Despite far too many interruptions, I finally finished this incredibly suspenseful and creepy book.
I started reading this because Maberry is set to cDespite far too many interruptions, I finally finished this incredibly suspenseful and creepy book.
I started reading this because Maberry is set to collaborate with Larry Correia on a crossover book with Joe Ledger (the protagonist of this series) and Monster Hunter International (Agent Franks specifically I understand). So I thought I'd better get up to speed on this. I'm glad I did as it was a highly engrossing story and I do love the character of Joe Ledger.
Unfortunately, although it isn't called "Agency 6" pricing anymore, publishers are indeed setting the prices for their books on Amazon so the ebook is an absurd $9.99. Therefore I can't really commit to the series and the book can't earn 5 stars (that's my policy -- if the publisher sets the price then the book loses a star -- sorry authors! It does affect my enjoyment though when I feel I'm being taken advantage of). I had to get this one from the library in dead tree. I will be getting the next one also from the library so my timeline on this is variable.
Now to the book itself. Joe Ledger is a cop who recently participated in a task force operation where people were killed so he's on administrative leave. He's not in trouble, everything was by-the-book, but it's standard procedure. He's approached by three FBI guys and brought in for an "interview" with a cold, cold customer named "Church". Joe learns that there are things going on in the post-9/11 world that are beyond anything he ever imagined.
Our story starts from there. It's frustrating in that way that a good TV show with a strong plot arc can be frustrating. Especially when you get to see the POV of the villains and you know what's going on but the heroes are still working it out. This book got very stressful a time or two.
So, if the books were more reasonably priced, I would already have purchased book 2. I'm ordering it up from the library today though, so it could be a while before I find out what the next horror to invade our intrepid heroes' lives will be.
This book has aspects of horror, military and law enforcement suspense and political thriller. Good action scenes and some funny dialog too.
Can't totally recommend it because of the pricing, but keep an eye out for it at the used book store or the library. :)...more
This book has the feel of a first novel which is why I'm bumping up what might have been a 2 star review to 3 stars.
There's just an amateurish feel tThis book has the feel of a first novel which is why I'm bumping up what might have been a 2 star review to 3 stars.
There's just an amateurish feel to the whole thing and the romance feels like it takes forever. Information is dealt out in a clunky, info-dump fashion and some of that info comes oddly late when, realistically, it would have been important to impart immediately.
I will read the next one and I hope that this author's writing, with experience, evolves into a more mature style.
There are hot guys though, and the world is somewhat interesting. Shifter groups seem like outlaw MCs in a way which is intriguing. Some of them need to get their butts kicked by some females (they're pretty sexist), but I'm assuming that will come.
Really a 4.25-4.5. I had some issues with the ending and some of the details of the day-to-day life. Like, how are these people still alive? That's onReally a 4.25-4.5. I had some issues with the ending and some of the details of the day-to-day life. Like, how are these people still alive? That's one of those things that epic fantasy/sci fi/fantasy usually deals with pretty creatively but I was left just having to accept it.
It starts a little slow, as new worlds often do, but it picks up around 15% and it's extremely compelling the rest of the way. By 50% I could hardly put it down.
The dystopian feel is absolutely oppressive and that makes for some of trudging feel of the first part. It's a very, very harsh world. But the writing is excellent and the characters are engaging. I cared very much about what happened to them, which is important to the success of this story.
I'm hoping that Howey will dabble a little further in the story as I feel it's unfinished. An extended epilogue would do very nicely and would be very much appreciated by this little reader. :)
Recommended for those who like dystopian fantasy where characters fight to overcome incredible odds. ...more
I got this either for free or 99 cents on a sales alert so I can't actually be annoyed, but I could not give this book more than one star.
First of alI got this either for free or 99 cents on a sales alert so I can't actually be annoyed, but I could not give this book more than one star.
First of all, there's bait and switch in the blurb. It's not BDSM. It might be a whisper above vanilla, but it's pretty weak if it's supposed to rest in the genre the blurb implies.
Second of all, the plot is mostly sex scenes strung together with inner monologues, mostly from the grating, immature heroine. The male lead has serious PTSD problems, but this is not really dealt with much. His POV opens the book and he has more spots of focus from time to time, but it's mostly the trust fund baby girl who shares her thoughts with us. And her thoughts are about what you'd expect from a trust fund baby. EVERYONE'S TELLING HER WHAT TO DOOOOOOOOO!
I skimmed. It ended. I was irritated I'd given it my time.
I've read a few BDSM books, it's one of the many genres I like, so I know what to expect when a book has been sold as such. I certainly don't expect vanilla sex and a weak, spoiled heroine and a barely there hero who actively doesn't give a shit about his subs (or "pets") as he calls them.
PS: I'd give it an extra half star for the heroine saying "fuck it" to her parents when they cut her off financially to manipulate her. I'm always disappointed when a heroine is moved by that. It makes them mercenary. However, that was about the only positive moment with this heroine. Other than that she was just a big pill. ...more
An excellent follow-up to the opener with many insane creatures and worlds introduced. I love the new characters and the twists and turns the story isAn excellent follow-up to the opener with many insane creatures and worlds introduced. I love the new characters and the twists and turns the story is taking.
The characters in this story have so much depth for comic book creations. They keep surprising me. I want to root for all of them even though I want most of them to ultimately fail. It's messin' with my head, I tell ya!
Highly recommended to those who like comics. WARNING: mature content. Not for kids. ...more
I've had this comic book sitting on my shelves for months now and I'm so glad I finally decided to crack it! I've seen lots of great reviews and now II've had this comic book sitting on my shelves for months now and I'm so glad I finally decided to crack it! I've seen lots of great reviews and now I can say they're spot on.
The story is about Alana and Marko -- two beings from two warring worlds who fall in love and have a baby. They intend to keep their baby safe from the war at all costs. Just the fact that they've done the worst and not only made peace with one another but made a new life is a danger to the Narrative (the ongoing war depends on this).
It's a fascinating and beautiful story that's also very funny and touching. It has great characters as well as beautiful art. WARNING: some of that art is very explicit; boobies, dicks, sex acts ... that kind of thing.
I already had volumes 1 and 2 and now I'm off to Amazon to pick up some more. I may have a new addiction. ...more
Not as good as book 3 but still better than book 2. I'm liking this series much more than I thought I would. I'm really glad I took advantage of thatNot as good as book 3 but still better than book 2. I'm liking this series much more than I thought I would. I'm really glad I took advantage of that bulk sale a while back. :)...more
I could have sworn I posted a review of this book, but whatever.
I loved the beginning of this one. The end was not as good, especially because BriggsI could have sworn I posted a review of this book, but whatever.
I loved the beginning of this one. The end was not as good, especially because Briggs is an author that ends her stories very abruptly. I always want a little more wrap-up to ease me out of it.
But I love these characters so much! Adam and Mercy, Kyle and Warren, Jesse, Gabriel, Stephan ... I can't mention any more because I might give some spoilers. But I do just love them. The ensemble is great.
This story has Mercy racing against time to find the pack which has been attacked and abducted. We even get some POV from Adam. Joy!
The first time I read this book I was disappointed in the end. I thought there was a bit of a red herring. On the reread it didn't feel so jarring, but ... duh ... I already knew what was going to happen. I doubt I gave it five stars the first time around, although the first half of the book certainly seemed to be leading toward that rating. Likely I gave it four stars. But since I enjoyed the reread so much and I had to re-rate and re-review, I figured why not bump it up to five.
The Mercy Thompson series is one of my favorites and I highly recommend it. The off-shoot series, Alpha and Omega is also a treat. ...more