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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 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, fifty-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! About Black Tide Rising series entry Under a Graveyard Sky by John Ringo: “. . . the thinking reader’s zombie novel . . . Ringo fleshes out his theme with convincing details . . . the proceedings become oddly plausible.”—Publishers Weekly “If you think the zombie apocalypse will never happen, if you’ve never been afraid of zombies, you may change your mind after reading Under a Graveyard Sky . . . Events build slowly in the book at the outset, but you can’t stop reading because it’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion: inexorable and horrible. And the zombie apocalypse in these pages is so fascinating that you can’t stop flipping pages to see what happens next.”—Bookhound     About John Ringo: “[Ringo’s work is] peopled with three-dimensional characters and spiced with personal drama as well as tactical finesse.”—Library Journal “. . . Explosive . . . fans . . . will appreciate Ringo’s lively narrative and flavorful characters.”—Publishers Weekly “. . . practically impossible not to read in one sitting . . . exceedingly impressive . . . executed with skill, verve, and wit.”—Booklist “Crackerjack storytelling.”—Starlog About Larry Correia and the Monster Hunter International series: “[E]verything I like in fantasy: intense action scenes, evil in horrifying array, good struggling against the darkness, and most of all people—gorgeously flawed human beings faced with horrible moral choices that force them to question and change and grow.”—Jim Butcher “[A] no-holds-barred all-out page turner that is part science fiction, part horror, and an absolute blast to read.”—Bookreporter.com “If you love monsters and action, you’ll love this book. If you love guns, you’ll love this book. If you love fantasy, and especially horror fantasy, you’ll love this book.”—Knotclan.com “A gun person who likes science fiction—or, heck, anyone who likes science fiction—will enjoy [these books] . . . The plotting is excellent, and Correia makes you care about the characters . . . I read both books without putting them down except for work . . . so whaddaya waitin’ for? Go and buy some . . . for yourself and for stocking stuffers.”—Massad Ayoob “This lighthearted, testosterone-soaked sequel to 2009's Monster Hunter International will delight fans of action horror with elaborate weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, disgusting monsters, and an endless stream of blood and body parts.”—Publishers Weekly on Monster Hunter Vendetta The Monster Hunter Memoirs series by Larry Correia and John Ringo: Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners The Monster Hunter series by Larry Correia: Monster Hunter International Monster Hunter Vendetta Monster Hunter Alpha Monster Hunter Legion Monster Hunter Nemesis


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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 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, fifty-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! About Black Tide Rising series entry Under a Graveyard Sky by John Ringo: “. . . the thinking reader’s zombie novel . . . Ringo fleshes out his theme with convincing details . . . the proceedings become oddly plausible.”—Publishers Weekly “If you think the zombie apocalypse will never happen, if you’ve never been afraid of zombies, you may change your mind after reading Under a Graveyard Sky . . . Events build slowly in the book at the outset, but you can’t stop reading because it’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion: inexorable and horrible. And the zombie apocalypse in these pages is so fascinating that you can’t stop flipping pages to see what happens next.”—Bookhound     About John Ringo: “[Ringo’s work is] peopled with three-dimensional characters and spiced with personal drama as well as tactical finesse.”—Library Journal “. . . Explosive . . . fans . . . will appreciate Ringo’s lively narrative and flavorful characters.”—Publishers Weekly “. . . practically impossible not to read in one sitting . . . exceedingly impressive . . . executed with skill, verve, and wit.”—Booklist “Crackerjack storytelling.”—Starlog About Larry Correia and the Monster Hunter International series: “[E]verything I like in fantasy: intense action scenes, evil in horrifying array, good struggling against the darkness, and most of all people—gorgeously flawed human beings faced with horrible moral choices that force them to question and change and grow.”—Jim Butcher “[A] no-holds-barred all-out page turner that is part science fiction, part horror, and an absolute blast to read.”—Bookreporter.com “If you love monsters and action, you’ll love this book. If you love guns, you’ll love this book. If you love fantasy, and especially horror fantasy, you’ll love this book.”—Knotclan.com “A gun person who likes science fiction—or, heck, anyone who likes science fiction—will enjoy [these books] . . . The plotting is excellent, and Correia makes you care about the characters . . . I read both books without putting them down except for work . . . so whaddaya waitin’ for? Go and buy some . . . for yourself and for stocking stuffers.”—Massad Ayoob “This lighthearted, testosterone-soaked sequel to 2009's Monster Hunter International will delight fans of action horror with elaborate weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, disgusting monsters, and an endless stream of blood and body parts.”—Publishers Weekly on Monster Hunter Vendetta The Monster Hunter Memoirs series by Larry Correia and John Ringo: Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners The Monster Hunter series by Larry Correia: Monster Hunter International Monster Hunter Vendetta Monster Hunter Alpha Monster Hunter Legion Monster Hunter Nemesis

