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Being a bouncer at a heavy metal/goth bar sounds pretty exciting...unless you're one of Odin's Chosen Warriors hiding out from Valhalla and your past. So Magnus a.k.a. Mouse is less than thrilled when Fate drops a supernatural murder at his feet. Is there any way he can stop the killer without tripping over his own secrets? Or will the cops, the feds, or his Valkyrie find him first? And can someone explain how his pet raven is learning to speak Norse?

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  • Sheri
  • 16-01-2021

A pleasant surprise!

Being a Texan -- I was a little wary that I would get over-acted Texas Drawwwl. Pleasantly surprised that there was no weird (haha - keep austin weird) accents. Enjoyed the story. A strong world/reality for urban fantasy, I think the characters are well-developed and I will be reading/listening to the next in the series. I am excited to have a new series to listen to. Whoop!

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  • kimbacaffeinate
  • 03-01-2021

fresh start to the series

This is the first audio in the Valhalla AWOL narrated by Gary Bennett. The tale offered a modern-day Norse tale with humor and intriguing characters. Curry delivered a fresh tale, steering clear of familiar tropes and infusing Norse mythology into this urban fantasy. Our protagonist Magnus Gustav a.k.a. Mouse is a bouncer at a heavy metal bad in downtown Austin, Texas. Trouble begins when he finds a mutilated body by the dumpsters. There is a lot to like about this first in series. We learn Magnus is one of Odin’s Chosen Warriors hiding out from Valhalla. When we first meet him, he is feeling off. His senses, balance and intuition seem for lack of a better word sluggish. All of which causes him to get his head pummeled more than once. The secondary characters are intriguing. I loved the dog, the raven, and the fox. The fox is a bit of a mystery, and I hope we learn more. The Professor, Drew and Maureen all had aspects I liked and I am keen to learn more. The world-building was loose, particularly with the Norse mythology. While I have read numerous fiction novels surrounding these lores not much was explained for those unfamiliar to the mythology. The book has been likened to Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, and I can see that from the humor to the sexualized females. In one scene he is battling a female and his eye wonder to her breasts and the smoothness of her skin. You get the point. Since this didn’t bother me in Butcher’s books, I rolled with it here. Gary Bennett narrates and brought these characters to life. I enjoyed his pacing and different accents. I felt he captured the characters and added an extra layer of enjoyment.

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  • The Kindly One
  • 19-12-2020

crap.

this is poorly written, poorly narrated, and just abysmally paced. every time the writer tries to get artistic in his descriptions i imagine the scene from holy grail of everybody screaming "GET ON WITH IT!!!!" But sadly, they dont. large tracts of time are wasted on a mediocre attempt at descriptive purple prose, or the author trying to come off as scholarly in over describing some small unimportant thing amd completely kills the story. what there is of one. the narrator isnt much better, with a high soft voice that just meanders along breathily offering no tone or weight to whats being read that just does not fit in the slightest. it also kills off any pace or tension to the story. and finally just the story and characters are trash. spoilers, but its all so obvious who cares. magnus is a viking that ran away from valhalla for whatecer reason. somehow.now he is living in austin, after spending close to 1000 years as a soldier, mercenary, and spec ops guy. for someone who has been fighting so long and suppose to be just so good, he fights like a brain damaged hamster with a broken spine having a grand maul seizure. he sucks. the worst is when the writer tries to write "Hot and Steamy" scenes.. and they only come out as tepid and greasy. just ignore this. its moist trash oh. the guy also has as much understanding of norse mythology and lore as a lobotomized toddler does quantum physics. also, evidently odin is making taliban suicide bombers. fuck this book and writer.

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