Deader Still (Simon Canderous Series #2)

Deader Still (Simon Canderous Series #2)

by Anton Strout
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Deader Still (Simon Canderous Series #2) by Anton Strout

It’s hard to defeat evil on a budget. Just ask Simon Canderous.


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It’s been 737 days since the Department of Extraordinary Affairs’ last vampire incursion, but that streak appears to have ended when a boat full of dead lawyers is found in the Hudson River. Using the power of psychometry—the ability to divine the history of an object by touching it—agent Simon Canderous discovers that the booze cruise was crashed by something that sucked all the blood out of the litigators. Now, his workday may never end—until his life does.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101014509
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/24/2009
Series: Simon Canderous Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 241,193
File size: 592 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anton Strout is the author of the Spellmason Chronicles and the Simon Canderous series. He was born in the Berkshire Hills, mere miles from writing heavyweights Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. He currently lives in historic Jackson Heights, New York (where nothing paranormal ever really happens, he assures you). In his scant spare time, he is an always writer, a sometimes actor, sometimes musician, occasional RPGer, and the world's most casual and controller-smashing video gamer. He currently works in the exciting world of publishing and, yes, it is as glamorous as it sounds.

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Deader Still (Simon Canderous Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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but all the characters are the same. it's as if the author can't make more than 3 distinct characters and there's no character development through the 3 books. also, it seems that very little research was done to produce this work. there's a cool story underlying here, but the author's poor execution makes it hard to find.
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I liked it very much. I was a bit leery after the first book, but I was very happy that I kept with it. I was a very good book. The characters were much more like-able, and the story was much more concrete. I can't wait to pick up the third in the series. Yay! I love conspiracies.
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chupi More than 1 year ago
Worth reading it! Better than the first one! LOVED IT!
IslandGL More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of the paranormal, I had read Anton Strout's first book "Dead to me" and anxiously awaited the follow up to it. "Deader Still" is solid writing though to me it lacked the exitement that his first book had. Nevertheless, his characters are interesting, and the thought of what an actual "Paranormal P.D." would be like crossed my mind on more than one occasion while reading this book. The plot is well written, with touches of humor throughout. The main character reminds me a little of Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files". If you are a fan of the paranormal, you'll like this.
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Definitely an interesting concept.
alanajoli More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since Manhattan had a problem with vampires, but when a boat load of blood-suckers (the kind who practice law) turn up dead and drained, Simon and his mentor/partner Connor fear the worst. To make matters awkward, Simon's hard-won position with the Fraternal Order of Good is driving a wedge between him and his partner -- and Simon's ex-evil girlfriend Jane is getting a little too friendly with her boss. When Simon's past catches up with him in the form of sexy-but-criminal art thief Mina, who is determined to get Simon to help her with one last heist. So determined that she'll threaten everything Simon cares about to win. Deader Still is another mad-cap adventure, where Simon battles red-tape as often as the forces of evil. Jane steals every scene that she's in, and while the romantic squabbling can be as frustrating for readers as it is for Simon and Jane, seeing Jane grow and develop beyond her evil past is delightful -- especially as she's mastering the higher powers of technomancy. The characters are all convincing, and the mystery behind why Connor is so distant gives him greater depth as both Simon's mentor and friend. And really, zombie fighting in New York never gets old! Here's hoping that Simon has plenty of adventures to come.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The psychometric powers that enabled Simon Canderous to be a brilliant thief ended up also putting him in jail. As an ex-con he knew no ordinary employer world hire him, but the Department of Extraordinary Affairs (DEA) operates on a tight budget so hiring a man with his talent would normally be impossible; he has no choice but to accept a crummy civil servant salary (see DEAD TO ME).

It has been over two years since vampires were spotted in the Tri-State area, but when a booze cruise is found floating in the harbor, a check finds everyone on board dead; all drained of blood with marks on their necks. Like all the law enforcement types on the scene, Simon initially assumes vampires killed everyone on board. He changes his mind when he sees in a vision what killed them. His partner Connor tells Simon he believes it is a chupacabra, a canine like creature with red hypnotic eyes and a protruding spinal ridge. Gypsies brought the beasts into the area and are selling one to an enemy of Simon who wants Simon dead. Numerous attempts are made on his life, but he escapes each time even while trying to prevent a supernatural catastrophe from occurring in Central Park.

The antihero has an acerbic wit that helps him cope with the insanity of the bureaucracy he has joined. His significant other Jane has powers that are similar to Simon¿s skill of knowing an object¿s history by touching it although she is not as controllable as he is; she saves his life before being captured by his foe. DEADER STILL is a refreshing exciting urban fantasy with elements of romance and horror that will appeal to fans of Jim Butcher.

Harriet Klausner