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Harmony Black is much more than your average FBI special agent. In addition to being a practicing witch, she's also an operative for Vigilant Lock, an off-the-books program created to battle occult threats - by any means necessary. Despite her dedication to fighting the monsters threatening society, Harmony has become deeply conflicted about her job. Her last investigation resulted in a pile of dead bodies, and she suspects the wrong people are being punished for it.

While on a much-needed vacation, Harmony gets pulled back into action. This time, though, she's gone from solo work to being part of a team. Their target: the Bogeyman, a vicious and elusive figure...and the creature that destroyed Harmony's childhood.

Surrounded by quirky, fascinating characters as dedicated to one another as they are to their new partner, Harmony must learn to trust her team - and a new romantic interest - on a dangerous and deadly mission that conjures up memories she'd much rather forget.

©2016 Craig Schaefer (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 09-30-16

Good FBI crime novel

There are some paranormal/fantasy aspects to this novel, but they are not overwhelming. The narrator has an incredible voice range. Some listeners will likely feel she over performs. There are too many great audiobooks available to justify the time this one takes. NOT recommended!

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  • Joihelene
  • Chattanooga, TN, United States
  • 02-09-16

An Truly Entertaining Story

I enjoyed the story highly. I also found narrator very good. Her take on the different characters was very interesting, especially Jessie. I look forward to the author's next one!

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a nice addition to my library.

easily as good as the faust series except I grow attached to narrators. I will say though this book was great in every way. author sets up his plots perfectly.

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Empty

WALK AWAY!!! RUN AND FIND SOMETHING BETTER CONCEIVED TO READ! Sorry to the author but that's how I feel. Its not that the story isn't an OK one. Its just missing those things that help a reader be transported to the time and setting of the story. The author left out very important elements of narrating, descriptions. the is lots of words about how the character is feeling. But very little about the environment, area, scenes, and reasoning. without this, your left wondering what the point is and why the characters are doing what they do. She misses all of the lead story making you feel like your reading book2 instead of 1. And frankly it was boring. The reader has no investment, curiosity, or hope when reading this book.

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This was a campaign, once.

At least that is my guess. Hero’s, perhaps? Champions, maybe? Either way, not a bad story. Would have made some good role playing. I’m in for book two.

Not overly thrilled with the narrator. She’s not bad, but slips into incorrect character on occasion, and over does it on others. Not enough to steer me away.

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definitely recommend

Very happy to have stumbled upon this. Did not think the genre would appeal, and yet story was thoroughly enjoyable. No fluff, nice pacing, kept interest throughout. Ending was distinct and also opened door for next volume in series. Didn’t want it to end.

Side note: really gratifying to see strong female leads & diverse team working together constructively, eg. no time/pages wasted on silly pettiness & infighting which plague, and detract from, so many of today’s stories. Extra kudos to the author & narrator for a job well done.

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excellent

harmony black is a great continuation of a great series. Nice to get the good guys side of a story in this incredible world.

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Great story with even better characters!

This is a solid supernatural crime mystery with really intriquing 3D characters. I look forward to reading the rest in the series.

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Couldn't listen to Jesse's voice

I just couldn't get past the performance of Jesse's voice, it just ruined the story for me. If you like magic and intrigue it's actually a pretty good story if you don't mind the performance.

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best to just walk on by.

i hated harmony black in the faust series, a series which i loved. i actually came in trying to keep an open mind. this book has done nothing to help with that, though its helped the hate plenty.

in the faust series harmony black is a fucking moron who wastes peoples time and live, almost literally if she had been allowed to do what she wanted and thrown a bunch of men at a goddess to be hopped up on cancerous eden. and even worse she is suppose to be "the good guy" to counter fausts "villian" aspect. cept from what ive seen faust has done WAY more good then her, gotten more results, and been more effective with his rule breaking then her "strict following of proceedure" ... which she throws out the window in a hummingbirds heartbeat the moment she feels like it and is convinent for her. though not to actually help other people.

the other characters come off as bland or just loathesome, like her partner is an almost stereotypical sassy black woman who is an fbi agent with some wolf demon spirit thing, and a borderline psychopath and sadist. the other two team members are more bland then someone in a ketamine coma.

and for some reason we are suppose to beleive that harmony is just this so very empathic person that people just instantly like and trust, though there is nothing to show that.

its all some crap of "strong female character!" but it isnt. kaitlynn, jennifer, mama margu, pixie, and the others in the faust series are easily a thousand times the better character then the ones here, even if they are a demon enforcer, drug selling mafiaso kingpin, voodoo priestess from a very checkered past family, and a straight-edge tumblerina blackhat. even if you changed those aspects the characters are such they remain SFC, but harmony its all "oh yeah. she is totally a strong character" being repeated like the mst3k mantra.

its weird, but its almost like the book was written by someone else entirely, the story structures, character styles, and even world aspects being different then how they were in the faust books, someones shitty fan fiction that the author ghosting this out and going with the lowest bid that was submitted on an old stained napkin.

