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Dead Man Audiobook

Dead Man: Black Magic Outlaw, Book 1

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I'm Cisco Suarez: necromancer, shadow charmer, black magic outlaw. Sounds kinda cool, doesn't it? It was, right until I woke up half dead in a dumpster.

Did I say half dead? Because I meant 100% dead. Full on. I don't do things halfway.

So here I am, alive for some reason, just another sunny day in Miami. It's a perfect paradise, except I'm into something bad. Wanted by police, drenched in the stink of dark magic, nether creatures coming out of the woodwork, and don't get me started on the Haitian voodoo gang. Trust me, it's all fun and games until there's a zombie pit bull on your tail.

I'm Cisco Suarez: necromancer, shadow charmer, black magic outlaw, and totally screwed.

©2015 Domino Finn (P)2016 Domino Finn

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    08/12/16
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    "voodoo, necromancy, the occult, potions, and more"

    Cisco Suarez wakes up in a dumpster after being killed 10 years ago.  He remembers none of the last decade, how he died, or how he got many of the skills and strength he now has.  After tracking down a couple of friends, he is able to piece together enough details to follow a trail toward his killers.  More questions arise as he finds out someone slaughtered his family and a Hattian voodoo gang wants him dead.

    The action continues non-stop throughout the story, voodoo, necromancy, the occult, potions, and more fill the tale with magical violence.  The story is written in the first person, so the listener is inside Cisco’s head throughout; reliving his fears, insecurities, slowly returning memories and newly discovered abilities.  He is a self-taught necromancer and wielder of magic, so most of his skills are sometimes a surprise to him.

    As the listener rediscovers Cisco’s lost 10 years, we relive his emotions with him, lost friendships, family, and lover.  It gets claustrophobic and redundant at times but remains generally entertaining.  The plot is less about making sense than following Cisco’s stumbling luck as an amateur occult detective.

    Neil Hellegers performs the story well, giving it a personality.  His voice gets into the listeners head as he becomes Cisco.  A solid performance that is pleasant to listen to and gets out of the way when the action gets hot.

    Dead Man is a detective story wrapped in the shell of magic and the occult.  There are enough dead bodies, zombies, and wizards to fill a small stadium.  Strange that the non-magic people don’t seem to notice much of it.  Never mind, that’s not the point.  It is Cisco’s world and you are invited to share it intimately as you ride on his shoulder.  While there is plenty of violence and most of it horrific, it is cartoonish and won’t give you nightmares.  The story is entertaining enough, fast paced and inventive.  Listen to the sample, it will give you enough to decide if the style is your taste.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/07/17
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    "Awesome story"

    Great characters, plot, and overall everything. Can't wait to start on the next audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • OnThinIce
    CT USA
    05/06/17
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    "Another great urban fantasy series"

    Harry Dresden - Jim Butcher
    Kate Daniels - Ilona Andrews
    Monster Hunter International - Larry Correia
    Pax Arcana - Elliott James

    If you like the above series' then you are going to love Domino Finn's contribution to the smart talking MC that's perpetually stuck between a rock and a hard place, in way over his head when dealing with his supernatural problems.

    While the formula is similar to other urban fantasies, The Black Magic Outlaw series is fresh, with the location set in Miami, FL (and surrounding areas). The cultural feel and ethnicities that give the locale its character has been beautifully captured. Miami is as much a secondary character in the stories as the secondary characters; and all of them are fleshed out and three dimensional, making each adventure a vivid and enjoyable experience to listen to.

    Neil Hellegers narration is terrific. I warmed up to his deep raspy voice quickly and his range and accents for the other characters is very well done.

    And did I mention funny? Cisco Suarez has some great one liners that had me laughing out loud.

    Dead Man thrusts you into Cisco's world from the get go. I was on the fence during the first few chapters whether I would continue to listen. The writing is not very strong initially, but then Domino Finn hits his stride and I was swept away, the listening effortless. Each successive story gets better and better. The characters evolve, grow, the supernatural elements are intriguing and nothing is a given. Just when you think you know where it's going it takes a left turn into the bizarre. Good deal!

