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MH Memoirs: Sinners continues the John Ringo penned spinoff of the excellent Monster Hunter International series.
It continues the adventures of Chad "IronHand" Gardenier, who has left the Pacific Northwest for the Big Easy.
The main character wasn't nearly as annoying as in his first outing, and I really enjoyed the change of scenery, and the madness that comes with Monster Hunting in New Orleans. The setting, and the way it plays out is certainly a highlight of this story.
Most of the book is just a series of action sequences, connected by the overall 'this is a memoir' plot device. It's not that they are boring, Ringo is decent at action writing, but there hardly is ever any real challenge for our protagonist.
There was a hint of an over arching plot, but quite honestly, it's not nearly developed as much as it should be. Chad's family, specifically his brother, was mentioned as part of 'the Dark Masters', but it seems like this was just forgotten, or at least not brought up enough to make an impact.
I've read a few other John Ringo books, and I just don't think his writing style is for me. He's not as accomplished a story teller as Correia is, and quite frankly the Memoirs Series reads a bit like Fan Fiction, and not of the same caliber the original series is.
All that said, I'm still a fan of this series, simply because I just absolutely love the MHI world, and want to delve more into it.
A note on Oliver Wyman's performance. He absolutely rocks with his voices and sound effects. He is so enjoyable and really brings some choppy writing to life. I do have a slight quibble in that his voicing of Chad has slightly changed in this version...it has more of a southern drawl that I didn't detect in the first book. Whether this is because the character has been more established, or it's a conscience change, it was a bit off putting at first. Again, minor quibble. His voicing of the gnomes, or the giant mole rat more than makes up for it....
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I really enjoyed this book. loved the series and really hoping there will be more. characters to root for. I've laughed a lot reading this book. more please.
Have enjoyed the series of MHI books and these two, (Grunge and Sinners) are no exception.
However, I was left with quite a few questions that were not answered at the end of the book: who or what is burrowing and making the necromancers more powerful, who was responsible for the last uprising of mantis lobsters, did they stop the person responsible? What is the story behind Chad killing his brother. What happened to MHI New Orleans and Chad did he stay, retire, continue with a new team?
Perhaps another book to finish the storyline, plus what happened to chad in the end, could be finished by Milo if chad went to the greenlands.
Love the narration by oliver wyman, really grabs your attention. There are some very funny one liners and laugh out loud moments in both books.
Overall, I have enjoyed the series of monster hunter books