In the sequel to the blockbuster The Dying Dance, Private Detective Moses Byone returns to help the FBI uncover the mystery of who is experimenting on the mentally ill men of New Orleans. Mose must search his memory and his own dark past. Will he discover the truth before he becomes a victim to the strange, enigmatic doctor?
©2014 Ricardo M. Fleshman (P)2016 Ricardo M. Fleshman
Perhaps because this is a sequel and I had not read the preceding book, I found it disjointed initially and was probably a third into the story before it began to fall into place and the person I had expected to be the main focus became, instead, merely an also ran. This was also complicated, I feel, by the fast narration especially in these earlier stages. Overall, Nicholas Pattrella gave a reasonable reading, good and slick as befitted the text, with clearly defined character dialogue. But he seemed over enthusiastic to give a performance, becoming sometimes distracting with the enthusiasm of catching the intensity of exclamations. Some of his pronunciations were a little strange, as well.His machine gun speed left me wondering if he had been on a time limit.
The story was interesting, but it was the atmospheric feeling of New Orleans which was, for this listener, the main pleasure of this book: not the voodoo component itself but the undertones running through it. The main protagonist was interesting with great potential for future stories, but the author would have been better employed building on his character than introducing various other less important players. But then again, this could be because I am unfamiliar with book one. Although a stand alone novel, this book would probably be far more enjoyable with knowledge of the first.
I was given The Devil's Serum as a gift from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. I hope that there will be a third in this series about Detective Byone, again set against the New Orleans background. If there is, I will certainly want to hear it as, despite my comments above, this was an enjoyable listen which for me simply failed to reach it's full potential.
I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
This was much better than book 1!!!! It was paced well, and the plot fit with the pacing. The characters were well written and the narration was amazing! The narrator really separated voices for each character and it felt like each character had their own "voice" within the story. It was a great book. Well worth the read!
"New Orleans Ambiance"
I love any book written that takes place in New Orleans. Then again, I love wandering around New Orleans Square at Disneyland, so take that remark at face value.
I'm not going to tell you my favorite moments, because it would mean nothing to you and it would spoil things. I don't like to give away too much about a mystery because you know that there is going to be a twist and unexpected turns, so suffice it to say, expect a fun ride with twists and turns. If you're like me, you prefer to know maybe ten words about a book, then go into it and be as surprised as possible, knowing full well that if you don't like it, audible.com has a generous return policy.
This is my first time listening to this narrator, but it won't be my last since I became an instant fan of Nicholas Patrella. And a few times, when the action got intense, I slowed down the speed of the playback to ensure that I didn't miss anything. I just love that about the audible app - even changing from 1.0 to .95 in speed makes a big difference to me in playback.
If you are looking for a good mystery, seeped in the local culture of New Orleans, then this is a great audio book to curl up with, either on a beach in Cancun, or on a rainy day with a mug of hot coco in Maine. But either way, I don't think you'll be disappointed. It's a fun, intelligent read.
"Another dive into New Orlean Dark Side"
Fleshman brings us the second installment of The Voodoo Detective Byone Like Death and Dying the first of the series the pace is fast. But having been introduced to Flesman’s style I could stay onboard longer. An evil doctor a voodoo priestess and the gentry of New Orleans all become part of the tale. Byone working with the memorable characters that Fleshman introduced and adding a few more, takes us on the dark underbelly created by the doctor in his search for the perfect assassin. Byone finds that he too could be the perfect subject and is caught in the other worldly fight.
A great read but start with the first of the series,
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher
"Good sequel to the series starter"
Finding out that the baddie was not who I expected. Byone has gotten better and I enjoyed this book more than the first. This is a solid entry into the series. I like the setting of New Orleans back in the day and good characters from the first book come back in this installment in surprising ways. I felt this book was an overall good book and I really enjoyed it. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review
"Another Interesting Read"
Yes, I would love to read another book by Ricard Fleshman -especially the first book of the series. It would help to understand the main characters much better.
Sort of; the author wrote a great book, and there was plenty of investigation aspects of the story. And I love the fact that someone actually wrote a book -albeit fiction- about mental health combined with the investigation aspect of the book.
Yet, I don't think that the book kept me totally on edge. And I'm not sure why.
The performance? While I connected with Nicholas Patrella's voice, I don't quite like the way he kept the pace of the reading... it's just a bit... rushed, I think.
Otherwise, I like the way Nicholas read the book.
Yeah, I could see this book being made into a movie, but not exactly a TV series. There are so many criminal shows out there that this book inspired tv series would just blend into the other shows... but that's just me.
I'm not sure who I'd pick to play the characters. I just don't.
Thanks to audioboom and audible for a great chance to read the book!
I was able to read the book for free thanks to audioboom and audible.
And since I am allowed to give an honest opinion... I can enjoy the book one way or another.
"I still like the concept"
Revisiting New Orleans in my mind. It's been so many years since I've been there but it still holds such a special place in my heart.
the "voodoo" stuff - I don't mean to make light of it - I'm just far enough removed from it to not be scared anymore but I still respect it. I also liked the FBI twist until it just petered out and left me wondering why it was in there to begin with.
does not fit. I just crave a deeper voice for Mose. The other 'voices' were okay, even good. Maniacal - bugged me. It's a word that a reader of a thriller should know how to pronounce. It could have been better, and could have been much worse. Had he been reading aloud at a local library I would have been impressed.
Voodoo detective saves the world. In comic book graphics it might work.
I actually enjoyed this book more than the first and still love the story concept. Whereas the first was too meandering and long, this was too abbreviated. I do look forward to more and hope the 3rd one is the charm."This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
"New Orleans detective series"
I like the New Orleans setting. The characters could be fleshed out a bit. I didn't feel this was a stand alone book. And I haven't read others in the series.
Detective Byone, the main character.
He started by almost speed reading in the early parts. I'm a fast reader and talker, but this was distracting to me. That settled into a more comfortable pace. There were a few odd pronunciations. Accents were strange... just off.
Possibly. Peter Falk, except he passed away.
I might try other works in this series and even other readings by Nicholas Patrella. But, ... I was disapponted here.
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"The Devil's Serum: Detective Byone Novels, Book 2"
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I said in my review of the first book in this series, I wouln't continue. I am glad to say I went ahead and tried this one. I liked this book much better.
The narration was well done. The characters were excellently portrayed. The narrator showed enthusiasm for the readers enjoyment.This is a HUGE improvement over the
first book.A few words were mispronounced but could overlook them because of the entertainment value.
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