Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners – Review
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners is the latest addition to the ever growing, and increasingly popular Monster Hunter series of books first introduced almost exactly nine years ago, by the wonderful Larry Correia. I think that it’s pretty fair to say that when he first launched the Monster Hunter Series almost exactly nine years ago, Larry Correia wasn’t expecting it to be as popular as it’s become. Including this latest addition, there has been seven books published in the series so far, with another three books either planned or scheduled to come out in the future. Hopefully there will be even more to come beyond that since the books seem to get even more fun, and addicting as they go along.
Without a doubt, Sinners is an absolutely fun read, and time simply seemed to fly by as the story progresses. As I was reading, in many ways I felt as if I was transported back to the 1980’s and experiencing a classic blockbuster for the first time. Allow me to illustrate what I mean, Sinners felt almost like it was a cross between Die Hard and Supernatural, with the lead Chad Gardenier, being played by a young Bruce Willis as he dukes it out with the supernatural forces of evil in the Big Easy. It is easy to see that John Ringo had fun romping around in the world created by Larry Correia, and that he does it with all the loving (and somewhat reckless) abandon of a 12-year-old boy on a late summer night adventure.
As was stated earlier, Sinners is much like a 1980’s action adventure blockbuster. Very high octane, and completely fun. However, there is also a bit of a downside to this as well. There isn’t a whole lot to the story beyond “I went here, and I kicked this demon’s butt.” While the story may not be particularly deep, or thought provoking, it does help provide some fantastic background to the MHI world, and allow the reader a look into some of the background material that has helped make the world of Monster Hunters exactly what it is…fun and exhilarating.
Have you ever noticed how some action movies, or television shows, start off with at a decent pace and then dramatically pick up the pace? That is exactly what you have in Sinners. Chad Gardenier leads the reader on a nonstop rollercoaster ride that is so much fun the reader finds themselves unable to put the book down. The thing about rollercoasters is that all you can do is hold on, and try to catch your breath…which is exactly what I found myself doing repeatedly throughout this story.
Chad Gardenier is the primary character of Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners, and who made his first appearance in the recent publication of Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge. Frist off, John Ringo does an excellent job of presenting Chad Gardenier as a larger than life, classic 80’s Action Hero. This is a man that you can imagine striding across the silver screen, perhaps portrayed (as stated earlier) by a young Bruce Willis, kicking butt and taking names. Some readers may find it difficult to believe that Team Hoodoo, and established and overworked team that is on the ragged edge, is as welcoming of Gardenier as they are portrayed to be. However, John Ringo does a superb job of portraying something that is seen oftentimes in military units who are at the sharp point of the spear, acceptance upon proof. Once Gardenier is able to hang with the rest of the team (i.e., that he is an asset to the team) then he is welcomed with open arms. By the end of Sinners though, you do wonder just how much more this man has to go through.
So…is Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners a book that I would reread again? Definitely. Just as with any other work produced by Larry Correia or John Ringo, I will be keeping this on my shelf and visiting it repeatedly. That is, as long as it doesn’t disappear from my personal library due to some friend or family member “borrowing” it whenever they get a chance. In the event that this happens (and I just know that it will) I guess that I will find myself needing to do a bit of “hunting” myself.
I really wish that I could give this a rating of “Everyone,” unfortunately I can’t. While I absolutely loved Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners, I need to be honest enough to say that not everyone will enjoy it. Whether it is the casual approach that Gardenier has towards sex (he does live by the rule of “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die”), or the attention to the guns, or the overall violence depicted in the story…well, the list goes on. Keep in mind that if this story book was made into a movie as it is currently written, it would receive (at most) a PG-13 rating. There really isn’t anything depicted in this that hasn’t been shown on television shows such as Supernatural. So, if you enjoy watching shows such as Supernatural, don’t hesitate at all and click on the picture of the cover art so that you can get your copy today.