Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:
Synopsis for No More Heroes (from Goodreads):
On the crime ridden streets of Old London Town the law has been subcontracted and justice awarded to the highest bidder. But from the dark depths of despair and chaos, a hero is born.
A murder on the streets of Ostere isn’t headline news
A vagrant running from conscription is common place
But this vagrant was witnessed fighting with the deceased
So now the police want a word
As do the killers
Ben Jackman, 20 year old vagrant by day, hunter of road kill by night, isn’t the man to take the fall
Proving his innocence is obvious
Finding the killer is crucial
But Ben needs a gun, a big gun with lots of bullets, because the seedy streets of Ostere have a new breed of criminal and they aren’t looking to take prisoners
Author: Roo I MacLeod
# of Books: 2 (No More Heroes, Heroes Don’t Travel)
Book Order: Chronological
Genre: Adult, Suspense, Crime
Heat Rating: N/A
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: April 2016 – February 2017
Source & Format: Author–eARC | Thank you Roo I MacLeod!
Disclaimer: I stopped reading No More Heroes at 10% (start of Chapter 6). Find out why below…
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
When Roo contacted me to see if I was interested in reading his book, I was willing to give it a shot. It was something I wouldn’t have picked for myself but I was intrigued by the dark and gritty feels I was getting from the synopsis and cover. I honestly didn’t know what to expect but I was curious to see how everything would unfold.
What I Liked:
–The World Vibes–
While I was reading this, I got all sorts of vibes from other novels as well as movies. The scorned, chip on his shoulder lead reminded me of Sam Spade from the classic, The Maltese Falcon. And the setting itself reminded me of the worlds of Judge Dredd and Sin City–dark, desolate and gritty. AKA, places I would never want to be on my own…or ever. It was amazing how quickly I created the world in my mind.
What I Didn’t Like:
–Too Many Characters–
I just got a little lost in who everyone was while I was reading. They all had uncommon, nickname like names that I couldn’t keep straight. Add to that the street name and areas that also sounded like people…I got confused pretty early. I’m sure if I kept reading, it would have sorted itself out in time but I just felt overwhelmed.
–It Really Wasn’t my Cup of Tea–
MacLeod has an interesting writing style. I’m not sure how to describe it. I found that the narrator jumped a little all over the place and so I got lost in what was actually happening vs what was in the past etc.
I’m not really one to read crime stories, I prefer to watch them, and I think this book reaffirmed that I’m not as ready as I thought to leave the safety net of New Adult and Young Adult fiction.
Will I Finish It?
I stopped reading right when the main plot starts to unfold and while I’m curious to see how it all plays out, this story just couldn’t keep my attention.
My Rating: DNF
If you like crime novels and/or stories with a unique writing style, this is a great novel for you to check out!
Read if You Like: crime noir, unique writing style
Avoid if You: don’t like adult crime novels