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Esoterrorism

Red Room, Book 1
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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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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Fantastic!

Loved it from start to finish. The story and characters were brilliantly done. The serious tone was broken up with smart historical references and intelligent humor.

I’ve been a fan of Jeffery Kafer for awhile. Once he narrates a book no other will do. Another great delivery.

I received this audiobook at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

Thank you very much for the opportunity to review this book. It was my pleasure..

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Supernatural Spy Thriller!

I really enjoyed this supernatural spy thriller and think it will make a great series! It held my attention from start to finish. As with most of his other books I've enjoyed, this book seems to take place in the same world as his others and as always, I did find myself laughing out loud a few times! Great narration by Jeffrey Kafer!

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  • EPB
  • Wisconsin
  • 06-10-19

Get sucked into a new world ...

Had not heard of this series before. It reminded me of the Dresden Files with it's magical/paranormal-ness but with more Spy vs Spy going on at the same time. I enjoyed the writing and the story very much. I will definitely check out the next book in the series.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 06-09-19

MIB + Bond + Fantasy Monsters = Fun As Heck

As I mentioned in my last review – I’m starting to become a bit of a Phipps fan-boy and I’m not ashamed of that. He’s able to write these fantasy stories that I want to read. Stories that have wonderful characters and character-building that are set in these completely believable worlds.

From what I understand, Esoterrorism takes place in the same world as the Bright Falls and Straight Outta Fangton but before those stories take place. It felt like that and it had that familiarity but it was also something new and exciting. The Red Room is an anti-monster version of a couple versions of the US’s three-letter departments (or even more so, the ones that you don’t hear of). They are there to protect the world from monsters – but also there to cover up any evidence of their existence.

Derek as a character was pretty close to perfect. He’s obviously flawed (if you’ve never read a Phipps story this is a cornerstone of them all) but also, in the end, he’s a good guy who is trying to make the world a better place. He has his issues and he’s trying to work through them (sometimes through comedy which is always great to me).

In Esoterrorism he’s thrown into a conspiracy and an issue bigger than he expected. He, along with his new partner, is trying to find a mole from within their organization. If I go any more into the story, who they talk to, or what the end up finding it would contain obvious spoilers but know you’re in for some old-school mystery hunting mixed with some James Bond thrown in a blender with some awesome/interesting monsters, legends, and fantasy beings.

Esoterrorism flew by and I finished it in only a couple of days. Phipps writes these complete stories in an overarching world that are perfect bite-sized bits. He completes the stories arc but also leaves it open to have more happen in the world. How he’s able to keep his multiple series apart amazes and impresses me.

Overall, Esoterrorism was a fantastic read that I loved. Much like other Phipps’ works with some uniqueness as well. If you’re a fan of his work, you’ll obviously love this. I received a copy of this book at my request.

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Fantastic start to a new supernatural series......

Esoterrorism is the first in what I hope is an ongoing series. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, so I will try to keep my review vague in details. The book features Derek Hawthorne, an agent for a secret government agency known as the Red Room that polices the supernatural creatures living on Earth as well as keeping their existence hidden from the general population. The world building in this book is phenomenal; the author paints a vivid picture of the paranormal without getting bogged down in confusing detail. Imagine combining Harry Potter with Men in Black with James Bond, and you have an idea of the world in which Derek operates.

In Esoterrorism, Derek is tasked with preventing an evil mastermind from ruining all the work of the Red Room. He is joined in this task by a new partner, Shannon, who might be hiding some magical powers of her own. Although I liked Derek for his dry sense of humor and self-deprecating internal dialogue, it was the women in the story that stole the show. Shannon is one kick-ass spy with a hilarious sense of humor, the sibling banter between Penny and Derek is touching, and Lucy, Penny's girlfriend and Red Room magical gadget maker, is goofy and sweet. The book has a high level of action and violence, but it is all very superficial - no blood and guts or gore. If you want a book with plenty of intrigue and excitement with a touch of romance and comedy, Esoterrorism is the perfect choice.

The narration by Jeffrey Kafer is as exceptional as always. His performances are always flawless, the sound quality is incredibly professional, and he can make even the most boring story (which this is definitely NOT) enjoyable. I highly recommend anything narrated by Kafer and Esoterrorism in particular.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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It’s a fantasy fantastic

This will grab your attention from the get go. The author wrote a fantasy story between real like , fantasy and some mythical characters . The story centres around a special division of the world that keeps humans safe .,... from aliens and anything that your mind can conger up .
Hero is Derek There are Many females by Derek side helping him
Derek is part of a Red Room it’s like the CIA for the world .
You see all kind of weapons and toys that are fun that are weapons also . There are lots of secrets. You don’t know if someone is double crossing you . You see Derek in many situations . Derek is trying to save mankind, grab it and see. It’s a fantastic ending

Jeffrey was great telling this story. His voice is strong , clear and smooth. He does all the characters great

I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review

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Twist and turns galore!

First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

The plot of Esoterrorism has enough twists that I don't want to spoil your enjoyment, but on the surface, I can say a bad group of people has found a way to possibly throw the world into an open magic scenario where most of the nonmagical beings will die. There's also a mole within the secret police organization that Derek works for--again, can't say much more without spoiling it.

My gripes with this one are small, but I did hit a point where I was nearing the last fifteen percent and the momentum to keep this at the top of my queue was waning. I don't know why. It felt like the story didn't match my excitement for its potential after liking the beginning so much and seeing all the cool possibilities for magic powers and creatures. The final battle felt a bit too easy and the romance was more hormone-based than emotional, though, over the course of the series, those elements could improve. I'm in for the next book and will more quickly pick up another one of C.T.'s books now that I've seen how well he tells a story.

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Red Room Super Spy Derek Hawthorne

First in a new series, the Red Room controls the world against the threats posed by the supernatural, but are there motives honourable??

Well narrated by Jeffrey Kafer, he is suited to this type of story and main character. He keeps it moving nicely, not sure about Irish accent though!!

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

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Humor, action and paranormal

This was a great book. If you like Supernatural, this is a good pick. Lots of well balanced action and sarcasm.

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Less Humor Than Most Phipps Stories.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

Having listened to the tales of Merciless, the expectation was that this story would be filled with belly laughs. Though there were fewer laughs, the story (and listening) did not suffer. Rather, the more serious tone added a greater sense of anticipation and mystery. I felt more compelled to follow along more closely to appreciate the mystery, and the laughs were more like dashes of humor that alleviated the tension.

In no way would I say the Tales of Supervillainy series uses humor as a crutch, but rather that the stories are intentionally silly and are designed with the intent of mirthful enjoyment. This story simply serves a different purpose, to engage a bit more thinking and a touch less silliness. That said, there is still ample silliness and humor. It also sets up to become a series. Will it be as engaging as the Merciless books? Quite possibly.

Jeffery Kafer's best performances, in my opinion, are in the Merciless series. Having heard dozens of his books, there is something about being part of Gary and his crew that seemingly adds a different level of engagement and connection to those performances that is palpable. Though this performance does not reach the level uniquely found in that series, it is as good as any of his other works.

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  • ChaosKay
  • 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.