You think your family has baggage? Quincy Harker has to not only deal with his uncle's psychotic vampire ex-minion Augustus Renfield, but there's a new vampire hunter in town, and her name is Van Helsing! It's not a good day for a foul-mouthed magic-using demon hunter, and it gets worse when the original Renfield kidnaps the current Renfield to lure Harker and his Uncle Luke (you can call him Dracula if you prefer) into an ambush.
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I am a very eclectic reader. I read non-fiction as well as fiction. I am curious about everything, except math.
The Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series, is still going strong in Hell on Heels, the third title in the series. Harker and Detective Flynn have had changes in their relationship, a very slow building of trust and possibly a hint of friendship. Quincy’s language and attitude both remain foul, especially before, during and after any breath he takes.
The entity Quincy is fighting in this book is Renfield. Not that Renfield, the original. This is one of his successors. When you are Count Dracula, you do not have to remember servants names. You just call them all by their predecessors name. Makes life easier. Unfortunately one of the previous Renfield was disturbed, more than bug eating disturbed and has come back to seek revenge on the Count, or as Harker calls his, Uncle Luke. Disturbed Renfield has no problem with killing present Reinfeld to get his revenge on his former employer. Harker and Flynn are working together to help Dracula. With that the story is off and running and like others has great action and pacing.
When I wrote my review of the Kindle version of Hell on Heels, I stated, “The only way this book could have been any better is if it had been an audiobook read by James Foster.” And I was right. I enjoyed reading the book but listening to it narrated by James Foster is the difference between smelling chocolate cookies and eating them. His narration of the Quincy Harker series takes a two dimensional page and makes it three dimensional. He breathes life into the characters on the pages.
I received a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for a fair review.
I have never before read any of this series. I love vampires an this is a wonderful modern continuation of bram stokers Dracula. Very enjoyable listen great narration. Recommend to all Dracula fans. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review
Addicted to audiobooks. Can't go a day without it. Makes housekeeping,cooking and hobbyist more interesting.
Couldn't stop laughing
The first bell books.
Never heard James Foster performance before. I Wii Listen to him again. This snarky dialogue made my day.
One Man's demon hunting is put to the test.
I highly recommend John G Heartness books I have such a regard for his work. I hope to collect it all.
I was Given this audio book to listen to and review. Which I have done to the best of my ability.
I gobbled up this audiobook in one sitting!
This was an excellent addition to the Quincy Harker series. It is fast paced, action packed, laugh out loud funny and entertaining as hell. We get to learn more about our interesting cast of characters in this installment and we are introduced to a new character. Gabriela Van Helsing.
Quincy Harker is one of the best characters I have read in a long time and that is due, in part, to James Foster’s narration. He brings Quincy to life with his foul mouth, snarky attitude and heart of gold. Well, maybe not gold but he’s still a good guy at heart. I love this series and highly recommend it to fans of Urban Fantasy/Paranormal.
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This short series ranks very high up on my favorite listens.
He brings the characters to life. This story, and series for that matter, wouldn't be the same without him
Yes, and I did. Well not a sitting, but workout and longer than I planned dog walk.
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Larry & Cheryl. Truck Driver/retired military and Dental Hygenist, respectively. Interests: action, sci-fi, urban fantasy, & historical fict
Hell on Heels is a novella in a series of novellas (so far). Personally, I haven't read/listened to any of the others yet but I did just add "Raising Hell" (the 1st novella in the series) to my wishlist. I didn't have any trouble following this story, even though I had not read any of the other novellas. The protagonist is a half-vampire hunter of the bad things that go bump in the night. He is also a funny smartass and I took an instant liking to him at the first paragraph.
First the story: very engaging. Mr Hartness did an outstanding job of grabbing my attention immediately and making me want to finish this 3hr story in one sitting. He accomplished this with witty dialogue, an interesting and fast paced plot, and concise world building. Personally, I don't do many short stories or novellas; I prefer 12+hr stories that offer plenty of opportunity for expounding on characters and setting so I was prepared to give Hell on Heels one strike from the get/go for the shortness. I am happy to say Mr Hartness didn't need that extra space/time to tell a complete story but I needed it simply cause I was enjoying the ride and didn't want it to stop.