30 review for Sinners

  1. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners By: Larry Correia, John Ringo Narrated by: Oliver Wyman Lots of excellent and exciting stories of hunting creatures of the supernatural and paranormal! Never dull and full of crazy stuff! Lots of humor to go with the suspense! I have to get more of these books! Great imagination and creativity when it came to the creatures and plot! Loved the characters but they often didn't last long in a career that fought monsters daily! The narration was totally on point! Wond Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners By: Larry Correia, John Ringo Narrated by: Oliver Wyman Lots of excellent and exciting stories of hunting creatures of the supernatural and paranormal! Never dull and full of crazy stuff! Lots of humor to go with the suspense! I have to get more of these books! Great imagination and creativity when it came to the creatures and plot! Loved the characters but they often didn't last long in a career that fought monsters daily! The narration was totally on point! Wonderful!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Beanbag Love

    I liked this one better than the first in the trilogy, "Grunge". I still don't like the main protagonist much. I just get the feeling I'm hearing John Ringo's voice being purposefully -- and needlessly, IMO -- provocative rather than just telling the story. But others may feel differently. This set of memoirs found our hero in New Orleans where supernatural events are a way of life. Things are handled very differently in this town from what we've seen in other settings. It makes for some very ent I liked this one better than the first in the trilogy, "Grunge". I still don't like the main protagonist much. I just get the feeling I'm hearing John Ringo's voice being purposefully -- and needlessly, IMO -- provocative rather than just telling the story. But others may feel differently. This set of memoirs found our hero in New Orleans where supernatural events are a way of life. Things are handled very differently in this town from what we've seen in other settings. It makes for some very entertaining scenarios. While I don't like this trilogy nearly as much as I like (love) the source (Monster Hunter International), it was worth reading, IMO. There's some good stuff with a much younger Milo and some interactions with other beloved MHI characters as well. If Chad were not such a douchebag, it probably would have been rounded up to 4 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Wilson

    4.5 Stars This was a very fast paced action story, but it felt a little choppy at times. Remember the first Monster Hunter Memoirs having more of an over arching story. Hope Iron Hand writes another memoir picking up where this one left off.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    4.5 Stars Another fun entry into the Monster Hunter International spinoff series. The first book gave us the backstory of one Oliver Chadwick Gardenier (Chad) and took us with him as he joined MHI and settled in on the team in Seattle. This time the story takes place in New Orleans, where Chad ends up after an, ahem, indiscretion made it necessary for him to get out of Seattle fast. New Orleans is a whole new world, as Chad discovers. The supernatural is front and center due to the long standing 4.5 Stars Another fun entry into the Monster Hunter International spinoff series. The first book gave us the backstory of one Oliver Chadwick Gardenier (Chad) and took us with him as he joined MHI and settled in on the team in Seattle. This time the story takes place in New Orleans, where Chad ends up after an, ahem, indiscretion made it necessary for him to get out of Seattle fast. New Orleans is a whole new world, as Chad discovers. The supernatural is front and center due to the long standing “hoodoo” culture of the area. While the city has always been a hotbed of werewolves, vampires, and other fun and varied supernatural beasties, something is changing, making the monsters more numerous and powerful than ever before. Like the first one, this book is just plain fun. There is lots of action, and Ringo keeps this fresh by throwing in new monsters and situations. I loved the setting of Seattle in the first book, but New Orleans more than holds its own, with a city packed with its own long history dealing with the supernatural. The action at the end is fantastic, with Agent Franks in particular getting a chance to shine. In addition to Franks, there are several other characters from the main MHI series that pop up in this volume. The main downside to me was the same as the first book, in that Chad himself is a bit obnoxious. The arrogance, the seemingly endless gifts at pretty much everything, and the constant womanizing wear thin. Still, that’s only a small complaint. These books are incredibly readable, I breezed through the first 2 in less than a week. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for some fun, quick reads (though I’ll recommend again reading the main MHI series by Larry Correia first).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Stringham

