Evil is never still. Something wicked is crossing the sea, a creature so old that none even remember its name - but it has not forgotten the taste of blood. With a succubus ally, a brave priest, and new friends who seem a little less human than most, The Fearless will meet the greatest challenge of their lives. An ancient adversary is stopping by to avenge a wrong from the depths of time in a fight to the death that will bring a goddess to Florida for the best reason of all: Revenge.
©2013 Terry Maggert (P)2015 Terry Maggert
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)
Hmmm... I didn't like this book as much as the previous two in the series, and I'm actually hesitant to admit that. I spent extra time trying to figure out, specifically, why this is...
The story felt... well... abridged. New characters are introduced, but I don't see the point of them (unless they are getting ready to appear in the next book... but, even so, they should have had a point in this book - I failed to see it.) Sure, I can think up some reasons why they were added, but none of them feel like necessary reasons - the story could have carried on to the same conclusion without them.
And even the key bad guy feels abridged: he is referenced a few times, toward the first part and middle of the novel, and then all of a sudden shows up for the final battle... one minute he was "heading West" and the next time we see him, he has suddenly arrived to the exact place he needed to be. It was like a segment explaining his point (and why he was headed for our hero's group) was cut out of the story. I think there was room for this, but ... this is why the story feels abridged... lots of things happened, but they were sudden and unexpected, like the chapter(s) leading up to these events were cut out of the story.
The main 3 characters are as well done as in the first two books, and they even showed a bit of growth and change, so that part of the story was still very well done... it was just the appearance of all these new characters (both good and bad) near the first of the book, then nothing else about them until the very end of the book (and some not even then) that made the story feel odd. Yes, there was one early "pop in" character that had a point later in the story so perhaps these others were there to camouflage that one character (i.e. hide the important red herring in a pot of red herrings)...
Anyway, it's still a 4 star story, just not the 5 star of the previous book. This story is not intended to be the starting point of this series and, while it does stand alone, the bulk of the story is based on the characters - characters you would have to know from books 1 and 2 to appreciate (basically, start the series with book 1).
The narration is excellent. There is no gore or swearing, though there is some non-graphic sex.
Maggert has another winner with Ring and the girls! The well researched historical content, fantasy/paranormal and the entwined lives of the fearless ones continues to entertain and amaze. While it could stand alone, that would be a real disservice to the reader. Get them all!
RC is a highly talented audio performer who brings so much to the characterizations.
I would definitly recommend this book to a friend but would strongly suggest she starts with the first book in the series The Forest Bull and read the books in order. They keep getting better and better.
I have so many favorite characters,I love Rain of course, he is the unlikely laid back hero. Delphine, Wally, Risa are also the heart of the books.
Her performance keeps getting better and better. I totally see Rain when I hear her voice she has embodied his character. Rebecca Cook is an amazing narrator, her female characters are spot on as well.
I loved that Delphine has come to be acceptedalmosr as family now by Rain, Wally and Risa. She has finally come to terms with who and what she is and is learning not on,h to accept this but to turn her circumstances into positive ones.
Love this series, it is exciting, thrilling, sexy, paranormal urban fantasy with amazing characters. The world building is mesmerizing, the main characters get better and better with each book along with the secondary cast of Paranormals and slightly misfits.
I strongly recommend reading the books in order to fully enjoy and experience this amazing journey.
There is something ancient and a more brutish take on evil than the recently defeated Elizabeth. This thing has little use for subtlety and is heading for our heroes. Every chapter begins with location...and each chapter dedicated to the oncoming menace is geographically closer to the the casual Florida home.
This series continues to get better!! I love following along with the new adventures. Rebecca does an amazing job with the voices in this series. I can't bring myself to read the books, because she does such an awesome job!! I think you could understand this book if it's the first one you read, but I highly recommend starting with the first book.
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