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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    Another exciting installment with Fix

    Mike Carey delivers another thrilling ride with our favorite London exorcist, Felix Castor. If you haven't already then you should read the first two books in the Castor series because they're great books/stories themselves and give you a handle on the characters/events which helps to heighten the overall reading experience. The author mentions some of Castor's previous exploits so the reader isn't completely in the dark about who Castor is and how he operates. A great thing about the author is how he presents his story/plot. He lets you see the picture/story from different angles and subtle hints. He gives you pieces of the puzzle but strings you along as to how it all fits together. Don't want to give much away but Castor is reluctantly thrown into another otherworldly case. Felix Castor is an excellent lead with equal parts wit, courage, self doubt and tenacity to keep the reader interested and invested in what will happen next. The author also breaks up the monotony by bringing up past issues and characters (Pen, Rafi, Juliete) from the previous books by letting us know what they're up to and how they tie into Castor's current situation. The author paints a dark but vivid setting in London with the usual creepy alleys and narrow streets filled with ghosts, were-things and demons. An added bonus finds Castor in slightly sunnier and unfamiliar territory for part of the book. The action is well spaced out and satisfying with descriptions that paint a livid picture. The pace was also well done by keeping the reader guessing and waiting for the next pieces of the puzzle and how it all fits. Overall; an intelligent, witty and exciting romp through London with our favorite exorcist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

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    Carey does it again!

    This is the third novel by Mike Carey that I've read, and they just get better every time! Great mix of mystery, action, comedy, sarcasm, zombies, demons, and ghosts found anywhere!

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

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    Deliciously Dark Supernatural Mystery

    This third installment in the ongoing saga of London exorcist Felix Castor is a savory read for any fan of supernatural mystery. With engaging primary characters and darkly graphic descriptions, the plot presents a series of intriguing puzzles which intertwine to form a compulsively readable narrative. The first mystery concerns the death-by-suicide of Castor's fellow exorcist John Gittings, and enigmatic clues he left behind. The second involves the malevolent targeting of Castor by unknown person(s), (which eventually extends to Castor's data-geek informant, the zombie Nicky, and impacts Castor's former apprentice, the succubus-turned-exorcist Juliet.) The third conundrum concerns a theoretically impossible possession by the ghost of a long dead female assassin resulting in a man's arrest for rape and murder. Further complicating Castor's life is a looming, court-ordered transferral of his demon-possessed friend, Rafi, to an institution which would undoubtably experiment on him. The narrative effortlessly segues from one mystery to another at a brisk pace and reaches break-neck speed as it nears resolution. It all culminates in a bang-up showdown and finishes on a satisfying note. Highlights include attacks by a homicidal were-beast, a pact with a soul-consuming demon and a surprise assault on mind-controlling ghosts. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dark and fantastic mystery. Note, if you're unfamiliar with this series, I suggest you start with the first two books entitled, "The Devil You Know" and "Vicious Circle".

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    A fantastic London based urban fantasy thriller

    London exorcist Felix "Fix" Castor attends the funeral of his possessed friend John Gittings when a fancy dressed lawyer Maynard Todd arrives with a court order authorizing cremation; the widow Carla asks Fix to prevent the disinterring of her spouse's body. The spirit remains in his body's home.

    Fix is at the Magistrate Court supporting the contention of Pam "Pen" Bruckner that she has power of attorney for possessed Rafael Ditko. However, Professor Jenna-Jane Mulbridge has a counter claim insisting Rafi is unsafe to free from her asylum where she researches the paranormal. Judge Runcie realizes there are two issues with his legal focus on a review panel, angering Pam and satisfying Jenna-Jane for now.

    Janie Hunter wants to hire Fix to prove her husband Doug did not commit the rape and murder that he has been accused of and arrested for. She insists that American serial killer Myriam Seaforth Kale performed the deeds although she has been dead for four decades. Fix knows the MO in the brutal King's Cross rape-murder is exactly that described of Kale. So he assumes somehow the odious evil came back, but how and where she is stymies the exorcist because he fears a repeat that he wants to prevent. However, Fix's inquiry assisted by Juliet the succubus and Nicky the paranoid zombie leads him to something even darker crossing over.

    This London based urban fantasy thriller contains three prime subplots that grip the reader from the moment the body of Gittings is interred and never slows down as every move the exorcist makes seems increasingly dangerous. The story line is fast-paced as Fix works his inquiries. Sub-genre fans will enjoy his escapdes and seek his previous two caseloads (see Vicious Circle and THE DEVIL YOU KNOW).-----------

    Harriet Klausner

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