Black Magic Outlaw, Books 1-3

Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
Series: Black Magic Outlaw, Book 1-3
Length: 22 hrs and 20 mins
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Being a necromancer is kinda cool until you wake up half dead in a dumpster.

Cisco Suarez is into something bad. Wanted by police, drenched in the stink of dark magic, and nether creatures coming out of the woodwork. Is resurrection overrated or what?

This box set contains the first three Black Magic Outlaw novels (Dead Man, Shadow Play, and Heart Strings) all at one special omnibus price.

©2015, 2016 Domino Finn (P)2016 Domino Finn

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Neil Hellegers is amazing narrater

I honestly don't know if these books would be as good as they are to my ear holes if it was not for Mr. Hellegers. His transition from character to character is just amazing. You can tell when he transitions into another character. The storyline is great. I couldn't predict what was coming next and that is always nice. His writing style is great and the universe he brings us into is unique. It brings mythology and fantasy into a very versatile plot line. 5 Stars all around.

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Pretty good urban fantasy

Pros - Overall pretty good series with a unique magic system and interesting bad guys. The main character is strong without being over powered.

Cons - The main character has a lot of internal pity parties which while understandable happens too often. The story isnt boring but it doesnt reveal a lot

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great story

loved all the characters in all the plot twist. hope to find more. thank you

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Brilliant

Written with fabulous dry wit that the narrators delivery does iustice.
Great stories brilliant characters, you gotta love Cisco Suarez,!
An excellent unpredictable tale.

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Good with Significant Drawbacks

I really wanted to enjoy these books and hope the issues I was having in the first book would work themselves out with time. I loved the subject matter with the magic and the S. Florida culture. Finn really excelled at painting a great picture. There are a few issues that have really been nagging at me though:
First; the first three books all take place within a few weeks of the protagonist “coming back to life” after 10 years. In those three weeks there is both very little character progression, or an unrealistic amount of character progression, depending on how you look at it. In a manner of speaking, is really hauling around a 24 year old’s experiences and maturity, which explains some things, but not others.
Second, the protagonist does literally, a few sentences of perfunctory digging and decides the antagonist is officially “the bad guy” without really explaining to us how he has come to this decision, and then starts making plans to kill said “bad guy”. We only find out for sure, at the end of each book our protagonist was right all along.
Third; he keeps on referring to this dude as “his best friend” when it is clear neither one of them are cool with the other. I don’t know, maybe after “his best friend” shoots our protagonist in the leg, then he might stop calling him that, but no...
Fourth; about his ex... Naw, I won’t go there. It’s too spoilery... The magic and S. Florida culture was great, and the three book package made it a good deal, but I can’t see using a credit on a single of these books.

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Couldn't finish the first book

This was a really hard one for me. I couldn't fallow the story, it just felt so mashed together and rushed. Not many books that I cant finish and this is rare for me. I felt like the main character was constantly confused and powerless. Not to mention he was just as confused as I was. Was really hoping for this to me a new series I would love!

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Great but .........

Good story good dialogue great action my only complaint is it feels like the MC just keeps getting kicked around to much like he hasn’t really had one good thing happen to him in 3 books its kind of depressing

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Dead Man

Dead Man is the first book in Domino Finn's Black Magic Outlaw series. As such, it's supposed to set up the world for the rest of the novels and I got to say, it does. It's pretty much modern-day real world with magic in it, and I love that.

However, I found the magic a tad overwhelming. There's so much of it, right from the start, and that brings me to my next two points: action and Cisco's brain.

If you like fast-paced stories where there's always something going on: boy, does Domino Finn have the story for you! Seriously, poor guy - Cisco, not the author - can't take a decent break. Just as things seem to slow down, he's hit with a new realization or obstacle that requires him to get back to work, and usually, that means trying not to die... Again.

But then we have Cisco's brain. The way this guy thinks sometimes annoyed me. Picture this: we are in the middle of an action scene, then there's this big chunk of info he gives us before his mind wonders off in a different direction and he has to remind himself to get back to the point and get back into action. It's specific to him and adds to his character, but it makes me want to grab him, shake him, and scream in his face "Dude, concentrate".

As for the narration: no major complaints there. Female voices are a bit odd, but I've come to accept that narrators don't usually do well when reading lines said by the opposite gender. This read didn't have me checking Neil Hellegers' other works, but it definitely didn't put me off the book, which often happens when I listen to audiobooks, so I consider this a win for Neil.

As I've already mentioned, Dead Man is for people who are interested in a fast-paced book; if they happen to love Urban Fantasy, so much the better.

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Cool magic, lame hero

I got through the first and second books, but by the third book; the way the author continuously writes about the angst of this character and how people are reacting to him is super cringe. It begins to sound like the ramblings of someone so insecure, that they are saying self assurances out loud to themselves, even though they don't believe it. It is extremely grating. I couldn't finish it very quickly because I had to keep putting it down after these scenes. They threw me off entirely.

I loved the characters despite that, and the way it ended has me wanting more.

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Have short term memory problems? This is for you.

I like the overall story but the guy from 50 first dates who loses his memory every 10 seconds could follow the plot. The author rehashes who all the characters are and how they fit into the story, especially the main character way to much. it's not just between books, but through out each book the plot is rehashed repeatedly.

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  • Stephen Thresh
  • 02-22-20

Good story but poorly performed.

The author has written a reasonably good story, which is engaging, but it is let down by the narrator. Narration has little in the way of light and dark, with everything read in the same urgent, breathless tones. Even the sign off at the end of the book is read as if there is something momentous and dangerous about to happen.
Whilst I have read this compendium I doubt I will read subsequent books if the same narrator is used.