Book 1 of the Demon Accords.
Chris Gordon is a rookie with the NYPD - one with a secret. In his spare time Chris is an exorcist without equal, with a gift from God. But when he saves a beatiful girl from a demonic attack, he discovers there is more to fear than just demons. Finding himself surrounded by vampires and were-weasels and facing a giant short-faced bear, Chris struggles to stay alive, all while protecting his deadly new girlfriend. And then there's her overprotective vampire mother!
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Wasn't sure when I first started to listen to this book., but it turned out to be a good book and I am looking forward to listening to the next in the series.
I found the world of demons, vampires and werewolves fascinating.
The main character escalates in power through the series, which worries those that would like to control him.
I found the narrator very good, I tried to limit my listening to commuting but I found it hard to stop listening.
I really enjoyed this book. The story is well written and funny, and the characters are great. The narrator is okay, he has a nice voice, although his accents can be a little cringe worthy. Well worth a credit.
Grumpy Old Git.................
I am writing this review having finished reading the entire Demon Accord series about three weeks ago. Having only recently discovered my liking for supernatural fiction I came across God Touched and decided to give it ago. I finished it in double quick time. It left me wanting more, and I soon devoured the rest of the series. Great characters all properly drawn 3D people with all their faults and weaknesses, set in a supernatural world that doesn't confuse the reader with too many changes to the laws of physics.
What can I say. Read this first book and I would be very surprised if you don't want to read the rest.
If you like your stories to be ultra realistic then this book is not for you, but if this is the case then go read a newspaper because this book is awesome! There are many kinda cringey moments and the main character seems a bit dim sometimes. However the plot is action packed and advances relentlessly, never spending too long on a scene. It is well written with fun characters and the series only gets more interesting as it progresses. It is very much a guilty pleasure with Underworld style vampires and werewolves. This series will appeal to many young adults for the violence and supernatural themes.
Too many science fiction/fantasy writers have no real art for story telling and too many lack the technical competence to write even middling quality novels. In this case the author has created or otherwise obtained a good idea for an urban fantasy but lacks the ability to create a half decent yarn.
First person stories can be tricky and new authors fall into the trap of this approach since it seems easy ... "I did this and I did that ..." and so on. But first person stories mean that your central character must carry the audience with his thoughts and actions. If the reader thinks your central character is a boring meat-head then the story can be completely ruined for that reader.
I found the central character of this story annoying, irritating, boring, naive, and lacking in intelligence. Even so it is still possible to write about a set of events that happens to someone like this in an interesting way, but the author fails to do this.
Tropes can be fine, so can story formulas, and they can give the reader comfort - but it's how you deliver the story that is the measure of the writer. The delivery of this book is rather disappointing and unimaginative. The lead character's relationship with the "love" interest is vacuous and yawn-inspiring.
There was also no sense of tension, surprise, suspense and so forth. I never felt that the main character was in any real danger, he was basically too powerful and too quickly able to resolve situations. This approach is boring and completely unrealistic given the less than stellar cognitive ability of the lead character.
I'd be here all day if I was to outline all my pet hates from this story. I frequently found myself thinking, "show don't tell; lazy so and so".
The naive execution of this story, I thought it was written by a teenager or some person in their 20s with limited life experience but the author's website photo reveals him to probably be in his 50s or 60s having spend 20+ years in banking and investments which I would suggest he sticks with instead of inflicting his brand of nonsense on the rest of us.
I guess I'd say it's alright if you want something fairly trashy. Especially if they were a guy.
I don't think I would. The love story in it is a bit... I dunno predictable. I kept waiting for the main character to put on a fedora and say m'lady.
Clear reading, good pronunciation, very listenable voice
I dunno maybe read the next one in the series. It's trashy but could definitely be a guilty pleasure
I kinda felt like, the story could have been better.
Loser guy becomes super cop, and also super hot, and also gets a super obsessed girlfriend who is also super strong but ultra loving and cutesy. Has to eat tons of greasy food and do nothing to keep in shape.
