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Summary

Over a hundred years have passed since a group of violent killers went on the rampage, murdering innocent victims for fun. But even back then, sorcerer Nate Garrett, aka Hellequin, knew there was more to it than simple savage pleasure - souls were being stolen.

Nate's discovery of the souls' use, and of those supporting the group's plan, made him question everything he believed.

Now the group Nate thought long dead is back. Violent, angry, and hell-bent on revenge, they have Hellequin firmly in their sights. And if he won't come willingly, they'll take those closest to him first.

The battle begins again.

©2015 Steve McHugh. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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The Hellequin Chronicles

Absolutely fabulous series. Kept me riveted from book 1 to book 5. Cannot express enough how very much I loved these books!!
I hope we get hear more of Nate's adventures.
Thank you Mr. McHugh thoroughly enjoyed every single one of these books. Excellently narrated by James Langton.

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Disappointing narration

I love Steve McHugh's Hellequin Chronicles, so much so that I upgraded my Kindle books with Audible narration.

By this point in the series all the major characters are well developed and he no longer feels the need to throw in sex scenes, relying only on the unfolding story to keep your attention. And I love how he uses his own take on Jack the Ripper as part of Nate's back story.

However, I need to express my frustration with the narration. As we have progressed through the series James Langton has decided to change the voices for Tommy and Grayson and oddly goes on to portray a character described a "probably from Newcastle" with a strange Scouse/Irish hybrid accent. Added to that, for the bulk of the book, Erebus becomes Erberus. These are issues that should have been picked up on and ironed out during the recording process and corrected.

I can't help but wonder if this has been blamed on the narrator with the change to Simon Mattacks for book 6...

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Belter !!!

Another amazing book in the Hellequin series literally haven't been able to put these books down !!!

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best series i have read for a long time can't wait for number 8 hurry i miss mate

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awesome series

I'm a huge sci fi fan and after recently reading the first in thr hellequin series became addicted. Already just bought the 6th in series so I can go straight to next. Great sci fi writer can't wait for more.

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an improvement over the last one

a good wrap up to the threads laid out in the first few books. once again a very middle story but enjoyable none the less.

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excellent story and great performance

I love the Hellequin stories and having them in audio form is great.

Good character development and you feel for the characters. Really enjoyed this story.

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Just the ticket.

These books are some of the best for easy going in both reading terms and listening. I usually end up reading books and the. Getting the audiobook as well as I like to get the full 360 on a story. With some it works and others not so much. But these are some of the best for easy listening. The story has finally started to give us a glimpse into the protagonists life before leaving Marlin and it's really starting to build up to something spectacular. If your looking for something similar to the iron Druid chronicles, or Jim butchers the Dresden files this is just the ticket. Great performance and great story.

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Another outstanding Nate adventure

This book is keeping the series going on its excellent run. The story truly pulls you in and keeps enraptured until it ends. The authors ability to describe minor characters (never mind major ones) and have you care for them is an art.
Sometimes by this stage of a series it can become a little ragged but not here there's so much unanswered so much more I want to know. The books seamlessly fit with no plot gaps or issues. Can't wait for the next book from one of my favourite authors.

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Great series continues

What made the experience of listening to Lies Ripped Open the most enjoyable?

This series never disappoints with just the right mix of action, lore and that agonisingly slow reveal of Nate's past. The parallel stories keep getting better each time though this one doesn't quite match up to the WW2 story in Prison of Hope.

What other book might you compare Lies Ripped Open to, and why?

Like many fans of urban fantasy I can't help but use Jim Butcher as the yardstick and this does remind me a little bit of the conspiracy and voyage to the heart of the organisation's domain in Turn Coat. Having characters called Hendricks and Mac add to this along with the increasing significance of Nate's best friend's daughter (and I have the feeling that by naming Manannan Mac Lir as Mac, a big secret in the Dresden Files might just have been spoiled).