    Monster Hunter International is a ridiculous sounding title for a series that is consistently amazing. Both the Memoir books have been short, fast, and fun. This one took place in New Orleans, and it had a bit of everything as far as monster go. Zombies, ghouls, shadow monsters, and even unearthly terrors living in the ocean. I eat every one of these books up like candy (this one I read in an afternoon), and my only complaint is that I really wish Larry would go back to the main story. He left u Monster Hunter International is a ridiculous sounding title for a series that is consistently amazing. Both the Memoir books have been short, fast, and fun. This one took place in New Orleans, and it had a bit of everything as far as monster go. Zombies, ghouls, shadow monsters, and even unearthly terrors living in the ocean. I eat every one of these books up like candy (this one I read in an afternoon), and my only complaint is that I really wish Larry would go back to the main story. He left us on a major cliff hanger years and years ago, and instead of following through, he has written three books now that deal with side characters. I suspect he is doing this to introduce us to the four chosen heroes... but enough is enough. I want the main story to continue!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    New Orleans goes to hell. Really. Monster hunters may have met their match, a city that really doesn't sleep. New Orleans goes to hell. Really. Monster hunters may have met their match, a city that really doesn't sleep.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Les

    I really like the Monster Hunter series by Larry Correia. (They are my 'guilty' pleasure - wanting to stay up all night to read when it arrives, flashlight in hand.) The prequel series with John Ringo is good, but it just doesn't pull me in like the original series. It reads like a series of action events rather than a story consisting of those events. I really like the Monster Hunter series by Larry Correia. (They are my 'guilty' pleasure - wanting to stay up all night to read when it arrives, flashlight in hand.) The prequel series with John Ringo is good, but it just doesn't pull me in like the original series. It reads like a series of action events rather than a story consisting of those events.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    I like this one better than the first one. It's not as choppy and I love New Orleans. I won this book from Baen last year at ConCarolinas. I like this one better than the first one. It's not as choppy and I love New Orleans. I won this book from Baen last year at ConCarolinas.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This is the second book in the Monster Hunter Memoirs trilogy by John Ringo and Larry Correia. In this one Chad Oliver Gardenier picks the wrong trailer park Elf girl to have an affair with. He seriously offends the Elf Queen and must make a hasty move from Seattle to New Orleans. New Orleans has always been a hot spot for monster activity but lately things have gotten much worse. Every full moon more werewolves, vampires, zombies and other assorted supernatural monsters have started appearing i This is the second book in the Monster Hunter Memoirs trilogy by John Ringo and Larry Correia. In this one Chad Oliver Gardenier picks the wrong trailer park Elf girl to have an affair with. He seriously offends the Elf Queen and must make a hasty move from Seattle to New Orleans. New Orleans has always been a hot spot for monster activity but lately things have gotten much worse. Every full moon more werewolves, vampires, zombies and other assorted supernatural monsters have started appearing in swarms. Chad barely hits town before he is embroiled in the action. Things get so bad that the main team from MHI headquarters is called in to assist. Chad still finds time to chase girls, buy a house and hire a "Gentleman" to run it for him. This book is as action packed as all the Monster Hunters books and is very well written by John Ringo. I highly recommend it to fans of this series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

