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Book of Souls

A Prof Croft Prequel
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Series: Prof. Croft, Book 0.5
Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
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Summary

How did Everson Croft discover his powers?

Let's go back to the night I turned 13, the night Grandpa filleted my finger with his cane sword.

I can't say what terrified me more, the cold anger in his eyes or the crazy things in his locked study. A talking trunk. Squirming coats. A bookshelf whose titles shifted before my eyes. And one chilling title in particular: Book of Souls.

Ten years later I'm on my way to a Romanian monastery, in search of that lost book. But I'm not the only one. Three others have beaten me to the local village: two researchers and...

Well, I'm not sure who Flor is other than Spanish, secretive, and sexier than a summer dress.

Can I trust her - or any of them? I don't know, but we've got werewolves on our scent, not to mention an ancient curse hanging over the remote ruins.

Getting there and back is going to require serious cooperation. Or serious magic.

Book of Souls is a short prequel that can be listened to before or after Demon Moon (Prof Croft, Book 1).

©2016 Brad Magnarella (P)2016 Brad Magnarella
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Bad dialogue

One day both narrators and authors will understand that Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins is a spectacularly awful example to base their work on

Lower scores than for the rest of his books because the “cor blimey I’m a Brit” stuff was just painful to listen to

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  • Jan
  • 30-11-16

Don't miss this!

urban-fantasy, mage, magic, action-adventure, wizard, werewolves

What fun! I've read Demon Moon, and loved it. This comes before he completes his PhD and becomes a professor. In this one, he learns more about his grandfather and the mysteries surrounding him. He travels to an abandoned monastery in Europe to find the Book of Souls, and then the adventures begin! Don't miss this one!
I got the audio on the cheap, and James Patrick Cronin is excellent as Prof Croft and all the others!

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  • Admiralu
  • 23-03-17

Introduction to the Everson Croft Series

I had downloaded Blood Deal when I noticed this book was a prequel to the story and an introduction to the character of Everson Croft. I love the unusual name and really enjoyed this too short introduction. There were twists and turns I didn't expect and Everson is a great down to earth guy with a fun sense of humor. There were some tantalizing tidbits of his family background and I am curious to learn more. Fun, enjoyable book with excellent narration by James Patrick Cronin. He really nailed Croft's easy going tone. His character voices were excellent as well.

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  • BikeVON
  • 28-12-16

Love it

Read this before you read Demon Moon. I am a person that like things to be in sequence. As soon as I read Demon Moon, the first question I had was how did he get a Demon inside of him? Demon Moon does not give back information the present circumstances of Croft. Croft was immature and very trusting. We see the events that jaded him to people. We learn how he was initiated in the order and what the relationship based upon. It is very informative and yes there is action.

This is like a young Indiana Jones story.

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  • Marie
  • 18-09-18

Nice stand alone beginning to the series

I was hoping to get more backstory to some of the secondary characters but it was good to find out how he got his start. James Cronin is an excellent reader.

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  • Maxxxxxy
  • 20-12-16

A good background

from the first story. This was a fun read, though I recommend reading it after the first one.

My only gripe is how obvious the plot twist was. Otherwise it was really on point.

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  • James
  • 04-03-20

a prof croft back story

a decent listen to those already reading the profit croft series. I now need to read up on who thelonius was and how he is managed.

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  • Roger Hawkins
  • 22-01-20

great history for the series

This is a thoroughly enjoyable book. Looking forward to more of the series. highly recommended.

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  • happyjo
  • 12-11-19

Book of souls

I enjoyed reading this adventure book with paranormal activity and archeological searching. I want to read more from this author.

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  • xtasista
  • 10-11-19

Book of souls was awesome

I didn’t want it to end! Now I need to read the whole series - I only hope they’re just as good or better.

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  • withherownwings
  • 28-10-19

Indiana Jones/Lara Croft-esque plus magic

A solid prequel story. It starts off a little slowly, as Everson Croft, our main character recalls memories about his taciturn and mysterious grandfather that hint that he was more magical than just ordinary. Nothing much is really revealed to us. The action really gets good when Everson, now a grad student in mythology, travels to Romania to find an old monastary that is rumored to contain some ancient transcripts of books, including one (The Book of Souls) that he recalls seeing on his grandfather's bookshelf. Once there, he encounters some fellow travelers also set on finding the old monastery's books in the only hotel in the small town. The locals seem hostile, and warn the travelers of local legendary giant werewolves that haunt the woods they will have to traverse to get to the monastery. The group of travelers don't seem to want to share personal information, and are secretive about why they are going to the monastery. Reluctant to travel together, bad weather and the danger of the wolves they hear howling at night convince them to set off together. From that point it's a fast-paced adventure story that is somewhat Indiana Jones/Lara Croft-esque: wolves, double-crosses, guns, and the looting of the secret temple (oops, I mean monastery). The story is fun and exciting. Everson discovers a secret and has to try to outwit his competitors to keep it.

A fun prequel, I am excited to move forward into the actual series and see Everson discover and build his skills. I bet we've certainly got a sidekick coming, maybe a love interest, and a nemesis to revel himself. Magical artifacts and ancient secrets, ahoy! Pleasant, smooth narration. 3.5 stars