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Crimes Against Magic Audiobook

Crimes Against Magic: The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1

How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he’s a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her.
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How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he’s a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her. But with his enemies closing in and the barrier holding back his memories beginning to crumble, Nate is forced to confront his forgotten life in the hope of stopping an enemy he can’t remember. Crimes Against Magic is a dark, fast-paced urban fantasy torn between modern-day London and fifteenth-century France.

©2013 Steve McHugh (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 07-07-14
    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great start to an interesting new UF series"
    Would you listen to Crimes Against Magic again? Why?

    Yes. The story was exciting and action packed. I liked the world building and the characters are interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had great action without sacrificing plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was a scene where the main character is getting beat up and his instincts kick in from his forgotten life. It turns out that the is a bad @ss, but really had no idea where it came from.


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

    I wish I had the time push through the entire book all at once. I had to make myself set it aside to go to bed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J Muscarella 06-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I have bought the second one"

    The fact that I bought the second one should speak for itself. The only thing I found odd was some of the dialogue. It was..simple?..over obvious? like a comic book dialogue. "Look what you've done to me you fiend!" kind of thing. I had visions of batman and those old balloons with "crash" "bang" "pow"! It was highly entertaining, I just hope it was on purpose. Looking forward to how they go forward with the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    plknj 01-18-14
    plknj 01-18-14 Member Since 2012

    ProPhoto

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    "An excellent series."

    If you are looking for a present day, action packed series, then look no further. Crimes Against Magic is an excellent book with my only complaint being that Steve has only two books in this series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Portsmouth, OH, United States 11-15-15
    Gary Portsmouth, OH, United States 11-15-15 Member Since 2010
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    "My new favorite series!"
    Would you listen to Crimes Against Magic again? Why?

    Sorcerers, werewolves, vampires, secret societies. What's not to like?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crimes Against Magic?

    When Nathan's memories flooded back in with Jenny's sacrifice.


    What does James Langton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don not read much; on the road. enjoy audio books. Mr Langton did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    Ready for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lady S. United States 10-26-15
    Lady S. United States 10-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Action packed!!!"

    This is my first Steve McHugh book and I must admit that I enjoyed this book completely. I was a little confused when the book would alternate from one scenario to another causing me to have to pause the book and figure out what the heck was going on. However, this was a fantastic book that kinda put me in mind of The Jim Butcher's the Dresden files. It was a nice change of pace and I will most certainly read/listen to another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 09-27-15
    David 09-27-15
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    "Fun listen. A mix of magic, mystery, tragedy & lust"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to any friend who enjoys mysteries, magic & fantasy, espionage or even grocery store check-out lane romance novels. Yep, in addition to good and dark mages, classic underlying themes of rough-the-edges good vs undeniable evil, morals lessons on not judging a book (or person) by the cover, the value of strength drawn upon from loyal friends, and the pains of loss, this book even has tidbits of 'trashy' romance novel-esque lines mixed in. I use the term "trashy" only as a reference point to a well-mocked genre, and not a comment on this author's story. That being said, use caution when listening to the book without headphones, Listening while doing outdoor chores, I was subjected to giggles and an over-the-fence judgmental stare from a neighbor or two when the main character/narrator described in PG-13 to maybe R level detail his sexual interludes. When I finally reached the pause button, one neighbor actually yelled out, "ahh come on, it was JUST getting good!" and demanded I let the scene finish playing. Not that I know his standards, but it obvioulsy wasn't too obscene to him... or to me.So, that being said and keeping the easily blushed out of ear shot, the story has a bit of everything for everyone and blends the elements together well. It's not so overly wrought with magic & fantasy that those who enjoy more the mystery and intrigue genres will be put off. I found myself drawn into the main character's absent backstory and his struggles to either embrace his absented past or to futilely run from anything which might bring him back to what he MIGHT have been. The author's choice to reveal backstory and plot developments at the same time as the main character discovers them creates a more intrigue filled listen than to have an omniscient, 3rd person narration which dryly clues in the audience before the characters. The latter would leave the audience pre-informed and bored while sitting through the characters' processing of details.My only 'con' of the book also falls in the 'pro' column for me. The narration jumps backs and forth between present day and the 1400s (all of it narrated in stylized, modern English, so comprehension isn't an issue). The frequent back & forth kept the story moving and somewhat contributed to the overall plot development. The con to that narration technique in this book (or maybe common to any audio book), is that if you let your attention drift at the wrong moment, you tune back in a bit confused by the sudden change in characters, dialogue, or current developments. More than once, I had to rewind to figure out how I transitioned from a scene in modern London to a seemingly random scene in the woods of 15th century France. I struggled to make some of the plot connections until the very end of the book. I don't know if that was the intended result of good writing or a negative side effect of back and forth flashback narration.A plot development or character development 'elitist' may find the story lacking, but taking it as just a piece of good entertainment and not imposing the literary analysis standards of an advanced English lit. professor dissecting like it were the last great work of a litertary golden age gone-by, one will find it to be a fun listen. I'm hooked into the series now.


