When a reader selects a book from the category of “Science Fiction/Fantasy” they shouldn’t be surprised to find that the story line and/or characters are way out there and might deviate significantly from the norm. So do not take my comments on the book as criticisms but merely as descriptions of the characters presented. The author Richard Parry’s bio states that he, “grew up on a steady diet of cartoons…” and I take that to also mean comic books. As a young prepubescent lad I also spent a large portion of my allowance on a steady diet of comic books and regularly swapped them out with my neighbors as soon as I finished them. As I read Mr. Parry’s book I got the distinct impression that he took all of the comic book characters he was familiar with and mixed them together and picked the various attributes of each and made up his own characters for his book. For example, the main character in the book is Valentine Everard, or Val for short, who was bitten by a werewolf character who infected him with a virus that also made him a werewolf. Now the traditional werewolf transitioned from his normal human self to werewolf on a 28 day cycle, or on every night that had a full moon. Val has the additional attribute that apparently was taken from the Incredible Hulk where he transitions from his normal self to an enlarged and enraged werewolf when he gets mad. He also gave Val the ability to heal very quickly from any wounds he might receive as a result of his many altercations. That apparently came from the shape shifting robot that Arnold Schwarzenegger battled in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines where the robot T-X has a liquid metal body that can recover from massive damage in just a few seconds. Val does have at least one short coming in that like Superman who was sapped of his strength by contact with Kryptonite and the original werewolf who could be killed by a silver bullet, Val gets severe burns from contact dermatitis any time he touches silver. So he has to be careful not to get shot too many times by silver bullets. Val with his special abilities is quite a force to be reckoned with when he gets mad and he gets mad every time he sees some injustice done to his friends or innocent bystanders which is quite often throughout the book. The style in which the book is written seems to be borrowed from Tom Clancy in that the different groups of characters, and there could be three or more groups, initially doing something entirely different from each other. The story line then progresses from one group to the other while the reader is waiting to see how the groups are connected. In the Clancy books, that usually happens in the very last chapter where they all come together and work out the ending of the story in which the good guys always win. In Night’s Favour there are three groups consisting of Val and his friends, the antagonist consisting of the pharmaceutical company and their armed force and the police department. All three of these are handled as separate entities until they come together toward the end of the book. This shouldn’t have been a problem except that Mr. Parry doesn’t adequately set the scene or introduce the characters. He just starts out with a conversation between the various people and the reader has to just keep reading on before he can figure out what is going on. It’s kind of like if you got on a train and sat down behind two people who were having a conversation and you have no choice but to sit there and quietly listen for five or ten minutes before you can determine what they are talking about. If you like to see bad guys get some serious and sometimes gory butt whippings then you will enjoy this book.
I had gotten a few chapters of Richard's book in with my daily dozens of e-mails from authors wanting me to read their work, and it was good enough to get back to Richard and let him know that from what he had written I like it, but wasn't sure when I would get a chance to read more, I get dozens of free books everyday, and feel buried. I read authors that I have been following, some for decades, or a "new" author's work that I got for free and enjoyed enough to want to read their complete series (as no one seems to do stand alone novels anymore) and a few ARC that I've agreed to do! Well Richard was taken the time to reply to my e-mails, and challenged me to finish reading his novel, so I did. I went from enjoying it to not being able to stop. It's been a while for me to read a novel in one sitting. It just kept getting better, and better, until I had finished it, and all I want to do is read the next one! Now you have to understand, I was trying to find weaknesses in the story, and the first thing I'm thinking is how can this story not be a one and done, some reviewers find it implausible in how he continued the story, I found it damn clever! Anyway a great story and somehow I'm going to have to figure out how to get work done tomorrow and read the second book! I'm very glad I took up the challenge, one of the most enjoyable reads in a long time!
I make a point of reading some Kindle Free books every week, always looking for something good.
This is one of those rare wins. Parry can write well, knows how to build characters you like and care about, how to pace the action, and most of all he has a good mastery of story.
He also knows how to avoid falling for the soft option - he doesn't choose the easy way out when it comes to plotting. If you do not know what I mean - well, you know how the dog NEVER gets killed in a Hollywood film? Or the cute kid? That is Hollywood choosing the soft option, giving the audience the easy way even when that easy way means the story makes no sense. It's why so many Hollywood films feel bland.
Parry does not run amok with gore for the sake of gore, but he does make the hard choices when it comes to the action and violence in this book. Bad people do bad things, good people try hard to do good things, and there is no invisible force field that protects innocents.
