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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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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 Northeast 01-18-14
    plknj Northeast 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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    So, I Read This Book Today Golden, CO, United States 05-26-15
    So, I Read This Book Today Golden, CO, United States 05-26-15 Member Since 2007

    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


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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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    Wanda E. 03-09-15
    Wanda E. 03-09-15
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    "Great book!"

    Loved the main character. Really enjoyed the book. Hope there is more with this sorcerer. Very entertaining. Loved the audible.

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    Cynthia WATERFORD, MI, United States 11-04-14
    Cynthia WATERFORD, MI, United States 11-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT ENTERTAINMENT"

    This story is a little hard to catch on to at first. The author takes you back in forth in time. So keep your brain in top condition. But I loved it. I found the story extremely entertaining and I even found myself talking to the characters as I listened. Like "Run", "Hit Him" and so on. I really loved listening and the narrator did a wonderful job of pulling me in. The English accent didn't hurt either. I'm a sucker for an accent.

    Give it a try I think you will be more than pleasantly surprised.

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    Amazon Customer Cocoa, FL 09-22-14
    Amazon Customer Cocoa, FL 09-22-14 Member Since 2013

    Kente M'Bulu

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    "Phenomenal!"
    Would you listen to Crimes Against Magic again? Why?

    Over and over and over!!


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

    Alex Verus. Same character type (except the Hellequin is more powerful). But the climaxes are emotional and exciting! Can't put down.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When He realizes that He is the Hellequin. Even the beginning with the werewolves.


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

    HELLEQUIN!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to see his powers unfold as a necromancer. Great 3rd Book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 08-28-14
    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 08-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Finally Found A Great Series!"

    I spend many hours on the road and audible is a life saver! And after listening to over 100 books over the past 2 years I've begun to search for new series that will keep me interested. Crimes Against Magic is an excellent series. It has great character development and James Langton does an excellent job bringing the folks to life.

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