Beyond the din and dancing lights of the Las Vegas strip, a young woman has mysteriously gone missing. All the facts point to something sinister - even paranormal. Quentin Draith, supernatural crime investigator, is hired to assist.
However, the deeper Draith digs, the more otherworldly his assignment gets. Assassins, human and otherwise, put a target on Draith’s head and a ravenous alien beast starts rampaging through the city. The clues point Draith to Sin City’s infamous “Bone Triangle,” a neighborhood marked for its dark happenings and disappearances. And when Draith finds that the woman’s disappearance may be linked to an alien plot against the city, he goes all in to make a final high-stakes play to save the city he loves.
Intriguing, unexpected, and mesmerizing, The Bone Triangle is the second in best-selling author B. V. Larson’s Unspeakable Things series.
©2013 B. V. Larson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
For me,this second book really went a little darker than the first. We are finally getting some incite into the "objects" and other character details we all wondered about.
My only complaint......DON'T CHANGE NARRATORS! Dont get me wrong,the new narrator did a fine job. But the one voice i just got sick of hearing was McKesson(sp?). He now sounds like he is always talking with a mouth full of peanut butter.
New narrator or not,this book was awesome and i cant wait for the next.
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
Second in the series. I probably should have read the first one, Technomancer, but I really didn't have much trouble picking up the plot. I was sent this as an Advanced Reading Copy, but because I kept dozing off, I ended up downloading the Audible version which kept my attention better. I did, however, find that the Audible version went a little better when I set the reading speed at 1.25x on my iPhone app.
Anyway, plot-wise, this is a standard sort of urban fantasy story with our hero, supernatural crime investigator Quentin Draith finding himself in a situation where he has to make some money or he is going to lose his home, a small mansion that was cheap to purchase but expensive to keep.
In order to make some money he accepts a job to find a missing 27 year old woman named Jacqueline Swanson. Meanwhile he notices that there seems to be something gobbling up street people and depositing their bones back on the street. He is also hired by a local casino owner/magic wielder, to find the owner's pet, an intelligent lava slug, who finds Las Vegas to be too cool for comfort. Meanwhile Draith is also being hunted by another magic wielder who sends assassins of various shapes and sizes after him. He is also searching for his past since he has lost his memories.
Yeah, there's a bit too much going on. And Jacqueline is more like a vapid 17 year old than a 27 year old woman. Her relationship with Quentin seems more perfunctory than sizzling. Most of the main characters have a set of powers that they are given by the possession of certain artifacts-- it's really a lot like a video game.
Just to give you an idea of what I think are excellent books in this genre-- Ben Aaronovich's Rivers of London (PC Peter Grant) and Simon R. Green's The Man with the Golden Torc (Secret Histories, Book 1) are two first books in series that I look forward to the next volume in. I think Aaronovitch is up to 4 and the Secret Histories is at about 6. Larson's book was tolerable, but I won't be heartbroken if I don't read the next one.
The narrator was more than competent but as I said it seemed to drag a little bit until I upped the speed just a quarter. After all this is a fast paced story and the writing isn't particularly complex so it was easy to follow.
Why they changed the reader of this from the first book is a mystery far beyond the mysteries in the series. The reader has an weak, whiney, cracking, almost effeminate voice that lacks the strength and resolve necessary to carry the strong characters established in the first book. And there's no creative variation in the voices given to the characters, creating confusion many times regarding who's talking. I'm halfway through this book but I may not finish, the narration is really that bad.
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Adequate Sequel. OK.
It wasn't engaging to the extreme, but I did look forward to continuing straight through to the finish without too much interruption.
Lots of action and more than enough suspense to keep one entertained. The narrator was good but I found myself preferring Christophe Lane on several occasions.
"B.V. Larson goes up against Jim Butcher"
This is Larson's take on the Paranormal Detective Noir Genre. Larson seems to be quite inspired by Jim Butcher's Dresden Files!
This is a review particularly for Jim Butcher Fans who no doubt will be drawn to this series. Butcher's detective Harry Dresden's city is Chicago, Quentin Draith's is Los Angeles and they are pretty much going head to head.
Being a Harry Dresden fan already, and also having read a few of Larson's books, I was interested how Larson would fare outside his usual military sci-fi novels. It's not bad, but not necessarily mind-blowingly good either. I'm going to interested to read the next book (it took Jim Butcher three books to get the Dresden Files to be totally gripping and addictive). For me it'll take another book or two to see if Larson is successful in developing a cast of strong characters you really care about and keep coming back to. Also, perhaps an little more humour wouldn't go amiss. So far though, Larson's contribution to the genre seems promising.
The main thing missing is the perfect narrator - James Marsters (the narrator of the Dresden Files) has taken on the mantel of "Harry" and he produces absolutely superb performances - for fans Marsters "is" Harry Dresden. For me neither narrator for Quentin Draith quite hits the mark yet (although I much prefer Darcie than Lane. Darcie (book 2) is much better at the character voices and seems more appropriate casting).
Larson's supernatural offering has a bit more of a sci-fi feel than Butcher's world which is more magical. Books 1 & 2 could easily have been a single book story-wise. Book 1 is a bit slow and it's only in Book 2 where the story properly gets going.
Here's a quick summary of the first two books - Draith wakes up missing memories of his past in a world where there exists ordinary-looking objects that have special powers e.g. sunglasses that open locks, other objects that give the owner rapid healing powers, control other people's minds or give access to other worlds/realities etc. Draith ends up acquiring several of these objects that give him "powers" and of course, Draith has use these and team up with other object-owning characters to save his city and uncover his past.
There are several things that are similar to Butcher stories e.g. travel to other "realms", a governing group that keep the supernatural world in check, a wicked witch character that is helpful but not necessarily on the side of "good", monsters, unravelling a mystery to save the city. I laughed at the book cover as it's got a very a similar looking guy to the Dresden Files, i.e. a non- descript detective type wearing a panama hat - the only difference is Larson's Draith has a gun and Butcher's Dresden has a leather duster and staff. Maybe Quentin is Harry's long lost brother or something?
I'm awaiting the next book to see if I'm hooked to the series.
"Intriguing finish to the first two books"
I only hope there are more to come. They mix sci fi with detective story's very nicely.
A truly entertaining tale
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