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When the Vatican's top assassin, a Rhodesian merc, a pair of serial killer lovers, a dirty cop, and a professional sadist compete in a mad race for a pair of priceless magical artifacts, betrayal, theft, and murder are just the opening moves in a game of death.

©2016 Curtis M. Lawson (P)2016 Curtis M. Lawson

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A wild thrill ride with a touch of Dark Magic!

This wild, funhouse ride of insanity has everything you could look for in an action/mild horror hybrid. A Rhodesian Mecenary with ethics (won't kill kids), a militant Catholic nun assassin of the Sisters Hospitallers (who'll kill anyone shes assigned to kill), a terminally ill pair of serial thrill killers, a guy who destroys peoples lives for cash, as well as dirty cops, junkies, pervs, and a pair of knives that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler and Jack the Ripper that have a twisted dark magic. As you can imagine, everybody wants to get a hold of the knives and the power they hold. With an interesting cast of characters, excellent dialogue, some quirky plot twists, crazy action and horror touches, this book will appeal to a wide range of readers. I can't wait to see where the Author goes from here.
As far as narration, this is the first time I've heard Fred Wolinski and he did a great job with this one. Multiple accents, male and female, and he nailed them all, especially the Rhodesian, not an easy accent, and the Nun. His narration voice has a lilt to it, not something you hear every day. I cant recommend this Audiobook highly enough!

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Awesome Dark Thriller

This book is hard to sum up into one category. It is a combination of dark thriller, police procedural and a little dark magic to tie it all together. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but it turned out to be a gem!! Everybody in the book is pretty much a bad guy, from the detective, to the Rhodesian Mercenary, and even the nun!! It's not very often you find yourself rooting for a bad guy, but this book actually makes you like some of the bad guys and want them to succeed. This book will take you on a wild thrilling ride through multiple lives all tied together with dark magic!

Fred is one of my favorite narrators! He has a vast amount of different voices and does an amazing job on the different accents in this book! I highly recommend this audiobook!

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It's Bad Bad Awesome

Pawn store guy, junkies, assassin nun, crooked cop, serial killer porn couple, occult weirdo, a Rhodesian, and more. All willing to kill each other and more to get these two swords that may or may not be the fountain of youth. My favorite is the assassin nun, Sister Michelle, you got to love Kevlar vestments. But there are no good guys in this book they are all bad it is just which is the not as bad as the rest.

This book is definitely filled with a ton of action and suspense. Every time you think you have this story figured out the author calls squirrel and takes you off on a different and wonderful direction, it really keeps you on your toes. All of his character are well put together and you will find something to like even in the ones you don't like.

Audiobook narrator Fred Wolinsky takes this book and makes each and every character different and unique. He gives them different voices and different attitudes, Mr. Wolinsky makes you feel as if you are there in the story either helping your favorite character and hindering his enemies, but you are there with them in the story, seeing, hearing, feeling, everything and that makes for a awesome performance.

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Murder Most Artistic

This was definitely one of the strangest books I have ever encountered. It features the Bonnie an Clyde of the murder for fun set, a psycho warrior nun, a pair of cursed knives, a lady cop with a sick son and, by the end, a whole lot of dead bodies. If you're at all squeamish about violence or bad language, this one's probably not for you, but it' alternately funny, horrifying and oddly addictive, to the point where I really wanted to keep listening to find out where it was going.
I you're a fan of stories about psycho killers and really twisted plots, this one has almost an early Stephen King feel to it.

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Loads of Fun!

This is a tale of two magical daggers that act as vampires, transferring the life, vitality, and soul of the person stabbed to the person doing the stabbing. Old people become younger and stronger. Injured people heal instantaneously. Sick people become healthy. All at the small price of being turned into a crazed homicidal maniac.

Naturally, most people don’t believe the legend behind the daggers is true. They just see extremely valuable artifacts of an earlier age. When the knives are sort of accidentally stolen, lots of people become interested in possessing them. Most initially want to claim the reward, but just about everyone gets seduced by the very real power of the blades. This makes for a madcap adventure in which large numbers of people are seeking the prize in a very dark parody of the famous comedy, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

The truth is, I expected to like this book, but was surprised by just how quickly I fell in love with it. Lawson’s characters are fantastic—quirky (if not outright weird)—and many of them are really, really, bad. All of them are in over their heads. Watching people struggle to obtain or regain possession of these magic items was fascinating. Wondering who would ultimately survive made for a gripping and extremely fast-paced storyline. Honestly, my only problem with the tale was that it came to an end.

Fortunately, there’s a sequel.

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GREAT READ!

I really enjoyed it. This book was full of action and suspense! The narration was great and kept me entertained. The author did a great job with the character builds and plot. This was my first book by this author but definitely not my last! I look forward to reading the next book! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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It's like a popcorn movie but in book form

A dirty cop, a pair of serial killers, and a nun assassin walk into a bar...

This was a fun book, Curtis Lawson brings together an insane group of people all gunning for a set of demonic knives that can suck the life out of their victim and give it to the wielder. This brings a bunch of zany lowlifes into a no holds barred fight for the prize as everyone scrambles to be the ultimate victor.

I thought the book was decent, Nothing that changed my life but a fun romp with some scum bags. I kept thinking of that movie Smoking Aces throughout the listen.

I personally didn't like the narrator though, He was weird and kind of robotic, like an autistic speak and say. His voices were decent but the overall narration was just... strange.

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Fast-paced fun!

This is a very fun, fast paced novel. It had a crazy cast of villians (no heroes in this story AT ALL), that you love to root against, and a couple you may end up liking, and rooting for even though they are definitely bad, bad folks. Very much recommended!

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It's a good, good, good, good book!

At first the speaker was hard to enjoy, but once the story got rolling, I enjoyed it. Cool story, I would love to listen to more!

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Good story with mediocre performance

Fred Wolinsky performance was laughable. He's large men sounded like the principle from Beavis and Butthead and anyone Italian sounded like Mario and Luigi. So in my minds eye I imagined those characters dressed up as a nun or Mr. Rodgers. It took away from a good story.

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  • Missgotty
  • 07-09-21

Not Fun

This maybe triggering for some people due to the racist and black hate narrative throughout the book. Definitely similar to the Smokin' Aces film. The narrator had a weird twang to his voice which was distracting and some of the accents were very off.

I was given this book for free of my own choosing and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kerry Bark
  • 06-22-21

Different... Very different!

Well the twists and turns in this book reminded me of the waltzers.. Every time you think you have a grasp of the story, something changes again. It's written pretty well and the characters are, well they change too!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review