I really wanted to enjoy this book. The premise was interesting and the narration was good. I had to put it down, however, because the author went out of his way to lay on the right-wing politics. It wasn't a big deal at first, but eventually it was occurring nearly every few minutes. I can understand giving a character certain beliefs and views, but when it's nearly the entire cast, done so blatantly...Look, in the end, if you don't mind heavy-handed political soapboxing, then this is an entertaining military fantasy. If you do, I suggest searching elsewhere.
The overall writing and story was enjoyable. But I just cannot get into a story that has the protagonist so often getting pummeled into near death and utter submission, only to miraculously land a sucker-punch and turn the tables to save the day. How many times can your bones, joints, and connective tissue be torn, broken and shattered before the healing process reduces you to a limping arthritic old man before your time, especially in the midst of battle with creatures that are flat-out deadly when facing them at full health??? It just stretches the heroism-aspect to thin and places it on par with the metal-chair-to-the-face chicanery of professional wrestling. I expect more from my books... and the EPIC nature of EVERY encounter with the super-natural element would imply that the mortality/morbidity rate for the hunters would be just too high to ever maintain an actual hunting organization.
As for the narration, it was okay, with the exception of over-acting and zealous yelling of the narrator in times of stress. When will producers realize that most people listen with headsets and having someone yell directly into your ear is just not pleasing and yanks you right out of the fantasy. "macho-bravado" is not achieved by the volume of the voice but rather it's in the simple nuance of voice inflection.
I have just finished the 3rd book. Correia put together a good tale, some well traveled monster material, some new ideas…a good mix. A bit longer than some, but enjoyed the detail. Wyman was a perfect fit for narration. Good mix of horror and military kept on the lighter side. Corriea loves his weapons! Thank you Audible for narration review...I think they can make or break a good story.
Oliver Wyman's narration is second to none and he flawlessly changes from one character to another. The story itself is superb with great character development and plenty of action. Larry Correia has created a perfect modern day monster tale that is driven by the characters and story line. Can't wait to listen to the next installment.
What an excellent series, can't get enough. Hope there will be many more in this series to come. The story keeps you wanting more from beginning to end and the narrator is just awesome. Love it....
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.
Leave out the right wing macho crap and tell the story. The main character and story should be something more than one dimensional. I could not get pass the gun worship.
Anything not written by the author.
Anger. I wasted my credit.
The entire book is an epic quest full of blood, monsters and lead/silver. I started the series expecting a "popcorn movie." Instead, I got a well thought out story with many twist and turns, and characters that I became invested in. This is a must have.
Franks. Because he's Franks. Just listen to the book.
Yes, but I had to get out of the car to work and eat.
Great first book in a series that keeps getting better.