Sinners (Monster Hunter Memoirs #2)

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Title:       Sinners
Series:    Monster Hunter Memoirs #2
Author:   John Ringo & Larry Correia
Rating:    3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre:     Urban Fantasy
Pages:     270
Format:  Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Gary Stu bangs an underage Elf [she was only 45] and when her vengeful trailertrash relatives chase him down, he requests a transer to the New Orleans MHI office.

Once there, the action is non-stop, the monsters relentless and the MCB are the good guys too. Magic is on the rise, for no reason anyone can tell and even two-bit sorcerers can suddenly raise powerful elder beings.

But even Gary Stu can’t kill ALL the monsters. Shackleford the IV and Earl come into town with the Happy Face group to help out. But Mardi Gras is coming and things are going to go apocalyptic.

 

My Thoughts:

This was MUCH better than Grunge. Most of it was that Chad, otherwise known as Gary Stu, is just too busy to do anything else except narrate MHI adventures. Which means that there was only theological reference [which was sketchy as all get out] and two cockhound stories about girls.

The rest of the book was totally focused on saving New Orleans from a huge influx of monsters. It was the type of story that I expect when I read an MHI book. Guns, carnage and death abound. Agent Franks gets involved near the end and I’ve always liked stories that included him, even before reading Nemesis (MHI #5). The end, where MHI, MCB [Monster Control Bureau] and even some civilians fight a horde of monster crawdads and just about everybody dies except Chad, Agent Franks and one or two others, was tough to read. It’s never enjoyable reading about the destruction of the good guys.

I do hope the 3rd book comes out soon, as there are several instances of burrows appearing, people disappearing and vague references to some new power arising. The local Vampire Lord calls it a “tourist” and it is apparently what is causing the influx of power. But we don’t get to that part of the story yet. It is referenced but the full implications and the real action concerning it haven’t come about. Honestly, that is what I wanted to read about.

Looking at Correia’s website however, it doesn’t appear that the third book, entitled Saints, will be ready any time soon. He just turned in his parts of it to the editor and now the fitting together must commence. But after this book, I am looking forward to it. Unlike after the first book where I really questioned if I wanted to read this one at all.

To sum up. Good MHI book, lot less bad theology, lot less boinking of chicks and the inclusion of Agent Franks. Good stuff.

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bookstooge

  1. Review of MHM #1: Grunge

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13 thoughts on “Sinners (Monster Hunter Memoirs #2)

  1. An underage Elf hahahahah glad to hear this book was better than the first. Sucks that you have more waiting to do, as you continue to ravage through series! 🙂

    – Lashaan

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  2. HCNewton says:

    Have only read the first Monster Hunters book, rather liked it, no idea why I haven’t grabbed more. Sounds like I should

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  3. Well it seems like this series might be moving in a promising direction for you. That cover though!! I am seriously restraining on comments 😂

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Eh, fire away! All of the Monster Hunter books are actiony\pulp covers. But I suspect what you are thinking of when looking at this particular cover. There is another version, but since this is what I read, well…

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  4. I’m impressed that you gave a chance on the sequel and finally it was worth it! Sometimes I want to give up on the sequels when the first book is not my liking but I always end up trying to finish it to form an opinion. Great review as always 😉 – Trang

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  5. Can I read this “Memoirs” series before finishing the main series? I think I am about two books shy of completing MHI.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      You “can”, but I would recommend at least getting through MHI:Alpha, as Earl does play a part and you won’t get how he does what he does if you haven’t read that. Franks does play a role, but it isn’t necessary to know his backstory [told in MHI: Nemesis] to appreciate the story.

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  6. Just finished this one tonight. 100% agree with your review.

    I’m wondering about the Gary Stu stuff. Ringo’s written tons of books, he’s got to be doing that on purpose, right?

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