After the werewolf gore feast in the previous instalment we now add zombies to the mix. These zombies follow in the path of the werewolves in the prevAfter the werewolf gore feast in the previous instalment we now add zombies to the mix. These zombies follow in the path of the werewolves in the previous book in that they are in no way the usual zombies that have been found in all too many books and movies. Well, they are pretty dumb when they start but then when they feed they get smarter. You can of course guess which parts of the human body they feed on for their “education”. Of course the entire idea is utterly ridiculous but it makes for some nice gory parts in the book.
Then there are some zombies that start off already being on the higher steps of the evolutionary ladder. This is of course be the old enemies of the “Mother” and the werewolves who now also have awaken. These are of course nasty customers and, just like the werewolves, they have a few more abilities than just dealing with their enemies through brute force.
The core of the story and the fresh take on werewolves and zombies are quite entertaining. The book is fairly loaded with action although there are more quiet parts as well were we get to learn more about the history of the werewolves and the zombies or “deathless” as they are supposed to be called.
Mohn Corp is back as well although most of them are more making a mess of things instead of helping. Having said that, this is not entirely out of stupidity as you will learn if you read the book. Nevertheless I felt those bits rather annoying for the most part. Actually, this is part of the parts of the book that I do not like so much. As with the previous book this one also degenerates a lot into a mediocre TV-show type of story where the actual twists in the story are mostly just throwing one deceit, treachery or simply downright stupid and unintelligent behaviour after another at the viewer, or in this case the reader. No faction seems to be spared this. Humans, werewolves and deathless are equally bad. The end of the book is really a classical, silly and very predictable TV-show style cliff-hanger and I really do not like cliff-hangers.
The book was quite entertaining but I also feel that it could have been a lot better, especially given the really nice core story idea. ...more
The last book from Greig Beck that I have read, Gorgon, was a bit of a disappointment. I would say that this one is more on track. I definitely enjoyeThe last book from Greig Beck that I have read, Gorgon, was a bit of a disappointment. I would say that this one is more on track. I definitely enjoyed it more than Gorgon. Alex Hunter is not present in this one though which I guess can be both good and bad given the last book. I would have liked Alex to be in it but, at least, we get the next best thing in the form of a certain female Israeli agent.
This is a fairly enjoyable thriller / horror mix. It is definitely fantasy. In general it is well written and I do like that, unlike in the last book, there is no silly attempt to put a scientific spin on the more far out elements of the story. For example the fact that the book is able to induce physical pain etc. in people reading it, that is left as a supernatural mystery and that is a good thing as far as I am concerned.
The book moves at an acceptable pace and the pure horror sequences where the Old Ones’ servants manifests itself as re interleaved with the investigatory parts where Matt and company tries to track down the reason for the sinkholes and, ultimately, the book. As I said, it is generally well written although as few stupidities seems to stick out. Like for instance why they bothered to drag the useless bike through the desert and why Matt did not really tell anyone about his visions, especially the one at the gate to the Old Ones’ domain.
As I wrote above a generally well written and enjoyable horror/thriller. Not wow-great but good entertainment. ...more
As you can see above this is the omnibus edition of what was initially released as three separate books. The three books are not very long though so tAs you can see above this is the omnibus edition of what was initially released as three separate books. The three books are not very long though so this edition, at around 440 pages, is not really much more than one reasonably big sized novel.
It is a fairly enjoyable apocalyptic horror/thriller novel. I quite liked Greig Beck’s Alex Hunter series so I thought I would have a go at this one as well although Alex Hunter himself is absent in this book. The story is a variant of the “someone brings disease into country, disease spreads, world goes to shit” theme with a few nice twists. As I wrote it is generally enjoyable reading, especially the first two parts (or books). The third part is dragging down the rating quite a lot though.
In the first two parts we get on a tour of discovery deep into the South American jungles trying to find the source of the disease and, of course, a cure. As we have become used to with this author nature have a few nasty surprises for us and not everyone that goes out comes back. The writing is good and it is nice reading.
Then we come to the third part. Here the setting changes and we more or less enter a zombie apocalypse back in the US due to the spread of the disease. Okay, I could have lived with that but the author also throws in an insane old senator and religious nutcase which I could have been without. My worst gripe though is that the team, especially Carla who is supposed to be a professional employee of the CDC, starts to behave in an utterly idiotic and unprofessional way.
The ending have a nice twist, suitable for this kind of apocalyptic story, to it although you could see it coming rather early. The book was on its way to a 7 or 8 out of 10 rating until the third part. The third part really dragged it down. ...more
I was looking for something different to read. Back in the days when I was (quite a lot) younger and book reading meant using paper as a medium withouI was looking for something different to read. Back in the days when I was (quite a lot) younger and book reading meant using paper as a medium without exception I used to like to read horror stories and this one got some nice ratings so I had a go at it. I have to say that I am not overly impressed. First of all the book is more of a short story than an actual book. Amazon claims it to be around 200 pages. My Calibre plugin says it has 102 pages. I think my Calibre plugin is the more honest one. In any case it was quick read.
