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Publisher's Summary

A new novel in the Monster Hunter Memoirs series. Two authors, who combined have over four million books in print and 10 New York Times best sellers, team up to expand Larry Correia's Monster Hunter universe!

Nightmare in the Big Easy

With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International's premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI'S Hoodoo Squad in their fight against the darkness.

Chad had once taken a werewolf while wearing only jogging gear. With half a dozen or more loup garou appearing every full moon, mysterious shadow demons, houdoun necromancers, 50-foot bipedal crocodiles showing up every couple of months, and more vampires than a Goth concert, New Orleans in the '80s gives a whole new perspective to the term hell on earth. In fact more monsters are popping up than crawfish at a fais do do! Chad may be able to collect enormous bounties for the monsters he kills. But there's one catch: He has to stay alive to do it!

©2016 Larry Correia and John Ringo (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jim
  • EVANSDALE, IOWA, United States
  • 12-20-16

MHI in New Orleans.

MH Memoirs: Sinners continues the John Ringo penned spinoff of the excellent Monster Hunter International series.

It continues the adventures of Chad "IronHand" Gardenier, who has left the Pacific Northwest for the Big Easy.

The main character wasn't nearly as annoying as in his first outing, and I really enjoyed the change of scenery, and the madness that comes with Monster Hunting in New Orleans. The setting, and the way it plays out is certainly a highlight of this story.

Most of the book is just a series of action sequences, connected by the overall 'this is a memoir' plot device. It's not that they are boring, Ringo is decent at action writing, but there hardly is ever any real challenge for our protagonist.

There was a hint of an over arching plot, but quite honestly, it's not nearly developed as much as it should be. Chad's family, specifically his brother, was mentioned as part of 'the Dark Masters', but it seems like this was just forgotten, or at least not brought up enough to make an impact.

I've read a few other John Ringo books, and I just don't think his writing style is for me. He's not as accomplished a story teller as Correia is, and quite frankly the Memoirs Series reads a bit like Fan Fiction, and not of the same caliber the original series is.

All that said, I'm still a fan of this series, simply because I just absolutely love the MHI world, and want to delve more into it.

A note on Oliver Wyman's performance. He absolutely rocks with his voices and sound effects. He is so enjoyable and really brings some choppy writing to life. I do have a slight quibble in that his voicing of Chad has slightly changed in this version...it has more of a southern drawl that I didn't detect in the first book. Whether this is because the character has been more established, or it's a conscience change, it was a bit off putting at first. Again, minor quibble. His voicing of the gnomes, or the giant mole rat more than makes up for it....

22 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Leftovers

I love the MHI series, but this didn't do it for me. These seem to be stories from earlier in the series that didn't make the edit into the books the were intended for. Oliver Wyman does a fantastic job as usual. I would only recommend this book if you're really hard up for MHI.

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Interesting plot supported by racist stereotyping

Being a New Orleans native and a huge fan of the Monster Hunter books, I really wanted to love this story but the classist and racist stereotypes got in the way.

After writing a half dozen books where rural Alabama figures prominently in the plot while managing to not resort to "redneck" and "white trash" stereotypes, I was amazed at the level to which the author managed to use EVERY "ghetto" and "inbred Cajun" stereotype he could find. In a city where most of the politicians and public officials, and many prominent business people are black, the main character's incessant references to black drug dealers, "hoodoo" priestesses and servants was really disturding. Never have I wanted to see a main character be killed off, as much as I wanted to see Oliver Chad Gardenier get eaten by a zombie gator.

I literally turned off this audiobook, and only forced myself to finish it in order to be able to provide a well informed review.

And while the narrator was fairly good, his numerous mispronunciations were bothersome.

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well done, well written!!!

I would recommend this story to anyone. it was well read, very well read. Very well written, I really enjoyed the first person narrative.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Ran out of gas.

Good book, but the conclusion seemed to run out of gas. Better ending chapter is needed.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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very disappointing

It felt like a betrayal. If you enjoyed the feel of the entire main series, this book is not for you. I suffered through it only because I was out of wifi zone and didn't have anything else downloaded. I'm returning, there's no way I'm keeping this in my collection.

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  • Bill
  • Cary, NC, United States
  • 04-28-17

Light, entertaining, ends too abruptly

What did you like best about Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners? What did you like least?

It was light, entertaining, like popcorn at a movie theatre watching a blockbuster action movie. That's both good and bad. It's tasty but fleeting, fills you up but only temporarily, and it leaves you wanting something more substantial. But it does what it was meant to do, filling that void for a while until then. I would have rated it much better had it not ended so abruptly, as if the authors had just decided to bring it to a close before wrapping anything up.

Would you be willing to try another book from Larry Correia and John Ringo ? Why or why not?

I have enjoyed both the original series as well as this offshoot. I just hope the next one is more complete, with adequate closure.

What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

I have loved Wyman's performance in this series so far, although this one production has thrown me. Someone should have fact-checked the actual pronunciations of some of the names and other terms, because hearing Wyman constantly repeat them incorrectly constantly threw me out of the reading. The most agregious was hearing Shelby's name pronounced as "Shell -BYE" when it should be "Shell-Bee". Drove me nuts.

Could you see Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Possibly. They're all pretty much over-the-top characatures in the novels, but I would hope they would cast this less as camp and more seriously. I would prefer natural humor in a serious situation, not buffoonery.

Any additional comments?

The pronunciation thing -- that is the one thing that bugged me enough to write this review. I hope you vet the verbage next time. I cringed more from that than the horror.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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monster hunter light

the memoirs are entertaining and get you a good fix, but naturally lacks the depth of story and development when compared to the full blown novels. perfect morning commute distraction material if you love the mhi crew

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Humph

Up until this story I have enjoyed the MHI books. This one didn't really seem to go anywhere or have anything to do with much of anything in the MHI universe. Either it's just me or this story seemed more of a filler.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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fantastic

fantastic book series. I have loved it from the beginning. As long as he keeps writing them I will keep reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Allan
  • 08-06-17

Good story worse listening to

This is a good story, but I think I still prefer the first of the two memoirs this less tongue in cheek stuff in this book and the previous one but still very much worth listening to

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  • James
  • 07-18-17

Wyman great, story ok.

Wyman as usual pulls it out the bag, however the story it's self lacked a bit of tempo.