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The Vesik Series: Books 1-3 Audiobook

The Vesik Series: Books 1-3: Vesik Series Box Set

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Publisher's Summary

This omnibus collection includes Days Gone Bad, Wolves and the River of Stone, and Winter's Demon. That's three complete novels of Damian's dark, gritty, and occasionally hilarious urban-fantasy adventures.

Days Gone Bad (Book 1)

My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I've faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and ...damn, I need a vacation.

Wolves and the River of Stone (Book 2)

Philip, Zola's boyfriend from 150 years ago, is not nearly as dead as we thought. I really wish he was. Not only has he kidnapped Zola, but he's raising an army to scour humanity from the Earth. Hopefully the local werewolf pack will help. What could possibly go wrong?

Winter's Demon (Book 3)

Some things can never be undone. The horrors I've defeated - or even caused - with my own hands...they are nothing compared to what's coming. Philip Pinkerton has brought his madness upon my family, my own blood. His army of necromancers is on the move, harbingers of a great darkness. I fear the war has begun...and damn, I don't get paid enough for this.

©2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Eric R. Asher (P)2014, 2015, 2016 Eric R. Asher

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    Megan st génies, France 13/11/2016
    Megan st génies, France 13/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "lighten up this is fun (*^o^*)"

    I hesitated a long time before getting this one because of the comments. I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy books and it's hard to find something but doesn't feel like I have read it before. But this was a fun and refreshing experience. Sure it's no great classic and the narrator is a little over-the-top at times but he brings to life a cool but clueless necromancy, badass fairies and all kind of unimaginable beings in a fun but catching way. This was an easy listen that gave me a few surprises and lots of smiles. Why not, reading is supposed to be fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chilipepper 17/03/2017
    Chilipepper 17/03/2017

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    "Brilliant story"

    This is fast paced and totally engaging, you really want to know what happens next. The narrator is a little, not to my taste, but conveys the story well.
    Character development and interaction is wonderful, lots of action and humour.

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    Grace 15/11/2016
    Grace 15/11/2016
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    "A lot of potential but could be better"
    What did you like best about The Vesik Series: Books 1-3? What did you like least?

    I liked the atmosphere that the author managed to conjure in places but I did not like the number of unnecessary supporting characters, it made things a little difficult to follow and meant most could not be developed to any real degree.


    Would you recommend The Vesik Series: Books 1-3 to your friends? Why or why not?

    Perhaps. The books are not completely to my taste but they are reasonably well written and different people have different tastes.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favourite?

    Vesik


    Was The Vesik Series: Books 1-3 worth the listening time?

    Yes they passed the time and were a pleasant enough distraction while driving.


    Any additional comments?

    What's with all the eating? I know we all need to eat but I don't need to know every time the hero and his entourage stop for another face full of junk food.

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  • Troublemer
    21/01/17
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    "Never a dull moment."

    What can i say about these 3 books? They kept me on the edge of my seat, Full of twist and turns. These have it all. Gods, Necromancers, Fairies(fey) of all kinds, demons, ghost, guardians, werewolves and vampires. Good and Evil. The main character is Damien, a necromancer. These books were intense. I hated when it ended. Can't wait to read the next. It reminds me of the Merci Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I recommend these books if you like her series. I received this bundle free in exchange for an honest review. However, they are worth the money or credit for them.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • sheryl beauchemin
    Rochester, NY
    16/12/16
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    "CLEVER WITTY DIALOG / STRANGE & ELABORATE WORLD"
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    I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.<br/><br/>Wow. Where to begin... First, I absolutely LOVED William Dufris' narration. His voice was perfect for this kind of comically sarcastic dialog. He performed a wide variation of voices and kicked in dialects and accents.<br/><br/>The stories are one rollercoaster ride after another of supernatural disasters waiting to happen. Damian Vesik is a necromancer with friends from every nature of being. With direction from his teacher, he and his unlikely entourage fight those intending to put an end to the world as we know it... all without the human population aware of their existence. The comical banter is very entertaining. The gore level is pretty high but isn't used as a crutch for the story. Book one has no romance. By book two, Damian gets a girlfriend, but the sex is just a paltry bonus.<br/><br/>Eric Asher has a bewildering and astonishing imagination. I mean... a panda demi-God? But he makes everything fit because of Damian's "comme ci, comme ça" attitude. In the writing mechanics, I noticed book two had a repeat scenario where only the characters changed. It involves a phone call, a "poet-and-don't-know-it" comment and a black w/3 red stripes van. For a moment I thought my audiobook had skipped back to book one.<br/><br/>What really made the listen(s) for me was the talent of Bill Dufris. He made Damian real. Unfortunately, I never grew any affinity for the other characters, as likable as they were. I could have accepted fewer characters and a closer look into Damian's personal life. But that's my love of raw romance adding it's 2-cents.<br/><br/>Summing it up; if you are a fan of romping fantasy with no holds barred on the improbable, this is a definite winner for you.<br/>A good TWO THUMBS UP!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • erobbins33
    03/04/17
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    "So good!"

