Angry that he wouldn't be known as the engineer who made Ultraweapon's force blasters, Cal resigns to chase after a bigger, better paycheck....
Cal Carver is having a bad day. Imprisoned and forced to share a cell with a cannibalistic serial killer, Cal thinks things can't possibly get any worse. He is wrong....
This is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster....
Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one....
Homicide Detective David Bagini awakens in a strange world only to discover that he is, in fact, the 42nd clone of the Bagini line....
Gary Karkofsky is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life living in an extraordinary world. Supervillains, heroes, and monsters are a common part of the world he inhabits....
Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer....
Hank and Belvaille, so long out of public scrutiny, suddenly find themselves the epicenter of the galaxy with a lot of very unwelcome attention....
Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual....
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The (Sort of) Dark Mage is the story of a young man named Waldo who grows up in a world where monsters, the undead, and dark magic are part of everyday life....
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There are things in this world that men and women aren't meant to understand. We aren't supposed to know these things exist, much less how to fight them....
Peter Stone is a poor, black vampire who is wondering where his nightclub, mansion, and sports car is. Instead, he is working a minimum wage job during the night shift....
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"My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny.... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."
I had to use this line from the book as the title of my review because, a. it's funny and will give you an idea of the ironic/sardonic tone of the book, b. it conveys the "every man" status of the protagonist, Mike Ross, who recognizes this sentiment when he gets the brush-off.. Mike acquires a "gift" to see ghosts and interact with them via a cornea transplant following major injuries in the Iraq war. Mike not only has war wounds to overcome, but he's short, broke, and uneducated. He'd like to use his new abilities to make some money, but his efforts, while useful in protecting the living and assisting the dead, almost never pan out with much moolah. And Mike's new talents greatly hamper his love life and family relationships (see title above) so ultimately, this guy is no Gary Stu! After listening 1/2 way to two books (one sci-fi, one fantasy) in a row where the primary protagonist was all that and a bag of chips (Atlas/Adonis rolled into one, every woman falls at his feet, yada, yada), I was thrilled to pieces to meet Mike Ross; a guy who doesn't get anything for free and yet keeps trying - my kind of hero.
In this urban noir fantasy, Jim Bernheimer not only provides some realistic living men and women, he borrows from the gangster and Civil War eras to populate the world with some memorable ghostly characters. This is a fast paced adventure that stands well on it's own, but definitely made me want to read the sequels.
Jeffrey Kafer does a great job at invoking the dry, wry tone of the noir story and provides good characters voices as well. Nice performance!
Some reviewers have compared this to Dresden, but Dead Eye actually reminded me more of the nicely done Felix Castor series by Mike Carey. If you like urban noir, if you enjoy a hero who's only human, if you like your ghosts to have a bit of moxie, and if you like a bit of history thrown into your fantasy fiction, you'll like Dead Eye.
27 of 29 people found this review helpful
A funny story about a guy who becomes a ferry man and helps souls cross over. Unfortunately he has to make a living somehow and ghost don't make a lot of money. In the meantime he is having problems with girls, ghost, skin walkers, soldiers and even mobsters. He never seems to get a break. It is not a book for deep thinking and some of the points of views are stereo typical but I enjoyed the story and will be getting the next one. The narrator was good, but dry and I can't help but think it would have been funnier if it had a different narrator. The story picks up the second half of the book. I happened to pick this up because a guy who likes Monster Hunter International recommended this book and was glad I read the reviewers other books.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
This was good I had this in my wish list for a while, hmmming and hawing... Glad I finally took the plunge. I had listened to Confessions of a D list Super Villan, and really enjoyed that, but this seemed so different I wasn't sure.
Bernheimer's style of writing is no nonsense. He doesn't waste time explaining scenes and feelings and thoughts that have no bearing on the story, it's straight to the point, which is a nice change of pace. Mike Ross is a war vet that has a cornea transplant and can suddenly see ghosts. It's so much more complex and fun than that of course, but you should listen to it.
Apparently it's a series and there's more books. So come on Audible! I hate when you just add one book from a series. Keep them coming.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
I loved the book. It was quick, witty, and has that dash of snark sarcasm I look for in the protagonist. Great Contemporary Fantasy!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
ok, if you have read Confessions of a D-List Super hero then the main characters are the same but in different Genre's. Which is actually awesome in my opinion. The reason why you like D-List superhero is the main character is a Sarcastic Hero that doesn't want to be the hero. Same here!!! <br/>The main character in Dead Eye, Mike Ross, is very down to earth and unlike the whiner super hero's you read about in comics that are "cursed with power". Mike is more annoyed and confused with his "gift". He is the reluctant hero type and his sarcasm is much more humorous than whinning hero's in other books. I had a chance to speak with the author and he did say if you like D-list superhero you will like this book. He was right. A definate must read!!!!
