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Posted August 5, 2012
AGENT OF ARTIFICE S. EVAN TOWNSEND
Review by Karen Vaughan
Mike Vaughan is an adept working for the CIA trying to bring down Fidel Castro and his commie minions. Mike has special skills besides shooting a gun and seducing women along the way. He can cast spells to heal, kill and save his own hide. Set in the turbulence of The Bay of Pigs and The Cuban Missile crisis this story is full of high adventure and esponiage. Mike has to fight of mobsters, and the power hungry leader of the meta association.
This is a real page turner as we watch Mr. Vaughan get involved in one of the most turbulent times in modern American history. The cold war was never so cold as the commies take over a Caribbean paradise. The story spans from 1958-1964. I really enjoyed this nail-biter. Any history buff would enjoy this fictional account of the era. I give this five gold spells
Posted May 21, 2012
It's 1963, the day of Kennedy's funeral – only it's Joe, not Jack being buried. S. Evan Townsend's novel, Agent of Artifice, is set in a world not quite exactly completely different from our own. The basic timeline is the same, but with slight variations, such as which Kennedy became President and oversaw the debacle that was the Bay of Pigs.
Mike Vaughan, also known as Agent Jackson, was there for the fiasco. That he knows the sordid details doesn't make him very popular with his Commander in Chief, or his bosses at the CIA. Then again, Vaughan has made a career out of pissing people off. He's very good at it.
In this world not quite like our own, Vaughan, and people like him, can work magic. They are adepts who use meta to cast spells. There are many guilds around the world and Vaughan belongs to the most powerful, the AMA, The American Meta Association. Unfortunately, their leader, Frank Kader, has come under attack and a power play leaves Vaughan on his own. After several attempts on his life, he takes a job with the CIA for protection.
Vaughan struggles to survive long enough to complete his mission – kill Castro and the adept who is protecting him. Fortunately, he's fairly good at dodging bullets. He manages to survive, stops a major plot by a rival faction, but fails to kill Castro. Overall, it's a win for Mike Vaughan.
I love the use of magic in a modern setting. Vaughan doesn't even understand technology since his use of meta makes it unnecessary. He doesn't drive and he doesn't know how to fire a gun. Instead, he uses a flying carpet to get around and defensive spells to disable his opponents. Townsend weaves fact and fiction together masterfully, keeping this well paced novel moving.
I highly recommend Agent of Artifice as well as Townsend's other two novels, Hammer of Thor and Rock Killer.
Posted May 17, 2012
Enjoyable. I loved reading and wondering what the next move was going to be. Who was going to be involved and where we would find our person going next. Each location brought new insight, new wonder and new challenges to figure out. Bringing us closer to the end and yet still bringing us more questions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2011
Agents of Artifice is all about what if the witches, wizards, and fairy godmothers, and what if instead of being called those particular names, what if they were called adepts? Honestly I wasn¿t sure what to expect with this fantasy filled book. AS I began reading and after the first 2 and a half chapters I felt like I was taking every step with the characters. I was drawn into this world where people of paranormal powers walked and existed with regular humans.
So, we meet Michael; a rogue adept and watch him embark on a mission to assassinate Fidel and Castro in Havana. But of course the book wouldn¿t be interesting if he didn¿t get caught, which weakens his powers. This is a part in the book where the hero is tested, as all us authors know, but no matter the situation or problem the hero always figures out a plan.
The magic that was used in Sheldon¿s book, was different from what we used in Blood Magic, and I loved how he did it seamlessly and made pulled you more into the story by doing so. What other than can I say that I absolutely loved his book. The action keeps you on the edge of your seat and continues until the very end. It was a book that I had a hard time figuring out, which I absolutely LOVE. Books that I can guess who is going to do what and who the bad guy is just frustrates me and it¿s nothing to get excited about, but Sheldon¿s book was the complete opposite. It is a great read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that loves fantasy, and science fiction. It will really get you wanting more!!!
Posted December 9, 2011
Two men are talking in a bar in Miami. The President of the United States has been assassinated and no one present seems to be upset. One ordinary man named Michael Vaughn is one of the men in the bar and second a drunk named Gomez. Talking over the state of what happened to the President they are not really careful about letting anyone overhear them. Michael is no ordinary man. He is an adept with certain powers that make him dangerous and able to deal with situations the FBI and CIA could not. Special powers that allow him to be protected from danger harm and create spells that would take down the enemy and protect him. From the author of the bestselling novel, Hammer of Thor comes another blockbuster Agent of Artifice by author S. Evan Townsend. Imagine being able to infiltrate enemy camps and not be seen. Magic is a great thing to have and the power it yields will definitely make the reader wish you were an adept too. Michael Vaughn has signed orders from the late President. Gomez, also working for the CIA as he does needs a favor. In return for getting certain documents he requires back he promises to get him into the North American Guild. Understanding that this guild might be his only choice for protection he agrees. Using several truth spells and persuasion spells he¿s able to glean the information from Gomez that he wants and get the assistant that he desires. Wouldn¿t it be great to use a persuasion spell to get what you want without the other person ever knowing why? The country forlorn as Joe Kennedy has been killed and his assassin taken out before he would come to trial. Michael Vaughn was sent to Cuba for only one reason: Assassinate Fidel Castro and his brother too. But, will he able to do this one last thing for the late president? Will anything or anyone try to stop him? Magic is great. Starting off with an invisibility spell in order to travel and fly without being seen.
Michael Vaughan looks like an ordinary guy who's living it up in Havana, having the time of his life. He's got money, women, practically anything he could ever ask for. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for underneath it all he's a rogue adept sent to Cuba to assassinate Castro. Magic allows him to infiltrate enemy bases in hopes of gaining the needed Intel to achieve a means to his goals, but sometimes it proves to hinder his plans in more ways than one.
His current task is far from easy. There are those who are watching his every step, intent on thwarting his attempts. Dodging bullets and barely escaping with his life, at times, Michael wonders if there's someone out to get him and begins to suspect that it could be an inside job within one of the guilds. Someone wants to silence him and he refuses to give whoever it is the satisfaction of ending his life forever.
Author S. Evan Townsend takes the reader back in time to where it all began as you hear the voice of Michael Vaughn as he narrate the story in the first person allowing you to experience, along with him, how he became an adept, his father¿s reaction to his decision, the problems he encountered, his escapades and how he manages to live on the edge. Dealing the mob, using his many spells to create diversions, changing the mind of others using persuasion spells and making sure he had his way with those he desired, Michael Vaughn is one powerful character determined to get what he wants at all costs.
Wanting to belong to a guild he needed to show his loyalty and allegiance to
Posted December 7, 2011
For my full review, look for Paperback Goddess on Blogger.
Agent of Artifice has an abundance of colorful Cuban imagery and historical insight. This book is a non-stop action movie in text format. Vaughan takes you on a trek from Cuba to the US and back again, with never a dull stop along the way. Overall, I thought that this was a great story.