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The Palace Job | [Patrick Weekes]

The Palace Job

Loch is seeking revenge. It would help if she wasn’t in jail. The plan: To steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but is now in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so, Loch - former soldier, former prisoner, and current fugitive - must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shape shifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical war hammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills.
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Publisher's Summary

Loch is seeking revenge. It would help if she wasn’t in jail. The plan: To steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but is now in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so, Loch - former soldier, former prisoner, and current fugitive - must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shape shifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical war hammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills. This crack team of misfits will help her break into the floating fortress of Heaven’s Spire and the vault that holds her family’s treasure - all while eluding the unrelenting pursuit of Justicar Pyvic, whose only mission is to see the law upheld. What could possibly go wrong?

©2013 Patrick Weekes (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Cynthia A. Thornton Asheville,NC 11-06-13
    Cynthia A. Thornton Asheville,NC 11-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprisingly good!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Palace Job the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the light, tongue and cheek humor and the twists in the story. I read a lot of fantasy as a teen and this book brings back some of the fun, with a bit of sly irreverence to standard fantasy elements.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the dialog between the characters and the humorous comebacks.


    What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

    At first I found the narrators voice a little difficult to follow, but within a few minutes, I found myself immersed in the story, narrator forgotten.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The ultimate fantasy heist? A unicorn, tinkerer, magician and two thieves? I am not great at tag lines, but it's a great heist adventure I couldn't stop listening to!


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for something light, funny and magical ( since I was feeling like the world was rather bleak at that moment) and this fit the bill perfectly. I enjoyed the performance and story immensely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Elkhorn, WI, United States 10-11-13
    Roger Elkhorn, WI, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2006

    River On The Edge

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    "Wow! What a book! Great Fun & Amazing Characters!"

    A con job, swindle, & revenge story... A fast paced adventure with strong characters and a lot of twist and turns!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Towson, MD, United States 11-18-13
    Jesse Towson, MD, United States 11-18-13
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    "Well Written Fun...With a few twists along the way"
    What did you love best about The Palace Job?

    A good story brought to life with great narration. I was instantly drawn to the main character and the storyline that actually had a few surprises in it as well


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well delivered with multiple strands of characters interwoven with enough back story to make it fun and interesting. When the individual characters begin to interact it is like well woven tapestry


    Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

    Actually enjoyed them all. Very well delivered with great personality for all of them. The Death Priestess though....Very interesting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 07-31-14
    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Just ok"

    I will not comment on the reader really. She was average and thus tolerable and enjoyable.

    I felt there was nothing really special about his story. If felt like the story was a prequel when it wasn't. It was odd how that worked out. You felt like the characters where more developed in other books (that do not exist I think) so their awesomeness was implied as if the reader already had a relationship with them. Character backgrounds where mentioned but never elaborated on. Not much about the world is explained so you feel that there is more that you don't know about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Auble 04-19-14
    Brent Auble 04-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun Fantasy Heist in a Well Thought-out World"
    Would you listen to The Palace Job again? Why?

    I might listen to this again, and I might actually read the book as well in addition to listening to it. Partly because I'm sure I missed some things the first time through, but as much because I really enjoyed the story and would love to revisit the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters did feel a little like they were pulled out of stock character classes from a role-playing game (which isn't necessarily a bad thing as far as I'm concerned), but they were very nicely filled out with a back story and personality, so they didn't actually feel like stock characters. I really liked them by the end of the story, and would love to read about their continuing or prior adventures.

    In addition to the characters, I was very impressed with the richness of the world. It was well thought out, had lots of layers and history, and plenty of room to explore more, while not simply being a typical Tolkien-derived fantasy world. It was also quite modern in some ways, which allowed for creative things like puppet show 'newscasts.' I would really like to read more stories form this world -- with the same or different characters.

    The writing was quite witty -- a few laugh out loud moments, but a lot of chuckles and smiles. The fight sequences were well written.


    Have you listened to any of Justine Eyre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time listening to her. She did a good job -- the voices were reasonably distinct and I usually didn't have any trouble identifying characters.

    There were times when the accents were a bit much and the story was complex enough that I had trouble following along (which is more the author than the narrator) -- thus the drop to 4 stars -- but I'd definitely be willing to listen to her read another book.


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

    There were some heart-tugging moments, but I'll leave those spoilers out of the review. On the whole though, this is a pretty light and fun book (although not without dark parts) -- the heroes get into trouble and it's mostly a question of how they'll get out of it (this is not a George R. R. Martin Game of Thrones story where characters get killed with wild abandon).


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. If Patrick Weekes writes more in this world, I'll definitely pick it up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Hux North Carolina 03-05-14
    Daniel Hux North Carolina 03-05-14 Member Since 2011

    A working stiff who loves to read. My taste range from Syfy and fantasy to history and politics. Read at you own risk!