    The Black Magic Outlaw series is a keeper for me, to be relistened to again and again. Here's hoping the next book will be available soon.

    Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brad&Britney
    07/04/17
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    "The Narrator is Amazing, The Story is "OK""

    This audiobok was given to AudioShelf for free. We promised to give this audiobook an honest review on one of our upcoming podcast episodes, so please follow us on facebook/twitter for more in depth review.

    In terms of the story, I found it to be such an interesting plot. I loved the setting in Miami and I loved the supernatural spin to the characters. The best thing about the writing of this novel was that I could easily imagine these fictitious characters being real and living in Miami. That's how great the author was able to immerse me into his setting.

    I would have loved to give this book a higher rating, however, once we got to yet another underdeveloped fight scene, I lost concentration off of the story lines that I felt mattered. At times, I felt extremely bored with the material and often got lost in the new jargon that was used to explain old context. I think the writing, at times, convoluted itself with re-explanations of what context meant. If you look at the bigger picture, nothing really happened in the book besides Cisco dying 10 years ago, realizing his family was murdered 8 years ago, and then being chased by gangsters who wanted him dead. The only thing that got me was the surprise familial twist in the end, which I must say was a good spin to the story.

    As for the narrator, Neil Hellegers did a magnificent job. His voice was deep, sarcastic, smoldering, and strong. I enjoyed the voices he used for minor characters; however, I wish he used more of a Latino accent for Cisco to allow his listeners to get the full effect of Cisco's character. One negative is that way Neil read the book. I would mostly like to "place blame" on the writing for this, but Neil's 2-3 second noticeable pauses between each sentence was distracting. The reason why I'd blame the writing is because Mr. Finn seems to think that sentences should only be between 3-5 words. The prose of this novel lacked; which in turn made listening to it less appealing. But kudos to Neil for helping me stay invested in the story.

    Overall, I wish I could give this audiobook a higher rating; however, the writing doesn't deserve the extra stars.

    -Brad

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Titusville, FL
    04/03/17
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    "Action packed! Great Narrator!"
    Where does Dead Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series now ranks #1!!!


    What other book might you compare Dead Man to and why?

    Hard Luck Hank!


    Which character – as performed by Neil Hellegers – was your favorite?

    Felix the Lightning Elemental! His character and attitude was absolutely lively! That is besides Francisco.


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

    The moment with his father at the grave side. His father said "Put down the knife son." He did not have the knife. . . That alluded to the knowledge that he killed his family under compulsion. then his father attempted to pull him into the grave. . .


    Any additional comments?

    He can be nicer to his best friend. . . . yet later books reveal that his anger is about his best friend marrying his girlfriend. So explainable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth L.
    Liberty, SC, United States
    12/07/16
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    "Great start to a new series"

    Cisco Suarez is a recently back from the dead ... or is he. As one who dabbles in dark magic, Suarez doesn't have any idea where he has been for the past 10 years. Over the course of the story, he finds what has happened, who is to blame and comes up with a plan for the future. I can't wait to see what happens next for him.

    I recommend this book for those who enjoy a darker kind of mystery. There is some magic and voodoo in this book so this may not be for everyone. Neil Hellegers is a great narrator who brings out all the emotions necessary to tell this story!

    I was given a copy of this book free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review through Audiobookboom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eclectic
    03/10/17
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    "Wild Ride!"

    This book grabbed me from the first sentence and would not let me go. Can't tell you how many times I caught myself holding my breath, wondering how Cisco would get out of this mess! Not to be missed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DabOfDarkness
    Ojo Caliente, NM, United States
    16/09/17
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    "Engaging despite the lack of ladies"

    I had the pleasure of reading the ebook back in 2016 but with the release of this series in audiobook format, I felt I needed to revisit this book. What follows is an updated review that includes my thoughts on the narration (which is excellent!).

