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Death Rites (The Lazarus Codex)

Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Old gods die hard.

Professional necromancer Lazarus Kerrigan knows all too well that the Big Easy is anything but. Crime is up, business is down, and someone--or something--crushed an innocent girl to death on his doorstep.

After the search for the murderer brings the police to his front door, Laz must prove his innocence by hauling in the real killer with help from the dead.

When the sun sets in New Orleans, more than monsters go bump in the night... And what Laz awakens in his quest for answers might just get him--and everyone else in town--killed.

Fans of The Dresden Files and Iron Druid will love this wisecracking wizard! Get your copy today!

©2018 E.A. Copen (P)2018 E.A. Copen

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Fun Start to a Promising Series

I listened to a few of The Dresden Files and this definitely has a similar vibe. I would say it reminded me a bit more of the TV show than the books. I liked how this story as a whole seemed more playful than The Dresden Files and I preferred Lazarus’s wit a bit more. I wouldn’t say that this story adds anything unique to the genre, but it is a fun listen and worthwhile for anyone into sarcastic wizards battling evil on the city streets.

The characters are where this story really shines. Lazarus’s flaws as a professional necromancer coupled with his smart-aleck comments makes for a fun main character. The skeptic cop with her itchy-trigger-finger partner, the dead lady on the doorstep, and the missing girlfriend round out a solid cast. The characters are quite well developed and each one brings a different energy to the story. Much like a sitcom I think this story works as they play off each other and it is the group that makes it what it is more so than one individual.

The fantastic characters more than makes up for the lack of plot development. For the first book in what I assume is going to be a series you don’t get a lot of information about the world and the story seems more like it was told further into the series and not as the introduction to Lazarus and his world. I hope that this is a series and that we get more of the same team with a more defined setting.

Travis Baldree is an excellent character narrator. He brings the books he reads to a whole different level with his voice. You can hear the enjoyment he has doing the different voices and it just makes every book he reads so entertaining. If you haven’t had a chance to watch him sample some books you really should check it out.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Necromance, if you want to!

- Josh here

*** SPOILER ALERT ***

Man, what a great way to complete the first half of a 13-hour drive! This was a story that I would not have heard of were it not for a social media group I am a member of (Thanks for the Booky McBookface recommendation, Team TW).

I am growing to be a greater fan of urban fantasy and I feel this is a great representation of that genre. I loved how the story rapidly launched you into the main plot point with Brandy.
As a D&D fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the necromancy narrative and the explanations behind several of the powers/capabilities that Laz displayed throughout. The powers introduced by the Baron were also a great twist and a storyline I can’t wait to see explored more in the sequels. The shifting relationship between Laz, Emma, and Moses was an immediate draw-in-and-keep-you-hooked aspect of the story for me.

The methods Laz used to work with and control the dead, in a manner far different than that of a medium from a traditional story, was fun. I really enjoyed the portrayal of impact the use of the powers Laz possessed had on him, for example the kiss of life. Likewise, watching a skeptic get thrown face first into this world shift their mindset became another great hook for the story.

Oh, and for those that decide to read/listen to the story, wait until you meet Jolene. The Baron was also a fantastic character that actually reminded me of the voodoo character from the latest season of American Horror Story.

This is the third story I have listened to that was narrated by Travis Baldree. He did a fantastic job as usual and really helped bring the story to life.

I can’t wait for the next entry in this series and will be lined up to purchase it once the Audible release is announced. This book definitely helped solidify my interest in Urban Fantasy. I can now firmly say that, as with Starship Troopers, yes, “I would like to know more”.

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Highly Recommended start to a new series!

This was a great listen! The story carries itself, and the narrator enhances the story and characters with great voices and narration.

Lazarus is a necromancer. A woman stops him on his way home and tells him someone is trying to kill her. He blow her off only to find her dead on his doorstep the next morning and he is the prime suspect. A female cop, to her chagrin, winds up helping him investigate to find the real murderer, but she is very skeptical throughout and still thinks Laz had something to do with it.

New Orleans is the setting, so there is magic and voodoo, along with Death and Baron Samedi, and they may be trying to take Laz with them for good.

Fun start to a new series that I will be looking for more of.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Death keeps finding the necromancer

One would think being a necromancer and wizard would be exciting, profitable and one could have the world at his feet, but Lazarus Kerrigan is on the wrong side of Karma! He finds himself facing Darrius, a gang leader he ‘wronged’, his girlfriend took a powder, his funds are running low, oh, and there’s a dead body in his doorway. The cops are looking for him and so is The Baron, aka the Big D!

