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Considering that there are about 2 bazillion zombie or zombie like novels (viralistic humans, cannaibal humans, etc...) the 'Zombie Fallout' books is probably the best in my opinion but regardless I think the series should have been a trilogy... Not everyone likes Mike Talbots sense of humor & I'm still confused after all these books what kind of powers, the properties of the infected, & so many other questions regarding books like these... I really lost my sense of any continuity when all of a sudden Mike is a half vampire & the whole chase has devolved into a Benny Hill chase, I can almost here the music..
The 1st three books are good & there are parts of 4,5, & 6 that are worth reading but not enuff to write 3 complete books... I enjoyed Mike Talbots adventures on Indian Hill & outer space... these zombie boks are just draggin on & on.... even Sean who is a great Narrator cannot save this series.
I can see those who love these books & read the whole series & hoping for more, but I'm not one of them....
This is the 1st work of Neil Gaiman I’ve read even though there were a few recommendations of reading anther piece of literary work before ‘American Gods’ there were stronger suggestions that this was a fan favorite & no reason to skip over as a starting point.
Although I cannot compare & contrast the difference of this novel to the other books Neil has written, I can say without a doubt that he wrote a story that takes place in modern times with a spin from historical, fantasy driven stories from the past. In this book the protagonist ‘Shadow’ is a felon who on the eve of being released from prison suffers the tragedy of losing his true love before he is ever re-united with her. He finds himself free but essentially still imprisoned within the mindset of a convict without the help of a loving woman that would have helped free him from his time budgeted daily schedule while imprisoned & jailhouse politics. After finding the particulars of how she met her end the circumstances that surrounded her death, Shadow is now thrown into chaos & while he is still reeling from the events he meets Mr. Wednesday. Mr. Wednesday is a figure that you come to know as a character no one truly knows what, when, or who he represents; all the while offering the protagonist a job that lifts the veil that is covering the eyes of all humanity. The protagonist, Shadow, see’s a side of the world no mere mortal has access to normally & because of his ‘throwing caution to the wind’ attitude after losing everyone he cares about he is able to elevate his consciousness to another level.
Gaiman weaves a tale when the gods of the past whose survival has been determined by memory & history versus the modern gods that human, especially Americans have created to take their place clash on epic proportions. It is a tale that is not only interesting but captivating due to the dialogue between characters & the nuisances created by the separating rifts between gods. As the story progresses Shadow is pulled deeper & deeper into the conflicts of gods & specifically American gods. It is quite humorous that the gods of America tend to fall into a 'materialistic' purview such as the TV or internet... if coveting a god involves the amount of time an individual spends with various 'idols' than the TV for example is one 'god' that no American can possibly argue holds sway in just about every persons life. This POV from Shadow, omnipotent, & a few sparing views from different gods from old are not only ironic but quite indicative of what the modern American views of iconic figures of society. If this is a unique Neil Gaiman written book I will be exploring this author more.
George Guidall as always does a fantastic job narrating & he does not let down although there are many voices within the book I can see why Audible re-recorded this book with multiple narrators in a special version.
One of the most interesting people to read a review from is another author in the same genre who is essentially 'competition', altho with books its diff. cuz u can enjoy all books & the author is usually in no danger of 'losing u as a consumer.' A reader may hold diff. POV regarding which author is 'better' after reading each story but in other business fields there is competition for the sole attention of consumers. When I was on Goodreads I was able to read reviews Patrick Rothfuss wrote on books he's read, it gives u a peek into the mind of a person I respect due to his literary prowess but also humanizes an author regarding they're personal opinion. If u can find his review of this book on the website mentioned above u will understand what I mean. Both authors have now finished they're 2nd book & Pat tells u how he believed the 2nd book for a debut author is the hardest to write as an author which seems logical. But Lynch has book 3 out & we are still waiting Pat!! :)
Anyways, this book was extremely good considering it was already at a disadvantage cuz of the bar set for himself after writing 'Lies of Locke Lamora.' It would be impossible to top his debut, yet this 2nd book doesn't try to rise above but take a lateral step along with the 1st. New places & challenges, same old Locke & Jean. I will prob. find myself reading it again after 'Republic of Thieves', esp. if 'ROT' is as good as the first 2. Lynch still has his unique humor that makes u laugh out loud, establishes great characters u end up loving & hoping they don't die, & a fresh adventure for a concept I thought was going to be hard to write another few books on. Reading Lynch's books makes u realize a master story teller is at work. Readers are interested in a character only talked about so far! & finally makes there 1st appearance in book 3! That alone is amazing but the depths of the confidence games & the webs that Locke & company continue weaving reach far across his world, & who knows the next person to be caught up. I highly suggest taking the time to read this book, obv. after reading book 1, & once done book 3 is out as well so no waiting like so others had to endure... Michael Page is an excellent narrator, he did a couple books by Joe Abercrombie & he has a perfect voice for all the characters, esp. the main protagonists. The first 2 of the series are well worth the credit & it wouldn't be going out on a limb to say the 3rd is going to be well worth the credit as well.