My eyes did roll a few times. Generally enjoyable though.
"Entertaining - improves along the way?"
I'm getting book 2 because the writing and narration improved along the way. I was almost ready to bail on this book due to the annoying "Valley Girl" manner of speech with the rising tone at the end of the sentences. Thankfully, the narrator brought that down mid way through the book, but not totally? :)
This was not the most sophisticated book I've ever read, and is probably just a notch above Young Adult? The Iron Druid series is a better presentation of dialogue and rich details from research. But, while I'm waiting for the next Iron Druid book (author Kevin Hearne) . . . and, for the next Peter Grant book (author Ben Aaronovitch) . . . this will fill the time?
Given that the book got better near the end, I'm hoping that the series will too. Hope the narrator drops the Valley Speak. Book 2 could be awesome?
"Action, Yay! Relationship, Boo!"
The character is interesting right from the start. Conroe does a great job slowly building the story. We get a real sense of his abilities and how they affect his life, and his non-supernatural talents feel developed and cultivated throughout his life. As we get to know Chris, his character seems more and more real. It's too bad I can't say the same about Tanya. She's so two-dimensional, which is made doubly obvious and irritating by the proximity to our lead. Their relationship moved so fast, I got whiplash. That said, the moment they exchanged gifts late in the book is more than a little touching.
Cronin's narration is excellent. Each character has their own voice and you can always tell who's speaking. He is at least as responsible as the author for the depth of Chris, giving him an every man voice without it becoming too bland.
All in all, a great (if not amazing) listen that has me hooked on the series.
"Urban Power Fantasy (***Slightly Spoilerish***)"
A protagonist with extraordinary powers who doesn't get defeated by every supernatural baddie who comes along. When faced with an enemy with inferior powers (which is pretty much everyone) he mops the floor with them without needing a Scooby Gang or blind luck to pull his feet from the fire.
I wouldn't want every book or series to feature a hero this powerful and who is generally physically unchallenged. But this is a nice antidote to the typical fare where you're left wondering how a 1000 year old wizard survived even a month when he or she is knocked unconsciousness 5 times in a book (but not killed because of...plot?) and who in the end needs their apprentice with 6 months experience to remain alive, defeat the evil whatever and save the world.
Recommended for those who still fall asleep to fantasies of possessing amazing powers and being invincible.(and maybe getting the girl or boy in the end).
"HE LOOKED LIKE SOMETHING THAT WOULD APPEAL TO A"
This is a preteen girl book. The main character is a muscle bound martial arts expert, who wears baggy clothes, so as not to attract attention. He has a trust fund, but lives in a small apartment because he does not want to be showy. He is a defender of children. He has only had one date. He played football and wrestling in high school. Even though he didn't care about sports, his tackles caused memory loss. He played sports as training for demon killing. YOU ALL AIN'T THAT SCARY.
YOU ARE REMARKABLY BLASE ABOUT THE SITUATION
The narration called for sarcasm. Cronin is a second tier narrator and did not Crusher it like Will Wheaton would have.
I DON'T LIKE BEING SCARED.
"If u like JIM BUTCHER and KEVIN HEARNE, u will LOVE this series!!!!!!!"
I have over 400 audio books in my audible library, and find it harder and harder to find books, let alone series, that I enjoy profusely!! I sometimes almost have panic attacks when I am looking for a good book. Thank god I found this series. I have been in a bit of an audible slump since I couldn't find that perfect book. Of course I look at ratings, and have been reliant on audible suggestions as of late. I was very lucky they suggested this one. Just reading the synopsis had me hooked. I went back and read the negative ratings, as I always do, after thoroughly enjoying a book, and couldn't figure out why people were saying the narrator was bad and the story line was young adult material. I can tell u they were horribly wrong. Give this one a chance, and like me u will be excited to see there are several already on audible. An audiobook addict like me knows what I am saying when u find a gem like this, then see there have been several audiobooks written and recorded already in the library. It's like starting breaking bad on Netflix after the series just ended.... Pure unadulterated pleasure!!!! Great job to the author, on both the great story line and choosing a great narrator!!!
