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Posted March 15, 2013
Justin Gustainis is for real. Justin Gustainis has a gritty, eng
Justin Gustainis is for real.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Justin Gustainis has a gritty, engaging style, with likeable characters and not so subtle humor. A fun and quick read, it will leave you wanting more.
Posted June 9, 2012
What a great time I had reading this book! I am a huge fan if urban fantasy and this is one of the best I have read. Very much along the lines of Jim Butcher. Quincy and Libby make a great team as occult investgstor and white witch respectively. Great suspense with plenty of magic thrown in. The supporting characters are well written with plenty of indications that we will see more if them in future books. There is no romance or any of the other annoying crap that tends to get in the way of many of the other books of this and other paranormal genre. Just urban fantasy at its best! I have already purchased the other books of the series as well as the novels of his other series. I forsee great novels continuing from Mr. Gustainis and am looking forward to reading them all!! 5++++++ stars!
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Posted May 30, 2009
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I really enjoyed this book...Gustainis has a clean, fast-paced writing style that doesn't leave unanswered questions at the end (unless it's on purpose for the sake of plot movement!) and his characters are a breath of fresh air in the urban fantasy world. I have a very hard time finding good fantasy novels, especially since the market is becoming saturated with half-witted attempts at writing, but this was a pleasant surprise. Morris and Chastain are likeable and, thankfully, not so powerful or beautiful or fantastic that they have an easy time fighting the bad guys. And what I really respect is that Gustainis did NOT make Morris and Chastain a couple and they have their own unique personalities and backgrounds. The story moves quickly and is detailed, but not so much that it makes your head spin, and the history tied into the story works well as a major part of the plot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2008
Posted April 27, 2008
Quincey Morris isn't your typical private investigator. For one thing, he happens to be a straight descendant of Bram Stoker's Quincey Morris. He also specializes in supernatural cases involving vampires, werewolves, succubis, and other terrifying beings. In this first book in the series, Quincey is called to help a family who is being tormented by, supposedly, a ghost. On closer inspection, however, it becomes evident that a simple ghost isn't the culprit, and that darker, more sinister and eminently dangerous forces are at work: a powerful curse dating back to the time of the infamous Salem witch trials. Together with his partner Libby Chastain, who happens to be a white witch, Quincey sets out to undo the curse in order to save the tormented family. The investigation takes them to Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans and New York as they try to discover the identity of the black witch who is the root of all the problems. At the same time, innocent children are being abducted for utterly despicable reasons. Are their killings related to the curse? Will Quincey and Libby outwit the evil witch, fight the villains who work for her, and stop the murder of innocent souls? Black Magic Woman is one of the most enjoyable paranormal suspense novels I've had the pleasure of reviewing recently. Black magic, witches, and a thoroughly sympathetic supernatural detective team, together with the plot's many exciting twists and turns, make this book a thrilling and enjoyable read. The author combines elements of traditional witchcraft with Zulu fetish witchcraft-truly creepy, truly fascinating. The protagonist possesses just the right amount of boldness and braveness, strength and sensitivity, and has the perfect sense of justice. He's the good guy next door-except, of course, his job is investigating paranormal events and destroying supernatural fiends. The secondary characters are very well drawn as well: the villains are evil without being stereotypical. Indeed, the characterization of some of the minor characters, and not only the witchcraft, is what makes this novel truly terrifying. The action doesn't let up, and the ending is satisfying and will leave readers hungry for more. I can't wait to sink my teeth into the sequel, Evil Ways. If you're a fan of paranormal thrillers/mysteries and urban fantasies, you'll want to add Gustainis to your list of favorite authors. --Mayra Calvani, The Dark Phantom ReviewWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 29, 2008
Fell in Love!!!
You know how you read a book for the first time and never want it to end? That was 'Black Magic Woman' for me. Can't wait for the next one in this new series. This author has got it going on, no doubt about it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Superb urban fantasy
It is in Quincey Morris¿ blood to be a supernatural investigator because, after all, his great great grandfather was one of the people who helped destroy Dracula. After cleaning out a nest of vampires in a small Texan town he gets another client Walter La Rue who believes his house is haunted and whatever is there is trying to kill him, his wife and their children. When he examines the house he notices charms made by Walter¿s mother-in-law that would keep the inhabitants from being cursed. When she died the charms lost its powers. He consults with white witch Libby Chastain who gets information on the charms and what is targeting the family. They learn that the descendents of Bridget Warren are being cursed by the descendents of Sarah Carter who was convicted of being a witch due to Bridget¿s testimony. Sarah was burned to death her and her present day kin Christine Abernathy will stop at nothing to kill the La Rues, Quincey and Libby. A magic practitioner from South Africa is in the United States killing children to make for Christine a fetish that will allow her to achieve that goal. Inspector Van Dreenan who has a personal score to settle with his country¿s black witch helps the FBI agent in charge of the case understand what they are dealing with. Libby and Quincey become Christine¿s targets and both almost end up dead, which would leave the La Rues at Christine¿s mercy. --- Urban fantasy lovers who enjoy the works of Km Harrison, Tanya Huff and Jim Butcher will thoroughly appreciate BLACK MAGIC WOMAN. Quincey and Libby risk their lives to protect humans from the evil supernatural both protagonists are so personable and selfless readers will want to read more of their escapades. Justin Gustainis must own a magic word processor to create such a well thought out, entertaining and creative work. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 8, 2009
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