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Preternatural Affairs, Books 1-3 Audiobook

Preternatural Affairs, Books 1-3: Witch Hunt, Silver Bullet, and Hotter Than Helltown

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Publisher's Summary

This urban fantasy set contains the first three books of the Preternatural Affairs series: Witch Hunt, Silver Bullet, and Hotter Than Helltown.

My name's Cesar Hawke. I'm a witch working for a division of the government you've never heard about.

The world's not what everyone thinks it is - unless you think that our world's a pawn in a game of chess between Heaven and Hell, and riddled with as much magic and wonder as it is with evil.

In that case, the world is exactly what you think.

My place of employment - the Office of Preternatural Affairs - takes a modern approach to an ages-old problem. It used to be that inquisitors would burn demons and the people in league with them. Now we get warrants, perform arrests, put the suspects on trial, and send guilty parties back to the Hell from whence they came with the travel forms filled out in triplicate.

This stuff I do with the OPA, it saves lives on most days.

Most days, I said.

©2014 SM Reine (P)2014 Red Iris Books

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    Jan United Kingdom 01/12/2015
    Jan United Kingdom 01/12/2015 Member Since 2012

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    "Doesn't grab the imagination"

    I liked the ideas behind the stories but didn't like the hero; he wasn't heroic and came across as bland. I did persevere in the hope that the character would evolve but he didn't he was just as boring/bland at the end of the third book as at the beginning of the first. I won't be listening again which for me is a big tell of how much pleasure a book has given me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carien 22/07/2015
    Carien 22/07/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Another world"
    Where does Preternatural Affairs, Books 1-3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed these three books. They were the first books by SM Reine that I tried and will definitely continue.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character? Who knows? I do know that I don't really trust any of them and am waiting for whoever is going to be the traitor to come forward. it is well written and keeps you guessing to the end.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the narration and would definitely consider other novels read by him


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs S. 31/01/2017
    Mrs S. 31/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent!!!"

    loved it! great story line and a fantastic narrator who was perfect for the part and really helped set the scene x

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Cooper England 31/12/2015
    Linda Cooper England 31/12/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "Urban Fantasy meets strong masculine male"
    If you could sum up Preternatural Affairs, Books 1-3 in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, laugh-out-loud moments and addicting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely has to be the main character!


    What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Jeffrey's voice is so masculine and he is so great in narrating. His feminine voices that he does I must say is quite good!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Rene
    10/12/15
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    "Character Flaw"
    Would you try another book from SM Reine and/or Jeffrey Kafer?

    I would have liked the story more with less of his personal comments.
    Girls, smart remarks, really a weak character.
    I made it thru the 3 books,, but that is it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeffrey Kafer?

    His voice is good it was the character he was playing.


    Did Preternatural Affairs, Books 1-3 inspire you to do anything?

    Not to purchase anymore.


    Any additional comments?

    More story and less of the wise crack stuff.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dianne
    Canada
    07/12/14
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    "Bad, "it was a dark and stormy night" bad"
    Would you try another book from SM Reine and/or Jeffrey Kafer?

    No


    Has Preternatural Affairs, Books 1-3 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Hi did his best but he was working with a sophomorphic piece of crap.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration! The author needs a dictionary! If you are going to use a poultice in your story you could at least look it up and find out how it is used! You don't eat a poultice. It was disappointing because I spend good money buying books and it's an investment in someone's writing career when I do. This author did not live up to his end of the bargain. Tired cliches, using words he didn't understand, using every scatological word in the English language whether they were called for or not, total lack of character development etc., etc., etc. what terrible writing!


    Any additional comments?

    "Praise Allah", "
    "Yeah, baby it's me"
    "The room spun around me"
    This is the best this author could come up with?

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • carol
    Cherokee, N.C., United States
    18/01/16
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    "A man I like."

    The book was good and the narrator was better. I don't normally like male narrators but I really enjoyed listening to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bradley
    19/01/15
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    "Great series!!!"

    I am a huge fan of the Iron Druid Chronicles & this series of books draws you in just as they do. There is just enough sexual tension mixed in between the characters to make it interesting and flow with the story but not to draw away from the real storyline. If you are a fan of supernatural story lines, this series is one
    to take a chance with!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Robert A Vaughan
    Atlanta, GA USA
    16/06/17
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    "Great book!"

    The urban gothic horror or modern fantasy genre had long been my favorite and this book does that genre justice. In line with the Dresden Files books with more emphasis on covert government winchesters. The main character was okay, I could definitely tell that it was a make written by a woman though which took away a small amount from the series, but I still plan to look for more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reanne
    06/06/17
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    "book one was okay, book two lost me"

    Urban fantasy is probably my favorite sub-genre. I read a lot of it. This wasn't the worst UF I've read, but it wasn't great.

    Book one was okay. It starts off with a clear problem and goal for the protagonist. It starts with a scenario that, while a little cliche (I'd love it if the dead body at the beginning of books could be an attractive young woman a bit less often), did a good job of catching interest and signaling what at least the first part of the story would be about.

    The characters, though, never really appealed to me. They weren't so off-putting that I stopped listening, but they were always just kind of bland. And I really didn't need all the sexual commentary from the male MC's POV narration. Even though the MC is a witch, he doesn't seem to be a very good one and doesn't really do any/much magic. The biggest UF element is some talking with the dead and run-ins with "demons" (incubus, mainly). So... meh. But it kept me interested enough to finish the book.

    Book two, though, was unfocused. It was never very clear what the problem was they were trying to solve or why they were the ones who had to solve it, and their team dynamic was pretty awful and unprofessional. (The boss sends them in to talk to a super-dangerous bad guy to get info without having any cover story about why they're there to talk to them, and even though he's on their earpieces, when the bad guy asks, "So who are you with again?" the boss is just silent.) As cops, I just couldn't believe this group. But the biggest problem was the lack of focus in the story. About an hour and a half in, two of them were in some tunnel fighting giant spiders and I couldn't even remember why they were there or what they were meant to be doing. (They did not go in to clear out the giant spiders.) And at that point I figured, if I was that far into the story and still couldn't figure out what the story was about and didn't particularly like any of the characters, it wasn't worth continuing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. Davis
    Springfield, IL
    08/05/17
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    "Adolescent"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it had been written with an adult audience in mind.


    What was most disappointing about SM Reine’s story?

    I felt like I was reading a book written for a mid-teen audience, rather than someone with four decades of reading under their belt.


    What aspect of Jeffrey Kafer’s performance would you have changed?

    He did the best with what he had.


    What character would you cut from Preternatural Affairs, Books 1-3?

    All of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dominique
    05/05/17
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    "Not Bad"

    I started this series with low expectations since I'd gotten the kindle book for free and paid $1.99 for the narration. I was pleasantly surprised. I would read the next boxed set of 4-7, I liked it enough. Unfortunately the cost is higher than my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    10/04/17
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    "Enjoyable"

    Love the main character. Not macho but manly. The story moves along nicely, good chemistry between characters. Good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim S
    07/04/17
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    "Ok Action Story"

    Good if you are a plot oriented reader. Characterization is a little thin. The voice of the protagonist is made to sound like William Shatter doing a Captain Kirk impression. Yes, annoying! Otherwise, the story moves quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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