Small-time thief and hitman Conor Night thinks having terminal cancer is his worst problem. The illegal treatments keeping him alive are expensive, and the side effects a mixed bag:
Conor can raise the dead.
When a low-end hit points to a high-end job, Conor is suspicious, but it's an opportunity he can't afford to ignore. Armed with a set of soul-sucking ancient dice, a collection of corpses, and the estranged daughter of one of the most powerful wizards on Earth, it will take all of his wit, charm, and magic to navigate the treacherous world of the dominant Houses and either finish the job, or be finished himself.
He's got 99 problems, and dying is only one.
©2014 Michael Forbes (P)2014 Michael Forbes
I've only listened to the audible version, but the narration is brilliant and immersed me into the story-line completely. So I'd say yes, at least for me as a listener.
Conor is my favourite character. I'm used to anti-heroes and guys you love to hate but here we have a hero that we feel sorry for. You worry about his declining health and almost don't want to get to the end because you like him and want it to turn out good - but can it? Some cool gifts. I really liked the idea of how his dice work as well as his general magical ability.
Yes. Really good narration, always. Really good voices to bring out the different characters and also a good voice for general narration. It's really easy to listen to and enjoy.
Yes. Although equally no because I wanted everything to go well for Conor but if he's going to die do I want to see it. Yes I want to see how it turns out as its a great story. So yes, but because I've engaged with this character, no.
I listened to it in two sitting and really enjoyed it.
The main character is so refreshing. Bitter and a little twisted but still with a good heart. It will be interesting to see where the next book takes this character.
Love the way the author has combined the supernatural world into something new, and no gratuitous sex scenes.
The supporting characters are so different to each other. I was so sure that one of them would be a main stay for the rest of the series, but she's been killed off! And not only that she busts his jewels for trying to bring her back.
Really getting hooked by this author and narrator. Very talented duo.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com
"This urban fantasy left me wanting more."
Necromancers in Future
I liked the main character's film noir-esque inner monologue. It set the mood for the whole book.
The raspy monotone of the main character took a little bit of getting used to. It would have been easier to follow a voice with more intonation. Still, the voice fit the character, and the voice acting of Jeff Hays was very convincing, with different voices for different characters.
I enjoyed this book very much. Great light "reading" with a futuristic setting and a solid magical system. Waiting for the next one...
"The Next Dresden Files"
The smart ass prose style combined with a well thought out, fun world makes for a very enjoyable experience.
This book was a really pleasantly surprising find. I've been looking for a new book to read while my other favorite authors (Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson, Peter Hamilton, etc.) are all out still writing the next in there respective series, and this was shockingly good. Seeing as how small of a splash this made in coming out, I wasn't expecting much, but it does strongly remind me of the Dresden files back in the day. A really small underdog coming out of nowhere and being way better than it has any right to be.
The book itself reads like its narrated by an even more jaded Harry Dresden, but never drops off into being too dreary or nihilistic. The author's humor runs through the book and offers a good counterpoint, ensuring that that doesn't happen. I highly recommend.
"If Walter White were a necromancer!"
No good deed goes unpunished in this noir-esque hard boiled urban fantasy novel.
Take a gifted man who's stubborn, guilt-ridden, dying and in need of hundreds of thousands of dollars just to keep breathing now throw him in a world where he would be killed just for existing.. That's Conor Night.
This book has a lot of fresh ideas it's not like the somewhat stale rest of the genre that almost fully relies on existing myths and legends to support the majority of it's world, backstory and character set up.
The narration done by Jeff Hays is smooth and perfectly captures the attitude of Conor as well as the variety of thugs and monsters.
"New series with some original ideas"
With some stiff competition of the genre, Dead of Night holds its own with some original ideas and concepts. The world created allows much room for future development.
A satifactory conclusion to the story while leaving many questions and much room for further books in the series.
Consistent and varied character voicing well suited to all the indiviual chactacters. Selective use of vocal effects later in the book added to the atmosphere.
I found the main protaginist, Conor difficult to like or empathise with. This probably subdued some of my reactions and enjoyment.
"Unique, Fascinating, and Dark!"
One of the things I admire about Forbes writing, is his ability to create unique stories, and world building across the Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal genres. The plot, and characters in Dead of Night were original, and had a good mix of action, mystery and dry humor. I liked the main character, and his ability to raise the dead, and those deadly dice.
Jeff Hays does an amazing job narrating! He is very talented, and I love his ability to project a wide cast of characters, which makes following them easier and more enjoyable.
I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review, and while this is not my favorite story by Forbes, I really liked the originality and fresh concepts in the plot.
"Freshening up the genre of the urban dead"
I liked this book. In general I don't have much time for urban fantasy. Too often it devolves into fantasy porn and pretty soon you are one step away from sparkly vampires.This book was different.
The story is a nice balance of mystery, darkness, and a nice touch of tongue in cheek humour. The magic system and world building feel like a fresh look at a traditional trope.
The emotional aspects were not so well done as the rest but I was not looking for that - I just wanted a good story. Some parts of the book ( generally the flash backs) could have used tighter editing but overall a promising new series for me.
The narrator does a good job capturing the protagonist and handles all the other male and female characters well. The narration helped carry over the weaker parts of the story.
I'd recommend this book if you want urban fantasy that is mostly dark with some good fights and a light touch of humor. AND bonus: no sparkly vampires or brooding werewolves.
As this genre grows, there is a sameness to a lot of the books, however, this is not one of those books. The character, story, and mythos is as original as it can be at this time. The main character is the ultimate selfish anti-hero. The narration was so different I had to stop listening and come back to it. Jeff Hays gives a depth and hellish feel to this character. This book ranks up there with Sandman Slim books.
Forbes crafts solid Fantasy Noir and Proto-cyberpunk. Hays voices expressive and distinct cast of characters.
"Dresden meets the Matrix, with Zombies!"
I liked that the author combined many genres (zombies, necromancers, wizards, mafia-type Families, cancer, werewolves, skin walkers, ... I could go on and on) into a delicious tale of Good Guy Trying to Do The Right Thing! The voice actor combined this with epic skills, so you'd swear that there were several people doing dialogue!
I liked the "newbie" air to the whole thing. You've got this guy, who has the power to raise the dead, and he's got some awesome dice that can kill people. He has no idea what half of his powers are, since Necromancy is such a taboo subject. I love the fact that he has to figure it out as he goes along!
He does a great job with this title. Between the creepy echo effects of the mask, and the MANY voices that he can put down at the drop of a hat, this voice actor has totally nailed the needs of this book! Perfect pairing!
A sordid tale of deceit and action! This movie could be the death of you! Or the resurrection...
Both the author and the actor did a phenomenal job with this audiobook! I can not wait for the next book! Love!
"Forbes and Hays Are a Dynamic team"
I have to start this review by stating how impressed I was with Jeff's musical introduction and maniacal laughter exit. It's the little things like these, that feel as though so much thought and work has gone into them, that make me so often impressed with his narrations.
The story overall kept me interested through and through. It wasn't quite a non stop read. But more than a few chapters had me sitting in my car at the end of the day to wait for their completion.
I found the story to be mostly unpredictable and interesting all but one particular plot element, but there is no reason to put it here.
I have to comment on how much I enjoyed the main character. A figure I can both love and hate at the same time. He has such real flaws while owning up to them in a way that makes him a love able "asshole" ( as the book would put it). Jeff does a great job of really bringing the character to life.
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