Year One

A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Collection
Narrated by: James Foster
Series: Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter, Book 1-4
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Straight out of the pages of the legendary vampire novel Dracula comes a demon hunter for the modern world.

Mina Murray and Jonathan Harker had a son. They named him Quincy. His guardian angel calls him Q. Dracula calls him nephew.

Demons call him The Reaper.

"There are things in this world that men and women aren't meant to understand. We aren't supposed to know these things exist, much less how to fight them. The things that go bump in the night, the monsters in the closet, the shadow out of the corner of your eye - that's where I live."

Collects the first four Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter novellas:

  • Raising Hell
  • Straight to Hell
  • Hell on Heels
  • Hell Freezes Over

©2014, 2016 John G. Hartness (P)2016 John G. Hartness

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Amazing

Did not know this book would be so good he's the closes thing to Dresden I've heard so far can't wait to get the next book the only problem I have is that I wish it wasn't in so many small pieces but it makes for more action and is not drawn out like some books on the plus side you don't have to deal with unecessary plot twist and long drawn out monologue otherwise worth the credit can't wait to get the rest

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Funny and fun

Hartness captures a spirit of humor and charm with characters that both attract and repel simultaneously. My personal dislike for gratuitous obscenity notwithstanding, generally I recommend this author and his Year One collection to all enthusiasts of good reads that you cannot put down.

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This Is It All The Goods In 1

If your looking for some exiting stories this is it. 4 complete stories , that will make you laugh make you sad and maybe cry , you will forget that you are listening to these stories and think you are a movie . that's right James Foster delivers in spades. an FYI if you like this series you will like demon squad listed to that none stop.

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Dracula legend continues in spectacular fashion

Wonderfully written and read. I already have the last two novellas but was very excited to fill in the back story with the 1st two. Great characters, great plot twists, good blend of modern, magic, legend, battle and blood. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review

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really enjoyed this collection of stories by this

excellent stories. I would definitely recommend it. I usually don't but collection audio books, but I really enjoyed this. plus, the narrator is perfect for Quincy, the main character. worth the credit!

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For your entertainment

I'm afraid this series is just too entertaining to turn away. I really like the story telling of the this author and he has a very effective narrator. I definitely thinks its a good series to recommend.

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Great story and narration.

I loved this book and look forward to more. I suggest reading Dracula by Bram Stoker first. It is also available here on audible.com and this book ties into that one well enough that it will be nice to have for background material. This book is funny, witty, and tons of fun. The narrator is an absolutely perfect voice for Quincy Harker. Fans of urban fantasy definitely need this one in their library.

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I have a weakness for Quincy Harker

At first glance and after the first few minutes of listening I thought this series was going to be very similar in nature to the Sandman Slim series. Well, really the only thing similar here was the voice choice of the narrator James Foster.

Quincy Harker is the nephew of Count Dracula, yes, the Count Dracula. Half vampire himself and has been alive for almost two centuries. In this time he has taken up the profession of demon hunter. Because of his lineage Harker has special abilities; such as super strength and speed, an aptitude with magic, a sharp mind and remarkable talent for pissing off the cops.

Raising Hell – Gives a great introduction to Harker and other interesting characters. We are introduced to Harker while he is performing a home exorcism. This leads him to a college fraternity and ultimately to a very powerful black magic sorcerer. That’s all you get from me about the plot. Because it is so short anything more would be a spoiler.

Straight to Hell – Now Harker works for the Department of Homeland Security Paranormal Division alongside his former nemesis, detective…. Not sure how this came about but very fitting indeed. Now Harker has a team of professional behind him and the backing of the government for jurisdiction. The only problem is now he has to take orders from someone.

Hell on Heels – In this installment, there is a new, err, old vampire in Quincy’s town. Uncle Luke will not stand for this. Especially because this vampire in town is a Renfield and a former servant who has found a way to become immortal. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a new vampire hunter in town too. The fight scenes are very well choreographed.

Hell Freezes Over – Harker has faced a variety of different foes in the previous stories, so I couldn’t think of what could possibly be next. Let me just say this. Somebody makes a deal with a devil and there are not any winners and angels have their own issues.

Hartness has discovered that no matter how short a book or novella is, the characters matter dearly. If the characters are not interesting and dynamic. Most people will stop caring about their well-being and therefore stop listening or reading a story. Along with a semi unique story-line. That is captivating enough to keep readers/listeners guessing.

I will be the first to admit that I have a weakness for protagonists that are belligerent and have a smart a*s attitude with dialog that is full of one liners. Made me laugh out loud several times. Like a cross between Joe Ledger and Michael Talbot.

