The main character seems to be the author's mid-life crisis... a brilliant, humble, giant sharpshooting blackbelt. Disappointing, as the big ideas underlying the story are good. This seems to be written by an active-duty service member during his off hours, if the loving descriptions of armaments are any indication.
The characters were poorly fleshed out.
Try Hard Magic, much better!
Oberon. How can you go wrong with a wolfhound as one of your main characters? Especially when he gets invested in a different historical figure in each book?
As much as I enjoy these books for being set in my hometown, and wish to support the local author, the books seem to convey a lesson that women are all evil and dangerous. Every female character we come across (with one exception so far, and I have not yet read Tricked, though I have a really bad feeling) is untrustworthy, manipulative, looking to further her own agenda by illicit means. Too bad.
The main character was realistically cautious, the book opened several interesting lines of inquiry for future books to delve into
Doomsday preppers... people who think that they alone will survive a cataclysmic event
no indeed go zombie apocalypse!
Written by a guy for guys...
Excellent series, comfortable end.
The characters are interesting and clever, and quite definitively British. There is not one that jumps out as a favorite as the cast is wide ranging. John goes out and talks with everyone in town.
After listening to this series, much of the Drood series, Ghost of a chance, and the Deathstalker series, I recommend this as his best work. The others are a little too light, or too dark - this one is just right.
The best part of these books is Ivy. The author's use of her voice highlight the absurd in polite society has me cracking up every time.
The protagonist's forthright manner and prosaic attitude make nearly all her battles and chases entertaining.
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