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 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.
I read, rather than listened to, the first book in this series, _The Devil You Know_, and I wasn't too impressed. Perhaps I should have listened to it, because this audiobook blew me away.
The narrator is SO good. He breathes life into every character, and his pace and clarity are just perfect.
And the story. I can't believe the twists and turns Carey puts into this plot, but every one works, especially the key element, the reason everyone is doing all these baffling things. It has to be big and convincing, and not obvious, and it delivers on all counts.
About a quarter of the way through, I realized that this is just like a Raymond Chandler book, only with ghosts and demons and were folk. Felix Castor is Philip Marlowe as exorcist. All the other elements are very much the same. And who doesn't love hard-boiled fiction?
Now I'm going to get _The Devil You Know_ in audiobook form. I bet I love it.
Huntress of Dirty Socks
Michael Kramer is an excellent narrator, but his voice is miscast in this book.
As another reviewer has noted, a good Cockney accent would've been perfect, especially if it was younger.
Otherwise the story is reasonably good.
this author is amazing! crazy wild story with tons of humor. this book has everything interesting dark story, with wit and humor, interesting characters , awesome, wonderful intriguing . can't wait to start the next book in this series. my new favorite author!
I really appreciate how this narrator captures the protagonist Felix. The characters and world are original and well fleshed, which is saying something since some of them are ghosts! A well written, and reinvigorating take on the genre.
OK- not brilliant literature, but good old supernatural, hard boiled detective fun. What a combination of 2 of my favorite genres. And Michael Kramer really has him down. thanks team.
I am enjoying this series so much. Another great performance by Michael Kramer and another great noir detective supernatural story. I felt so much for the victim and the mystery's development kept me guessing the whole way through.
Being an avid "ID Investigation " fan, I was surprised how well this met my need for great detective work (with an exorcistic slant). The author's eloquent tongue & cheek wit, made everything work delightfully - including demons, zombies & werewolves ! If you want a break from the mundane, try this series. The narrator for this book #2 & the first of the series is extraordinary! Hoping the 3rd will be of the same caliber.
I've never been drawn into a book series on Audible before. Now I have to listen to all of the Felix Castor novels. Oh, well. At least my Audible subscription choices for the next few months are accounted for.
I liked this story alright the first time I listened to it, and was out of books and needed a listen, so I started "Vicious Circle" for the second time. This is a few years later, and I now know the narrator from other books, esp "Mistborn" and "The Way of Kings". More about that later.
The story is fine, a bit long, and keeps your interest with twists and turns, interesting characters, and some good humor. All is well, but.....
The problem is Michael Kramer. His "British" accents are.....not good. OK, horrible. Sorry, all you who love him, but I'm thinking they need a real Brit to get the story right. What? They did get one? Hallelujah.
I can't listen to any more accent butchery. OK, I'm spoiled. I have since listened to some terrific Brit narrators like Stephen Pacey, Simon Vance, etc. whose talent would have catapulted this series into the stratosphere! I'm skipping #3 and going in for #4 with a real Brit.
I'm just sayin'.
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