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.
If you love monsters and guns this is the book for you. This book was suggested to because Im a big fan of the Dresden files. This is also urban fiction thats basically about good vs evil. There are some similarities but for the most part the Harry Dresden and Owen Z Pitt are different.
You can tell its the authors first published work. Its a little clumsy at times and unnecessarily long. Its also predictable.
The narrator did a great job! I enjoyed listening. I plan on listening to the next book in this series.
Interesting variation on paranormal setting. Not the most sympathetic narrator but he makes it work. However, even though I typically prefer nice long audiobooks, this one could use some trimming. My attention wandered during the last half of the book and I basically had to force myself to finish. Rather than a story arc it was more of an electrocardiogram test - up, up, down, up, up, down. I won't be reading more of the series.
The story concept had enormous potential but the characters were flat and unimaginative, the dialog was made-for- TV action movie quality and the never ending descriptions of guns the character was using was nothing less than annoying.
I like to read the author bio after I have read the book as to not bias my opinion of the story and had I know about his interest in guns and shooting the non stop talk of guns in the book might have made sense. I will avoid other books by the author because I expect his others offer the same over abundance gun descriptions and lack of story development.
The only redeeming quality of the book was the overall concept. An open ended story line of a private business that hunts a variety of monsters around the world for bounties while bumping heads with the Feds has lots of possibilities. Had it been left in the hands of a more creative author it would have the potential for a long and exciting series.
We are asked throughout the book to believe the lead character is a intelligent and misunderstood man who just wants to blend in to society and leave his warrior urges behind him but through the entire story we are given zero examples of him solving any issues through intellect or emotional calling. Time after time he escapes by the skin of his teeth due to dumb luck or more often having the right gun for the job. If the author had given a fraction of the time he gave to describing every gun he had ever wanted to shoot to instead develop his lead character into something interesting but as it is the book is simply a love note to his gun collection wrapped around a basic monster story.
I had to listen to the story at 2x speed. The slow as molasses narration was putting me to sleep. The story was fun and had lots of action. The variety of character voices was very good. But the speed was insanely slow.
Way too slowly read. Almost returned it. Had to listen to the story at 2x speed.
If you enjoy careless cinematic action films like Big Trouble in Little China and Last Action Hero, you will really like this book. This book was just plain fun! What a good entertaining book to listen to relieve some stress. Items I look for in a good book: 1)Characters you actually care about... check. 2)Good plot that makes you think ahead... check. 3)Good pace... check. This story is insanely involved in 20 minutes! Sure, some of the stunts and situations are over the top and the outcomes unrealistic... but it is FUN! It was fun to look up the monsters online as they came up in the story. You can feel how much fun the author had with this and it makes it a very good read. Definitely recommend! Thanks Larry! I just got part two and it just downloaded so I gotta go. later.