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There are incidents and emergencies in the world that defy logical explanation, events that could be defined as supernatural, extraterrestrial, or simply otherworldly. Standard laws do not allow for such instances, nor are most officials or authorities trained to handle them. In recognition of these facts, an organization has been created that can handle them. Assembled by a loose international coalition, their mission is to deal with these situations using diplomacy, guile, force, and strategy as necessary. They shield the rest of the world from their own actions, and clean up the messes left in their wake. They are our protection, our guide, our sword, and our voice, all rolled into one. They are O.C.L.T.

Jon Shaw Casefile #1: Jon Shaw never believed in monsters, then he got his first case. Jacob Carpenter is a troubled teen and the police have written him off, but Shaw refuses to let the case go.

The road will lead him to horrors and a Circus of the Damned, to a Clown who can't be human. Assisted by the mysterious members of a shadowy organization known as the O.C.L.T., Shaw will confront this horror and be changed by it, forged in a crucible of pain...reborn as a Monster Hunter.

This is the second tie-in novel in the O.C.L.T. series.

©2012 Kurt Criscione (P)2013 David Wilson

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  • Tim Emmons
  • 21-04-20

Utterly amazing!!

I was given this book uppon request in exchange for an honest and fair review. And, just let me say before I go any further, I want more!! I loved the narrator's performance, the storyline was a great fun ride, and I was thoroughly intrigued and entertained all the way from start to finish. I loved this one. The story took just a minute but when Mr Criscione turned on the afterburners it smoked for sure. I'm not giving a full synopsis here because Audible does a great job with that but I would say that if you like Dean Koontz with a splash oi Monster Hunter thrown in, you're going to love this one. I would love to get my hands on more books narrated by Graydon. I would also like to get more books by Kurt Criscione and also more books in the OCLT series. Thanks for letting me read and review this one, I would love more. Thanks for a fun read. Happy reading, and enjoy everybody.

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 25-02-20

Carnies, and Monsters, and Cannibal Clowns

This was an interesting story. Blended a good ol’ P.I. storyline with a paranormal monster clown story. This really reminded me of the ever-popular modern wizard stories where you have a young witty wizard fighting evil monsters the rest of the world doesn’t know exist. This was my first book in the O.C.L.T. series so I’m not sure how this ties in with the rest of the world, but definitely put those other books on my radar. Only thing I noticed is that there are other authors contributing to this series and none of them keep the same narrator, a unique approach to the O.C.L.T. world.

I enjoyed Jon Shaw’s character and even more so his mysterious helper whom seemed very similar to the classic Van Helsing. All the different monsters and carnies really made the story a lot of fun to listen to and I really enjoyed the mythology provided for the monsters Criscione created. The plotline of a P.I. chasing after a roving circus to seek out a cannibal clown combined a lot of elements from horror movies I love and was had me glued to my headphones early on.

Graydon Schlichter did a great job with the narration. I loved the character voices and accents he provided. He did a great job voicing Jon and provided the exact voice I would have imagined for that character. Schlichter really made the book that much more enjoyable and I hope to hear more from him in the future.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • J. Boyle
  • 24-12-15

amazing narrator

easily one of the best narrators I've listened to in all the years I've been a member of audible. The story itself was enjoyable and then you know, killer clowns are never bad

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-13

Dark but enjoyable

If you could sum up No Laughing Matter in three words, what would they be?

Dark, Noir, Fantasy

What was one of the most memorable moments of No Laughing Matter?

There is a Great scene with a little kid helping the detective.

Have you listened to any of Charles Graydon Schlichter III’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. This is one of the ones I like the best so far, along with Temple of the Jaguar.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Very much so - I wanted to know what happened.

Any additional comments?

This is a great story, but it IS dark, and you need to go in knowing that.

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  • James
  • 06-07-20

Good tie in to the OCLT series

Firstly, I have to say I really like Graydon Schlicter. His narration is really good. I think the story was good, but Graydon really makes the story pop. This is a good tie in to a good series.

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