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

    I have not listened to other performances by this narrator, but I found this one to be well done. His varying British accents (from a refined, well-schooled Brit to a backstreet criminal, and everything in between) helped bring the characters to life and added to the overall story telling rather than distracting from it...which can happen when a narrator can't or won't do voices or accents well.


    Any additional comments?

    It is by no means X rated or erotica, but a note to listeners to be mindful of secondary listeners taking offense (or an interest, like my neighbor) to the few and infrequent romantic interludes described by the main character. (He describes the physical or emotional intensity, positions, etc, but again, hardly classifies as erotica by modern standards. It was no more 'adult' than what one might see vissually depicted on broadcast TV in the U.S.. It think it just seemed more 'intense' since it was described aloud by a narrator rather than just shown on a TV screen which might suggestively fade to black or pan away to rustling sheets and way too many candles next to a bed to imply the intimacy occuring just off camera.

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    Think about this 07-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth the listen"

    Nate Garrett is a very unique thief that lost his memory 10 years earlier. He doesn't know what happened to cause the loss, or even what he is. He knows he possess magic and is thought to be a sorcerer. This story tells us who, what, when, where and why, behind the memory loss. We jump back and forth 600 years to learn the story. It's an interesting story, with Nate getting back memories along with rescuing people he's become close to. You can quit with this book, if it's not to your liking. No cliffhangers and his mysterious past is disclosed. I think I will go forward with the next installment, though.

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    Redfan80 07-02-15
    Redfan80 07-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just boring"
    What was most disappointing about Steve McHugh’s story?

    Just really didn't like the main characters. Very forgettable storyline!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in the confusing storyline and over the top gore.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard D. Haase denver 06-06-15
    Richard D. Haase denver 06-06-15 Member Since 2015

    wasted earth

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    "I don't know if I'll listen to the next one."

    I can't really put my finger on what I didn't like about this book. I just kept finding myself losing interest in the story. More than once I had to rewind and listen to a section again when I found I hadn't been paying attention.

    I can't recommend this book, nor can I give anyone a reason not to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 05-31-15
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 05-31-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Loved It!"

    I loved it so much that I read all of books back to back. I enjoy any thing with a little Merlin Greek gods and Arthur vib. Nate is the a boogie man with a strong sense of morals. He is able to kick butt when the opportunity requires. There are occasions when he gets his butt kicked but he has a good come back. The whole series revolves around him "finding" himself after having his memory suppressed and learning how to embrace it.

    You never get to Avalon or meet Merlin but many of the issues are predicated on policy and procedures from there.The Avalon police force is as fierce as the Gestapo and just as underhanded. a Hades and Persephone are close friends of Nate's and appear through the series. Zesus is missing and the political intrigue it causes effects stories thought out the series.

    Nate has flashbacks which just happen to help him solve the problem he is confronted with in modern day. If you like the style of Dresden you will like Nate.

    Read them in order. I started the second one first. The back ground information did not give me enough detail. You will not waste a credit on this series!

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  • D. Deeks
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    "Good start"

    As an opener to a series/world this wasn't half bad. I liked the dual stories and the detail of how the world works, and how there are still mysteries about our hero's origin to be uncovered despite all the revelations. Worth investing in I feel.

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    "A great listen!"

    Have you read anything by Steve McHugh before?
    No but after listening to this book I will try the second.
    How was the narration?
    Great! I loved listening to James Langton!
    Would you recommend this book to others?
    Yes, if you like fantasy, history, time travel and action then this is a great choice!

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  • Amazon Customer
    2/25/15
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    "Couldn't get past the narrator. ..."

    Regretfully I couldn't get into this due to a pathological reaction to robotic tone of the narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • greyhound
    Lincolnshire
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    "tooo much swearing in this for me to enjoy"
    What disappointed you about Crimes Against Magic?

    the content had too much swearing in it


    What could Steve McHugh have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    the narrator was ok it was the content that was offensive


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Langton’s performances?

    yes but not by this author


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Crimes Against Magic?

    didn't listen to enough to make a judgement


    Any additional comments?

    should have a warning about the swearing and foul language

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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