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Tombyards & Butterflies: A Montague and Strong Detective Agency Novel Audio CD – Unabridged, March 1, 2021
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About the Author
Orlando A. Sanchez is the author of the Montague & Strong Case Files, Sepia Blue, Warriors of the Way, and Chronicles of the Modern Mystics series.
Kevin T. Collins, an Audie Award-winning audiobook narrator, is an actor, singer, recording artist, and director who can be seen off Broadway, on television, and in films.
- ASIN : B08ZBMQYK5
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (March 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200447572
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,261,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Seriously with blood allergic vampires, an immortal main character, a hellhound named "Peaches" and doomsday weapons scattered across...museums, because why not, you will either find this setting hilariously entertaining or terribly illogical & stupid.
The writer's most annoying, and I state again **ANNOYING**, device: super short chapters. They're intrusive, leading to choppy exposition. Every 3-4 pages, even smack in the middle of an action scene, he cuts in a new chapter whether it's needed or not. This device is used by some writers supposedly to hype the action, but it's little more than a bad habit. Because of it, there's no chance of building a scene or character exposition.
The writer keeps the pace fast, but it's shallow. Once I'm done reading, I will forget the characters and move on to something else. It's popcorn reading. I'm glad I did not pay more for it.
The premise is good. I got a "Solo and Illya" vibe off the cover art, but with a British sidekick, not Russian. It looked exactly like something I would love. I had fun at first, but their banter wore thin after a short while. As plot exposition piled up, the supposedly sensible Brit guy went off the rails and did "teh schtupid" stuff. It was out of character for someone with his background, and that's about when the short chapters really got in the way of the narrative.
It was okay at first, despite the annoying short chapters. THEN the writer decided to drop in a whacking great hell hound on the heroes. This is way too similar to Mouse from the Dresden Files, so I won't be getting any more from the writer. I get the "when you steal, steal from the best" but this took it too far and that's the point where I tried to return the book. Oops on me, two days too late. *sigh*
The real problem, though, is the hero. He's an idiot. Other characters agree he's an idiot. They comment way too often about it. He snarks off to the wrong entities, and it ceased to be amusing and became an irritant.
I like smart protags who learn from their experiences. This is why I disliked the whole "Ross and Rachel" debacle on Friends. They were both unlikable idiots and deserved each other, don't know why that was such a big ratings grabber, but I shift channels when they turn up on reruns.
Can't do that with a book when the main character is an idiot.
Most readers won't notice this stuff. It's otherwise a fast paced D&D game in an alternate New York. The action goes so quickly that no one sees the flaws. However, this is mind candy, not meant to have much depth. Keep juggling the action and the traded quips -- even when they are not appropriate -- and the reader won't register much of it. They'll enjoy the ride.
Not for me. I wanted the hero to do *something* intelligent, anything to prove he's worth my time, but nope. It was snark, bad decisions, and no indication of even once thinking things through. I mentioned D&D, and that's what this resembles. The protags go adventuring, collect experience points and booty, get their bums kicked, while this reader tics off plot points.
A major plot point got dropped in one scene, and I already know what's to happen at the big climax. If I'm wrong I'll correct this review, but it seems as inevitable as Godzilla clog dancing on Tokyo. I'll let you know.
I was wrong. The big plot point, AKA clumsy foreshadowing, never happened. The ending was different than I thought, but not satisfying. The writer will have enthusiastic fans, but include me out.
I'm always on the look out for good books in this genre and with the review ratings on this book, it intrigued me to look at the blurb and a few of the reviews.
The story revolves around Simone Strong, an immortal and a detective. His partner is a mage, not to be confused with a Wizard and don't ever call him a sorcerer. The pair is thrust into a seemingly impossible task from the Dark Council. It's emissary, a very powerful and deadly vampire who seems to be able to come and go as she please regardless of the safeguards placed on the office, needs the pair to do something important that she cannot be involved in.
If this wasn't bad enough, the pair is also forced to do the bidding of a God. This god would be the last one you'd expect the pair to want to be in the presence of let along doing the bidding of.
The story of Simone is a murky one. He wasn't always an immortal. We learn the who of his change but not the why or the how. Knowing you can't die and testing it is something Simone wants to avoid at all costs but with his pension for letting his mouth get out of control, especially with a certain God, seems like it's not a matter of if but when. Tristan, his partner, is also an enigma. He's British, he's a mage, a former member of the Golden Circle, and there's something in his past but I guess we'll have to wait to find out what that is. We also learn that there are big differences in magic users but those differences are as clear as mud, yet another thing we'll have to wait to find out about.
The story was well written with multiple plot lines woven together to keep me reading almost straight through. The author introduces a whole cast of characters that will surely be coming in the books to come. Many of the books I read today focus on one or two main characters and it's always refreshing to see an author come out with a storyline with multiple characters that capture the reader's interests, guaranteeing they'll want to stay with the series as it grows.
If this a genre you're interested in then this book should be on your bookshelf.
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So when a member of the all powerful Dark Council, gives him and Monty an off the books case you just know there is going to be trouble.....with a capital T!
Fast paced, action packed we follow Simon as he comes to terms with his new immortality and a job that may well test it's limits. Laugh out loud in places, this is the first book in the series but from the references of a shared past I'm guessing there is more to come from this wonderfully realised world....
I mean who doesn't like someone who thinks Wolverine is the king of Badassess and if you like Puppies then you're going to love Peaches!
There's a lot of decent characters on show here and I like the hints to a backstory which interests but doesn't detract from the main story.
If there's one criticism it's that too much is thrown into the first book, for instance a red headed vampire who just spends the whole story sat about in our heroes office.
Action, wise-cracking galore and an intriguing partnership.