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
This book was a lot of fun and action, which is pretty much what I expected. Lots of fight scenes, some laughs, and narrow escapes from seemingly impossible situations (seemingly mandatory in this genre whether you like it or not). This is not a thinking book, it's easy listening entertainment.
It was not as good as Grimnoir in my opinion. The biggest thing that held me back from liking it more is the following...now I fully expected to need a healthy dose of suspension of belief, and that this wasn't going to be a realistic book. However, what I can't stand is the practically invincible foe who doesn't seem to follow any of the basic rules of nature, such as conservation of matter. When a foe gets filled with a thousand silver rounds and hit with enough explosives to bring down a small building, there should be nothing left but a fine red mist. Instead we get, he was fully healed in seconds. Huh? I don't get it, and don't like it. Luckily I can look past that stuff relatively easy, but it still irked me.
The narrator was very good, but not the best I have heard. If I could give 4.5 stars, that's where I think he would fall.
How have I missed these books???? Great story, fantastic characters, and amusing dialogue. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Music by Michael Whalen?? Who would have thunk it?
I must admit I only bought this book because I liked Correia's Grimnoir series, and I mostly liked those because of Bronson Pinchot's narration. This book is similar in style, but the main character is way more chatty than Heavy Jake Sullivan. There have been times when I'm driving along laughing out loud at the dialog. This book's characters are more 3 dimensional than the Grimnoir series. More like real people, less like Marvel superheroes.
I'm finding myself eager to get into the car to continue the book, and that is always a good sign. The story is fast paced, there's attention paid to the little details we know people think about but authors seem to leave out of the internal dialog, and the mystery of what is happening gets doled out in nice, reasonably spaced out chunks. There have been times I knew what a character was going to say before he/she said it, but that just shows how good the characterization is.
For the narration, Oliver Wyman does a good job. There could be a bit more distinction between his character voices, but it's easy enough to follow dialog when multiple people are talking. His voice and pacing are easy to listen to for hours at a time, and he has definitely captured the wry, self-deprecating wit of the main character.
All in all this was an unexpected gem, and it is easily worth your time and a credit. I fully intend to buy the rest of the books in the series.
If you're a gun nut (or even just a fan of military tactics) this book is for you! It's not your standard monster story at all either.
Absolutely LOVED the reader Oliver Wyman, he kept my attention from the first sentence.
Of Course I loved our hero, Mr.Owen Pitt he seemed so naive and innocent and yet so deserving.
I really enjoyed the "Old Man" character, he is so real and yet frustrating at the same time. I just want to tell him to get to the point all ready.
Wish I could have listened all in one setting, My life was on hold for most of the story.
I have never been a Sy-fi reader or lover. I don't care much for para normal either. But this story took away the idea of "made-up" or "couldn't possibly" and turned it into "Oh my gosh" and " they really do exist" I was so surprised I liked it so much and can't wait to start the next story in the series, but first, back to a little real life for a few days. Thanks Larry!