The third novel in the Adrien English series finds the "ill-starred and bookish" mystery writer and bookseller battling demons - maybe literally. After bookstore clerk Angus flees following terrifying death threats, Adrien must contend with a mysterious Satanic cult, a hot and handsome university professor, and his on-again/off-again relationship with closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan. And, oh, yes, murder...
©2007 MLR Press (P)2013 Josh Lanyon
Chris Patton's narration. Such a marvel! and of course he had the best material to work with. I love the book and had very high expectations which were met by Chris' narration and more.
What i like best about this book (3rd in a series of 5) are the mystery (which is really cool) and the introduction of Adrien's new family (which provides a much needed comic relief). In addition, there is the story of what is going on between Adrien and Jake (some tough decisions are made in this book), and that part is emotionally intense. I admire Josh Lanyon's writing for weaving all of the above together seamlessly.
I truly like everything about Chris Patton's performance, and he gets better and better with every book in this series. I enjoy in particular the voice nuances, which give each character a distinct voice that is completely in sync with what i imagined. My personal favorite is Jake's voice. The scenes between Adrien and Jake (everyday interaction and erotic) are crucial to the understanding of these characters, and especially for Jake, whose inner thoughts we don't have access to. Since these books mean so much to me, i felt apprehensive when i started listening to Fatal Shadows (book 1), and to A Dangerous Thing (book 2), because there are specific scenes that have this perfect clarity. Never fear, Chris' narration is wonderful! Any doubt i might have had evaporated while listening to Fatal Shadows, but with The Hell You Say i now feel that i completely trust Chris Patton with any of my favorite scenes.
Jake. I'd like to talk to him about stuff. And since he's been thrashing about inside, it seems that he might welcome being able to openly talk to someone, without fear of repercussions. It might make him feel less lonely (hey, this *is* fiction).
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Absolutely. I have listened to it twice already.
Josh Lanyon does a great job of showing how far people are willing to go to remain acceptable to their peers and the repercussions of how soul destroying denial can become.
Chris brings a great character range, making the book even more appealing.
The most memorable scene for me was how calm Adrien remains about the marriage announcement. Chris's performance of this scene made my heart hurt.
Chris has a great vocal range for characters. He also adds a lot of emotion that increased the overall appeal of the book. I look forward to listening to him read.
Both Jake's and Angus's actions in this book show the degree of destruction they are willing to accept in order to fit in with their peers.
Jake's homophobia becomes more than fear, it develops into a mental illness, causing him to endanger others through unprotected sex and physical violence.
Angus's need to fit in brings him into contact with a group of people who are more than willing to kill to protect themselves and he is willing to turn a blind eye because of his need.
Narrator did an excellent job of telling the story. Brought the story to life! Wouldn't mind listening to it again.
Jake knocking Adrien down during a confrontation.
There was too many to list, but the ones showing Adrien's humor were my favs.
I want more of this series!
I have listened to a few of Josh Lanyon's Adrian English books now. This isn't as good as the first, but it is very thrilling and very entertaining. The main character is well written and likable. The story is compelling and entertaining and the narration is top notch.
Although well written and performed, I found the main character far too self-satisified for my taste. I also did not expect such an explicit sex scene between the main character and his occasional lover, Jake, in what I initially thought was going to be a light mystery.
I should have read the reviews more carefully. I'm sure others will enjoy this somewhat self-consciously edgy novel, but it's not for me.
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