This has to be one of James Foster’s most dynamic performances ever! Somehow making his regular super calm and soft spoken voice into a raspy, gravely treat for the ears, for Harker. While switching back to several characterizations with his normal voice. Keeping them all distinct and easily identifiable. Clearly making Foster a great choice for this series.

James Foster has made Harker his. Foster is Harker. Plain and simple. He has changed his “normal” storytelling voice into something that almost doesn’t sound like him. Continuing to refine his gravely undertones. Coming up with entertaining voices for the demons and such. I really don’t think that anyone else could do better. And if it wasn’t Foster telling the story it wouldn’t be Quincy Harker.

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Humor and action abound

Would you consider the audio edition of Year One to be better than the print version?

Yes the audio adds extra dimensions to the story. This is a great compilation of the first few Quincy Harker novellas. All of the characters that have a basis in historical fiction come together in the present day and are brought to life by the narrator. The by play of the characters is often humorous and touching. There is plenty of kick butt action and unique story arcs that make this a fun listen.

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Loved it!

I am a new fan of John Hartness! Loved the story and Foster did a great job narrating. Can't wait to read/listen to more from both.

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  • inwils
  • 12-22-19

Definitely worth a listen!

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I have to say I really enjoyed this book. Initially, I wasn’t sure what to expect but it turns out that Quincy is a cross between a vampire slayer and the excellent character of Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files.

The book is not just one mission, but a series of investigations which are, due to the characters that participate within them, well linked. Each has a certain uniqueness to them and I never felt that I was just listening to a duplicate of the previous investigation. And, with every investigation, I felt I learnt more about the characters and the world in which they were living in.

I’m not a great lover of blood and guts but, although the description of the ‘encounters’ are vivid, I never had to stop listening or avoid my food as the story unfolded.

If you like the unnatural, the mysterious and a good investigation then this book is for you. You will enjoy as Quincy battles with the creatures from the other planes and come to learn that although he thinks he is a sole operator, he really needs others around him.

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I have listened to books which have been spoiled by the narrator. In fact, I have given up on books because of them as well! But this is definitely not one of them. The narrator’s voice is empathic and descriptive and it is easy to know which characters are talking without the need for the ‘said’ word being used at the end of every speech. Definitely a great narrator – well done – I was impressed!

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I’m usually not a fan of more than one book in a series. After reading the first book I only ever go onto the next if I am seriously gripped by the plot. I was a bit concerned when I suddenly realised that the first investigation had finished and I wasn’t even halfway through the book. But I really didn’t have anything to worry about. Although the investigation changes the characters, and overall plot, continues to be developed.

I would say that there are three or four main characters and it is really interesting how these interact with each other and how, as the book progresses, you get to know a little bit more about each one. It is only as you progress that you realise that the separate characters which you have been introduced to are inexplicitly connected.

I am always wary of supernatural-themed books. Sometimes they can stray from real life so much that they become more fantasy than a thriller. But this book keeps both feet firmly in reality and just allow you to glimpse into the supernatural which is disturbing and somehow more real.

This book really kept me engaged throughout and I looked forward to listening to each and every part. Overall, if you like the supernatural, the weird and the wonderful, then this book is for you. You will enjoy how well you get to know Quincy and how the other characters develop and weave into Quincy’s life. A definitely thumbs up from me!

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  • j tracey
  • 04-23-16

A joy to listen to

What does James Foster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A wonderful performance by James foster, he draws you into the story from the very beginning. I was hooked within the first minute.

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Quincy Harker is a demon hunter that takes no crap and swears like a motherf###er

A great book by John G Hartness full of great characters and wonderfully read by James foster .

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.

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  • MG
  • 06-25-20

Something Different

The is my first time experiencing anything by John G. Hartness, and he has impressed me no end here. Year One is a collection of Byte sized novellas, that combine into a great episodic series. Treat Year One as a novelised TV show, and you'll have a good handle on what to expect here. Characters are slightly on the tropey side, but work well when evaluating the whole book. Take some sort of Vampire Hybrid Wizard (connected to Dracula) and throw him into a modern day setting fighting the paranormal. Add in a little X-Files, some Warehouse 13 with perhaps a sprinkling of Buffy/Angel, and that's Quincy Harker. Not the most fleshed our character in the world, but it just works. Each story is different, and the characters grow and progress throughout. My only criticism would be some of the endings are a little weak, but the main story elements make up for this. Will be interested to try out more of the series. Narration - spot on. James Foster has a slight Cam Clarke vibe to him, and really brings the story to life. Fully Recommend