Nightlife (Cal and Niko Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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“There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I’ve known that ever since I can remember, just like I’ve always known I was one…

…Well, half of one, anyway.”

Welcome to the Big Apple. There’s a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side—and that’s only the beginning. Of course, most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife ...
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Overview

“There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I’ve known that ever since I can remember, just like I’ve always known I was one…

…Well, half of one, anyway.”

Welcome to the Big Apple. There’s a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side—and that’s only the beginning. Of course, most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half-human.

His father’s dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares—and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal. Why? Cal hasn’t exactly wanted to stick around long enough to find out.

He and his half-brother Niko have managed to stay a step ahead for three years, but now Cal’s dad has found them again. And Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they’ve always wanted him…for he is the key to unleashing their hell on earth. The fate of the human world will be decided in the fight of Cal’s life…











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With the dark humor and violent intensity of Anthony Burgess's 1962 dystopian masterwork, A Clockwork Orange, and the supernatural ambiance of Simon R. Green's masterfully macabre Nightside novels (Something from the Nightside, Agents of Light and Darkness, et al.), Rob Thurman's debut novel, Nightlife, could be the love child of Lenny Bruce and H. P. Lovecraft.

Caliban "Cal" Leandros has got serious issues. His mother is a down-and-out con artist whose fortune-telling scam has long ago lost its shine. Living in a run-down trailer, she cares more about where she's going to get her next bottle of rotgut and pack of smokes than she does about the well-being of her two sons. Cal's deadbeat dad is, well, a monster. With only his butt-kicking big brother, Niko -- a "blond Bruce Lee" -- to watch over him, Cal has been on the run from the nightmarish Grendels for four years. But what would bloodthirsty monstrosities -- whose primal passions are violence, destruction, and mayhem -- want with a half-breed human? When Cal eventually finds out the reason for the Grendels' interest in him, he is forced to make some very difficult decisions -- decisions that could forever alter humankind…

While some readers may find Cal's incessant outbursts of sullen, preadolescent behavior and bitingly sarcastic humor trying, dark fantasy fans who enjoy their novels with plenty of smart-ass attitude will find this chaotic and raging debut refreshingly unreserved and impenitent in its over-the-top narrative style. Paul Goat Allen
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Caliban Leandros has spent most of his life knowing he is a monster. Then he met his father, an "Auph," and spent two years in another dimension, a time he has blessedly suppressed. Now he and his older brother Niko are on the run, one step ahead of the Auph, who want Cal for unknown reasons. With danger pressing in on all sides, you'd think that a humming ghost in the mirror would be the least of Cal's problems. Unfortunately, you would be dead wrong. This charming and fast-paced urban fantasy has it all: male banshees, beautiful vampires, mugger-eating boggles, a teenage seer and a super-hero-class protector in brother Niko. The book comes to a satisfying end, but with enough loose ends that readers can eagerly anticipate a sequel. For all fantasy collections, especially where urban fantasy is popular. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2006, Penguin, Roc, 339p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Deirdre Root
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440678622
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/7/2006
  • Series: Cal and Niko , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 51,011
  • File size: 301 KB

Meet the Author

Rob, short for Robyn (yes, he is really a she) Thurman lives in Indiana, land of rolling hills and cows, deer, and wild turkeys. Many, many turkeys. She is also the author of the Cal Leandros Series: Nightlife, Moonshine, Madhouse, and Deathwish; has a story in the anthology Wolfsbane and Mistletoe; and is the author of Trick of the Light, the first book in the Trickster series.


Besides wild, ravenous turkeys, she has a dog (if you don’t have a dog, how do you live?)—one hundred pounds of Siberian husky. He looks like a wolf, has paws the size of a person’s hand, ice blue eyes, teeth out of a Godzilla movies, and the ferocious habit of hiding under the kitchen table and peeing on himself when strangers come by. Fortunately, she has another dog that is a little more invested in keeping the food source alive. By the way, the dogs were adopted from shelters. They were fully grown, already housetrained, and grateful as hell. Think about it next time you’re looking for a Rover or Fluffy.


