Vicious Circle

Vicious Circle

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by Mike Carey
     
 

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Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after a successful case convinces him that he really can do some good with his abilities—-"good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead. His friend Rafi is still possessed, the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him, and he's still dirt poor

Overview

Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after a successful case convinces him that he really can do some good with his abilities—-"good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead. His friend Rafi is still possessed, the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him, and he's still dirt poor.
Doing some consulting for the local cops helps pay the bills, but Castor needs a big private job to really fill the hole in his bank account. That's what he needs. What he gets is a seemingly insignificant "missing ghost" case that inexorably drags him and his loved ones into the middle of a horrific plot to raise one of hell's fiercest demons.
When satanists, stolen spirits, sacrifice farms, and haunted churches all appear on the same police report, the name Felix Castor can't be too far behind...

Editorial Reviews

Freelance Felix Castor (The Devil You Know) badly needs a big payday. Of course, people in his profession (if you can call it that) can't be too picky choosing assignments; so he finds himself accepting a mundane, even silly case involving a missing ghost. But before he can mutter the words "swallow my pride," Felix slides feet first into trouble deeper than any grave. Sly dark humor; paranormal thrills and fun.
Publishers Weekly

In Carey's fine second supernatural thriller (after The Devil You Know), FelixCastor, an exorcist with paranormal abilities who lives in a near-future England where ghosts and zombies are an accepted reality, is suffering from guilt after an attempt to separate a master demon, Asmodeus, from a friend, Rafi, ended with the evil spirit gaining even more control over Rafi. Fortunately, a new case provides distraction. Melanie and Stephen Torrington, who believe that their young daughter's ghost has been kidnapped, hire Castor to uncover some last trace of their child. The investigator soon finds that his employers haven't been fully truthful with him as he starts crossing paths with lycanthropes and other undead beings. Carey's imagined universe has some nice satiric touches (the term "zombie" has been designated a form of hate speech), and the well-developed main character appears more than capable of carrying a series for many books to come. (July)

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This follow-up to Carey's The Devil You Know (Grand Central, 2007) returns readers to a modern-day London where ghosts and zombies have become part of daily life. The novel revisits the lives of many characters introduced in the first book, including the protagonist, Felix Castor, but it stands alone. Castor has returned to his life as an exorcist and quickly becomes involved in a "missing ghost" case that isn't as open-and-shut as it first appears. Similar in style and subject matter to Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's Brimstone (Grand Central, 2005), the book combines the detective thriller with supernatural elements to create a plot filled with suspense, ghoulish apparitions, and the Catholic Church. The narration provides a nice mix of dialogue and action, with humorous undertones sprinkled throughout, as Castor must rely on the help of zombies, werewolves, and a succubus to solve the mystery. Although the story begins slowly, it quickly picks up and comes to a satisfying end, finishing Castor's current adventure with a few subplots that are likely to be tied up in the next novel in the series.-Kelliann Bogan, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH

Kirkus Reviews
Comic-book writer turned novelist Carey (The Devil You Know, 2007) resurrects his hero, exorcist Felix Castor, for another throw-down with supernatural forces in this intricately plotted tale set in London. Although many second novels disappoint, Carey's fans have nothing to worry about. If anything, this book ratchets up the action, making it even more compelling than The Devil You Know. This time around, Castor is working from his own slightly seedy office when a couple visits him with a compelling story. They have lost their young daughter in a terrible accident-but even more distressing is what happened to the child's ghost following her death. Castor, moved by their story, takes their case and unwittingly mires himself in a complex and deeply dark plot that pits the worst Hell has to offer against a shadowy band of men who not only want to stop it, but also kill Castor in the bargain. At stake: one simple, innocent soul that could, if wrongly used, bring Castor's greatest nemesis to date to the pinnacle of earthly power. Castor and his usual bunch of cronies from the previous novel-his landlady, Pen; Nicky, a zombie who is right at home on the Internet; and Juliet, an alluring succubus who has hung out her shingle as one of Felix's competitors-are all once again caught up in Felix's case, which only turns more deadly at every twist and turn. The story line never falters under the author's deft plotting, and his main man Felix retains that all-important dark sense of humor that somehow matches the London he inhabits. Carey juggles characters and bits and pieces of plot like a man with a thousand arms, catching each word and positioning it in exactly the right place in this deftlycrafted, can't-turn-the-page-fast-enough read. Agent: Meg Davis/MBA Literary Agents
From the Publisher
"Kramer...proves adept at translating the dangers and quandaries facing an exorcist who is wondering if he has the right to banish spirits to oblivion." —AudioFile

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446618717
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
558,734
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

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From the Publisher
"Kramer...proves adept at translating the dangers and quandaries facing an exorcist who is wondering if he has the right to banish spirits to oblivion." —-AudioFile

Meet the Author

M.R. Carey is a pen name for Mike Carey, an established British writer of prose fiction and comic books. He has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels and one Hollywood movie screenplay to his credit.