Peter Clines has a talent for writing interesting books or books with interesting twists to them & he doesn't disappoint in this story. As with many reviewers I was also skeptical about being able to write a 'zombie' book that I would find interesting or 'new', but after reading the many reviews to the contrary & got the book with the predetermined conclusion that Clines did a good job making a popular Dystopia into an interesting & enjoyable read. I think that it was even harder for him to reach my expectations now that I read all the reviews already, very similar to over-hyping a book or movie which can easily be done. I'm sorry to say a typical i.e. was that I walked away only satisfied after reading 'The Hunger Games' due to over-hyping of the book. I enjoyed the book but it was pretty impossible for it to break the hype surrounding it when it was recommended to me.
Ex-Hero's will def. have me getting the trilogy because its not ur standard powerful characters conquer all or even the more powerful characters having better self-esteem. IMO Clines does a great job humanizing a group of hero's that are suppose to be so powerful they are loved for the help, but they obviously couldn't stop the dystopia trope & there is back stories for the major characters that give an interesting POV for the people involved around them & what happens realistically when the world goes FUBAR. Even the antagonists which are not always the infected are believable, Clines is able to make the populace almost part of the 'normal hazards of living'. There is humor, action, & more than the typical story involving 'superhero's', now that I've read this book & since it was written before Sanderson, I look at 'Steelheart' a bit differently, I enjoyed both but I have to give credit where its due, Clines spun it before Sanderson, although 'Steelheart' is still a unique story & worth the read still. I was pleasantly surprised even after the 'hype'. Narration was fine, nothing too special but not bad either.
This is a quick read, u will prob. finish it in a couple days, I was hoping it would go on sale so I didn't have to waste a credit, but it was not to be. Nonetheless, if u don't have a time requirement its worth the cred.
Whenever I read this genre of books there is a lot of competition over a relatively predictable type of story, so the story & characters are what separates great authors like Clancy & Ludlum. I love reading books by Silva, Le Carre, Flynn (RIP), & now Coes. IMO Greaney is a pretty good writer of action & military fiction revolving around a character of mythic proportions similar to Mitch Rapp but not nearly as developed, loved, & with at least 10 books behind his legacy. Rapp will always be the top of the heap for me with Gabriel Allon a close 2nd, unless u are really looking for a 'cloak & dagger' type story than Le Carre is one of the master's & I think SIlva does a slightly better job than Flynn used to.
The grey man is an operative that has a bigger than life legend whose reputation precedes him, the plot line is one that has been used by every writer in the genre (supposedly 'gone rogue' yada, yada) so I can't fault the author for using it at least once. Greany does do a better job IMO than Thor so if u like Scott Harvath u will probably like Court Gentry just as much if not better. The writing is predictable, the villains are predictable, & the ending is predictable, BUT the even so the book is entertaining, esp. when its free, although I did read this book when it first came out, I just listened to it when it was offered for free & I thought the narration was done well. I've read all the other grey man books as well & in regards to relatively new characters I'm a bigger fan of Dewey Andreas than of Court. As I said before though the book is most definitely worth the listen, I'm just not of the ilk to pre-order any more grey man books after reading the 2 or 3 that came after this one.
I am a huge fan of A.X. Pendergast ever since 'The Relic' where I don't think anyone was sure that his character was going to be continued into a series. The last few books have all been written about his ex-wife & are classified as the 'Helen Trilogy', the books were by no means 'Bad' but I was not impressed by the quality nor the tangent these books threw our usually implacable A.X.P. into a world of shadow conspiracies, getting man-handled by 'uncouth brigands', killing more than a dozen people single-handed on a large yacht, & the questions unanswered after the 'Helen Books' were done. I'd like give my opinion that our Sherlock Holmes like character of A.X.P. is getting back to 'past form' & using his ultimate hero 'Afoot'. The eccentric detective with his unconventional methods, unique persona, & unlimited resources behind his obsessions to solve crimes.
