Eleven years ago atheist Malcolm Romero met a god. Now he's a demon-hunting voodoo priest armed with a holy machete named Hounacier. After the murder of his mentor, he returns to New Orleans to catch the killer. But more is at stake when Malcolm finds himself betrayed and his holy blade stolen. Now Malcolm's only hope to save his soul and to recover Hounacier is the Valducan knight sent to kill him, Matt Hollis, the wielder of the holy revolver Dämoren.
Really liked the first book in the series, and this 2nd doesn’t disappoint. Not only does it maintain its quality in story telling, but shifts perspectives to help keep from getting predictable.
This 2nd book is told from a different knight’s perspective, and tells a whole new story arc. While I like series that have a strong central story this separate story system works well so far.
It is in the same world etc... giving it familiarity, but with a different main character and weapon. This makes it a book you could read and understand well enough without reading the first.
Looking like each book in the series will be a different hunter and their living weapon. Since the characters are well written so far this is looking good for the series overall.
The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic ramps up the action and brings listeners face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords: Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers. Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy....
This was an okay story. No big surprises or really well done characters. Story is kinda predictable but decently well written.
I figure if you like the “Old Republic” story line and the MMRPG you’ll get more out of this story, but on it’s own it’s kinda meh.
Good enough to listen through, but won’t ever listen to it again.
Matt Hollis is the current wielder of the holy weapon, DÄMOREN. With it, he stalks and destroys demons. A secret society called the VALDUCANS has taken an interest in Matt's activities. They see him as a reckless rogue - little more than a "cowboy" corrupted by a monster - and a potential threat to their ancient order. As knights and their sentient weapons begin dying, Matt teams up with other hunters of his kind such as LUIZA, a woman with a conquistador blade; ALLAN, an Englishman with an Egyptian khopesh; MALCOLM, a voodoo priest with a sanctified machete; and TAKAIRA, a naginata-swinging Samurai.
This had everything I believe a good story needs. Likable and well developed characters, a well designed world, excellent narrator (for audio), and a non overly predictable story.
I’ve heard only a relatively small number of supernatural type stories, so perhaps there are many similar stories, but this seemed quite unique to me.
I enjoyed the hunter and his/her living weapon story arc. Many stories have “special” weapons, but few can give them character like this does. I also found this story’s take on how monsters come about and work refreshing.
While I like many stories that take a scientific approach to dealing with monsters (uv light for vamps or transmitted viruses etc...), it’s nice to have a little mystery and truly supernatural elements be the driving point behind the story.
Looking forward to more in the series.
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Even D-list supervillains have to start somewhere. Follow Cal Stringel's misadventures as he climbs to the lowest levels of supervillany in the prequel to the smash hit, Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Angry that he wouldn't be known as the engineer who made Ultraweapon's force blasters, Cal resigns to chase after a bigger, better paycheck. However, the Promethia Corporation isn't going to let him go that easily and sets out to make his life a living hell.
Is an actual take on a low level super villain.
I’ve gone through a few other books claiming to “be from the villains perspective,” but really are closer to a anti-hero or too overly humorous to be a true villains story. There is humor and Cal isn’t super evil, but it doesn’t hide the fact he’s a criminal pure and simple.
The only problem I have with the book has to do with the series as a whole. While this book sticks to the “out for himself criminal” storyline, later books do turn it into a anti-hero type. They are still good but move away from the believable villain tale.
The narrator is great giving a very “me first, don’t care about the law, jaded, cynical, paranoid, untrusting” tone to the character.
A year ago the Kher Empire was forced to retreat, but they were not beaten. In Orion Fleet, they return with a new weapon. A huge ship driven by AI begins methodically grinding inhabited worlds to dust. This unstoppable enemy is without fear or remorse, and the Rebels begin a desperate battle just to slow its advance. Leo Blake takes Earth's first warship into space to find a counter to this deadly new attack. The Imperial Fleets take notice of Earth's interference, and they're intent upon revenge. Even if he wins, Blake might have doomed our homeworld.
Not the best scifi or worst. Follows BV’s story telling style and character types. More a matter of narrower taste in books I suspect, on whether or not you’ll like BV’s style.
I always thought of his scifi as fast food of the genre. Quick easy and good, but tiresome if you over indulge.
Most of his books I’ve gone through are single person perspective of a somewhat shady risk taking guy who bluffs and bumbles his way to success. I like the technology he seems to come up with, and that he doesn’t go too in-depth into it’s mechanics.
As the title states, this book will probably appeal to a narrower segment of audiences. Worth getting if you like this series and/or BV’s books in general.
Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.
If you liked the previous books in the series you should find this a good 3rd book.
The story continues to be well written, interesting, and not overly predictable (if at all). Some important questions are answered and the setup for the next book at the end is not a cliffhanger.
If you have read other books in Sanderson’s cosmir (may not be spelled right) line you will likely appreciate the tie in to his other series (Warbreaker in particular). However, if you haven’t I don’t believe you will be lost or missing important story plot points.
The characters continue to develop and grow, and the 2 actors reading continue a excellent job.
My only gripe with the book was how king Elhokar was delt with. While his plot line has no problem story wise (doesn’t seem unbelievable or some such nonsense) I just felt like Sanderson did what he did to keep focus on the other main characters. Perhaps I am in the minority of the series fans, but Elhokar is one of my favorite characters in how he grows as a king and person. Oh well, the story doesn’t always go as expected. Still great overall.
In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.
The characters are well made and developed. They all have their strengths, weaknesses, and show growth/development which makes sense in regard to their experiences and personalities.
The story is set in a non standard fantasy world. No dwarves, elves, orcs, etc... yet is well built (perhaps better because of the originality). The author does a good job of “showing” as opposed to telling you what the world looks like, and how things work.
The story itself is well told and while not totally original (old evil comes back and new heroes must step up etc...) it does not become too stupidly predictable and things make sense as the story develops. Humor is plentiful enough yet does not diminish or pull the reader out during the serious moments.
Both story readers do an excellent job of acting out the characters and giving distinctive voices to different characters.
Heir to one of the leading "Four Horsemen" mercenary companies, Jim Cartwright is having a bad year. Having failed his high school VOWS tests, he's just learned his mother bankrupted the family company before disappearing, robbing him of his Cavalier birthright. But the Horsemen of eras past were smart - they left a legacy of equipment Jim can use to complete the next contract and resurrect the company.
Book summary and others reviews lead me to believe this would be a underdog comeback military scifi. Instead I got a nerd/geek daydream fantasy, with a child’s take on war, tactics, and equipment.
While the story setup showed potential it quickly fell apart. First off, a rich fat boy of a famous organization would not be shunned in school. A rich, famous fat boy’s school problems should have been finding his true friends/supporters amongst a sea of parasites trying to get close to power and wealth.
Next, a true underdog story would have Jim struggle to accumulate assets, men, and respect. I was expecting Jim to be a “brain” who slowly proves his ability to lead and fight. This story had no true struggle or accomplishment. He lost his money and was sad but then, with no work on his own, money/assets and loyal people pop out of nowhere and give him a new company.
Third, I was lead to believe this would be a military scifi story. This means tactics and future tech to match. There are virtually no tactics and the tech is... stupid. Charge the enemy in big robot/armor suits with “fancy tech name” but just normal 21st cent guns/bombs functionality weapons. The scary ancient weapon of power—