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Vicious Circle 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Following his efforts applauded by the Bonnington Archive ghost who encouraged him, Felix ¿Fix¿ Castor reopens his exorcist shingle though he remains impoverished and is concerned for his friend the possessed Rafi. His only income is some consulting sleuthing for the cops, but they are reluctant to give him anything that might lead to more jobs as the constabulary does not want to advertise they employ an exorcist as a part-time contractor.------------ Fix thinks he has found a fix for his fiscal deficit. He seeks a kidnapped ghost of a little girl, but Asmodeus the evil fire and brimstone malevolent, other nasty demons, Satanists and Ms. Julia the succubus stand in the way of his success. As he battles in and out of churches all sorts of otherworldly species want to recruit him onto their side, he struggles with the underlying concept of why a young female spirit is critical to the universe. Still he works the case while dreaming of a high paying low risk job instead of everything seemingly under the sun trying to kill him.--------------- Readers will enjoy their latest Fix (see THE DEVIL YOU KNOW) as Mike Carey provides an enjoyable urban Noir fantasy in which London once again steals the show with all the supernatural residents that greet Castor. The story line is similar in some aspects to the Dresden Files, but is more humorous as Mr. Carey somewhat lampoons the ¿rules¿ of the sub-genre. Readers will appreciate Fix¿s London as he seeks paranormal work to pay off a deficit that he insists would be acceptable in America.--------------- Harriet Klausner
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This book reminded me of Constantine, which is why I picked it up. The story grabs you and pulls you in, I couldn't wait to see what happend next. I will definetly be checking out this author's next book. I highly reccomend this book.
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Mr-Stovo More than 1 year ago
After reading the first book in the Felix Castor novels, " The Devil You Know", I had to get this book. First 20 pages flew by in minutes. This book is a definate page turner. Reading this book with the detail and suspence is like having my imagination put in HD. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good read.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Mike Carey, who has written a bunch of comics that have both thrilled and disappointed me, pens an amazing sequel in his Felix Castor series. I really think that this novel is better than the first and has me jazzed for the next in the series. Castor is a likeable rogue who is also trying to do the right thing even if its impossibly difficult or unpopular. The world that Carey creates here with ghosts, zombies, exorcists, and more is phenomenal. It somehow seems completely believable and fantastical at the same time. My only slight gripe is that in the middle of the book there seemed to be a ton of storylines going on and it was almost too much. They did come together nicely but I could imagine some readers throwing the towel. Overall and very good book!
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Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be much better than the first one. There was twice as much action, and Felix has developed a much more likable personality. His wit is sharper and although I found his retorts and comebacks funny, they were twice as fun to read in this book. The storyline was much better, and more exciting. More twists and turns were added to make the plot more interesting. I liked how the main plot branched out into several mini story arcs, but they all came to an end and were all tied up nicely. It wasn't confusing and it was clearly written for the reader to understand without any problems. Juliet happened to be the big surprise for me in this book, and I couldn't help but like her despite the contract she has to adhere to. She turned out to be the secondary character that really grew on me. I liked her. She has an interesting relationship with Felix. They need to help each other yet she has to keep to her contract. There's conflict but it seems more likely that Juliet will be Felix' sidekick - at least I hope so because they do seem to make a great pair when working together. (Even though it looks like Juliet does the easy work and Felix does the dirty harmful parts). The action was most of the main focus in this book. Plenty of fighting, explosions, Felix running from the law and fighting numerous adversaries, it's all a lot of good fun reading. It annoyed me immensely when the police thought Felix was behind a crime and was hindering his investigation. You could feel his frustration and anger, but you cheered when he managed to get out of the situation in time. I am definitely going to continue reading this series. I'm hoping it all goes well with Felix Castor, as bad luck always seems to follow him wherever he goes! Those who are new to the series, I know the first one isn't as good, but stick with it, because this one makes it well worth the read. All the action starts here in this book and the ending will make you want to go and find out what happens next.
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