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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 every full moon, mysterious shadow demons, houdoun necromancers, 50-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!
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By Mr Dangerous on 09-08-17
There is no real story here. Characters are thin. I never felt that anything was at stake or that there was even i big story.
Waste of time...
The main series has gotten great reviews and i may give it a try.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Jim on 12-20-16
MHI in New Orleans.
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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By Amazon Customer on 05-10-18
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.
By bobbi1002 on 04-10-18
Enjoyable but seemed unfinished
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