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Mark of the Demon Audiobook

Mark of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 1

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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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    Sabrina Hadaway 07-08-16
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    of this series & this author. I have enjoyed all the books I've listened to, so far.

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    Boundless Book Reviews Sara 06-05-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent start to a new series"
    What did you love best about Mark of the Demon?

    This title has been on my TBR list for an incredibly long time. The audiobook came up for sale and I was all over it. It’s an Urban Fantasy with a kick ass chick, I mean hello, she summons demons and she’s a cop! And there isn’t a vampire to be found in the entire book! Score! Definitely my type of book!

    The one thing I really liked about this story was the mythology created. The Demons that Kara summons aren’t evil; they are from another plane of existence. They are neither good nor bad; they are just utterly self-serving, and rely on a strict honor system in their culture. Their honor is everything to them. So once a summoner; which is what Kara is, agree to terms with a demon, the demon will abide by those terms, simply because their honor holds them to it. It was a pretty interesting concept. Kara summons the demons in order to glean information, and basically uses them to better learn her craft. Again, she isn’t evil, and neither are the demons. It’s all in the summoner and what the terms agreed upon.

    Kara has a summoning go disastrously wrong and winds up with a far deadlier creature she has to contend with, Rhyzkahl. Who instead of slaughtering her where she stands, decides seduction is the name of the game. This coincides with an old serial killer starting up again and Kara is given the case, her first murder case. She is in a race to track down the Symbol man before he kills again. On top of being saddled with a FBI agent who she is completely attracted to, while he thinks she is a compete idiot. Oh, and did I mention Rhyzkal is now visiting her dreams? Stress doesn’t even begin to cover Kara’s world.

    I finished the audiobook in a 2-day period. I kept guessing this is the killer, then nope he would get killed. It was loaded with surprises all the way to the end. I was so thrilled I wasn’t able to guess! The stories are always blown when I can figure them out, so happy this wasn’t the case. I will note that this is a bit on the horror side for me with all those grizzly details, but not enough that I wasn’t able to enjoy the story.

    Mark of the Demon is an excellent start to this series and I am so pleased that I finally jumped into it. I have been missing out! I can’t wait to dive into the next book, Blood of the Demon....Sara


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    K. Lawry 04-22-16
    K. Lawry 04-22-16

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    "Great story, fantastic narration!"

    Interesting concept, a little slow to get started but after that it was a wild ride! Fantastic story, a little demon love mixed in… And a very cool female heroine! The narration was some of the best!

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    fossilgoby 04-17-16
    fossilgoby 04-17-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Very entertaining!"

    Began listening to it on my drive home from work daily and enjoyed it so much that I listened to it while working on tasks at home.

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    John F. Slitz Jr. 03-15-16
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    "Out of this Dimension Who Dunnnit."
    If you could sum up Mark of the Demon in three words, what would they be?

    Nicely executed urban fantasy. Solid characters with a real plot that is engaging, sexy and unpredictable in the most interesting way


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

    Most comparable to Faith Hunter and Patricia Briggs at their best. The creation of a believable world populated by demons and people with her mature views on good and evil make for an entertaining and thoughtful read or listen Liv Anderson did a great job.


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

    Liv does a very professional job of narration with this project. Her voice is pleasing and warm with a range that makes the characters distinct.


    Any additional comments?

    It's noteworthy that while the first in a series this book reads as a complete book with no cliff hangers or sinister underlying plots to presage the next book. I will read the next book because the characters and storyline are engaging and I want to see how they develop.

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    Veronica Knuckles 03-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Intriguing"

    I downloaded the whole series it keeps you wanting more! And the narrator voice is awsome keeps you listening

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    another know it all North Carolina 02-10-16
    another know it all North Carolina 02-10-16 Member Since 2010

    50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.

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    "another so so book"

    I seem to have picked quite a few mediocre books lately. Not so bad that I want my time back, but not good enough that I want to continue with the series. This is a decent fantasy novel and the romance was not cookie cutter so that is good.

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    Susan 01-17-16
    Susan 01-17-16
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    "Shocks you out of your mundane reading rut!"

    Ready for a side order of demon with your next cop story? Pick up this one for a rollicking ride through a summoner's New Orleans world of cops & murder. Losing sleep never felt so good. Gimme the next book. Pleeeeeeaaasse!

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    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 12-14-15
    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 12-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I may have just found a new UF Favorite series"

    Did I just stumble upon a new urban fantasy series to add to my favorites? The jury is still out, given that this is only the first book, but what a start! The story is well paced and the magic system is interesting and seemed well thought out.

    Mark of the Demon focuses on Kara Gillian, a newly promoted homicide detective who also happens to be a demon summoner. The result is a nice combination of mystery and urban fantasy. I liked the direction Ms. Rowland took with the demon mythology. It is not really clear why people summon, but then, everyone needs a hobby, right?

    An interesting twist with this book is that it has some pretty hot scenes, but it is not particularly romancey. SWEET! It is like getting a gift even though there is no occasion. In this case, the gift is well written sexy times without the relationship angst that typically comes with them.

