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Summary

Yancy Lazarus just wants to be left alone. He wants to play his blues music, smoke a few cigarettes, and otherwise leave the supernatural world to fend for itself.

He especially wants to be left alone by the Guild of the Staff - the mage ruling body where he used to work as a fix-it man. But when a little kid gets nabbed by an ancient fae creature from the nether regions of Winter, and the Guild refuses to set things right, he just can't seem to heed good sense and leave things be.

Nothing's ever easy though. Turns out, the kidnapping is just the tip of one big ol' iceberg of pain and trouble. It seems some nefarious force is working behind the scenes to try and unhinge the tenuous balance between the supernatural nations and usher in a new world order. So now, if Yancy ever hopes to see the bottom of another beer bottle, he's gonna have to partner up with an FBI agent - an agent who's been hunting him for years - in order to bring down a nigh-immortal, douchebag mage from a different era. And to top it off, Yancy's gonna have to pull it off without his magical powers...Boy, some days just aren't worth getting out of bed for.

©2015 James A. Hunter & Shadow Alley Press Inc. (P)2015 James A. Hunter & Shadow Alley Press

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 15-03-18

Harry Dresden eat your heart out

Man, oh man. Where has this series been? How had I missed it? This is one of the best Urban Fantasy series I have ever read. It just plays out so wonderfully, and the character of Yancy Lazarus is so compelling. I mean this series carries real weight, it has depth, and you will care about the characters more than you will believe.

Yancy gets depowered, and then must face some real inner demon type stuff; stuff that might just lead to him becoming a bad guy. A really bad guy. He ends up doing a walk about through alternate parallel tiimelines, and learns that sometimes the worst enemy you can have is yourself.

This series continues to improve with every book. The characterization grows with every page, and you do get to see growth and change occuring as things move forward. As I've said before, Yancy becoms more and more real, and his plight will become yours. I am not an emotional guy, but I did get choked up once or twice, and this is only the SECOND book!!!!

As Urban Fantasy goes this is stuff top shelf stuff. I pute it against Harry Dresden and Nate Temple without any qualms. What I really like is that it isn't strictly an action foward type of story. Yes it has action, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If you love magic, Urban Fantasy, are a fan of the Dresden Files or John Constantine, then you will want to put this book in fron of your eyes and set to reading at once. If you don't then you are selling youself short of a great literary escape!

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  • Jan
  • 04-06-16

Best narrator for Yancy

Yancy is clearly his own person despite working in the same kind of urban fantasy world as Dresden and Mercy Thompson, and has his own snarky brand of sarcasm/humor. The action is fast, the imagery extremely clear, and the characters certainly are. Each of the two books I've read are different and easily stand alone, but are so interesting that they are very hard to put down.
Charlie is PERFECT for Yancy!

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  • William S. Gamelin
  • 07-05-18

Ribs and Apple cobbler sound good right about now.

This was an awesome book and I wouldn't mind Listening to It several more times

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  • Jeremy R. Snyder
  • 20-04-18

A good series keeps it rolling!

I'm writing this review having completed all five books available as of this writing. Bottom-line: this is a good series, hits all the right UF buttons. It won't let you down.

This series likes to make the reader nervous. Only the second book and we're going to take away the main character's powers? But again, stick with it, it works and works well. More of Yancy's world begins to unfold, as does his bemusing love of similes. The story-telling is solid, narration excellent, and it moves along nicely.

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  • Blake Rosenbrook
  • 20-12-17

Another great addition to the Urban Fantasy genre!

I enjoy this series so much I save his new books until I have listened to a few lousy books in a row, because I know I can count on Mr. Hunter to deliver an excellent tale. The story is engaging and his description of magic is truly unique. Looking forward to Episode 3!!!

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  • MattB
  • 07-11-17

The story is just right and so is the narrator

Have you ever picked up this kind of novel just looking for something nice and not over the top? This is it. Yes there's magic and guns and feys and other supernatural things but that's on par with the course of this kind of novel.

This series, however, is just right. The author is not using an over the top character's stupidity or inability to accept things as a means to drive the story. He's just going along with it and keeping everything balanced out which makes for an enjoyable read.

I strongly recommend this series if you're looking for something fun and immersive.

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  • Jack
  • 11-06-17

Excellent

Great read. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend if you enjoy series like Harry Dresden or The Iron Druid Chronicles.

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  • Julie
  • 23-10-16

Pretty good

What did you love best about Cold Hearted?

I like a hero who makes mistakes and isn't flawless.

What did you like best about this story?

Our hero doesn't want the limelight, knows his limitations and is realistic about the choices he made.

Have you listened to any of Charlie Kevin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. At first I was annoyed by his narration but like the main character, he grew on me. Now I doubt anyone else could be Yancy's voice.

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

No, I like to spread it out. Sometimes I replay some chapters as I go while trying to follow some of the more complex plot lines.

Any additional comments?

Pretty good read. Just got the next one and am looking forward to listening.

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  • Pinkie Arnot
  • 03-07-16

LOVE this new find! Awesome author

Thrilled to have found Hunter, Yancy Lazarus, and narrator, Charlie Kevin. right there with Dresden!

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  • James
  • 25-06-16

Really good 2nd book.

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For me this was better than the 1st book. Thought the story and narration were simply better than the first. In this genre it's very hard to be original, so the story has to be good or it's just gonna be compared to the dozen or so similar series out there. Kudos to the author and narrator.