Esoterrorism

Red Room, Book 1
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

There are no good guys in the world of shadows...but maybe some bad men are better than others. 

Derek Hawthorne was born to be an agent of the Red Room. Literally. Raised in a conspiracy which has protected the world from the supernatural for centuries, he's never been anything other than a servant of their agenda. Times are changing, though, and it may not be long before their existence is exposed. 

When a routine mission uncovers the latest plan of the magical terrorist, the Wazir, Derek finds himself saddled with a new partner. Who is the mysterious but deadly Shannon O'Reilly? What is her agenda? Couple this with the discovery the Red Room has a mole seeking to frame Derek for treason, and you have a plot which might bring down a millennium-old organization. 

Can he stop the Wazir's mission to expose the supernatural? And should he?

©2019 Charles Phipps (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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Another fun Phipps/Kafer team up

Esoterrorism is the first book in a new series by C.T. Phipps, who is an author that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. While his stories have a lot of similarities, like the fact that you know there will be humor and pop culture references in every book, there are a lot of differences too. I wasn’t 100% sure what I was getting into when I started this audiobook. I was just offered a review copy and knew that I was willing to give it a try without even reading the book blurb (sorry authors, I rarely read book blurbs #SorryNotSorry). The fact that Phipps teamed up with Jeffery Kafer only helped encourage me to listen. Derek Hawthorne is an agent of The Red Room, a part of the larger House organization. Each department is a different colored room. They are working to keep the supernatural world from the everyday humans. It is also kinda a family thing. Everyone in your family is involved, because it is super secret, spy-like organization. The story opens with Derek and his sister trying to prevent Karl Bjornson, or the Wazir, an evil Santa Claus looking guy, from releasing a bio agent into a food court. Said bio agent, would cause people to become zombies and spread quickly. It seems there is a mole in the Red Room and Derek has to find out who it is and doesn’t know who he can trust. I don’t want to go into too much more, because I don’t want to spoil anything (and as a person who avoids book blurbs, everything is a spoiler to me). Just know that I had a great time with this Sterling Archer type character. If you’re a fan of the Archer cartoon on FX, then I highly recommend you give this series a try. Narration Jeffrey Kafer has quickly become one of my favorite narrators. I actually found C.T. Phipps because I listened Kafer with a series similar to Phipps (The Shadow Master series by M.K. Gibson) and was told to try The Supervilliany series by Phipps. The rest is history. I continue to listen to both authors all thanks to Kafer. I just think he’s great at all the voices and the snark of the characters. His inflection is always perfect for the scene in front of him, no matter what it. If you haven’t listened to Kafer, you should really give him a try. **I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

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A Supernatural Thriller that is hilarious!

Esoterrorism Red Room, Book 1 By: C. T. Phipps Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. I read the ebook and loved it but really wanted to heat it performed by the great Jeffrey Kafer and it was hilarious! I didn't do the book justice reading it in my head. It was funnier for sure with Mr. Kafer! I guess that's why he is the professional. This book has such fun and clever situations, zany and unique characters, creatures, witty banter between characters, and a unpredictable plot. Magic, mayhem, monster, yep, all there! So is all the fun! I added plenty of giggles, they were forced out of me, really! I have a rule to never re-read books but C.T. Phipps books are worth it! I have to break my lifelong rule for these and you will see why! They make me feel good and they are smart and witty!

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Action packed

Twisted plot with lots of action and the characters have depth too. I really enjoyed this book (even though I usually prefer sci-fi to fantasy). It is set in almost the real world with just enough magic, demons, vampires and other mythical beings and events to be believable. I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for a review.

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AMAZING STORY !! MUST LISTEN OR READ!

This was something missing from my life, will be listening again now !! THANK YOU

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A mix of James Bond and an occult world.

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was thinking, great, a knockoff of Simon Green's Secret Histories series. Wow, was I ever wrong. Other than the element of a secret organization made up of mostly family fighting the supernatural, this book heads in completely different directions than those wonderful books. Derek Hawthorne, an Agent for the Red Room, with over 100 successfully completed mission and son of a Senior Red Room Council member, has stopped huge supernatural menaces time and again. When a mission with his sister, a combat witch, goes sideways, since they expected a couple of flunky's to show up at a meet that could lead them to a terrorist organization, not its leader,a millennium old sorcerer with untold power. When things go pear shaped and the Terrorist leader, known as the Wazir, kills a bunch of civilians, Derek ends up arrested by normal police. When he is bailed out and returns to the Red Room, he finds out that the Room has a mole, and that HE was the main suspect! This starts a hunt for the mole, and Derek is partnered with a beautiful Irish agent, who has secrets and powers of her own. The conspiracy is much bigger than either of them know, involving people in and out of the Red Room, including a source Derek has personal history with. The story winds and twist, with lots of fights, magic and super science, until the final showdown with the Wazir, which was balls to the wall amazing! Derek and his partner are definitely an odd pair, but they mesh well. The author took care to make sure each character was well rounded, and fit snugly into their roles in the story. I really loved the magical elements, just taken as everyday tools of the trade, and all the James Bond allusions and quips added a fun touch to the story. I am very excited to see the next installment in this series. As always, Jeffrey Kafer, one of my Top 10 Narrators, does an outstanding job bringing the characters to life, giving each of them their own unique voice. His pacing for the narration is among the best, and he never has weird pauses or extraneous sounds mar his narrative. all in all, I can't recommend this book highly enough!

