♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ The latest in the Gray Man series does not disappoint. I haven’t really been reading this year, which I hate, but there are only so many hours in the day. I’ve chosen other things this year. . . bucket list things, so a decent trade. However, my husband and I started this one just before we went on vacation. He loves the action and the gratuitous violence. I enjoy the action (but probably not the violence as much) and the story line. I thoroughly wallow in the depth of imagination and the art of story telling. Greaney’s Gray Man series, about an American (former CIA) assassin is well written. Every time I think that we’ve heard all there is, another awesome book comes out with a new twist and a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I say, “Just keep writing them Mark! My family will keep listening!”
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 1/2 Any book that has an army regiment called “Madigan’s Malcontents” wins my vote. I really love the word malcontent and it was quite the fitting name for Madigan’s motley crew. They were an assortment of criminals, lowlifes and bad-asses who ended up, of course, coming together under the leadership of an outcast knight and turning into a group of real soldiers. This book had all kinds of action, fights, gambling, drinking, evil genius’, magic-ish people and huge war robots. My hubby and I listened to the book while we cooked, rode in the car and did chores around the house. We burned right through this one and both agreed on the 4.5 rating. I pretty much love most of what Larry Correia writes. We’ve enjoyed the Monster Hunter Series as well as the Dead Six series. We’ll just keep listening. Keep writing, Larry!
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ According to my family, I was late to the party on this book. Both my kids and husband had listened to this one, and because of their enthusiastic banter about it, I decided to give it a go. And, just so you know how enthusiastic, this book even inspired my college freshman to consider, for a split second, writing a book of his own. That’s some real high praise. I’m sure it had a little to do with the fact that he had to write a few pages of fiction for his freshman writing class. He sent it to me, and it was actually very good, but alas, I digress. This book was full of action, guns, war, and even covert ops in the middle east. There was deception, and factions going after the same targets for different reasons. So, I’m not very generous with the 4 star reviews, in fact, I’m very picky. This deserved it though. Well done Larry Correira. This was different from his Monster Hunter Series, better I think.
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Audible gets a prize for this one. This was one of their books of the week, or some such promotion, and I got it free. Yep. It’s been in my library for some time, but I just never thought to listen to it. I mean, how good could a “freebie” be? The ratings were good, but I just sort of ignored it, until last week. We were on a big, long road trip and finished our book. So, I was flipping through what I had in my library, looking specifically for something my husband might enjoy (that means it has to have some action!) and decided we should give it a go.
Good move! We both enjoyed this book about a renowned assassin who goes from hunter to hunted in a weird twist of fate. It becomes a story of survival, almost in a Jason Bourne sense, and kept us entertained the whole way through. We both agreed on the 4 star rating and plan to read the other Gray Man books. The author, Mark Greany, has written several books with Tom Clancy, which I find very interesting. Give it a try.
♦♦♦ My husband and I have read every book in the Monster Hunter series. This is another decent, action-packed, continuation of the Monster Hunter International folks saving the world, this time mostly Vegas, but still. You know that something big is gonna happen when all the world’s best hunters go to Las Vegas for a secret monster killer convention and we are not disappointed. Egos, hunters, alcohol and monsters clash. A fun read. All the blood, guts, evil, undead, monsters and slime converge on The Strip. And, well, what happens in Vegas…