Great action. The voice is definitely compelling as is the convincing detail with respect to firearms.
It's a page turner you'll like if you don't mind anti-French prejudice and grumbling about the EPA. Most of the book is not about that; but there was enough political commentary to turn me off of it.
I understand if characters themselves are prejudice, but it makes the tale more interesting if I know their rationalizations. Instead, this prejudice went without explanation so I tend to attribute it to the author. I'm sure that's not true, but perhaps you get my point.
He did good work with the material he was provided.
It inspired me to write. Stephen King said that at some point you will come across a book that makes you think "I could do better than this". This one did.
This was a tough one to get through. I can see why it was popular on a gun forum website but it is just not very good. The story and characters are cliche' in a way that tells you a lot about the author. He clearly likes himself a great deal and he loves his guns. In my business we have a term "Visual masturbation" this is the writing equivalent of that. "He He..Boobs, Guns, I Hero". You get the picture.
The author of this held a campaign to get books like this into the Hugo voting because they are "popular". The point I think he was missing is that this is not well written. Next Christmas, instead of asking for another assault rifle, have someone get you a thesaurus and a dictionary. He might also want to do a little research on how people speak and possibly think twice before he writes more dialogue that sounds like it came from a bad 80's action movie. I will end with the first line from the book that really irked me. I'm not saying this is the worst offense just the one that sticks in my head.
The author wrote...
"He dropped sprawling to his knees." I'm not sure that's possible. But then again it isn't the worst thing written in this.
80% gun porn, 10% monster hunting, 10 % cringe inducing 'love' story. Probably would have scored worse If I hadn't used a game to half distract me while I listened to it.
This was a big commitment and with the reviews, I thought it would be solid. The narrator, often sounding like Nick Offerman, I thought I'd give it a try. The story offered a fantasy based typical hero who doesn't know he's a hero, with classic guides, love interests and teams. I often felt, though, like I was listening to a low budget shootem up film dialogue with cliché fighting dialogue. It was entertaining enough to get me through the first one, but I'm not interested in any sequels.
This is a long book which makes it a better deal than most audible provides add to that how entertaining the story turned out to be and I'm more than satisfied with the purchase. I would like to add that the sample audio turned out to be a good representation of how the book is read throughout the entire story. Kudos to the narrator for carrying such a long performance well.
this book came highly recommended by a friend of mine, and after listening to the black noir I was happy to give it a shot. I liked the story, but after a while it just seemed like it was bashing Democrats far too much. It seems like a personal vendetta on the authors part, and it didn't really add anything to the story.
First of all, let me state that I love the basic genre and am a huge fan of the Harry Dresden and Iron Druid series which drew me into trying this title. Unfortunately I was very disappointed. The author used some unusual mechanisms to enhance the story, like allowing the main character to enter the memories of the villain (Harry Potter would observe that its not that unusual I suppose).
In reality, I was mostly put off by the unrelenting gun trivia and gun glorification, sprinkled with Tea Party political views usually stated like "truths" without exploration or justification. Hours would have been taken off the story if the gun trivia (which doesn't advance the storyline) were removed. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against guns per se', but I get far more intrigued and entertained by the creativity of the main character(s) in fighting evil when they are out of bullets.
If you are ardent Tea Party/NRA supporter, then this is the series for you. If not, I recommend you pass on this series.
The author spends his time making things hip and cool and loud, but there's no substance. Yes, I realize this is a book about monsters, but even books like that have to make some sense and must have characters that are more then caricatures. I think the kids might like this book, because they don't pay much attention to those particular aspects.
Almost gave up after the character's voice was established on the first two chapters. You can almost hear the author's thought process: "Hmm, he should be in a boring job. what's the most boring job? Better play it safe and go with the stereotype. He's a CPA." This was the author's modus operandi for most of the characters. "I'll make his dream girl be dating a jerk. That always happens. They never date nice guys like me, I mean, Owen."
Clichés everywhere, linguistic and literary. A character sandwiches in the fact that he's engaged minutes before he's killed. Deus ex machina in chapter after chapter. Convenient exposition to explain the convenient skill the character acquires for a scene that never arises again. Nobody runs out of ammo.
Talking about the tactics employed against the forces of evil just makes me mad. Faith is demonstrated to be effective against vampires, but MHI doesn't try to capitalize on this fact, oh no, they just keep pouring bullets into the monsters. Bigger problem? Bigger gun. We just blew up a car on top of this thing, so that must have killed it, let's all turn our backs to it. Poor teamwork, bad communication, and WHAT DO YOU MEAN ONLY ONE PERSON ON YOUR TEAM KNOWS MORSE CODE, YOU'RE A PARAMILITARY UNIT FOR ODIN'S SAKE.
Odd word choices in the narrative voice throughout. Outright poor command of English in some places, and I don't mean the parts with the characters who don't speak English. Anti-establishment sentiments so outlandish they'd be comical if you didn't realize the author means everythin he writes. The political nuance of a self-assured teenage git.
Anyone with an ounce of military or police training will hate this book, and the content does nothing else to endear you to it. I zoned out during the frequent, innumerable action sequences. Narrator didn't help, but in the words of Mark Hamill, "Yes, George, but just try acting to these scripts!"
Not the sequels to this.
Probably, but what would be his motivation?
Disgust that this trash still passes the publisher.