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Yup, I really wanted to get into this story line and maybe the next book in the series would get me there, but right now I am going to pass. Stallcup is using this book to build the world of Monster Squad, person by person and all the background and barely laid the keel of the story line. I feel, too much of the book was dealing with romantic relationships. Nice fluff, but by the half way point in the book, I really felt that the book cover should have had a shirtless Fabio Lanzoni.
I just struggled to get through the book, hoping the opening action scenario's details would be revealed. I expected more on the coordinated world wide attack, but it was overshadowed by personalities and personal relationships. If you like heavy romance with your world domination monster stories, this would be the series I would point you to.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
This was more of a romance book then a Vampire/ Werewolf battle saga. Post this in the "young romance" section rather then the thriller section.
Has Return of the Phoenix turned you off from other books in this genre?
I really enjoy a good werewolf story, so no, I will continue to look for them. I thought combining the undead with spec ops was a great idea for a book, what I got instead was your basic sappy romance crap like the Twilight series.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator did a fine job, had many accents and did a satisfactory job, it was the book itself that was misleading.
What character would you cut from Return of the Phoenix?
Damian, Senator Franklin's son.
Any additional comments?
How do you have a Vampire/ Werewolf book and no one gets killed? Well, almost no-one. Chapter 1 starts out with a battle that seems to set the whole book up, and then no one dies or there isn't another battle for the next 20 chapters.
How many times can the author use the same romantic phrases over and over in a spec ops book? Seeing the pain or sadness in their eyes, or could feel her tremble beneath him crap. if your going to post that it is a battle book between special forces and the undead, then how about having a few fights of exactly that, instead of everyone falling in love.
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