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Crimes Against Magic Audiobook

Crimes Against Magic: The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 04-30-14
    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like the Dresden files you will like this"

    If you are waiting for Skin Game by Jim Butcher to come out and are looking for something to read, this is it. I have been looking for something like Dresden for years and I finally found it.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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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

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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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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 05-31-14
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2010
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    "This is no Dresden Files"

    Listen to the other reviews. Poor choice of narrator, lots of flashbacks to prior periods in the story line made it tough to follow. The main character also is a bit of a self serving derelict who I could not connect with at all. When I listen to these kinds of books (paranormal, soft sci-fi) I like to put my mind on cruise control, I really don't expect them to be difficult to follow. I got about 7 hours in and tapped out.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa B. 02-24-17
    Lisa B. 02-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Blood Magic and Some Bad Curses"

    Wow! Words can't begin to describe how great this book was. As an Amazon prime member you can listen and read the ebook for free. I'm also an audible member and will be getting the next book for sure. It was so unique. It is an intense world and while I don't normally like to read or watch anything where it skips back and forth in the time and the present, I could actually keep up with it doing so in this book. This author's mind is amazing! I loved the weaving in of the Knights of Avelon, Merlin and King Arthur. I hope I got all that right in that sentence. Lol. The description of things in this book was the best I have ever seen. It wasn't too much, just perfect. But it made it so vivid in my mind. The gargoyle may have been a bad guy but the image of him was just awe inspiring. I was listening to this while driving home from work the other night around 1:30am on a deserted windy road that was surrounded by nothing but dark wilderness. This is when I was at the part with the "Nightmare". An actual creature. That made my blood turn to ice. This is a creature I would never imagine. How he came up with this is beyond me but it is all so real. It has to be something straight from hell.

    Nate is such a great hero and swoon worthy. He can't remember his last ten years. He knows he's great at fighting and it doesn't bother him to kill. But he only kills bad people. More out of defense of innocent lives. There was some dark humor. I was laughing so loud. Like at one time when he was trying to remember what he did for a living. Holly had asked him if he was a cop. Nate was sort of horrified at the thought of killing like he did and being a cop. The women in the book were strong in their ability to fight physically and with their wits. Not to mention some magic. And if you love to see the bad guy get what's coming to him, you will absolutely LOVE the ending of this book. There's werewolves and vampires too.

    The audiobook was wonderful. I loved this narrator's voice. It makes me want to go to England. I love the difference in the way certain words are pronounced so differently than they are here in America. There was one word Nate kept using that I meant to look up because I didn't know what it meant. Now I can't remember. It wasn't anything important, just something said that we don't say. I love it. And I could listen to the narrator's voice all day.

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    Randy CANTON, NY, United States 01-23-17
    Randy CANTON, NY, United States 01-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Kick ass magic story"

    Great characters, fun story and awesome magic!!! Wonderfully narrated, the British made it for me.
    I can't wait to read the next book!

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    sonofsoulreaver 01-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "An Almost Perfect Beginning"

    Arthurian legend well done, this book had me hooked pretty quickly. The use of amnesia as a plot device manages to lose it's cliche by having part of the story be told from the main character's past. They manage to introduce a lot magical concepts without boring the listener too much with exposition. My biggest gripe comes at the very end of the book. Without spoilers, I will say that the last 10 minutes turn out to be a gigantic cop-out.

    Langton is mediocre as a narrator. His voices are good, you are never really confused about who is talking, but he is too, for lack of a better word, casual when narrating. He doesn't ever seem to get excited, so action scenes don't really have the punch that they should. Once you get used to his voice, it gets a little better, but someone with more variation would have done a great service to this book.

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    Kindle Customer 11-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "will somebody please make this series a movie "

    this is what c
    a cool TV series should be funny well written then nice flash backs to give the character depth

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    Amazon Customer 09-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book. I love this author, I am addicted."

    I love this seriese I haven't stoped reading this series yet. Narrator was great as well.

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    Mullingar, Ireland
    10/26/16
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    "Could be better. struggled to finish."

    Struggled to finish listening. The narration is so hard to listen too. The story is a mixed up mess dissapointed.

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  • Hannah Jade Loftus
    Leeds Uk
    2/17/16
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    "Took a while to get into but absolutely amazing"

    Cannot wait for the next book fantastic voice and great story even if it took a while to get into

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  • MS Rosalind R Orchard
    2/10/16
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    "No sex please we're British!"
    If you could sum up Crimes Against Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Great fast story


    What other book might you compare Crimes Against Magic to, and why?

    Dresden files and Alex Veras novels


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    Well read, good emotive voice


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, just a few sex scenes which seemed ill placed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • victoratos
    7/30/15
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    "Unexpectedly great"

    Tried this out of the blue, slight suspicious of the premise, but thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mackemafc
    United Kingdom
    7/26/15
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    "Modern Arthurian fantasy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I originally found this series on ebook when I was having a trawl through amazon. I consider it to be one of my best finds. It's a very British update of one of the most classical fantasy stories and is really good read. I'm glad to say that the audiobook version is just as high quality.


    What other book might you compare Crimes Against Magic to, and why?

    The closest comparison for me would be the Desden Files by Jim Butcher


    Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favourite?

    Nate is an engaging and interesting main character and you really want to find out about his past as the story progresses


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

    I cant comment too many spoilers :)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    7/11/15
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    "Worth a Listen but not Exceptional"
    What did you like most about Crimes Against Magic?

    I enjoyed the way the 15th Century story runs alongside the 21st century story. It really helps you understand why things are happening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Nat Garrett - he is the hero who else would I choose.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the way the book does not take itself too seriously. It is a little dark in places and has a good mix of sarcasm. I wouldn't say its funny at any point but it was a little light hearted not gloom and doom all the way. I may even buy the next book in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    enniskeane, Ireland
    4/27/15
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    "Brilliant story."

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters are engaging , the story is captivating and the narration is spot on.
    It's one of the better urban fantasy books I've read in a while.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David Funnell
    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reginald pelle
    Winchester, UK
    5/24/15
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    "Superb!"

    Superbly dark, a mixing of light sarcasm and possible satire. Full of mystery and deep amount of intrigue. Wonderful!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • greyhound
    Lincolnshire
    4/6/15
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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

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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