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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 (29 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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MIB meets Supernatural

Like MIB? Like Supernatural? This is a great story. I have read many other C.T. Phipps books and enjoyed them. Pair that with Jeffrey Kafer who does great narrations, especially this involving secrets societies and comfy Constantine/John Wick style characters. They pair together very well. The main character has enough backstory to do a few other books and the organization enough Rich characters and histories for whole series’ to fill out. As is this one has monsters, myths, betrayals, new allies, old allies, great adventures and battles with an endgame that will settle the fate and future of the world. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • bluepits73
  • @AudiobookObsession Houston, TX
  • 06-23-19

Thriller with Paranormal Elements

A very fast paced suspenseful thriller that has some paranormal features. The action was well written and kept me listening by the seat of my pants. Some interesting concepts like the organization that is the Red Room. Great characters and some good sarcastic moments. I liked the spy elements of the story but would have liked more from the paranormal and hope that there will be more in future books.

Excellent narration that did a great job of keeping the action exciting. Great fit for Derek and the overall nature of the story.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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For Fans of Butcher, Correia, and O'Malley

The House is a clandestine organization that has protected humanity from all things evil and paranormal (AKA: things that go bump in the night) for time immemorial. Despite daddy issues, an allegedly traitorous ex-wife, and a new partner who may not be entirely human, Derek Hawthorne wisecracks his way through brawls with zombies and warlocks while trying to not just keep normal humans safe, but ignorant of the supernatural threats they face.

Fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International, and Daniel O'Malley's The Rook will feel right at home with Derek Hawthorne and the hidden world of evil magic wielders and monsters.

At this point, I don't know what else I can say about Kafer as a narrator. He's so dependable in these kinds of roles and really knows how to deliver Phipps' lines. At this point, he should be getting more recognition. I'd love to hear him read the next Michael Connelly or Robert Crais novel.

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

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Esoterrorism

I don't know what happened to my first review. Hopefully, it will post this time. I really enjoyed this book. I liked the darker theme. I found the characters to be really interesting. I also liked that humor was still present throughout the book. Another outstanding job by Mr. Kafer. I look forward to continuing this series when the books come to Audible. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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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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  • 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.

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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).