The fifth novel in the acclaimed cult favorite series starring Johannes Cabal, necromancer.
Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has come into possession of a vital clue that may lead him to his ultimate goal: a cure for death. The path is vague, however, and certainly treacherous as it takes him into strange territories that, quite literally, no one has ever seen before. The task is too dangerous to venture upon alone, so he must seek assistance - comrades for the coming travails.
Assisted - ably and otherwise - by his vampiric brother, Horst, and by the kindly accompaniment of a criminologist and a devil, they will encounter ruins and diableries, mystery and murder, the depths of the lowest pit, and a city of horrors - London, to be exact.
Yet even though Cabal has risked such peril believing he understands the dangers he faces, he is still underestimating them. He is walking into a trap of such arcane complexity that even the one who drew him there has no idea of its true terrors. As it closes slowly and subtly around them, it may be that there will be no survivors at all.
©2016 Jonathan L. Howard (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Skyboat Media, Inc.
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
I began listening to the Johannes Cabal, neuromancer, novels a few years ago and unusually for me, I ended up listening to them in order. While I think that with the assistance of the author's voice at times, this works as a stand alone novel.
Johannes Cabal's much loved wife has been dead but preserved by his necromantic arts since before the first book. He has been seeking through the entire series something that would allow him to bring her back to life. Now he thinks he has found a solution and takes off accompanied by his brother, Horst, a gentlemanly vampire that Cabal had wronged early on; the devil succubus Zarenyia, part woman and part spider with whom Cabal had earlier made a pact; a criminologist who Johannes met in the first novel, when he and Horst were running a traveling carnival and a witch.
I stayed up late to finish this occasionally startling the dog and cats by laughing out loud as the story spins on to its satisfying end. I have my fingers crossed that this will not be the last I see of these characters.
Narrator is Nicholas Guy Smith who has narrated most of the Johannes Cabal books and short stories and he, as alwaysl, does a stand out job.
I don't give a full five stars frequently but this book deserves it.
Johannes has always been someone I can relate to and also would want to be.
Zarenia and her commentary by the machine gun nest.
Cabal is the main character and he stands out as he is an utter bastard but his verdammt soul makes him into a decent guy by accident.
Johannes Cabal never disappoints he is a great well rounded character and the story reads well. I have loved all the books I read including the short stories. I hope there is more to come as I am saddened now that no other series will compare....
This book was ace, and I really enjoyed it despite the fact that it clearly skimped a few edits and re-takes. The text has occasional gaps ("started by her startling innocence") and the narrator has quite a lot of odd choices of word emphasis.
That aside, the increasing humanity of Johannes Cabal makes it increasingly difficult to keep the oddball flavour of these books going.
Nicholas Guy smith nails his preformance once again, and Johnathan L. Howard's dry wit and macabre cast of delightful characters once again took me on a journey. And not just any old journey; one that harkens back to Howard's previous four novels and short stories, making the last several years of the Cabal series all worth while.
On a note of personal praise; some authors tend to shy away from writing female characters in stories that involve peril, puns and dark humour. Johnathan L. Howard, however, does not. And it's such a breath of fresh air to enjoy.
This book and it's audio version comes with all my recommendations and praise, with the hopes of hearing again of Cabal and his mismatched assortment of friends and enemies.
More of a raison d'etre than the lease was up on Mr. Howard's flat.
Yes. Johannes Cabal is an engaging character and Mr. Howard is an engaging writer.
Not this book, but the first two, for sure.
I count myself as a Johnathan Howard fan. I have read (or listened to) all of the Cabal novels and most of the short stories, but I found this one to be, well....uninspired. While still being a decent read, it mostly felt like the author was gathering all the players onstage for one last curtain call. Still worthy, but not up to the standard that he set in the first two (or even four) novels. Maybe he's tired of Johannes; I don't know. Doyle grew tired of Sherlock, Butcher has grown tired of Dresden (or so he says), Raymond Burr once said that Perry Mason robbed him of the best years of his life. I never underestimate the power of people to bite the hand that feeds them.
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