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Magic + Espionage = Adventure

This book is pure Charles Phipps. He does what he does best here with snarky characters, twisty plots, and great action sequences. The thing about this specific story is that it’s like hereditary CIA with magic and creatures. If you’re already a fan, it shouldn’t take much convincing. This is a fun twist of concepts he’s already using in his Agent G series and Supervillainy series, but with its own flavor. One thing I like about the various Phipps stories I have read is that the characters themselves are complicated and have many identities. He has room in his worlds to write characters who aren’t cishet, and I love that it’s always there. Narrator Jeffrey Kafer brings his usual flair. He is the usual voice of Phipps and does it so well. He can make a smartass character endearing instead of a strait up jerk. Fun, and recommended for those who like urban fantasy from a voice continually bringing fresh ideas. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Fun and well-written thriller

I like C.T.'s writing style: Clear, crisp and witty. His premise for this story was very cool, and I found the lore and references he used very charming - I get the idea we're around the same age and into similar stuff. Jeffrey Kafer did an awesome job. The two of them together make for a really good listen! This book was a lot of fun. Highly recommended!

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Enjoy Been introduced to Mythical characters I’ve never heard before.

Well what can I say about this book. It’s opened up a whole new world for me. A lot of the mythical characters I have never heard of before. Really got my imagination going. They may not be new but they was new to me. There was a lot of old ones too. There is some violence in Esoterrorism, C. T. Phipps doesn’t go into gory details. There is some corse language the occasional F word. But not that much. The narration Jeffrey Kafer has a deep voice. He gives his Characters their own unique voices. The only trouble I had was with the Derek main characters voice and Shannon’s voice. Eventually I homed in on Shannon’s accent. I enjoyed his reading of the book. Looking forward to reading the next book.

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Fun Ride

Not a big fan of the PI Noir style narration, but the story wins through. I will definitely be continuing to the next in the series. Would like to know more about the supernatural characters in this world.

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Great urban fantasy

This is a great urban fantasy story of spies, terrorists and secret agents, along with a generous dollop of magic and the supernatural. The Red Room is a secret agency that for centuries has protected humanity from discovering that supernaturals exist, but when a zombie creating bioweapon threatens the world, Agent Derek Hawthorne is put on the case. Derek is smart, sarcastic, a little jaded, trusts no one but his twin sister Penny (who is a powerful witch) and is good at his job. With a megalomaniacal villain bent on taking over the world and a power hungry ex-wife who is not only a suspect but also the CEO of a large, powerful corporation, Derek needs all the help he can get. He has hints of James Bond about him but with magic as well as gadgets, and his integrity and insecurities add to his appeal as a character. I loved the interplay and chemistry between him and his new partner Shannon O’Reilly. She is a fabulous, kick-ass character who has a great sense of humour and appears to be on the same page as him but there is that niggling hint of a doubt and you always wonder what her true agenda is. The narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, does an excellent job of bringing the story to life and giving the characters voices that fit them well. I especially loved the accent he gave Shannon and his intonation really showed the seductress side of her nature. This story moves along quickly and it definitely keeps your attention. There is plenty of action, intrigue, fights, deception, a bit of steam and some humour in this story, as well as strong characters with unique supernatural abilities, complicated family dynamics and an entertaining plot.

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  • J Smith
  • 02-27-20

“The family that slays together stays together”

Another masterpiece from the Phipps/Kafer duo. Charles has written a great supernatural spy thriller full of his usual snark and wit. For anyone who’s read his other books, it probably falls between the nonsensical Supervilliany and Agent G and it’s just great. Jeffrey does another brilliant job portraying all the action and sarcastic banter between the characters. Are all his accents 100% perfect? No, but not enough to lower the enjoyment of the story! :) I’ll never get tired of this pair! This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Jeff
  • 12-04-19

emotional turmoil and demon terrorists

I just loved this book cant wait for book 2 twists turns and deep sh*t kept me listening for the whole length of the book Jeffery kafer is the only one that could narrate this book.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer)
  • 05-23-19

Good story and great characters

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This is the first book by CT Phipps I have listened I enjoyed it so much I need to listen to more of his work. Derek Hawthorne is a spy working for the Red Room a secret organisation who covers up supernatural occurrences from humans. He has to find the maniacal magical terrorist Wazir who has threatened to release a lethal virus that turns people into zombie like beings along with trying to prove his innocence after he is framed . I really love Derek he is witty ,funny and often his sarcasm had me laughing out loud , however he meets his match when he is partnered with Shannon O'Reilly. As usual Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job narrating , i am really looking forward to more in this series.

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  • Anders Haywood
  • 06-19-19

Wow!

This was such a great book! Set in the same world as the author's other books Fangton and Weredeer (but a decade or two before them), this is an intense, well written supernatural spy story. There were plot twists and surprises galore, and the characters were well fleshed out and felt real. The plot was also really engaging, making me listen more than normal just so I could find out what came next. If you enjoy a great Urban Fantasy story (even if spies aren't your thing), you will definitely enjoy this. The narration was also quite good and the narrator fit the main protagonist well (even though his Irish accent needs work).