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Chosen: Alex Verus, Book 4 | [Benedict Jacka]

Chosen: Alex Verus, Book 4

I don't publicly advertise that I'm a mage, but I don't exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I've learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if you're blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they'll tear the place down looking for what's there. Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures-a talent that's gotten him out of many a tough scrape. But this time, he may be in over his head. Alex was once apprenticed to a Dark mage, and in his service he did a lot of things he isn't proud of.
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I don't publicly advertise that I'm a mage, but I don't exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I've learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if you're blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they'll tear the place down looking for what's there. Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures-a talent that's gotten him out of many a tough scrape. But this time, he may be in over his head. Alex was once apprenticed to a Dark mage, and in his service he did a lot of things he isn't proud of. As rumors swirl that his old master is coming back, Alex comes face to face with his misdeeds in the form of a young adept whose only goal is to get revenge. Alex has changed his life for the better, but he's afraid of what his friends - including his apprentice, Luna - will think of his past. But if they're going to put themselves at risk, they need to know exactly what kind of man they're fighting for...

©2013 Benedict Jacka (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Jacka puts other urban fantasists to shame with the fourth Alex Verus novel, a stellar blend of thoughtful philosophy and explosive action populated by a stereotype-defying diverse cast." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 02-19-14
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2009

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "best on in the series so far"

    This is a great series. I like this one because it is more gritty and real than others of the same genre. There isn't a lot of snarky humor, pop references or wacky side-kicks. When Alex Verus says leave me alone or else, he means or I'll see you die horribly. He's still a decent guy but has no problems doing what needs to be done to ensure his survival.

    This book gives a lot of the backstory on Alex Verus. it is a fun story and action packed to boot. I haven't been sleeping much lately as several of my favvorite authors put books out at the same time. I definitely enjoyed staying up late to finish this one. Plenty of time to sleep when I am dead. I can't wait for the next one as he leaves it on an awsome cliff-hanger.

    This one is definitely worth listening to and the narrarator is great. you can't go wrong with this one. If you like Dresden get this one, Verus is the dark tough guy Harry D. thinks he is.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 12-25-14
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 12-25-14 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "Great character additions"
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    Great character additions to the series. There were too many rude exterior, heart of gold types. The series follows a diviner and his apprentice through various adventures. Give this series a try. You will enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-21-14
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-21-14 Member Since 2001

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    "So far every book has gotten better"
    What did you love best about Chosen?

    All the characters from previous stories really grew and developed in different ways. I think that Luna realized ahead of Alex that some times you just have to deal harshly with bad circumstances....


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chosen?

    *Spoiler* When Arachne has a conversation with Alex at the end of the story letting him know in very simplistic ways (to quote Shakespeare) "The evil that men do live after them the good is oft interred with their bones" (Meaning people usually only remember the bad things you've done and not the good)


    Which character – as performed by Gildart Jackson – was your favorite?

    All of them actually, but besides Alex, Arachne is one of my favorite characters, and just as in the myth she speaks truth.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Even good people have to do harsh things to survive


    Any additional comments?

    I'm about to start book five in this series, and I hope that there will be more books to follow. It seems that like "The Dresden Files" and Felix Castor series each book just gets better an better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Yakima, WA USA 12-17-14
    Susan Yakima, WA USA 12-17-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Loved it!"

    Great story hard to put it down ended way too soon. I was never bored.

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    Amazon Customer EastBay CA 09-03-14
    Amazon Customer EastBay CA 09-03-14 Member Since 2003

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    "Choose Benedict Jacka for great stories"

    Don't be afraid to try this series. If you liked Dresden, or Nightside, I think you'll like this series.
    Action, humor, good pacing, great character development.
    Interesting magic system.

    Sure, sounds like Dresden.
    But give it a shot. I think you'll like it.
    Very original after you get over the similar premise.

    I really like having found an ongoing story that I love to listen to.

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    Mike newnan, GA, USA 06-03-14
    Mike newnan, GA, USA 06-03-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Book 3 was the Best until Book 4"


    This series just keeps rolling. When the fifth book comes out, I will be re-listening to the previous books before starting the fifth. The series is that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cat Derby, CT, United States 05-13-14
    Cat Derby, CT, United States 05-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Channeling Dresden"

    Which is fine by me because between the two, if the authors give up food and TV and any personal life- they might be able to keep up with my appetite. Good stories, action flows and makes sense, and really good matches on narration. I am really enjoying both series. Hey put down that fork and get back to work.....these things aren't going to write themselves.

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