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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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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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    Leesa Smalltown,AL 06-13-13
    Leesa Smalltown,AL 06-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Oh Boy! A new series discovered!"

    First of all, I really liked this book. If your a fan of the paranormal genre then I think you'll like this one too. It's very mild in sexual content. It has a great plot and I'm looking foward to the other books in this series.

    Now to my complaint. Why does Audible release books in random order? Book 2 of this series is not avaliable. This really irritates me. I have noticed this on other series too. For those of us with a touch of OCD books out of order tend to be a problem. I wonder what I have missed in the storyline because I liked the first book so much I will get book 3. UGH!!!!

    43 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    kathy dundee, mi, United States 08-04-13
    kathy dundee, mi, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2009

    must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,

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    "good first book in a series i hadn't discoverd yet"
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    I really liked this book. sure the lead female was a little weaker than I first expected but I feel like she had grown by the end of the book. I feel like as I get into the series she is really going to transform. not every lead female starts out of the gate kicking butt, they all got to start somewhere! I certainly wanted more by the time I was done with this one. lots of potential! The crime scenes were pretty descriptive and they talk about the torture of the victims, some may have a hard time with it but I never felt it was way over the top or just for shock value. the mystery and drama of it were done well. I am definitely getting the second one in the series and put the others in my wish list.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Corvallis, OR, United States 12-31-13
    Kelly Corvallis, OR, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2010

    Books-n-Kisses

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    "Little bit of a slow start, but a great ending"
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    NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4
    REVIEW: 
    This book took me a little bit to get into.  I am not sure what I was expecting but after listening to Diana’s White Trash Zombie I guess I expected a little more snark and humor.  But Kara is very different then Angel.  As the story when on I started to like Kara.  I started enjoying her view on the world and how a summoner sees things.   I honestly took me until the end of the book to decided if I like the Demon Lord and the FBI agent in Kara’s life.  Let’s say that I really like one when we first met him, then I hated him, then I kinda liked him.  The other I didn’t like at all until the end of the book.  You will have to read/listen to and see if you can figure out which is which. 
    The narrator was not my most favorite but she did a pretty good job.  I will say that Rhyzkahl’s voice was a little creepy, but he is a Demon Lord.  So I guess that is okay.  

    Even though this was a slow start for me I am very much looking forward to Kara, Ryan & Rhyzkahl’s next adventure. 

    Disclaimer: 
    This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. Listened to via purchase on Audible

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 06-30-13
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Buyer beware"

    When I ordered this book, I thought I was going to read a book about a strong intelligent female character that kicked butt, with the help of a demon. Instead, I got a weak female character who in real life would not have been the lead detective of a serial killer case because she lacked experience and intelligence. I know that sounds harsh but it is true and the character herself even believes it. Not only is she a novice detective but also a novice demon summoner, but yet she manages to summon a powerful demon lord and solve the case. Although the demon is interesting, he is too much of a cliche. He just so happens to find the character interesting so he doesn't kill her like all the others. Also, he wasn't summoned he just appeared. He then went on to stalk the main character. The plot moves along slowly and throws in graphic details of torture to shock and keep the reader interested. That didn't work for me. I think the author tried really hard, but she wasn't sure if she wanted to write urban fantasy or suspenseful thriller. I can't recommend this book to anyone.

    50 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 12-30-13
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Really?"

    So, this story is about a homicide detective that can conjure demons. Within the first three chapters the lead character conjures a demon that vows to flay the skin from her bones. So she does what all respectable homicide detectives do; she has sex with it with in minutes of their first meeting. Additionally, the author needs to get a thesaurus so she can look up another adjective other than "f**king" . All of the characters use it constantly in both dialog and prose like it's required. So if you enjoy the work f**k, stories that lack believability, or soft core porn then this is your book. I am so glad I bought this one as a daily deal.

    35 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 01-26-14
    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good But...."

    At first I had a hard time following the story. Seemed I needed more explanation to understand what was going on with the arcane side. As is happens, towards that end when things started getting good. The mystery takes over and I no longer needed to understand. I was to busy trying to figure out "who dune it". Rowland does try to recap at the end. But I am still a bit confused. I almost think this maybe done to have the reader learn with the main character. I will probably listen to this book again for clarification.

    I enjoy romance with my supernatural reads. In my opinion this one could have had a lot more. I will probably read the next book as I found the mystery to be quite good. As this book is the first perhaps this will come as the series progresses.

    Great narration as well.

    Not sure if its worth a credit tho. I like my credits to be well spend with some great romance/paranormal. This book didn't have enough of both. I suggest a bogo or deal of the day.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffani The Woodlands, TX, United States 01-20-14
    Tiffani The Woodlands, TX, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Book, Good Performance"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 01-19-14
    Amazon Customer United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2010

    AKA The Geeky Blogger

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    "I will enjoy this series..."

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    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!

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    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 12-30-13
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 12-30-13 Member Since 2009

    I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.

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    "Fresh New Take on Urban Fantasy!"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Hopewell Jct, NY, United States 12-04-13
    Kate Hopewell Jct, NY, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Love Love"
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    This is great start to a wonderful series. I couldn't download the second book fast enough!!! Great narration as well.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judy
    WOKINGHAM, United Kingdom
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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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