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Day Soldiers Paperback – April 1, 2012
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I will probably read it again because it got so good at some points that I read quickly just to see what was coming.
But on an objective note, the characters are great. Well constructed and believable. There are good guys, bad guys, surprises as to who's good and who's bad and, most importantly for me, at least, a fantastic villain. The situations are well set up and very believable. An absolute delight.
There is enough description of the surroundings to know where they are and to make it all feel right.
Can't wait to read it again and to read more from this author.
The whole thing takes place in a world at war with the creatures of the night. No brooding, melancholy vamps here; Hale's vampires are ugly, hairless wretches, who look a lot like the old 'Nosferatu'. His werewolves are powerful, witty and just plain bad people.
This book isn't Gothic or artsy - it's a good, straightforward read, more action and drama than outright horror. The language is PG, so there's some blue words, but not PG-13, so it's not dumbed down. It's the first of a series, so the author does a great job of setting up the world of his fiction and gives you a good story while leaving you wanting more.
The characters, even the monsters, are very realistic, with natural dialogue and very relatable actions. In many ways, with this story of soldiers dealing with an unnatural foe, it reminded me of 'Starship Troopers', in a good way!
I'd recommend this for young adults on up. It's a quick, fun read and it will have you hooked.
My issues- the new "military" is kind of simple. Bunch of kids all left to do their own thing.
Covert sneaky comando's, all kids. They talk 24/7 while sneaking around in cities full of big monsters.
Lack of danger. Never felt like any characters were ever in real danger. Just witty jokes, flashy fights, and lots of monsters.
The main characters are all kids and the heads of the military think every idea/thing they do is brilliant.
I will recommend this book for young adults or preteens, but for me i need more substance and reality(as much as possible when werewolves and vampires are involved).
Clean language, no gore, nothing scary. Good for young adults not for readers looking for something like koontz or king.
Another thing I really liked throughout the book was the dialog between the characters. It's very believable and not contrived. Teenagers talk like teenagers; parents talk like parents. I think this book is part of a trilogy and the second one is already out. I'm buying it right after I finish this review.
I do have a hard time though getting upset about things like combat and travel not being "realistic" enough in a book about vampires and werewolves. This is no Patrick Rothfuss endeavor where you need to make mental notes to yourself as things happen just to make sure you keep up with the plot. It is, from a technical perspective, very bare bones. Which makes for something you can attack in pieces when you have a few minutes, or are tired or drank a bit and you don't have to worry about forgetting anything important.
All in all the book is entertaining light reading. I'll probably be grabbing the rest as time goes on for times when I want something to read when I don't want to have to put too much "effort" into it. I think maybe a good comparison would be that this is light TV entertainment rather than a long involved drama like Sopranos or Walking dead. It's quite good for what it is.
As an aside, I enjoyed "The Man from Newella" by the same author for much the same reasons, it reminded me a lot of reading the Solomon Kane stories.
Then you will love this book. Mr. Hale has captured the honest dialogue and interaction of Whedon's humor and humanity and made it his own. Our characters here live, fight and die with the panache that reminds me so much of the Buffy Gang.
So read on fair minded warriors and slayers...I dare say you won't be disappointed with this book.
Honestly, if Buffy plopped right into this world of Day Soldiers, she'd fit right in. And it's high praise for being able to capture what made Whedon great and make it your own as well. After all, some of the best ideas are those you take from others and make it yours.
Mr. Hale: You write. I will buy.
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I enjoyed the plot and character development. I will read the next book in the series.Published 9 months ago by Leslie
This first book was very good read. I liked the approach and looked forward to reading more of these books. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gunner