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Dead Waters (Simon Canderous Series #4)

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

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    Great urban fantasy

    In Manhattan's Columbus Circle, Department Of Extraordinary Affairs Other Worldly Division field agent Simon Canderous and his girlfriend Jane Clayton-Forrester of Greater and Lesser Arcana Division are off the clock doing a favor for vampire Aidan Christos. Customer complains about a spirit haunting an antique store the Undead own; vampires are unable to bite or punch ghosts. The pair rid the store of the insane ghost, but psychometric Simon absorbs tons of negative emotion from the sick spirit.

    No time for rest for the weary as the pair attends a meeting called by Simon's boss Inspectre Qumbley who explains to Jane, Simon and his partner Connor Christos that David Davidson of the Mayor's Office of Plausibility Deniability needs the help of DEA. Davidson explains that a murder of Professor Mason Redfield has shaken up NYPD. Quimbley is shook too as he knows Mason. The three agents visit the homicide scene in which Mason drowned without a struggle as there is no water on his clothing or on the floor; only in his lungs. The case spins wetter and weirder while Simon struggles to control emotional overload and the need for a chest of drawers.

    The latest Canderous urban fantasy (see Dead To Me, Deader Still and Dead Matter) contains the usual defense mechanism banter used by the field agents to relieve the emotions of some of the gruesome adversaries they dive after in "mortal" combat. City budget cuts provide further comic relief as those risking their lives for a government paycheck are told the phony platitude to do more with less although they already spend 90% of their work time in deadly inquiries and 120% time on bureaucratic paper required by fiscal cookie-cutters. Fast-paced even off the clock, readers will enjoy Anton Strout's Dead twisting investigative thriller with a stunning climax.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

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    Simon's Continuing Story

    In this fourth installment of the Simon Canderous series, Simon and Connor are called to a murder scene. It may have been that I have spring fever, or it may have been the book, but I did have a hard time reading the first half of the book. It was a regurgitation of facts from the first three books that include unlikely dialog. Simon spends a lot of pages getting teased whether he understands the cohabitation hints Jane is giving him. The second half of the book, I read in two days. It was a page turner, but not as good as the first three books, which I rave about. The ending does bring more problems that will be answered in a fifth book. Best dialog regrading budget cuts in the Department of Extraordinary Affairs:
    "Are you, like the Men in Black"....
    No, they're fictional. You know that, don't you... Because they have a huge budget and unlimited resources."

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Fun Urban Fantasy Romp

    Dead Waters by Anton Strout is the best of the series so far. Strout's comedic writing style has matured, though his main character still has a ways to go, which is part of the fun. Simon is a wise-cracking machine-and a zombie skull crushing machine, with his telescoping metal bat. Add in his psychometry powers, he can tell an object's history by touching it, and you have a very fascinating character.

    I really enjoyed this book was surprised at all the twists and turns as the murder investigation unfolded. The interaction between Simon and his girlfriend, Jane was highly entertaining. The side characters delivered as well, plus this book had crazy mythology, butt kicking, romance, and during the finale, the most unique use of a Ghostbusters lunch box ever.

    For a fun urban fantasy romp, take a dip into Dead Waters, just watch out for the floating zombies . . . they'll bite your ankles off.

    Paul Genesse
    Editor The Crimson Pact anthology

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

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    Murder, Mystery, and Mythology, with a dash of Mayhem

    Dead Waters is the 4th book in the Simon Canderous series and the very best of the series so far. Simon is a psychometrist. He can read the history of an object by touching it. In Dead Waters, Simon is still somewhat impulsive and reckless but he is maturing. He still makes his trademark wise-cracks, but he is growing emotionally as he must deal with some personal issues. I always find that Simon's heart is in the right place... despite the various creatures that want to remove it. Simon is a very likable protagonist. I adore the supporting characters in this series: Jane Clayton-Forrester (Simon's technomancer girlfriend), Connor Christos (Simon's partner), Inspectre Argyle Quimbley (Simon's and Connor's boss), and Godfrey Candella (the D.E.A. Archivist). While Simon is the main character, the book really feels like an ensemble piece. I love the back and forth between the characters. There is genuine camaraderie. Simon, Jane, and Connor must solve the mystery surrounding a university professor's unusual death. The murder deeply affects Inspectre Quimbley as he used to know the professor well. The storyline dealing the aging Inspectre is very well done. I really enjoyed learning more about his past. Anton Strout deftly continues to lampoon bureaucratic red tape with New York City's Department of Extraordinary Affairs. I find the inner workings of the D.E.A. both fascinating and amusing. While the D.E.A. is facing severe budget cuts, fortunately none of my favorite characters lose their jobs. New York City is a great backdrop for this series. Dead Waters borrows from mythology in an inventive way. I won't reveal which mythology or what was borrowed as it would be a major spoiler. This is the darkest of the four books. I cried at one part of the story though there are far more moments that brought laughter. The pacing is excellent with a lot of action. The plot is really engaging. The mystery and its conclusion are handled beautifully. Dead Waters is a tasty melange of murder, mystery, and mythology, with a dash of mayhem thrown in for good measure.

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