If you were to crowd source a modern fantasy novel about monster hunters, using fourteen year old tabletop gamers for the crowd, you might end up with this book.
I would try another book in this series, but only because I am interested in Earl. The hero makes me cringe.
The book could have been better had it more depth and less cliches -- maybe. It is really just poorly written garbage that we have read a thousand times. It contains everything but the kitchen sink, and that includes the old man, orks, and God help me, fairies. Perhaps this mass of creatures is the reason the characters are so flat - too many characters and not enough space. This book lacks subtlety. It's all too obvious with too many words. If someone has an axe planted in his back, "he screamed," will do. No need to write, "he screamed in agony."
It is cool that Wyman has so many voices but his interpretations are stereotypical. I despise the voice of the hero and his exuberant exhilarated arrogance doesn't help.
Owen, the hero is terrible. He is like "look how super wonderful I am. Did you see it? Yes, that's how I do it, because I'm that God-like cool, but I am clueless about it myself. Who me, noooooooo. I'm just a regular guy." It takes real skill to pull that off in the first person, and this author has very little. I could have done without yet another hero chosen to fulfill some sort of prophesy, and I could have done without the f-ing dreams and broken English, You can be preternatural ... preternatural, but you cannot use articles or participles. Honestly, I could do without them all the characters except Earl and that is because he carries a mystery. I could also do without the little forays into reality to preach - crap like God Bless Texas.
Books should teach you something, even just a little something. This book taught me that you can string together a slew of similar lines from other books and get published. Okay, I'll let that go, but for his next book, I hope he has strung together lines from something worthy.
I really wanted to read this a fun action oriented romp into the supernatural, but it told me to go f**k myself because it wanted to be a librarian's with fulfillment circle jerk.
I can stand the main character being an insipid Gary-stu author avatar. I could stand the author's bizarre gun fetish. I could stand the 2D characters who's motivations and actions are practically stapled to their fore head. I could stand the mind numbing love interest/romance and I really loved the action segments and some of the ideas for the monsters. I wanted to like this book, I really did!
but dear mother of pearl why did every paragraph have to be laced with the author's ridiculous need to shove in his views on politics, women and race as heavy handed and awkward as possible. Every other sentence out of a the character's mouth's basically boiled down to "f**k the government" , on top of that the government is depicted with blithering incompetence and the author makes sure you know that, every single character from the government is arrogant, idiotic, a total jerk, or just a mindless grunt and the main characters are never wrong while having this grating "I told you so" attitude about it.
There is plenty of other things too, at one point the NRA literally shows up to save the day and the quip about gun laws before it rides off into the sunset and for some god awful reason this book constantly feels the need to make sure the reader know it's not racist even though the it's entirely unprovoked and unnecessary at best, and borderline racist at worst. The book literally stops at one point so the main female character to go into some diatribe about how unracist the south is, it was like a fist of full of pants on head retarded that comes out of know where and just smashes you int he face. They're literally about to be descended on by powerful vampires but for whatever reason really need to share their views on slavery right at that moment.
This book was frustrating to say the least. Every time it would give you a little nugget of some thing delightful (which their where alot of them) it immediately would beat you over the head with a club as it tried to bury the author's nonsensical propaganda into your head.
I have have to say this rates pretty high for this genre. It was a really pleasant surprise.
Narration was great!
The author seems to obsess on guns. Yeah, Owen got a big new gun. He drooled over it and was very excited for the chance to blow away monsters with it. I don't really care how many pounds of force it takes to pull the trigger or any specifics about the ammo. Just give your character a gun and tell the story about the people and the monsters. If the author had simply said that the gun had a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time, that would have worked. I could have related that the gun was special to our hero and that it was important to him. I really liked the characters and the story, but the author goes on and on about the guns with more care than he does for most of the characters. Yes, this could be a 4 or 5-star story, IF you're a gun nut. It's very funny and entertaining otherwise.
When Owen wakes up in the hospital and is recruited by MHI was great. His disbelief and inexplicable excitement were hilarious.
Mr. Wyman really captured the tension and excitement in the battle scenes. He also had clear separate voices for each character.
The Guns. Those should not be characters, but props.
This story had a great concept and was told very well for the most part, but it was obviously written by and for gun enthusiasts. I'll not be reading any more Larry Correia books.
12 hours in and I couldn't take one more minute...poor quality writing, zero editing, very slow progression. the author is a gun enthusiast that's about the only aspect that is well researched. the one thing I could not get past: the main character is an accountant turned lethal monster killer with seemingly little formal training. Oh...he was an expert marksman who also fought in an underground fight club to pay for college. ridiculous. Same with the rest of the monster hunters, they survived encounters and are now experts in the field.
Its been a while since I tried to listen to this, as I had seen some good reviews I carried on past where I would normally had just given up. Big mistake for me, it means there is more of it wasting space in my brain than there should be. This is the kind of book that makes you worry about some Americans, this kind of gun-obsessive trash is what scares non-Americans. Even now, months after I tried to listen to this book I still rate it as one of the worst books I have ever stumbled across and it was a complete waste of a credit. Unless you LOVE guns and poor character development I would advise giving this series a wide birth.
After the 20-min point Correia could have stopped and the story could have been fine. but after that point (not just the action which was fun but it was the characters I found interesting) the writing felt awkward and often contrived or even downright immature to adolescent. In fact that is it for me, this book was not about the characters, it was bullet porn (pointless descriptions of weapons and ammo) and the story felt not bad really, but also it was not captivating with far too many evil everywhere but the core characters were somehow immune. I also was put off by the poor to mediocre character development. OK, so for me, it was not a great story and perhaps not credit worthy especially given the series nature, sill the narration was good and I will give the 2nd in the series a shot but if it is just more bullet porn for Idaho survivalist sorts, it's all 1's for the ratings. Hey I like the fun "Son's of Gun's" TV series but I don't need weaponry descriptions as part of what is supposed to make the story good...I suppose Correia is just not the polished writer I prefer, or he needs a better editor.
I had fun with this book but geez, Correia needs to chill out with the anti-government stuff because it really weighs down the book. As someone who doesn't believe that the U.S. government is evil and incompetent, I was really turned off by the over-the-top anti-government sentiment expressed throughout this book.
I would give this book an easy 5 if it weren't the super far-right sentiment that hums throughout the entire book.