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Days Gone Bad: Vesik, Book 1 | [Eric Asher]

Days Gone Bad: Vesik, Book 1

My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I've faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and... damn, I need a vacation.
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My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I've faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and...damn, I need a vacation.

©2013 Eric R. Asher (P)2014 Eric R. Asher

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    Amazon Customer 06-15-14
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    "Phenomenal Start to an AMAZING series!"

    "Days Gone Bad," had me sucked in at chapter one. There is a wealth of characters with depth and mystery and wit that make you want to delve into each one of them to see how they tick! Mr. Eric Asher, took a genre that has been written and rewritten so many times and made it new and intriguing. For me the testament of an outstanding book is if when I put it down I'm ready to pick it back up again, well this audio version brought me to whole new level of fandom. The narrator has a way of bringing these outstanding characters to life and I certainly cannot wait for the second book in the series to be ready for consumption.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    D. Antonio Georgia, United States 02-09-15
    D. Antonio Georgia, United States 02-09-15
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    "Great Urban Fantasy"

    I received a free copy of this audio book from the author when I met him at Coastal Magic Con. My husband and I listened to it on the way home and were enthralled. This story grabbed us from the start. Mr. Asher has built a vivid picture of a world where vampires, fairies, witches, ghosts, Watchers, and others exist side by side with common folk. His is a world filled with magic and mayhem, humor and love. William Dufris did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life. This story is not for the weak of heart. It is often violent and is graphic in its depiction of the violence. But the story is well worth it and would be diminished without the horror of the violence. I will most certainly be checking out the further adventures of Damian Valdis Vesik.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki Chenard Pawcatuck, CT 02-06-15
    Nikki Chenard Pawcatuck, CT 02-06-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Very Good!"

    I enjoyed this book very much. It has an original spin despite the countless contemporary fantasy novels written and it doesn't seem to adopt or encroach on anyone's ideas. In fact, the author has an unique way of spinning the tale into the action of the story line leaving the reader no worse for wear nor with questions, but simple answers delivered once then a world of magic within.

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    Debbie 01-31-15
    Debbie 01-31-15
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    "Awesome"

    This book was fantastic! I enjoyed listening to it as much as reading it. I have and will continue to recommend it to friends and family and let's face it to anybody that will listen.

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    Jeff Austin, TX 12-29-14
    Jeff Austin, TX 12-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I'll probably get the next book"

    Narrator was good. Not what I expected, but good. A good start to a series.

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    Lee Ryder PITTSFIELD, MA, US 05-26-15
    Lee Ryder PITTSFIELD, MA, US 05-26-15
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    If you could sum up Days Gone Bad in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, funny, lots of twists


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Days Gone Bad?

    Where he started to feed from his mom and she got so sick and when he attacked the butler.


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

    He really has a wonderful sarcastic tone that plays well to the character.


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

    Seductive, twisted, and funny!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story, Eric Asher is a master wordsmith and the characters are completely awesome. It's a great twist on the vampire genre of reading and the acid and sarcastic humor makes this story an A+.

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    scott 11-16-14
    scott 11-16-14
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    "not a great story"
    What would have made Days Gone Bad better?

    Good potential story and character but the author wants to be funny and he is not


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Abdul Aziz Jalloh, Jr. 10-08-14 Member Since 2013

    34-yr old African IT professional who relies on great audiobooks to get him through boring and repetitive work days. Also while driving!

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    "Couldn't finish it"

    The author attempted to make the main character funny and witty but his continuous stream of sarcastic and snide comments quickly become annoying and we never get a clear explanation as to how magic works in his universe.
    Another source of confusion stems from the fact that Vesik is supposed to be a necromancer and yet he comes off more as a mage and more akin to Harry Dresden's abilities than someone who deals with the dead.
    Furthermore we never get a good sense of the large cast of characters that get introduced far too quickly to the point where it starts to become a little confusing. Indeed, the faeries and the various vampires that Vesik meets aren't given enough of a backstory to begin to care about them and lack any real substance to them.
    I will say this though, the narrator's voicing of Vesik's century-old teacher is phenomenal as he gives her a rough southern drawl that is a surprising joy to listen to.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 07-22-14
    Michael 07-22-14
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    "Effusive reviews not deserved"

    Just don't get it. People VERY enthusiastic about this book (which is why I bought it). I found it uninteresting and banal. Not clever. Not funny. Not exciting. Not......

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    Kim Plainfield, IL, United States 08-11-14
    Kim Plainfield, IL, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Narrator hurts the story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is a trend in this book with the author making a statement, followed in the same sentence with a "but" or"though" which leads to an attempt at humor. About one in every 5 sentences show this pattern. Only after listening for a while does it take on an aspect of being contrived as well as a habitual pattern of communicating. This process is emphasized by the vocal inflections of Mr. Dufris. Can't change the author. I would strongly encourage a different narrator. I am very close to losing all interest in this piece. I would NEVER consider another book in this series if the same narrator is used. Interestingly, he does a very good job with other character voices.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Eric Asher? Why or why not?

    Yes, with a different narrator.


    Did William Dufris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good with all but the main character, Vesik (who, wouldn't you know it, has to talk throughout the book, or else there would be no story), comes across with a sarcastic or snide quality to his humor. This quickly becomes painful to listen to.


    Do you think Days Gone Bad needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Why not? Very similar in subject material to the Dresden series.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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