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Everson Croft here, professor of mythology and nervous as sin. Tonight's the night I tell Caroline the truth: about my feelings, my magic, everything.

So why am I surprised when Detective Vega calls me to a new case? An elusive creature is chewing up residents in a housing project run by rival gangs. One more mangled body and the place will explode into warfare.

Problem is, someone's protecting the killer. All signs point to the vampire Arnaud - who's just upped the stakes. If I don't send Detective Vega down a trail of bad leads, he'll snatch her child. But is Arnaud trying to derail the investigation or twist it to his own ends, ones that could reshape the city?

Worse, Caroline has disappeared, and I'm under suspicion. No one believes I last saw her with Angelus, a mysterious hunk and full-blooded faerie. Dangerous no matter how you slice it.

Two cases: one personal, one professional, and both going to hell in a hurry.

Time to wizard up.

©2016 Brad Magnarella (P)2016 Brad Magnarella

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Dude, smarten up! Gets hurt way too much for me.

As always, James Patrick Cronin always does an excellent job with narration.

There was definitely a great ride with adventure, magic, suspense, and even love! As usual, Everson finds himself embroiled in multiple investigations at one time. On one hand, he's trying to help Detective Vega! On the other, he gets lured into making poor deals. I kept asking myself why he hadn't shored up his inventory to be prepared for meetings with Arnaud, the vampire. It just makes no sense to me. (If I go where bad stuff is about to happen, I prepare.) He never prepares and seems to get lucky instead of skilled. He keeps getting his ass kicked. Is he supposed to be a young learner or just incompetent???? Why walk into the lair of a vampire who has almost bested you and tried to rob you without prep????

The matter of Caroline, who has long held a place in Everson's heart, becomes part of an intersecting puzzle. Croft leaves her BY HERSELF with a man she DOES NOT TRUST when on their first date!!!!!!!!! (Definitely a Beta Male) Only Beta male would leave someone he REALLY likes by herself and not physically check in on her to see if she is ok. (This idiot keeps calling).


There are plenty of injuries for Everson (as usual) and lots of that push--exhaustion--pain. This to me, is just plain annoying. He seems like a bumbling idiot at the mercy of everyone else. Come on, when are we going to see him as better--it's been 10 years since he got 'owned' by the incubus. When does he win some confrontations?

It may seem like I did not enjoy this book, I did. I just enjoy my male leads a little smarter and less of the butt of every confrontation. I enjoyed the new, wholly original characters that cropped up. I am not sure that I liked that there were times that various forces caused Everson's magic to be grounded or weak so that he was not invincible--it's like he hasn't gotten better from the last book. The lore of his world is also expanding with new creatures, demon types, potions, etc. Despite that he gets hurt too much, and makes poor decisions, the story felt fresh and honest. In addition, I love the the intrigue and intersection of events with exquisite conclusion.

I purchased this book. I am writing to inform other readers of my thoughts. I hope this review has helped you.

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Run around blind and get beat up alot

Run around blind get beat up should be the title of the this book. The main charactor of the book is in this world of supernatural beings and runs around with no defense getting beat up and pushed around. I gets frustrating as I listen but it's the same thing over and over, your a wizard have some senses and defense and offense. The narrator is awesome though.

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Prof Croft in the dark again

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story and the narrator are great.

What did you like best about this story?

The unpredictable thrill ride through the streets of NYC. The tiny itty bitty bit of romance was nice.

What about James Patrick Cronin’s performance did you like?

He was a perfect cast for Prof Croft.

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

I was disappointed in Vega's attitude. I was off put by her constant persecution of Croft.
It felt like poor Croft couldn't ever catch a break.

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Don't miss it!

urban fantasy, mage, vampire, vampire slayers, Professor Croft, betrayal, relationships

I really enjoy having different urban fantasy series that have some overlapping aspects but are in different locations and with strong but really quite different protagonists. Do I love this series because of Prof Croft or because it is in NYC? Tough call that. This one is more dark side, and Croft gets beaten up a lot, but maybe that just makes him more human than some others. I really felt sorry for him, yet I can't wait for the next one. There are people in this one that were notable in the previous book, and while I think you'd be missing some good stuff if you haven't read it, it does fine as a stand alone.
James Patrick Cronin continues to be super as narrator for this series!

