Emergence: Dave Hooper, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
"Monsters" said Vince Martinelli. "There are monsters on the rig, Dave."
Dave Hooper has the hangover from hell, a demonic ex-wife and the claws of the tax office sinking into him. So the last thing he needs is an explosion at the off-shore oil rig where he works.
But this is no ordinary industrial accident, and despite the news reports, Dave knows that terrorists aren't to blame for the disaster. He knows because he has killed one of the things responsible.
When he wakes up in a hospital bed guarded by Navy SEALs, he realises he hasn't been on a bad acid trip. It all really happened. Yet his shock is cut short by a startling self-discovery; his contact with the creature has transformed the overweight, balding safety manager into something else entirely. A goddamned superhero. Then he learns the attack on the rig is only the first.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 34 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 June 2015|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 23,516 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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It starts out as slightly humorous parody, tainted with the usual redneck asides regarding Greenpeace, Toyotas and vegans but then gets bogged down in Norse legends and supernaturalism as if the author half remembered some H P Lovecraft from his childhood. The names of the demons are simplistic as if the author could not be bothered to tax his limited imagination further.
Not a series I shall be following.
It has the makings of a complete train wreck but John Birmingham writes really, really well and totally pulls it off. It would be easy to look at the title and the cover and write this off as pulp, but its not. The writing is good, the plot is engaging, and having started reading almost by accident, the sequel is next on my list of purchases.
John Birmingham has written some great books, the After America trilogy was exceptional, clever and exciting. His books to date have been alternative futures but very well written and exploring some surprisingly in-depth themes. This one is different and it feels like the author has decided to be less serious and just have fun. His lead character is a bit of an unlikable oaf and even by the end of the book we are still not sure if we actually have warmed to him. I can see that part of the story is his transformation but it doesn't really kick in during this book. The depth and thought we have seen in his previous novels is not overly present here, in a fairly straight story of unleashed monsters, the battles with humans and the introduction of Super-Dave and his newly found abilities and appetite.
It's okay but I did feel it lacked something to lift it above other books that are similar to this. It just felt it was a little simplistic and linear and actually needed the intelligence that normally John Birmingham puts into his books.
The only downside is waiting for book two to continue Dave smashing skulls and moor plosions of an epic scale.