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.
I don't think this story was pitched to me.
I had trouble believing the love interests would ever fall for her first boyfriend, or that the first boyfriend would ever be hired by MHU. Plus too many people were incompetent who should be competent, which totally made the world unbelievable for me.
I would say this book is very trope-y, (not that thats a bad thing), and simply uses the urban-fantasy/high-fantasy tropes as a vehicle for talking about killing vampires with high-caliber weaponry.
I didn't feel as if the magic system had any depth, which is to say that the author didn't explain why there were werewolves, vamps and demons. This brought me out of things.
Finally, I would have liked more character development out of the main character. I didn't get the sense that he had a perspective shift between the first page and the last page, or even a hero's journey 'comes-full-circle' type of thing. Also, he was supposed to be really smart but I never saw him use his brains to outwit his evil-monster enemies. Not that I objected to solving your problems with guns, but the author deliberately said the main character was smart so I was confused when he didn't out-cunning the evil monsters.
All of this said, I did like their character development for the main villain. It made him really cool.
This is by far the highest ratings that I can give an audio book.
I liked the never ending situations that Z ended up in.
The very beginning. " Is that a hand?" I liked the humor added in to make this book a
I laughed a lot.
This audio was hard to stop listening to. Even to take a break. The last time that happened, was with the Eragon and Harry Potter series. I highly recommend this audio. It is well worth the time.
NoBecause I am on to the next story. I don't think there was much that I could have missed or could be gained by a second listen, except for more knowledge of the many guns used
None so farCorreia has a very straight forward writing style & even in the very packed world of Vampire books the most interesting set of Vampires I have encountered. This also applies to his other monsters such as white vamps & a couple of really great Werewolves & more
Great, great & greatThis book , author & Oliver Wyman were made for each otherHe gave great characterizations to the various character & clearly brought out the excitement of this storyThank you
Certainly could have but a little toooo long to do that
Took a chance to listen even though not high on any list. How this book is not more popular & not a bigger seller than some much of the fantasy junk now overwhelming the book world is disturbing. This is a very entertaining book with a straight forward storyline & great entertainment listening value
It's in my top 3
Owen aka "Z"
Fight against the insane hordes of demons in the swamp
Yes but just a bit too long for one sitting