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Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1 | [Kevin Hearne]

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....
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Publisher's Summary

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power - plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish - to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

©2011 Kevin Hearne (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Hearne, a self-professed comic-book nerd, has turned his love of awesome dudes whacking mightily at evil villains into a superb urban fantasy debut.” (Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review)

“A page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic.” (Ari Marmell, author of The Warlord’s Legacy)

“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.” (Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising)

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    Serene Night 04-27-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Eh, kind of boring"

    I love urban fantasy, but I just couldn’t get into hounded. I purchased the unabridged audio version, and well, I just didn’t like the protagonist. He was just too good to be true and totally like an old guy (which he was) in a young body. 2100 years old, disguised as a hot 21 year old who owns his own shop, can duke it out with gods and still has time to smugly discourse on every subject under the sun. He was boring. I guess I like my characters more mortal and less on the brink of being a mary su. Plus, I’m not getting why a druid who should be all about nature, should lead an unnatural immortal life.

    I also don’t get why the editorial reviews said this book was funny. I didn’t laugh once.

    11 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 06-14-11
    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 06-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The last four or five chapters saved the book"

    I found that the first half of this book was slow and uninteresting to me. Frank from Santa Barbara said it best "There are stretches of imaginative prose but lots of inane filler." However, the last few chapters of the book actually made up for the beginning and middle. I enjoyed the ending so much that I have decided to take a chance on book two in hopes that it won't disappoint. I must say that I enjoyed the narration on all but the main character. I understand why he sounds the way he does. If the prose had been more interesting this voice probably wouldn't have irritated me as much. The elderly lady is a hoot and a great abject story in how we should view and treat lonely and/or elderly people in our lives - BRAVO on this storyline. I so want to be able to talk to my dog - Oberon is an absolute gem. Keeping my fingers crossed that book two sizzles from start to finish!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    carol Coquitlam, BC, Canada 11-16-11
    carol Coquitlam, BC, Canada 11-16-11
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    "couldn't finish this, just horrible."

    I tried, I really did. The reviews were so glowing. I kept thinking it would get better, and then I thought, "why am i wasting my time?" I did not like the narrator at all, I could barely stand it when he was talking as the dog. It was just done in baby goo goo gaa gaa tones! ehhhhhhhhhh! What everyone talked about was the humour in the book, the humour is quite juvenile. I had been listening for what seemed like hours, and nothing had really happened. That's when I threw in the towel. Luckily I got this at a sale price. LOL

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nan tucson, AZ, United States 06-14-11
    Nan tucson, AZ, United States 06-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring"

    Very predictable, I just did not enjoy the listening at all.
    Narrator mispronounced words. Unneeded cursing.

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    Michael Burlington, Kentucky, United States 05-29-13
    Michael Burlington, Kentucky, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't get into it."

    I lasted about an hour into this book and I'm afraid it just wasn't for me. I've been looking for a good series ever since I finished with the Desden series but this isnt it. It wants to be Dresden. It wants to be Dresden on caffeine and steroids. However the protagonist feels too powerful, too modern for his age. Hes just not a believable character.

    Maybe its because I got on the train at the first book. It might be a fair mistake on my part. I didn't like the first dresden book either. I might try again sometime with the third or fourth book.

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    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 10-31-12
    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2012

    Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.

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    "SCARY CAMPFIRE STORY FOR KIDS"
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this and for the only time was glad a Pendergast story was short. I did enjoy the accounts of a young Pendergast and his relationship with his little brother. Typical boys in extreme situations.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Yellow Spring, WV, United States 08-22-12
    Lynn Yellow Spring, WV, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2007

    Go Lynn

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    "Just couldn't get into the story"

    I thought I would give it a try, but I just couldn't get into the story of Druids...and I did not finish the story. I enjoyed Luke Daniels' reading.

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    Shellee LAKE MARY, FL, United States 06-24-12
    Shellee LAKE MARY, FL, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2011

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    "There's a difference between a Narrator and. ..."

    .. a storyteller. The computer generated used on a Kindle does better than this guy did at telling a story.. and I didn't get past the first chapter.. Sorry Mr. Hearne, when I have time to read the text. Maybe I will like it.

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    Timothy Austin, TX, United States 02-28-12
    Timothy Austin, TX, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring, unconvincing, annoying"

    This is the kind of book that will ruin your month if you're on a one-book plan. Narration, plot, characters and writing are all like a Scooby Doo comic. The author comes across as a sixteen-year-old smartass who's convinced he knows everything but is actually an ignorant and arrogant fool. This book makes Saturday morning cartoons look like great literature. If you enjoy good writers in the genre like Neil Gaiman and Susanne. Clarke you can safely ignore this one.

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    charles Edison, NJ, United States 07-10-11
    charles Edison, NJ, United States 07-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    "fun listen"

    A fun listen, if you liked Dresden you will enjoy this one as well. I am looking forward to the next one.

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    "Another totally 'awesome' urban fantasy!"

    In short if you liked 'Rivers of London' then you will really enjoy this too!
    Hounded is a witty, funny steeped in mythology fast listen. The main character, Atticus is totally beleivable set in modern day USA, and his dog, an Irish Wolfhound called Oberon, is so full of life and funny, but without being naff!
    Luke Daniels characterisation is amazing, I gave this one 5 stars, as I loved it, but would have given Ben Aaranovitch if I could have! Enjoy.

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