Lots of magic, mystery and edge of your seat thriller as Lazarus tries to discover who is killing women and leaving them in places the cops keep connecting them to him!

E.A. Copen has written an exciting, fun yet mystery thriller involving magic and the paranormal. The story-line is clear, well written and executed. The book definitely keeps one’s attention! The characters are well-developed and defined; interesting and vividly described. I liked how Lazarus was a down-to-earth wizard with scruples and a snarky outlook and mouth to match!

The narrator, Travis Baldree gave a strong performance. His voice was strong and clear, he portrayed each character well. It is my thought that Baldree provided yet another connection to the book and characters through his well-done performance.

I cannot wait for the next installment to see what kind of trouble Lazarus can get himself into with his new-found powers!

I encountered no issues around the production or quality of this audiobook. It was clear and crisp. I enjoy the audiobooks that allow the narrator to become the book and characters without dramatic sound effects or background music that hinders the narrator and story; this is a well-done performance!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Death

Wow!!!!!! This was a fantastic book. It has so much action and some humor. I just love Laz. This was one of those books you just can't put down. The character great and the book is well written. The narrator, Travis Baldree does a fantastic job. And with audio books the narrator has to be good to bring out each character he does. Travis does it. I look forward to more in this series, The author has created a fantastic world. I was gifted this book at my request in exchange for an honest review,

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  • Backlash
  • Princeton, NC United States
  • 11-21-18

Death is not the end

When a woman stops Lazarus on the way home he does what most of us do when we have a hot date and blows her off. When he shows up for work the next day and finds her crushed on his doorstep and becomes the prime suspect he regrets it. Now he has to find the killer before the cops find him.
This is one of the literary heirs to Harry Dresden without being too derivative. Engaging characters, an exciting plot, great narration, and good world building make this a story worth reading.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Good story

I liked the story. It was well written and well read. The main character was is a becromancer who is thrust into becoming a detective when a body was found in front of his shop. While trying to find the killer he meet two police detectives who belive he is involved in the victim's death. He not only tries to find the killer but he has to try to stay out of jail to do so. I would like to read other books from this author.

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  • TU
  • 11-14-18

So good!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Great alternative to the long defunct Dresden Files series. I would liken this to a mix of Dresden and Vesic (another great series you should check out). Anyway, this book has great dialog, tons of action, a well built magic system/world and a solid narrator. All in all, this series is now high on my must listen list.

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Loved it!!

I absoulately loved this book and narrator. I thought they went well together. The narrator is one of the better ones that I have listened to and I have listened to many.
He not only voiced the characters but gave them their own personality. So I know who is saying what without being told but that is also a reflection on the author. I also do not need to be told when a character is sarcastic or angry because the narrator voices these feeling and for me it gave the audio book something more. I loved it so much that I listened to it in one day. I did not want to put it down!
The book itself is about occults with a mix of fantasy and paranormal. It had some funny moments too which balanced out the darker side of the story.
There is some profanity and violence but no sexual content (that happens behind closed doors).
I would actually recommend this book to those who love books on necromancer's and fantasy with a bit more darker feel to it.
I did find the story to be predictable but that did not put me off the book.

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  • KD
  • Somewhere
  • 11-05-18

Hesitated at first but turned out to be wonderful

Everything i need and excited for more

The story was good. Good pace and tightly written, i wish it was longer. Dialogue is funny and witty and i laughed out loud a few times.

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  • Salter
  • 10-25-18

An enjoyable urban fantasy...

Laz is a necromancer. By day he runs a shop - trying to make ends meet. He's also been known to do the occasional seance, but his real abilities are much more powerful.
As Laz locks up shop one afternoon, he's approached by a young woman who wants his help. She says her life is in danger, and the source of the danger isn't of this world. On this occasion, however, Laz is about to go on a hot date....
Unfortunately, the next morning, the woman is found dead outside his shop, and its looking like Laz is the number one suspect. Laz needs to keep the police off his back, whilst he tries to figure out what happened, and just who has left this rather gruesome message on his doorstep...
A fun, supernatural tale - well told by Travis Baldree...

I received this copy for free, in return for an honest review.

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  • J Smith
  • 10-30-18

Great Urban Fantasy

Ok, so I was still a little on the fence after listening to the sample, but thought I’d give it a go... and wow, am I glad I did.
Hooked from the first 5 minutes and kept up the intense pace throughout. What a great story and very well written.
Travis does an excellent job with all the characters and his voice fits perfectly with the setting; he sets the mood so well too, really pulling off the intensity of fight scenes etc.
Really hope there’s more to come from this pairing; loved it!!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.