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Derek Hawthorne was born to be an agent of the Red Room. Literally. Raised in a conspiracy that has protected the world from the supernatural for centuries, he's never been anything other than a servant of their agenda. Times are changing, though, and it may not be long before their existence is exposed.
When a routine mission uncovers the latest plan of magical terrorist the Wazir, Derek finds himself saddled with a new partner. Who is the mysterious but deadly Shannon O'Reilly? What is her agenda? Couple this with the discovery that the Red Room has a mole seeking to frame Derek for treason and you have a plot that might bring down a millennium-old organization. Can he stop the Wazir's mission to expose the supernatural? And should he?
I became a fan of this author when I read his The Rules of Supervillainy series and honestly couldn't see how he could better that, well he just did!!! This book was amazing!!!
Derek is an exceptional spy (he thinks so anyway ;)) for the Red Room, an organisation that protects humanity from supernaturals and all they can do. The Red Room is the type of organisation that you are born into and your whole family will be part of. Derek and his twin are spys and his dad is a big wig in the firm. He doesn't exactly stick to the rules but he always seems to get the job done. His current assignment is closer to home than usual. Someone is unleashing a devastating virus that make people Zombie like and if this get's out in the world then it's game over!!! Derek is tasked with finding out who is behind it and who the mole is inside the Red Room. Along with his new partner, Shannon, can he stop the bad guys in time??
Derek was such an awesome character. He is the type who doesn't like to bow to authority and likes to do things his own way, even if it get's him in trouble. This mission sees him investigating his ex wife and finding out things about things that he never knew ;) As is C.T's style, he really knows how to write a great character!! Everyone of them are well written and developed, kick ass and sarcastic as hell, but they all have many layers that unravel slowly throughout and you can't help but root for them! I loved Penny and her girlfriend, I loved Shannon and found her very intriguing but most of all I loved Derek!!!
Everything about this book was amazing, from the gripping and entertaining storyline, to the fantastical realm the author created, this is a must read. C.T Phipps has created a world that will never get old, a world where magic and technology go hand in hand, a world that captivated me and makes me want to dive into it again!! This book was action packed, magic filled, hilariously funny at times and absolutely made it's way into one of my favourites. All I have left to say is, read this book!!!!! In fact read this authors books!!! He is phenomenal.
Jeffrey Kafer just knows how to tell a story!! He captures all the nuances perfectly and really brings the book to life. He also has a way that realy brings across the snarkiness of the characters and the dry sense of humor brilliantly. He is a narrator that I always recommend.
*I received a copy of this from the author for review. This in no way affected my thoughts*
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I rank this as a 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5
This is one of those urban fantasy novels that will have every other urban fantasy author thinking “Damn, why didn’t I think of that?” It is a worthy entry into the genre and should garner quite a following for the inevitable series.
The synopsis available on Goodreads and Audible is sufficient for the plotline. In brief, it is about a James Bond type character who works for a secret global organization that polices the supernatural and keeps the existence of the supernatural from rest of the world.
I had just finished two books (the Supervillainy series) by both the same author and same narrator, had been intrigued by the premise of “Esoterrorism” and was a little curious on what I was getting into. After all, the hallmark of “Supervillainy” was the snarkiness and humor and it was portrayed well. But “Esoterrorism” sounded like a more serious minded work based on the synopsis. Let me say right here that Esoterrorism bears nothing in common with “Supervillainy”: this is a serious treatise on policing the paranormal and Jeffrey Kafer delivered a serious performance with a gravitas that I didn’t associate with him after becoming associated with his very good comedic performance of “Supervillainy”.
“Esoterrorism” isn’t as polished as a Jim Butcher/Dresden novel and the climax/showdown was a tad brief and anti-climactic for my tastes. It made me think the author hit a desired number for his word count and that it was time to wrap it up. I could be wrong but I don’t feel the plot dictated the climax as soon as it occurred, that the flow of the events and plot was a little forced if that makes sense. I don’t mean to give the impression that I didn’t enjoy the novel, just that this good novel had the potential to be a great novel. I will get the sequel when it comes out and I think this series will be one I will be following for years to come.
Jeffrey Kafer’s performance was excellent. He far exceeded my expectations in delivering a serious performance and I had difficulty reconciling that this was the same narrator I had enjoyed listening to the previous day deliver a comedic performance.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Hard-core Special Unit 2 with characters that are surprisingly vulnerable yet resourceful enough to survive.
Mundanes, wizards, mythical beasties and warring factions in today's world come together as friends and enemies. One man, Derek Hawthorne discovers it more than just uneasy truces and cold war tactics he has to deal with.
