The Forest Bull : The Fearless

  • by Terry Maggert
  • Narrated by Rebecca Cook
  • Series: The Fearless
  • 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Three lovers who stalk and kill the immortals that drift through South Florida (tourists are a moveable feast, after all) are living a simple life of leisure- until one of them is nearly killed by a woman who is a new kind of lethal. When Ring Hardigan isn't making sandwiches for, and with, his two partners, Waleska and Risa (they're cool like that), he's got a busy schedule doing the dirty work of sending immortals to the ever after. Wally and Risa provide linguistics, logistics, and finding the right place for him and his knife - together, they're a well-oiled machine, and they've settled into a rhythm that bodes ill for the Undying. Warlocks, vampires, succubae and the odd ghoul have all fallen to their teamwork. Life is tough, but they soldier on killing the undead, liberating their worldly goods for charity, and generally achieving very little.
Until Ring wakes up after nearly dying at the hands of a woman who may or may not be the daughter of Satan. Ring's a tough character, for a boat bum (killing immortals sort of rubs off on you that way), but twelve days of comatose healing are enough to bring out the ugly side of his temper. When a letter arrives asking for their help finding a large collection of stolen heirloom jewelry, they form an uneasy friendship with the last Baron of a family hiding in a primal European forest. Cazimir, the Baron, has two skills: Jeweler and preserver of the last herd of forest bulls. It's an odd occupation, but then, Ring, Risa and Wally aren't your everyday career folks, and Cazimir's lodge might be sitting on something that looks a lot like hell, which, according to a 2400 year old succubus hooker named Delphine, is currently on the market to the strongest immortal. The Baron's impassioned plea to find the jewelry comes with some conditions-- he doesn't want the collection back as much as he does the thief, Elizabeth, who happens to be his daughter-- and the woman who nearly sent Ring to his grave. In a tapestry of lies, it's up to Ring, Wally and Risa to find out what is evil, who is human, and who really wants to reign over hell.


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No bull here: well written urban fantasy

I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. It seemed from the write up that it would have a very heavy supernatural bend to it. It does, but it doesn't at the same time. Hard to explain, but the world, the characters, and their motivations and behaviours do not feel supernatural, even if their existence is (this is a good thing, by the way). The "bad guys" are varied and supernatural in nature, but their actions are realistic, and how they are dealt with is believable.

The background/history of the characters and the world and how they got to where they are was really well-doled out/paced. We aren't subjected to lectures or long histories, but little snapshots of the past just in time to stretch out some suspense or fill a gap. There is a fairly consistent sense of humour throughout which actually comes across quite well as it fleshes out the main character, and certainly makes him more likeable.

There is an oddly placed fairly detailed erotic scene as we get close to the end of the novel. Not sure why this scene was so far into the story, nor why it was so detailed when other similar scenes were more cursory in nature. It was a well-done scene, just so much more detailed than other scenes that it felt more like it was fulfilling a specific requirement for X pages of erotica, instead of progressing the story.

I think the story ended at a logical point, but it isn't really resolved... and it doesn't feel like justice was properly served (but, then again, there wasn't a huge 'wrong' to be righted here, just a general sense that immortals are bad and should be removed). It seems clear that there are more books planned for this series; I would certainly read them.

When I first started the book, I thought the choice of a female narrator was a bit odd since the main character is male. That being said, however, she does an excellent job, and you can tell each of the characters apart easily; no exaggeration... she really does a terrific job, but it was still a bit odd when the narrator made a reference to being male (particularly in reference to sexual activities).

There are some sex scenes, but they are not particularly graphic. There is some non-graphic violence and I don't recall any foul language.
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- crazybatcow "I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)"

misogynistic wish fufillment fantasy

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. The unusual immortals, a polyamorous couple that seemed like a healthy relationship, and a talented narrator. Halfway through, I was left with a talented narrator and a whole pile of tedious misogynistic male wish fufillment. Ring, the main character is handsome, rich from the gains of the immortals they've killed (oh, but it's okay because they donate a lot of it to charity), wins every fight with immortals due to his magical fishing knife, has emotional ties to his "girls" and the Thai family down the street, and gets to be in charge all the time. He gets to sleep with mortal and immortal women outside the relationship without consequence, and they even have a friend that runs a strip club that they all love to hang out at. The plot of the book where they hunt immortals is interesting but then dissolved into a non-sensical progression of logic leaps, unexplained progression, and detailed sexual description (because all females are sexual slaves or predators, apparently). Ring triumphs (or does he?) but I found I didn't care because he annoyed me so much by the end. The mythology of the immortals in this book is unclear. Maybe this is the male version of all the oversexed female lead paranormal romance on the market?

I hope the narrator gets the chance to read a higher quality book next time.
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- Gypsyjolie "audiobook addict"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-31-2013
  • Publisher: Terry Maggert