    Cisco Suarez, necromancer and a wee bit of a dumb ass, wakes up in a dumpster. Wait. Can the dead wake? Cisco is full on dead and he’s none too happy to learn about it, especially since a variety of folks are set on seeing him dead. Again.

    The Miami heat can be harsh, especially if you’re already prone to giving off body odor. Cisco needs info and the first person he runs into that he knows is Milena, who was his sister Seleste’s BFF. Cisco soon learns what tragedy befell his family and he’s heart broken and ticked off all at the same time.

    The Haitian gang, The Bone Saints, are after him and he’s not too sure why. They have a new leader, Baptiste, who is dead set on ending Cisco’s second life. Cisco has few options so he calls upon his friends for info and aide. There’s the Norwegian biker tattoo artist Kasper, his boyhood school friend Evan Cross (who’s as straight laced as you can get), and his buddy in studying the dark arts Martine. Unfortunately, Cisco will get less aide than he hoped for and more info than he can easily handle.

    This is a wonderful nitty gritty urban fantasy detective story. Miami provides the author with the opportunity to mix in several cultures and languages. Of course, I loved all the food references. Cisco has that interesting mix of boyish charm, machismo, underdog, do-gooder, and more power than he can easily handle. Oh, and playing with dead things. It made for a fascinating character set in a place that ties together several cultures, and hence, several mythologies.

    I often found myself cheering on this necromancer, which is not something I have done often. I mean, it’s just wrong to mess with the dead, right? But Cisco made me see the right of it. After all, there’s utilizing the dead for a higher purpose and then there’s abusing your necromancer privileges. Cisco sometimes walks a fine line, but that only added to the tension and enjoyment of the story.

    My one quibble is the ladies. They are few and far between and mostly are comforters and sex objects. Now part of that is how Cisco sees the world, so I can see that adding to the character’s personality, but the ladies as a whole aren’t well represented. Martine has some skills in necromancy, but she has a pretty small role. Max, a body guard, I think has like 5 lines for the entire book and is one-dimensional. Seleste gets a nod and Milena has the largest role mostly because Cisco spends plenty of time admiring her figure. There’s an old girlfriend who also gets a nod but must be protected from the truth as she’s too fragile to handle it (eye roll). It’s modern-day Miami, which is known for a lot of things, including their bad ass women (for example the numerous ladies from the series Dexter). Alas, this book was lacking in this regard.

    With that said, it was still a very engaging story and an excellent addition to the urban fantasy genre. Apparently, the dead can be used more creatively than I expected. The balance of humor and serious points kept me on Cisco’s side throughout the book.

    I received a free copy of this book.

    The Narration: Neil Hellegers delivers! I was definitely impressed with what Hellegers could do in this audiobook. There’s plenty of accents called for, all of which Hellegers does well. Then there’s several supernatural entities that required some creativity to voice and Hellegers pulled those off as well. He’s simply great at being Cisco Suarez, Dead Man bumbling his way through his second life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    United States
    17/01/17
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    "Very Emo"

    Perhaps it was the performance but I had trouble getting through this book. It was very dark and the main Character very angry. Based on the setting and topic that makes sense. So one could say this story and performance are spot on if you are looking for that. The performer really makes you feel that darkness. But it was too much for my tastes. If you want to really feel the anger and dark of a character then this book is for you. otherwise look elsewhere.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Josh R
    04/11/16
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    "An Excellent Urban Fantasy"

    Dead man was an excellent Urban Fantasy novel, and it was a real pleasure listening to it. The action starts right in the beginning and the entire story is an exciting ride with a lot of twists and turns to keep you guessing. The main character has a real snarky, in your face attitude, but at the same time he seems like a dude that you’d want to grab a beer with. The narrator does an excellent job with this novel, and I was impressed by the number of different accents and voices he used for the characters. Plus, his voicing of Cisco was absolutely perfect. Having listened to book one and two, the Black Magic Outlaw series is off to a great starts and I hope to listen to the rest of Cisco’s adventures.

    This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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