Roadkill (Cal and Niko Series #5)

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New from the national bestselling author of Deathwish

It's time to lock, load, and hit the road...

Once, while half-human Cal Leandros and his brother Niko were working on a case, an ancient gypsy queen gave them a good old-fashioned backstabbing. Now, just as their P.I. business hits a slow patch, the old crone shows up with a job.

She wants them to find a stolen coffin that contains a blight that makes the ...

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Overview

New from the national bestselling author of Deathwish

It's time to lock, load, and hit the road...

Once, while half-human Cal Leandros and his brother Niko were working on a case, an ancient gypsy queen gave them a good old-fashioned backstabbing. Now, just as their P.I. business hits a slow patch, the old crone shows up with a job.

She wants them to find a stolen coffin that contains a blight that makes the Black Death seem like a fond memory. But the thief has already left town, so the Leandros brothers are going on the road. And if they're very, very lucky, there might even be a return trip...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451463197
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Series: Cal and Niko Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 285,183
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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 January 24, 2010

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    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 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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    More tales from the Leandros brothers

    I've really enjoyed reading about the lives of the two Leandros brothers. I wouldn't want to live their lives or even be a part of their lives but reading about them has been an adventure. Just when you think the poor guys get a break in their lives, something else happens. No wonder Cal has such an attitude :D Seriously, though, if you liked the other books so far, you'd like this one too. It's the usual action, action, action. Don't try to read this one out of sequence though ... much of it is going to either not make sense or seem a bit hokey if you don't know the past history of the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    buy it!

    exelent fast paced action with a good plot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    As usual Rob delivers an awesome story

    Each Cal book is better than he last

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Rob Thurman does it again

    This new installment in the Cal and Niko series definitely doesn't disappoint. Once again I find myself laughing, gasping, and finishing the entire thing in one sitting. An interesting thing about Roadkill is getting to see how all the main characters interact while stuck together in a car for long periods of time. It is said that you never really know someone until you have to take a road trip with them.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Great continuation of series.

    Great continuation of the Cal and Niko Series.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    I love this series

    I really love Niko, and want more in this series involving him!!!!

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

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    Good but not the best of the series. However, it makes for some interesting things to come.

    Of course the Cal and Niko series are one of my favorites, and I did enjoy this book don't get me wrong. However, it was missing the usual action of the other 4 books. It was kind of slow at times, and I like how Thurman is continues to write from other characters perspective besides Cals. I really would have like to hear a Niko prospective again though, especially with what happens it this book, and what happens makes up for the slow pace in my opinion. Still a must read for a follower for the series and one that can't be missed in order to get the full affect of books to come.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Excellent read

    Thurman continues with the Leandros saga by bringing in old characters and evoloving the familar ones even more. Plot is well developed, a little difficult to follow sometimes but overall a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Entertaining

    Like the last four books, there's humor and action that makes it a good read.

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

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    Great Book!!

    Although this book had less action than others in the series, I felt it helped the series greatly. It showed a lot of growth for the characters and that should keep the series moving forward.
    It was also good to have a character other tha Cal with a smart-ass attitude(Rafferty). Even though this book had less action than previous ones in the series I still couldn't put it down.

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