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Demon Moon Audiobook

Demon Moon: Prof Croft, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Everson Croft here, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard.

Show me an amateur conjurer, and I'll stop him before he gets himself killed.

That's the idea, anyway. But New York City isn't what it used to be, and I don't mean the recent crash.

Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn't be able to. And there's been a murder at the city's most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim's back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.

Something tells me I'm in over my head. And that's not just Chinatown's newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking.

No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I'm amassing enemies like they're aluminum cans.

Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh?

Damn. Maybe I'm the amateur here.

©2016 Brad Magnarella (P)2016 Brad Magnarella

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    Troublemer 12-09-16
    Troublemer 12-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Never a dull moment."

    This book is about Prof Croft who is a wizard. Trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes. Even when he is told to leave things alone. He just can't. This book reminds me a lot of the Dresden books. I love these kind of books. If you like the Dresden you will like this one. I look forward to listening or reading more of these. The narration was fantastic. I received this audio book free for a honest opinion but it is work them money or credit.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    The Kindly One 12-20-16
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    "Starts good, but quickly declines to mediocrity."
    Any additional comments?

    The books starts strong and interisting, sort of a dresden files light, with some differences. New York is in trouble as of a major financial crash, magic is actualy fairly known about with many people practicing openly, and people know there are supernatural things out there, even if a few people refuse to beleive.

    The man character starts out decent enough as well, but quickly falls into the "mage with authority troubles" except this guy has no reason. His job is to help new practitioners who are summoning demons, likely accidental, or just dont know what they are getting into. He doesnt always succeed. After one time he was arrested as a shard of an incubus thats trapped in his soul took over after expending himself to hard, and got drunk at the scene of the crime and was arrested by the police as he was at the scene, with a coat of the victims blood on him. due to a lack of evidence he was let out on probation and has been towing that since.

    Now he has been offered a chance to clear his name some by helping with an investigation, while also investigating mass demon summonings on the side. While being sloppy he is sighted at the scene of one of the murders, and the police begin to suspect him.

    And here is the issue. There is absolutely NO reason why he shouldnt tell them just what he is and what he does, give them some proof, and possibly receive aid for what he is doing. Instead he bitches and moans like a 5 year old and makes a mess of everything. The character devolves into an obnoxious idiot who does stupid things for stupid reasons and it starts to get old fast. I havent finished the book just yet, but im getting SSOOO very close to just deleting it from my phone and getting a refund.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Stoakley 12-26-16
    Stoakley 12-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bad knock off"

    This is a terrible knock off of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. From his orange colored, snarky lab assistant, to the magical model of the city the rip off is obvious. The poorly explained near future setting is distracting and the one interesting thing the character's job as a prof is under utilized. Skip this one.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Victor 11-29-16
    Victor 11-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome book!"

    I really enjoyed it, a great supplement for the Dresden files. Fast phased and engaging. James Patrick Cronin does an exceptional job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bethany PHOENIX, AZ, United States 11-12-16
    Bethany PHOENIX, AZ, United States 11-12-16
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    "Happy discovery"

    I love adventurous professors! This well-written and superbly performed book reminds me of Indiana Jones who is a combination of Quincy Harker and Harry Dresden. It was an exciting adventure that provided enough back story to keep my interest and maintain story integrity. I enjoyed this story very much and look forward to more from Magnarella and (hopefully) Cronin.

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 11-15-16
    Mary 11-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Indiana Jones meets Harry Potter"
    Would you listen to Demon Moon again? Why?

    ~This review contains spoilers~

    Absolutely. This was a great book and I truly enjoyed listening to the narrators rendition. There are very few books that I cannot stop listening too, but Demon Moon is now added to this list.


    What other book might you compare Demon Moon to and why?

    Demon Moon was a mix of Harry Potter and Indiana Jones. A wise cracking professor who happens to also be a wizard. That he lives in a post apocalyptic world makes his adventures all the more fun.


    Which character – as performed by James Patrick Cronin – was your favorite?

    Tabitha was one of my favorite characters. Prof Croft describes his relationship with the cat as a begrudging marriage, where they hate each other but would be devastated if something were to happen to one or the other. I loved how Magnarella used Tabitha as a sounding board as well as a comic relief to Prof Crofts tumultuous life. She was great fun and showed her true loving allegiance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene in Crofts classroom where he is describing his dissertation to his students was one of my favorites. His research and writing on the topic is so important later on in the story and I loved how the relevance shines through as the story progresses.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great listen and one that I highly recommend. Though there will be more books in the series this wrapped up nicely, so you will not be left with gut wrenching cliff hangers.

    I received this audio book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Claire America 08-19-17
    Claire America 08-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent world building"

    I really enjoyed this book, it has a very interesting and vivid world, strange, interesting and funny characters and a great story line.

    Laugh out loud funny at some points it's also got edge of your seat tension at others, I was hooked early on and the ending has me wanting the next book, although it's not a cliffhanger.

    The narration includes excellent character voices, good pacing and a natural sounding delivery, it was a good match for the story.