For updates, teasers, deleted scenes, and various other extras, visit Rob Thurman's website and her LiveJournal.


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  • Posted June 1, 2010

    Wrong eBook

    Looks like a great book. Too bad that the book you actually download is NOT this book. I've called B&N three times. I did get my money back, but they have yet to actually fix it so that the correct book is on here. It will go to the correct place in your Nook. It will show the correct cover. However, once you open the eBook, you will be reading Night Life by Elizabeth Guest, with a prologue in ancient Egypt, then moving to Vegas. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the Cal and Niko series by Rob Thurman. I even looked the book up on Amazon.com, where they allow you to read the first few chapters for free, to be sure.

    Anyways, B&N has known about the problem for about two weeks at this point. I just downloaded the free sample and it's still the wrong book. There is no warning on the page yet, and it's not fixed. So here's my warning: Download the free sample first. Don't spend your $6.99 on the wrong book. If you already have spent your money, call B&N. They were very nice about giving me a refund. As far as getting the eBook, though... It looks like we either go paper or go elsewhere at this point in time.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

    Still not the right book

    As happened to another reviewer, I ended up getting Night Life by Elizabeth Guest instead of Nightlife by Rob Thurman. This is very disappointing, because Thurman's book comes highly recommended by friends. It's also very disappointing to see that that other review was over a month ago and it STILL hasn't been fixed. :(

    I realize this is not a fair review of the book itself, and I WILL update once I have read the actual book in question, but B&N needs to fix this.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    MUST READ

    ROB THURMAN has created her own twist to the mythology we all know and loved. Her version of warewofs and other creatures gives the story a new spin. So if you think you have read all there is about demons, elves, warewolfs, pucks, and vampires, and more....well think again. THat is what makes the book interesting and guaranteed u will not be bored by the same old storylines.

    The most amazing part of the book is tge family connection the charachters have, you just cant stop rooting for the good guys, while mesmirized by the power of family and friendship ( and not in cliche way) trust me. Its not all hugs and kisses, but two brothers kicking ass (the bad guys and each others, cause thats what brothers do).

    If you are a fan of the show supernatural, you will love the Leandro brothers.

    If you are a fan of action, humor, and fantasy, then this is the book for you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    Positively Thrilling!

    Rob Thurman has breathed new life into what, until recently, had become an almost clichéd storyline. When I initially picked up the book, I did so only because I did not recognize the author and am in constant pursuit of new literary blood. I wasn¿t overly hopeful. And things weren¿t improved by reading the synopsis on the back¿-this had been done before! Then I started skimming a few pages while I was in the bookstore¿-and I was completely hooked. Consumed. I couldn¿t put the thing down, even though I had a dozen other things of considerable importance to which I needed desperately to attend. I ignored them and read the whole thing practically without stopping. Thurman¿s characters have astonishing depth. Their thoughts and emotions and reactions to situations are thoroughly believable, and Thurman¿s descriptive abilities are such that you can easily see a character¿s expression, can hear what he hears and see what he sees. I suppose that this is what sucked me in so thoroughly¿for the first time in a long time, I really felt I was there with a character, experiencing things with him. Nightlife isn¿t going to change your world-view. It doesn¿t offer any insights or solutions into current global crises, and it isn¿t going to spark a world-wide controversy. It¿s pure, delicious fantasy. But it¿s the most thoroughly moving, most thrilling, and the absolute funniest thing I¿ve read in years. And best of all, there¿s a sequel coming out next year . . .

