Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The no-holds-barred final entry in the Monster Hunter Memoirs series from New York Times best-selling authors Larry Correia and John Ringo.
"This is New Orleans." That mantra had rung in Chad Gadenier's ears since his first day working in the Big Easy. Everything was different in New Orleans. The food. The climate. The monsters. Even the shadowy and reprehensible MCB was different. But that's just the beginning.
The real reason New Orleans is so different is a larval Great Old One growing day by day in power and just about ready to pop. If Chad can't convince "the powers that be" to get involved, not only New Orleans, but the entire world, is going to fall under the power of the nastiest of nasties.
Now on the outs with the US government and in exile from his usual job of saving the world, Chad must rally the forces of light against the coming darkness. The problem is one guy with a sword and a sub-gun isn't going to solve this one.
Fortunately, Chad's made a few friends over the years - and the Fey hate Old Ones as much as God's people, and they're not about to give up this world without a fight.
If the saints don't come marching in on this one...there won't be a final battle; there will be a final massacre. Now, where'd he put that number for the ditzy Fey princess?
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 44 minutes|
|Author||Larry Correia, John Ringo|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 03, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #14,728 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#40 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Audible Books & Originals)
#118 in Fantasy Anthologies
#183 in Contemporary Fantasy
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Throughout the three books it has been foretold that Chad would die in battle. His death was truly heroic. The book is tightly written and has an excellent story flow.
One of the better aspects of the book was the two afterwards, one by Milo and the other by Earl. Both of them capture both the positive qualities of Chad and his glaring faults.
Although all of the main characters in the Monster Hunter books classify as super heroes (some with actual powers), Chad is the character across the entire series that has very strong weaknesses in his character. Those weaknesses make Chad what he is - both for good and for annoying.
If you enjoyed any book in the Monster Hunter Series, this book will really hit the sweet spot.
It turns out that these novels are waswntially canonized fan fixcyion, and they read like fan fiction: overcompensating main characters, a hundred times more sexual content than the main series, and a mysteriously unknown superhuman hero without limitations, adored by masses, feared by enemies.... Look, Ringo is a successful writer, but this series demonstrates that he has never matured past the mental age of 14. The cliches are endless. I'm sure that an endless supply of sexually insecure high school children will make this overcompensation of a story financially successful, but adults over the age of 25 might want to stick to the main series.
(I forgot that the super genous, elite Marine, master of everything is also a world-class musician the like of which even fairy courts have never encountered.)
And of course, if you want to see how only the Gary Sue enabled the entire MHI main story to exist, this is the campy fan fiction for you.
Instead of getting sent back by a old Jewish man, Chad gets sent back by St. Peter.
Instead of being naturally gifted with languages, this guy has to write scholarly texts on a monster language.
Instead of dealing with Gnome gangs, we have Yakuza.
Instead of using big ganga rams knives, this character had to use a Samuri Sword.
Pitt has a somewhat messed up family, Ringo made this character's family even more messed up.
Healed by the Old Ones and their magic? Gotcha covered.
Want to know how The Boss got injured? Well, Chad was part of that too.
Pitt is a gun nut who does some of his own gunsmithing. Chad invented a mod to an Uzi that most hunters are still using today!
And the list goes on. And on.
Instead of trying to be original, Ringo must have spent the entire time he wrote in an effort to one-up Correia. And the character he created is not likable in any way.
Save your money for something else.
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However, in this particular series the main character is just a little too capable. We already know he is going to succeed, because he ALWAYS succeeds. There's some complications here and there, but nothing that stops, or even really slows this guy down. And because of this, the book ultimately becomes predictable, and sort of boring, leading me to rate it a mere 3 stars.
He's a genius, super-soldier with supernatural friends, lots of favors to call in, and even the ultimate battle that MHI fights against a potentially extinction-level monster lacks any actual tension - the good guys are going to win, no important characters die, etc.
After about the 50th time that the author reinforces exactly how much of a know-it-all, bad-a$$ Chad is, I lost all enthusiasm for how the book ends. I already knew that super-Chad would win the day. The only sort of interesting bit came at the end, where Earl describes how Iron Hand finally bites the dust. Even knowing that he dies (incredibly valiantly and selflessly, of course, since he's the ultimate super-soldier), there's plenty of cliff-hanger left, leading me to believe that there's another book being planned.