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Really great new series!

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Reviewed: 17-11-2020

This was a fantastic new series by Mitchell Hogan. It's set in his previously established world of Wiraya, but it's not necessary to have read any of those, as they aren't referenced in this one.
This book follows a young man named And Kat, who is training to be part of an order of religious Knights.
I'm not sure how much more to say without spoilers, so I will just say, that the story really sucked me in. It also made me think, because some of the cultural genocide the Neyandrians face is happening in the real world in certain parts of Asia.
Anyway, the characters were well written and vivid. Several times I found myself thinking about the characters and their problems as if they were real. To me, that's the sign of an excellent book.
The narration was well done and fit the story well.
All in all, I really loved this book, and can't wait for the next one!

A genuinely fantastic new book

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Reviewed: 04-11-2020

This book was such a well written and interesting new book, I really hope we'll see (and hear) more.
Set in a world where the slashers from the movies are real, William and his sister Carrie are moving from town to town, trying to avoid both the authorities and their heritage. They are descendents of a famous slasher, and they (or, mostly William) worry about going crazy.
It was one of those books that really sucks you in.
It's also set in Phipps' United States of Monsters universe (Weredeer, Fangton, Esoterrorism, etc), but if you haven't read any of those, this works well as a standalone.
Honestly, this is possibly my favourite book of the year, so definitely give this a try, you won't be disappointed.

The Perfect sequel!

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Reviewed: 04-11-2020

This was the perfect sequel. It managed to keep all the elements of the first book that made it so enjoyable, while adding enough new material to keep you hooked.
This time around, Derek goes up against Dracula and the vampires, whilst dealing with being possessed by a spirit of murder.
The action was well written and fast paced, the plot went in direction I wasn't at all expecting, and I was really hooked.
If you've read/listened to book one, you will love this even more!

A phenomenal ending!

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Reviewed: 13-10-2020

This next installment of the Agent series blew me away! Fast paced, intense and well written, thiese books keep getting better! It was so nice to be back in this world again, I genuinely felt some nostalgia when I ssrted this one.
This book start is set mostly 15 years after ther events of book two (no spoilers). Initially, I wasn't sure about that, but as always, Phipps made the best narrative choice and this book was all the stronger for it.
As always, the titular Agent G, or Case as he now prefers, is the standout of the series. His charisma and his well crafted personality draw you in all over again. The dichotomy between the killer that he was made to be, and the person he'd like to be (which also maybe a partly artificial construct of his new state of being), is genuinely well done and makes Case feel like a real person. That's what makes this series standout, I think. It's the author's ability to get inside the minds of such characters and make them seem so vividly real in their thoughts and actions that is so engrossing.
I won't mention the plot, because anything I say is pretty much guaranteed to be a spoiler. If you've read the other two books, you understand (if you haven't, start at number one, definitely not here).
Anyway, I honestly can't recommend this book and this series enough. You will not be disappointed!
The narrating was the usual Kafer special. If you've listened to the other 2 books, you'll know what quality to expect (It's really good, if that wasn't clear).

A great new supernatural police story!

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Reviewed: 28-05-2020

If I had to sum up this book, I'd say it was like Netflix's Bright, except not crap. In this world, the supernatural has come out, and they were given a place to live together up in Alaska, in a city made to purpose by the elves.
It's an effective combination of a supernatural and a police story mixed up. The characters felt real, and had realistic motivations and reactions.
The humour was spot on and used in all the right parts of the narrative.
It even managed to make me feel for some side characters, such as the gods, who no longer have worshippers and are trying to find meaning in a world that not only doesn't want them, but actively derides them.
The narrative combination of Kosta and Kafer worked very well, and mixed perfectly for the story.
Ultimately, this was a great start to a great new series, and I can't wait for the next one!

The Best yet!

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Reviewed: 27-05-2020

This was easily the best Supervillainy books in the series to date. It's also one of C.T Phipps' best books, and that's saying something considering the quality of his work.
If you've listened to the previous books, (And you absolutely should) you know the sort of snarky, irreverent humour to expect here.
This book follows Gary and company as they're dragged into a Tournament suspiciously like the one in Mortal Kombat. Characters from his other books appear here also, which really took this book to the next level.
I won't spoil the actual plot, but there were some genuinely surprising developments that I never saw coming.
The action is fast paced and we'll written, while the dialogue was absolutely perfect. It was clever, pithy and made me smile.
Kafer's narration was spot on, as usual.
All in all, this was next level, and I can't wait to listen to the next book.

Wow!

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Reviewed: 13-05-2020

This follow up to the first book (Lucifer's Star) starts a few months after the events of book one. You should also start with that one, as you'll be at a loss starting here.
Once again the universe building was expansive and detailed and really engaging.
The morally complex characters and the ambivalent nature of their actions gave this story a depth that few books have.
The action was well written, and the plot kept giving me surprises right unto the epilogue.
I would absolutely recommend this book.

A fantastic sequel!

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Reviewed: 13-05-2020

This was a great follow up to the first book, following on a few months after the end of that one. I would note that you should definitely listen to that one first, before listening to this one.
The plot kept me engaged and interested, the characters were endearing and the action was well written. The world building was also exceptional.
The narration was once more on point and perfectly suited to the story.

Genuinely fantastic!

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Reviewed: 13-04-2020

This book really was one of the best sci-fi books I've ever read (or heard). The characters were complex and rich, with nobody all good, or bad. They had complicated, real feeling lives.
That is the core of this book. Everyone is the hero of their own story, but sometimes you find out you're more villain than hero.
The world building was also perfectly done. It was such a huge, complex world, but you never feel overwhelmed or out of your depths. The book always tells you what you need to know without sacrificing how rich the universe is.
I won't say more for fear of spoilers, but if you like sci-fi like Star Wars or Blade Runner, you will love this book as much as I did.

Wow!

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Reviewed: 01-04-2020

All I can say for this is WOW! This last book in the current series kept me on edge until the very end! Indeed, the last two hours or so genuinely shocked me.
I won't spoil anything, but if you've read or listened to the earlier books, you will LOVE this one!