A new urban fantasy featuring a man working on the right side of the law - with talents that come from left field.
Psychometry - the power to touch an object and divine information about its history - has meant a life of petty crime for Simon Canderous, but now he's gone over to the good side. At New York's underfunded and (mostly) secret Department of Extraordinary Affairs, he's learning about red tape, office politics, and the basics of paranormal investigation. But it's not the paperwork that has him breathless.
After Simon spills his coffee on (okay, through) the ghost of a beautiful woman - who doesn't know she's dead - he and his mentor plan to find her killers. But Simon's not prepared for the nefarious plot that unfolds before him, involving politically correct cultists, a large wooden fish, a homicidal bookcase, and the forces of Darkness, which kind of have a crush on him.
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"Fun - worth the credit"
Dead to me is based on a different supernatural ability – psychometry, the ability to see the history of an object when it is touched. This was refreshing. I am an urban fantasy enthusiast and it was a great change from vampires, zombies, fairies, werewolves, and sirens.
In urban fantasy there is always a governmental paranormal agency that is diligently at work – with little funding- saving us normal humans from the perilous of the supernatural.
Simon Canderous is the compromised hero out to redeem and find value in his life. He is sensitive, a loner and lonely. Because of his gift (psychometry) and occupation (paranormal agent) having a relationship with women is impossible.
So we have a guy who wants a girl and is working at a government agency. You know what is going to happen right? There is a nefarious group which must be stopped. Simon, who is still in training (being a newbie makes a better comedy), is thrust into a situation where the machinations of the political leaders and “evil” hamper him in doing the right thing.
There are enough of the supernatural characters (discounting the usual, vampires, zombies, fairies, werewolves, and sirens).double agents and damsels in distressed to make it an enjoyable book. There is also a sequel, which I am enjoying right now.
"Only book never finished"
Story did not hold my interest, and I am not generally a picky person. Boring.
"Bureau of Extraordinary Affairs"
The main character Simon is a type of psychic cop who can touch things and get a reading. He is the usual downtrodden hero who helps others and often gets kicked in the butt for his efforts. The humor and dialogue in this book are engaging. Also the backdrop is NYC so their are plenty of crazy characters, zombies, demons, vampires etc. It is fun to see them in a present day situation. Another great thing is the continuous digs on politics and bureaucracy. During fights to the death there is banter going on. This is a fun series and the characters will remind you of people you know.
I had a hard time getting into David DeVries' voice. He reminded me of a Simpson's character voice, but getting past that the book was very good. I enjoyed it alot.
The Harry Dresden series. The world setting reminds me of Dresden and the way that butcher told the story seemed to be linked in my mind.
I was not to happy with his voice.
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