Oh I thoroughly enjoyed this unique take on werewolves!! I devoured this and didn't want it to end!!! Well the blurb covers the idea behind the story ..Show More »perfectly so I'll get straight to my thoughts.
This would make an amazing movie. While listening to it I kept saying things like, "stop, don't do that." "Don't go in there." "Watch out" etc. It was such an engaging read (and I think what helped it be so was the narration and effects, which I'll get to in a bit) that I couldn't help but gasp at parts, pause it at others because it was scary and just enjoy the experience.
Ian was such an awesome character. He has a degree in Cryptozoology and is called in to help in the investigation of disappearances in Mount St. Helens. Everyone is skeptical but think it's a Bigfoot doing the killings, which is why Ian is called in in the first lace. Ian himself is skeptical until they enter a cave and see a chamber full of bones and bits of humans. With mounting evidence of something supernatural doing it, Ian has his hands full finding who, or what is involved. Can he overcome his own demons and fight the one that's plaguing the town?
The plot of this was fast paced and thoroughly entertaining. I loved the bits of humour thrown throughout the book and realy loved the lore of the Loup-Garou. The author has definitely put his own little spin on an age old tale and I can't wait to see where Ian's, and his dogs, investigations take him next.
In all this was well written and developed book. The story unfolds at the perfect pace and with the bit of levity thrown in, it's a captivating and quick read. I highly recommend!!
Now let's get to the narration. As I said before, I think I enjoyed this as much as I did because of the narration and sound effects. At first I was a bit thrown off with the effects but that quickly changed because it really added something special to the overall feel of the book. With the storm and the howls of the wolf in the background it amped up the tension and made my heart race!! Narrator S.W. Salzman was awesome also. He had so many different tones and accents that it was no problem to follow who was talking. Definitely one to watch.
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
I was so looking forward to this as I absolutely adored book 1, but to be honest, it's a bit of a let down!
This time we see Ian in Astoria,..Show More » Oregon. He is investigating the grizzly murders that are leaving people mutilated and drained of blood. He has an idea of what may be causing the murders, and after what happened in book 1, he now knows that the things that go bump in the night are real, but how can he find the Vampires and stop them? Just what lore is real and what is not?
As I said, I loved book 1 and was really looking forward to this. I eagerly started it but for about half to nearly three quarters of the book, I found my attention wandering. I didn't think it was as fast paced as I was hoping, and the dialogue between the characters became quite annoying! It seemed like they had to say the persons name, whom they were talking to, multiple times during their talk. It was repetitive and very very tedious. About half way through I was going to put it aside for later but I persevered as I wanted to see what would happen.
Now it wasn't all bad. The characters were all well developed. Ian was as awesome as always and along with Scout, his trusty dog, they make a great team. In this one, they meet a prolific writer and his niece and I enjoyed the twist the author put on for them. I also enjoyed the Vampire lore and mythology., it showed that the author did his research well. I enjoyed the club they were investigating but did think the author could of made the villain a little more mysterious. We know kind of from the start that it's Vladimir Drago Salizzar that is the vamp, but I wished we had a bit more suspense before finding this out.
In all, it's a good read and has me very curious to see where the author takes the story. I still love Ian and definitely want to continue the series but I hope the author can fix the issues with the dialogue because it really has the potential to be a great series.
S.W. Salzman did a great job again with the narration. There wasn't as many sound effects in this as in book 1 but there were still some, and they were all well placed. He had plenty of different tones for the characters and made the book a little more enjoyable.
*I received this for review from the narrator via AudioBook Boom. This in no way affected my thoughts.*