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Roadkill (Cal and Niko Series #5)

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Readers will relish this roller coaster ride filled with danger, sharp Madhouse spins and twist

The Auphe are dead and their home a wasteland; no one is more pleased with their demise than hybrid human-Auphe Cal Leandros and his purebred human brother Niko. Best friends as well as half-siblings, they no longer have to run and hide. In the open, they run their pr...
The Auphe are dead and their home a wasteland; no one is more pleased with their demise than hybrid human-Auphe Cal Leandros and his purebred human brother Niko. Best friends as well as half-siblings, they no longer have to run and hide. In the open, they run their private investigation business without worry of an Auphe attack.

Both sleuths are shocked when the ancient gypsy granddame Abelia-Roo wants to hire them to find a coffin stolen from them that contains Suyolak the Plague of the World who if released causes horrific diseases. As much as the brothers prefer doing nothing for the backstabbing gypsy queen, they fear what Suyolak can do so follow the trail of Hevas. Rafferty the healer, his cousin Catcher, a were trapped in wolf form, Robin Goodfellow in between thoughts of monogamy and Cal's sex buddy Delilah join the Leandros on their quest; albeit though Cal and Niko have doubts about each of their teammates epically Delilah who might be trying to kill them. The trail is filled with death as even a trapped Suyolak can kill.

Readers will continue to feel empathy towards Cal who due to his genetic make up as no friends within the preternatural community. His only loving contact remains his brother as both fears what will happen if his Auphe side overwhelms his human DNA. Only those who have a Deathwish would set out on this trek to capture and deal with a mass murderer. Readers will relish this roller coaster ride filled with danger, sharp Madhouse spins and twists as the unexpected is the norm in this urban fantasy.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on January 24, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not Rob's best

I like this series but somehow I got the feeling that Rob Thurman was channeling Laurell Hamilton on this one. Too much rehashing the same one note emotional theme - Niko is my brother and our blood is thick and blood ties are more important than anything and I will do ...
I like this series but somehow I got the feeling that Rob Thurman was channeling Laurell Hamilton on this one. Too much rehashing the same one note emotional theme - Niko is my brother and our blood is thick and blood ties are more important than anything and I will do anything to balance the debt I owe him - over and over again using almost copy-and-paste phrasing. It made for a bit of a yawn. The plot is a good one - a road trip following a really interesting bad guy and Cal's new abilities are cool. But the text was overburdened with reflections on the thick blood thing and statements about what a cranky personality Cal has. There wasn't much space left for character development or plot complexity. Robin Goodfellow is poorly drawn this time as are most of the other characters - even Niko - and I personally do not like the guest narrator gimmick that Thurman uses for some chapters.

posted by AllisonB on May 15, 2010

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Not Rob's best

    I like this series but somehow I got the feeling that Rob Thurman was channeling Laurell Hamilton on this one. Too much rehashing the same one note emotional theme - Niko is my brother and our blood is thick and blood ties are more important than anything and I will do anything to balance the debt I owe him - over and over again using almost copy-and-paste phrasing. It made for a bit of a yawn. The plot is a good one - a road trip following a really interesting bad guy and Cal's new abilities are cool. But the text was overburdened with reflections on the thick blood thing and statements about what a cranky personality Cal has. There wasn't much space left for character development or plot complexity. Robin Goodfellow is poorly drawn this time as are most of the other characters - even Niko - and I personally do not like the guest narrator gimmick that Thurman uses for some chapters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

    Where are you taking me?

    The story jumps right into the tasty soup pot, however, it cools rapidly afterwards and you are left remember the last bowl you had which was better...or was it?

    The characters are well-thought out and, with varying degrees of development aside, ready for so much more. They deserve better than a collective of B plots, the introduction of a "kill the whole world with a blink" antagonist...and then a simple write off.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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