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Crimes Against Magic Audiobook

Crimes Against Magic: The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1

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How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he’s a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her. But with his enemies closing in and the barrier holding back his memories beginning to crumble, Nate is forced to confront his forgotten life in the hope of stopping an enemy he can’t remember. Crimes Against Magic is a dark, fast-paced urban fantasy torn between modern-day London and fifteenth-century France.

©2013 Steve McHugh (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Sean Dustman Oak Harbor 11-21-13
    Sean Dustman Oak Harbor 11-21-13 Member Since 2008

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    "An information intense fantasy download"

    This is the first book of the Hellequin series that opens a door in to a fully fleshed world that lives underneath the skin of ours. I purchased this on Audible because it popped up on my feed based on other fantasy that I had purchased and it had good reviews and was cheap, like 7.34 cheap for an almost 11 hour book.

    What can go wrong?

    In the present, the main character, Nate Garrett, had woke up 10 years a prior with no memory of who he was and found out that he can do magic and has since turned into a magical thief for hire. Then the next chapter takes place in the middle ages and he is a warrior sorcerer who is the is the hit man for Merlin. In the present, his past catches up with him and the stories come together to something that links these two times together.

    This book was information dense, meaning if I wasn’t paying attention, I would miss plot points. I tend to fall asleep with my MP3 player on a 15 minute timer and this book kept me up for hours past my bedtime resetting the timer. This is sort of the way I judge audiobooks, this was fast paced, the plot twists were devious and what plot holes it had were totally left there intentionally. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

    Advice? Pick it up while it’s still cheap in any format and hold on.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 04-30-14
    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 04-30-14
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    "If you like the Dresden files you will like this"

    If you are waiting for Skin Game by Jim Butcher to come out and are looking for something to read, this is it. I have been looking for something like Dresden for years and I finally found it.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    J Muscarella 06-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I have bought the second one"

    The fact that I bought the second one should speak for itself. The only thing I found odd was some of the dialogue. It was..simple?..over obvious? like a comic book dialogue. "Look what you've done to me you fiend!" kind of thing. I had visions of batman and those old balloons with "crash" "bang" "pow"! It was highly entertaining, I just hope it was on purpose. Looking forward to how they go forward with the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    plknj 01-18-14
    plknj 01-18-14 Member Since 2012

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    "An excellent series."

    If you are looking for a present day, action packed series, then look no further. Crimes Against Magic is an excellent book with my only complaint being that Steve has only two books in this series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 05-31-14
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2010
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    "This is no Dresden Files"

    Listen to the other reviews. Poor choice of narrator, lots of flashbacks to prior periods in the story line made it tough to follow. The main character also is a bit of a self serving derelict who I could not connect with at all. When I listen to these kinds of books (paranormal, soft sci-fi) I like to put my mind on cruise control, I really don't expect them to be difficult to follow. I got about 7 hours in and tapped out.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brassart EastBay CA 05-27-17
    Brassart EastBay CA 05-27-17 Member Since 2010

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    "Urban Fantasy with an Arthurian Flair"

    Great!
    Original story, characters, and performance.
    If you like urban fantasy like Harry Dresden, Alex Verus, Yancy Lazarus and the like you should try these.
    I can hardly wait for each new book in the series.

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    DangFineGuy 05-20-17
    DangFineGuy 05-20-17

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    "A Wonderful First Book In Brillient Series"
    If you could sum up Crimes Against Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent, action-packed, satisfying.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate, the Protagonist/hero of the story/series is a magical Jack Reacher/James Bond (the book versions, not the cartoonish movie versions). A man's man, a good man with zero tolerance for evil deeds and evil men.


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    Voice actor James Langton performs brilliantly. He has the vocal range and talent needed to give each character their own distinctive voice and vocal personality, and because he is the voice of the first 5 books there is a consistency of voices, vocal personalities, and pronunciation that makes the story easy to follow from book to book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not normally a huge fan of fantasy or urban fantasy novels but this series is truly is exceptional. Rather than building a world of arcane and stilted language or creating a feeling of awkwardness or unfathomable weirdness, and then rely on bumbling as a plot device, the author wisely chose to respect the readers’ intelligence. First, he created a very likable, intelligent, and easy to relate to protagonist/hero. Over the course of the book and the course of the series the author fully develops the lead character (and others) and that ongoing character development is a big part of the story(s). I won’t say more about this because I do not want to spoil the story(s). <br/><br/>As I said, something that’s very important to me as a reader is respect for the reader’s intelligence by providing intelligent protagonists and antagonists who actually use their brains and almost never make stupid, bumbling mistakes. Too many authors rely on the stupidity of protagonists to get themselves into situations that require a whole book to escape. This author also respects the readers’ intelligence by keeping plot devices such as magic and magical beings logical and consistent. The author succeeds here in that where magic and magical beings are used in the plot, and they are key to the plot(s), they are always subject to well laid out and easily understandable magical laws of nature. <br/><br/>Another thing that is important to me as a reader is complete stories. In my opinion ending a book with a cliffhanger is an amateurish and insulting way of forcing the reader to keep buying books. Author Steve McHugh takes a far superior approach with the Hellequin series in that each book is its own separate story with its own conclusion. Each installment then builds on previous stories and together build toward an overall series plot that leaves you wanting more without ever feeling cheated or left hanging. As of today I’m up to book six in the series and will continue buying and reading them as long as the author keeps writing them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenniferk sc 05-13-17
    Jenniferk sc 05-13-17 Member Since 2010

