Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
Go into it expecting a good bit of fun and monster-infused violent pulp fiction, and it is possible to really like this book. If you are coming to this from the Grimnoir Chronicles, you may be a little disappointed, but you will recognize the fast pace, shoot-em-up style that works well for Correia. Come looking for literature and you'll probably be traumatized.
Correia serves up action and the supernatural pretty well. If that is why you're reading, you'll be fine. He is great at keeping your interest. It is hard to put down.
It is also hard not to roll your eyes in places. The characters are stock parts bought right off of the shelves. Except the main character who is basically loaded to his eyeballs with every single trait it takes to make a dime novel hero except a soul.
Correia uses the rest of the cast to make the book out to be a manifesto for libertarianism. Every good guy is a government-hating, rugged individualist, gun nut. Every bad guy is a bureaucratic, authoritarian. And there's no depth in the story as to why or a description of personal motivation, the characters are like sandwich boards for "evil bureaucrat" or "gun-toting, freedom-loving hero."
Another thing that some readers may love, and I kind of like to a point (a point, that is, which is exceeded very early), is Correia's in depth - sensual, really - description of gunfights. I feel like it goes way too far and drags on the story, but some readers may love it. Correia's characters do not just draw, aim, and shoot. They will reach for the stained hickory grip of their custom two-tone chrome 1911, pull the well-lubed slide back to chamber a 405 grain .45 caliber bullet, then fall into a standard weaver stance, calm their breathing, focus on the front site post of their, after market, tritium sites, squeeze the trigger to allow the hammer to strike the firing pin which, in turn, strikes the primer at the base of the shell, this primer then ignites the main charge causing the powder to burn and the pressure of that rapid expansion of gasses to propel the led slug down the barrel causing the soft metal of the slug to engage the rifling of the 4" barrel and on, and on, and on. It wouldn't be so bad if it only happened once. Anytime a gun is mentioned it gets the full catalog description. I don't mind guns in real life, and they are certainly appropriate to this story; still, it's like "enough already!" The guns have more personality than the people.
The reader is ok. He seems to be talking through gritted teeth even when not characterizing a voice, but that is not inappropriate as lots of the characters are tough guys. He does some voice characterizations which work well. The overall effort is less than brilliant. A gentleman's 3/5.
Despite my focus on its faults, I like the book. The action is tight and plentiful and I am a sucker for that stuff. Planning on continuing the series.
Yes !, and that's said with some serious intensity in the affirmative.
Absolutely unique, can't even think of anything that comes close to recognition.
If only I had the time to do so.
What a wonderful ride! Can't recommend enough. But it's not for the smaller generation, to be sure.
Unbearable for me. The smug voice of the narrator, the gun orgasma... Feels like an adolescent war game wetdream. The plot gets lost. Unfortunate. Still seeking another Dresden. This is not it.
oh. my. lanta.
the plot has so much potential... but you could play a drinking game with some of the over-used words and repeated terms.
if i don't hear, "torn asunder" for at least 20 years, it will be too soon.
the cycle of dying and coming back to life seems like a cheap way out instead of writing a creative way out of dire situations.
I so want this to be a first draft so I can await the improvements. /le sigh
The story was good, but didn't leave me wanting to get any more in the series. I didn't care for the narrator. His performance was pretty monotonous.
The story is OK. Raise it a star if you like listening to characters opine rapturously about detailed gun and ordinance specifications; Raise it two stars if you are a Southerner, Tea Party adherent, or ex military (particularly the portion of the military that fires guns often (e.g. not the Navy Nuke type I was)). Lower it a star if you are a Northerner or a New Englander; lower it two stars if you are a serious, granola-crunching liberal or, heaven-forbid, French.
I enjoy the Monster hunter books. But be Warned -Apparently The Author is some kind of right wing nut Job. He portrays The Feds(US Government) as Jack Booted Nazi Storm trooper who are Stupid/Corrupt and will do anything up to and including torture of Innocent and the Murder of Innocent people to keep the secret. If this just a minor part of the plot it would be one thing. But it is so prevalent in his writing even as a fictitious/fantasy /paranormal novel it is kind of disturbing.
The book started out a little silly, then the cussing started and I turned it off. Silly is okay but if I want to hear this kind of language, I'll go visit a public school.
I grew up with books....not television.
I have hestitated over purchasing this book because it seemed to have a little too much testosterone for my particular taste. I've come to learn from this site that the review ratings never lie.
Although nothing like the JR Ward or J Frost books I've come to love, this book was fantastic and highly entertaining. If you appreciate "Monster Fiction", add this to your collection. It may not have the romance aspect, but it's not needed. This will be enjoyed by men and women alike.
Just so much fun and the Narration was so far past amazing. I kept thinking to myself, this cannot be the same guy when he read the different voices. The accents, intonations, just everything was perfect. This Oliver Wyman guy is A-Maze-Ing and the first Narrator that I'll search for to see what other books he's done.
I even bought a team patch from the authors website. That is how much I liked these books. Great storys with realistic heroes who get their butts kicked alot. But the good guys pull it off in the end with grit and determination