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    "This one is not a rip off!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I haven't this much fun with a book in a while. The book is so much fun in not only the quirkiness of the characters but the great story telling as well. The banter between chapters is funny and great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Palace Job?

    Can I just say that it's so hard to nail down just one part because it is non stop from beginning to end.


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

    Her voice is perfect for this book and it's sometimes dry wit which requires good timing. Great read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found myself sneaking of on breaks at work to listen to it. Not a very productive couple of days there.


    Any additional comments?

    Well writing and we'll read I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elisa Eiger Montville, NJ United States 02-06-14
    Elisa Eiger Montville, NJ United States 02-06-14
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    "Innovative? Or Indecisive? Definitely Overrated."

    This audiobook is certainly entertaining, but all in all...I think I should have just read the book, and not invested the hours in listening to the audio version.

    The narrator, Justine Eyre, has a wonderfully flexible voice: The voices of the many characters are distinctly different, and her switch between dialogue and narration is crisp and clean. She also reads with attention to phrasing, punctuation, and meaning. HOWEVER, either she or a director/producer should be slapped for the selection of her narrator's voice for this book, which is not a comfortable natural voice, but instead a sort of husky, purring undertone, unusual and interesting, but also nearly unintelligible. The effect is rather like trying to understand someone with a bad case of laryngitis--or watching a otherwise wonderfully-cast play where the main character is performed by the producer's under-talented girlfriend. Who needs a voice coach. And mumbles.

    The story is a standard quest in the fantasy tradition, or a standard heist in the action/adventure (e.g. "Mission: Impossible) tradition. Nothing wrong with that; it just makes me wonder about how much reading the many reviewers who praised this work for its innovative nature have done. What I found most distinctive about the story, actually, is that the author did not seem to know who his audience was. Overall, the story seemed to be a not-too-demanding, stock-character, playful romp of the type suitable for tweens, but there were elements that made the story completely inappropriate for young adults (e.g. heroines strapped spreadeagled on a table and menaced by a satyr). However, there was a certain reticence with the violence and sexual innuendo that resulted in the story not having the edginess one would expect in fiction intended for adults. It felt as if the author either needed an editor, or had been terribly over-edited.

    Bottom line: not offensive enough to want to return the book; not good enough to recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    julienne San Antonio, TX, United States 01-24-14
    julienne San Antonio, TX, United States 01-24-14
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    "YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS"

    This is like Leverage except in fantasy land. And it's not even a generic fantasy land! Seriously, Weekes writes for some incredibly popular video games, and while you can see that he went to the shelf and picked up all the necessary stock characters and locales, none of those things remain stock by the time you read them.

    The plot has all the depths and twists and turns you expect of a good heist, and the world, characters, and world-rules are detailed and well fleshed out. I've already recommended this book to a good ten people, and I gave it as Christmas presents to several of my friends, all of whom are now raving about how fantastic this is.

    The reader, Eyre, does such a great job. I can't even begin to praise her work enough. She really brings this book to life. Characters all have distinct voices, and her choices are absolutely perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Flaherty Illinois, USA 12-17-13
    R. Flaherty Illinois, USA 12-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "When Fantasy Meets Oceans 11"

    A tinker safecracker. An acrobat. A wizard who was kicked out of university. A shapeshifting unicorn. A death priestess and her enchanted talking war hammer. And two army deserters who broke out of prison. Their job - to conduct the heist of the century. The Palace Job is a fantasy heist full of action and intrigue with a couple of plot twists thrown in for good measure. The premise is good and the book is well executed. I did enjoy the story.

    In my mind, the audio version left something to be desired. Ms. Eyre attempted to use distinct voices for the characters, but in my mind they were not distinct enough. With the changes in point of view it was sometimes difficult to follow. In addition, her British accent on top of the fantasy names added more complexity.

    This is a good read and worth reading if you enjoy fantasy, action, or heist books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Aurora, Colorado, United States 11-04-13
    Megan Aurora, Colorado, United States 11-04-13

    Obsessive book hoarder, and intense audible lover.

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    "I think I've read this story before.."
    Would you try another book from Patrick Weekes and/or Justine Eyre?

    No. Thanks though. Was bored and didn't find anything new or interesting for that matter.


    Has The Palace Job turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I know there are better fantasy novels out there


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justine Eyre?

    No because had I known the story I'd never cared to listen in the first place.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Not a fan. At all. Ridiculous story, silly characters, and few memorable lines. Not impressed.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "A really awful book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Weekes again?

    No


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

    She reads beautifully, but even that was not enough to make this interesting


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a confusing litany of characters, one even more unlovable than the next. But this is only my personal opinion and taste. Maybe someone else will enjoy the story. I do not like to belittle anyone's effort. It just does not fall in my taste

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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