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Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4 | [Kevin Hearne]

Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.
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Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.

But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words.

©2012 Kevin Hearne (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“[Kevin] Hearne is a terrific storyteller with a great snarky wit.... Neil Gaiman’s American Gods meets Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden.” ("SFF World", on Hounded)

“[Atticus is] a strong modern hero with a long history and the wit to survive in the 21st century.... A snappy narrative voice...a savvy urban fantasy adventure.” (Library Journal, on Hounded)

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    Eric 04-27-12
    Eric 04-27-12

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    "Action packed, ball of laughs.with some sex appeal"

    I have been listening to this series from the start, if you looking for an action packed barrel of laughs that will entertain you, and keep you laughing long after you are done, this is it!

    This book has it all! Werewolf's, vampires, gods, demons, witches, and a talking Irish wolfhound thrown in for extra comic relief. This book has enough pop culture references to keep the oldest and youngest entertained for months.

    The story flows from beginning to end so quickly that you will be highly annoyed when its over.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angel 04-26-12
    Angel 04-26-12
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    "Excellent expansion of the Iron Druid Chronicles"
    Would you listen to Tricked again? Why?

    Absolutely! Each time something new a joke, a literary or mythological reference pops out and increases the enjoyment.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tricked?

    It's hard to pick just one, but the betrayal sticks out in my mind as it creates a new arc in the story...it's completely unexpected yet how Atticus handles the situation educates the reader on how he has survived this long.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices, the intonation, the pacing of the story is unique and so much better than when I read it in print. This maybe because only this one have I also read the print edition. After reading the print edition, I bought the audible version just to listen to Luke Daniels' interpretation of my favorite characters.


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

    Definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    I've read on Mr. Hearne's blog/website that he plans for 9 books (an important number in cycles, especially Irish) so I am eagerly awaiting books 5-9. I hope that if 9 ends the Iron Druid Chronicles that he will write another Cycle!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    04-25-12
    04-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "If you like clever characters and magic..."
    Where does Tricked rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Tricked ranks in the top 15 of the audiobooks I've listened to so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tricked?

    The beginning of Tricked is fantastic and reminds you why you want to read this continuation of Iron Druid Chronicles.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His narration is awesome and he demonstrates the same amazing talent as before.


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

    This book has tons of funny moments from pop culture and movies. The way the author brings it together is histerical.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a main character that lives in a current time and is clever as all sin, this is a book for you.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 05-22-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 05-22-12 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Back on track! Yay!"

    Hearne got back on track with a story that is directly about Atticus after his mythological tangent of book three. This was as good a story as book two was so if you liked the earlier books in this series, you'll like this one just as much. (And if you haven't read the other books, I'd suggest reading them first, in order.)

    This installment sees Atticus setting up his new life after upsetting all the gods in book three. It features a lot of Coyote, and the mythology explored this time is Native American. It didn't feel as "educational" as the last book but it wasn't as light-humored as the first books either. There is some humor in it, mostly involving Oberon, but the story itself is a bit serious.

    There was a nice little... hiccup... in the story involving Leif and Oberon and Atticus' past actions which I'm thinking will lead up to events to be covered in the next book, well, I'm hoping it will anyway, because I like Leif and kinda hope that thread gets sorted out

    All in all, I like the series quite a bit and am looking forward to the next installment when it comes out. The narration is as excellent as it has been in the other books.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Skittles Los Angeles, CA 11-10-12
    Skittles Los Angeles, CA 11-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A little weak compared to the last three books."
    Would you try another book from Kevin Hearne and/or Luke Daniels?

    Probably. The book was still entertaining.


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

    I think that perhaps there is too much Oberon. Not that I don't love him, but the humor from Oberon has become more and more forced feeling. The humor used to be surprising and cute... now I find myself rolling my eyes and waiting for his lines to end.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    As performed by Luke Daniels... I think I like Coyote the best, but I do love the way he performs everyone.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'm not sure....books turned into movies have a habit of being underwhelming.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K. Jacobsen Charleston SC 06-21-12
    K. Jacobsen Charleston SC 06-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Get back to the fiction!"
    What did you like best about Tricked? What did you like least?

    The Naration was great but the story was full of eco-terrorism and how horrible the power companies are, coal and oil were top on the hit list. I read fiction for fiction don't hit me over the head every other page with your political views.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not an Iron druid


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karin W. Dublin, CA USA 05-16-12
    Karin W. Dublin, CA USA 05-16-12 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy and Romance Author

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    "A fun listen for my commute"

    After the disappointment of HAMMERED, this was a nice return to the style of the first two books in the series...lots of humor, lots of Atticus-Oberon interaction, and I loved some of the secondary characters (especially Frank, the Navajo medicine man, who got some of the best lines in the book, and of course, Coyote).

    We also get some follow-ups and consequences to the events in HAMMERED, especially as pertains to Leif Helgursson's fate.

    Regarding the events of HAMMERED, and also some of Atticus' back-story, as revealed through flashbacks, I've come to the conclusion that whatever potion Atticus drinks to keep looking 21 also retarded his brain development, so that he functions like a 21-year-old, too. His actions make so much more sense when you think of him as having about the same level of brain function as a frat boy...especially the poorly-developed sense of action > consequence.

    In any case, this book was a huge improvement over HAMMERED, much more in the vein of HOUNDED and HEXED. Solid narrative spine, Atticus/Grainneuil/Oberon in the center of things, and an interesting jeopardy. It was an enjoyable listen and the narrator, as with the previous works, did a terrific job with the different voices.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael West Valley City, UT, United States 04-25-12
    Michael West Valley City, UT, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Pure Genius!"

    Kevin Hearne delivers again. Once started I couldn't stop until the book was finished. Along the way I laughed with KH's humor and felt a few tear jerking moments at the places appropriate in the book. Can't wait for the next book in the series. Please keep writing Kevin Hearne your stories are pure genius.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-13-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2009

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Skinwalkers don't play well with others."
    What made the experience of listening to Tricked the most enjoyable?

    The humor and action. the voices in the story are like meeting up with old friends.


    What other book might you compare Tricked to and why?

    The closes would be Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman for the cosmology of the series. The main character even amits to being a huge Gaiman fan and nerding out over meeting him.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Oberon as usual with secondary honors going to Coyote. Coyote was a fun character that always managers to stay a step ahead of Atticus. I hope he shows up in more of the books.


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

    Not really other than the humor.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Buy it. Buy it I say!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra North Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-09-13
    Debra North Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-09-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Loving this series!"

    I think the narrator, Luke Daniels, enjoys voicing the different characters, especially the non-human, very much. He has enhanced a fun, very enjoyable story (series) and added another layer to their personalities.

    The books put colourful pictures in my head & they have a great soundtrack too!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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