01/11/2010. Contributed by Rod MacDonald
pub: Macmillan Audio. No Mercy (Dark Hunter series book 19) by Sherrilyn Kenyon. 9 hours 7 CDs. Price: $24.99 (US). ISBN: 978-1-4272-0969-6) narrator: Holter Graham.
check out website: http://us.macmillan.com/Book.aspx?isbn=9781427209696
Vampires, werewolves and the ilk have been very popular recently, one has only to think of ‘The New Moon’ movies over the last couple of years, but Sherrilyn Kenyon has been around much longer. This is the 19th in the ‘Dark Hunter’ series of novels which has been a publishing phenomenon to say the least. Not only has she been the ‘New York Times’ bestseller claiming the number one spot 12 times, she has also sold 23 million books in 30 countries. A previous novel in the series was the successful and bloodthirsty ‘Bad Moon Rising’ and now she continues with ‘No Mercy’, a tale not for the faint-hearted.
This audio book is narrated by Holter Graham. I haven't encountered him before but then again, this is my first audio book from Sherrilyn Kenyon. As you'd expect from Macmillan, the narration is very good. Graham keeps up with the fast pace of this book and uses his acting experience to bring the characters to life, even the dead ones! I believe he has narrated some of the author's previous work and I think we will be hearing a lot more from him in the future.
At first glance, the characters are young in appearance. This may be ostensibly true but, in reality, they are all thousands of years old. You see, the heroine Samia is actually an Amazon woman, immortal no less, and is also a little bit unbalanced. Beautiful and resourceful, she patrols the night-time streets of modern New Orleans not so much looking for trouble but looking for trouble to find her. Another character is Dev, who is also an old guy with a youthful appearance. He seems to be a bouncer/bodyguard person, protecting the family from unwelcome intruders.
‘The Dark Hunter’ series features lots of different characters. Mainly young trendy types, they are all more or less immortal with lots of different personality traits. Some are good, some bad and some indifferent. The good, bad and the ugly so to speak. They are up against daemonic beings out to kill them and humanity as well. From book to book, some characters come to the forefront and, in this case, it's Samia and Dev
This is full of words like, ‘Live fast, fight hard and if you have to die then take as many of your enemies with you as you can.’ Well, the two of them meet in a sanctuary and a relationship builds up between them. She is a cool character trusting nobody. He is handsome and witty. Together, they have to fight a bunch of Daimons and you can be assured that there is plenty of blood and guts everywhere. Despite being up against supernatural beings, very powerful with evil intentions, and despite being almost defeated, they must persevere for the sake of humanity.
Don't expect anything intellectual from this book or philosophical renderings on what immortal beings thousands of years old would really be like. I'm not intellectual but perhaps I am 30 years too old to appreciate this type of writing. The characters, despite all their years of growing up, appeared to be inconsequential and shallow. They are still in petty teen-age mode and yes, that's what we've got here. The teen-age novel with plenty of guts!
In saying that, the writing is very concise and neat. There is an economy of words and a certain style that makes this novel very easy to read. There is no way that an author could sell millions of books without being very good at her craft. There are sufficient high-level hormones circulating in the pages to keep anyone excited. I showed this audio book to a friend's son and daughter and they were amazed. They said it was great and immediately wanted to investigate all the other books from Sherrilyn. What better reaction could you get?
Well, there is nothing wrong with that. This book has fitted excellently into a marketing niche that has enabled it to sell in the millions. If you're in this niche, then this is the book for you. If, like me, you are a miserable old beggar, then you're not in this niche and it's one to avoid. If you're thinking of buying a present for an older teen-ager or a young adult look no further.
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