Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada | Member Since 2011
The latest installment of the Tome of Bill continues to raise the bar for how much crap can be dumped on a poor geeky vampire. As a result, it's a good thing Bill doesn't have to breath because there isn't a snorkel long enough. Explosions have Bill dancing as fast as he can as he tries to stay undead for another day. Just when you figure there isn't anyone Bill hasn't driven to want him dead, his ultimate wedgie of bad luck and super anti-personnel powers manage to identify the few beings left on the planet that don't want to "Kill Bill" and alienates them. The World wants Bill and it wants him dead, really dead; like Monty Python Parrot dead.
This is a fast paced, action packed ireverent romp tripping the vampire geek-tastic. Bill's SMALL group of co-adventurers (friends would be stretching it in some cases), lead by Sally (a real femme fatale), navigate a world turned hostile where "safe house" seems to translate to "Ground Zero" for Bill. Bill's inner monologue and the witty banter between characters had me laughing out loud. It's got to be funny to get me to laugh out loud because people look at me strange when I do; but this book is funny and people did stare.
This tome ended on a cliff hanger so there has to be another one coming and I can't wait. Maybe the next one will have some characters dressed in red to clear things up a bit.
Christopher Nuttall brings the Ark Royal Trilogy to a resounding finish. I felt the Russian political intrigue, the Royal Family Press problems, and the Royal Navy references added to the meat of the story. The series builds to an all or nothing battle for Earth's survival in the spirit of the "Last Man Standing." It's an exciting, well performed, performance.
Cudos to Kim Harrison! What a Series, What a Finale!
Marguerite Gavin delivers a perfect performance. It would have been a "True Crime" if another narrator was chosen to read this last book. Rachel and Company have been through "The Gauntlet." Kim Harrison seamlessly juggles the reader's desire to provide closure for all their favourite characters while providing a fast paced, action packed roller-coaster of a story. It's an "Absolute Power"-house skirting the "Tightrope" between the demands of the "Hang 'Em High" Elves and "Unforgiven" demons. "Any Which Way You Can" slice it, Rachel, Ivy, and Jinks are "In the Line of Fire" where the "Sudden Impact" of incoming attacks make Rachel's previous "Escape From Alcatraz" seem like a spending an evening with "Bronco Billy" to "Paint Your Wagon."
"Play Misty For Me" and call me a "Space Cowboy," but Kim Harrison and Marguerite Gavin have delivered a "Million Dollar Baby!"
I don't know why this audio recording was released. The recording I downloaded is full of reading mistakes that were identified by the reader and he would state "lets go back to ..." or "lets start again at ...", clearly identifying parts that should have been edited out. The reader's performance is fine but the lack of editing makes the recording difficult to listen to.
I loved this unique take on fighting ghosts. At last Hard Rock is lauded as benefiting society. This is a very entertaining book with plenty of fun pop culture references and I can't wait for the next one
Love the Series, Love the Characters and Love the Action; with that said, I'll be blunt, this was my least favourite installment so far. Why? I hate romantic angst, especially when it seems be slapped onto a story line like Bondo on a cheap auto body repair. I get little enjoyment from the peaks and valleys of the "will-they won't-they" type sub plot because the longer it continues the greater the chance it will become the main plot. If the main characters' on again off again relationship become the sole focus of the plot, you're left with only two outcomes: the main characters are never happy, or, the main characters get happy and the series dies.
Sorry about the negative tone of my review, I really do love this series and I did enjoy most of the story. The introduction to all things American and the vilification of Edison were fantastic.
Will I get the next installment? Yes I will. I can't wait.
Charley's FBI contact has spent nearly her entire career trying to solve her mentor's "Moby Dick" case. It was a baby abduction and she gives the file to Charley "I talk to dead people," in the hopes Charley can help solve it. When Charley opens the file, she opens up a big old can of "What the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks." I don't want to spoil any surprises but a clue is it will make my headline make sense.
The narration is tight and it's a great story
In a daring twist with the series, the hero of this story is the former #2 Bad Guy. It turns out he's Regan's one and only. Regan is one of my favourite characters, in moderation, she's good for the occasional funny quip, over the top action, or stupid "Val" trick but too much Regan is like an "ice cream" headache.
The back story lists the circumstances that drove Regan's man to the dark side and while tragic, to me, they didn't excuse his past atrocities. Typically, the men in this series, indeed this genre, are larger than life, super tough, mega-Alphas. The narration was great, I just couldn't get behind a normal, sort of anti-hero.
Elves have come out and it's easy to see how a long, protracted war with the demons could have happened. What isn't clear is which party was the most aggrieved - history is written by the winners and it looked to me like the winners were the elves. Trent's character continues to be fleshed out and he is proving to be a most atypical elf. It appears that Rachel and Trent with their small group of friends are the only obstacle stopping the destruction of two worlds.
I love this series but I gave this book only 4 stars instead of the usual 5 because I felt the increased complexity of the story line came at the cost of the involvement, volume and depth of the interpersonal interactions of Ivy and Jinks within the story line.
This is one of the better series I've found in recent years. Each new installment improves on and builds on the last one so the series is one that really must be enjoyed in order
When I finished listening to "Godess with a Blade" years ago I had two thoughts.
1 - Fantastic Story
2 - Where's its sequel?
Finally "Blade to the Keep" has been released and I couldn't be happier. The setting moves to the vampire world providing an interesting look into Rowan's early life growing up with vampires. It's a great sequel.
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