Imperium: Caulborn 1
You know what's sad? The fact that you read something and can't recall it. This book sound so interesting when I read the bio, however, the telling of the story was weak and uninteresting. It took me a month to read this as I kept losing interest and would move on to another book. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Not a dull moment to be found. His people live in a different world, which he travels to through portal. Meanwhile on our side he works as kind of detective with a super hot girlfriend that happens to be a golem. His sidekick Gears will make you his.
If you enjoy Jim Butcher and Ilona Andrews you will enjoy this. I hope their are more books! Promising start to the series. It isn't going to blow your mind with originality or well developed characters, but it's a good book nonetheless. The pseudo-journal entries at the beginning of the chapters spell out what to expect from the story, so there isn't much in the way of plot twists, or surprises. Fairly well written, and I wasn't bored while reading it.
An imagination is a horrible thing to waste, but Olivio took mine on a journey that went from hilarious to terrifying and then back again. Amazing characters and new worlds described. I'm jumping right into the next one. Too much, too soon, too fast. I feel like this novel tried to do too many things in too little time. There's no real grasp on power level and new, powerful beings seem to pop out of the woodwork every other page. It feels as if there needs to be violence or some gruesome scene every other page.
If you like non-stop action, this may be your thing, but personally I prefer a bit more world and character development first. Very well written, engaging believable storyline. The characters felt like real people to me even though none were human. I am looking forward to the next installment. A very defined beginning, middle and end. Really liked it Bobbi from the flatlands of Kansas.
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Click here Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. I'm not even 5 pages in and it already reads like a kiddie novel. Why does a god have to give verbal commands? The "to let your followers see you exert power" makes sense, but then he goes with pop culture references, and sneaker fetish.
I already curse my inability to drop a novel once I start it. I don't want to go through this book. Well after further reading a few chapters in the book didn't seem so bad. I don't know why it had such an atro This book already started in the negative column. I don't know why it had such an atrocious beginning. I'm sure many others didn't have the drive to continue like I did and dropped the book at the horrendous cringe inducing start. I was going to give this 1 star when I finished, but it didn't progress so bad.
The obvious loopholes and refusal to be released from an oath ensures a sequel, and the villains explaining their plans aside, I'll give it 2. Apr 06, Melinda rated it it was ok. I wanted to love this book - again another book that should have been right up my alley - and yet it fell a bit flat for me. I loved the blurb and the concept of the book, and yet when I was reading, I found that the main character annoyed me - yes he was a part-god - but he started relying on 'faith' and worship alot more as the book went on, and it felt like the magic part was diminished.
Anyway, I think a re-read in the future is in order - I will give it a couple of months and try again beca I wanted to love this book - again another book that should have been right up my alley - and yet it fell a bit flat for me. Anyway, I think a re-read in the future is in order - I will give it a couple of months and try again because the premise of this series still intrigues me. Jun 10, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: Fun, easy read from an author I met at Concarolinas. The first two books in this series were free the weekend of the con and I bought the third from the author, so I will probably read at least those three.
Jan 28, Dunny rated it it was amazing. I love a good mystery with my Urban Fantasy and I feel that there is so much more to explore in the Caulborn universe. I will be adding the other books in the series to my collection shortly! Feb 01, Marion rated it it was amazing. It's tough work being a god An imagination is a horrible thing to waste, but Olivia took mine a journey that went from hilarious to terrifying and then back again. Amazing characters and new worlds described. I'm jumping right into the next one. Jul 16, Jay Collins rated it it was ok.
Sorry this one is a DNF, not feeling this one, I will have to pass. This one was kinda blah, there was a lot going on but everything seemed to come together way too easily and predictably. Oct 21, John Grose rated it liked it. Aug 16, Larry rated it it was amazing. I rate this a solid 4. Imperium caught me by surprise only 10 minutes into it by how good it was. Original, imaginative, and complex all apply but what really threw me was how polished this inventive urban fantasy was. Imperium is an outstanding novel and the first entrant to what promises to be an exceptional series called The Caulborn.