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific coming of age urban fantasy

    His mother is human trailer-trash and his father is a ¿demonic sperm donor¿. Cal can live with being a half monster though he does not like either of his parents. He has more problems with his ever perfect sibling, Niko, who does everything much better than Cal does. Still the brothers are close --- Their closeness is put to the test when the insane Auphes mutant elves better known amongst the in crowd as Grendels attack the brothers. They fight back when forced, but mostly flee because the odds of winning are nil. The Grendels need the half monster to help them achieve great power. On their quest for safety the brothers run into a supernatural hodgepodge from a canine who once was human to Puck selling used cars to weird humans who should have been paranormal, but then again this is New York --- NIGHTLIFE is a terrific coming of age urban fantasy starring a likable teen Niko and a not so likable sarcastic Cal, whose mockery can become irritating for us older readers even if it seems genuine a little silent Cal would have been less realistic but nice. Together they are a formidable loyal team until women begin to strain their allegiance to one another. Even with this strong cast, the astuteness of the exhilarating story line besides making sure that all the purebred, hybrid, and lesser begat monsters seem real lies in the delightful way Rob Thurman presents clues as to why everyone is after Cal. Fantasy fans will want more treks around New York starring the dynamic siblings. --- Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2008

    A great read

    I got this book on the recommendation of a friend and I loved it. The characters were rich and had so much depth, the layers just kept coming. The relationship between the brothers was strong and made it even better. Add in the colorful and likable supporting characters and it's just a wonderful read. Plus, I found Cal's smart mouth charming, yet he also possesses a faint vulnerability. It's an intriguing combination.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    Surprising

    This was a great -and wonderful- surprise! It may sound sexist, but I don't read many books by men. I find I can't relate to their styles of writing. There are few I enjoy, and Rob Thurman is now one of them. This has a very well developed plot, and the characters are vividly drawn. Thrills the blood and sucks you in. Enthralling. The thing I enjoyed the most was the brothers relationship. Men are an enigma to women, and vice versa, but after reading this, I may check out more books by men. I feel I got a special look into male/male relationships, and gained new insight. Men spend so much time puffing out their chests and making sure they appear untouched by emotions, that I found the love between Niko and Cal refreshing. I cried. I cheered. I shouted out in emotional agony. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN BOTH TIMES I READ IT! This book is sensational. Rob Thurman is a great new author who shines. I would love -though hold no hope- that the story of Niko and Cal will continue.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    One of the worst books I have ever read

    I have become fascinated lately with the subjects of vampires, warlocks, gremlins, etc in my reading. I have become a great fan of Jim Butcher, PN Elrod and Greg Rucka as examples. Using these authors as a baseline, this book sucks. I found it boring and the characters obnoxious. I read between 3-5 books a week and this is by far the worst book I have ever read except for Fight Club.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2008

    Cheers 2 Nightlife

    Half man. half grendel'Auphe'. All mouth. Picked this book up, cause I thought it interesting about a diffent kind of human/monster hybrid. When I read it, it blew me away. The action, the characters, everything. I loved it. Moonshine was dope like whoa, too! Can't wait to catch Madhouse.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    Rob is a god

    I love her (yes, Rob is a woman) books, she is a great writer... with a sense of humor. Cal is the ultimate hero (in my eyes)and the relationship between he and his brother is one of the best things about the books. Can't wait until her third book (Madhouse) comes out in March of '08.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Nightlife reads nothing life a first novel. Stuffed with lyrical

    Nightlife reads nothing life a first novel. Stuffed with lyrically descriptive language and unexpected analogies, Rob Thurman shows herself to be an imaginative and competent writer who outpaces peers that have been in the field for decades. Her ability to give unique voice to her first person character, and then to change that voice in the most subtle, yet profound ways, show a distinct understanding of human psychology that is often lacking in many of today's novels.

    The story is unique and yet ageless; a struggle against nature, against good and evil, against self. The lows and lowers of conflict wrench at the heart, making that final resolution, that moment that is not a high, but is simply a hope for the return to life, feel all the sweeter.

    To my friend who first read this book when it was released back in 2006, who has tirelessly wage the gentle battle that I share her joy in this book, I offer my sincere apologies. I was wrong to have waited so long and your passion has now been sparked in me.

