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Publisher's Summary

Small-time thief and hitman Conor Night thinks having terminal cancer is his worst problem. The illegal treatments keeping him alive are expensive, and the side effects a mixed bag:

Conor can raise the dead.

When a low-end hit points to a high-end job, Conor is suspicious, but it's an opportunity he can't afford to ignore. Armed with a set of soul-sucking ancient dice, a collection of corpses, and the estranged daughter of one of the most powerful wizards on Earth, it will take all of his wit, charm, and magic to navigate the treacherous world of the dominant Houses and either finish the job, or be finished himself.

He's got 99 problems, and dying is only one.

©2014 Michael Forbes (P)2014 Michael Forbes

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This urban fantasy left me wanting more.

If you could sum up Dead of Night in three words, what would they be?

Necromancers in Future

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the main character's film noir-esque inner monologue. It set the mood for the whole book.

What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The raspy monotone of the main character took a little bit of getting used to. It would have been easier to follow a voice with more intonation. Still, the voice fit the character, and the voice acting of Jeff Hays was very convincing, with different voices for different characters.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book very much. Great light "reading" with a futuristic setting and a solid magical system. Waiting for the next one...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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If Walter White were a necromancer!

No good deed goes unpunished in this noir-esque hard boiled urban fantasy novel.

Take a gifted man who's stubborn, guilt-ridden, dying and in need of hundreds of thousands of dollars just to keep breathing now throw him in a world where he would be killed just for existing.. That's Conor Night.

This book has a lot of fresh ideas it's not like the somewhat stale rest of the genre that almost fully relies on existing myths and legends to support the majority of it's world, backstory and character set up.

The narration done by Jeff Hays is smooth and perfectly captures the attitude of Conor as well as the variety of thugs and monsters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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New series with some original ideas

Where does Dead of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

With some stiff competition of the genre, Dead of Night holds its own with some original ideas and concepts. The world created allows much room for future development.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A satifactory conclusion to the story while leaving many questions and much room for further books in the series.

What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

Consistent and varied character voicing well suited to all the indiviual chactacters. Selective use of vocal effects later in the book added to the atmosphere.

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

I found the main protaginist, Conor difficult to like or empathise with. This probably subdued some of my reactions and enjoyment.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Unique, Fascinating, and Dark!

One of the things I admire about Forbes writing, is his ability to create unique stories, and world building across the Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal genres. The plot, and characters in Dead of Night were original, and had a good mix of action, mystery and dry humor. I liked the main character, and his ability to raise the dead, and those deadly dice.

Jeff Hays does an amazing job narrating! He is very talented, and I love his ability to project a wide cast of characters, which makes following them easier and more enjoyable.

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review, and while this is not my favorite story by Forbes, I really liked the originality and fresh concepts in the plot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Freshening up the genre of the urban dead

I liked this book. In general I don't have much time for urban fantasy. Too often it devolves into fantasy porn and pretty soon you are one step away from sparkly vampires.This book was different.

The story is a nice balance of mystery, darkness, and a nice touch of tongue in cheek humour. The magic system and world building feel like a fresh look at a traditional trope.

The emotional aspects were not so well done as the rest but I was not looking for that - I just wanted a good story. Some parts of the book ( generally the flash backs) could have used tighter editing but overall a promising new series for me.

The narrator does a good job capturing the protagonist and handles all the other male and female characters well. The narration helped carry over the weaker parts of the story.

I'd recommend this book if you want urban fantasy that is mostly dark with some good fights and a light touch of humor. AND bonus: no sparkly vampires or brooding werewolves.

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 09-12-15

Anti-hero fun

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As this genre grows, there is a sameness to a lot of the books, however, this is not one of those books. The character, story, and mythos is as original as it can be at this time. The main character is the ultimate selfish anti-hero. The narration was so different I had to stop listening and come back to it. Jeff Hays gives a depth and hellish feel to this character. This book ranks up there with Sandman Slim books.

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Fun

Forbes crafts solid Fantasy Noir and Proto-cyberpunk. Hays voices expressive and distinct cast of characters.

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Dresden meets the Matrix, with Zombies!

