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Former DOD operative Gavin Randall is coming home after 28 years of war. Dismissed by the government he spent his life fighting for, his only solace is knowing that the life waiting for him is one of peace. Unfortunately, Gavin stumbles upon a secret underworld that exists alongside ours, one populated by vampires, mages, and bloodthirsty weres.

Now, Gavin finds himself recruited by the biblical Lazarus, leader of this hidden community. He must track down those who seek to disrupt the fragile peace keeping these horrors at bay. If he fails, more than his life will be forfeit.

©2016 Kenneth Lange (P)2017 Kenneth Lange

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Excellent!

Well put together and unique in approach. A refreshing change within the genre! Looking forward to what comes next.

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Interesting and Imperfect Protagonist

I loved this book, I liked how the protagonist was not perfect but he did not apologize for his past. It was interesting how he was introduced to the magical world, there was a lot of action and I liked getting to figure things out along with the main character!

**Spolier Alert**
I loved the Reaper aspect that was introduced, admittedly he was a bit overpowered but sometimes I love a book where the protagonist kicks butt and takes names.

Cannot wait for the next in the series!

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Looking forward to the next one!

Where does Accession of the Stone Born: The Vigiles Urbani Chronicles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

If you're waiting for the next Dresden Files book to come out and want a similar flavor without it being any kind of a rip off, this is a good book for you. Paul Clewell's reading of the book is as good as or possibly even better than the actual writing and the writing is not bad, especially for a new series. Lange introduces an intriguing modern day magic world and characters in whom you can feel invested.

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So good!

It's rare that I find an Urban Fantasy novel/series, completely out of the blue, like this! I usually go for stuff that's been heavily recommended by other respected authors or narrators. This author hit all of my favorite tropes, and still managed to throw in some surprises! The narrator had a little bit of a rocky start, but came into his own within a few chapters, and despite some weird breathing in the beginning, managed to completely win me over within a few chapters. This book was superb, on all levels, especially for a new-to-me author and narrator! Well done!

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An excellent Urban Fantasy story.

Having read the other series that shares the same universe as this book and really enjoying it, I was understandably excited to try this one out. I am happy to report that this series, parallel to The Warden Global books, is just as well written, with characters just as engaging and with the universe and its magic further expanded.

After 28 years of clandestine work (assassin) for the Department of Defense, Gavin Randle returns home to New Orleans to see his only surviving family, his uncle Andrew. There, he discovers there is a much bigger world than he expected, even as a jet setting fixer. He discovers he is stone born, a type of mage, and that there is a whole counsel that deals with the supernatural worldwide. Gavin is an anomaly, though, as external magic doesn't work on him, as he discovers during an assassination attempt. His skills as an assassin serve him well as he investigates who murdered the last Vigil (basically, the magical sheriff of the region), as he survives assassination attempts and tries to solve her last open case, a bunch of murders tied together over 50 years. He has authority to do this, as he accepts the mantle of being the new Vigil, and bonds with his token of office, a magical Denarius coin with a sentient entity named Kerr in it, with the accumulated knowledge of its previous holders.

While trying to keep his uncle and new friends safe, he must try and discover who is behind the string of murders, which leads to shocking discoveries including a vast conspiracy in the hall of power. There is also the issue of a necromancer raising wraiths to murder his enemies, including Gavin. Gavin, as a new Vigil, also has to deal with the triumvirate in charge of the local counsel area, who don't appreciate what his duties and authority are. Oh, and did I mention that this entire supernatural world is ruled from on high by Lazarus? Yes, the uber-powerful Lazarus from the bible, although his story is a little different here. Chasing down the conspiracy leads Gavin to a final confrontation with his most powerful enemy yet, and its only if he can fully utilize his powers does he stand a chance to defeat them.

This is an excellent example of a book that takes the world set up in another series and uses it as a jumping off point, while making its own mark. The supernatural underworld of a spooky city like New Orleans is not the usual setting for an urban fantasy, but its a great one nonetheless. The characters are rock solid, with Gavin being particularly well written. The plotting is fast paced, and the politics, both mundane and supernatural, flow naturally and consistently throughout.

I had never heard Paul Clewell narrate before, but he did a good job bringing the characters to life. He gave them all distinctive voices, and his narrative pacing was excellent, never dipping into a monotone. all in all, a fine effort.

Any fan of urban fantasy should find something to like in this book. There's magic, intrigue, mystery, murder and some excellent fight scenes. Gavin's mysterious past is also something that drew me to the story as well. Let's just say that he was accomplished at his work.

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Great urban fantasy

This book was a change from my typical audiobook genres. It was a great time being able to ride along on Gavin's journey to explore the world of magic he is thrust into. Given his past life, it was fun watching his transition into this new world and his prominent role within it. I am quite glad that the reading group (Team TW) recommended Ken's work to me.

My only complaint, and the reason for a 4-star performance rating, has to do with audiobook chapter 11. The narrator generally reminded me of Christian Bale and I felt as though I was being read the book by Patrick Bateman from the American Psycho movie. However, in chapter 11 I noticed quite a bit of breathing/background noise that wasn't present in other chapters.

The author clearly shares similar tastes with me as I was hooked on his choice of scotch (Dalmore 15 - a great selection). I am definitely looking forward to book two and would recommend this book to anyone who is into Urban Fantasy.

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  • krop
  • Taylordville, KY, United States
  • 05-31-18

great start.

needs a female reader i think. more voice control on characters. The old man's voice is great but the change in time and function was needed for everyone else. it didn t hurt the story but I'm a perfectionist in told. Good start will keep.

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can't for the next one

the story is awesome. the narrator took a bit of getting used to but overall it was awesome!!!

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  • Olga J
  • Channahon, IL United States
  • 12-10-17

original and entertaining

I'm a fan of all kinds of fantasy and this is a great original. I've never read/listened to anything like this before. I loved the narrator and his voices. I loved the story and the plot. I just wish the pacing of the story was a little slower. Don't get me wrong, I love action but it just seemed like poor Gavin had no room to breathe and reflect. Overall I enjoyed the book a lot and found myself constant my thinking about it.

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Loved this Story!

I loved the characters, the plot and, the narrator. Cannot wait for the next book so we can delve more into the characters.

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