    I've seen some reviews of this book (and its predecessor) which take issue with Chad being a Mary Sue (or Marty Stu, is that the right term for the male of the species?) . He is, but it doesn't bother me and I think it goes back to something I remember from the old GURPS Black Ops source book. This was an expansion where the player characters were ridiculously over the top soldiers, and it cautioned the GM not to be afraid of that, in fact to run with it. Let the players overcome low and mid lev I've seen some reviews of this book (and its predecessor) which take issue with Chad being a Mary Sue (or Marty Stu, is that the right term for the male of the species?) . He is, but it doesn't bother me and I think it goes back to something I remember from the old GURPS Black Ops source book. This was an expansion where the player characters were ridiculously over the top soldiers, and it cautioned the GM not to be afraid of that, in fact to run with it. Let the players overcome low and mid level problems in their sleep, let them make the obscure knowledge roll to figure out a plot point. The story demands that they be almost superhuman, and so it wouldn't make sense for them to get stumped by some minor detail. So let them show off, then bring out the real challenge that still almost kills them. And that's where this book falls for me. Chad is the hero (and admittedly unreliable narrator, by the way) so of course he gets the girl, knows the correct social forms and happens to have just the right gear in his trunk, etc. But, even with all that, he's barely hanging on, and reading the insane over the top monsters and situations that almost take him out is the fun of this story. So, having said all that, why 3 stars? I'd have given it 4, except for two points. First, as in the last book, Chad is a ladies' man, and while I get that, he revels in it too often and this time around with levels of vulgarity not present in the previous book. It didn't add to the story. Second was Chad's belief in universalism, that is, everyone goes to heaven by default, unless they do something really bad. Strangely enough, the line for what constitutes really bad always seems to be drawn somewhere further down the line from where the universalist sees themselves. Fine, Chad (and I will make the distinction that I have no idea if this is the author's belief or just something he assigned to his character) has a worldview I don't agree with, really not a problem. If I only read things that matched my worldview, I wouldn't be left with very much to read at all. But, and you knew there had to be a but coming, the number of times and blantantness with which it is included in the story are distracting. Really, I figure there are pretty much two choices. Either, this belief of Chad's is going to be somehow pivotal in the final book, or it does represent the author's belief, and he just has an axe to grind about it. I'm hoping for the former.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heinz Reinhardt

    While Chad 'Iron Hand' Gardinier is not exactly a role model, well, unless you're a bit of a dirt bag, he is a fun, amusing character. Ringo (who wrote these out, Correia merely edited) clearly has fun with the guy, and playing around in Larry's world, and while volume two of the trilogy isn't quite as good as one, it's still enjoyable. After getting into serious trouble for banging an underage trailer park elf girl (yes, you read that right), Chad gets transferred from Seattle to New Orleans. T While Chad 'Iron Hand' Gardinier is not exactly a role model, well, unless you're a bit of a dirt bag, he is a fun, amusing character. Ringo (who wrote these out, Correia merely edited) clearly has fun with the guy, and playing around in Larry's world, and while volume two of the trilogy isn't quite as good as one, it's still enjoyable. After getting into serious trouble for banging an underage trailer park elf girl (yes, you read that right), Chad gets transferred from Seattle to New Orleans. There, the supernatural activity, or Hoodoo as it's colloquially known, is off the charts. The action is good, as one would expect from John, and there are a couple of 'Oh John Ringo, no!' type moments that are, despite their extremely​offensive nature, too damned funny to not laugh maniacally like a gibbering moron. Just that, somehow, the ending really fell flat, though there is huge promise of more, especially as he runs into the master Vampire who, essentially, owns the city. Despite the epic scale of the final battle with hoodoo, the ending was just a bit on the meh side for me. Despite that, this is a hell of a fun romp through a world full of mythology, government agencies, gun fights, laugh out loud moments, Chad's immorality, and hot redneck elf girls. In other words, fun. And highly recommended.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    I really dig the monster hunter books. Not so much with this prequel trilogy. The episodic structure gets old. There also doesn't seem to be any overall story, just some loose recollections. Any sense of dread or fear over the character's ultimate fate goes out the window when you realize he is narrating this at a later time and survived whatever crisis he is currently hop deep in. Recommended only for fans of the Monster Hunter books. I really dig the monster hunter books. Not so much with this prequel trilogy. The episodic structure gets old. There also doesn't seem to be any overall story, just some loose recollections. Any sense of dread or fear over the character's ultimate fate goes out the window when you realize he is narrating this at a later time and survived whatever crisis he is currently hop deep in. Recommended only for fans of the Monster Hunter books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Graham Bradley

    Sheesh. I have read Ringo before, but Ringo riffing Correia is a whole new animal. The memoir books are such a frigging ride. My only complaint is Chad stopping every twenty pages to remind the reader how much he likes to fornicate and such. We get it. You're a whore, Chad. Get back to killing monsters. Bring on #3. Sheesh. I have read Ringo before, but Ringo riffing Correia is a whole new animal. The memoir books are such a frigging ride. My only complaint is Chad stopping every twenty pages to remind the reader how much he likes to fornicate and such. We get it. You're a whore, Chad. Get back to killing monsters. Bring on #3.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Roy

    Reads like above-average fan fic. That's not a bad thing! I highly recommend the audio version, if only for the main character's drunken rendition of the "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" theme. I wonder how it's spelled out in the print version... Reads like above-average fan fic. That's not a bad thing! I highly recommend the audio version, if only for the main character's drunken rendition of the "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" theme. I wonder how it's spelled out in the print version...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kiril Panchev

