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.
The main character seems to be the author's mid-life crisis... a brilliant, humble, giant sharpshooting blackbelt. Disappointing, as the big ideas underlying the story are good. This seems to be written by an active-duty service member during his off hours, if the loving descriptions of armaments are any indication.
The characters were poorly fleshed out.
Try Hard Magic, much better!
I've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together.
I did not know what to expect before reading this delightful book. I found it a totally yummy delight for the mind and imagination. There is depth and character development. The plot has a direction and a story to tell. The journey of Owen is the journey of many who bravely attempt to live life to the fullest and so find the answer to the question "Who am I?" As Owen finds out, you are who you decide to be. Sometimes bravery is involved in becoming all that you can be. Owen's decision lies between staying safe and being an Accountant, (no disrespect to any accountants who may see this), or taking one hell of a risk and becoming a Monster Hunter. Owen becomes a Monster Hunter and we all feel better that he made this decision by the end of the novel. We have made this journey with him. So, at the end, my mind, my imagination, and my soul were chocked full of yummy goodness. So, much so that I had to have two more helpings,( I read it twice more).
I'll admit I got pretty lost in all the gun lingo, and it did detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. I read a few reviews that considered the book to be a wordy piece of political propaganda, I did not find that to be the case. Even the main character didn't balk at gun control laws, he didn't agree with them but you never had some wordy rant on the matter.
Oliver Wyman put a lot of emotion and effort into his characters. He really capitalizes on the characters emotions and it's not too infrequent he'll actually be grunting, growling, and yelling along side the main character. I think it came across engaging. I particularly enjoy his betrayal of the Queen of the elves, and her man servant.
Overall I might steer clear if you aren't a gun nut. If you are? I think you'll love it.
Started devouring books at age 7 and haven't stopped since... Now I can read while I drive, do dishes, clean the house, or work in garden!
yes - if they are a whacky/weird, sci-fi/fantasy loving sort. The hero, Pitt, is like a grown up Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who is a man and an accountant. Oh, and a gun nut.
There is definitely a more than a hint of Buffy in this book. not just the monsters, but the conflict between desire for a normal life and the calling of monster hunter, the camaraderie between the team members, and the whole saving the world, now let's party bit...
I really liked the gargoyle shootout.
Earl's speech before the big battle was excellent.
After reading this I got the others in the Monster Hunter series. Oliver Wayman is wonderful in his narration. Has a bit of everything. (If you have a weak stomach, and don't enjoy graphic horror descriptions this may not be for you) However there are some laughs and nasty bits, but full of action. Larry Correia knows how to keep a story moving. If you enjoy urban horror fantasy, this is for you.