    To Rob Thurman, I cannot wait to read the rest of your works. If this is the first of your offerings, I cannot even imagine the joy I will find in what comes next as your skill in story telling continues to grow. Bravo.

    *Originally posted on goodreads

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

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    I am a huge fan of paranormal fiction, with and without the roma

    I am a huge fan of paranormal fiction, with and without the romance. The Cal and Niko Series is my favorite of the genre. 

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    Great Series - worth checking out!

    I am still reading the series and I am on book 4 and will continue until there are no more. Great read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Unforgetable characters with an edge-of-your-seat story

    Cal and Niko are definitely in my top five list of all-time favorite fictional characters (Niko coming first). They're so original, and Rob writes about them so consistently that I can tell which one of them is speaking without even looking at the names. I love this whole series. The close, unwavering relationship between the brothers is very touching. I can't get enough of these books. I know that a series can't go on forever, but Rob... could you please make this series go on forever?

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Top read in the supernatural genre

    Yes, this book sets itself firmly in the world of the supernatural and urban fantasy, but it's the intense co-dependent relationship between brothers Cal and Niko Leandros that hooks you to this book...and the the entire series (which keeps getting better). And hey, if you're a fan of the Winchester brothers from the TV show Supernatural, you will NOT be disappointed in the Leandros brothers of Nightlife. Snarky, smart-mouthed little brother Cal and super-ninja big brother Niko are two of the most addictive characters in the genre today. Nightlife is also full of allies and villians and characters that wander that grey area...all of which make this a must read for anyone who enjoys the world of the supernatural - with true humanity mixed in.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    Great read, really recommend it!

    What makes this book special is the wonderfully written characters, creative concepts, and the relationship between the two brothers.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

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    Read it!

    In this first book we learn how the two brothers came to be, their struggles, but the uncondional love and devoted, brotherly relationship between Cal and Nicko is what so wonderful in this book. Excellent plot, characters and writing skills without unnecessary descriptions. Excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2010

    I love this entire series!!!

    This is book one of the Cal Leandros series. The entire series is an excellent paranormal suspense series. The relationship between Cal and his brother Niko is wonderfully developed. It has great character and plot development and remains one of my favorite books ever.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    A throughly enticing book that always has you wanting to know more.

    I first picked up this book because of the cover. It caught my eye and I decided to pick it up and read a bit on it. The clincher for me was that one of the other authors that I've come to like a lot, Simon Green, had also liked this book.

    In a nutshell, this book focuses in on the main protagonist, Caliban or Cal, and his life on the run from monster from his childhood who he "affectionately" calls Grendals. Rob Thurman goes back and gives you a nice view of his childhood growing up as you go along, helping to explain all of the choices that they make going along the way.

    Nightlife starts as Cal and his older brother and protector, Niko, find out that once again the Grendals are nearby and it is time to move out to yet another city. Cal isn't entirely human, his mother is a gypsy and a Grendal for a father. His name comes from Shakespeare's Tempest, who is a monster. Cal tired of this constant life on the run and feeling guilty for dragging Niko wants to try to stay in the city. As they start to leave, the meet another being called Robin in a used car dealerships, and befriend him at knife point. The story moves on as Cal discovers more about himself and the reasons that the Grendals, or Auphe as they learn from Robin, are after him. Cal, Niko, and Robin continue on trying to learn as much as they can about what is going on with the Grendals and whether or not they can stay or if they should leave and keep running. One problem after another ensues until everything hits the fan. There are plot twists as one thing after another either goes wrong or the brothers find a new angle.

    This book has a number of ups and downs, with numerous fights along the way. It is an adventure, with you put into the front seat not just along for the ride.

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

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    Rob Thurman rules the night!!

    I really loved this series & can't wait for the next book. Niko & Cal are brothers in the truest sense. I have really enjoyed reading & re-reading this series!!!!

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