    This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

    If you found this review helpful would you please take a moment to click yes below, thanks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-26-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Good narrator, so so story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't call the listening time well spent, since I listen to the books on my commute to work. I would not use any time except commuting time for this story.


    What could Brad Magnarella have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Mr. Magnarella could have gone in an original direction with his story and characters, but instead he chose to slap cookie cutter characters and situations into a dark world in a fashion that really didn't evoke a sense of dread, just a sense of "What stroke of luck will get the hero out of trouble this time?"


    Which character – as performed by James Patrick Cronin – was your favorite?

    Mr. Cronin did his best to breathe life into what were basically stock characters, and his efforts should be applauded. He is one of my preferred narrators. He did the best he could with what he was given to work with. While no character stands out, none of them stand out in a bad way either.


    Was Demon Moon worth the listening time?

    Demon Moon was adequate filler for commuting, once. There is no repeat listen value, and the character of Croft just didn't come off as anything except a Harry Dresden wannabe.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a Dresden Files clone, this is it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Everett, WA, United States 01-09-17
    Eric Everett, WA, United States 01-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Borrowing from another story"

    I certainly don’t think it’s wrong to borrow some small aspects from another writer’s story but I think this writer goes off the deep end a little too much. I don’t want to be too hard on this story because I want to see where this series will go but I would back off somewhat of others work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Art MINERAL WELLS, TX, United States 01-01-17
    Art MINERAL WELLS, TX, United States 01-01-17 Member Since 2012
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    "week protagonist"

    OK I know this is urban fantasy.

    but the conflict isn't there. The demons are relatively easily handled by the protagonist… Who is routinely easily beaten by anyone and anything else he comes across.

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  • Andrei
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    "Finally, something similar to Dresden files"

    This series enters the select club of Dresden files and Alex Verus. I like that some of the elements are so familiar that there is no need for lenghty explanations. Fast paced, good narrator and good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JARROW, United Kingdom
    12/3/16
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    "recommend to jim butcher dresden fans"

    I enjoyed it. this is a cross between a teeny bit of Indian a Jones meets a fair bit of Harry dresden but it works and I would definitely by future books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gibliko
    10/10/17
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    "Good book but..."

    The narrator only seems to have about 3 voices for the entire cast of characters which makes everybody sound the same, at one point my mind started drifting whilst listening (never a good thing when listening to an audiobook) and I realised that I wasn’t actually listening to Prof Croft talking to his cat but to one of the numerous baddies that actually sounded like his cat.
    Not sure if I’m willing to buy the other audio books because of this. I’ll most likely stick to the hard copies instead as I did like the premise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tony Bough
    9/10/17
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    "A cool main character and a great story!"
    What did you like most about Demon Moon?

    The story was great and the main character is cool. Not cool in some sort of self-possessed way just a great guy. He's got too much going on to handle but he's getting on with it. I love his sense of humour about himself and the situations he's in which comes out in his internal dialogue.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the balance between the normal world that we live in and the slightly underground goings on that Prof Croft has to deal with. The story melds a murder mystery with an action pace which is great.


    What does James Patrick Cronin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I liked the performance. The narrator has a good voice to listen too and brings a sense of pace to the book that I really enjoyed. I think his voice also sounds great for the character of Prof Croft.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at some of the normal and not so normal situations that Prof Croft is in. I laughed mainly at his internal dialogue when in fights and when going into his review meeting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    9/1/17
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    "If you like the Dresden files give this a go."

    If you like the Dresden files you I think you will like this. It has a similar setting, It has many of the same tropes but is not just a copy and holds it own and an interesting story. The world is a little different and the rules and details are not the same which helps keep this fresh and interesting and not a mere Dresden clone.

    The writing is well done and suits Professor Everson Croft’s tale of what is going on perfectly. The story has great pacing keeping the story moving and means there is never a boring moment. The whole cast of characters are just right for their role in the story, not all of them are likeable but they are all everything they should be and those that we get a closer look at have depth and personality, If I had to pick my favourite characterful bits it would be the interactions between the Prof and his cat they are just great.

    The narration is good, clear and easy to listen to, they are good at adding to the sense of immersion keeping you listing wanting to know what happens next, James Patrick Cronin really has the main character, Prof Croft down perfectly, you can really hear their personality in every word and I did not notice any errors in the recording.

    I very much enjoyed listening to this book and I recommend especially it to anyone that likes the Dresden files or similar books. I am definitely going to pick up the other books in this series when I get a chance to find out what happens next.

    All in all, this is a great urban fantasy story.


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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazel A.
    4/26/17
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    "An adequate member of the urban fantasy genre."

    The book is fairly standard fare for the genre. The moniker of Prof Croft made me cringe for starters but that thankfully didn't reflect the tone of the book which was more mature. It was well written it's some good ideas but feels a bit hackneyed. That could be because it's a first book, and in many ways books like the first Dresden Files suffered the same way. However, it didn't really shine and didn't flesh out as well as it could have.

    The narrator was fine. Just not enough oomph, and needed to emote a bit more especially through the spell casting!

    Overall, an average book that won't disappoint but will soon fade into memory. I might try book 2 when I've run out of other books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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