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Publisher's Summary

Kai Gracen has no intention of being anyone's pawn. A pity Fate and SoCalGov have a different opinion on the matter.

Licensed Stalkers make their living hunting down monsters and dangerous criminals, and their lives are usually brief, brutal, and thankless. Despite being elfin and cursed with a nearly immortal lifespan, Kai didn't expect to be any different. Then Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court, arrived in San Diego, and Kai's not-so-mundane life went from mild mayhem to full-throttle chaos.

Now an official liaison between the growing Sidhe Court and the human populace, Kai is at Ryder's beck and call for anything a High Lord might need a Stalker to do. Unfortunately for Kai, this means chasing down a flimsy rumor about an ancient lost Court somewhere in the Nevada desert - a court with powerful magics that might save Ryder's - and Kai's - people from becoming a bloody memory in their Merged world's violent history.

The race for the elfin people's salvation opens unwelcome windows into Kai's murky past, and it could also slam the door on any future he might have with his own kind and Ryder.

©2016 Rhys Ford (P)2016 DSP Publicaitons

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For fans of fantasy!

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Seriously, Rhys Ford does some really excellent and damn interesting world building with this series. But it's Greg Tremblay that elevates this to auditory art.

This story was like listening to a graphic novel come to life. Greg Tremblay perfectly captures the action and excitement of the story and brings it to life. The story and the narration is an experience.

This isn't a romance. While it has hints of possible romance to happen in the series, it's first and foremost a fantasy story.

In this installment elfin outcast and Stalker Kai Gracen is once again importuned to help Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court.

The action in this start heavy and doesn't stop until the very end. It's a roller coaster ride that all I can say is hold on to your seat, 'cause it gets bumpy on this ride!

I had such a great time listening to this and that has everything to do with Greg Tremblay's wonderful narration. His accents, pacing and timing are all absolutely perfect for this story (and series). Kai is one of my favorite Rhys Ford characters, the prickly bastard, and I can hardly wait for more from his world.

For fans of fantasy and audio this is definitely recommended!

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When Amazng meets Fantastic..SPOILERS...SPOILERS

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In the middle of action, adventure, betrayal, demented elf's trying to play God, and laying the foundation to relationships bound in loyalty, you're gifted with a slow burning romance between Ryder and Kai.

If you are looking for erotica between two men, this story isnt for you.

But if you are looking for a story between two men who learn to respect each other, who learn to care for each other, who learn to protect each other, who look past lust and sexual desire in leui of truly seeing what is real in each others heart and soul through out an adventure full of dragons, creatures made of nightmares, explosions, gun fights, and so much d@mn action you almost miss the fantastic mystery surrounding their adventure, then this is a story for you.

💖 I absolutely loved everything about this story and Im so d@mn excited to see where Ryder and Kai's relationship will end up.

My God, there were some truly beautiful moments between Kai and a couple of the characters in this story. Ryder pouring his heart out to Kai -sniff, sniff- just beautiful. But the moment that brought unshed tears to my eyes was between Kai and Sparky.

"I fell in love with that young boy lyng on my workbench as still as he could so we could undo what a monster did to him."

-shaky sigh- Greg, Greg, Greg! That man has me falling in love with these characters he passionately potrays and thats talent when its done with only a voice 💖

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CANT WAIT TILL BOOK 3 & THERE BETTER BE ONE!!! LOL

What made the experience of listening to Mad Lizard Mambo the most enjoyable?

I love this writer, narrator combo...together they are pure gold!

What did you like best about this story?

How Ryder, will stop at nothing to have Kai, and kept letting Kai know how important he was...He wants to take care of him in every way!

Which character – as performed by Greg Tremblay – was your favorite?

Kai of course!!! Then Ryder!

If you could rename Mad Lizard Mambo, what would you call it?

I would not change the name..I really like the name!!!

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I relistened to book 1 1st because it had been awhile, and then listened to this one...I really like the romance brewing between Kai and Ryder, and I wish Kai's terrible family would leave him alone! They just keep torturing him..as if what they did to him as a child was not enough..they treated him like a science project, so no wonder he Id's as human, and not Unshe or She...or even Elven...I hope we get a book 3 and a true romance between Kai and Ryder...and I want to see how the baby girls grow up...I really like Kai Gracen!!

