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Book 1 of the Demon Accords.

Chris Gordon is a rookie with the NYPD - one with a secret. In his spare time Chris is an exorcist without equal, with a gift from God. But when he saves a beatiful girl from a demonic attack, he discovers there is more to fear than just demons. Finding himself surrounded by vampires and were-weasels and facing a giant short-faced bear, Chris struggles to stay alive, all while protecting his deadly new girlfriend. And then there's her overprotective vampire mother!

©2010 John Conroe (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • D
  • corona, ca United States
  • 11-19-17

Urban Fantasy Where Good Kicks *%# and I Loved It

From the very first chapter of the first book of “The Demon Accords”, it immediately grabbed my attention and has held my attention throughout the entire 12 books; and it still left me wanting more. This is a great Series appealing to our visceral sense of righteous justice. Written in first person we meet Chris Gordon, a young police officer with the ability to vanquish demons. He is a very likable main character that exhibits all of the traits of a hero; humble, yet very capable with a strong sense of morality.
I have to say I usually I don’t go for this type of genre, but this series is not the typically hero fights monsters story; in fact some of the stereotypical monsters found in other books are actually the hero’s in this story as well, and the relationships that Gordon develops with these other characters is one of the main reasons that I like this series so much.
I was also impressed, as I listened through the other books, that there was no let down in the quality or the experience of the expanding story. The added characters are just as strong and interesting as the original cast giving new dimensions to the story. There are many other series that seem to have “filler books,” that aren’t that good and you read through them just to get to the next one; in my opinion every book in “The Demon Accords,” was a great addition.
If I had to criticize anything it would be the title of the series; I think maybe “The Supernatural Accords,” might be a more apt title; but who am I to judge.
About the narrator, James Patrick Cronin, I really like listening to his narration; in fact I’m looking for other books he has narrated. He really does a great job.
I recommend this series if you like urban fantasy and strong main characters that simply kick but.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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If u like JIM BUTCHER and KEVIN HEARNE, u will LOVE this series!!!!!!!

I have over 400 audio books in my audible library, and find it harder and harder to find books, let alone series, that I enjoy profusely!! I sometimes almost have panic attacks when I am looking for a good book. Thank god I found this series. I have been in a bit of an audible slump since I couldn't find that perfect book. Of course I look at ratings, and have been reliant on audible suggestions as of late. I was very lucky they suggested this one. Just reading the synopsis had me hooked. I went back and read the negative ratings, as I always do, after thoroughly enjoying a book, and couldn't figure out why people were saying the narrator was bad and the story line was young adult material. I can tell u they were horribly wrong. Give this one a chance, and like me u will be excited to see there are several already on audible. An audiobook addict like me knows what I am saying when u find a gem like this, then see there have been several audiobooks written and recorded already in the library. It's like starting breaking bad on Netflix after the series just ended.... Pure unadulterated pleasure!!!! Great job to the author, on both the great story line and choosing a great narrator!!!

40 of 49 people found this review helpful

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Urban Power Fantasy (***Slightly Spoilerish***)

What did you like best about this story?

A protagonist with extraordinary powers who doesn't get defeated by every supernatural baddie who comes along. When faced with an enemy with inferior powers (which is pretty much everyone) he mops the floor with them without needing a Scooby Gang or blind luck to pull his feet from the fire.

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't want every book or series to feature a hero this powerful and who is generally physically unchallenged. But this is a nice antidote to the typical fare where you're left wondering how a 1000 year old wizard survived even a month when he or she is knocked unconsciousness 5 times in a book (but not killed because of...plot?) and who in the end needs their apprentice with 6 months experience to remain alive, defeat the evil whatever and save the world.<br/><br/>Recommended for those who still fall asleep to fantasies of possessing amazing powers and being invincible.(and maybe getting the girl or boy in the end).

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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All I can say is yes

If you like a book about a hero who is a kicks butt gets the girl keeps the girl and has no compunction about killing bad guys instead of letting them go to just to come back again and again. which is the very definition of insanity then this is the book series for you my friend. Oh and did I mention the girl kick butt too. Dig in you won't be disappointed in this one

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 05-12-16

Entertaining - improves along the way?

