Regular price: $19.95

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

If you can't stand the heat...

When New York City unveils a program to roast supernaturals, I wonder if I should be sweating.

The bloodthirsty Arnaud thinks so, and he's insisting that our survival depends on a wizard-vampire alliance. Never mind his history of wanting me dead. Or undead.

Meanwhile, the mayor wants me on his team - an offer that's only slightly less unnerving given our recent clash. So who's really behind the purge? City Hall? The werewolves? Or is it the brainchild of the fae, whose newest advisor to the mayor slipped from my bed and life four months ago?

I'm getting the cold feeling someone's trying to manipulate the program, and me, to set off a larger war, one that could explode through the city.

One thing's for sure. If I don't get my head straight and my magic on, it's going to be a hell of a summer.

©2017 Brad Magnarella (P)2017 Brad Magnarella

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    149
  • 4 Stars
    74
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    179
  • 4 Stars
    44
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    144
  • 4 Stars
    63
  • 3 Stars
    20
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

War in the city - great story!

Croft wants to know what happened to his mother and the order is not producing the information fast enough or they might not do it at all. In performing a ritual, he opens a back door to the in between and receives a mild rebuke.

Croft is still jittery mayor Budge, the mayor and Penny, his wife and head of the werewolves. If she wakes up, he and Vega could be in deep shit. While she is in a coma, Croft is Budge’s bitch.

At the college, Snodgrass is still out for Croft to be fired. With only 6 students, that is a possibility.

Threats and betrayal from all sides; vampires, fae, wolves i humans, and Croft is the only one without a game card. He has no support from the wizard council and he still hurting from Caroline’s rejection.

Croft bounces from one foe to another. He is used as a pawn in a complex dance to save the city by eradicating the abnormals. As a pawn, he is championed as a hero and the next move he is sacrificed as the traitor.

Time and time again Croft uses his magic and other resources only to be forced to relay on the most elementary lessons he learned. Force into an alliance with Arnaud, he is imprisoned and betrayed to be used against his city.

Croft is without his sidekick Vega. She feels he has been disloyal through his alliance with Arnaud. Caroline has become more fae and with that more distance and secretive. Where can he go? Lady Bastet’s suggestion was to “Trust in the one your heart trust the least” or was that “Trust in the one you trust the least” one of those will save Croft. The other will damn him.

All his efforts do not evade a war. Now his only choice is to live through it and to mitigate the harm.

Legacy
Now who killed his mother? He is the son of what daddy?


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I rarely give 5 stars but Mr. Magnarella surprised

The early third part of this book seems to be roughly pieced together to the middle of the what seemed to be mediocre story but Mr. Magnarella really brought this very enjoyable and partially new story to an old tale. Having some experience with these types of tales and am very rarely shocked by a writer in this genre and the latest to do this is definitely this writer along with James Patrick Cronin which reads this type of stories with great skill and wonderful timing. I have high hopes but not sure just yet if I am ready to bring Mr. Brad Magnarella into the Fold of my Favorite writers in the genre which most would agree that Jim Butcher sits at or near the top (if there is such a thing) a while in his great works which we all wait patiently for Peace Talks. I also truly enjoy Benedict Jacka with his British Time twisting Mage which is pumping out really cleanly written stories very timely.
I truly enjoy the origins of Prof Croft and hopes he continues to write and surprise me with every new tome.
I have high hopes for the new fellow on the block. There seem to be new stories in the genre on a bit of a rise by quantity and I like the way Brad Magnarella weaved his Webb on this ride. Very good so far.
keep'em coming Mr. Magnarella.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

redemption in the end

I almost gave up Prof Croft this time. His infuriating obstinance, inability to see the obvious, and immaturity lasting so far into the third book reduced him to a most unlikable protagonist. However, once he finally sees the truth, acknowledges his mistakes, and gains the wisdom to accept what he can't change, he shows potential. the elimination of prior adversaries frees him to tackle bigger things in future novels... I hope his apparent growth and maturation proves to be lasting... a backside in the future would be very disappointing

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

WOW, AWESOME. EXCITING ALL THE WAY.

Most enjoyable. Had me glued to the book until the end. Brad Magnarella is a good writer. James Patrick Cronin narrated/performed wonderfully. I like the protagonist. He tries very hard to help and have to deal with obstacles and nasty people around him. The supernatural are also dangerous and it is difficult to trust anybody. A very very good plot and the ending was fantastic. I am looking forward to the next book in the series where Prof Croft has to find the death Mage who is the killer of his mother.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

A bit trite

Nice writing style, but after several books it becomes apparent that the main character is hopeless. For someone supposed to have not inconsiderable power and education, Professor Croft continues to predictably stumble blindly into the same tight spots and luck his way thru. You'd think he'd either die off or retire from his flailing about. He's got to be the most naive New Yorker ever.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Authors writing

gets better with every book. In book one I was maginally interested in Crofts life. Aftet this book I'm invested.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

prof Croft rocks!

loved it! Vamps, Wwolfs, Magic, fiends... what more could you ask for? its fun fun fun!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Get a clue.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe. It's an okay listening experience. But it's one of those books I'd borrow from the library so I could take it back. (This is a reaction review for all the books in the series, not just book 3. I need to make this clear.)

What was most disappointing about Brad Magnarella’s story?

The main character, Everson Croft. I listened to all the books and I kept waiting for him to get a clue. To be on the streets, he has no street smarts. Why the character hasn't been killed, except for the whim of the writer, is a mystery beyond me. He lets his guard down too much and he makes worst decisions than a two year old. (I wish I could give specifics, but I don't want to spoil this for others.)

Which scene was your favorite?

When Garcia, the woman detective , helps Croft escape from the cops attempting to take revenge on him for a failed mission.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not if the character is a naive as written in the books.

Any additional comments?

I have been returning a lot of the recording because I get them, download them, then wish I hadn't . I really want to return this series but I don't want Audible to become suspicious that I am abusing their return policy. Even as I think about the character and the convenient plot devises, I become angry.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Don't miss!

action-adventure, mage, magic, shifters, werewolves, faerie, snarky, law-enforcement, NYC

Non-stop action in NYC with a deviously twisty plot characterized by a really snarky good guy with a lot of personal problems. Get into the world of NYC politics where the dopey mayor is married to a werewolf and plans a law enforcement campaign to eliminate all of the scary non humans and get a ton of publicity in hopes of winning the next election. What a mess! There are several subplots, surprising twists, and it all adds up to an excellent read!
J.P.Cronin is fantastic as Croft!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Rocking Wizard

If you could sum up Purge City in three words, what would they be?

Cat and Mouse Conspiracy

What other book might you compare Purge City to and why?

Melissa Olson's Boundary Magic - it's about a witch that is trying her best to do good

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending. The job offer was my favorite.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. The narrator is that good and the writing flowed so the narrator could really bring the story to life.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jeff Northam
  • 05-28-17

perhaps the best book in this series so far

I love a book series like this both author and character continue to grow definitely the best book in the series so far