    Fun read but I prefer the main series. Probably the style of John Ringo is not exactly my thing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Per Gunnar

    I liked this book better than the previous book in the series. I felt it read more like a single book than a series of short stories even though the book is very much a series of different monster hunting stories tied together. It was much fun to read this one. I can just as well get the political incorrectness part over with right away. This book is not going to please social justice warriors, gender fanatics or any other person with strong so called politically correct views, especially if they I liked this book better than the previous book in the series. I felt it read more like a single book than a series of short stories even though the book is very much a series of different monster hunting stories tied together. It was much fun to read this one. I can just as well get the political incorrectness part over with right away. This book is not going to please social justice warriors, gender fanatics or any other person with strong so called politically correct views, especially if they reside on the more extreme ends of the political scale. John Ringo writes fun to read adventures and does not give a fuck about the use of rude languages or any of the other pet peeves that the easily offended gets so riled up about nowadays. It is guns galore and his characters uses the language and has the behavior you would expect from a Monster Hunter International hunter or a marine or quite a lot of normal people actually. I have no problem with that and it certainly does not take away my pleasure of reading these books. After all, it is total fiction. If you are easily offended go read a politically correct bed time story instead. Now, for the book itself. It is fun to read. There are of course lots and lots of good monster related action. Lots of guns and other various implements that slice or go boom. The dialogue between the various colorful characters is also very entertaining as usual. John Ringo has used the setting in New Orleans and Chad’s somewhat involuntary change of scenery due to screwing around with an underage elf (she was 40) wonderfully. Apart from a huge monster infestation people in New Orleans apparently do things a little differently. Actually make that a lot differently. What about the local MHI team being on friendly terms with the MCB one for instance? Actually the MCB guys are far from the dickheads they usually are in the other books in this universe. Also, most of the population in New Orleans believe in monsters and actually cheer along when the MHI guys charge towards whatever slimy creature they intend to shoot, decapitate or blow up next. There are a lot of colorful people around. Not just in the MHI team but in New Orleans as well. Chad gets a butler (or gentleman as he prefers to be called) which nicely add to the story. The female HMI hunter who want to try and cook and eat (having a fais do do) any monster they kill is also great fun. The book is really quite a good read whether Chad is clobbering monsters or just having a conversation with his friends, butler or the latest girls he hooked up with. There is a thread, a mystery, going through the book. Why the sudden increase in monster activity? Why does a simple houdoun summoning create an avalanche of monsters the size of elephants? Sadly, although there are hints thrown around about something big coming and Chad being the savior, the book ends without shedding much light on this. Oh well, I guess I have to wait for the next book in the series, which I seriously hope will be coming. The books ends in a huge monster bash when yet another houdoun summoning goes haywire. It is New Orleans after all so what could be more suitable than a crayfish infestation. Heck, I would find thousands of crayfish running my way with their claws snapping a wee bit scary. They would be a lot scarier if I knew they wanted to suck out my brain for snacks. At the realization that they were about a meter long and with a claw that either snapped off your head or cracked it I would start to run as hell. At this little crayfish party we even get a visit from Franks. Yes it is that bad! When the smoke disappears and the ectoplasm dries it is a bit of Last Man Standing over the scene. It is actually a rather sad ending. The casualties are enormous to say the least. Looks like Chad will have to do quite a bit of that paperwork that he hated so much. Regardless of this it was, as I may have mentioned a few times, a quite entertaining book to read. I am now eagerly waiting for the next one in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tommeh Bell

