Ever since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective — especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival".
But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching. Now he’s back from the dead and back in business — with a caseload that’s downright unnatural. A resurrected mummy is suing the museum that put him on display. Two witches, victims of a curse gone terribly wrong, seek restitution from a publisher for not using “spell check” on its magical tomes. And he’s got to figure out a very personal question — Who killed him?
For Dan Chambeaux, it’s all in a day’s work. (Still, does everybody have to call him “Shamble”?) Funny, fresh, and irresistible, this cadaverous caper puts the P.I. in R.I.P…. with a vengeance.
©2012 Kevin J. Anderson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Wickedly funny, deviously twisted and enormously satisfying. This is a big juicy bite of zombie goodness. Two decaying thumbs up!” (Jonathan Maberry)
"The Dan Shamble books are great fun." (Simon R. Green)
"Meh" sums it up. Not bad, not great. Narrator's female characterizations were annoying. Not much of a mystery, villain is pretty obvious, as was the ending. Overall, it was ok but I can't recommend it.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
The story needed a lot of punching up. This seemed like something written by a high school student. The concept is cool but the execution is weak at best.
Thre really is no other genre quite like this. The idea of a zombie PI in New Orleans seems like a can't miss, but it does. I'd still read a similar novel as the concept is great.
Fun, average, tight. I have heard other books narrarated by Mr. Gigante and he is excellent. He just didn't have much to work with on this novel.
Most of the characters are not particularly memorable, so I couldn't say.
I hope the author works on his technical skills as he has a great concept here. I'd pass on this one and save your credits for another book.
I've listened to a number of books, but I've never quit one in the middle. This time I did. All the silly monster cliches were there, but made sillier. Plus the ridiculous PC-ness of the whole thing. White (living) males are the clear bad/immoral/icky people. The monsters, all ethnicities but caucasian, and anyone dead hold the moral high ground. Can you be preachier?
Save yourself and your monthly credit. Skip this one.
Very clever wording. Each line stands alone but they don't mesh together. Overall this is a formula book, nothing special.
The acting brought the words to life.
The only other series that comes to mind is the one "One Foot in the Grave", again a comedy and mystery with a supernatural character.
His vocal changes and accents put you right in the South and the story.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
A zombie laughing his head off. Do ghouls eat popcorn with their fingers? No they eat their fingers separate. (spoiler alert) Those were the two best jokes in the entire book.
This is cute and sometimes silly. You will often crack a smile, but you will not LOL. I thought it was ok, just not real good. I am always routing for Anderson. He has written over forty novels, and most people don't know who he is. His problem to me is that he is always writing in other peoples' universes. His Seven Suns saga which I like is probably his best work. I have read the first five novels in that saga and plan on reading them all. Even though this was ok, I will not continue the series. With great writers like Jim Butcher, Dean Koontz and Christopher Moore, why waste my time with a pretender.
My advice to Anderson is to return to Science Fiction and come up with something original.
Narrator was pretty good.
I gave this book a chance and i loved it. The story was fun for any zombie lover looking for something a little different. I really cant with for the next one.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
I wouldn't know, I didn't read the print version.
I liked the uniqueness of the world Kevin Anderson created.
He really helped me see through the eyes of the main character and now I might have a hard time hearing a Dan Shamble story without Peter doing the performance.
I'm always terrible with questions like this so no tag line offerings from me.
If you like detective/private investigator stories this one is for you! Granted it is definitely urban fantasy so if you don't like zombies, ghosts, vampires or any of the other awesome supernatural critters then stay away from this one.
Entertaining with details and humor
The humor was witty- smart. Being a psychic-medium, I am really into the metaphysical/mystical side that this book offers. But the smart humor and plot twists satisfy my 39 year old side. My web site is PsychicSpellCaster . com
He is great in-fluxing his voice as he changes character dialog. He also knows how to deliver the jokes/humor the author gives.
There were particular characters that I really could 'feel' because Phil Gigante /the reader gave emotion to his voice as he read their dialogue.
I wish it was not so short as 8 hours. I could listen to at least 16 hours in one book (I'm glad this is a series and has multiple audiobooks)
I feel in love with Phil Gigante during my listening of The Stainless Steel Rat series and was desperately waiting for another good series to come around that would combine a good book with a good narrator.
Imagine my pleasure when I found Kevin Anderson's Dan Shamble series.
I look forward to many more books to come in the series. Already anxiously awaiting the next books release.
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