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Publisher's Summary

Yancy Lazarus just wants to be left alone. He wants to play his blues music, smoke a few cigarettes, and otherwise leave the supernatural world to fend for itself.

He especially wants to be left alone by the Guild of the Staff - the mage ruling body where he used to work as a fix-it man. But when a little kid gets nabbed by an ancient fae creature from the nether regions of Winter, and the Guild refuses to set things right, he just can't seem to heed good sense and leave things be.

Nothing's ever easy though. Turns out, the kidnapping is just the tip of one big ol' iceberg of pain and trouble. It seems some nefarious force is working behind the scenes to try and unhinge the tenuous balance between the supernatural nations and usher in a new world order. So now, if Yancy ever hopes to see the bottom of another beer bottle, he's gonna have to partner up with an FBI agent - an agent who's been hunting him for years - in order to bring down a nigh-immortal, douchebag mage from a different era. And to top it off, Yancy's gonna have to pull it off without his magical powers...Boy, some days just aren't worth getting out of bed for.

©2015 James A. Hunter & Shadow Alley Press Inc. (P)2015 James A. Hunter & Shadow Alley Press

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  • Jan
  • United States
  • 06-04-16

Best narrator for Yancy

Yancy is clearly his own person despite working in the same kind of urban fantasy world as Dresden and Mercy Thompson, and has his own snarky brand of sarcasm/humor. The action is fast, the imagery extremely clear, and the characters certainly are. Each of the two books I've read are different and easily stand alone, but are so interesting that they are very hard to put down.
Charlie is PERFECT for Yancy!

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Another great addition to the Urban Fantasy genre!

I enjoy this series so much I save his new books until I have listened to a few lousy books in a row, because I know I can count on Mr. Hunter to deliver an excellent tale. The story is engaging and his description of magic is truly unique. Looking forward to Episode 3!!!

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The story is just right and so is the narrator

Have you ever picked up this kind of novel just looking for something nice and not over the top? This is it. Yes there's magic and guns and feys and other supernatural things but that's on par with the course of this kind of novel.

This series, however, is just right. The author is not using an over the top character's stupidity or inability to accept things as a means to drive the story. He's just going along with it and keeping everything balanced out which makes for an enjoyable read.

I strongly recommend this series if you're looking for something fun and immersive.

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Excellent

Great read. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend if you enjoy series like Harry Dresden or The Iron Druid Chronicles.

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  • Julie
  • NEW BERLIN, WI, United States
  • 10-23-16

Pretty good

What did you love best about Cold Hearted?

I like a hero who makes mistakes and isn't flawless.

What did you like best about this story?

Our hero doesn't want the limelight, knows his limitations and is realistic about the choices he made.

Have you listened to any of Charlie Kevin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. At first I was annoyed by his narration but like the main character, he grew on me. Now I doubt anyone else could be Yancy's voice.

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

No, I like to spread it out. Sometimes I replay some chapters as I go while trying to follow some of the more complex plot lines.

Any additional comments?

Pretty good read. Just got the next one and am looking forward to listening.

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LOVE this new find! Awesome author

Thrilled to have found Hunter, Yancy Lazarus, and narrator, Charlie Kevin. right there with Dresden!

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 06-25-16

Really good 2nd book.

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For me this was better than the 1st book. Thought the story and narration were simply better than the first. In this genre it's very hard to be original, so the story has to be good or it's just gonna be compared to the dozen or so similar series out there. Kudos to the author and narrator.

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Yancy is still fun

Had fun. Story was good and the performance was dead on. I NEED more!

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worth your credit

Another great read. Narrator is a perfect fit. Will get the next book as soon as it becomes available on audible.

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I love Yancy.

He is the epitome of a hard boiled reluctant hero. He is so busy saying he isn't one to realize he can't stop being one.