    Ok so I've been reading Correai books for since the beginning. And while I've tired really hard to ignore the actual man and his "politics" this book really got on my last damn nerve. I totally glossed over Julie Shackleford's little "slave" speech in Monster Hunter International, though I should have billed him for the massive eyeroll I performed reading that drivel, and I did get irritated at the "gangsta" gnomes in Monster Hunter Nemesis, but damnit I draw the line in the sand here. This book Ok so I've been reading Correai books for since the beginning. And while I've tired really hard to ignore the actual man and his "politics" this book really got on my last damn nerve. I totally glossed over Julie Shackleford's little "slave" speech in Monster Hunter International, though I should have billed him for the massive eyeroll I performed reading that drivel, and I did get irritated at the "gangsta" gnomes in Monster Hunter Nemesis, but damnit I draw the line in the sand here. This book was set in New Orleans in the 1980s and I'm sorry honey but no black person was saying 'homie' and wearing long tees. That just didn't happen. That style of dress didn't hit the scene until the early 2000s, and homie didn't get into AAVE till the mid 90s. See this is what happens when a non-WoC steps out of their wheelhouse. Instead of doing the little bit of Google-fu it would have taken to get the low down on black culture in the 80s they took what they saw in a COPS rerun from 1998 and just slapped that on ever black era in the United States. And that's the thing that pisses me off. It was just blatant. Pages and pages and pages of exhaustive explanations on guns, ammo and ordnances but you couldn't do a google search on black people in the 80s Oh look fitted clothes. Oh look it only took a single search. Or you know you could have just asked any black person alive in the 80s how we dressed, how we spoke. But alas its easier to just go with a stereotype and then just keep writing. I should say that I am massively disappointed, but honestly he did this in MHI and I should have know better.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hitnrunxx

    With the exception of a couple of short stories, and the 3rd Memoirs book, I have read every MHI book out. This was easily my least favorite. The protagonist in this series just isn't that likable. Everyone knows some douchebag that has everything just kind of work out for them. This is that guy. When Edward the Orc wields swords in the MHI books, it comes across as badass. When Chad does it, it comes across as unrealistic and like he should have been killed in nearly every fight. "Perfect" char With the exception of a couple of short stories, and the 3rd Memoirs book, I have read every MHI book out. This was easily my least favorite. The protagonist in this series just isn't that likable. Everyone knows some douchebag that has everything just kind of work out for them. This is that guy. When Edward the Orc wields swords in the MHI books, it comes across as badass. When Chad does it, it comes across as unrealistic and like he should have been killed in nearly every fight. "Perfect" characters just aren't as interesting to me, and it seems like this character's flaws are his personality and how interesting he is, not anything to do with his abilities in ANY subject or situation. There is no real payoff, climax, or overall storyline in this book. If you read it as a collection of short stories, you are more likely to enjoy it. Also, everyone talks about how much "dirtier" or "R-rated" the Ringo books are. Frankly, I don't really think it is as extreme as people make it sound. EVERY girl is "Hot" and the main character sleeps with nearly all of them. But there aren't really details beyond that. Kind of a crappy womanizer feeling, but nothing explicit.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    A new author to me, prompted by a freebie on BookBub, I believe, Doug Richards tells a story about what could be the physics discovery of the century; a way to harness dark energy. Nathan Wexler is the brilliant mind behind the discovery, but very early in the course of the story he and his fiancee, Jenna, are kidnapped and when the kidnapping goes sour, he is murdered, leaving her to escape and try to find out why he was killed, and by whom. She enlists the aid of a former Army Ranger turned pri A new author to me, prompted by a freebie on BookBub, I believe, Doug Richards tells a story about what could be the physics discovery of the century; a way to harness dark energy. Nathan Wexler is the brilliant mind behind the discovery, but very early in the course of the story he and his fiancee, Jenna, are kidnapped and when the kidnapping goes sour, he is murdered, leaving her to escape and try to find out why he was killed, and by whom. She enlists the aid of a former Army Ranger turned private investigator, to help her discover the criminals - there are two groups competing to steal Nathan's research - and get justice. There's a pretty good section on the nature of time, from a scientific and philosophical standpoint; the sort of thing that many of us beat into the ground in late-night dorm room bull sessions, but perhaps more cogently and soberly laid out. Unfortunately after a while, things bog down in the maneuvering between the two groups trying to capture Wexler's research and exploit it, and I didn't care enough about the characters at that point to find out what happened to them or their time machine.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Let me get this out of the way: Chad is an insufferable ass. He is an arrogant twat of epic proportions. I do not like Chad as a character or a narrator. That is why it took me so long to get through this one. What I DO like is the rest of MHI’s Hoodoo Squad. Hell, even the MCB crew here is interesting. I loved seeing how MHI operates in New Orleans. The setting is almost a character unto itself, the way the culture interacts with the supernatural. All of that was enjoyable to read. So I just powe Let me get this out of the way: Chad is an insufferable ass. He is an arrogant twat of epic proportions. I do not like Chad as a character or a narrator. That is why it took me so long to get through this one. What I DO like is the rest of MHI’s Hoodoo Squad. Hell, even the MCB crew here is interesting. I loved seeing how MHI operates in New Orleans. The setting is almost a character unto itself, the way the culture interacts with the supernatural. All of that was enjoyable to read. So I just powered through the parts where Chad focused on himself (or skipped them entirely - his house-buying episode made me want to stab him with a spork) and relished the parts where Hoodoo Squad was being awesome (Shelbye was the best) or when the Cazador team came to help or when Agent Higgins showed up. I know Larry’s got a lot on his plate, but an MHI revisit to New Orleans with him penning the tale in its entirety is on my pie-in-the-sky wishlist.

