A new novel in the Monster Hunter Memoirs series. Two authors, who combined have over four million books in print and 10 New York Times best sellers, team up to expand Larry Correia's Monster Hunter universe!
Nightmare in the Big Easy
With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International's premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI'S Hoodoo Squad in their fight against the darkness.
Chad had once taken a werewolf while wearing only jogging gear. With half a dozen or more loup garou appearing every full moon, mysterious shadow demons, houdoun necromancers, 50-foot bipedal crocodiles showing up every couple of months, and more vampires than a Goth concert, New Orleans in the '80s gives a whole new perspective to the term hell on earth. In fact more monsters are popping up than crawfish at a fais do do! Chad may be able to collect enormous bounties for the monsters he kills. But there's one catch: He has to stay alive to do it!
©2016 Larry Correia and John Ringo (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
MH Memoirs: Sinners continues the John Ringo penned spinoff of the excellent Monster Hunter International series.
It continues the adventures of Chad "IronHand" Gardenier, who has left the Pacific Northwest for the Big Easy.
The main character wasn't nearly as annoying as in his first outing, and I really enjoyed the change of scenery, and the madness that comes with Monster Hunting in New Orleans. The setting, and the way it plays out is certainly a highlight of this story.
Most of the book is just a series of action sequences, connected by the overall 'this is a memoir' plot device. It's not that they are boring, Ringo is decent at action writing, but there hardly is ever any real challenge for our protagonist.
There was a hint of an over arching plot, but quite honestly, it's not nearly developed as much as it should be. Chad's family, specifically his brother, was mentioned as part of 'the Dark Masters', but it seems like this was just forgotten, or at least not brought up enough to make an impact.
I've read a few other John Ringo books, and I just don't think his writing style is for me. He's not as accomplished a story teller as Correia is, and quite frankly the Memoirs Series reads a bit like Fan Fiction, and not of the same caliber the original series is.
All that said, I'm still a fan of this series, simply because I just absolutely love the MHI world, and want to delve more into it.
A note on Oliver Wyman's performance. He absolutely rocks with his voices and sound effects. He is so enjoyable and really brings some choppy writing to life. I do have a slight quibble in that his voicing of Chad has slightly changed in this version...it has more of a southern drawl that I didn't detect in the first book. Whether this is because the character has been more established, or it's a conscience change, it was a bit off putting at first. Again, minor quibble. His voicing of the gnomes, or the giant mole rat more than makes up for it....
I've loved all the Monster Hunter books by Larry Correia & have loved the narration by Oliver Wyman. I can only assume that the addition of the co-writer, John Ringo, this time, has led to vastly reduced quality of this story compared to the others.
Add depth to the supporting characters so we care about them sometime before the finale. Stay consistent to the world built in the other books- suddenly in this installment werewolves & vampires are super simple to kill whereas they've been very challenging foes in the other books. Wrap up the major underlying plot line, as he has in every previous book in the series. This book sets up a big boss, only to leave it unresolved for, I assume, the next book. Previous books have wrapped up all the big bosses within the book. Either swear or don't, but suddenly throwing in a bunch of f-cks in this book is terribly inconsistent with the series & the character as established in the previous book & is inconsistent within this story as well, coming & going sporadically as if it's being thrown in, rather than a part of who the character is.
Yes, he's read all the MH books & does terrific work! His work on this is equally impressive & the main saving grace for this installment in my opinion.
I've read all of the Monster Hunter series, so was excited for the release of another one. Unfortunately, this one doesn't live up to the quality of the others. The 1st real emotions in the book don't come until you're 1/4 of the way in, reserving the best parts of the book for after the rest of the MHI team joins Chad's team in New Orleans, deep into the book. This story doesn't follow the continuity of previous MH stories in that it makes vampires & werewolves super easy to kill, where the other books have established just how difficult these are to kill. It also spends most of the book building up to a mysterious boss, then ends the book without resolving that plot line. Previous MH books have resolved plenty of big bosses (Elder Gods for goodness sake!) within the book, not leaving them for a sequel. Additionally, previous MH books have avoided swearing. whereas this one jumps in with a string of f-cks from the main character at the very start, but then drops back into clean language for the vast majority of the book; again showing a lack of continuity to the other books &, particularly, to this character, who didn't swear in the previous book about his adventures. I don't mind swearing at all, I just want character & series continuity, which this particular installment lacks. I was seriously bummed. On the upside, I listed to this on audio book, as I have all the other MH books, & the narrator, Oliver Wyman, remains excellent.
Up until this story I have enjoyed the MHI books. This one didn't really seem to go anywhere or have anything to do with much of anything in the MHI universe. Either it's just me or this story seemed more of a filler.
This is far and away the worst Monster Hunter International book. First things first, Oliver Wyman is as good as ever and that's the only reason this doesn't get a 1 star.
The best way to describe this book is 'filler'. This book is basically a big collection of short stories with little to no reason or coherence to the arrangement. You could put pretty much any part in any order and it wouldn't change anything. I kept waiting for a main plot line to surface, and it finally did in the second to last chapter. If you read the first Memoirs book and the last couple pages of the second to last chapter of this book, you will be ready for the third book.
The fact that this is a filler book isn't even the worst part. For the first time in the MHI books Larry Correia has made you not care at all about any of the characters. You don't really even care about Chad anymore. Chad has more or less become the author's outlet for his giant hard on for anti liberal and anti government point of view. All the other MHI books Correia has done a good job of applying that to the characters and making it seem the like the right feeling for those characters. In this book it's like Correia is just standing there screaming at you about it.
I will listen to the next book because the over arching storyline set up in the first book sounds really good. But, this book is just words on a page that do nothing for anyone.
I thoroughly enjoy these memoirs, it's a perfect way of getting a MHI fix. This time around though the story feels a bit thin and it doesn't dwell with the individual incidents. And as a result it becomes a little bit like a quick enumeration of incidents: then we did this, and then we did that etc.
Oliver Wyman (like always) brings his A game and he is the reason I give it 5 stars overall. Story was between 3.5 and 4 (rounded up as it was fun and intriguing, even if it felt a little light).
Looking forward to the next book in the series. As this one leaves a lot of questions and promises.
Monster Killing Action
The full moon rising over lake Pontchartrain and the insanity that ensued
one of the best voices in the buisness
Once more into the breach.... this book was better than Ringo's first foray into the Monster Hunter International universe (Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grundge) . The main character is less of a Mary Sue and more of a Hyper Compliant monster killer in this book (although vestiges of Mary Sue-nes remain).
after I listened to Chad bragging about how many times he had died , I wished he had died...and stayed there. Spent a lot of time explaining how HE got the "puff" receipts stream line. How on he's first day single handed blew away, blew up and chopped up the monsters, I'm surprised The Big Easy needed anyone else. Well this was Chads Memoir... I did enjoy the Cajun and the part with the alligator butI thought the end was dumb.
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