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Vicious Circle | [Mike Carey]

Vicious Circle

Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after the case of the Bonnington Archive ghost convinced him that he really can do some good with his abilities ("good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead). 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after the case of the Bonnington Archive ghost convinced him that he really can do some good with his abilities ("good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead).

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Edward 10-04-09
    Edward 10-04-09 Member Since 2003

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    "Everything you could hope for."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-12-09
    David Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-12-09
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    "Outstanding Story....Outstanding Narrator"

    Gripping, interesting, funny and intelligent. This Felix Castor novel has it all.

    It puts you in the happy position of driving around the block one more time, just so you can hear some more.

    Tight writing, pithy observations and delightful plot twists makes this a series to watch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trav 03-17-15
    Trav 03-17-15

    Re Audible: I rate based on letter-grade w/ 10-pt scale (e.g. 90-100 = A = *****). I try not to be too soft on ratings, or needlessly give F's.

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    "B+ (89/100). A sequel better than the first!"

    Ever wonder why The Empire Strikes Back was the best of the trilogy? It’s all about THE STORY! Same is true of the first 2 Felix Castor books.

    B+ (89/100), but probably deserves A-.

    The Novel (89/100): We rejoin Felix Castor with an extra character or two picked up from the first book. The difference is that this time we have a REAL story, and mystery, on our hands. Nice pace, more well rounded characters with more depth, and a twist that makes more sense and ties in better than the one in the first book. I was really pleased to see good aspects from the first book better exploited and more filled out, while ditching some of the stilted contrived bits. Downsides: Not especially original, as compared to the huge crime/mystery genre (same general arc); Felix must be the luckiest out-of-shape, untrained, tough guy ever—at least that’s what the rather implausible action scenes would suggest; Dynamics of Castor’s relationships don’t always line up with motives and logic; Of course there’s still a little of the contrived, but that’s to be expected for the genre(s) and excusable.

    The Narration (89/100): Another solid performance by Michael Kramer! I actually think this one’s a bit better. He really is a great narrator for the tone of this series. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ‘sultry’ voice of the Juliet (Ajulutsikael, the succubus). Very MINOR complaint: Could’ve used a little more variation in delivery. There were a couple times I thought “Wait, is the narration supposed to sound sarcastic too, or just the dialogue?”

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    All in all, solid book… {tangent} but I can’t help comparing Carey’s potential to The Girl With All the Gifts. That book rocks! [as much as a book can] Seriously, go get it if you haven’t. {/tangent}

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Powderly, KY, United States 01-21-15
    James Powderly, KY, United States 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "If you liked the first, you will like the second"
    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    Michael Kramer does a fantastic job. He is soooo gooood with subtle nuances and inflection. His voice carries emotion and feeling without drastic changes in tone.


    Any additional comments?

    The 2nd installment rolls right along where the first left off. Good story, great characters, and a phenomenal narrator. I'm really curious where this series leads, the next book should be a pivotal point in the story, creating stages for an uber supernatural showdown of sorts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie McLain Bensalem, PA 12-26-14
    Julie McLain Bensalem, PA 12-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Found myself wanting to be a character"
    What made the experience of listening to Vicious Circle the most enjoyable?

    you truly become absorbed in the story. It's the narration is seemless. The next step for me is looking for other books narrated by Michael Kramer


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Juliet (Ajulutsikael). She is sexy, devilishly alluring and deadly, all the things a woman longs to be.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rafi is in Pen's arms. It might seem sad, but he is finally fully "him" right then and she is able to hold him again in entirety.


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

    A Succubus, An Exorcist, A Demon, A Zombie and a little girl


    Any additional comments?

    You don't have to read book one to follow this one. Read them out of order if you like, just read them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Short 11-06-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Misplaced modifiers and horrid reader"

    Reader has obviously fake accent that vacillates between Australian, British, and South African. Pronunciation was deplorable and often took me away from the book. The misplaced modifiers often left me trying to figure out who was in trouble or getting thrown into a wall.

    On the other hand, it was an ok book. The story line moves quickly, but can be repetitive at times. This is the first book in the series. I purchased books 1 and 2 when the "Find a New Series" sale was going on. I figured I may as well listen to the others and I'm glad I did; especially once the narrator was changed to an actual Brittish guy who had a grip on the author's sense of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael 10-26-14
    Rachael 10-26-14

    New series suggestions?

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    "Felix Castor is Back!"

    I can’t say enough about this series. A sarcastic self-serving exorcist with a shady past and a truck load of baggage, how could you not want to listen? Felix continues on his adventures with new allies and new problems. He always appears to be one step closer to solving the mystery, until a plot twist just throws it all to pieces. These books are well written, exciting, and captures the attention. I almost listen to the entire thing throughout one day. I highly recommend this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 06-28-13
    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 06-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Dresden readers need to check out this series"

    I feel kind of bad for comparing this series to the Dresden Files, it's just that it's my Urban Fantasy Gold Standard. In the story we are introduced to Felix Castor who is an exorcist. He doesn't recite any rites or preacher the word of good, instead he plays a recorder to remove bad spirits.

    There are many concepts that are immediately familiar for any Urban Fantasy fan Werewolves, demons, and supernatural powers all move the story along with a hunger for more.

    Read the Devil You Know before this book. Mike Carey does a good job of introducing characters again however the backstory will make at least one revelation in this book so much better.

    Vicious Circle broadens an already great universe. it also is probably the most action packed of any other Felix Castor book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shakira Cypress, CA, United States 02-25-13
    Shakira Cypress, CA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Okay but...."
    What did you like best about Vicious Circle? What did you like least?

    I'm halfway though this one, and it still doesn't seem like it's started yet. The plot moves very slow, characters and scenes almost seem too detailed. I can't get enough motivation to continue to listen. Michael Kramer's narration was wonderful.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mike Carey before, how does this one compare?

    I loved the first book in the series. I listened every minute that I got a chance. I can't get get up the gumption to finish this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I haven't found one yet.


    Do you think Vicious Circle needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. However, I'm willing to try the third book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 11-22-12
    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 11-22-12

    Ann

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    "Another good book by a great writer"

    Mike Carey is an excellent writer who has a great command of the English language. He is also a master of dry humor. I'm a writer also, but if I could copy any writer's style, it would be his. This story is all right, although I liked his book, The Devil You Know, even better. Michael Kramer is a wonderful narrator. I could listen to him all day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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