Sometimes the monsters are real.
For Tor and Skald this is their first Viking raid, and their minds are filled with thoughts of honor and glory. What awaits them are beasts - huge, hairy, and fanged, the Alma, who will not suffer intruders in their domain. When the Vikings slaughter a female Alma, they soon find themselves in the middle of a battle with vicious creatures bent on bloody revenge. Now they must stand and be counted, for destiny awaits in the mountains, where the hairy ones dance.
©2016 William Meikle (P)2016 Gryphonwood Press
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I found the writing and the narration to be over-dramatic, and the plot hard to follow. there wasn't a lot of character development within the first few minutes of the book, so the characters didn't stand out in my mind, they felt vague. basically the whole thing felt over-done and melodramatic.
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This was an interesting - and different - "survival" story; one that pits man against beast (beast in this sense being some sort of Yeti/snow monster creature. The story moved along at a good pace, not getting bogged down in unnecessary exposition/narrative. The narrator did a decent job, but there were some glitches with the audio file I received (error markers the narrator made that weren't completely removed). This didn't detract too much from the overall experience, but it is probably something that should be rectified.
First, I love Viking stories either historical or fictional. So I knew I had to give this a try and it was really great.
At first I thought the story would be a little bit campy, but it isn't at all. It has vivid descriptions and lots of action. The backstories for both Vikings and this new race of creatures they come upon is done very well!
Only negative is I wish it was a bit longer. Maybe more adventures for Tor and Skald in the future? Hope so!!
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I liked that despite the odds, the Vikings were able to muster their courage and fight against the odds.
I have always been interested in mythology, but this book made we want to maybe look into Nordic mythology a little more than I have in the past.
Yes, he takes the original story and adds his own little twist to them. The monsters in this book were original, but still very close to ones that were in Nordic mythology.
I really liked the narrator. He did a great job and I didn't find anything wrong with his performance.
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Loved this story. The Yeti is great, a very sensitive and original image of these mythical creatures ... A great story all in well written and worth a read. Action packed and fast moving
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Everybody knows that Vikings are badass warriors. It is a huge deal to be invited on your first raid. If you prove yourself, you have a chance to become. Become a man. Become a warrior. Become a true Viking. For Tor and his childhood mate Skald it is the opportunity of a lifetime. It will also be much more than they bargained for when the trip takes an unexpected turn as one of their own foolishly kill a strange snow beast. Oops. Bad idea. There are more. And now, they are pissed off and hungry for blood. Bad idea indeed.
Who doesn't like non-stop Viking, snow beast battle action sprinkled with appropriate amounts of blood and seeped with supernatural lore? Honestly, I wasn’t sure that I would, but Mr. Meikle won me over. I already know he can write and have read several of his works before, but I was afraid this one would be too fantasy pie in the sky for me. It wasn’t. As a matter of fact, for a fairly short format (clocking in at a hair under 5 hours), the characters and the mythos were surprisingly well developed.
It took me a few minutes to get into the groove of the narration for this one, but once it clicked, it really was the perfect choice for this tale. Vikings can’t be the easiest thing to narrate, I would imagine, but Jonathan Waters did a good job keeping pace with the story and fleshing out the characters.
Entertaining and well done all the way around for William Meikle and “Berserker”.
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This story was well written and exciting but was not my cup of tea. I think that it is still a wonderful book per my review but I personally could not get into it.
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Written as perhaps a Thor and Viking style story. Viking warriors against wendigos, betrayal, hammers, visions and battles on a scale to satisfy. The story is instantly recognizable as the typical hero myth. A young warrior finding his way, the wise teacher, the loyal companion, the monsters, the betrayers, the quests, and more. A story to make Joseph Canpbell proud. Can't wait for more by both author and narrator. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review
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