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Valkyrie Collections, Book 1
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Alek Fitz is a reaper, a collection agent who works for the supernatural elements of the world, tracking down debtors and solving problems for clients as diverse as the Lords of Hell, vampires, Haitian loa, and goblins. He’s even worked for the Tooth Fairy on occasion. Based out of Cleveland, Ohio, Alek is the best in the game. As a literal slave to his job, he doesn’t have a choice.

When Death comes looking for someone to track down a thief, Alek is flung into a mess of vengeful undead, supernatural bureaucracy, and a fledgling imp war. As the consequences of failure become dire, he has few leads, and the clock is ticking. Only with the help of his friend Maggie - an ancient djinn with a complex past - can he hope to recover the stolen property, save the world, and just maybe wring a favor out of the Great Constant himself.

It’s a hell of a job, but somebody’s got to do it...

©2019 Brian McClellan (P)2019 Brian McClellan

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  • Hugh
  • 11-04-2019

Loved it!

Luke Daniels does an outstanding job narrating and bringing the characters to life including subtleties in specific characters voices that reflect changes in their physiology. The story was engaging for me. I hope to heart much more from this series.

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  • Thomas Huber
  • 05-04-2019

Want More Please!

I loved this book, I just want more. 5hrs to me seems a little on the short side even for a Urban Fantasy novel. My only real nit pick. What I did like:
- The fact the main character isn't a mage/vampire ect... is refreshing.
- Main character is likable and has plenty of room for character growth.
- Death appears in book one? Bold move.
- Luke Daniels does a wonderful job as always.
- Lucy

I recommend this book to anyone one who wants a good page turner and a quick read/listen. Hope there is more to come.

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  • marcus
  • 12-04-2019

Don't pass this by!!

I didn't know I needed this! All of a sudden it was over. Please kind internet strangers, support it so we can have book 2!

It's a strong urban fantasy. The rules and structure of the world are quickly and efficiently set up and right away you get a sense for who the lead character is and what his struggles are. Same for his companion. The writing does a good job showing instead of telling. Alek has an interesting non-detective, non-private investigator, non-shop owner job that nicely sets up enjoyable plot and character dynamics and feels unique. This is a fast paced book and provides many interesting background details about the characters and world that are satisfying as they are but intriguing enough to hope they'll be explored further in future books.

Luke Daniels does more with the character voices than I've heard elsewhere. Initially it was annoying but that didn't last and I quickly came to appreciate his ability to voice each character in such a distinct way. For me it was on par with James Marsters read of the Dresden Files audiobooks.

It is a complete feeling story. Saying "all of a sudden it was over" above was because I liked it enough to wish it were longer, but there is a nice arc that ends in a satisfying way. I can't wait to see what happens next to Alek and Maggie.

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  • John
  • 10-04-2019

great story and amazing narrator as well.

The story is great and I'm really looking forward to the next book. Heroic yet tragic hero, the use of myths was awesome. Luke Daniels is the best narrator by far.

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  • Cindy
  • 05-04-2019

I Want More!

Awesome series, awesome narrator.
Here's hoping that this series continues and their released quickly. Making them longer would be icing on the top.

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  • Joshua R. Lee
  • 04-04-2019

Looking forward to more

Brian McClellan’s addition to urban fantasy that incorporates common myths & legends is an enjoyable listen.
-Avoids trying to be too clever with the plot
-Embraces tropes instead of wild deviations in a vain attempt to stroke the author’s ego.
-Different than Powdermage demonstrating Mr. McClellan has a little range.
-Entertaining well paced story that would be better if there were already half a dozen or so in the series to listen to back to back.
-Luke Daniels does a fine job, he would slide towards sounding like Atticus occasionally which it’s hard not to think of with the sub genre-narrator combo.

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  • BikeVON
  • 11-07-2019

A must read

Alek Fitz is a 6.4” 28 year old-human with enough troll ancestry to give him a few perks while he still appears fairly human. He has magic infused tattoos and skin tough enough he can withstand a twelve-gage shot gun blast. He works as a debt for Valkyrie collections.

Maggie is his jinn and side kick that lives in his ring. She is a lie detector on humans. She can give advice and sense trouble from a mile away. Ada is Fitz’s boss who has owned him since he was a kid. She can literally inflict him pain through the barcode that is inscribe on his chest.

Death has a job that only Fitz can complete, and it must be kept on the down low, meaning discrete. Two hundred and seventeen souls are missing. This is totally different from his regular day job, which is collecting souls on people who have sold them for various deals. And Ada being Ada would never turn down this big paying job from Death.

Fitz hits the pavement, starts making calls, and follows leads. Occasionally, he is hindered by bureaucratic red tape (from hell’s office), uncooperative witnesses, being chased by a necromancer, and just bad leads. Then add a time deadline and he is working night and day.

Maggie has one day a year when she becomes corporal and that day is approaching. Fitz could only get Ada to commit to a “I will consider you having the time off.” if the job is done. Everyone is kicking his ass. And now some unknown person from Maggie’s past is looking for her.

This is a must read. It is fast paced full of action and good world building.

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  • Julez
  • 24-04-2019

great book

really liked this book it had action and some jokes and sarcasm that just make this a good read I definitely recommend it

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  • Jay S. Willis
  • 20-04-2019

Fun, Fantastic Adventure

Great narration. Fast paced. Excellent worldbuilding.Two new wonderfully realized characters. Can't wait for the next hook!

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  • Leslie
  • 09-08-2019

Good but too short

I’ve listened to other books from the author, which is why I grabbed this one but it felt rushed plot wise. I liked the story but felt it might have been able to expand on characters or some of the things going on. It is the first book of a new series, it’s possible it a test to see if this book could be expanded with sequels, I’d check out a follow up book.