I loved the characters, they all had substance and weren't just cardboard cut outs.
The story puts a new spin on old tropes and makes good use of the monsters. After all who hasn't thought that their relatives or bosses aren't sometimes a bit to vicious to be human?
Highly recommended to anyone who likes action/adventure/monster killing.
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I haven't come across a 15+ hour book that I've enjoyed so much since Eye of the World. The narrartor is superb, I was grining from ear to ear within the first chapter thinking "ooooo this is going to be good". The battles are detailed and epic! I've read and listen to tons of monster novels this one still had me saying "didn't see that coming". Loved the entire book and downloading book 2 now ;-)
Yes, it had humor, great chartacters, a good story, and great overall writing. I feel like I am a part of the team, right inside the action.
The characters, and banter back and forth which were mixed right into the acting scenes. Sort of like the best sci fi movies when they have great screenwriters.
When the main character throws Grant off the boat.....
Laugh out Loud
Great read, ignore your first impression from reading the summary of the book. Just go for it.
This is an entertaining book. Urban fantasy used to be called horror, and while not horror, this book is more of an action-adventure novel than a silly vampire-romance fluff that is so prevalent these days. The story is longer than I would have thought it would be, and the action is well described. The characters are interesting and distinct. There is a enough humor that you know the book doesn't take itself too serioiusly. My only beef with the story is that the bad guys - the monsters - are very two-dimensional. Their motivations are simple, either a "Hulk Smash!" kind of mentality or a "Give me the power to rule the world!" You'd think that creatures that live for centuries would be more complex than that, but they aren't (with one exception).
Oliver Wyman's performance threw me off. He did a great job with the various character voices. Women are always a challenge for men to do, and he does okay even though the female characters sound the same. The men's voices were easy to tell apart, with various accents and such.
But the non-dialogue narration voice was annoying. It was like listening to The Matrix's Agent Smith narrate a story -- and I mean the character Agent Smith, not the actor Hugo Weaving. Wyman stretched out every third or fourth word/syllable, which was grating and really slowed down the story. I had a hard time getting past that. I definitely would have preferred a more straightforward narration, and I think it would have shortened the recording.
I'll probably just read the next books in the series myself.