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

James Langton is one of my favourite audiobook narrators and definitely brings the character to life in a way that my internal narration doesn't. I read Prison of Hope before listening and I'm glad I bought the audiobook for that one as well. Once or twice I actually found his voice continuing to narrate other things in my head as I read them - it's very odd imagining someone else's voice reading Facebook posts. His pronunciation was a little... quirky in some places though, particularly his switching between Erebus and Erberus and his odd (at least to me) use of a long 'o' in coven. His accents are generally convincing enough and he doesn't overdo the female voices like some narrators I've heard.

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

As always, Hellequin invokes a sense of righteous anger and the feeling that justice has been done (or at least the good fight was adequately fought) - he's an anti-hero you can get behind. The humour is also always pitched just right though it never quite seems to gel with Hellequin's fearsome reputation.

Any additional comments?

Spoiler: Contains the most flagrant use of the word 'cockwomble' in modern literature.

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  • Jesse
  • 25-08-15

The adventures of Nate (Hellequin) continue...

This fifth book in the Hellequin series moves the main, overarching plot forward quite a bit. There are a number of significant developments that take place along the way, and several major situations change in a no-turning-back sort of way. As is typical with this series, the book was riveting from start to end and left me wanting more, yet was also very satisfying at multiple points along the way.

Disclaimer: I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.

That being said, I also had it on pre-order for Kindle and Audible, which I'm paying for. It's that good.

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  • 11-09-15

Hellequin = Jack Bauer with Magic

So for those of you reading this for the first time the synopsis of the series is, Nate Garrett is a mix of Jack Bauer and Jason Borne with a bit of magic thrown in for good measure. He kicks ass and gets his own ass kicked regularly. This novel is no exception. It is action packed as are all the novels but with this novel I felt like the story didn't move forward overmuch and Nate didn't grow as much as I would have liked, hence the 4 stars instead of 5. I am probably being overly critical here so take that with a grain of salt. In the end, I love this series and will get the next 10 if the story is as good as this one.

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  • 25-09-15

Awesom

I usually like to read a book first and then later do the audio version but this actor is very good and I got full enjoyment out of the audio version. great story.

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  • T. Menefee
  • 30-08-15

Favorite Book in the series thus far

This book was excellent, if you have been following Nate, you'll enjoy this one as it finally answers some questions (and of course raises a few more!). Nate was back on his game in this book and not making as many stupid choices as he did in the previous one. I won't add any spoilers, but if you have enjoyed the series thus far this is worth the credit!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-21

Good uncomplicated fun

Narrator is fantastic. Makes the difference between average and good-great. Its not heavy reading but it is good to switch off and just enjoy

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  • Donna Willis
  • 14-12-20

Excellent story!!

I loved this story. The whole series so far is extremely well done. The narrator does a wonderful job telling the story. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Wesley
  • 07-12-20

As always, are very enjoyable book.

The author has a certain style of writing that tends to pull me in. Just like the cliche, I found it difficult to put the book down. The narrator completes the experience quite nicely and completely. Mr McHugh and Mr Langton are a very, very good match.

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  • Shanon
  • 07-05-20

ONE KICK-A$$ SERIES!!!

FINALLY...an author that has created an Urban Fantasy hero with flexible morals that pushes boundaries! Hellequin reminds me of the personalities found in hardened combat Marines, SEALs, and those men that have survived the trials of battlefield justice. He is a cold hearted bastard, but only towards cold hearted bastards. McHugh writes engaging tales of action, daring, mayhem, and magic. Toss in blades and bullets with assassins, paws, claws, & jaws. There is hot chicks, gods, modern warfare, backstabbing buddies, vicious enemies, and awesome storylines that will not let you stop listening or reading.

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  • Savvy Shopper
  • 07-04-20

phenomenal

I love this series. I have a new favorite author. Can't wait to start new series.

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  • Beatrice
  • 11-11-18

Amazing

This series keeps getting better and better. There is so much going on and so many characters. But, McHugh does a great job managing this complex world. I love this series.