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Life is quiet for Alex Verus. Amazing. With a flat full of friends (and the occasional fish) and business booming, why not enjoy the humdrum here and now?

But of course that's too good to be true. In a sudden and cruel pincer movement of fate, Alex finds himself fighting a sinister and powerful gang as well as his own demons - for the same crime.

Held hostage by the choices of his past, Alex's future is now in jeopardy....

©2013 Benedict Jacka (P)2014 Tantor

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I am a burger

I didn't expect this story to end the Way it did. The moral dilemma Alex verus faces is very interesting.

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  • Christopher
  • 22-07-2016

Another great read

I have enjoyed this series so far but not comfortable with the Tobruk situation.
Did we have to have the level of torture towards Rachel?
Tried to be diplomatic with my words.

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  • petitbilbo
  • 27-08-2015

Almost finished it in one go! Riveting!

This is the best Alex Verus yet. Quite a few things that have been hinted at in previous books are coming getting explained. Splendid book!

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  • Rosie
  • 23-05-2015

Book 4

Great as usual although a lot darker than the last books. you get to know more about Alex's history.
sets you up for the next book :)

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  • Carôle
  • 25-10-2020

Characters Background Revealed

If you have arrived to this stage of the series, you have fully entered this new world and has embraced it. The reward for getting this far is that we find out the background to both Alex and Rachel and their life with the dark Mage Richard. And that life is wrapped up in this story but is largely incidental to the story, it provides a backdrop. We learn more about Alex then we could have assumed at the beginning and he has become a deeper character because of it. I’m anxious to return to this world again, so I’m heading on to buy the next in the series.

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  • Deborah
  • 13-10-2020

Enjoyable

Really like this series, but find some parts a little disturbing for bedtime reading tbh.

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  • John P. Allum
  • 21-04-2020

A series worth getting into

I am really enjoying this series. Good story lines and great narration. Benedict Jacka or Ben Aaronovitch - difficult choice for number one.

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  • Iain S
  • 03-04-2020

Better and better, with every book

This series has become utterly compulsive listening for me, pushing aside all other audiobooks waiting for my attention, in my library. So much so that I have, tonight, purchased the next two audiobooks, so desperate am I to continue the story! You know that sense of satisfaction, when you find a great author, who has a decent enough back catalogue to keep you occupied for a time? And then the sense of quiet sadness, as you realise that at the rate you are compulsively listening, you’ll burn through the entire lot in another week or less, and then have to find another - and that’s not easy these days! The UF genre is flooded, awash with cheap Dresden imitations. Benedict Jacka has hit exactly the right balance with his wonderful, imaginative and compelling stories, of a man of magic who is both selfless and yet flawed; whose greatest strength - and weakness - is not his talent, but that he knows he is flawed and has come to accept it. Verus is so refreshing, it’s wonderful. This book adds more to the layers and background of the main character and his previous co-stars - and enemies - and leaves you wondering what is coming next. The denouement is as stunning as it is disturbing, and I can’t help but feel with the cinematic quality of the prose, this would make a bloody wonderful Netflix series! Still, I’m willing to stick with Gildart and his narration - I wasn’t sure about him, when I first started listening. Four books in and I’m a big fan! He delineates and defines each character effortlessly and entire conversations can take place, between multiple characters, without any real need for the narrator to explain, “he said” or “Verus said” (although he does, because it’s that way in the book, obviously!). It’s a great fusion of great story and great storytelling and I’m not willing to wait any longer, to delay starting the next story, “Hidden”, so I’m sorry, but that’s pretty much it for me. Buy it. Listen. You won’t regret it. If you do, there is no magic in your soul. ;) Just.... write faster, for pity’s sake, Mr Jacka?! Faster, I tell you!! Deservedly, this is a no-brained, straight-up, five star experience, on every level.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-01-2020

This is where the series gets going

I've not been the greatest fan of the Alex Versus series. When asked for an opinion I've only managed to muster a 'okay to tide you over until the next Dresden files is out (insert your own favourite urban fantasy title here...double points if it's Rivers of London!), however with this installment it feels as though Jacka really got the series going with a sense of an over arching series narrative, a more fleshed out if a bit cliche protagonist, and something (perhaps somewhat contradicting my previous point) a bit different to the usual good guys beat bad guys trope. I've had to dock a couple of points for performance because as well delivered as it is by the narrator, the constant juxtaposition of what sounds like an old man in his 60s Vs an all action hero hanging around, fighting with, and at times seemingly flirting with 18-20 something year olds spoils any hope of really losing yourself in the main character. 4 stars for a big step up in terms a story the previous books have been crying out for.

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  • Kristin
  • 23-12-2019

A favourite in a great series

This is the book where you find out far more about Alexs’ past, what he has run from, and who he once was. The other characters get far more involved at times too, which I like. In this story you also learn more about adepts who get left behind and what happens to some of them. All in all a book that tells a good story, full of challenges as well as history, fleshing out Verus’ world nicely.

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  • Mr William Robinson
  • 17-05-2019

Gripping

Back with a bang and for me the best of the series so far. As I realised I only had 15 minutes left I swiftly purchased more credits to purchase and download the next in the series! Download has finished as I type! Here we gooooo

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