But his friend, Rafi, is still possessed; the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him; and he's still dirt poor. Doing some consulting for the local constabulary helps pay the bills, but Castor needs a big, private job to really fill the hole in his overdraft.
That's what he needs. What he gets - good fortune and Castor not being on speaking terms - is a seemingly insignificant "missing ghost" case that inexorably drags him and his loved ones into the middle of a horrific plot to raise one of Hell's fiercest demons. When Satanists, sacrifice farms, stolen spirits, and possessed churches all appear on the same police report, the name of Felix Castor can't be too far behind.
©2006 Mike Carey; (P)2008 Tantor
"The well-developed main character appears more than capable of carrying a series for many books to come." (Publishers Weekly)
"Carey juggles characters and bits and pieces of plot like a man with a thousand arms, catching each word and positioning it in exactly the right place in this deftly crafted, can't-turn-the-page-fast-enough read." (Kirkus)
I had been waiting for this book when I learned that there was a sequel to _The Devil You Know_, and I was not disappointed.
It loses a single star because there are a couple of points where the plot is just a little too contrived, but the depth of the characters and the skill of the storytelling more than make up for it.
Eagerly awaiting book three.
I was surprised to see a sequel to The Devil You Know and purchased it right away. Mike Carey doesn't disappoint the listener by picking up right where he left off in the first book. He keeps the plot fresh by throwing in unexpected twists throughout the story. He does some further character development with both Castor and Juliet, but not at the expense of the action. When he ties it all up at the end, it is not with a pretty ribbon and no one really walks off into the sunset living happily ever after. The ending is clearly the beginning for book three. It is well read and characters are easily distinguished from each other. A little better editing could make the metaphors more accurate, but that is minor compared to the overall internal consistency of the plot. It's a good read.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
I couldn't say as I have only listened to this in audio format.
Overall just the plight of the girl the stanists are looking for.
All his characters are well fleshed out and distinct. he does a great job.
I would if I could.
This entire series is excellent. You won't go wrong with any of them.
I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
Carey, who wrote an amazing arc of the Hellblazer comic books, takes a similar concept to John Constantine (see also: Harry Dresden, John Taylor, etc.). The Felix Castor books are much darker and more twisted than the Dresden ones I've read - definitely more horror/dark fantasy. Carey knows how to build his story and set the mood, creates an amazing supporting cast of supporting characters, juggle the plotlines, all while slowly turning the temperature up. This story is even darker than the previous one, with a twistier narrative woven together by an expert.
Michael Kraemer's reading matches Castor's voice (as well as the other characters) to perfection, and goes a long way in further establishing the dark mood of the story.
I hope the rest of the Castor books are made available soon, because this is a series I want to keep listening to - preferably, when all the lights are out!
I really enjoyed this book even though I wouldn't rank it in my Audible Top 10. I would recommend anyone who likes this sort of supernatural subject to download it. It's not often I can navigate Los Angeles rush hour traffic and still have enough of a sense of humor to laugh, but I found myself laughing out loud several times while listening to this book. Kind of like True Blood with a more urbane lead character...I think Felix Castor is immediately likeable for such a scoundrel. Must be the British in him! If Showtime or Starz is looking to enter the realm of werewolves, demons, and ghosts...this is the series for them!
The narrator was good at bringing out the sarcasm et al of Felix, but sometimes I felt he droned on a bit. I would give him a B+ for his reading of this novel. I'm a certain that I will eventually download and listen to the other books in this series.
This is a great experience. The narrator is comfortable with the characters in this second book of the series and it shows in the flow of the conversations. Carey gives really good plot. It is well thought out and of course Vicious Circle would work well as a stand alone read but it is excellent as a continuation. The tone of the book keeps you on the edge of your seat. You want to resolve the situation but you hate to get to the end. I am delaying my "fix" of the next installment until Audiobooks adds more Felix Caster to their collection.
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)
It is a hard-boiled detective story, in an urban fantasy setting. Oh yeah, and includes ghosts/demons/undead as "citizens". The lines of good and evil don't follow the traditional paths: here some humans are bad, some undead are good, and some of each are the opposite.
The story is a bit slow to pick up... I actually got a bit frustrated with the delay in the story gearing up because I had selected this book for a trip and didn't have any alternatives handy, and I wanted an immediate escape from flight delays. I think the delay was to set the backdrop and introduce the main characters of Felix's world.
Fortunately, the story does pick up not too far in, and once it did, it became a very engaging mystery/detective novel. The mystery Felix is trying to solve might be non-traditional (ghosts), but the detective-procedural was actual pretty "normal". It was traditional hard work and a few hard knocks that allowed Felix to solve the mystery, not a deus-ex-machina.
I think if you read the first book in the series and liked it, you'd like this one at least as much, maybe more since there isn't as much time fleshing out the world. If you hadn't read the first book, though, I still think you can start with this one and not be lost for long - the slow part at the beginning sets up the world sufficiently for newcomers, and the detective story is completely stand-alone.
The narration is very good. It is not gory or graphic and I don't think there was much (if any) swearing. If you liked the first couple Joe Pitt (vampire) books by Charlie Huston - (only the first couple, they got lecture-y by the series end) - this has a very similar tone/humor.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Felix castor is a sarcastic, mountain of a man who was born with the ability to exorcize spirits from our earthly plain with just a tune. A dark, fun read about a paranormal group that are suddenly thrown together in order to help Felix bind and extinguish a demon entity, who already has a hold on one soul and needs one more innocent soul to return to our world.
The writing was good, had inventive characters, and the narration was fitting for the main character. I think this is probably a good series for those that love this genre.
Charming. Edgy. Likewise.
Whatever you thought about the first one (Devil You Know), you'll think about this one.
He brings the perfect tone and creates the connection we have with each one of the characters. I'm not sure I would love the books as much if I didn't hear them from him.
Oh, yes the scene where the guy did the thing at the place with the...
...nice try -- nobody need spoilers.
Never experienced a writer who could come up with so many perfect metaphors in my life. Regardless of the plot, the writing is rhythmic and engaging. And funny as hell in all the right places.
I enjoyed "Vicious Circle" a lot; but I could see how some people might not like it. It does go a bit out on a limb, postulating the existence of super-natural beings like zombies, ghosts, and demons walking (or floating) amongst us. But Mr. Carey's humorous treatment of this plot device not only kept me listening, but made me want to listen to his other book, "The Devil You Know." I also enjoyed Michael Kramer doing various British accents: to me, he has always epitomized the quintessential American voice, in the guise of Rex Stout's Archie Goodwin. But here he does a credible job of voicing English characters.
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