Cop and conjurer of demons, she's a woman in danger of losing control - to a power that could kill....
"Why me? Why now?" That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who’s already claimed the lives - and souls - of 13 people? And should she?
The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he's back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore. Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac’s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head.
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This book makes me think of Eve Dallas (In Death series by JD Robb), gone paranormal. I've enjoyed the story and the narrator's performance so much that I've downloaded the whole series in the last 5 days.
The story isn't complex, but the vocabulary level is slightly above average when compared to similar others in this genre. At the same time, the "F word" is used frequently. I found that a strange but charming paradox.
I think this is my first experience with narrator, Liv Anderson, but her voice is calm and well-paced.
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Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: I was thrilled to see that Mark of the Demon was a little bit Urban Fantasy and Mystery/Thriller! Glad I have 3 more of the series ready to go!
Overall Thoughts: I love Diana Rowland's White Trash Zombie series and have owned these forever. I was not disappointed. I really liked Kara--she was smart, interesting, quirky, and can kick butt. I loved that she was cop and has a past that makes her a better cop. The mystery was strong. I am very interested to see how things play out with Kara and all the craziness that is going on in her world. I have to say that last little bit about the naked pictures on the internet made me laugh out loud. You will just have to read it to figure out what that refers too!
Narrated By Liv Anderson / Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
Liv did an excellent job with Mark of the Demon. I have never listened to her narrate a book before but I was impressed. I will be watching for books narrated by her in the future.
Final Thought: Need to squeeze book 2 in soon!
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This is a fantastic read! I enjoyed this first book so much that I went ahead and bought the whole series. It's so well read by Liv Anderson, that I was instantly sucked into the world. It's gritty and dark at times, and several secondary characters die -- but that's to be expected since it deals with demon summoning as a practice of magic. I was riveted from the start!
The series revolves around a female cop who is also a secret student of demon summoning. She's the only one who senses the magic around several crime scenes, and is therefore the only one with any chance of solving the crimes. She goes up against a bad guy summoner who's trying to bring on Armageddon for the usual twisted reasons.
Our hero is not extra tough, nor does she use a handy magic wand. She does use her wits to find out who the psycho is. While occasionally summoning a demon or two to help out, she does this reluctantly since demons are strong and unpredictable and if she loses control of them she's toast.
So yeah, it's dark, but it's also funny at times and it feels fully fleshed out. Some of the demons she summons are nearly mindless beasts, while others are sexy angel like gods. There is a little romance, some sex and a great plot.
While I don't get the negative reviews, and I won't speculate on why they seem so harsh, I will say that the negatives noted seem to be based on the kinds of things that books of this type usually contain. I just wonder what these readers were expecting from a Urban Fantasy about demons.
I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to more books in the series.
P.S. I've noted a troubling trend in reviews where people are using the word "heroin" when they mean "heroine." I don't want to be the spelling police, but come on people -- those are two very different words!
Yes! The mentally stultifying overuse of sh*t and f**k by all of the characters as exclamation, commentary, adjective, adverb, noun and verb resulted in a poverty of nuanced expression that made it difficult to proceed through the predictable story. I won't be reading the rest of this very average series.
More subtlety, less profanity and less predictability. The elements of the climax were obvious and completely foreseeable as soon as they were introduced into the story line. No surprises here. Furthermore, it was just odd that cursing at an unlikeable older woman was the event that allowed the protagonist (a police detective, no less) to feel like a "warrior woman" for the first time. She spent the climax being helpless.
The protagonist. Ms. Anderson's male characterizations had an odd buzzing rasp that was difficult to listen to.
Unfortunately, yes, in the Twilight genre but bloodier.
I was looking forward to a new series only to find another soft porn.
Only made it to chapter 3.
I really don't understand why writers feel the need to add pointless sex
The narration was fine
I didn't get past chapter 3.
Total waste of a credit
Wish Audible had not changed it's return policy. I would love to dump this book
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