Vincent, our noble protagonist, is a demi-god living in Boston and working for a clandestine agency who polices the hidden supernatural elements of modern society. I would even like some backstory, maybe even a prequel which I usually detest , the story and characters are just that damn interesting. Ian McEuen delivered a superb performance and contributed significantly to my enjoyment of the audiobook.
He had many unique voices for not only a lot of characters but a lot of species and did a wonderful job of keeping all of those unique voices tied to unique characters. He delivered a nuanced performance that built tension when required and levity when appropriate. In short, if you like the Urban Fantasy genre, Imperium deserves your attention and your hard-earned credit. With its marvelous world-building and unique characters coupled with a masterful narration performance, Imperium should serve as a wake-up call to the rest of the genre that they had best up their game or this upstart new author will show them how it should properly be done!
I received this audiobook for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. It has no impact on my review, positive or negative. Imperium was the first urban fantasy title in a long while that hooked me right away and kept me hooked. But in the fey world of the Bright Side, Vincent is literally a god, with supernatural powers fueled by the faith of his worshippers.
When a fellow agent goes missing, Vincent teams up with his partner Megan, his literally statuesque girlfriend Petra, and Gearstripper, a gremlin obsessed with fast food and video games. As Vincent digs deeper into the mystery of the missing agent, he uncovers a sinister conspiracy, running afoul of undead, plant golems, crystal soldiers, and, of course, the all-time classic: Oh, yeah, and he faces down two of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Just another day at the office. I think the best fantasy magic creates a set of rules and then abides by them, and Olivo handles this deftly.
Imperium has a fun and diverse supporting cast. My favorite is the gremlin Gearstripper, who is by turns funny, sinister, and sad. Olivo tied in the historical origins of the gremlins from World War II, which also scored big points with me. Imperium reads like a great movie or television show — fast-paced, snappy, and heavy on action.
I felt there were a few minor flaws — some of the action sequences came off as perfunctory, certain conflicts ended just a bit too easily, and the sense of place in a few scenes fell a little flat. Overall, though, these are quibbles in what is otherwise a wildly entertaining book. Sep 14, Nathan Tullis rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have love for mythology and folklore, so it was a no-brainer to check this one out. It delivered all of those things, plus some humor and a dash of pop culture. I was sucked in immediately.
He is also an agent of Caulborn, a sort of paranormal bureau of investigation, and his latest case involves the mysterious disappearance of several paranormals. Vincent and his new partner, Megan, team up with Gremlins and Golems in an attempt to stop these disappearances. In addition to battling vampires in New England, Vinny has his own problems on the Bright Side; someone is trying to take control of the Urisk.
The Urisk worship Vincent as a god, which is the source of his godlike powers. I enjoyed this audio book immensely! Chemistry between the characters is great, as well as the characters themselves. They are all unique and three-dimensional, enjoyable and relatable in their own right. Which should be a pleasure thanks to Ian McEuen. McEuen was very impressive and a complete pleasure to listen to. He reminded me of Nick Podehl, which is an absolute compliment.
In addition to the great production quality, I felt he was a great voice for the novel. His voice talent is very good and his delivery added a lot to the characters. Jul 05, Cathy Keaton rated it liked it Shelves: I received this title as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. There are a lot of impressive things going on this story. The main character, Vincent, is a half-god and he was born with a caul, so these things give him some supernatural abilities. On top of that, he is also a god to group of people who live in another dimension, and they all have supernatural abilities that he can draw upon.
Through these worshipers' faith in him, he can move things with his mind, communi I received this title as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Through these worshipers' faith in him, he can move things with his mind, communicate with rats and birds, and spontaneously start fires. He honestly seems overpowered to me.
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I have a bit of trouble believing he has so much difficulty defeating his enemies when he has so much going for him. I suppose that's better than him easily defeating any foe, since that would be boring, but it breaks the illusion when I keep thinking that any other person in his position would just use one of his many abilities to get himself out of his predicaments.
Still, it is an interesting story with a vast array of paranormal characters, mythical gods and goddesses, and a super cute tech-savvy gremlin named Gearstripper. But, I just wasn't able to really get into this story, nor most of its characters.