WELL WORTH YOUR TIME AND A CREDIT! GREAT SERIES!!!

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The perfect combination

Ford's most fascinating and entertaining hero, and Greg Tremblay's performance make for an utterly compelling audio book. I cannot recommend this series highly enough. It is amazing.

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Review for the first and second

I wasn't sure I'd like these books even though I love both Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay. They sat on my audible for quite awhile. Now I'm mad at myself for not listening sooner.
As always, the combination of Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay is nothing short of magical. I'm ready for book 3 now.
I will say I sobbed when Shorty was telling Kai about her memory of first meeting Kai. God, that gutted me.
Get this series. You won't regret it.

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Great story, with an awesome narrator!

The story is unique, the descriptions vivid, and the humor/snark an awesome topping.

Greg Trembley (narrator) makes a great story even better, and I love the way every character sounds unique - I actually knew who was saying things only based on the tone of voice. (He's now my nr. 1 favourite narrator!)

Looking forward to the continuation.

Highly recommended!

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excellent!

Great urban fantasy. Reminds me of the Dresden Files. I was really happy with it, though if you are looking for romance, this series is very much in the slow burn category. I appreciate that, but not everyone might .

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Love this Series

I absolutely fell in love with Kai in the first book. Not much has changed for me in regards to this character. I enjoyed the story now with a little more knowledge of the world around Kai. But just like the reader Kai and his compatriots are still learning about their world. This newest adventure sees Kai and Ryder get closer to that relationship that you could see developing in the first book. Also there was a glimpse into Kai's origins. Kai is a fascinating character as is Ryder. The two men are very different and fit so well. The author isn't concentrating on that relationship though in the books, it is a side plot. Kai is the story. He gives us a look into this messed up world in which he lives.

I commend the author in the descriptions of the world in the story. The wording used to give us a view is well scripted. It almost edges into a too wordy description but manages, for me at least, to hang just on the edge and give me a wonderful, awe-inspiring look into the imaged world that the author has created. The growth of the characters is evident and intriguing. The plot line though insane is really gripping.

I totally enjoyed this book and soooo look forward to the next adventure into Kai's world.

Re-read: Still the same. I listened to this on audio before but will now add thoughts on the narrator. He is AWESOME. I love how he puts in the slight accent to make Kai's speech slightly different and the same with Ryder. This narrator has always done an amazing job on the books he reads. He adds a lot of depth and richness to the characters.

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Not a sophomore sequel

The narrator continues to do a superb job. This may be the second book in a series but it suffers from none of the traditional flaws frequently found in such cases. It's a well crafted novel that deepens our understanding on all levels leaving us hungry for more.

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A whole new world

I loved this story. the narrator does great with the pronunciation and inflections, but vest of all the story just weaves a whole new world I didn't expect. I am so excited about the Kai Gracen series and I hope it doesn't take quite so long for the next book.

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  • mee
  • 08-12-18

Brilliant

An action packed sequel with lots of critters. Black dogs, shady people, threats, Dragons, explosions and Kai Gracen. This book has everything.

Some more reveals, a step towards accepting a relationship. Dragons - Sorry Kai, I like Dragons!
Love this series.

The narration - well it's Greg Tremblay and if you've not tried one of his audios then you're missing out.

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  • 12-27-16

Another wonderful fantasy read from Rhys....

Another fabulous instalment of the Kai Gracen series from Ms Ford, narrated perfectly as per usual by Mr Tremblay. The world-building is phenomenal, the sheer amount of nasty creatures able to bite your head off or just plain old eat you is staggering [and I include huge worms and those bloody awful black dogs...again!!], but this time around we also have treachery, murder and extremely unwelcome visits from relatives [of sorts, and those of you that have read this series know the vile monster that Kai was created by, and what his known siblings are like].

Kai is huge of heart and braveness personified, and Ryder falls in love with him even more...there is NO sex whatsoever in this story, but we can only hope that in the next story Ryder and his ainle Kai give in to their mutually acknowledged heat, and one thing's for certain...it will be explosive!! 5 stars from me.

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  • 11-18-16

Beautiful performance

I love Greg's rendition of both Kai and Ryder. As always the story he is working with is brilliant - lyrical, descriptive, emotional, funny. But it's his prickly rendition of the main characters who make it for me in this audio book. Fantastic!