Emergence: Dave vs. the Monsters

Emergence: Dave vs. the Monsters

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by John Birmingham

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For fans of Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne comes an action-packed new urban fantasy series featuring a tough, bleakly funny, down-on-his luck oil rig worker with an unlikely destiny as a monster-slayer and savior of the planet.
“Monsters,” said Vince Martinelli. “There are monsters on the rig, Dave.”


For fans of Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne comes an action-packed new urban fantasy series featuring a tough, bleakly funny, down-on-his luck oil rig worker with an unlikely destiny as a monster-slayer and savior of the planet.
“Monsters,” said Vince Martinelli. “There are monsters on the rig, Dave.”
Dave Hooper has a hangover from hell, a horrible ex-wife, and the fangs of the IRS deep in his side. The last thing he needs is an explosion at work. A real explosion. On his off-shore oil rig.
But this is no accident, and despite the news reports, Dave knows that terrorists aren’t to blame. He knows because he killed one of the things responsible.
When he wakes up in a hospital bed guarded by Navy SEALs, he realizes this is more than just a bad acid trip. Yeah, Dave’s had a few. This trip is way weirder.
Killing a seven-foot-tall, tattooed demon has transformed the overweight, balding safety manager into something else entirely. A foul-mouthed, beer-loving monster slayer, and humanity’s least worthy Champion.

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Random House Publishing Group
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David Hooper Trilogy Series , #1
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4.19(w) x 7.51(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author

John Birmingham is the author of Emergence, Resistance, Ascendance, After America, Without Warning, Final Impact, Designated Targets, Weapons of Choice, and other novels, as well as Leviathan, which won the National Award for Nonfiction at Australia’s Adelaide Festival of the Arts, and the novella Stalin’s Hammer: Rome. He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, Rolling Stone, Penthouse, Playboy, and numerous other magazines. He lives at the beach with his wife, daughter, son, and two cats.

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Emergence: Dave vs. the Monsters 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was surprised how much i like the book, after reading the first half i went ahead and bought the next two books.... Can't wait for more sequals
Anonymous 9 months ago
I enjoyed the story. I like the way the author brings in relevant movie characters and lines while still maintaining his own storyline. I will read more of this series.
Torgan 11 months ago
High hopes for another exciting urban fantasy series, dashed due to a less than spectacular main character. Dave, the Anti-Hero, has little if any redeeming qualities to make you care what happens to him. In fact, I ended up rooting for the Monsters. I can accept a main characters with flaws, in fact that is what makes a great character, but somewhere there has to be something within them, to make you believe in them and what they do. Dave did not have that at all. I've never wanted a main character to get killed, but oddly enough by the end of this book I was rooting for it. I've always prided myself on finishing any book series I start. Well, no longer will that be happening, as I have no desire to pick up the next book, which is sad, because I thought the premise had promise. Oh well.
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
Main characters: Dave Hooper is, at heart, a good guy who suffers from poor impulse control. He’s rough and blunt, bad at interpersonal relationships, and quite self-indulgent. But he’s strong as hell and somewhat stupid in the face of fear, which makes him a great asset when demons attempt to overrun the world. Part of Dave’s appeal is his shock value – he says and thinks outrageous things, especially when faced with educated military officers. Part of his appeal is his attempts at being a good guy, especially when he doesn’t quite manage. Dave does have a self-pitying streak, though, and while it isn’t quite overstated, it comes close. If you’re familiar with addiction-in-denial, you’ll probably recognize it in Dave. Other characters: Snatched up by the military as the only person who seems to know anything about the demon invaders, Dave is surrounded by Navy SEALS, SWAT team guys, and military researchers – most of whom are also trying to defeat the demons. Surprisingly, my favorite secondary character is the little demon, or Thresh, who gives us the demons’ perspective of our world. I really like the way the demons’ perspectives are written and the hive-like mind sharing of demon thoughts and feelings. The hive-mind is a great device for showing us the demon’s world and their view of us. World: For the humans, the demon invasion is “first contact” with anything supernatural – at least in written history. The demon world, however, is interesting, even though we don’t get a full picture of it quite yet. The demon world has a ruling queen, a caste-system supported by biology, and a warrior-mindset. It is apparently located inside our own world, though how they recognize flying creatures in that case is beyond me. Demon myth says that they once ruled Earth and preyed on early, cave-dwelling humans until the humans prayed to their god for deliverance from the demons. The god banished the demons to the Underworld, giving the humans a chance to grow and thrive. Story: Dave is the head of security on an oil rig off the coast of Texas. When monsters invade the oil rig, killing many of the workers, Dave is the only person who can defeat the demons. From this encounter, Dave seems to absorb the memory and knowledge of the demons and some awesome superpowers. The military snatches him up for testing and, when the demons emerge again in New Orleans, use Dave as a tool for fighting them off. The final battle in New Orleans goes on for 107 pages. If you like military strategy and battles, that might be okay; but, it was a little long for me. One of the reasons I don’t read as much traditional fantasy as I used to is the LONG battle sequences and focus on military tactics. But to be fair, the battle is very cinematic with Dave showing off his new powers and facing off against the demons. The last time we see Dave in the book, he’s passing out from overuse of his powers. Good thing I received Book 2, Resistance, from NetGalley so I don’t have to wait to find out what happens to Dave and New Orleans! Purchased. Review courtesy of onebooktwo.com | one book, two reviews.
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Just have fun reading it. If you need anyone else to tell you about a book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
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