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Crimes Against Magic: The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1 | [Steve McHugh]

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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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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    Amazon Customer Hickory, NC, United States 07-07-14
    Amazon Customer 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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 05-26-15
    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 05-26-15 Member Since 2015

    So, I Read This Book Today . . .

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    "My search of the city only brought more dead . . ."

    I know what you are. You’re the thing the monsters fear.” – Ivy, The Hellequin Chronicles

    “If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody’s mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.” – Lillian Hellman

    “So, Nate, I’ve heard rumours that you’re actually alive.” It would have to be rumour. You see, even Nate didn’t know that he really was Nate. He only had a piece of paper with the name Nathan Garrett on it, in what he discovered was his own handwriting, when he woke up in a filthy, shuttered warehouse ten years ago. Was that his name? Well, it was a good enough name, and he needed one. That’s what happens when you have no knowledge of your previous life, not the slightest memory.

    Fast forward and Nate is a thief, taking the hard jobs, the unusual jobs, for an odd fellow living in a ‘lost’ section of the London underground rail tunnels, his jobs managed and recommended by his partner Holly, daughter of Mark and Lyn O’Hara, Mob Bosses Extraordinaire and two of the most dangerous people in London.

    Well, if you don’t count the psycho gargoyles, nightmares, and various other things that go bump in the night.

    This is my first reading of a Steve McHugh Hellequin Chronicles book. I have put them off for a bit, as the main character is male and I have really been wanting to read female heroes, but I am glad that I picked it up sooner than later. The settings are marvelously well done. The story moves back and forth between time periods, from the modern day, to ten years previously when Nate first lost his memories, and further back, to the 1400’s as Nate’s memories begin to return. The characters are sharply written and realistic. McHugh knows his Greek Mythology, and it shows in his deft handling of gods and monsters, sorcerers and just folks. The book has that dry, British delivery that I adore, interspersed with a sort of subliminal humour that I completely enjoyed.

    The idea of magic actually taking over the sorcerer if he uses it too much was spectacular. Nate is very conscious of the power of magic, as well as the dangers – but a man can only take so much when the lives of innocent women and children are on the line, threatened by monsters with no compunction when it comes to savage murder of innocents. When he finally loses his shit, he is absolutely glorious!

    If you are of the mind to read a solid modern fantasy with that sharp, dry ‘Brit Wit’ some British authors carry off so amazingly well, I would highly recommend the series. I have already downloaded the next, though honestly I don’t know when I will get to it with the huge backlist I have. But it will be worth it when I do, I have no doubt.

    Highly recommended. Very minimal sex, some really nasty violence but not overdone, and a strong grasp of history makes the warping of history just right. Homer may have written the Illiad – but you know he did it several hundred years after the Trojan wars. “History is written by the victors who have hung the heroes.” – Sr.William Wallace

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Barbour 05-03-15 Member Since 2015

    Love the audio books.... Just wish that long time members got better treatment for their loyalty.

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    "An exciting new series"
    If you could sum up Crimes Against Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Subtle, Gripping, Fresh


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nathan. An interesting and invest able character with a ton of potential


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    Killer accent and intense performance


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    charles LAWTON, OK, United States 04-27-15
    charles LAWTON, OK, United States 04-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great urban fantasy. "

    This book is like the Dresden files only in the fact that he is urban fantasy other than that they're completely different Harry Dresden is a man who has morals whereas this man has no problem with wholesale slaughter.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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 0 people found this review helpful
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    1/3/15
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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!

    0 of 0 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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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