My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wendigo Fever is a short novel that introduces the book series “Wardens”. Wardens are monster hunters trained to deal with monsters and creatures roaming the world.
Intro novel does not go into detail on how these creatures came to the earth, or history of Wardens but focuses on Errol the younger brother to Tom, a Warden. Errol has no interest in becoming a Warden. When his older brother Tom goes missing, Errol is thrown into assuming the duties of his brother as well as investigating his disappearance.
This first book in the series is a short introduction to this world of Wardens and monsters. Though short I felt this book did a great job with pacing and story. The characters are likable yet flawed. The story manages to simultaneously have its own mini story arc and setting up a larger story arc for later books, which left me feeling both satisfied with the story and wanting more.
Mikael Naramore did a wonderful job at narrating, much like he did with Sensation which I also reviewed. distinctive and consistent characters, and good inflection that matches the tone of the story. Looking through his other works I am looking forward to listening to “Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It”!
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**I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.**
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Omega Rising by Joshua Dalzelle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Omega Rising is a sci-fi book about a man who comes across an alien spaceship landed in a remote part of the Rocky Mountains, and of course he decides to board said ship and finds himself “trapped” on the ship and thrown into a whole new life of space adventure! This book is a fun, light read.
The only criticism I have about this book, is that there is never much of a “against all odds” feeling. You never really feel any of the characters are ever in a situation that seems there is no way out. There is conflict but it is resolved fairly painlessly and left me feeling there was not much risk.
I am very much looking forward to continuing this series!
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi is based in the future where mankind has set out to colonize the universe. But we are not alone. We have to fight for planets and to keep the colonists safe.
When people reach 75 years of age they have the opportunity to sign up with the Colonial Defense Force. Doing so they leave their old life behind to go fight to defend Earths colonists in space. In return they are promised renewed youth. The details of how they will be granted this are kept very secret. Once you sign up you can never return to Earth.
The story is told from the perspective of John Perry, a 75 year old widower who is not sure what to expect. This story is very well written and the characters are excellent. I really enjoyed the writing style and humor of John Scalzi and will be sure to read his other works.
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