  21. 4 out of 5

    David

    John Ringo jumps into the Monster Hunter universe! If you are a fan of John Ringo then you will enjoy this book. Even if you are not, if you have the other books in this universe you will enjoy this book. This is the second of 3 books the Ringo is writing following Chad. The main character moves on from Seattle to New Orleans. The story is just as fast paced and fun to read (and a bit over the top at times) as the first one. John does a great job in putting the reader into the environment. As with John Ringo jumps into the Monster Hunter universe! If you are a fan of John Ringo then you will enjoy this book. Even if you are not, if you have the other books in this universe you will enjoy this book. This is the second of 3 books the Ringo is writing following Chad. The main character moves on from Seattle to New Orleans. The story is just as fast paced and fun to read (and a bit over the top at times) as the first one. John does a great job in putting the reader into the environment. As with his descriptions of Seattle from the first book, if you have spent any amount of time in New Orleans the story feels right. The tone of this book is different from the other MH books. This was not written by Larry, or even really co-written. It is more of John writing the story and Larry working to make sure it fits into the world that he has created.

  22. 5 out of 5

    J. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Okay, I really had no intention of continuing this series, but I got away from home without any good books on my phone so I decided to start this one. Maybe it's because I had already learned that I loathed the main character so I ignored him, but I enjoyed this one much more than the previous. Here's hoping Ringo googled "synonyms for deliquesce" before he started the third book. Perfect narration. John Ringo: "I really, really, really want the reader to understand my main character got a perfect Okay, I really had no intention of continuing this series, but I got away from home without any good books on my phone so I decided to start this one. Maybe it's because I had already learned that I loathed the main character so I ignored him, but I enjoyed this one much more than the previous. Here's hoping Ringo googled "synonyms for deliquesce" before he started the third book. Perfect narration. John Ringo: "I really, really, really want the reader to understand my main character got a perfect C in Biology. How do I make sure they realize this?" Jim Butcher: "Just repeat it ever other paragraph in every book, that's what I do to help my readers understand that the blue beetle isn't really blue."

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    You know the story on this one - John Ringo allowed to play in Larry Correia's Monster Hunter universe. Now, Ringo can definitely write action as well as Correia (no mean feat). To be honest, however, he isn't as good at character and nuance, plus it must be hard to write when you aren't fully in charge of the background and so on. He also tends to be more obviously didactically right wing than Correia, although I think he's turned that down a little in this second book in his own mini-MHI serie You know the story on this one - John Ringo allowed to play in Larry Correia's Monster Hunter universe. Now, Ringo can definitely write action as well as Correia (no mean feat). To be honest, however, he isn't as good at character and nuance, plus it must be hard to write when you aren't fully in charge of the background and so on. He also tends to be more obviously didactically right wing than Correia, although I think he's turned that down a little in this second book in his own mini-MHI series. (Not that it bothers me, I am capable of forming my own thoughts regardless of the author's opinions!) Overall this is good fun, well worth a fix if you're waiting for Correia's next installment.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pavel Tsinberg

    Maybe a bit more action than some of the other books in the series. It’s not the amount, it’s the quality that took me out of the book a bit. Chad, Iron Hand, is a great character: fun, complex, heroic. He is very much of a Mary Sue. The guy possesses every skill imaginable: master swordsman, world class linguist, concert level violinist, marine, politician, ladies man... That can get a bit tiring. But, while the action is first rate, the activities are so exposed, it makes one wonder why do oth Maybe a bit more action than some of the other books in the series. It’s not the amount, it’s the quality that took me out of the book a bit. Chad, Iron Hand, is a great character: fun, complex, heroic. He is very much of a Mary Sue. The guy possesses every skill imaginable: master swordsman, world class linguist, concert level violinist, marine, politician, ladies man... That can get a bit tiring. But, while the action is first rate, the activities are so exposed, it makes one wonder why do other books go to such great length to keep their plots at least somewhat hidden from world at large.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robert Phillips