    Damien Vesik is a balm for my nerd-brain. It's dark, like the best noir private detective novels, and it's a tribute to the underdog. There's necromancy and gods, and I can only liken the experience of the book to Dresden crossed with the ghost whisperer. Majorly awesome!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lee Ryder
    PITTSFIELD, MA, US
    20/03/17
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    "I totally love this series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Vesik Series: Books 1-3 to be better than the print version?

    Yes and no, the storyline is amazing but the speaker brings these characters to life in a way no book can. Eric is an incredibly talented author who writes amazing characters and even more amazing stories I love all his books.


    What other book might you compare The Vesik Series: Books 1-3 to and why?

    Hmmm that's a hard one to answer because there are so many books, the mortal instruments series comes to mind because the characters in this series are just as diverse and amazing as in that series.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The characters, the comedic timing, the different voices...he brings these characters to life in a way no one else could. He is SO very talented, I particularly like how he voices the fairies and the old woman.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Any moment between the old woman and Damian touches me, he loves her like a mother and she is by far my favorite character.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is such a great story and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a great adventure. The characters are so diverse and so well written that It would be hard to compare this series to any other because it is so special and so amazing the moments Eric creates between his characters really stick with you and the underlying honor and loyalty these characters have with one another is a real lesson to our world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zach
    ABINGDON, VA, United States
    14/02/17
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    "meh. it's okay"

    not sure if it is the performer or the story but I had a hard time finishing these three books. I usually multitask while listening to books but this one faded into the background too much

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wiegand
    Pinckney, MI, United States
    19/05/17
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    "A ripoff of the Dresden Files, but still enjoyable"

    I didn't want to call this a ripoff of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files because it was still enjoyable, but...
    Dresden has a brother who is a vampire, Vesik has a sister who is a vampire
    Dresden is friends with a werewolf pack, Vesik is friends with a werewolf pack
    Dresden has a mentor who is gruff old man, Vesik has a mentor who is gruff old woman
    Dresden is suspected at time of being a dark sorcerer, Vesik is suspected of being a dark necromancer.
    Dresden has fairies who clean his apartment and help him on cases, Vesik has fairies who live in his shop and help him fight
    Apparently fairies in both universes love to eat.

    You get the idea. Pretty much a direct ripoff. But it is a formula that works, mostly. The way Jim Butcher gets it to work is because he writes great dialog, really interesting plots that cover multiple volumes, and has a small but very well-developed group of characters. Eric Asher, on the other hand has pretty horrible dialog, very little plot which basically is repeated (same thing over three volumes), and just keeps randomly creating characters from an apparently bottomless barrel containing friendly demons, ghosts, gods, demigods, fairies, vampires, werewolves... the list just goes on and on. Rather than write a decent plot he just throws more characters at it with no development.

    The only things that are in short supply are archvillains, which are true dark nectromancers. It seems Vesik and his mentor are the only good necromancers because all other necromancers are aligned with the enemy but apparently they can be picked off easily because they are killed off by the dozens. However Vesik's entire posse can't seem to kill the one archvillain necromancer, even though he is the equivalent of Vesik's mentor. Just does not seem to make sense.

    Finally, the nail in the coffin (so to speak), is the narrator. Remember the narrator from Dukes of Hazzard? The guy who had to explain with a chuckle just under the surface how Boss Hogg was about to get his comeuppance? That is the voice that narrates the whole book. He seems to think the story is a comedy when it should be serious and vice versa. And Vesik's whole crew is about to go fight to the death when someone makes a joke and they decide to stop for barbecue. Huh? Are they really in mortal danger or is this one of the Scooby Doo adventures?

    If it wan't a ripoff, I would say definitely go for it, even with the problems. But unfortunately it is not only a ripoff of the Dresden Files it is a bad ripoff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eursula Clarkson
    Altamonte Springs, FL United States
    16/05/17
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    "Good overall"

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
    I do like this series overall. I enjoy the characters and the narration is good. I have a few issues with some of the story lines and get a little worn out by the "must protect my sister" that is excessively thrown in. But it is a really good series to listen to and kept my attention throughout. I look forward to reading more of the series to see where it goes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie Nutt
    Sherwood
    06/02/17
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    "To be honest..."

    When I first started this book I didn't think I would like it. But once I got a few minutes in I had laughed out loud at least twice. The family dynamic between Demon and Sam is awesome and the narrator is great with all the different characters

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Spiegel
    22/12/16
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    "WELL PERFORMED AND INTRIGUING, NOT MY THING.."

    But that does not mean fans of this genre would not appreciate its bold writing and narrating. Well done and fun - and long - it is 3 books and I had to come back and forth from other books since I received this book from the author, editor or similar for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Arlington, KY, United States
    12/12/16
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    "Great series"

    This is an amazing boxed set. There are vampires, werewolves, zombies, necromancers, fae, witches, you name it and it is in the books. It's a face paced, action filled story that has excellent narration.
    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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