Organ Grind

The Lazarus Codex, Book 2
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Series: The Lazarus Codex, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (186 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

No guts, no glory.  

Being one of the four horsemen sucks. The hours are long, the pay is crap, and every god or monster you meet wants to kill you.  

For Lazarus Kerrigan, professional necromancer, even helping the police search for some missing internal organs is a welcome relief. That is, until his ex-girlfriend shows up in the employ of an ancient Egyptian deity, and a faerie queen makes him an offer he can't refuse.  

When Laz finds himself pulled into a criminal underworld where human souls are traded like currency, things just go from bad to worse. Unfortunately, his soul might just be worth its weight in gold.

©2018 E.A. Copen (P)2019 Tantor

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Love the fantasy, wit, and characters!

Organ Grind by E.A. Copen and narrated by Travis Baldree is book two in the series but I am already so invested emotionally in this series. I absolutely love the characters, the interplay between the characters, the unpredictable plot, the fantastic fantasy, and great action and emotions! This is full of witty dialogue, humor, suspense, and unique creatures. Travis Baldree is super brilliant making sure the characters all have voices that match their personalities. He is awesome! I can't wait for the next book!

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An awesome journey into what lurks in the shadows

- Josh here Another journey into the world of Lazarus and The Shadow Court. Man, what a fun ride this series is. Once again, the depth put forth for each character really drew me in. Of particular interest in this entry, Darius and The Baron continue to be favorite characters of mine and I am anxious to see what the future has in store for Darius as he tries to go legit. All of that said, how can anyone say that sausage is better than bacon? Bacon is the perfect food. But hey, as Liz said when I posted to her author page, the characters views do not necessarily represent her own. Plus, Lazarus is an otherwise awesome character so I can forgive that one viewpoint, haha. Also, listening to the description of Jolene and her smile as she was waiting for hot dogs, BAM! Right in the feels. Travis Baldree did a fantastic job with narration as he did with Death Rites. Needless to say, I cannot wait for the next book to be released. ------- This is still a pretty good series. It probably doesn’t help that I went from Quincy Harker book 3 to this one given there are a lot of similarities between the two series’. I love the narrator from that series and he always makes me think of Travis Baldree from this one. I really love Travis Baldree; he’s definitely a natural when it comes to narrating. Some of his accents are out of this world. Because of his accents, it makes it easier (in my mind) to imagine what the character looks like…think of the Baron. He sounds like a cool, interesting-looking guy. If you’ve seen American Horror, I think it was the witch season, the voodoo guy is how I imagine the Baron looking. The suit maker was also an interesting character, both with how he was described as well as his voice/accent. I loved him. One thing I’ve noticed is that the day/night before Lazarus is confronted with a case or big issue, he’s unable to sleep, so a good majority of the story is him talking about not having slept in so long and being really tired. On to book 3

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Denial ain't just a river in Egypt

After losing his girlfriend and becoming the pale horseman Laz went on a bender and when he surfaced New Orleans was under siege. It will take all he's got to put the town back together. Great series. Laz is like Dresden with worse luck.

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Protagonist leaves a lot to be desired

This may be my own preference but I just can't stand the protagonist in this series. He comes off as an arrogant jerk with absolutely nothing to back it up. He says himself early in the series that he is pretty much garbage in a fight and then runs around constantly getting into fights he almost universally loses and then has to be saved by the slightly more competent people around him. And rather than learn from any of this he just charges in, fails, gets rescued by the people around him, then acts like a complete jerk about the whole thing. He has the attention span of a mentally handicapped gnat. Somehow repeatedly forgetting he is in a life or death situation only to space out at a critical juncture. Then he gets a one trick pony superpower that would be kinda cool but it requires the person using it to be worth more than a damp rag in a fight to be even sort of useful. I ended up rooting for the bad guys as they came off as far more likable than the main protagonist.

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Surpasses the the first book

I still have some concerns about the world building, but the book was far more instresting to listen to then the previous installment and I cannot wait for more.

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Rip off of the iron druid and harry dresden

If jim butcher is a Nike, this is a fruit of the loom version. Not a fan. Average in every way.

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it's ok small spoilers

The narrator for this series is great he brings the characters to life which adds depth to the story. The story its self was just ok. I struggled with Laz seeming to know nothing about the magical community and being willing to trade is soul (for a few days) too not one but two unknown entities one of which goes by Morningstar. Gee I wonder who that could be (come on Laz that one is kind of obvious and really not a good idea). Then there is the unused boon which he throws away for no reason other than to make more problems for himself in the future. He literally incurs massive debts in this book and get nothing in return for his troubles other than loosing several weeks in time to fairy. The writing is good with no real errors to distract form the story itself and kept my attention through out the book, but I'm not sure I'll read the next book.

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Entertaining

The story is entertaining and held my attention. My only complaint is It feels like it's a generic version of The Dresden Files, all the way down to the deal with the bad Fae Queen, tension with the female cop and disappearing love interest. I'm curious to see how the series unfolds.

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hard not to compare to Dresden Files

an openly practicing wizard in modern times: the concept alone brings to mind Dresden Files, though Jim Butcher doesn't own the concept and I've read other series using this concept and enjoyed it. but then there's the lady cop connected to our hero and even an involved scene where a mortician gets involved. common, at what point is this not a story of Dresden making? (spoiler!) In this book we even go to a museum and reanimate things! I'm sorry, dino Sue was a little more original. I liked the narrator. I liked the characters. I want to like the series. Whether intentional or not, I feel like this is just a rehashed Dresden and lacking some real originality to the wizardry world.

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it's okay for what it is

I'm a fan of this type of fiction (Reading Simon R Green and Jim Butcher) and I like the novels in this series, however; they seem less polished. I think E. A. Copen has untapped potential, I hope it comes through in the next book. Travis Baldree, on the other hand, is the perfect person to narrate this series and really draws me in, where the story lacks, he makes up for it.