The story is pretty much a standard one. Group of people alone in the woods, storm, cabin and a monster. Been there, seen that, done that and read that. I found the description of the book interesting, especially the first part but I feel it was not very representative for the majority of the book. [Spoiler ahead] I really hate it when the book blurb actually depicts the end of the book. [End Spoiler]
Well it was a bit of a diversion from the Sci-Fi/Fantasy reads but not very impressive unfortunately. ...more
As with the previous books in this series this one is a bit of a mix between action, thriller and horror story with maybe a little bit of sci-fi throwAs with the previous books in this series this one is a bit of a mix between action, thriller and horror story with maybe a little bit of sci-fi thrown in. It is a good book although I have to say that I, even though I liked the actual story in this one better, I liked the books as a whole better when Alex was not on the run but having the full backing of Hammerson’s organization.
As you already know if you have read the previous books (and if you have not then you should do so before reading this one) Alex is no longer under the wings of Hammerson but under Israeli “care”. It doesn’t take long for Alex to “check out” from the Israeli establishment and, as the book blurb says, take a hike in the Appalachians.
I think this is the thing I like the least with this book. The fact that Alex is really on the run instead of an operative on a mission with all the necessary support. Also, the focus of the book is quite split up between Alex and other characters, jumping back and forth between various people. I definitely preferred him being on a real mission.
Having said that the book is a quite good one. The story holds together. Well it is a pure fiction story after all but with that reservation, it holds together quite well. As usual it involves some ancient horror being discovered by accident. The characters are well done. I do like tough case Casey Franks.
A lot of the story is spent on Alex getting to grips with his past, as in trying to remember it, and what is really happening to him. I’m a not overly thrilled about those bits. However, when things heat up the action is good reading, as is usual for these books.
Bottom line, it is a good book. I just wish that it had not gone down the “fugitive” road. ...more
So far the books in this series have been swinging between okay and quite good. This one is okay. This time Alex Hunter meets up with Dr. Aimee Weir aSo far the books in this series have been swinging between okay and quite good. This one is okay. This time Alex Hunter meets up with Dr. Aimee Weir again. Naturally under somewhat dire circumstances. This time there are no caves. Well, at least not much caves. The scenery this time is the south American jungle where an ancient creature have been awaken.
The book takes a slightly different approach to the alien monster story in that it kind of combines a monster lurking in the jungle story with that of an unknown bacterial or virus outbreak. Well, it would be no good if it was “just” a virus would it because then Alex would not have much opportunity to show of his remarkable powers would he?
Of course Alex and his fellow HAWCs have a small arsenal of science-fictionesque high-tech equipment with them.
In general the book is okay. Apart from the slightly original story of Alex Hunter it is a fairly straightforward story in the genre. At some places it is quite predictable. Like, for instance, the radioactive equipment that was brought by specialist on contagious outbreaks. You did not really have to be much of a genius to figure that one out.
I think I liked the previous book a bit better though. I am not really too found of these rage attacks from Alex and even less found of this nonsense that the military scientists are supposedly planning to dissect him to find out the secret of his powers. If it was not for this dissecting crap I would have been rather disappointed about the ending in this book. Now, well I am still not too happy about it but I guess it was one way of solving the dissecting issue.
Anyway, I will wait until I have read the next book in the series to pass judgement on whether the direction in which this book went was good or bad. As a whole the book was fun enough to read that I will certainly read the next one as well. ...more
This book is quite similar to the first book in this series. Sure, the story is different but otherwise the similarities are plentiful. A new missionThis book is quite similar to the first book in this series. Sure, the story is different but otherwise the similarities are plentiful. A new mission for Alex, a new team of HAWC’s, a strong female character, plenty of action, some monstrous adversaries (both human and not so human). There are even a few caves thrown in as well.
Luckily it is not all the same. Although, on the surface, there is some strong resemblance with the first book it is not just a re-run with some minor changes. The core of the plot in this book is not just a random discovery but a man-made event. As you can deduce from the book blurb this book takes a stab at the Iranian Islamists. However Iran and their fanatics are mostly used as a convenient backdrop. The story is pure fiction and the Iranian president and hard-liners are portrayed as even more extreme and lunatic than in real life.
The Iranian president does not get to play the bad guy all by himself though. As in the first book a not-so-human adversary is also introduced to spice things up. Actually this nefarious creature is a direct result of the actions of the Iranians but he does not know that and he does not care. For him humans are just a tasty snack.
Of course Alex gets plenty of opportunities to use his new powers which are apparently continuing to develop by the way. The book and the character of Alex Hunter is getting fairly close to super-hero level when it comes to how powerful this man has become. I guess some people might find it over the top. Me, I like it…so far. It makes these books a bit different from the gray mass of ordinary marine team thrillers.