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Love it! Bring on the next one!

This has been the best story yet! Croft learns that magic has integrated into his life more than he thought and it has cost him the love a woman. Secrets are uncovered, and confidences are broken. Half/mixed breeds do not necessarily give aura. Drugs can change you into a monster, literally.

Yes, there is action and old friends with a different gig are fighting the battles.
I really like how the vampires own/control the financial district; there is still Little Italy for the mob, but what about the werewolves? Not to wish bad to happen to someone, I was glad for Detective Vega to get a kick in the ass attitude from the paranormal beings. Just because she is a detective, that does not give her a pass when speaking to some paranormal. She does not have any respect of understanding how the paranormal world works or in dealing with gangs. That shield does not prevent her from a bullet or getting her throat ripped out.

She needs to humble herself and be willing to learn. Croft is given a threat from Thorn, to protect Vega he takes a course of action. Because he could not keep Vega on track, the vampire went through with the threat. With her erroneous inflated sense of invulnerability that she feels the badge gives her, she places blame. She operates like a bull in a china shop without any respect or ability to negotiate. She is a very one-dimensional character. Other than accepting that there are forces out there, which are not normal, she has not changed her method of police procedures. *** spoilers*** Thorn does perpetrate a threat to her son. When she and Croft go to speak to him, she was stopped short. The vamps at the door told her, no he does not want to talk to you.

Plus, for some reason, I do not like her voice.

I like James Patrick Cronin as a narrator. He does my favorite series Demon, which by John Conroe. The voice he uses for Vega he uses in the Accord series for one of the vampires. In this series, for Vega is sounds stilted. Even when working with her son she does not sound maternal

Mother thing. Why is it that when it comes to the parentage of many of the mages/wizards they can make bad choices. Unfortunately, Croft does the same here. For a more original mage try Joshua Roots Paranormal Chaos series. The mage, Shifter’s parents are alive and active in the magic community. Shifter makes questionable decisions but, with that one change in the story line removes the parent dilemma found here and in Jim Butcher, Harry Dresden series.

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Pretty Good, but Same Problems as Book 1

This books was pretty good, but it had many of the same problems as the first book. The main character still can't hold onto his sword-cane, bring contingencies for when he drops his sword-cane, and he can't seem to plan ahead very well. Overall, the story was interesting. However, the ending kind of ruined the book for me though (See Spoiler below).






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Caroline's treatment of Croft partially ruined this book for me. At a party, Caroline and Croft are together on a date where they run into Caroline's future husband (a fairy - Caroline is half fairy apparently which Croft doesn't know). After Croft leaves the party early to help Vega, apparently Caroline suggests to her future husband that he leave the party they were at with an illusion where he looks like Croft. So, everyone thinks Caroline left the party with Croft, and then she disappears for months. This caused Caroline's father and the mob (whose boss is an old acquaintance of her father) to believe Croft is the reason Caroline is missing, and spend most of the book attempting to beat the information of Caroline's location out of Croft (even though he has been looking for her himself). The fact that Caroline couldn't be bothered to leave a note saying she is fine, but will be out of town for her own father, or Croft (the person she just went on a date with, and who said he would call her to make sure she got home okay) is pretty pathetic. Later, she realizes the trouble this caused her father, and Croft, and she is like "oops"... Then In the last scene of the book Professor Croft has just had one of the worst days of his life. He comes home broken emotionally (Having possibly lost his friendship with Vega over not telling Vega of the vampire's threat to her son. I'm still not sure his response was terrible. I probably would have thought of a way to tell Vega without the vampire knowing, but still, Vega should realize Croft was put in a tough spot with how observant vampires are. The chances of them guessing he told her are pretty high since vampires have such great senses, and they live so long and have observed humans for years.). Then, Caroline (who is now married to the fairy from the party) knocks on his door, and then proceeds to seduce, and have sex (off screen) with Croft. Croft definitely chose to have sex with her too (unless Caroline used fairy powers to seduce him, but that isn't implied), and so he isn't without fault here. However, it seems immoral to seduce someone when they are so emotionally broken and depressed (especially when you are already married to someone else). Then, in the next book, Caroline apparently disappeared for months after they had sex that night without a note or anything (again). This is not the way you should treat people. I can understand that Caroline liked Croft, and she only married her husband to save her father, but still, she even says her husband is a nice person. So, her seducing Croft that night was incredibly unkind to her husband, and Croft. The author in future books appears to try to make Caroline seem like a kind/well meaning person, and I know people aren't perfect (I'm not), but her behavior seems pretty hard to defend. She chose to marry the fairy to save her father, and that was her choice. It probably wasn't an easy choice, but she still made the choice, and she should live with the consequences.