Now for the audio performance: If you are an audiophile like me, then you understand how special it is when the book you are listening to has the perfect narrator. The book could have a great narrator but just not the right choice for that book. Well, somebody chose the perfect narrator for this book and that combination of a very good story told very well results in a listening experience greater than the sum of its parts. I have been trying to think of the proper word to describe that feeling that comesfrom that perfect combination and I think "giddiness" comes closest: that feeling of finding valuable jewelry in a dresser in the basement you haven't opened in years.
In closing, Hell On Heels is a very worthy candidate for your hard earned money. It has humor, vampires (and not the sparkily angst ones either), and a fast paced, well written story. I just wish the story could have been twice the duration.
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Hell on Heels is the third installment of the crass and humorous Quincy Harker, half vampire demon hunter. If you have listened to the previous audiobooks in this series of novella, do yourself a favor and get this one too. You will not be disappointed. If you haven’t, not sure why you wouldn’t, but if you haven’t listened to any of these stories. You will be happy to know that they all could stand alone as individual novels and you would not miss much.
Hartness has found the precarious balance between paranormal story lines, with fantastical scenarios. With humor bordering on pubescent slapstick without going grade school. Creating characters that carry much more depth than you would expect in shorter stories.
In this installment, there is a new, err, old vampire in Quincy’s town. Uncle Luke will not stand for this. Especially because this vampire in town is a Renfield and a former servant who has found a way to become immortal. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a new vampire hunter in town too. The fight scenes are very well choreographed.
In Hell on Heels, Hartness gives us so much more background information on Quincy. All of the information I have been craving. While I know I have said this before. But, I want a full blown Quincy Harker full length novel, so bad.
This is the best book in the series so far! It has it all, action, humor, vampire battles, vampire vs half-vampire, half-vampire vs human, and intrigue. This one really captured my imagination.
James Foster once again brings harmony to a plethora of different characters. Ranging from young females to centuries old vampires. He does it all with a style that I have come to expect from Foster. Quickening the pace for the action bits, slowing down for the meaningful bits. This is one of my favorite things that any narrator can do with a story.
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The narrator really does this story justice and brings both male and female characters believably to life. The story, while short, was very interesting and left me looking for more titles by this author and narrator. I would listen to any continuation of this storyline with the same characters. It's always tough to spend a credit on a short listen, but this one is worth your time!
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Quincy Harker is trying to keep his town free of demons. Det. Bex Flynn is a human working with Quincy and a Homeland Security guy going by the name of John Smith. There's a new vampire in town leaving a trail of undead and wanting to kill Dracula, Quincy's uncle. Enter a new vampire slayer, a young woman by the name of VanHelsing. With lots of snarky humor, this novella makes a nice break from reality.
James Foster is really great as the narrative voice of Quincy Harker.
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I love him!!! Can anyone get me the phone number to Quincy? How about an email? Well I guess we be star cross lovers. This is another great Quincy Harker novel; fast paced, action, wit and a dysfunctional family, a lot like mine. I like the twist that John Hartness is doing on the Dracula, sorry Uncle Luke, lore.
Dracula’s naming convention, is supercilious, high born and demeaning. Yet, he can pull it off. All his man servants are named Renfield. That was the name of the first servant and why change, right? In my home, my mom called everyone Perrier – that was the dog’s name. She called Perrier and everyone, including the dog would come running. She said it was easier to remember one name. You see Quincy and I both have crazy naming conventions in our family.
This book centers more around Dracula. One of his Renfield returns as a vampire. He comes back, so to speak, to rub it in Dracula’s face that he is now a vampire. The return has all the ear marks of , you -Dracula- wouldn't change me, I went and found someone to change me, and I now have come to bit your ass. Of course you have to be a few marbles short to think you can “get even” with Dracula. And what is a Dracula story without a Van Helsing? Nothing, boring, incomplete not a full story. As with all families, our history of what was is always changed as it is passed down the line.
This being a classic Quincy, sit back and enjoy the action, humor, and family relationship.
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