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One of the best Harry Hole stories so far

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-19

I loved this story, it was more like an old Harry Hole tale, starting with Harry down on his luck, drunk and sat in the corner of the Crime Squad office, not a kroner to his name but with a murder to solve that might finally drive him over the edge. I can't say much more without ruining it.....

As usual, Nesbo hands you three or so plausible suspects and keeps you guessing right up to the reveal. Gripping, dark and beautifully read by Sean Barrett as always.

You will need to have read at least a couple of the previous books to get the most out of this one for context.

Good, but not your typical Brookmyre

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-19

I enjoyed Fallen Angel, but it is a departure from the usual pace that Brookmyre throws at a story. We are instead presented with a character drama that centres around a conspiracy theory, a family drama, and of course, a murder.

As usual, the story is built on some brilliant characters who are fleshed out in exemplary detail. Despite being low on action or comedy, I found the whole story enthralling and kept returning to find out what turn it would take next as I was fed layers of background story to bring the tale to it's conclusion. It's dark stuff though, not for anyone with a sensitive disposition.

Again, this is probably for fans of 'new Brookmyre' more than 'old Brookmyre' but I increasingly think of Chris as two different authors, who I enjoy for completely different reasons. Say what you like, the man has range!

Nice continuation to Mageborn, faster pace

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-18

I'm now a big fan of this series, but I would suggest that you read Battle Mage and Mage Born before this or you will not be able to catch up.

For fans of the series, the aftermath of the Katie Hopkins / Daily Mail style slandering of a minority group of Mages has taken it's toll on the students and teachers of the Red Tower as they seek refuge and a place in the world with varying degrees of success. It has a much darker tone than the previous works in the series, dealing with the dangers of prejudice and the cycle of violence that this creates.

For those who disliked the slower pace of Mage Born, fear not, there are magical battles, rouge gods and bloody violence aplenty in this one, It is probably my favorite Stephen Aryan book to date due to the combination of intrigue, plot depth and action.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A change of pace

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-18

What did you like most about Mageborn?

I unashamedly enjoyed Battle, Blood and Chaos so I snatched this up directly. I enjoyed getting to now the old characters like Choss and Tammy again now that they have grown up a bit.

What did you like best about this story?

It feels a bit more mature, tackling propaganda and fake news in a fantasy environment - it is very relevant to the actual world!

Have you listened to any of Matt Addis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Matt Addis is one of my favorite narrators and this is another solid performance.

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

There are a few 'sacrifice for the greater good' moments but it's not a tear-jerker, it's a swords and magic fantasy thriller!

Any additional comments?

Whilst the last trilogy was three self-contained stories, this felt like a set-up for a three-part tale. A change in pace but an improvement in writing style and story / character development from the author, I liked it though, looking forward to the next installment already!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Another great thriller by Hurwitz

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

In keeping with X`s last 2 adventures, we are once again treated to an excess of violence, chases & expensive vodka. In Hellbent, we possibly see a spot of emotional growth for Evan as we learn how serious his enemies really are.

In short, well worth a go if you like a Reacher or Victor the Assassin type of read.

Good narration by Scott Brick once more, his male voices are top draw and he brings good atmosphere to the action.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Well worth trying if you like recent Brookmyre

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-17

i was a bit in two minds about this, i read a lot of thrillers and mystery. I do occasionally go for a sci-fi or fantasy title, especially liking the expanse series by James A Corey (for other fans, Detective Miller would happily fit in with Brookmyre`s characters!).

With this in mind, i really enjoyed the book. Brookmyre presents his usual brand of richly detailed anti-heroes and throws them onto a space station. There is some dark humour along the way, a twisty plot and some morals to ponder, so once you get over the space station, it is basically what he usually produces!

There are no lazer guns, aliens and the like. This is a mystery in space. I suspect that it will be accessible by both mystery and sci-fi fans alike. It falls into that rare category of being well written and accessible Sci-Fi, and for that alone it is probably worth a look.

Brookmyre fans, keep an open mind, it is worth giving a chance. Although it is probably not for everyone, i am hoping that this is not the last we see of Nicky Fix and her world.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

One of the best Brookmyre books for years

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-17

What made the experience of listening to Want You Gone the most enjoyable?

Computer hacking is not a topic I know much about and although there is a degree of technicality, I was not lost as anything relevant is 'explained to Jack' for the reader's benefit. This keeps the pace quite high and the story deep without having to be a nerd to follow it.

What other book might you compare Want You Gone to, and why?

Parlabane is nearly back to his old self but a bit older and a bit wiser. It's something between 'Be My Enemy' and 'Black Widow' for pace and mystery content. In my opinion, better than 'Black Widow' for me (which I enjoyed) and probably on a par with 'Be My Enemy' (which I liked a lot).

What does Avita Jay and Angus King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Some of the voices stray a bit but the core voices that they represent (Sam and Jack) feel really natural and Angus King is exactly how I pictured Parlabane sounding when I read the books. Good narration overall.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are a fair few heart in mouth moments and a good number of funny lines from Jack plus a guest appearance from Spammy.

Any additional comments?

I think that this new series of Parlabane books really suits Brookmyre's style. Again, it is half way between the edgy comedy thrillers he used to write and the more straight mystery books from the Jasmine Sharpe series and for me this is a really winning combo. Sure, I'd like another 'Sacred Art of Stealing' but if I can't have that, this will still do me nicely. Job well done Mr Brookmyre.

Great Follow Up

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's a thriller in the Jack Reacher / Jason Bourne style, it's just written really well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Evan is clearly the reason you return for more, however the supporting cast of villains and acquaintances are well fleshed out. Orphan V feels like she is going to bring more to the party as the series progresses.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

I like the sense of drama he brings, it's a bit slow going sometimes but his Jack and Evan are good. I think my favourite bit of his narration is when Evan answers the phone 'Do you need my help...'

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

It's violent rather than emotional.

Any additional comments?

Best thriller I've read for years (after Orphan X).

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

Classic Jon Ronson in a new way.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-17

I really enjoyed this. I should however stipulate at this point that I'm a massive Jon Ronson fan and have enjoyed all of his books to date.

This differs from previous Audible offerings in that it' comprises a narrative from Jon interspersed with interviews with people rather than accounts of interviews. Jon's manner is very light but his questions are intelligent and interesting. You don't feel that anyone is being set up to make a fool of themselves and as a result he teases out genuine and interesting responses to questions.

In terms of subject matter - yes, it's about porn, but really it's about how a significant change to an industry affects ordinary (well...) people.

It's free (at the time of writing) so if you like Jon Ronson or Louis Theroux, you honestly can't lose with this. I look forward to paying actual money for future instalments!

Fantasy violence and magic. Good stuff.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Chaosmage to be better than the print version?

I've not read the print version but I'm a huge fan of Matt Addis as a narrator, he adds a lot to the story so I can't see the print version being better.

What other book might you compare Chaosmage to, and why?

If you've read Battlemage and Bloodmage, this is closer to Battlemage, especially in terms of fighting, magic and violence. If you've not read books 1 and 2, fans of Brandon Sanderson probably will not be left too disappointed for story line and complexity of characters.

Which character – as performed by Matt Addis – was your favourite?

He has such a broad range, giving each race a particular accent. I think he suits a wide range and his female voice is pretty good (not that silly weak voice so many male narrators go with). To answer the question though, I've enjoyed his interpretation of Vargus throughout.

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

It's not really that sort of story.....

Any additional comments?

A good third book in the series. I liked it better than Bloodmage.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful