Dead Matter (Simon Canderous Series #3)

Dead Matter (Simon Canderous Series #3)

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by Anton Strout
     
 

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Shaking up the spirits of Manhattan

The spirit populace of Manhattan doesn't appreciate its well-deserved RIP being disturbed, and Department of Extraordinary Affairs Agent Simon Canderous is sent in to do damage control. Meanwhile, his vacationing partner, Connor Christos, is in a sorry state, and he tells Simon that each night he's being haunted by

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Shaking up the spirits of Manhattan

The spirit populace of Manhattan doesn't appreciate its well-deserved RIP being disturbed, and Department of Extraordinary Affairs Agent Simon Canderous is sent in to do damage control. Meanwhile, his vacationing partner, Connor Christos, is in a sorry state, and he tells Simon that each night he's being haunted by visions of his long-lost brother at his window. Simon is worried that his partner may be going crazy-or worse, maybe he's not...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441018444
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/23/2010
Series:
Simon Canderous Series, #3
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,151,221
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Dead Matter (Simon Canderous Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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ZombieJoe More than 1 year ago
Any Simon Canderous novel is always a fun read. The detective has a wonderful balance of snark, pop culture and hero to not only keep me interested, but keep me laughing. Not to mention he is like the Timex of Urban Fantasy - he takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Speaking from experience with the amount of head trauma the poor man has suffered, it is amazing he remembers his own name! Although he might just be using his psychometry to fill in the blank spots. His main strengths are his ability to read the history of objects (aforementioned psychometry), his extendable bat, his pop culture knowledge and - in a pinch - using his ability on living people to knock them out. Of course this usually means he is knocking himself out, but all in a days work for the Department of Extraordinary Affairs. This book tackles not only the undead but also the history of the Department. This time it is not Simon's past coming back to bite him in the ass, it is the Department's. Literally. Did I mention undead? Like Simon, I too miss the glory days of Buffy and Angel, and this book definitely has the feel of that sort of story. The feel and tone of the Whedonverse was something that I was finding at every turn. If you are a Whedon zombie, do yourself a favor and pick this book up. If you have not read the first to, start with Dead to Me and Deader Still first. You will not be disappointed. You will likely do what I have done and pick up several anthologies where Anton has included short stories relating to this series. All are fun filled reads.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In an alternate world where supernatural species are known to exist, organizations formed like the Department of Extraordinary Affairs to keep the human population safe. One of the DEA Agents Simon Canderous is working without his partner and mentor Connor Christos who is on vacation; having accumulated five years worth. Simon's gift is psychometry while his girlfriend Jane's is technonomy (bending electricity and machines to her will). They are together when they see a creature who they fail to capture and these creatures have been seen all over New York. Chased by spirits into a graveyard, Simon and Jane find Connor in a horrific state. He explains that each night he dreams about his brother Aiden who went missing two decades ago. The pair believes Connor is seeing his sibling at his window so they stake out the place. They find someone spying on Connor and follow him into the Gibbon-Case building where vampire lives in a castle surrounded by a forest within the edifice. There the two brothers reunite while the odd edifice subsumes Jane. Determined to get her back, Simon turns to the lead vampire Brandon for help. Attempts are made on the lives of Connor and Simon. Brandon believes Simon is the prophesized one to bring peace between humans and vampires, but traitors amongst his army want war as does a rabid anti-vampire DEA operative. Hell is about to break out in Manhattan. Anton Stout provides an entertaining and hypnotic police procedural urban fantasy filled with action inside a somewhat thin plot but loaded with deep characterizations who drive the story line forward. The protagonist has come a long way since his Deader Still escapades as he has learned vampires like humans are good and bad. His job is to ferret out the evil one, but that proves seemingly impossible. Watching the brothers unite is heartwarming yet the audience wonders whether that will turn heart-wrenching as those involved pray the species become friends, but settle for not being enemies for now; that is if they survive their ordeal. Harriet Klausner