What did you love best about Dead of Night?

I liked that the author combined many genres (zombies, necromancers, wizards, mafia-type Families, cancer, werewolves, skin walkers, ... I could go on and on) into a delicious tale of Good Guy Trying to Do The Right Thing! The voice actor combined this with epic skills, so you'd swear that there were several people doing dialogue!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the "newbie" air to the whole thing. You've got this guy, who has the power to raise the dead, and he's got some awesome dice that can kill people. He has no idea what half of his powers are, since Necromancy is such a taboo subject. I love the fact that he has to figure it out as he goes along!

What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does a great job with this title. Between the creepy echo effects of the mask, and the MANY voices that he can put down at the drop of a hat, this voice actor has totally nailed the needs of this book! Perfect pairing!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A sordid tale of deceit and action! This movie could be the death of you! Or the resurrection...

Any additional comments?

Both the author and the actor did a phenomenal job with this audiobook! I can not wait for the next book! Love!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Forbes and Hays Are a Dynamic team

I have to start this review by stating how impressed I was with Jeff's musical introduction and maniacal laughter exit. It's the little things like these, that feel as though so much thought and work has gone into them, that make me so often impressed with his narrations.

The story overall kept me interested through and through. It wasn't quite a non stop read. But more than a few chapters had me sitting in my car at the end of the day to wait for their completion.

I found the story to be mostly unpredictable and interesting all but one particular plot element, but there is no reason to put it here.

I have to comment on how much I enjoyed the main character. A figure I can both love and hate at the same time. He has such real flaws while owning up to them in a way that makes him a love able "asshole" ( as the book would put it). Jeff does a great job of really bringing the character to life.

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What would you do to stay alive?

What made the experience of listening to Dead of Night the most enjoyable?

I really liked Jeff Hays' voices. He does each one with its own feel and very distinct sound. I was actually in doubt whether this book was only narrated by one person.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that the main character, Conor, is so flawed and human. Instead of having a right path and a wrong one, Conor often has to chose between bad and worse.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really liked the machine and its virtual world. I hope we will hear more about it.

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

I won't tell you. There are several I really felt, but no reason to spoil them or even give a hint.

Any additional comments?

"Book 1" means a number 2 will be made. I wonder where it will take me....I can't wait!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Tony Bough
  • 10-20-16

A superb urban fantasy

Would you consider the audio edition of Dead of Night to be better than the print version?

I've only listened to the audible version, but the narration is brilliant and immersed me into the story-line completely. So I'd say yes, at least for me as a listener.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Conor is my favourite character. I'm used to anti-heroes and guys you love to hate but here we have a hero that we feel sorry for. You worry about his declining health and almost don't want to get to the end because you like him and want it to turn out good - but can it? Some cool gifts. I really liked the idea of how his dice work as well as his general magical ability.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Hays’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. Really good narration, always. Really good voices to bring out the different characters and also a good voice for general narration. It's really easy to listen to and enjoy.

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

Yes. Although equally no because I wanted everything to go well for Conor but if he's going to die do I want to see it. Yes I want to see how it turns out as its a great story. So yes, but because I've engaged with this character, no.

I listened to it in two sitting and really enjoyed it.

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  • Ali
  • 08-15-16

Whole new Take on Raising the Dead

The main character is so refreshing. Bitter and a little twisted but still with a good heart. It will be interesting to see where the next book takes this character.

Love the way the author has combined the supernatural world into something new, and no gratuitous sex scenes.

The supporting characters are so different to each other. I was so sure that one of them would be a main stay for the rest of the series, but she's been killed off! And not only that she busts his jewels for trying to bring her back.

Really getting hooked by this author and narrator. Very talented duo.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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  • connor
  • 10-06-17

Something dry but different

Honestly it's not a bad read but the protagonist is a average guy who makes a lot of bad choices don't expect overpowered super hero he constantly escapes death by talking his way out of it or his enemies talking themselves to death it is a story trying to lead him on a major journey of growth but just mostly him on the verge of death escaping by the skin of his teeth For a pity party later

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-17

I enjoyed this book

I loved this book was a good listen and Jeff hays is a great narrator

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