Roadkill (Cal Leandros Series #5)

Roadkill (Cal Leandros Series #5)

by Rob Thurman

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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: 342,940
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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. 77 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
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me, this is a character-driven series. I'm rarely fully invested in the plot, and this installment was no exception. Which is probably just as well, because of all the road trip stories I've ever read, I've only enjoyed maybe two of them.Much to my surprise, I was really moved by the sequences with Catcher and Rafferty. Having lived with a close family member who suffered severe brain damage, the grief and guilt expressed by both members of the relationship felt very real to me and moved me to tears a few times. (That said, the POV switches between Cal and Catcher were occasionally a bit disconcerting. Especially near the end, their voices were written so similarly that it threw me off a few times.)Robin was not as entertaining as he normally is. This actually felt kind of like filler for a future installment of the series, in terms of his development. Ditto for Niko, and Promise wasn't present at all.Cal... I'm not sure. Some parts were fun, some were repetitive, some were good but fell a little flat in the shadow of the Catcher storyline. Overall though, he's continuing to grow in a way that I find interesting, so I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
MichalSh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this fine offering, book #5 in the Cal Leandros series, author Rob Thurman once more experiments with a first-person POV -- this time, it's Cal and Catcher. Catcher who?Remember Rafferty, a werewolf healer that saved Cal's life in "Nightlife"? Yup. That's the guy. And Catcher is Rafferty's cousin who's permanently stuck in wolf form. In "Roadkill", Cal, Niko and Goodfellow hit the road to go after the "Plague of the World", a gypsy anti-healer named Suyolak. Rafferty is the only one able to possibly stop Suyolak from unleashing a Black-Death remake, Ebola, killer flu and you-name-it-as-long-as-it's-gross-and-lethal upon the unsuspecting population. Raff also hopes to cure his cousin Catcher, before Catcher loses his human half completely. Delilah joins the gang on her bike, but this time it looks as though she's got something extra to give Cal, and we ain't talking hot sex...more like a knife or a deadly case of claws. The Kin discovered the truth about Cal and her, and demand that she kill Cal to save her honor. Will she do it? Seems like the only question is "when". And as if that's not enough mayhem, Cal's gating makes him bond with his inner Auphe in a scary, scary way.Once more, a 5-star book.I can't wait to read "Blackout"...
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hmmm...Thurman definitely ended this with a very dark edge. And that is saying something considering the villains Cal and Niko have faced, including their own issues. The novel begins more or less like usual: the guys take a case with a near-indestructible enemy, and learn that the Kin know about Cal and Delilah. Promise skips this mission, but since the enemy is an anti-healer, they need a healer to help combat him. I was glad to see the werewolf cousins, Rafferty and Catcher, return. Their story has been a loose thread since the beginning. I wanted to know why Catcher is stuck as a wolf, and why Rafferty feels responsible - and we do. And it's pretty damn clever to boot.In Deathwish, Thurman shook up the format by having Niko alternate with Cal as narrator. She does so again here, only this time Catcher alternates with Cal to tell the tale. I'm split over this. On the one hand, I like seeing Cal's actions through others' eyes. Especially since Catcher doesn't love Cal like Niko does, so he's more objective. And able to see the slow changes in Cal that Niko can't or won't see as the plot moves along. On the other hand, this shifted the dynamic of the story making this as much about Catcher and Rafferty as about Cal. With the Auphe gone, readers might've expected Cal and Niko to "go forth and be supernatural protectors of the realm." Instead, Thurman throws a curveball by introducing a very dark thread for Cal when unexpected side-effects to gating start to manifest. I'm not sure I like this theme, since I can't see how it can be resolved with my favorite anti-hero still intact. Thankfully, I have faith in the author! It does add a new dimension to the brothers relationship as we see just how far Niko will go to protect his brother, even from himself.In direct contrast to the dark storyline, Thurman keeps the black humor rolling. Cal's famous sarcasm is as sharp as ever, and his thoughts about sex, now that he's getting some, are frequent and hilarious. Niko wastes no time cuffing him on the back of the head when he requires it either. Goodfellow, while not adding anything to the plot or story (which was somewhat disappointing), does add laughs as he wrestles with, oh the horror, monogamy! The ending was an action-packed, exciting battle where all plot threads converge to one showdown.Overall, though the pacing of the book wasn't as tight as the previous books (mainly because they spent so much time chasing the enemy across country so we could have therapy time), the plot was well done, the ending spectacular and the characters true to form. I can't wait for the next book.
Radella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rob Thurman does what she does best- dark, sarcastic, and endings that leave you wanting more. Cal has to be one of the best anti-heroes in modern books. In addition to the major problems he is facing this week (IE- trying to save the world from an even bad-er monstrosity) he is in trouble with the Kin over Delilah, his friends-with-benefits. Add on the trouble with his "traveling", a moping Puck, and Rafferty's problems, this is one hell of a road trip!
edstan76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rob Thurman finally wrote a book that is fun, enjoyable and easy to read. The previous books in the series were good, but difficult reads. Not b/c of the plot but the way it was written, or the prose used. This one flowed nicely, and was not-put-downable. (Yes thats my phrase) [Means I didn't want to put this down]In this one, Cal and the group, go on a road trip looking for a gypsy healer, that was caught many many years ago and locked away. The seals on his prison are weakening, and he is causing plagues where ever he is taken.Cal, Niko, and Robin, finally make contact with the werwolf healer from the first book. He and his cousin join in, b/c the healer is the only one that can take on the gypsy healer turned psycho killer. And Cal's girlfriend Delilah tags along.This was well written, the plot was well constructed. It was more forward with not as many twits. But this story didn't need too many twists. Also Catcher, the werwolf who's stuck in wolf form, narrates about every third or fourth chapter. This works much better then Niko narrating the previous book. Catcher actually has something to say, and gives a point of view thats not the main group.If you haven't read the others then start with this one. Its a fun read. And the humor comes from Robin trying out Monogamy. HILARIOUS!
flemmily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this series is well written for the paranormal genre but I just don't get all that into the books. The world/lore is pretty interesting. I like Cal, the main character, but I don't love him. There is a lot of mildly funny humor. This one is a road trip book, and the plot is subsumed by the brotherly relationship development. The villain is pretty good.
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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