In short, I find this book to be an enjoyable thriller with both a horror and a science fiction twist to it. ...more
This book is not a novel but a collection of short stories edited by Hank Davis. It is a quite enjoyable book to read. The stories are rather varying,This book is not a novel but a collection of short stories edited by Hank Davis. It is a quite enjoyable book to read. The stories are rather varying, some of them are quite old, some are quite good and some are not so good. Some of them are good because they are good, others are good, or at least enjoyable to read, because of their age and the quaint way the future and space travel are described. One story describes faster than light travel as “standing still while the rotating universe travels around you” for instance.
As you might deduce from the title and the book blurb these are all horror stories. Some of them are perhaps not so much what we would call horror stories today but most of them are I would say. The foreword is almost a story in itself and quite nice reading. It is perhaps not the best book I have read but I found it quite enjoyable. It reminded me a bit about the old Hitchcock Presents or Twilight Zone episodes....more
I’m not sure what to write on this one. There are a lot of words that come into my mind like unintelligent, messy, nonsense, unbelievable etc. but I fI’m not sure what to write on this one. There are a lot of words that come into my mind like unintelligent, messy, nonsense, unbelievable etc. but I find it difficult to put some words around them after having read this book.
The book is quite violent. That in itself is nothing that I have something against but there has to be a purpose to the violence. Here it appears the book is written just as a frame to the violence. It’s like the book was written by a very young writer that just had a serious overdose of Starcraft or some other video game. The plot seems like it came straight out of a script for a cheap video game. It’s unintelligent, unbelievable, messy and nonsensical.
And where are the Mechs? The book blurb starts with “Bio-tech aliens battle Mechs built by humans!” but the Mechs are only appearing for a few pages in the book. I would say this is blatantly false marketing.
There’s not even some interesting characters to keep your interest going, unless you like violent sadistic psychos that is.
Definitely a disappointing book, at least for me....more
Not bad at all. Alex Hunter, badass marine (or HAWC’s as they are referred to in the book) with a interesting twist making him a bit more than a “ordiNot bad at all. Alex Hunter, badass marine (or HAWC’s as they are referred to in the book) with a interesting twist making him a bit more than a “ordinary” commando solder. This caught my interest fairly early on in the book.
They are sent on a rescue mission deep under the Antarctic ice where the discover…well you have to read the book to learn what they discovered but I found it quite a good read and not exactly what I had expected. The team consists not only of Alex’s fellow commandos but also of a bunch of researchers out of which one of them is the typical tiresome asshole that you just hoped would get “disposed of”. Preferably as painfully as possible.
Just to complicate things further the author throws in a competing Russian command team lead by a sadistic psychopath with a grudge against Alex. Actually I felt this was a bit over the top. The rest of the story was good enough to keep my interest.
The basic story is a fairly classical one of team-goes-into-confined-area-not-all-of-them-comes-out. As a matter of fact, quite a few of them doesn’t come out. The story is well written though and has enough interesting elements to not give you a yet-another-one-of-those feelings when reading it.
I am fairly sure that I will give, at least, the next one in the series a go as well. ...more
The second book in the series was pretty much “more of the same” compared to the first one. This, the third one, takes on a slightly different tack. SThe second book in the series was pretty much “more of the same” compared to the first one. This, the third one, takes on a slightly different tack. Sure, it’s “more of the same” in that it centers on monsters and guns, well actually it’s not that much guns in this one, but it’s not so much about Monster Hunter International as about Earl Harbinger.
This book centers on Earl Harbinger as he is entering on a side-trek from the normal MHI business. We get to know more about his background story and of course there’s some new, and old, beasties crossing his path.
At first I was a bit hesitant but it worked out quite well and was a nice deviation from the “more of the same”. I didn’t really like that he lost his werewolf powers though. Did he get them back? Well you just have to read the book to learn that, won’t you?
So, in the end this was another very enjoyable read from Larry Correia. ...more
As one might deduce from the rating, I quite liked this book. If you don’t like guns you won’t like this book. If you don’t like monsters you won’t liAs one might deduce from the rating, I quite liked this book. If you don’t like guns you won’t like this book. If you don’t like monsters you won’t like this book. If you like any of these there’s a good chance you will like this book. If you like both, there’s a good chance you will like this book a lot. I did.
The writer states in the “About the author” text at the end of the book that he is addicted to guns and B-horror movies. He is a gun dealer, firearms instructor, accountant, writer and certified as a concealed weapons instructor.
That says as much about the book as about the writer. This book has guns, monsters, some more guns, some more monsters, even more guns, event more monsters…you get the picture. Now, the book has a story as well and although Larry Correia’s love for B-horror movies shows a bit the story isn’t bad and presents a fairly good frame for the action. A few humorous comments are sprinkled around to lighten up the mood as well.
The end result is a very enjoyable read, at least for me. It was a nice diversion from my regular Science Fiction diet and I will, without any doubt, read the next one in the series as well....more