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Pretty good book, but the characters really need to evolve more with each book in the series

I am enjoying the series, but I find that the character development needs a little work. The characters are all so set in their ways that they seem unable to adapt to new situations and make the same mistakes over and over. Hopefully they will add a little bit more nuance and flexibility to the characters in the future.

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Great Urban Fantasy book!

Loved the book. The bokk has enough twists and turns to satisfy ones appetite for mystery/investigations. I love the fact the characters have flaws.

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Heartbreaking Thriller with Consequences

Wow, what a thrill ride in such a short amount of time. Professor Everson Crofton returns with two mysteries to solve, many twists and turns and the usual scars to prove it. While this novel is in a somewhat supernatural setting, it is a detective style mystery. I love the character of Professor Croft, a good guy trying to do the right thing. I wish he didn't get beat up so much and was more powerful as a wizard, time to let his alpha come out. All the clues are given early and everything comes together in the end, but it costs our hero a great deal. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, as the tide is beginning to turn in this entry in the series. I read this book using immersion reading and the narrator, James Patrick Cronin is up for an Audie award for another title. You can hear why, his narration is excellent. He captures Crofton beautifully. Best voice I've heard since Marc Thompson, who handles many of the Star Wars books. Highly recommend this book.

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GOOD. ACTION PACKED AND GOOD PLOT.

What made the experience of listening to Blood Deal the most enjoyable?

The protagonist, Prof Croft is an interesting character. A lot of action and a good story line. Faced with a lot of challenges from enemies and allies, Prof Croft had a difficult time to overcome the obstructions and obstacles. A very likeable person.

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

This is the first series and I find it good.

What about James Patrick Cronin’s performance did you like?

An excellent narrator and his voices for the different characters are good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-25-21

a very hard listen

if you want a quick flowing story about a powerful wizard who can handle himself in a fight then this is not for you. this is about a man who is very annoying at his of ability to not stay on his feet or even think properly. if he went up against a 10 year old he would be out muscled and out thought. cant understand why the main character has been made so pathetic. when you start asking why he did do that or oh you have been beaten up again multiple times then this is not for you. a side story was introduced which showed the main story was simply not strong enough to keep the story going by itself. To give an example of how slow this was I was listing at 1.25 speed speed and it was still slow. I couldn't finish the last 3 hours and I doubt much happens.

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  • Hazel A.
  • 11-15-20

Enjoyable but average fare.

Prof Croft is enjoyable as a series, but it seems to lack meat on the bones. His magic system is unexplained beyond his prism and Thelonius seems to be one step away yet 5 mins later he is casting again.

The biggest problem really is that James Cronin needs to get into the role more. He doesn’t reflect the tense situations well enough. He needs to invest more energy into the role. James Marsters had the same problem as the Dresden narrator in the early audiobooks.

When Croft is in the story shouting those spells like his life depends on it, the narrator needs to reflect that. Cronin can’t do that and it disappoints. I hope he grows in confidence.

I will probably try the next book and if it doesn’t improve it will be my last. The urban fantasy field is a tough one.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer)
  • 03-16-20

Excellent

I received a free code and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

I’ve had this series in my wish list for ages and always hummed and ahhed about buying them so when I saw the free code I was pleased. My hesitation to buy them was unfounded as I really enjoyed listening and have just bought the remaining books in thee series .

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  • Tom
  • 12-05-19

Fantastic

Another compelling story, masterfully narrated so you do not wish to stop. Prof Croft is back for more creature hunting, this time with detective Vega and we can only hope they will get to the end of their adventure in one piece...

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  • DARREN
  • 08-04-19

pretty good

it is a decent story. can be annoying how often he gets beat up. I was hoping there would be some hint that there was some huge untapped reserve of power that the Prof has yet to discover. sounds like an mediocre wizard at the moment who solves cases by accident. it's only book 2 so I'll keep going as I think (hope) the character must be developed more soon 😊