Roadkill (Cal Leandros Series #5)

Roadkill (Cal Leandros Series #5)

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by Rob Thurman
     
 

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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

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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 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451463197
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Series:
Cal Leandros Series, #5
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
285,235
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Roadkill (Cal and Niko Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
AllisonB More than 1 year ago
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.
ElGuapo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
exelent fast paced action with a good plot
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Each Cal book is better than he last
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