Fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, and Linda Hamilton will flock to the kick-ass world of Owl, a modern-day "Indiana Jane" who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world.
Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief Alix - better known now as Owl - has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen 3,000 years ago and makes her an offer she can't refuse: He'll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead.
A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl's vampire problem - and let's face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief. Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa's ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out, though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa's trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a handbasket fast...and Owl has to pick sides.
©2015 Kristi Charish (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
I bought this title not really knowing what to expect, but I have to say I really enjoyed it. The story is quirky and funny, and the characters are well thought out. There were moments that had me rolling my eyes and the main characters use of the same saying over and over did get a bit annoying towards the end, but despite that it was still a very good listen. In fact I enjoyed it so much I have now bought the next in the series and very much look forward to listening to it.
The narrator has a pleasant voice and her accents aren't too bad. She is well spoken and her voice is very clear and easy to understand. I would happily listen to another book narrated by her.
"Supernatural meets Indiana Jones!"
Loved this book! Great characters & lots of action! You get a wide range of supernatural beings and the archeology and adventure of Indiana Jones! What more could you ask for? A trained, vampire attacking cat? Well you get that too! Can't wait to listen to the next book!
"A shot of Smiles , with a bottle of Corona chaser"
The story is written in the manner that reminds me of Sam Spade, (if it was written by Darynda Jones). It's gritty, funny, has a few wtf parts and is written so well that I had a hard time putting it down. If you like tough women that have a chronic case of smart-assidness then you'll like this book.
Christy has the smart-ass tone down pat for this character. It made this story just that much better. She does a pretty decent Russian and Japanese accent but she's got Naga's down pat though
Look I took a chance with this author for I had never heard of her and I was very happy with what I read/heard
"Narrator sounded like Kirk too often"
Owl didn't really grow on me. The other characters were fine, but she was really flat the entire time. The author made a point to tell us Owl's motivations more times than she showed us. You don't have to say how crazy you are every single time you talk to your cat.
She emphasized random words in sentences, which often ended up sounding like William Shatner as James T. Kirk. She also mispronounced so many words! Please learn how to say Byzantine since it's used so often. There were other words that she said wrong throughout, but the way she said Byzantine was like nails on a chalkboard after a while.
After getting used to the strange narration, the story wasn't bad. It could have been better, but I still got the second one in the series.
"Not really a hero or thief"
This book is interesting and fun but the major flaw is the main character. She doesn't solve any of the conflicts in the story her sidekicks do. The boyfriend, best friend, and even her cat fight all of her fights. She isn't the hero of story she is the damsel in distress that bumble into every problem and the side characters have to save her.
They also say on the summary that she is an international their bringing illusion of her breaking into buildings in the middle of the night circumventing security systems. No in the book her theiving is closer to the Nazis in Raider of the Lost Arc. She goes to the dig site and steals the stuff from the archeologists who are escalating.
Even her cool nick name the owl was her idea. She gave herself a nick name and she cost it because she has big eyes
She can read and write several language even long dead language but can' understand the laguange when spoken around her. That made little sense to me
This being said the story did keep my interest and the side character are really good. The story sets up and interesting series. I just hope that the Owl gets to become more of a bad character not the weak damsel everything happens to. I admit I am tempted to get the next book
Maybe with a little warning
All but the main
Not from this book
Hope you like it
"Did we miss a literary trope anywhere?"
The plot (what there is of it) consists almost entirely of a Lara Croft wannabe, making bad decisions over and over again and being rescued by the incredibley handsome... oh you get the idea. The author makes the mistake of confusing plot with complication and emotion with angst. I have to admit I made multi runs at 'reading' this and finally gave up and left it unfinished.
Nothing she was fine, but there is a saying that no matter how much mayonnaise you add, you can't make chicken salad out of chicken sh*t
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