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I Don't Want to Kill You: John Cleaver Series #3 | [Dan Wells]

I Don't Want to Kill You: John Cleaver Series #3

John Cleaver has called a demon - literally called it on the phone - and challenged it to a fight. He has faced two of the monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he's done running; he's taking the fight to them. But as he wades through his town's darkest secrets, searching for any sign of who the demon might be, one thing becomes all too clear: in a game of cat and mouse with a supernatural killer, the human is always the mouse.
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John Cleaver has called a demon - literally called it on the phone - and challenged it to a fight. He has faced two of the monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he's done running; he's taking the fight to them. But as he wades through his town's darkest secrets, searching for any sign of who the demon might be, one thing becomes all too clear: in a game of cat and mouse with a supernatural killer, the human is always the mouse.

In I Am Not a Serial Killer, we watched a budding sociopath break every rule he had to save his town from evil. In Mr. Monster, we held our breath as he fought madly with himself, struggling to stay in control. Now John Cleaver has mastered his twisted talents and embraced his role as a killer of killers. I Don't Want to Kill You brings his story to a thundering climax of suspicion, mayhem, and death.

It's time to punish the guilty. And in a town full of secrets, everyone is guilty of something.

©2011 Dan Wells (P)2011 Tantor

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    Lisa United States 01-19-13
    Lisa United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2014

    Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!

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    "LOVED IT... but is this the last?"

    This is a beautiful, emotional, turtourous, funny, sad, and everything in between book. This book has it ALL. The narration was flawless and made the book just so much more than if you read the book itself. I think I felt every emotion possible during this book.
    This is not my normal genre but this has it all from humor, mystery, suspense, romance, & paranormal... Really, this is a book for anyone, it tugs at your heart.
    I'm not quite sure though if this is a trilogy and it ends here or if there are more to come. There was a finality to some aspects of the story but then others were left open for more to come. I really hope there is more, I would love to see John grow, not just age wise but emotionally too. We saw a lot of emotional growth in this book but... He is just 16.
    As you can read, I LOVE this series, and yes, I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone! Well done both Dan and Kirby.
    **FIRST BOOK IS READ BY DIFF NARRATOR AND IT TAKES PATIENCE TO LISTEN TO IT BUT IF YOU DO, YOU GET A GREAT STORY WITH A MEH PERFORMANCE, BUT YOU ARE ALSO REWARDED WITH STELLAR PERFORMANCES FOR BOOKS 2 & 3**

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Colten LONGMONT, CO, United States 05-06-12
    Colten LONGMONT, CO, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome!"
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    I heard about Dan Wells from Writing Excuses, the podcast he is a part of that gives advice to struggling authors. I tried "I Am Not a Serial Killer" and was pleased by his writing, but I didn't much care for the reader. However, "Mr. Monster" and this book are awesome both because the reader has been changed, and because the stories continue to get better and better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 04-10-15
    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 04-10-15
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    Loved this series and loved Kirby's performance. I hope there will be more in this series!!!!! The characters were interesting and the main character continued to evolve. Really sets the stage for part four, hopefully.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 03-14-15
    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 03-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like the previous two, just read it."

    If you read the previous two books in the series, just read this one too, you won't be disappointing.
    While the previous books dealt with John's struggle and identity as a sociopath, here we see him in action accepting who he is and his mission in life. His personal life also develops entering a more serious relationship. Can someone without empathy be in a relationship?
    Like the other books half the enjoyment is being inside this character's head, seeing how he sees and interprets 'normal' teenager and social situations. Anyone who struggled understanding people behaviours or emotions will identify. Book is full with humour, much of it dark.
    The ending was great, you need to be a sociopath not to feel impacted by it. Good ending to a series but leaves room for a very different continuation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg C Discovery Bay, California 09-19-14
    Greg C Discovery Bay, California 09-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great series. sort of like Dexter + 6 feet Under"
    What made the experience of listening to I Don't Want to Kill You the most enjoyable?

    The characters are interesting and well developed. Author does a great job in getting us to care about the characters. story line is very cool


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 08-26-12
    Heather 08-26-12
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    "Can't wait for what comes next"

    A great continuation of this series. I hope there is more to come. The main character is well developed and creates such a conflict of emotions within the reader/listener. The story is interesting and suspensful. This one hints that there is more to come and I hope that is true.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D'Guerra Houston, TX, United States 07-05-12
    D'Guerra Houston, TX, United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2010

    I born a long time ago and grew up to be who I am today.

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    "The Best of the Trilogy"
    What did you love best about I Don't Want to Kill You?

    I think, because we've gotten used to John at this point there isn't a need to explore the character and his motives anymore. We get to, however, explore more emotional context for this character's life. It's strange to imagine, after the first two books, but it was still impressive to see the "softer" side of John Cleaver. Probably good as a stand alone, but I'm sure it's much more effective if you'd read "I am not a Serial Killer" and "Mr. Monster" first.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Don't Want to Kill You?

    No Spoilers but the end. I mean, it's a Horror novel, so obviously the final confrontation is going to stand out the most.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    John's confrontation with the Handyman was brilliant. Not only is it a climatic moment as John closes in on his target, but themes that are so poetically addressed in that scene were so well set up prior that you know this is a huge arch for this character.


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

    The title alone says it all "I don't WANT to Kill you..."


    Any additional comments?

    I think this really is the best book in the series. By the time I got to Part 2 I couldn't stop. Dan Wells really has become one of my favorite authors with this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarahgnv 07-02-15
    Sarahgnv 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read!"

    Very fun, gripping and entertaining story. A supernatural who dunit! Has mystery, comedy and love in the story too.

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    Amazon Customer 09-26-14
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    "I am the wrong audience for this book"
    Any additional comments?

    In all fairness, I should start by saying that this book was probably written for a younger (13-20 year old) audience. I am 62. It is written in the first person of a 16 year old boy. A demon hunter. Not quite sure how I ended up with this on my reader, but it was there and I was out of books so I listened to it.

    The story line is interesting.I think Mr. Heyborne really nailed the performance. The main problem I have is the main character is kindof a turd. He is rude. Basically a hard person to like. I think he will appeal to the mildly rebellious teenage crowd. I mostly wanted to write this review to warn to old fogies.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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