"I've been told that the entire continent of Antarctica groaned at the moment of my birth. The howl tore across glaciers, over mountains and deep into the ice. Everyone says so. Except for my father; all he heard was Mother's sobs. Not of pain, but of joy, so he says. Other than that, the only verifiable fact about the day I was born is that an iceberg the size of Los Angeles broke free from the ice shelf a few miles off the coast. Again, some would have me believe the fracture took place as I entered the world. But all that really matters, according to my parents, is that I, Solomon Ull Vincent, the first child born on Antarctica - the first and only Antarctican - was born on September 2nd, 1974.
"If only someone could have warned me that, upon my return to the continent of my birth thirteen years later, I would be kidnapped, subjected to tortures beyond comprehension and forced to fight... and kill. If only someone had hinted that I'd wind up struggling to survive in a subterranean world full of ancient warriors, strange creatures and supernatural powers.
"Had I been warned I might have lived a normal life. The human race might have remained safe. And the fate of the world might not rest on my shoulders. Had I been warned....
"This is my story - the tale of Solomon Ull Vincent - The Last Hunter."
©2010 Jeremy Robinson (P)2011 Jeremy Robinson
Mixing pulp elements, science fiction, fantasy, and mythology, the Last Hunter series is a compelling read, one that will excite the imaginations of readers of all ages.
Also thrown into the mix are 80s pop culture references, nods to classic literature, and a fun take on Unified Myth Theory. Easter eggs also abound throughout the series, and should bring a smile to the face of any fan of Robinson's work.
Solomon Ull Vincent begins as geeky, gifted, and pretty much the kid so many young fantasy fans see themselves as. Yet his Zero to Hero path is compelling, and the colorful characters who act as his mentors and companions on his path are well drawn, complex, and, in the context of the story, believable.
This review is as much of the entire series as it is of the first book. I really wasn't expecting this type of story going in. I began with Robinson's Kaiju novels and then his Chess Team adventures, where science fiction and military adventure were front and center, and any fantasy elements had implied science fiction explanations. That said, I greatly enjoyed this foray into more traditional Fantasy, and would recommend the series to pretty much anyone.
As much as I like sagas, this story felt incomplete. Fun and creative yet lacking depth. It was hard for me to feel for the character. Still it's a nice way to spend an afternoon.
This book is probably great for a teen, unfortunately I came in expecting a novel on the level of Brent Weeks Night Angel Trilogy. The word I found for this novel was clumsy. The descriptions seemed off until I realized this book was meant of Teens. If you're a teen. Enjoy the book, creative story, If you're looking for an adult oriented science fiction/fantasy. This may not be for you.
The narration was good. Vocal variety and consistency with characters. Easy and fun to listen to.
I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!
I look forward to starting next book. Under Antarctica lies a world of monsters and so called gods of Ole! Follow the lead as he finds his way then finds himself in this world under the ice!!
R.C. Bray's voices for particular characters are outstanding. It added a whole new level to the story and gave me goosebumps from the awesome
The Nephilim, and his variable vocal talents!
Anytime the Nephilim talked.
Bray is awesome!
It's the best, so far, but it's my only one. I really enjoyed it, so I'll be getting more!
I really liked how R.C. Bray brought the characters to life.
It had to be his voice for the Nephilim.
If I could have listened to it in one sitting, I would have, but that's never going to be possible with my schedule.
I've read the book, and it's my favorite series, but instead of simply reading it again, I wanted to see this series from a new perspective. I thought R.C. Bray did a great job narrating the story, and exceeded my expectations!
RC Bray is an amazing narrator, who brings Sol and the other characters even more to life than I imagined possible. I was really impressed with the different voices he uses, and the extra effort he took to make them supernatural.
Okay I bought this thinking it would be great. Then I started it and was questioning my decision. The story is great and the first chapter or so seemed a positive if slow start. However once they got to Antarctica. The story initially sped up into rapid action, which was great, however that action became have a book of oh my god lets detail out every aspect of this "breaking" which was not necessary. The steps yes those were necessary but did we really need paragraphs/pages descriptions of the insides of what he was eating raw and sleeping on? this took up most of the book and really seemed like gross filler and not really any point to it. About 3 and half hours into the 6 ish hour book, it took a turn and you finally began to understand what the over all story was and where it would be ultimately going. At this point the story began to get interesting. Interesting enough that I am considering the second novel, though not right away, it will likely be in the I will try it when I am looking for something to listen too. I am a little afraid of wasting have the book on nothing again.
Narration: This went back and forth. For the most part it was good, there were a few characters that I had to really question the choices made for them, and it grated me to listed to the narrator do them, but thankfully they were relatively small parts and I could ignore them.
Con: Slow start and lot of space that seemed like just filler.
Pro: It sets up for a positive continuation if the author can stay way from the random nothingness of filler.
This is a great book that is a new type of adventure for me. There is a lot of action and it does not get boring, thus hard to turn off. It was so worth getting
This is the story of a young boy who was the only person born on Antarctica and somehow became a part of the land. His family leaves Antarctica shortly after he's born but surprises him with a trip back. He had been fascinated with the continent and had always wanted to visit it. As soon as he steps off the plane he fells like he's home. He's able to leave the plane without a coat and not feel the cold.
Shortly after they return the young boy is kidnapped and taken underground where there's another world. His "brainwashing" is harsh lessons and soon he forgets his previous life. Although he still retains some knowledge of before, he doesn't know why he knows certain things. You follow him as he learns from another hunter how to be the last hunter of Antarctica.
The narrator brought the story to life and was a perfect fit for the book.
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