    Without a doubt, the focus of the book is the murder mystery. People are dying, Kara is a detective...you do the math. The resolution was very well paced, with Rowland feeding you bits and hints, but not really handing it to you from the beginning. The investigation was very procedural, yet it incorporated the UF elements nicely.

    I don't what took me so long to finally read this one, but I am ever so glad that I did. I just hope the rest of the series holds up to the promise of this one.

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    Kellie D. Piet 10-21-15
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    "I enjoyed the story"

    It took a few chapters to get used to the narrator's cadence but eventually it grew on me. I did love the story itself and look forward to the next books in the series.

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    "Too sleazy but with a glimmer of a story"

    Intro:

    I have just listened to the 6th book in the series having been though a period where I have the opportunity to simply keep listening straight through. Interestingly this is a book series that gets better towards the end of the series - some authors start off strong and the story fades but this is the opposite. The series starts off cheesy, each book in the beginning of the series has just enough of a story to persuade me to try the next one. My opinion of the first book:

    The Bad:

    Too smutty and sleazy: Given the relatively small size of the book too much of it is taken up with erotic scenes where moving the story along would be more entertaining. I just ended up scrubbing through to the next scene - boring! If nothing else this book reveals that men are not nearly shallow enough.

    The Good:

    The writing is entertaining, the interplay between the characters is funny, there is good scene description. The irony is that fantasy authors tend to have decent scene description which is good but science fiction authors - where the story takes place in the far future and/or different worlds where scene setting is more important often don't bother. Lazy buggers.

    The book is not boring, I know that doesn't sound like much but if you want to invest money/credits on books the last thing you want is a story that simply drags on and on where the writer can not engage the reader. This author does at least that.

    The Narrator:

    The narrator reads slowly and clearly, this is a good thing but I ended up listening to this book at x3 speed. She also manages to give each character enough of a unique voice that story comes alive.

    Overall:

    I gave this book two stars over all, it has a glimmer of a kernel of a story to it, which is why I kept going through the series. The last two/three books in the series are worth reading, readers can skip though the first lot of novels without loosing much since you get caught up in each novel anyway.

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  • sharon
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    "A delight!"

    I have read all of this series and I am a huge fan, I was well chuffed to see that it was now in audio format, the premise is what grabbed me at first a conjurer of demons a cop who does not really relate to everyday life, she prefers the company and challenge of summoning demons.
    Gruesome ritualistic murders, an enigmatic FBI agent who does not add up and a very ancient demon you can see from the off set this series is going to be a corker, though I will say it now I am biased.

    It's police procedural, mixed with an insidious evil, likeable characters including the manipulative powerful demon that you can't quite trust, it's multi-layered with a convoluted plot that sprinkles clues along the way that takes on to future plots.

    Get it if you like your urban fantasy dark and gritty, and a series that just gets better and better with each book.

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  • bettyandjohn
    3/11/15
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    "Awesomely well written, a great enjoyable read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very much so, I enjoy such books and Diana Rowland has a rare gift like few others, only authors like Ann Rice, Chris Fieldwater, especially his new up and coming book Eternally in Love. sensual, sexy and O my why a book, Kim Woods is another great author in the class of Diana Rowland, Truly a great book to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    very much the lady detective Kara and the way she became entwined in the story.


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

    She is a great narrater and has a sensual voice, and carries the story extremely well


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Passions of the demon


    Any additional comments?

    A great read, I have only recently discovered this authors books and am the process of adding all her novels to over 370 plus audio books in my collection.

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  • Linda Cooper
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    12/28/14
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    "Great story! A strong female cop and sexy demons!"
    Where does Mark of the Demon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best stories I have listened too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the supernatural mixed with a (gruesome) murder mystery. Great concept of demons not being creatures of hell but more like 'aliens' living in another dimension. The plot and characters are very interesting and i will certainly read the next in series. (The narrator ruined it for me which is why I will read the next one!)


    Did Liv Anderson do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Erm, really hate to be negative but the narrator ruined it for me. Not great at differentiating the characters so I found I had to play close attention to which character was talking. She could have changed pitch and used a different accent for the characters...


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  • Judy
    WOKINGHAM, United Kingdom
    10/29/13
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    "Original and wierd!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I assumed that this was going to be another detective and was in for big surprise!! More like Tolkein on acid. Certainly makes you reassess what is real... Stralings? Great


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    No


    What about Liv Anderson’s performance did you like?

    I was so into the story that I didn't notice her ... this is a good thing


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pamela
    Dublin, Ireland
    6/28/13
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    "Very original story"
    Would you listen to Mark of the Demon again? Why?

    Yes I would definitely listen to this book again because there was so much in the story I know I'll hear new aspects that were missed the 1st time.


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

    When Kara met The Lord demon


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

    All of them were great but Kara was my favourite


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Power has consequences


    Any additional comments?

    This book is excellent. It has an unusual twist on the paranormal genre as well as heroes that are flawed. Now that the second book is finally in audio format I'm relishing the thought of my new adventure with Kara.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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