As a fan of both Mr. Phipps and Mr. Kafer, I was wondering just how Mr. Kafer was going to pull off such a gruff character. I had listened to him portray another character written by Mr. Phipps and was concerned I was always be thinking of that other character.
By the end of the book, I was sold that Derek Hawthorne was Jeffery Kafer! Fantastic job gentlemen!!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Prior to reading this, C.T. was just a cool guy with a great blog. I saw his [book:The Rules of Supervillainy|25696701] series and thought, I'm glad for his sales, but I'm really not a superhero fan. I really wanted to read his books, though, and so when Esoterrorism came out on audiobook I gave it a shot. The cross between James Bond and Jim Butcher wasn't exactly down my wheelhouse for genre preferences, but because I like C.T. I gave it a chance. I'm glad I did.
C.T. has a strong grasp on using subtle humor and craftiness to endear us to his characters and to give us hope that they're smart enough to do great things--though also flawed enough to wonder if they won't get far enough along to really get hurt when they mess up. I got right into this story and found the narrator's touch on character and dialect a great fit for this story's potential as an audiobook. Jeff Kafer did a great job on Nathan Lowell's [book:Quarter Share|2334538], and I was glad to see him do even better on this one.
The world that C.T. has created in Esoterrorism fits into the urban fantasy variety of closed magic, where magic is alive and powerful, but hidden from the public of modern day. There's a little backstory about how magic really affected our history, but otherwise the setting is normal everyday America. I was fascinated with all the intricacies of C.T.'s world and magical creatures. Our main characters have powers that make them both potentially terrifying and woefully vulnerable, though our main hero, Derek is the most vulnerable. I really liked him. I see a series in his character, and an epic story in the world that he inhabits.
The plot of Esoterrorism has enough twists that I don't want to spoil your enjoyment, but on the surface I can say a bad group of people have found a way to possibly throw the world into an open magic scenario where most of the non magical beings will die. There's also a mole within the secret police organization that Derek works for--again, can't say much more without spoiling it.
My gripes with this one are small, but I did hit a point where I was nearing the last fifteen percent and the momentum to keep this at the top of my queue was waning. I don't know why. It felt like the story didn't match my excitement for its potential after liking the beginning so much and seeing all the cool possibilities for magic powers and creatures. The final battle felt a bit too easy and the romance was more hormone based than emotional, though over the course of the series, those elements could improve. I'm in for the next book and will more quickly pick up another one of C.T.'s books now that I've seen how well he tells a story.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
James Bond meets Jack Bauer in a supernatural spy fest. Another great book from C.T. Phipps. Characters are interesting and the action is great. The thing I like the most is that all of the characters are a little bit deranged and are in serious need of therapy. The writing is clean and direct which I very much enjoy. Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job narrating with excellent voice work. Can't wait for the next one!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Derek Hawthorne is an occult policeman, an agent of the super-secret organized called the Red Room. His job is to keep the ordinaries safe from the hidden legions of creatures roaming the world. He is full of doubt, self-loathing, guilt and incredibly good at what he does. As a plus, he’s really, really sarcastic.
The plot is way too complicated to summarize here. There are vampires, werewolves, succubae, dragons, magical weapons, and demons galore. No one is who they seem and loyalties seem to switch right in front of the listener. Monsters are good guys and everyone seems to be plotting to take over the world. It’s an unholy mess with Derek smack in the middle and a heck of a lot of fun.
There are more than a few intriguing characters, Derek’s new partner certainly, but also his reclusive monster uncle. It certainly gets a bit confusing, but somehow manages to wrap itself up in the end. Don’t try to hold onto the plot twists too tightly and just enjoy the ride. You won’t be disappointed.
Jeffrey Kafer performs the novel with great agility, changing voices easily. He’s got his work cut out for him, but never falters, and issues an excellent performance. Derek’s sarcastic self-doubt seems written for Mr. Kafer.
If you like your monsters served with humor and endless political intrigue, you’ll love Esoterrorism. Action-packed fun, sexy demons and an evil ex-wife – what could go wrong? Enjoy the ride.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. If you like a story where every word builds the world, characters, and plot along with humor weaved in, this is a book for you!<br/><br/>I feel C.T.'s dry humor with his characters comes through perfectly with Jeffrey's voice. I had to smile on several occasions at the quick wit that Derek throws back at everyone through the book. I do think if you enjoy Merciless in his Supervillainy series, you'll like Derek.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Esoterrorism?