    This story has all of the great world-building, action, and fighting of the main Monster Hunter series, as we expect from Larry Correia. The only problem with this and the other two Monster Hunter Memoirs books is that the main character is a complete Mary Sue (Hi, I can can play violin well enough to win a Fae Fiddlers challenge, wrote the book on more monster languages than anyone, am literally chosen by God, high expert in all types of firearms, and I use a katana! How cool is that?!?) who pu This story has all of the great world-building, action, and fighting of the main Monster Hunter series, as we expect from Larry Correia. The only problem with this and the other two Monster Hunter Memoirs books is that the main character is a complete Mary Sue (Hi, I can can play violin well enough to win a Fae Fiddlers challenge, wrote the book on more monster languages than anyone, am literally chosen by God, high expert in all types of firearms, and I use a katana! How cool is that?!?) who pushes a political agenda largely through straw-man arguments having opposing viewpoints championed by bad caricatures. As we expect from John Ringo.

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Davies

    I haven't read a book this fast in ages... This is John Ringo's second 'memoir' he has written in Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International world, and it's fantastic. Chad (call me iron Hand) is sent to New Orleans as a replacement. In days, he realises that the Big Easy is anything but. But he takes it all in his stride, fighting werewolves, zombies and vampires and making the place safer. Something is stirring the monsters all up, and making the magic in the area more powerful, but you neve I haven't read a book this fast in ages... This is John Ringo's second 'memoir' he has written in Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International world, and it's fantastic. Chad (call me iron Hand) is sent to New Orleans as a replacement. In days, he realises that the Big Easy is anything but. But he takes it all in his stride, fighting werewolves, zombies and vampires and making the place safer. Something is stirring the monsters all up, and making the magic in the area more powerful, but you never get to know what that is, only that even a master Vampire wants it killed. Can't wait to read the third book...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    A good fun continuation of this side or 'prequel' series. A different city with some new names and a few new monsters but all the same gun toting, sword wielding action. The main MHI characters come into this one more and we see a side of MCB you never thought you would. The world of monster hunting evolves a bit here where we see more of the process and paperwork as well as how they work with other people outside the norm. Good fun and will be interesting to see where we end up after this. A good fun continuation of this side or 'prequel' series. A different city with some new names and a few new monsters but all the same gun toting, sword wielding action. The main MHI characters come into this one more and we see a side of MCB you never thought you would. The world of monster hunting evolves a bit here where we see more of the process and paperwork as well as how they work with other people outside the norm. Good fun and will be interesting to see where we end up after this.

  28. 4 out of 5

    David Caldwell

    Oliver Chadwick Gardenier was a top monster hunter during their golden age before the party that nearly destroyed them. He left three journals of his time with Monster Hunters International. This miniseries within the series is a great addition. John Ringo brings his expertise of writing about military style operations and big guns to the world created by Larry Correia. They team up to bring over the top action filled stories of the best monster hunters around. This is the second of the 3 books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nikoya

    I would say 3 1/2 stars (When is goodreads going to allow us to do 1/2 stars?) Anyways, this book is darker than the first one. New Orleans is one nasty place to work but at the end of the book I just feel like it was over the top. Furthermore, it doesn't really answer any of the questions of why The Big Easy is so over run by the supernatural. I guess we'll have to see what book 3 holds (which no one knows when that will be.) I would say 3 1/2 stars (When is goodreads going to allow us to do 1/2 stars?) Anyways, this book is darker than the first one. New Orleans is one nasty place to work but at the end of the book I just feel like it was over the top. Furthermore, it doesn't really answer any of the questions of why The Big Easy is so over run by the supernatural. I guess we'll have to see what book 3 holds (which no one knows when that will be.)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Please see my full review here: http://www.morebooksthantime.com/mons... I didn’t enjoy this second book quite as much. Sinners has plenty of action – New Orleans attracts plenty of people that believe in and practice witchcraft or sorcery – and this activity fuels the ongoing problems. Sinners does not have quite the character depth. Please see my full review here: http://www.morebooksthantime.com/mons... I didn’t enjoy this second book quite as much. Sinners has plenty of action – New Orleans attracts plenty of people that believe in and practice witchcraft or sorcery – and this activity fuels the ongoing problems. Sinners does not have quite the character depth.

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