The plot is very confusing until you get about two-thirds of the way into it—then, it starts to make sense. It does, however, come together in the end, as all the loose and mysterious threads get tied up.
I have to admit, it sucks the energy out of the story, and it takes a long time for the plot to build up. Overall, this is a book worth taking a chance on if you love urban fantasy that stars paranormal characters and secret agents who have to patrol them. Disclosure of Material Connection: This book was better than I thought it would be. No offense meant, but after awhile of reading self-published novels you come to expect a certain level of quality from them.
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But you are only given a peek at that world since it primarily takes place in Boston. I hope this is expanded upon. The main character is alright. T This book was better than I thought it would be. There are things that work well for him and others that I do not like. The book portrays him kind of like a normal guy despite being a demi-god and worshiped by a group of fae. This is good and bad. He is an operative for a top-secret supernatural organization.
But he does not really give a special agent vibe. He also only wields a switchblade for some reason.
Doesn't seem magical or that he has any superb knife-fighting skills. It is implied that he is more than human strong but nothing impressive. What I found that I didn't like was the primitive use of some of his powers. He has the most versatile power out there, and he uses it like a Jedi. Other powers he is able to use for complex things. Also, I won't spoil it but he does something that he is afraid to tell his human partner.
He told his partner all about his origins and powers at the drop of a dime. But he can't talk about this? It only affects him and his partner could help get him out of it.
There is no reason why he shouldn't do this. The only reason is that it is the cause of a problem in the next book. So that was a bit weak in my book. All and all thought it was a decent book. Aug 27, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ever wonder how a half god lives He lives with a living statue and works for an organization called The Caulborn. This book's main character Vincent Corinthos is Caulborn. He works with others born with a Caul. Among his co workers, there is a gremlin named Gear-stripper, a guardian of the sword Excalibur named Galahan, a voodoo priestess, and a possible living vampire.
Gremlins, faeries, golems, and a host of other supernatural creatures enter the scene as Vincent's story un Ever wonder how a half god lives Gremlins, faeries, golems, and a host of other supernatural creatures enter the scene as Vincent's story unfolds. This book was a little confusing at first with coded transmissions in front of the chapters but once I read Nicholas' guest post called Meanwhile, I understood what it was about.
The story's main character is half god who uses his powers for an organization that is called Caulborn. The battle between the villains and Vincent's group is a great storyline and I found that I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. The battle includes Vincent's followers called the Urisk from Bright Side and it seamlessly flows with the battles in Vincent's hometown of Boston. The main villain of the story is Treggen from the Bright Side who uses ex-Nazis as well as supernatural creatures who seeks to dominate the world of the Urisk.
The classic battle of good and evil commences. I recommend this book for urban fantasy lovers who enjoy reading about other supernatural creatures from legend. Nonstop fight scenes keeps the story moving. I give this book 5 stars for the exciting romp through the urban fantasy playground. I look forward to reading the next book in the series; Enter the Keepers, who fulfill promises for a fee.
Vincent agrees to their bargain, but will Megan be the one who pays the price? With Pendleton safely imprisoned in Ashgate Penitentiary, Vincent and the rest of the Caulborn figured the world was a little bit safer. And now that sword has fallen. When Megan is murdered, Vincent gets a one-way trip to Hell, is cut off from his friends and followers, and will be locked away in a forgotten corner of the Pit. Captured by rogue agents, Vincent finds himself cut off from agency support and must escape from HQ. As he prepares to rescue Megan, events take an unexpected turn when Vincent learns Treggen has stolen an amulet from a Caulborn vault — an amulet that Vincent has only ever known from comic books… As Vincent squares off against Treggen one last time, prophecies will be fulfilled, former allies will betray Vincent, and the Caulborn agency itself will turn on him.
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Before he can begin, a hydromancer assassinates a naval officer to obtain information about the prison. Now Graystone has to track her down before she can break out a prisoner Graystone knows all too well… Doc Graystone and the Masks of Mayhem Mexico City, Doc Graystone is summoned to a remote temple in the mountains to battle a terrifying undead known as a jiangshi.
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