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.
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
This is a must listen to. The story is fantastic as is the narrator. I didn't guess who the serial killer was until just a minute before the mystery was solved. That's good. I hate it when I guess who it is way before the mystery is solved. It's sexy, scary and funny. Kara is a great female character. I'm not going to give anything away but its really good. I just ordered the 2nd book.
I'm a big fan of Rowland's White Trash Zombie series, which are simply better written. This audio book is a frustrating experience because the protagonist is always at least one step behind the reader. "Hmm, maybe I should ask a demon about this" - yeah, that's what I've thought for the last 3 chapters." The writing does the protagonist a disservice, because instead of rooting for her you are contanstly annoyed with her. It's a shame, because there's nothing wrong with Cara Gillian. She's actually quite likeable, she's just in the wrong book.
Favorite reads are urban fantasies featuring adults, with a firm twist of tasteful erotica, shaken well with plenty of humor & wit over ice.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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