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  • Eboracum
  • 04-11-16

Loved it! Supernatural meets True Dectective

What is not to love about this book? There's a nice mix of dark, gritty occult horror setting (think: Supernatural), driving police-procedural story (think: True Detective) and a competent, assertive, driven, and kick-ass main character (think: a witchy Dr Temperance Brennan) beating the hell out of demons to protect the innocent. In particular, the world building and characterization are fantastic - particularly in the audiobook, where the spot-on performance gives a massive boost to at least one crucial character (for I do declare, who couldn't love a certain well-spoken demonic gentleman when his words are sugar-coated in such a darlin' n'awleens accent?)

In full disclosure, I've listened to most of the Danial Faust books. You should too - at least to discount them - before starting on this, because there are immediate late-game spoilers for that series in the opening of this one. This series exists in the same world (God and Heaven are MIA, and we're all futilely slugging it out with Damnation until we end up there anyway), but drops the main problem with those books, which is Daniel Faust himself (a cowardly, psychotically selfish, sex-starved traitorous monster of a man whom Audible's profanity-filter for reviews prevents me from adequately describing here) in favor of the altogether more likeable Harmony Black. As my enjoyment of the Faust books was ruined by my growing hatred of the main character, having a protagonist who actually fights the forces of hell rather than just sleeping with them is an enormous bonus, and makes the world enjoyable for me again. That Harmony knows the fight is futile and knows the enemy is winning, but fights anyway, because no-one else is going to step up to do it otherwise is an enormously compelling basis for her character, and really gets you to care about her and her fight.

In terms of how that fighting is done, although Harmony Black is a witch, her biggest assets are her investigative rather than magical powers. Mad pyscho pyromaniac fireball-spamming wizards do exist in this world - and Harmony can throw down with them in a pinch - but her powers are explicitly more 'leveling the playing field' than 'leveling the building'. In almost all circumstances, Harmony uses the stopping power of her service-issue handgun over that of a lightning bolt (quicker, easier to do the paperwork for, and less tiring) and that gives the story a much more believable edge, as magic becomes the counter to specific problems, rather than the resolution to absolutely everything.

This is very much Harmony's book (and my one criticism would be that the book does absolutely everything it can to ram that down your throat, by having her personally invested in the case - pretty much to excess - rather than this just being another monster to kill) and that works to it's advantage so early in the series, as it gives us a real grounding in her story and motivations. It also really pays off in the ending, by giving her some closure on her traumatic childhood, and adding some real depth to her personality. For myself, I was really interested in a lot of the other characters, and to some extent Harmony's prominence steals the limelight from them - but I'm happy that development is coming later (we can see the setup for at least two of their stories in this book).

All in all, I'd heartily recommend this for anyone who likes the idea of a monster-killing FBI detective, or (like me) liked the Daniel Faust books while hating Daniel Faust. In general though, you should give this a shot whatever you like, because there is honestly enough in here to grab anyone and keep them coming back for more.


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  • hellkatjen
  • 03-12-16

Excellent

Great story, well thought out plot , moves along swiftly and holds you, grips you, in fact, enthralled with it's brilliant dialogue and good characterisation. The spoken version was excellently and powerfully narrated. Both the author and narrator are talented. Highly recommended

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  • Zylpha E Reynolds-Wright
  • 11-14-17

NARRATOR NEEDS TO STOP SHOUTING

having listened to the Daniel Faust stories, I thought I’d give this series a try.
The character is a bit odd, but the main issue for me is the narrator who , seems to only change the people in the story by the aggression and loudness she uses - ever tried acting?
Having said this ill buy the next in series and hope it settles down.

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  • Zoe O
  • 10-03-17

Good story overall - narrator not quite right for me

Something hasn't quite worked for me and I think it's the narrator. Didn't like Jessie's loudness, didn't like the males. The story had great premise but I haven't bonded really - I don't feel inclined to rush to the next one. I may do though.

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  • C. Campbell
  • 04-07-17

What a surprise

What did you like or dislike?

I liked that this was a mystery story with the added supernatural elements to it but definitely not for kids. Adults like this stuff too!

Who would you recommend this to?

Anyone who enjoyed Harry Potter just for themselves, anyone who enjoys the fantasy elements to shows or books might like this tale.

Why this rating?

Because it's a great balance of story and otherworldlyness.

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