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Quincy Harker: Year One by John G. Hartness
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As noted in publisher's blurb, this is a compilation of the first four Quincy Harker books. The plots are excellent, the characters are too much fun. Quincy cusses like most of the testosterone folk I know, but his guardian angel loves him anyway; his partner (Detective Bex Flynn) rolls her eyes at his cluelessness; Uncle Luke (aka Vlad Dracula) has his back; and the ex-Marine from Homeland Security, Paranormal Division, gives him credentials. There are lots of snarks, puns, and gawd-awful jokes and comparisons. But not gratuitous erotica. Guaranteed to have you snurfling and cackling out loud despite the blood, gore, and sound effects.
James Foster is not only the voice of Quincy, but gives a remarkable performance with all of the other characters--and this is no mean feat! So get your exercise gear on or get on the bus/subway/train and enjoy the hyperactivity!
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast." ( )
  jetangen4571 | Apr 17, 2016 |
My original Year One: A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Collection audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

At first glance and after the first few minutes of listening I thought this series was going to be very similar in nature to the Sandman Slim series. Well, really the only thing similar here was the voice choice of the narrator James Foster.

Quincy Harker is the nephew of Count Dracula, yes, the Count Dracula. Half vampire himself and has been alive for almost two centuries. In this time he has taken up the profession of demon hunter. Because of his lineage Harker has special abilities; such as super strength and speed, an aptitude with magic, a sharp mind and remarkable talent for pissing off the cops.

Raising Hell – Gives a great introduction to Harker and other interesting characters. We are introduced to Harker while he is performing a home exorcism. This leads him to a college fraternity and ultimately to a very powerful black magic sorcerer. That’s all you get from me about the plot. Because it is so short anything more would be a spoiler.

Straight to Hell – Now Harker works for the Department of Homeland Security Paranormal Division alongside his former nemesis, detective…. Not sure how this came about but very fitting indeed. Now Harker has a team of professional behind him and the backing of the government for jurisdiction. The only problem is now he has to take orders from someone.

Hell on Heels – In this installment, there is a new, err, old vampire in Quincy’s town. Uncle Luke will not stand for this. Especially because this vampire in town is a Renfield and a former servant who has found a way to become immortal. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a new vampire hunter in town too. The fight scenes are very well choreographed.

Hell Freezes Over – Harker has faced a variety of different foes in the previous stories, so I couldn’t think of what could possibly be next. Let me just say this. Somebody makes a deal with a devil and there are not any winners and angels have their own issues.

Hartness has discovered that no matter how short a book or novella is, the characters matter dearly. If the characters are not interesting and dynamic. Most people will stop caring about their well-being and therefore stop listening or reading a story. Along with a semi unique story-line. That is captivating enough to keep readers/listeners guessing.

I will be the first to admit that I have a weakness for protagonists that are belligerent and have a smart a*s attitude with dialog that is full of one liners. Made me laugh out loud several times. Like a cross between Joe Ledger and Michael Talbot.

This has to be one of James Foster’s most dynamic performances ever! Somehow making his regular super calm and soft spoken voice into a raspy, gravely treat for the ears, for Harker. While switching back to several characterizations with his normal voice. Keeping them all distinct and easily identifiable. Clearly making Foster a great choice for this series.

James Foster has made Harker his. Foster is Harker. Plain and simple. He has changed his “normal” storytelling voice into something that almost doesn’t sound like him. Continuing to refine his gravely undertones. Coming up with entertaining voices for the demons and such. I really don’t think that anyone else could do better. And if it wasn’t Foster telling the story it wouldn’t be Quincy Harker.

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator. ( )
  audiobibliophile | Apr 1, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 152380078X, Paperback)

Straight out of the pages of the legendary vampire novel Dracula comes a demon hunter for the modern world. Mina Murray and Jonathan Harker had a son. They named him Quincy. His guardian angel calls him Q. Dracula calls him nephew. Demons call him The Reaper. "There are things in this world that men and women aren’t meant to understand. We aren’t supposed to know these things exist, much less how to fight them. The things that go bump in the night, the monsters in the closet, the shadow out of the corner of your eye — that’s where I live." Collects the first four Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter novellas Raising Hell Straight to Hell Hell on Heels Hell Freezes Over

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