Vincent Corinthos has two things going for him: he's a top operative of a secret agency tasked with handling paranormal threats, and he's half-god. Normally that's a combo that leaves him well-equipped to handle any problems that come his way.
Until now. Something is snatching Boston's most powerful paranormal entities right off the streets. Vampires, lycanthropes, fae, gremlins - no one is safe. No ransom notes, no bodies, no witnesses. Rumors swirl about a secret project that's experimenting on paranormals. Then a fellow agent disappears and things get personal.
Aided by a new partner and a hyperactive gremlin with an appetite for junk food, Vincent must find the missing paranormals before everything he cares about falls under the control of Project Imperium.
©2011 Nicholas Olivo (P)2016 Nicholas Olivo
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I chose to read this book for one reason: I looked something like Hercules or Percy Jackson working for a paranormal faction of a Men In Back type agency. I have love for mythology and folklore, so it was a no-brainer to check this one out. It delivered all of those things, plus some humor and a dash of pop culture. I was sucked in immediately.
Vincent Corinthos, our main protagonist and demigod, was born with the Caul (you'll find out). He is also an agent of Caulborn, a sort of paranormal bureau of investigation, and his latest case involves the mysterious disappearance of several paranormals. Vincent and his new partner, Megan, team up with Gremlins and Golems in an attempt to stop these disappearances. In addition to battling vampires in New England, Vinny has his own problems on the Bright Side; someone is trying to take control of the Urisk. The Urisk worship Vincent as a god, which is the source of his godlike powers.
I enjoyed this audio book immensely! Vinny is charismatic, caring, and humble; he's a hero you can't help but love. Chemistry between the characters is great, as well as the characters themselves. They are all unique and three-dimensional, enjoyable and relatable in their own right. It's filled with all manner of creatures; from mythological and biblical, to things that go bump in the night this world has it. There are some unique applications to some of these creatures that I really enjoyed, but you'll have to listen yourself to find out what. Which should be a pleasure thanks to Ian McEuen.
McEuen was very impressive and a complete pleasure to listen to. He reminded me of Nick Podehl, which is an absolute compliment. In addition to the great production quality, I felt he was a great voice for the novel. His voice talent is very good and his delivery added a lot to the characters. From what I've seen he has only a few books on audible. I will be getting the second Caulborn audio book and I look forward to hearing more from both Nicholas Olivo an Ian McEuen.
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I am so glad I got this new series. Very action packed and likeable character. The main character, Vincent is such an amazing person. That he is also a Demi God is wonderful. I like the wit and strong friendship among his allies as well. This is another series to collect in my library. I am downloading. Book two and I hope there will more books published soon!
Fun romp for those who want a good tale that pulls from all over to make its own world and people. I enjoyed it a f was ready for book two.
Larry & Cheryl. Truck Driver/retired military and Dental Hygenist, respectively. Interests: action, sci-fi, urban fantasy, & historical fict
Imperium caught me by surprise only 10 minutes into it by how good it was. Original, imaginative, and complex all apply but what really threw me was how polished this inventive urban fantasy was. I have read/listened to many freshman and sophomore entries of the urban fantasy genre and, while most are good and a few are excellent, less than a handful of the freshman attempts achieve the sophistication, world-building, and tight plotting that Imperium does. Imperium is an outstanding novel and the first entrant to what promises to be an exceptional series called The Caulborn.
Vincent, our noble protagonist, is a demi-god living in Boston and working for a clandestine agency who polices the hidden supernatural elements of modern society. The synopsis for Imperium found on Audible/Goodreads is sufficient for an intro, just let me say that there are so many elements of growth and exploration available in this remarkable world Mr Olivo has built that I don’t see any of the tired and stale plot situations that one can readily find in some other Urban Fantasy series making an appearance in this series if you choose to follow it. I would even like some backstory, maybe even a prequel (which I usually detest), the story and characters are just that damn interesting. The supporting characters, not just the main character, are “fleshed out” wonderfully and their interactions are believable.
Ian McEuen delivered a superb performance and contributed significantly to my enjoyment of the audiobook. He had many unique voices for not only a lot of characters but a lot of species and did a wonderful job of keeping all of those unique voices tied to unique characters. Mr McEuen’s voices were so distinctive that I built mental images of the characters based solely on the particular nuanced voice he gave them. I haven’t heard a performance by Mr McEuen before, but with his professional performance of Imperium, I have no doubt he will be a Voice in demand. He delivered a nuanced performance that built tension when required and levity when appropriate.
In short, if you like the Urban Fantasy genre, Imperium deserves your attention and your hard-earned credit. With its marvelous world-building and unique characters coupled with a masterful narration performance, Imperium should serve as a wake-up call to the rest of the genre that they had best up their game or this upstart new author will show them how it should properly be done!
I received this audiobook for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. It has no impact on my review, positive or negative.
I only got it because audible recommended it and so far they hadn't been wrong. While the storyline was a great idea, the overall story was poorly done. I would summarize it up being comparing the book to a cliff notes version to a book twice it's size. There were too many wholes to the point that I started over about halfway through just to be sure I didn't miss something.
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Vincent, is a demigod who works for a paranormal organization, a secret organization called the Caulborns, that polices the Gremlins, Golems, Fae, Werewolves, Vampires. He godlike powers are the product of his followers’, Urisk love. The conflict centers around someone stealing creatures and Vincent and Megan – his partner- job to find out the particulars.
Megan, Vincent’s partner is one of those prodigies, who could possibly be the future savior. But right now, she is the woman would can pull weapons from a different universe. This is really handy because Vincent’s power is a result of the prayers of the Urisk. Also, someone tried to eradicated the Urisk, so Vincent reservoir of power was not so great. Don’t be fooled, Vincent can take care of himself.
The love of his life, Petra has a heart of stone, but she loves him. Gears is a manic little character who is techno savvy. Petra and Gears has metabolisms, which allows them to eat any kind of junk food. The world that Nicholas Olivo has set up had a lot of potential.
It is worth the credit.
The camaraderie of characters and the voices for each. The gremlin, the german language added authenticity, the vampires and their description, etc. There was a sense of historical and mystical authenticity.
Gear Stripper! He went berserk!
I have not. His voice reminds me of the actor who played Spider man. Kind of lackadaisical.
I cried at several instances. The description of Petra's immolation (her hand at his feet raised as if to say stop); gear stripper giving his blood and knowing the price for her resurrection but making it without question; Galahads defeat of pestilence and pestilence bowing. I love the interplay of Christian Biblical scriptures such as when Galahad said "The One True GOD says its not your time yet!"
Please make Corinthos more powerful or at least discover more innate power. In the first chapter it seems he is undefeatable, but as the story progresses, he never wins a battle and always runs out of power. That seems to make him a boy struggling at being a hero than a classic hero.
The narration is cringeworthy, but the writing isn't much better. Please write about your female characters better. The lead is a numpty.
The inflection on the end of each sentence needs to go.
Mild rage, feminism still has a long way to go. I know so many dudes are going to listen to this book and think yeah that exactly how we should think and talk about women. The lead is a god, I am god and every one is here to serve me and my over blown ego.
Can someone please write fantasy with good gender politics? Please.
It's an entertaining story and gets better as it goes. It's a good fluff series and if you like fast and loose playing with mythology set in a quasi-fringe like setting...you'll get a kick out of it. Just be warned it has some truly cringe worthy names and some trying too hard geekiness. I'd be willing to see how the series progresses though.
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