"It was okay?"
Certainly not the pinnacle of entertainment. This book had moments of greatness. I sometimes read authors who are very talented but when they struggle with writers block or have days when they just don't want to write, it's obvious.
That was the case here. The story is a cliché but entertaining enough and there were times when the prose flowed beautifully, was engaging and allowed you to "see" the world being created.
And then there were the times when it felt so forced and rambling I would almost turn it off.
It goes back and forth between these.
The reviewers who complained about the narrator ending everything with a question were spot on. It is intensely annoying? For every single thing the MC says? To end in a question?
It's an okay, cliché vampire book read by an okay narrator and not much more.
"I was sucked into the story quickly"
God Touched by John Conroe is the first in a series called the Demon Accords. Chris Gordon is a NYPD rookie who spends his free time conducting exorcisms. He has an extraordinary skill with exorcism that he developed with he was a child living with his grandfather in the countryside. As an NYPD rookie, he was trying to live a normal life, when he is suddenly flung into a world of vampires. He must now try to balance his life as an exorcist, fighting crime as a cop, his growing role in the vampire community, and a budding romance.
This novel really grew on me. At the beginning, I wasn’t really impressed by Chris, but I was sucked into the story quickly. By the end, I was sad that it was over and wanted to find out what happens next. There were a lot of moving parts and parallel storylines. This kept the story from getting flat. The vampire politics and the cop/drug storyline both moved forward at an appropriate pace and intersected seamlessly. The plot was dynamic and filled with an appropriate amount of slow reflection and fast action. The action itself was also exciting. I thought that Chris’ voice came off as a confused young adult who is just not that smooth, but is confident in his ability to exorcise demons. Clearly, a lot of effort was put in to make sure Chris had a full backstory. I really liked his interaction with all of the different characters. The banter between the cops and Chris was especially amusing. In fact, all the characters were vivid even if they were just introduced in passing. Unfortunately, a big part of the story that I didn’t really enjoy was the romance. Chris’ girlfriend, while powerful, came off as a little flat. Maybe in the succeeding novels, she will grow more into her character. I was also hoping for more of a build-up of strong feelings, rather than the sudden rush of deep love that happened. It just didn’t seem real. However, if it’s possible to suspend belief for that part, the rest of it was entertaining.
The narration by James Patrick Cronin was great. His voicing of the characters was memorable and consistent. This consistency was important for Chris’ character because he has such a distant way of speaking. I especially liked his voicing of some of the older vampires. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes stories that combine urban fantasy with cop dramas.
Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.
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"All and all a great book."
Yes, to catch things that I missed the first time around and to be able too experience the book all over again.
The final fight scene, I feel like that could of been a bit more exciting but overall still a great scene.
No, this was my first time experiencing the great talents of JPC and will definitely look more into his works.
Yes after the first chapter I was hooked, the action in the books begins right away and just draws you in. Looking forward to book 2 and beyond.
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"Great new series!"
If the supernatural were to exist, this is exactly how the real-world would respond.
Chris is such a wise-ass!
This was my introduction to James Patrick Cronin, and I am now a fan. I won't even buy the latest book until it is released on Audible.
I instantly wanted more. After the second book I went all in and bought the rest.
I could visualize this book series on TV, it would translate perfectly to the CW.
"Light and Entertaining"
I got this one based on the high star rating this book has. I was concerned that it did not merit the high rating since the written reviews are not as glowing. But I took the chance and am glad I did. I went on to get the next 4 books and they are all just as good in my opinion.
The storyline is tight and quick moving. The characters and world building are well developed. The narration was a bit different. I did not mind the accents, at least the characters voices were differentiated, I just was not sure why a New York vampire sounded like they were from Fargo.
Overall I recommend this one if you like light fantasy, daemon slayers and vimpires.
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