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    "Wonderful story and main character"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a totally different story and main character. This is a brand new entry into the genre. I enjoyed the central story as he tries to understand who and what he is. Plenty of cool characters and trials to keep interest all the way through.

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    Jeffrey 04-25-17
    Jeffrey 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "spoilers"

    ok so maybe not too bad in the spoiler department since you learned of his amnesia early. but I liked it better when he didn't know himself. once he started getting memories back the character changed and you didn't have the time to like him again.
    there villain was generic, just throwing out a famous name with no depth. maybe relying on it's myth to fill in the blanks but from just reading he seemed overly evil for no reason. no character development at all which is the biggest flaw in suddenly getting your memory back stories. you didn't learn he existed until you were near the end and we were given a list of bad things he's done to justify him being the villain.
    perhaps as an American I didn't identify with the James Bond elaborate capture and slowly kill plan that lead to the memory loss but I feel this story just wasn't cobbled together well.

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    Toni H 04-11-17
    Toni H 04-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "adult urban fantasy"
    Any additional comments?

    This has a lot of interesting stuff going on. He's like this chick magnet awesome guy with powers, and there are bad guys. I liked it, but it got to be too many elements added in for me. It went from present to way in the past with knights and stuff. It also brings in figures from history during that time. And then some gods and stuff. So, yes, I liked it, the writing craft is really good, but the storyline had too much for this first book, I think. I'm interested enough that I plan to check out the next book at some point. Fans of super hero movies and comics will probably like it.

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  • sean manning
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    2/4/17
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    "Great story"

    First time reading any books by Steve Mchugh. Will be looking for the next in series right now. Narration great too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Bedford, United Kingdom
    1/23/17
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    "Enjoyed from start to finish"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Crimes Against Magic to be better than the print version?

    Just as good, heard the audio first but still enjoyed the book very much.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crimes Against Magic?

    Two stories in one so there is never a slow moment keeps interested on two fronts.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Nate help Tommy come to turns with what is happening to him the compassion and the danger in one.


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

    The odd moment truly made me laugh as do the other books.


    Any additional comments?

    Once I got the first one and listened I was hooked and got the rest for back to back listening and currently on my second go round now book six has been added

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    10/27/16
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    "Dull."

    Voice actor sounds bored and half awake.

    Read the paperback instead of listening to this crap.

    The narration drones like he's reading from a textbook and the dialogue is no better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Mullingar, Ireland
    10/26/16
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    "Could be better. struggled to finish."

    Struggled to finish listening. The narration is so hard to listen too. The story is a mixed up mess dissapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah Jade Loftus
    Leeds Uk
    2/17/16
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    "Took a while to get into but absolutely amazing"

    Cannot wait for the next book fantastic voice and great story even if it took a while to get into

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MS Rosalind R Orchard
    2/10/16
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    "No sex please we're British!"
    If you could sum up Crimes Against Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Great fast story


    What other book might you compare Crimes Against Magic to, and why?

    Dresden files and Alex Veras novels


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    Well read, good emotive voice


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, just a few sex scenes which seemed ill placed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • victoratos
    7/30/15
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    "Unexpectedly great"

    Tried this out of the blue, slight suspicious of the premise, but thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mackemafc
    United Kingdom
    7/26/15
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    "Modern Arthurian fantasy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I originally found this series on ebook when I was having a trawl through amazon. I consider it to be one of my best finds. It's a very British update of one of the most classical fantasy stories and is really good read. I'm glad to say that the audiobook version is just as high quality.


    What other book might you compare Crimes Against Magic to, and why?

    The closest comparison for me would be the Desden Files by Jim Butcher


    Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favourite?

    Nate is an engaging and interesting main character and you really want to find out about his past as the story progresses


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

    I cant comment too many spoilers :)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    7/11/15
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    "Worth a Listen but not Exceptional"
    What did you like most about Crimes Against Magic?

    I enjoyed the way the 15th Century story runs alongside the 21st century story. It really helps you understand why things are happening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Nat Garrett - he is the hero who else would I choose.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the way the book does not take itself too seriously. It is a little dark in places and has a good mix of sarcasm. I wouldn't say its funny at any point but it was a little light hearted not gloom and doom all the way. I may even buy the next book in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    enniskeane, Ireland
    4/27/15
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    "Brilliant story."

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters are engaging , the story is captivating and the narration is spot on.
    It's one of the better urban fantasy books I've read in a while.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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