I don't want to give away too much with this book but there are more than just one story arc & although I read some reviews from people lucky enough to get the book early there were a couple reviews that mentioned how Corrie stole the spotlight from him. I clearly do not think so! I can confidently say that before this book I liked her character as a supporting character but after reading this book I did not feel the same. She was the anti-establishment type personality in 'Still Life with Crows' & even in her other candid appearances in the books after, but I found her character growth showing her in a negative light. I'm not getting too specific but although she might have aged, her maturity level & lack of 'classy behavior' have not... & I don't mean she needed to be comparable to or as worldly achieved as a character like A.X.P. but I don't see how it would be possible for her to overshadow him in any book. This book reminded me of one of my favorite books which ironically is 'Still Life with Crows'. After that the 'Diogenes Trilogy' was also fantastic & the books that were released in between that time & leading to the 'Helen Trilogy', tended to range from satisfactory to slightly above average.
In this book there is even a reference to Conan Doyle & Sherlock Holmes himself & are worked into the story. Although I was able to guess what was to happen at the end about halfway thru, which is not something I could have done with past books, the story brought the 'old school' persona of A.X. Pendergast back to the front & I am looking forward to the next story P&C write regarding A.X.P. He is back to his old ways of putting self-entitled people back in place with a sharp tongue that's laced with honey & sarcasm, his enigmatic ways of breaking down a crime scene, along with his ability to banter & return salvo's with any antagonist. I really hope they don't make a spin-off with Corrie's character because as alluded to, they didn't "work together' the same way they did in Medicine Creek but both have arcs that cross at different points. Corrie is DEF. no 'Lt. D'Agosta' lol, but she's young & still has time to develop into a better supporting character that I felt P&C took away way too early with Smithback's demise.
I tried not to reveal much in this review because with certain mysteries or crime series I believe u need to read it all & figure out if u liked or disliked it without giving away too much of the plot, its not the same as reviewing other genre's. I focused more on the characters & they're current persona's in this book compared to the past & the overall plot undertones for the protagonist(s). Renee is always a great narrator for the Pendergast books & he doesn't disappoint here, I truly think that if anyone thought the A.X.P. books were straying a bit off the 'norm' in the past, P&C have brought it much closer to the 'roots' again. Its worth strapping on ur snowshoes & take a trip to Colorado.
This an overall review of the trilogy & immediately WARN any listener that there are descriptions of graphic scenes of brutality to the point at times it seemed a bit much & written just to keep with the original 'standard' the first book set:
It took me more time to finish this book than the two books before this 'Prince & King of Thorns.' Overall the series was pretty good although I would not place it at the top of any fantasy list except for originality perhaps. There was a lot of back & forth throughout the book that at times I did not even know how old the main character was, although when the book first started he was more the 'anti-hero' & the story was filled with more grim-dark scenes where the main character could care less what happened to human bystanders or 'innocents.' The character grows up a bit into more of a protagonist as the story evolves from 'The Prince of Thorns' & he suffers from the battle fatigue & PTSD that is common with those that take many lives. He starts to reflect back on his past but this doesn't mean he is predictable in any way because Mark Lawrence was able to create a character that would keep u guessing with what Jorg would do next to get himself out of a jam or how he was going to outsmart the odds stacked against him.
One of the major issues I had with this book was that the suspension of disbelief I had to have regarding the protagonist's age & the ability for a child (even in an earlier, feudal society) to command the respect he garnered often throughout the books. This was more common in the earlier books because he was somewhere between the ages of 9-14 for much of it. I know that in the past boys had to grow up much faster or else possible die especially in a situation where royalty & succession was involved so I get the whole 'many of the best leaders & fighters were young' history point, but I think Lawrence was really pushing it when u look at the type of people Jorg was surrounding himself with. Its one thing if u have loyal retainers & bodyguards or those that respect, fear, and/or love u because of ur family name, but it runs counter intuitive to some groups of people that he chose to be with: murderers, rapists, no-scruples, thieves, etc... although he did have a personal bodyguard that was older that loved him like a father figure, but that one guy couldn't entirely make me believe this kid who barely has pubic hair probably can stare down criminals in such a brute, 'alpha male way' no matter his ruthlessness. Although this was the trait that did gain him respect in the beginning after that he was quite cunning, but... It also bothered me that many times it seemed that his cleverness worked to a point but in the end some type of unknown magic we as readers never knew about saves the day or a similar type of solution would present itself.
Overall I enjoyed the series & it ended well considering the ending for many fantasy novels seem to be suspect as the years go by. I would def. recommend this book if u are looking to laugh at the darker elements of fantasy (i.e. necromancy) along with the clever ways Jorg is able to scheme his way to the top. Mark Lawrence definitely wrote a unique series with a unique character, it was worth the reads although I liked the 1st 2 books better & the last 1/3 of book 3. The narrator was satisfactory, he wasn't bad but I wouldn't look at other books he's done like I do with my favorite narrators.
