This urban fantasy set contains the first three books of the Preternatural Affairs series: Witch Hunt, Silver Bullet, and Hotter Than Helltown.
My name's Cesar Hawke. I'm a witch working for a division of the government you've never heard about.
The world's not what everyone thinks it is - unless you think that our world's a pawn in a game of chess between Heaven and Hell, and riddled with as much magic and wonder as it is with evil.
In that case, the world is exactly what you think.
My place of employment - the Office of Preternatural Affairs - takes a modern approach to an ages-old problem. It used to be that inquisitors would burn demons and the people in league with them. Now we get warrants, perform arrests, put the suspects on trial, and send guilty parties back to the Hell from whence they came with the travel forms filled out in triplicate.
This stuff I do with the OPA, it saves lives on most days.
Most days, I said.
©2014 SM Reine (P)2014 Red Iris Books
I would have liked the story more with less of his personal comments.
Girls, smart remarks, really a weak character.
I made it thru the 3 books,, but that is it.
His voice is good it was the character he was playing.
Not to purchase anymore.
More story and less of the wise crack stuff.
"Bad, "it was a dark and stormy night" bad"
Hi did his best but he was working with a sophomorphic piece of crap.
Frustration! The author needs a dictionary! If you are going to use a poultice in your story you could at least look it up and find out how it is used! You don't eat a poultice. It was disappointing because I spend good money buying books and it's an investment in someone's writing career when I do. This author did not live up to his end of the bargain. Tired cliches, using words he didn't understand, using every scatological word in the English language whether they were called for or not, total lack of character development etc., etc., etc. what terrible writing!
"Praise Allah", "
"Yeah, baby it's me"
"The room spun around me"
This is the best this author could come up with?
"A man I like."
The book was good and the narrator was better. I don't normally like male narrators but I really enjoyed listening to this book.
I am a huge fan of the Iron Druid Chronicles & this series of books draws you in just as they do. There is just enough sexual tension mixed in between the characters to make it interesting and flow with the story but not to draw away from the real storyline. If you are a fan of supernatural story lines, this series is one
to take a chance with!
This is absolutely the most addictive series I've ever listened to. Get it now you, won't be sorry.
"Entertaining and creative Urban Fantasy"
It feels a bit like the Dresden Files with some familiar tropes and archetypes, but it's different enough that I wouldn't call it a Dresden clone. Jeffrey Kafer is great as always. I haven't met a book narrated by him yet that he didn't make work (though I really wish he would work on his foreign accents a bit - still love ya Mr. Kafer).
This is my first book by the author, and I would say that SM Reine has some great creativity. I appreciate the novel supernatural themes, particularly the magic allergies, aspis/kopis binding concept, magical contracts, and different flavors of demon. These plot elements are well integrated into the story, and I could imagine playing a game that includes them.
The stories are really easy to get into, and they keep you hooked. There is a little bit too much "saved at the last minute", but that's pretty typical for the genre. The protagonist has strengths and flaws that are believable. There is only one werewolf and no vampires, which I am quite happy about because I am getting really tired of those tropes.
The reason I give the story 4 stars is because the book does suffer from some minor character issues that I find common in the genre. The male protagonist is a bit chauvinistic; the main female characters however are rather strong-willed and give him crap about it, though they are also concurrently in love with him. There aren't very many complex characters either. Most of the ancillary cast encountered are extremely one dimensional.
If you like Dresden, Iron Druid, Mercy Thompson, or urban fantasy at all, you'll be happy with the purchase. I'm really glad they decided to put the books into a collection as each story is rather short on its own.
"Love this series"
This is the 3rd time I've listened to this book series. Smart writing, full of imagination, spunk and witty characters. Perfectly performed by Jeffrey Kafer. We know these characters because he breathes life into the masterful SM Reine words.
"Good laugh and suspense!"
I had originally purchased the Audible set after it being suggested; for being narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. So far all his books have been perfection; even after reading Kindle version and been disappointed. All the characters have their own singularities and emotions felt. You forget it's narrated by the same person. Awesome!!
The novel itself keeps you captivated throughout all three stories! I was thrilled when finding out all three novels were available!! Forget having or collecting different covers. I was instantly hooked!! I could imagine this "normal" world with people able to perform magic, and all the different weirdos that practice the occult. Having a special department to control those who practice magic, made it adventurous. I haven't checked out the next book in series. But, if it's like the first three, I would recommend as stand alone for teenagers or Young Adults. Thank you so much for this collection. The suspense kept you immerse in the stories; and César Hawke's allergies to magic was a trip! Much looking forward and getting ready for the next!
"Another great series"
SM Reine has begun another great series that I will definitely be following. I love the characters Ceszar. He reminds me a little bit of Colombo; sort of bungling his way through cases and clues but when it gets down to it, he's the real deal. I also like his his partner Susie, small but power packed, and his, James Bond-ish boss Fritz. They make a wonderful team and I look forward to more of their adventures.
I also look forward to seeing how they work out the Fritz, Ceszar, Isabel triangle. That should be fun!! Her glitter bomb in book 2 was outstanding!!
"Something old..something new..."
The genre of supernatural adventure and suspense is an old friend, but Preternatural Affairs was a road not travelled as yet traveled. Fortunately we are led down the twist and turns of this well written who(or what)-done it by a strong performance by a very talented reader.
There are many other purveyors of this genre but I can really says PA is exactly like any of the other books I have read ( or heard ) so far... And that is one reason I think I enjoyed it so much.
To try and pick a favorite scene in three separate books would be folkish of me..there were many good scenes. That's what makes a good book ( or books).
Having an extreme reaction to this book? That's easy...the pacing never slowed down. So my extreme reaction would be "wow...let me catch my breath!".
loved it! great story line and a fantastic narrator who was perfect for the part and really helped set the scene x
"Urban Fantasy meets strong masculine male"
Gripping, laugh-out-loud moments and addicting
Definitely has to be the main character!
Jeffrey's voice is so masculine and he is so great in narrating. His feminine voices that he does I must say is quite good!
"Doesn't grab the imagination"
I liked the ideas behind the stories but didn't like the hero; he wasn't heroic and came across as bland. I did persevere in the hope that the character would evolve but he didn't he was just as boring/bland at the end of the third book as at the beginning of the first. I won't be listening again which for me is a big tell of how much pleasure a book has given me.
I really enjoyed these three books. They were the first books by SM Reine that I tried and will definitely continue.
My favourite character? Who knows? I do know that I don't really trust any of them and am waiting for whoever is going to be the traitor to come forward. it is well written and keeps you guessing to the end.
I enjoyed the narration and would definitely consider other novels read by him
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