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Mark of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 1 | [Diana Rowland]

Mark of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 1

"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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Diana Rowland (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-08-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2014

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "ARCANE"

    HE WAS A LOT CUTER WHEN HE WASN'T BEING ALL FBI ISH.
    Gentleman, take a look at who is giving this high praises. You will notice they all have female names, as I guess is normal for paranormal fiction. This is chick lit.

    A VOICE COLD ENOUGH TO THAW THE ENTIRE CITRUS CROP IN FLORIDA.
    I have yet to find something in paranormal that I like. I do like Rowland and the White Trash Zombie books, so I gave this a try. There are glimpses of her above par writing of the other series. I like her main character. The first chapter is real good. Then we go to Cliche Ville. Could there be an older more used cliche then, the local cops don't like the Feds? Is there a cliche older then a story about a female not taken serious, because she is female? I guess there are still females who like this old tired cliche story, for it sells. If she could have continue the book like the first chapter it could have been a great book, but chapter one is as far as it went.

    I F##KED HIM, HE F##KED ME, WE F@@KED, OH F@@K!
    What is the same is the potty mouth of the main character. Not a problem with me, my dad was a sailor, but it may be enough to bother some others. Also if you go over five minutes and do not hear the word arcane,check your player it as moved on to another story.

    The narrator does not help, she reads in a monotone. If the main character is being attacked it is read in the same pace and tone as if she is talking on the phone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Madison, WI, United States 03-27-14
    Janet Madison, WI, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book."
    If you could sum up Mark of the Demon in three words, what would they be?

    A super natural "who done it".


    What about Liv Anderson’s performance did you like?

    Good character voices. She keep you wanting to listen to more.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for more books in the series. I'll put them on my pre-buy list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rejena Lubbock, TX, United States 03-10-14
    Rejena Lubbock, TX, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I am in love with another series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to friends. The book is exciting and is action packed for me. I knew as soon as i was in the middle of the book I would purchase the next book in the series. I am excited about all of the characters and the best thing is that you really don't know what is coming next. I was always anxiously waiting for the next scenes of the book.


    What other book might you compare Mark of the Demon to and why?

    I have no books to compare to this. This is the very first in this subject are I have listened to and I really like.


    Which character – as performed by Liv Anderson – was your favorite?

    The main character Kara Gillian. I like the way all of the characters work within the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was excited about all of the book. I really liked all of the book. This is really rare for me. I really believe if i was not give, the opportunity to learn more about other series. I would have never listened to this audiobook. If it weren't for the special opportunity offered by audible this treasure would have never been found. Thank you audible.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the book and plan to purchase all of the books in the series and also listen to the other book the author has at audible this time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Traveling Munni 02-24-14 Member Since 2014

    culture creature

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    "Extremely awkward"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the story was not very well written and the reading of this book made it more awkward to listen to.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The idea behind this book was the most interesting aspect of this story, but the least interesting was the character development, they seemed very one dimensional and it was very hard to understand the motivation behind most, if not all characters actions.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Liv Anderson?

    This is what made the book least enjoyable, the "unique" way that she decided to do different characters voices was imitated by myself and my friends for cheap laughs and it just kept me from connecting to the book in any way.


    Could you see Mark of the Demon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, not unless they changed the story dramatically much like they did to True Blood I could not see anyone watching this.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Chatsworth CA 01-22-15
    Shelley Chatsworth CA 01-22-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Just Okay"

    I would have given this two and a half stars. For my taste, way too much unnecessary vivid description of the victim's torture; too weak of a heroine; average amount of humor for said heroine; average uninteresting storyline with rather uninvolving characters.
    Takes place in the South (at least I think it does), but you wouldn't know it with no flavor of the locale.
    I will give the White Trash Zombie books a try.

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    Aria Beesting 01-19-15

    Favorite reads are urban fantasies featuring adults, with a firm twist of tasteful erotica, shaken well with plenty of humor & wit over ice.

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    "Great new series!"

    Always looking for a great new urban fantasy. Have found it in Mark of the Demon! The heroine is likable, The plot is interesting and character development is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Dugan New York, NY 01-15-15
    T. Dugan New York, NY 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story but I won't read the series"
    Where does Mark of the Demon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thought it was a great stand alone. I won't read the series though.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read any spoilers. The spoilers make me not want to read the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen K Avondale Estates, GA USA 11-02-14
    Ellen K Avondale Estates, GA USA 11-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good job by both author and narrator"

    More like a 3.5. I am conflicted about how I felt about this book. I enjoyed it for the most part. I really did. But it wasn't what I was expecting, wanting, desiring to read at the moment.

    I have read/listened to Diana Rowland's White Trash Zombie books. I was hoping for something like those but with a different heroine, if you. Think about that for a moment. We all hate when an author writes the same book but with a different heroine. So my premise was all wrong to begin with.

    Anyhoo, don't be looking for Angel in Kara. Are there similarities? Yes. But the Kara Gillian book was darker. There was not as much humor. Kara is not as disingenuous as our zombie gal Angel, nor is she all that worldly wise. But she knows what she is from day 1. There is no fumbling around, in humorous ways, to figure out how to deal with her situation.

    I have told you what it is not. Now I will share what it is.

    Kara Gillian is a cop. But she is a cop with an outside life that includes her being a summoner. She summons demons. Now, these demons will do stuff for summoners, but there are different levels of demons one can summon. If you summon a demon that is not of a mind to be summoned, you could be opening up a can of demonic worms you really don't want to open.

    And Kara does just that. But Kara can't figure out why or how she did it. She didn't want to. But she did. And of course, the demon doesn't shed any light on the situation for her.

    So what we have is a cop with an unwanted demon. And then next thing you know, we have a cop with serial killer on her hands. Coincidence? I think not.

    So the story takes us through the machinations of the serial killer, and the machinations of a demon lord with an agenda. Kara is the focal point of both.

    There are a lot of red herrings in this book. Red herrings that you can smell. That is not my favorite plot device. They did seem a bit heavy handed.

    I also had some issues with Kara's initial meeting with the demon. I didn't "approve" of what happened, nor did I approve when it happened again. But it is all explained away in a PC kind of way so I decided not to get my panties in a twist.

    I listened to the Audible version. The narrator is Liv Anderson. I can't remember listening to her before, but I will now seek out books she has narrated. I thought she did a wonderful job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mireiwen 10-15-14
    mireiwen 10-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good start to a great series of books"
    What made the experience of listening to Mark of the Demon the most enjoyable?

    The story is interesting and fun and you'll be hooked before you know it. The main character has relatable day to day worries and struggles and a fun and likable personality and humor. The arcane and otherworldly parts are well described and easy to understand along the way. I really liked this book ! But i have to say i found some of the policework parts a bit lengthy, but i think that's because i was so impatient wanting to know what would happen next in the other parts of Karas life.


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

    She has a pleasant voice to listen to and is reading at a perfect pace and has different voices for all the different characters which makes it easy to pick up on who's talking. Also there's no annoying or distracting noises like in other audiobooks where the spit noises or gasping for air sounds makes it hard to stay inside the storys universe.All in all great job !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Pittsburgh, PA, United States 10-02-14
    Bonnie Pittsburgh, PA, United States 10-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Caught and held my attention throughout"
    If you could sum up Mark of the Demon in three words, what would they be?

    Great all around


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mark of the Demon?

    The build up to the end is fantastic. Having to stop listening towards the end was painful. I found myself sitting in my car outside of work not wanting to stop.


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

    Liv was a terrific reader, the voices she used for each character was instantly recognizable.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book, it's very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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