Now to the plot - we open with Carlisle (police detective) and her partner trying to figure out what the hell happened at the Blue Elephant bar and why it killed so many people in such a nasty way. Then we shift to Valentine, who has one hell of a hangover and no clear idea what happened last night.
From there on this is mostly Valentine's story, as he deals with his career imploding even as his body changes. Eventually he and Carlisle meet and from that point the action takes off and pretty much doesn't stop. There is a lot of good dialogue and some pretty good one-liners - better than those in the standard action film, which are getting a bit stale lately.
There is a bit of romance for Valentine, not just a token sex scene but a relationship that ratchets up the tension.
The finales works - there is no forcing of the plot to give an artificial scenario, it grows naturally out of everything before that point. There was one plot twist that most of us will see coming during the final face-off but it doesn't spoil the book.
The ending is not what you would expect - that "no soft option" thing I was talking about earlier - but is all the more satisfying for being that way.
Dammit, it is hard to talk about what is right about this novel without spoilers.
This book is well worth reading if you want a good action novel that doesn't sacrifice characterisation to concentrate on explosions. What would one call that - action with heart? If want to watch cardboard cutout characters run from explosion to gunfight to explosion, I can cut out my own cardboard figures. This book is so much better than that.
If there is any justice in the world, Richard Parry is going to be a name author that people recommend to each other as a damned good read.
Why four stars instead of five? I reserve five for those rare novels that transcend genre. Four stars from me means a really good read. Five stars means something extraordinary that goes beyond the norm. Can;t explain it better than that, but I know it when I read it.
Outstandingly well-written, this offers a fresh and 'realistic' perspective on werewolves. The plot requires perhaps a little more than usual suspension of disbelief; I found Elsie Morgan's motives and actions a bit of a stretch, so also the extent of what a private military company might get away with. However, I was completely invested in the characters and the suspense of the story, and I reckon Richard Parry a top-rank action and combat writer. A werewolf action fantasy that breaks the genre mould, it's a great read. My response was to buy the remaining two books in the series.
Highly recommended for any werewolf fans, and a good ride, that, once you start you will want to finish. It's a nice surprise to see a sympathetic main character as an accidental werewolf. A very good mix of police mystery story with the tale of an ordinary guy who was in the wrong place at the right time who is trying to figure out what the heck is going sideways with his life all of a sudden. A satisfying read with no shortage of action. I am looking forward to the next two books in this series.
I enjoyed this book (and the two others in this series) immensely. I devoured it relatively quickly and was disheartened (at the time) to learn there were no more to read, I kinda wanted more but at the time there was no mention of sequels.
I liked the main characters, the story moved along nicely and without knowing it was book 1 of 3 it really laid the groundwork for a fantastic conclusion in book 3 - Nights End.
I first read 'Nights Favor' shortly after it was published. Being a long term fan of fantasy and science fiction I thought it might appeal to me. The only fantasy I do not read is anything to do with werewolves vampires and zombies. So imagine my dismay when I realised that this was about werewolves. By the time this was apparent I was totally captivated by the main character, Valentine. Like all good protagonists he is flawed and therefore human and appealing, as are the subsidiary characters. The plot is suitably complex and the dialogue witty and fast paced. I was hooked from the first few pages and thoroughly enjoyed the story. On re-reading the book before starting on the second and third books I was just as impressed. If you are into werewolves (or even if you are not) this book is for you.
Characters you can believe in and a bit of a different take on werewolves make this an exciting thrill ride. Yes, it requires the reader to suspend disbelief but that is why it's called science fiction! Hopefully, in the next book we'll get a chance to catch our breath and learn more about the whole situation before diving back into the action. This a satisfying read with a conclusion. You could stop here as a standalone volume but who'd want to? Woo-hoo...There's more!
I really enjoyed Night’s Favor from start to finish. It was hard to put down. The hero is a mild-mannered sweetheart who just happens to be a new werewolf. He has a hard time coming to grips with it, but manages to find his ‘pack,’ a mate, cub, and quirky friends. I liked the fast paced action, smart remarks, and the interesting changes to the normal werewolf theme. Definitely will be reading the rest of the series.
Ok, I'm not usually into these kinds of books, but was laid up with time to kill so gave it a shot. I stayed up most of the night and read it. This guy can write. Excellent dialogue, interesting characters, a good storyline, and good editing (don't you hate ebooks full of typos and continuity errors?). Give it a read. I'm going to search for more of his books. After I get some sleep....