Heppner has written some good books, this is middle of the pack for any post-apocalyptic earth & then the earthlings rise up from the ashes to be the indispensable weapon for the aliens... which tends to be a fall back to many dystopia/post-apocalypse type story. I basically picked this book because I think Christian Rummel is a fantastic narrator, had an interesting cover, & it was authored by Heppner.
The book was not filled with much substance, it had lots of action, lots of suspension of disbelief, & obvious predictability, but was fun. I'm not sure if I would buy the next book if he wrote a second book for this series. The book had the quality of a 'been there, did that, didn't get a T-shirt' vibe. But I knew that going in after reading the short description.
I finished this book in about 2 days, I am a big fan of Jack Campball & his lost fleet series & this is a spin off of the series but from the POV of the other side (Syndicate) side of the series towards around the same time 'Guardian: Lost Fleet Beyond the Frontier' takes place. It is interesting & well written to give the background of how a Syndicate officer is brought up within the rank vs. an Alliance officer (more traditional ways our army work off, still keeping many of the same ranks). The main protagonist's are two people that if not for the rebellion against the Syndicate yolk would probably figuring out ways how to screw each other over. In this book u get the internal thoughts of both of them thinking these ingrained idea's that brought them to their current position but at the same time they are no longer 'Syndicates', they are a free world at the edge of known human space that has struck a deal with a larger than universe character in John 'Blackjack' Geary. It's well written & includes not only ship to ship battles but mobile ground forces as well. It also includes a great deal of uncertainty in who might be double-crossing or triple-crossing whom & how the 'Free Worlds of Midway Star System' views a character we already know so much about from the 'Lost Fleet' series & the 'Beyond the Frontier' series.
IMO this book was much better than the first book of the series 'Tarnished Knight' & believe this POV could develop into a great series to compliment the 'Lost Fleet' Series, I recommend it to anyone who likes military universe building & the overlap of characters. In this particular book it leaves u with a great ending I did not see coming for a type of book I can usually predict the ending. I would not say it was a cliffhanger but a great set-up for another book in the series.
I don't think Marc Vietor did a bad job, in fact he did a much better job with this one than the 'Tarnished Knight' book before this one. I just happen to think Christian Rummell would probably have done an awesome job since he already does the 'Lost Fleet' series. Hearing 'Blackjack' sound like 'John Taylor' or 'Croaker' from his other books or even the Posleen Wars was weird... but he did a great job
I enjoyed this book a great deal & am looking forward to finishing the trilogy, even though the whole 'series, trilogy, prequels, & epics' can get tiresome when u want to just know what happens!! but u make exceptions & anticipate with books u didn't know even existed when surfing the net. Its always cool to catch them or get them recommended although I prefer to become enthralled by a book after the end has been written no matter how many books.
This book was interesting because it did not only involve the typical medieval fantasy with magic but mixed some underlying idea's of a diff. code of thinking for the order the protagonist is part of, it reminds me a bit like samurai structure & its own form of 'Bushido' because most of the members come from a unique background vs. the traditional nobility, although the protagonist seems 'in limbo' due to a questionable, & not completely known past that can change kingdoms. U have good character development & great fight scenes. Visceral & works at a level the word 'Ronin' jogs my memory into. It is def. worth checking out if u are into the genre.
This book was an excellent debut for Cameron in the Fantasy Genre & it encompasses all the hardcore fantasy elements, Magus $ Clerics with a terrific power system, all sorts of monsters from summoned demons to golden bears that are normally similar to grizzlies, magic weapons & armor, to name some of the elements I consider hardcore fantasy. Very graphic yet with thought behind the violence compared to violence because violence tends to sell. Its hard not to be graphic when u fight a monster that will easily leave 6-8 fully plate armored knights after a fight if u are not prepared or have been surprised. I also loved the use of the fear aura that increased depending on the monstrosity, it reminded me of my younger years. A knight fails his constitution or intelligence to fight off fear & is eviscerated while in chock with terror.
The one huge complaint I had about the book was that at points the POV shifted so often that if was annoying because each POV was only covering a small amount of time but the back & forth felt like a tennis match on multiple levels. I was used to all the different characters from GRRM & 'Game of Thrones' so that didn't bother me but sometime the speed of the back & forth was testing... other than that I can't wait for the next installment - 'Fell Sword'.
The Narartion was done well as well, no complaints but nothing outshining other portions of the book,
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