A must for any horror fan the book contains equal parts horror, action and humor. Mr. Wyman is superb in his narration. Highly recommended.
I am not saying that Larry Correia is a bad writer - honestly, he tells a pretty good story. However, as a liberal, I found the right wing mentality of this novel distracting, alienating and not really necessary to the plot. Every time I would start to enjoy the story, the author would clobber me over the head with more Clinton-bashing, Libertarian rhetoric. Sadly, what could have been a fantastic and unusual piece of pulp fiction felt like a lengthy editorial on Fox News
At some point in the story I started to hope the monsters would win... I could not help myself!
Anyway, I should have looked at Correia's blog before purchasing this novel - a quick perusal reveals plenty of angry, highly-partisan conservative rhetoric. Thus, I sincerely recommend this story to right wingers who enjoy geeky pulp fiction. But if, like me, you were uncomfortable with the Glenn Beck Show, you might consider skipping this one.
No idea why this one gets good reviews. Horribly contrived. Entire scenes are inserted awkwardly just so the author can give you his political view on guns and governments. And the absurd level of details on guns adds nothing to the story at all. Maybe his editor just needed the page count so they left it in. Fight scenes go on forever- often seems just so Correia can fit another detailed weapons description in. You could see the ending coming a mile away - it's telegraphed about halfway through in detail. You can't miss it.
Wyman's a good voice actor. Characters are distinctive enough that you know who is speaking immediately a couple chapters in and his characterizations fit each one.
Disappointment and regret that I wasted a credit on it.
Much better authors in this genre.
The depictions of violence (and guns) are almost pornographic--if you are into that sort of thing. Personally, I am not. Some ideas for improvement--The author might have made the Monster Hunters have some other solution (at least once) to all the problems the Undead bring then pulling out their guns (lovingly detailed) and blazing away--especially when most of the time the guns don't seem to have any effect. One of two vampires pretty well stomp the whole organization. For all the sprouting of right wing politics, hillbilly wisdom, and descriptions of guns, the heroes of this book are remarkably ineffective at killing monsters. Buffy would clean the Monster Hunters out during the beginning titles.
Use a thesaurus? Spend some time researching the subject instead of fondling his gun magazines? Figure out some original solution to a problem except shoot it? Quit having the hero get beat up in graphic detail (some of the depictions of beatings go on for 5 minutes or more). Even more bogus, the her miraculously revives and is ready for another beating in a few pages. Invent believable characters (really--a hick with a 167 IQ? a stripper? a token Black guy? a beautiful girl who is also an ace killer? I've seen Dungeons and Dragons dolls with more personality.
The delivery is ponderous and methodical. All the people sound the same (Southern, stupid).
Not really. I guess if you wanted to confirm most of your stereotypes about guys who confuse their guns with their gonads, this would do it. Having lived in the South for close to three decades, I object to this book on a lot of levels.
This book was the only one I had on my iPhone on a long trip--so I had to go through it. But when I pulled in the driveway the hero was having his final battle with the Evil Lord Machado and I didn't even care. Just pulled out the earphones and turned it off and for all I know or care the bad guys one. I can't believe that rule by vampires and the undead is worse than having these cliche-sprouting rednecks running around armed.
Pure Gun Smut. Think there was a weak story here too. Grim Noir series was pretty good so gave this a chance and will not buy any more Monster hunter books
Avid fantasy and Scifi reader
Less corny writing, a better narrator.
Someone without an accent.
The main characters boss.
There are a lot of books out and about in the urban fantasy genre. They are all pretty similar but usually there is a lot of action and they are kind of like reality TV with how they draw you in. One of the best urban fantasy series would be the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. Read those books or if you already have and want something corny that can be a guilty pleasure, try out the Iron Druid series. This book is terrible. The opening has a plethora of bad one liners, bad first person writing and a narrator with a Texan accent. This is fine since the main character fits this description, but the narrator does terrible voices for the other characters in the book. Please, please ignore the high reviews for this book, they are inaccurate. I am not a picky reader and I read almost anything, trust me a little and skip this until you have finished the rest of the urban fantasy genre.
Probably not. The amateurish writing style and rather unsophisticated story telling aren't for me. If I want to read breathless descriptions of the effects of weapons on flesh, endless "all of a sudden" moments, misused descriptive words (always in the name of describing gore in a new way), and cliche after mind numbing cliche, I'll read my own high school writings instead.