We get the best of two worlds here. Family and love interest. Derek Hawthorne is teamed up with his sister, Penny. I love that this is a sibling team. We don't have enough books with family teams. But the possibility of working with family here in this agency is high. When you enter the ranks, it's for life and your family joins too. Which means we get the good and bad relationships in the family here. Derek is assigned a new partner for the mission. I enjoy Shannon with him. She's the strong and crazy female balance to Derek's bold and crazy. They remind me of Riggs and Lorna in the Lethal Weapon movies at times. lol. But they are great together and always have fun banter back and forth.<br/><br/>Starting this book, I never thought how deep and twisted things would get. I see how Derek can see the twists when he describes them. But wow. lol.
Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Jeffrey has voiced C.T.'s Supervillainy series and has become the voice for Derek and crew here too. The type of dry humor and spy work written by C.T. fits Jeffrey to the T. The personality of quick humor that Derek 'believes' and says with a straight face (yes, I can see the straight face in his voice) comes through in Jeffrey's voice. I have to smile!<br/><br/>Pay attention to the interaction and quick clips the characters say. This is one reason why I enjoy the audio as I get the banter back and forth in a flow of conversation. So many jokes! These are fun as the characters all blend well when the straight-faced lines are made between them, and someone always has a comeback.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I feel C.T.'s dry humor with his characters comes through perfectly with Jeffrey's voice. I had to smile on several occasions at the quick wit that Derek throws back at everyone through the book. I do think if you enjoy Merciless in his Supervillainy series, you'll like Derek.<br/><br/>I know this is fiction but the closing statement by Ben I just loved and feels should be true in the world now as well. <br/>
Any additional comments?
Undead, magic, and spies. Heck yeah! There are so many quick clips and references to spy movies/shows, comics, even Disney movies, and so much more here! It's all blended with magic and mythical creatures of all cultures. I enjoyed seeing the blend of different cultures in supernatural beings here. Many different views and histories are behind them all, and it shows through with our characters and world here.<br/><br/>Every word draws the world, characters, and plot as we go. So much information that grows all we know in the world. The further into the story we go, the more we realize that the House's, which the Red Room is under, are crazy! lol. They have agents spying and pinned against each other, for the House's sake to always know about other agents.<br/>
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Derek is a human (his mother is a dragon) spy for a secret agency. The job is to keep the world of the supernatural under raps from humans. He is a bleed heart who has an approximate 90% success rate in cases solved. For the first quarter of the book he whines about he lack of ability to save more people. The running joke is his infamous personal file. It provides such an accurate psychological profile that everyone manipulate him through his weakness.
The characters are very enjoyable. His twin sister Penny is the baddest combat mage in the organization and his most loyal supporter. Penny's girlfriend is a lab nerd who makes 007 like equipment, to keep him alive. The ex-wife, former lover and current partner/lover pay a major part in Derek's character and story line. His father is one of the elite in the hierarchy of the spy organization, the Red Room. There is a riff between father and son based on the father's ability to make those hard decisions for the good of the organization. This is in contrast to Derek who makes decisions based on saving and respecting people's lives.
Oddly, one of the issues is the prejudice against beings who are supernatural. Yet, Derek's mother is a dragon and he is considered human? Hummm. So do we let people know of the supernatural? Can the species coexist? Will there have to be a shift in the elite hierarchy in the Red Room to put the organization on a better future path?
The magic, cool weaponry from many of the myths and action were frequent and exciting enough that I enjoyed the story. You would not believe can fit on a magic carpet!
I am really looking forward to the next book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A mix between James Bond spy fiction and Hellboy, Derek Hawthorne is employed by a secret, international organization known as The House. The House's function is protect the world from all the monsters, renegade wizards, and whatever else goes bump in the night. Derek works in the Red Room, the division in charge of covert ops, assassination, and all the super-fun spy stuff.
The book is fairly light-hearted, Derek is more Sterling Archer than Bond. He's sarcastic and openly jokes about many of the more common tropes in both the Urban Fantasy and Spy-Fi genres. It's got a lot of humor, but also a lot of action which places it in a category that makes it difficult to drop into a specific genre. Mostly, it's a parody.
I recommend it, but don't come in expecting anything super-serious.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Loved it. great story, great pacing. I will definitely read the whole series!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The story was good but Jeffrey Kafer (who was ok, albeit not good, on the Supervillainy saga) shouldn't be narrating books! He has an excellent action hero voice, which worked well for the main character. But all the other male characters sounded the same. And the other main hero (an Irish woman) should not have sounded like a slightly robotic version of the main character; Kafer made no noticeable attempt to modulate his vocal tone to sound at all feminine and - unless he thinks all Irish people are androids - there was no attempt at an accent.
Seriously man, women aren't robots and female characters deserve just as much effort as male ones... and possibly even more when you're narrating across genders!)
Jeffrey Kafer has somehow managed to take the crown of "worst narrator" from the guy who butchered The Night Circus. The narration would have been better done by the male and female voices of Siri.