Until he met vampire hunter Jack Harlan, Sam Fisher lived a quiet, peaceful life. Now that dark creatures have murdered his wife and kidnapped his daughter, Sam must learn everything he can from his new mentor to find his little girl, before it is too late.
©2014 Kevin Lee Swaim (P)2015 Kevin Lee Swaim
The story was very entertaining. While I'm not an avid reader, I have listened to some audio books over the years. I had read good reviews of the book and decided to try Audible specifically to listen to Come What May while I did so e recent traveling. Unfortunately, I had to split the book nearly in half with two weeks between. After listening to the first half, I was eager to finish the book on the second trip.
Kevin's way of describing the world Sam was living in was excellent. I was able to picture the surroundings, buildings, people, and action. I even had a couple laughs about some of the town descriptions as they were quite accurate for reality and expressed what many people probably think as they drive through.
I look forward to future audio releases of Mr. Swaim's writings so I can listen to them all. Hopefully Mr. Tedder will continue to narrate this series, if not all of them as I believe he did an excellent job. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in action/suspense. There is no need to be a fan of vampire books to enjoy this one.
I really think this would make an awesome movie or start to a TV series. I hung on every word. the action is great, story is on pace with the action, and character growth dead on.
I'm a big fan of "Walking Dead," "Breaking Bad," and the old "X-Files," where the strange and absurd meets everyday people and American living. This looked like one of those experiences, so I dived in. I must say that Jim Tedder is an EXCELLENT narrator, and I hope he continues with the series. He makes the story come to life.
The book is never slow, and takes off right away. What fun that he explores some of the Midwest areas where I live and work. Kevin weaves in some Dan Brown-like religious mythology that is pretty impressive and fun to follow, but I believe his writing and descriptions are more like Stephen King and others who help you picture the action easily and add humor in the right places. I found myself being impressed with how the book held my attention and how fast the time went by.
No doubt Jim is perfect for this series. I hope he continues with the next. I have the Kindle version of book 2, but am resisting reading it until the audio version is released. Jim is THAT good.
Kevin has been added to my favorite authors list. Can't wait for the next one.
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Come What May by Kevin Lee Swaim is the first novel in the Sam Harlan series and is a novel about an average man, Sam Fisher, who is suddenly thrust into a life of hunting vampires in an attempt to save his family. Sam runs a run-down family owned diner in a run-down town. Even though money is tight, he is happy. Suddenly, a group of vampires is in his life and his family is in danger. Sam struggles to come to terms with the reality of vampires and how he is connected to them.
While the vampire-lore in this story was not in particularly novel, the characters and the story were interesting. The cruel tie-in between Sam Fisher and the infamous vampire hunter Jack Harlan was the key to the story and it worked to motivate the characters and drive the story forward. I really enjoyed the how both Sam and Jack changed as the novel progressed. Jack’s change was especially interesting and a unique part of this story. However, there were two aspects of the novel that I think could have been improved. First, as with many vampire stories, there was a tie-in with the church. There was a loose relationship between the church and vampire hunters in the war against vampires. I think the politics of the church and the vampire hunters could have been an interesting addition to the story. As it was, it seemed that the church was used to as a way to accomplish some supernatural events. I believe that this aspect of the story will be further developed as the series continues and Sam becomes an accomplished vampire hunter. Second, I think the romance in this novel was forced and should have been left out altogether. It wasn’t necessary and to me it detracted from the story a bit.
The narration by Jim Tedder was well done. The characters tones seemed to be differentiable, which made the audiobook easy to follow. The production quality was good. I would recommend this story to readers who enjoy vampire stories that are not necessarily attached to the technology of the modern world.
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I don't understand the glowing reviews- the story had potential, but dragged on & on with the wimpiest vampires ever.
Possibly, with a different narrator. I have the second book in the Sam Harlan series and will probably just read it since it's not out on audio at this time.
Someone more like Luke Daniels, Fred Berman, Roger Wayne- or even Tavia Gilbert! (That girl can bring the phone book to life....) I'm sure Jim Tedder is a fine narrator, but the main character is supposed to be 28, and this guy has to be in his mid-60's with a very gravelly voice. I know that male narrators portray women and vice versa, but all the characters sounded the same.
Boredom- I LOVE audiobooks and go through a ton of them giving the majority 4-5 star ratings, but this was the worst I'd encountered in a while. I slogged through it, but it was difficult.
I hate to rag on an author or story and hope the later books in the series will be better, but they need a younger narrator or one with more range.
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