This is the 3rd installment of Peter Clines' zombie/hero books, and I believe it is the best one so far. The story and plot are well thought out, and the character development in this novel is much better than in the previous two books. The primary antagonist in this story is a powerful demon by the name of Cairax Murrain, who seeks to extract revenge on the Heroes because of his previous enslavement by the former hero Max Haile. The ensuing battle that results is both captivating and entertaining. If you liked Ex-Heroes and Ex-Patriots, you definitely enjoy this worth follow up.
One puzzling point in this story is that one of the main protagonists, a hero by the name of Stealth who is a professed atheist, is very critical of, and antagonistic towards, the "believers" in the story, This is despite the fact that she actually faces and fights against a demon from hell that is described as the brother of Satan. It appears that Stealth has no problem accepting the reality of demons and hell, but refuses to acknowledge the existence of any sort of God or opposing good to the evil that exists in her world. Perhaps this will be explained in upcoming installments.
As far as the narration of the story goes, I was less than impressed. Several male and female narrators were used in the presentation of the story, but there was no chemistry between them and the narration to me was very disjointed. I think I would have preferred a single narration performance in this case.
As I stated in the headline, this book starts out slow, but gains a little bit of momentum in the middle and finishes ok. Overall, I believe the story is mildly entertaining, but it is a story that has been done before and lacks originality. The main protagonist of the story is a vampire by the name of Nathaniel Cade, who is forced to work for the government because of a "blood oath" he made years ago with the U.S. president in office at the time. And to be honest, the vampire character in this story is both flat and uninteresting. The author fails to make a connection between the main character and the reader, and I believe this is the downfall of this novel. As a matter of fact, the only interesting person in this story in my opinion, is the "Dr. Frankenstein" character that is introduced about midway through the story. This is the main reason why I think the story picks up for me a little in the middle is because of this character. Without him, I think the story would just collapse in on itself.
If stories containing monsters, supernatural beings, and government intrigue interest you, then I would recommend you skip this book and take a look at Larry Correia's Monster Hunter series of books. Mr. Correia is a much better writer and story teller than Farnsworth, and the Monster Hunter books are much more entertaining.
Bronson Pinchot narrates this story, and as always, does a great job. Mr. Pinchot's performance is the only reason that the overall rating for this book gets bumped to 3 stars.
Although I thought the premise of this book was interesting, it ended up being a real let down for me. First off, absolutely nothing happens in the first third of the book, other than the author introducing a bunch of uninteresting characters that populate the rest of the story. These characters were so flat and uninteresting that they all just blended together and it was difficult for me to differentiate one from the other. Secondly, the story is very outdated with a lot of stereotyped characters from that time. If you want a much better end of the world type story, then I would recommend something like Steven Kings "The Stand" over this bore of a story.
This book was recommended to me by a friend who thought it might be a novel that I would like. He was right. I thoroughly enjoyed this story by Jim Butcher. It is a fantasy story centered around magic and magical beings, with a few vampires and demons thrown in for good measure. Butcher does a very good job of creating an engaging connection between the reader and the main characters of the story. I'm looking forward to listening to the next installment of the series.
Overall, I would say this is a fairly decent ending to this somewhat overlong series of post-apocolyptic zombie novels. I think this series of relatively mediocre zombie stories could have been contained in 3-4 books at the most. I just felt that by book 6 the story was getting a little too stretched and redundant. On the plus side, Tufo keeps the action going as the lead character Mike continues on with his enevitable showdown with the evil vampire Eliza. One strange thing about this book I have to comment on is the feeling the story line takes on distinct characteristics of several popular zombie games. Most notably are the "tank" zombies and other "special infected" zombies made popular by the Left for Dead video games. I don't know if this was intentional by Mr. Tofu, but the similarity between the two is striking.
In a nutshell, fans of the first five novels will definitely like this addition to the series. All the main characters are back, and Tofu continues with the high octane non-stop action. And once again, Sean Runnette as the narrator gives an excellent performance.
I was really looking forward to listening to this novel by Bentley Little because of the overall decent reviews it received, and because I generally just like a good scary book. In the end though, I ended up being disappointed. I found the book to be unoriginal, derivative, and uninspired. Many parts were tedious to get through and there were few, if any, truly scary parts to the story. I was also very let down by the ending of the story, which was very anticlimactic. I guess I expected a more dramatic showdown between the father and the evil spirit when they face-off and the end of the book. The ending seems to me to be very unresolved, perhaps because there is sequel to this book, or one is planned. At any rate, I can't recommend this book, as there are much better ones out there, such as Peter Clines' "14" novel, which I read a few months ago.
As far as the narration goes, Dan Butler does a competent job, but you can tell he struggles with trying to make this book scarier than it is. Because of this, the narration is awkward at times.
Another fine edition to the Dresdon book series. This book introduces the the white court vampire Thomas, who plays a key role in upcoming novels in this series. Butcher also fleshes out the Michael Carpenter character in this book. Michael is a Knight of the Cross and a man of strong faith. The interaction between the faithful Michael and the ambivalent Harry is interesting to follow. James Marsters once again does a fine job as the narrator.
I'm a big fan of Orson Scott Card and he didn't let me down with Treason. I read all the Ender books, and although this an entirely different type of novel, I thought it was just as engaging and entertaining. Mr. Card does and excellent job in getting the listener to connect with the protaganist and the struggles he faces. I would have listened to it straight through if I were able. The narration was competent, but nothing great.
This is the first Peter Clines audio boook I've listened to, and overall, it was a pretty satisfying experience. The story starts out slow, but gains a lot of momentum from the half way point and beyond. Mr. Clines fleshes out his characters well, and each has their own seperate and distinct personality. As a horror story, this one is a cut above many others that I have read. The narration by Ray Porter is mostly one dimensional, but he gets the job done.
When I first read about this book I thought it was an interesting premise - a 2000 year old druid in the body of a 21 year old man in modern day America. So, I purchased the audio book to occupy my time on a recent trip, and I must say that I was utterly dissappointed with this novel. The story was not very engaging and never held my interest for long. The characters were flat and uninteresting, especially the main character, who if anything, was more annoying than anything else. I ended up not finishing the book, so I don't know what happened in the end, and I can't really say that I even care. The is the first book by this author that I have read or listened to, but I can say that I will not continue on with this series.
As for the narration, I found that it only added to the drudgery of listening to this book. The narration was very one dimensional, and the perfomance lacked any dynamics which might have pulled the listener into the story. Overall, this audio book was a bust for me.
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