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Agent of Hel: Dark Currents | [Jacqueline Carey]

Agent of Hel: Dark Currents

Jacqueline Carey is the New York Times best-selling author of the award-winning Kushiel's Legacy series. Dark Currents introduces Daisy Johanssen, a hell-spawn living in a Mid-west resort town that also boasts fairies, vampires, and a Norse goddess. As police department liaison for the paranormal, Daisy takes notice when a drowning victim shows signs of eldritch involvement. Paired with officer - and werewolf - Cody Fairfax, she must solve the case before tourist season is ruined.
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Jacqueline Carey is the New York Times best-selling author of the award-winning Kushiel's Legacy series. Dark Currents introduces Daisy Johanssen, a hell-spawn living in a Mid-west resort town that also boasts fairies, vampires, and a Norse goddess. As police department liaison for the paranormal, Daisy takes notice when a drowning victim shows signs of eldritch involvement. Paired with officer - and werewolf - Cody Fairfax, she must solve the case before tourist season is ruined.

©2012 Jacqueline Carey (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Amazon Customer Lake Forest, CA, United States 12-11-12
    Amazon Customer Lake Forest, CA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun Urban Fantasy"

    I am a fan of the author - and this is a huge departure from her other books. I had no problem with the narration (some disliked her accent). I found the pronunciation for some words to be strange (which can be jarring) and she does talk too fast at times, but it did not distract too much from the great story. I cannot wait for the next book! If you enjoy urban fantasy (Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison, etc) then you will enjoy this one:)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 11-10-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2013

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    "If you are a fan of Jacqueline Carey ..be aware."
    What made the experience of listening to Agent of Hel the most enjoyable?

    First I enjoy Jacqueline Carey's way of writing. Also Johanna Parker was wonderful in her narration This was VERY different from other Carey books. If You read the Kushel series. This is very different and the character, the main character is a half daemon. She kind of polices the supernatural in the area where she lives. Not as erotic as Carey's other works but it does have very dark and sinister moments that can be upsetting to some Ie rape.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Agent of Hel?

    The main character Daisy, is always finding new strengths, and powers. It is really nice to see how she interacts with some strange situations.


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    Johanna Parker is a wonderful narrator....If you've listen to "Sookie Stackhouse" you are familiar with how she can switch characters and voices. Also showing emotions


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    *SPOILER: The end when Daisy has to kill the ghouls because it is her job to punish those who perpetrated the horror to the mermaid held captive for rape.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a new genre for J Carey in urban fantasy, I believe she did two books about werewolves also which were done very well I hope to see another book with this character. Daisy was fun.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patsy G. 03-07-15
    Patsy G. 03-07-15 Member Since 2009
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    "What A surprise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Agent of Hel to be better than the print version?

    I did purchase the audio addition and loved it


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Daisy I love her character, I love her fight for her birthright


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    Miss Parker did an exceptional job her voice was right on


    Any additional comments?

    The storyline is of a young girl who is half human and half demon her name is Daisy and she works for hel ,she is their liaison and lives in the human world .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John 04-28-14
    John 04-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I listened to it 3 times!"

    I read the first book, I listened to the second book. I can't wait for the next one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 10-28-12
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "Entertaining Urban Fantasy"

    Her mother lives in a mobile home park on the edge of town, her father was a lesser demon of Hell and occasional incubus. Daisy works as a part time file clerk at the local police office and as the liaison between the mundane world and the goddess Hel who is the local supernatural in charge. A young college student is found drowned and all of the signs indicate that this is not an ordinary accidental drowning.

    Not as dark and angsty as some of her high fantasy novels, this is still an entertaining read. I like Daisy's relationship with her best friend, Jen, and how she was willing to try to repair it after she causes a breach. She also has a good relationship with her mother and her old baby sitter. Daisy is not just a smart-assed hellspawn-- although she does have a tail.

    i noticed that someone objected to what they thought was Johanna Parker's southern accent. I have a fair ear for accents and I didn't think she was using an obvious southern overlay. After all a midwestern accent is frequently considered received pronunciation in the US.

    Pretty enjoyable listen.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    darswords Reno, NV, United States 05-19-15
    darswords Reno, NV, United States 05-19-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Love Jacqueline Carey!"

    This is for Kindle Version ASIN: B008RD2W58. And the Audible version.

    Yeah.

    Before I got mired down in the mystery and ghostly farts of Temple Secrets, I finished reading Dark Currents. I bought the Kindle and Audible versions a long time ago (a year, I think). I finally got into it, Friday, I think. It seems so long ago. Wish I would have remembered to write the review right after, but something happened and I only just saw that I hadn't given this book it's due.

    First of all, I love Jacqueline Carey's writing. I read almost all her stuff a while back. I still love her Kushiel's Legacy series the best. This is a little different in that it is more on the lines of the demony-werewolfie stuff I have been reading a lot lately (wave to Sara Reine). Still Ms. Carey had a new take on the genre. I loved her characters and world. It all seemed believable, well, sort of.

    Second, the narrator, Johanna Parker, was fantastic! She could change her voice according to character or mood and keep the story moving.

    Oh and a note about the cat. Geeze, now I can't remember his name. He was adorably real among all the werewolves, mermaids and other fantasy beings. As tense as the story got sometimes, Ms. Carey kept the banter light enough to not get to be too much.

    There is a bit of romance but not sickeningly so. Mostly it is about Daisy, the half-demon, Hel's agent (the goddess not the place), trying to live a useful life in this town full of fantasy creatures. And she and her partner have to solve a murder. Difficult enough with merely humans involved, but how did the boy die in salt water in Lake Michigan, fresh water?

    Though the book didn't leave us on a cliffhanger, I find myself wanting to enjoy the characters and the town more. So Now that I have my free credit on Audible I will download that version and buy the Kindle version when I get paid. I look forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 04-01-15
    Andrew 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    I'm a big Jacqueline Carey fan so when i heard she wrote an urban fantasy book that was not as epic as the Terre D'Ange books i was all in (i love all those books but they take dedication to get through). I love Daisy's character and was immediately drawn into the world. It's not as dense as some of Carey's other works but that's what i like about it. This is definitely a series i could get used to but it's only a trilogy like most (all?) of Carey's work :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CODY Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-24-12
    CODY Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-24-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Narrator is Distracting."
    What disappointed you about Agent of Hel?

    I still plan to read the book, but the narrator just does not fit. I'm ok with her for the True Blood books, but the south is no the midwest and her accent grates on me in this context.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jacqueline Carey? Why or why not?

    Yes, I'm a fan and think I may like the book, just not this audio version.


    What didn’t you like about Johanna Parker’s performance?

    Nothing, It does not fit. Don't get me wrong with the right martial I enjoy her performance, bu this is not the book for her.


    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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