"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
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I didn't realize it was a YA novel until a little ways in - I had thought it was odd the main character was a teenage boy, and figured the time would fast-forward to current day (it starts in the late 80s) after the first chapter or two, but... nope... it is fully YA.
The plot? A 14 year old becomes a super-hero-magical-being.
The story? He is tested, tortured, escapes, heals, gets injured, heals, kills monsters, gets injured, heals, then joins the ranks of the super-magical-power-beings.
I occasionally like YA books, but... they really do need to have more story than boy become super, kills dinosaurs/monsters, becomes more super, then story just ends and you have to buy book 2.
The narration, however, is excellent. As might be expected in a YA novel, there is nothing graphic.
If you are a teenaged reader, this book is probably pretty decent "action adventure" as long as you don't need there to be some point other than the one character "finding his true self". I am old and tainted and need more story, more plot, more "meaning" than is here...
I enjoyed this book much much Much more than antarktos rising. it is well paced and there is none of the biblical ranting that nearly turned me away from AR. I really can't wait to read the rest of the series!
this whole series plays out like a boyhood fantasy, without sounding like it was written for kids. it combines several subjects & aspects that i love all in one story arc. if you love undiscovered country, biblical giants & lore, dinosaurs, arcaeology, fighting, adventure, and coming-of-age stories, this series has it all. but unlike many books, this seems to give redemption to all the tragedies that happen, and ends satisfactorily, leaving you with fond afterthoughts, free from the nagging emotions of some story threads that didn't tie up the way you hoped. i am so happy i gave this series a chance.
for reference, the reading order should go: book 1, book 2, antarktos rising, books 3-5.
yes: the Martian. he killed that book like a high-profile assassin. perfect mix of pacing & humour. i also listened to the book "Damoren," a much less humorous book, but still very well performed. as a performer/narrator myself, i can be very nit-picky, so whenever i come across a good narrator, i give praise. and R.C. Bray deserves praise.
i wanted to finish in one sitting, but also wanted it to last as long as possible.
the Martian (also read by the same narrator) is not my normal type of book. but i got it on the advice of a friend. if astronaut terminology & space travel sci-fi arent the subjects you're usually interested in, give this book a try anyways. i was so surprised how much i loved it.
R.C Bray did a great job of bringing Robinson's characters to life.
When Solomon realizes who he is.
He brings the characters to life.
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!
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