Some laws you break. Some break you. And then there's Caine's Law.
From the moment Caine first appeared in the pages of Heroes Die, two things were clear. First, that Matthew Stover was one of the most gifted fantasy writers of his generation. And second, that Caine was a hero whose peers go by such names as Conan and Elric. Like them, Caine was something new: a civilized man who embraced savagery, an actor whose life was a lie, a force of destruction so potent that even gods thought twice about crossing him. Now Stover brings back his greatest creation for his most stunning performance yet.
Caine is washed up and hung out to dry, a crippled husk kept isolated and restrained by the studio that exploited him. Now they have dragged him back for one last deal. But Caine has other plans. Those plans take him back to Overworld, the alternate reality where gods are real and magic is the ultimate weapon. There, in a violent odyssey through time and space, Caine will face the demons of his past, find true love, and just possibly destroy the universe. Hey, it's a crappy job, but somebody's got to do it.
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"The pinnacle of Caine"
Not really, but Rudniki does phenomenal
Caine's Law is so much unlike anything I've ever read, even Stover's other stuff.
Yes. He delivers stellar voice acting consistently
Oh yes. There wasn't many pages where I didn't go "HOLY COW!" but Caine's speech to the BOG is really good. Also, the Mockingbird question.
"intense, harsh and reality bender"
Did you listen to Hero's Die? Blade of Tyshaelle? Perhaps Caine Black Knife? Well you better do that before listening to this one. Caine is back and he is crafting a new future by rewriting the past, his past and the past of the universe... both of them. Harsh, gritty, profound and violent. Fans of Stover will not be disappointed.
I've listened to all of the Caine books and really enjoyed them. This one proves Stover's imagination is far from tapped out. The guy keeps taking things to new and interesting levels. I guess that's what makes great authors truly great, which he is. I'm not sure if it's because I read this one most recently, but it definitely struck me as more philosophical and dialogue heavy than the first, but it's all so great that I mention it as a positive. Still more than enough action, which is an f-ing ton. It's just a little smarter than before. The other good thing to know is that it lacks some of the depressive coloring of the last book. It still contains a great spectrum of emotion, but this book is more like the first two in its level of kickass.
"I Don't Give 5 Stars Often, But WOW"
I wrote a review after 'Hero's Die' about al l the books up to 'Acts of Caine II' & this is to reinforce the absolute MAD, self-Deprecating, & absolute breakdown of multiple worlds/realities because of one man, or one actor, whichever u want to use, but in the end whether Caine does it for his fans or himself or those he loves or a little of all of it plus vengeance on those that tried to hurt the peeps he cared for; the closest thing I can compare this ride of novels is similar to a person getting ready to wage Jihad for his purposes & is not afraid to Martyr himself or anyone not lucky enuff for him to care about while on this trek to oblivion.
U have to have the stomach & ability to hear gratuitous bad language to the point where even I am scratching my head & asking whoa, what is the funniest yet most vulgar thing I've heard... yet in the next novel Stover will present Theology & philosophy that will make u think I just might use those words if I was trapped or forced into this situation... Now this is how the million $$ actors we pay should have to live... in fear of death to make that much money lol, if a football player can possibly get post-concussion syndrome from playing from the sheer brutality the take on actors in the future is so clever it leaves me wanting more, which supposedly there will be... if u read one of the books u need to read all of them, if u like one, than u will love all... if u hate the vulgarity & violence don't waste the credit... I personally love the beauty in classic books along with the beauty presented in these books, just served with a side order of disembowelment to go with it LOL
If u are reading this book without reading the past ones I'm not sure if that will work nor will it paint the picture of what Caine is & what he has gone thru... if ur interested, get the books, read them all & wait for the next installment like me because he's the most dedicated METHOD ACTOR I've ever heard of LMAO
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