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
This book was awesome!!!!
I decided to listen to a small 30 minute piece and I couldn't stop!!!!
I already bought the second book and I'm just waiting for the weekend.
16 of 19 people found this review helpful
Some folks have compared this book and its world to Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files series. I can see the comparison given the theme and the humor, but I think this tale can stand on its own
It is similar though, in that our protagonist has a connection to the supernatural world and becomes quite notorious within it, causing him to face a great number of dangers (in this book alone). Also like within The Dresden Files universe, our hero slowly finds out he's a bit more special than he thought.
The ghostly world gets quite fleshed out in this book as well, while still leaving some mysteries open for future tales. We watch our hero perform experiments and gather info that leads to various understandings of the rules of the semi-afterlife. We also see our hero learn some lessons the hard way via some unexpected avenues.
I said this story was a bit rushed, and it was. If you've ever read the Harry Potter novels, imagine them condensed (devoid of anything not absolutely relevant to the overall story) and in one book. That's sort of how this book felt.
That's not a bad thing mind you, it's just a different style. It reminds me a lot of "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman. Each chapter/episode is a new adventure in the life of our protagonist, so while it does jump forward a bit, it keeps the story moving.
The downside of the above would be the narrator. Even when in the same chapter (or even page), it's usually clear when the writer wants to break and shift to a new scene; however this narrator plows right through, leaving you feel a bit like you just missed a step. Makes you wonder if they had limited time in the studio to do the reading.
The narrator also does a fairly poor job at various voices and even tones while reading. Most of the prose is read in the same tone of voice and can easily blend together if you're listening while driving or some other activity.
Overall, I'd give the story a solid 4-4.5, it was enjoyable, even if rushed (including the resolution). If you consider the story a compilation of adventures, that should help with any jarring transitions.
I'd have to give the narrator a 3 though.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is one of those stories you listen too purely for entertainment, you can't take it serious. It's different, sarcastic, full of dry humor, but well worth the time. Told from Mike Ross's POV, his mental dialogue had me cracking up. He's one of those characters who ends up doing the right thing but not necessarily for the right reasons, and you can't help but to like him.
Jeffrey Kafer did an outstanding job narrating. He captured Mike Ross's personality perfectly, and nailed the delivery of all the sarcastic dry humor.
Great story and performance! I was voluntarily provided this free audiobook review copy by the author, narrator, or publisher.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It is in a similar vein as Carey's Felix Castor books or even Dresden's books (in setting more so than in tone). I liked Felix's character the most of the three since he was dry and funny and tongue in cheek; Dead Eye's main character (Mike Ross) is dry and almost funny, but not at all tongue in cheek. Dresden is more slapstick than dry. So in the scale of popular urban fantasy main males, Mike is mid-range in the "do-I-give-a-hoot-if-he-drops-dead" scale.
The women are caricatures.
Female 1: Bimbo-y and elusive even though Mike wants to bed her.
Female 2: bimbo-y and elusive even though Mike wants to bed her.
Female 3: Mike's Mom. Judgemental and hard-working.
Female 4: a ghost: abused wife turned "run off with first manghost she finds"
Oh, there are couple more but they aren't even as "robust" as the ones listed above.
The story itself isn't that bad, and, while there is a bit of politicking going on, it wasn't over-the-top (though you'll finish the book knowing how Bernheimer feels about the treatment of veterans and government financial responsibilities). I am on the edge on whether or not I care enough to read the next book in the series. I don't think I do, but it is close. It's just a bit too slowly paced, the characters are poorly drawn, and, really, nothing actually happens in the story...
The narration is also... meh... I actually started this and stopped because he was so boring. I picked it back up and, after a couple hours, the narrator kinda blends into the background. He doesn't add anything to the story, and I suspect part of the slow pacing is his fault. But he isn't "bad" either. The whole thing is just sorta ho-hum, really.
There is nothing graphic (sex, violence) and I don't recall any swearing.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Light, funny, and inventive story telling.
My only complaint would be the odd way chapters would start off, with a strange "in the previous episode" recap of events. This would work really well if someone was reading the book one chapter per week, but is a strange feature for someone going through the book groups of chapters at a time.
This book reminds me of the Shaun of the Dead zombie movie, but in this case it's set in contemporary America, with laptops, flashdrives, and an Iraq war vet attending a community college. The ghost stories are a creative blend of modern society blended with history, and the book has surprising twists and turns.
This would make for a good movie, since there seems to be an emphasis on dark horror movies, but more in line of a spoof since there are so many opportunities for comedy in this book. The writing is witty and fun.
The narrator is personable and keeps the story moving and interesting.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
told in the first person by mike ross this is the story of how he went from battle injured soldier to becoming the ferryman.
this is a great book which I highly recommend it deserves higher than the five stars I have given it
1 of 1 people found this review helpful