I couldn't get past the way the narrator sounded like he was joking. As in, you know that voice you make when you want to make something sound big and dramatic but in a mocking way? Similar to how people imitate the "in a world" guy from the movie trailers? This whole book was like that. Twenty-three hours of sentences that ended in a dropped tone and a growl, just begging you to understand how dramatic everything was, but not in a way that can be taken seriously. Oh, he also failed to differentiate many of the voices, and even gave one hunter who was described as a big guy what sounded like a young woman's voice and some characters' accents came and went. Very disconcerting.
Well, I'm not surprised. It was set up to have a sequel, and I can see plenty of ways that could go.
I'm being harsh, but this was an entertaining read. It plays like an 80s action movie: There are monsters, they are unambiguously evil, and we are going to kill them with big guns. Fun stuff.
On the other hand, I can't take stories in which the only reason the plot plays out how it does is if every single character fails to connect the dots. The big "twist" in this book, which the characters figured out 22 hours in, was blindingly obvious at around hour 4. It was downright painful to have the characters endlessly asking what's going on, and what it all means, when anyone with half a brain would have figured it out right from the start. What that tells me is that either the author isn't as clever as he thinks he is, or I'm more clever than his intended audience.
Compared to something like the Joe Ledger books, this really came off as a joke. I know most of the reviews here are positive, and that's cool, but if you happen to agree with me, do yourself a favor and go get Patient Zero. It has all the action, all the toys, a far more knowledgeable author (they use actual tactics rather than the manly bravado type "planning" used here), and the characters don't go mysteriously stupid just so the author can spring a poorly conceived twist on the audience.
Like I said, entertaining, but I won't be checking out the sequels.
If you are between the ages of 11-14 and have never read any sci-fi, you might enjoy this book, but probably not.
This book is a consecutive series of cliche's. A totally predictable plot and repetitive action scenes, no character development, with no plot twists. It is also full of un-creative one line dialogue like "Take that you undead S.O.B.!", after a character kills a zombie or a vampire. For fun, I started counting the times the author wrote "I could sense the power emanating from the....", but I stopped due to overwhelming boredom.
Repetitive, predictable, smooth.
If I were the editor, I would have made him re-write the entire book.
I think the publisher should have paid me to listen to this book rather than the other way around!
Predictable, VERY slow moving, yawned a lot, made myself finish it. It is not exciting, it is not entertaining and it was a waste of brain energy to listen to it.
This story could have been good, instead it was juvenile. A good monster book for a ten year old.
He did okay.
While the words often made complete sentences and things happened with a vaguely forward momentum, I didn't care for the author's style, specifically, his devotion to unhelpfully minimalist descriptions... of everything. I wanted a painted picture with some complexity... instead I got formulaic, unimaginative, and boring nonsense. The audio version was awfully difficult to push through with the "performer" doing his best Christian Slater impersonation, if only it could have been read slower and with less enthusiasm. So, better? It was a complete fail in my opinion and that leaves plenty of room for improvement.
I'll probably retreat to something more familiar
The failings in the book were less about the characters themselves than they were about the execution of turning those characters into fully formed believable people. The main character is a prime example. The 300+ lb accountant-turned-action hero is a decent start, but every additional thing the author tells you about him is extraordinary and the more he tries to convince the audience the more it rang false... at least to me. If you want your hero to be a sharp-shooting ex-bouncer / fight-clubber-for-money, you need to sell me on it. "It is because you say so" isn't enough for me. Also, the insanely beautiful, kick-ass, gun toting, and nerd candy fantasy woman thing needed a serious rethink. Buffy, whose name is invoked in many other reviews, was a victim of circumstance first and foremost. Buffy was a character of incredible depth and scope, but this book is a far paler and unworthy comparison.
I have downloaded many audiobooks from the good folks at audible.com and this is the first review I've felt it necessary enough to provide my opinion. I'm sure there are huge fans of this book and I would not want to dissuade anyone from this novel simply on the word of my taste, but I think... as a fan of well-written books, I just couldn't sit by with all the positive reviews that I couldn't disagree with more and let them go unanswered. So there... choose and perish.