Humanity has spent its time enjoying the peace that can only be had through blissful ignorance. For centuries, stories of things that go "bump" in the night have been passed down and shared. When creatures of the night proved to be real, the best of America 's military came together to form an elite band of rapid-response teams. Their mission: To face the challenge and keep the civilian populace safe from those threats and hide all evidence of their existence. But during a routine mission, when things go horribly wrong, the Monster Squad finds themselves having to rebuild from the ashes of what they once were.
This time, they face not only the monsters that threaten the peaceful lives of the citizens they are sworn to protect, but their own government, as a dark storm brews on the horizon. A storm that will threaten not just the squad and their existence, but the lives of every human on Earth.…
©2012 May December Publications LLC (P)2014 Heath Stallcup
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I am fully expecting some sort of a reinventing of one of my favorite audiobook series, Monster Hunter International. A secret agency battling monsters in real life and protecting us regular people.
I want action, blood and gore, ridiculous monsters with plans to take over the world. I want a solid story that will help define this monster story sub-genre.
What I got was an epic tale of a secret military team that is trained to fight the horrors of the night. They are all given secret injection to help keep them safe from the “contagious” variety of monsters.
What I really liked was the hard core military action scenes, procedures and personalities. Full of subtle and not so subtle humor throughout. Instead of having the monsters be just monsters. Stallcup was able to give them all interesting back stories and agendas.
Where my interest started to wonder was in the love story between a monster and one of the military team. I always find myself becoming very uncomfortable when erotica pops unknowingly in a story. Sitting at my desk at work, hoping that no one will hear what I hear. Constantly looking over my shoulders to make sure that no one gets too close.
All in all this was a fun military story about fighting monsters. With several good plot twists that I didn’t see coming. I think for a first novel that Stallcup did very well and I look forward to hearing how his style progresses with future stories.
In the beginning I found the performance by Jack Voorhies to be a bit soft-spoken for my taste. This changed slowly as the story progressed. By the end I was not able to think of another narrator that would be able to give the story such a unique voice.
I didn’t care for the obnoxious blast of sound for the indicator of story switch. At first I thought there was something wrong with the recording and soon I realized that this was an intentional signal to the listener.
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Wish it were longer. It was an engaging listen.
Good start to the series so far. Read the rest of them and will buy the audiobooks as they come out. Suspenseful and lots of nice plot twists.
Pretty much, Exxept he needs to practice more of a French accent. His Russian one is good though.
Heck yeah! It's just the first in the series and it ends at a cliffhanger, so if you were like me and listened to it while on a long road trip with no wifi around to download another book to keep your mind off all the what-will-happen-next, you'll go crazy.
Underrated author. Pretty good stuff. Not the same writing style as Larry Correia but everyone who lives a good underdog story and propaganda, give it a shot. Not to mention the action scenes and a bit of everything in there for the people who like other genres too.
One of the better "monsters that live among us" books
The phoenix finding out why he is the way he is.
there are other Stallcup books out there in this series, why are none of them in audible.com?
I drive a truck so I listen to a lot of books.
This was more of a romance book then a Vampire/ Werewolf battle saga. Post this in the "young romance" section rather then the thriller section.
I really enjoy a good werewolf story, so no, I will continue to look for them. I thought combining the undead with spec ops was a great idea for a book, what I got instead was your basic sappy romance crap like the Twilight series.
The narrator did a fine job, had many accents and did a satisfactory job, it was the book itself that was misleading.
Damian, Senator Franklin's son.
How do you have a Vampire/ Werewolf book and no one gets killed? Well, almost no-one. Chapter 1 starts out with a battle that seems to set the whole book up, and then no one dies or there isn't another battle for the next 20 chapters.
How many times can the author use the same romantic phrases over and over in a spec ops book? Seeing the pain or sadness in their eyes, or could feel her tremble beneath him crap. if your going to post that it is a battle book between special forces and the undead, then how about having a few fights of exactly that, instead of everyone falling in love.
I guess I'm just a book fan, always have been. Anything with a dry sense of humour, an epic sprawling story but in Particular- anything Cthulhu...What can I say; I love my horror. From Lovecraft and Poe to modern classics and pulpy fun... I also don't read as much as I should
I wouldn't really encourage anyone to read it - but I suppose if you drooled over the Monster Hunter series and their likes, and were desperate for something to fill the gap between books then this may be just passable ? mostly not though.
Go read something by Jim Butcher instead.
If this is an example of his typical writing, then no.
More or less, His narration was mostly fine though he did seem to struggle with keeping several character voices consistent. Voorhies is generally a solid narrator
The senators son is terribly written though his existence was purely for the motivations of other characters...
Look, in short- its a bad book : pacing is off, dialogue is often clunky or sophmoric and it's overly long and incredibly boring.
The focus jumps between juvenile military training sequences and locker room antics, awfully written romance sub-plots and something that might be comparable to a political thriller if it were written by a teenager with no political knowledge.
It's also incredibly heavy handed, full of forgettable characters and with a length of about 10 hours it barely manages to include 2 combat sequences (3 if you count a play fight that involves a joke about werewolf boobs).
For a book sub titled Monster squad that includes an opening narration about the struggles of the people who fight in the shadows to keep us safe from things that go bump in the night there is very little bumping (though there is a fair amount of sex,sex-talk and sex jokes if that's what you look for in a horror/military thriller). What there actually is of monsters and their like is for the most part poorly imagined cliché's of the usual suspects of recent monster movie history.
It also doesn't actually end: its closing pages are merely there to set up the continuing storyline of the on-going series so don't expect a nice resolution to what little plot there is.
Once again, its just a bad book. honestly give it a miss
The narrator dull and boring.The story's pacing was slow, predictable and with uneven pacing. It also was to close to the storyline in the Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry, which are much better.
Not at this time
More animated voice characterizations.
Mother of 8, grandmother of 7, RN and book nerd
I did enjoy this story & I will download the next once it's available. It reminds me of the Monster Hunters series, which I really enjoy, also. I have one complaint which is about the sound effects in between each section. I felt it was distracting and disrupted the flow of the story & narration. I'm really hoping the next book will leave that out. Other than that, I'm looking forward to seeing where this story goes :)
I love military sci-fi, and action fantasy but this book was just clumsy. Never-mind about the old go to of "liberal" politicians mucking up the works (all politicians suck), the characters are flat, the action is absent and the dialogue sophomoric and boring. I couldn't bring myself to finish it. I didn't expect George R.R. Martin or early David Weber in terms of character development but some interesting storyline would have kept me going. It wasn't there. Give this a pass.
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