This was a little too gory for my taste and the endless minute details given for every weapon mentioned in the book (and there are a lot) makes it seem more of a guy book to me. However, the story was interesting enough to get me through all that weapons minutia. If I was more into monster stories, I'd happily continue with the series. It's not my thing but if you like monster killing madness, you'll love it. The narration was excellent.
Not as good as Jim Butcher. The characters are mostly two dimensional and the constant mindless libertarianism is annoying. However if you can get past that the stories are somewhat interesting. If I could get the stories without the constant propaganda I might give it 3.5 stars. I wish I didn't listen to the first one because for me if a plot line is half way interesting I have to finish the series. The saving grace is that at least there isn't any over racism.
If your a fan of complicated fantasy with blurred lines between good and evil, shades of gray and intricate plots(George RR Martin etc.) this book is not for you.This is something that someone might write for bad prime time TV. Shallow characters, basic love interest and all the good guys are politically correct. I think this would be good for teenage males who think the "twilight series" is too sappy. Lots of guns.
This is a horrible book. Don't know how else to describe it - the movie would go straight to VHS tape and it would star Van Damme and Seagal and maybe Burt Reynolds chewing on a cigar. The story, the language and the characters are mind-numblingly stupid and shallow. What a piece of crap. It gets one star because I have too. I want my money back.
This book is completely formulaic, completely predictable, and solidly enjoyable. The villains are such complete caricatures, and they often act in completely stupid and inexplicable ways.
The complete and utter lack of surprises, and an ending you see from a mile away. It's not like I was in this for a compelling, edge of my seat thriller, but there are long sections of exposition that only serve to lengthen the book.
The narrator's slow ponderous voice was extremely tedious. He dredged out the material, and seemed to only be able to do one female voice, and about three different male voices.
Definitely! This would make a fantastic action movie. With loving close ups of the guns instead of tedious descriptions of them.
oh. my. lanta.
the plot has so much potential... but you could play a drinking game with some of the over-used words and repeated terms.
if i don't hear, "torn asunder" for at least 20 years, it will be too soon.
the cycle of dying and coming back to life seems like a cheap way out instead of writing a creative way out of dire situations.
I so want this to be a first draft so I can await the improvements. /le sigh
Not the usual short teasing start to a series. This was a lengthy and satisfying listen. Suspenseful, original and not filled with any fluff. I like Oliver Wyman's narration, he brings all the characters to life. I will be purchasing more of this series.
I really enjoyed this book. The author has some really good, original ideas about monsters.It is obvious this was a first book as there were awkward moments, some grammatical errors and times when he was trying too hard but these problems were easy to forgive. One bigger problem is that I'm not a gun nut and the overly amorous descriptions of guns, shooting and loading got very tired very quickly.
I wasn't overly fond of the narrator, I felt he was trying too hard and being overly dramatic even when it wasn't necessary.
I'm a teacher, and it's my policy to NOT give any 100%s for work done by anyone especially me. ( I figure there's always room for improvement.) The story is entertaining, just think about the scene as in an alternate reality. I'm a series fan, and I have several books of this series. I'm looking forward to many more of this series. OK, the guys and girls aren't "super-heroes" and that's another good thing about the series. I can picture myself as just about any of them, but I think I should feel more fear than comes thru. Quite a bit of my personal "book budget" is invested in Audible Books, it's convenient for me to listen while I'm doing "drudge work" or relaxing between classes. I like the balance of action and dialog, but I keep thinking "what is he/she thinking about in this situation?" Or "does he have any plan of action or reaction?" If you're gonna lead a group you need a basic 'op' plan (who takes care of the car, who goes in the back, etc). for the fight. I'm interested in these guys' way of thinking. I like an "action tripod" #1, What (action), #2, Why?, and #3, How? If I got all that I might have to give 5 Stars for the first time in my life. Thank you.