I'm getting book 2 because the writing and narration improved along the way. I was almost ready to bail on this book due to the annoying "Valley Girl" manner of speech with the rising tone at the end of the sentences. Thankfully, the narrator brought that down mid way through the book, but not totally? :)

This was not the most sophisticated book I've ever read, and is probably just a notch above Young Adult? The Iron Druid series is a better presentation of dialogue and rich details from research. But, while I'm waiting for the next Iron Druid book (author Kevin Hearne) . . . and, for the next Peter Grant book (author Ben Aaronovitch) . . . this will fill the time?

Given that the book got better near the end, I'm hoping that the series will too. Hope the narrator drops the Valley Speak. Book 2 could be awesome?

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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I was sucked into the story quickly

God Touched by John Conroe is the first in a series called the Demon Accords. Chris Gordon is a NYPD rookie who spends his free time conducting exorcisms. He has an extraordinary skill with exorcism that he developed with he was a child living with his grandfather in the countryside. As an NYPD rookie, he was trying to live a normal life, when he is suddenly flung into a world of vampires. He must now try to balance his life as an exorcist, fighting crime as a cop, his growing role in the vampire community, and a budding romance.

This novel really grew on me. At the beginning, I wasn’t really impressed by Chris, but I was sucked into the story quickly. By the end, I was sad that it was over and wanted to find out what happens next. There were a lot of moving parts and parallel storylines. This kept the story from getting flat. The vampire politics and the cop/drug storyline both moved forward at an appropriate pace and intersected seamlessly. The plot was dynamic and filled with an appropriate amount of slow reflection and fast action. The action itself was also exciting. I thought that Chris’ voice came off as a confused young adult who is just not that smooth, but is confident in his ability to exorcise demons. Clearly, a lot of effort was put in to make sure Chris had a full backstory. I really liked his interaction with all of the different characters. The banter between the cops and Chris was especially amusing. In fact, all the characters were vivid even if they were just introduced in passing. Unfortunately, a big part of the story that I didn’t really enjoy was the romance. Chris’ girlfriend, while powerful, came off as a little flat. Maybe in the succeeding novels, she will grow more into her character. I was also hoping for more of a build-up of strong feelings, rather than the sudden rush of deep love that happened. It just didn’t seem real. However, if it’s possible to suspend belief for that part, the rest of it was entertaining.

The narration by James Patrick Cronin was great. His voicing of the characters was memorable and consistent. This consistency was important for Chris’ character because he has such a distant way of speaking. I especially liked his voicing of some of the older vampires. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes stories that combine urban fantasy with cop dramas.

Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

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30 of 39 people found this review helpful

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Mary Sue x 2

The basic concept of the main character is interesting (super exorcist) but the story devolves info a twilight fanfic where both of the leads have incredible powers of sexiness and killing ability with no downsides or interesting developments. Everything falls into their laps for no reason. There's no feeling of an arc or any anxiety for the outcome of their relationship. The book would have been much better if it had focused more on a real struggle between the characters and the hellborn, rather than that struggle being a side story.

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Finally!

Few series hold my attention too long. Even less would I buy rather than rent. I haven't enjoyed a series like this since Kevin Hearn's Iron Druid Chronicles. Can't wait to move on to book two!

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  • Scott
  • United States
  • 04-28-16

Eh - unless you like vampires

If you like vampires, this book is great for you. It makes them out to be sexy, intelligent, powerful (politically, finacially, and naturally), and nice for the most part. Chris Gordan is a non magical New York style Atticus O'sullivan (Iron Druid), which is something that I related to quite nicely. But the overall use of Vampires turned me off a little.

So if you really like vampire books, you'll absolutely love this series. I don't and therefore I have yet to move on to the rest of the series. However, I would suggest it for most people.

Narration is fantastic!

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Entertaining, but subject to serious power creep.

What made the experience of listening to God Touched the most enjoyable?

Excellent performance. Generally very interesting characters.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The world building is foundational and fairly interesting. I'm intrigued to see how the world evolves as we, the the audience, are shown more of it.

What about James Patrick Cronin’s performance did you like?

He does a very good job of differentiating the many different characters with subtle vocal nuances and affectations that make it simple to easily determine which character is speaking before you are actually told.

Any additional comments?

I've read up to the fifth book as of the writing of this review. It's a generally interesting and engaging story, with an intriguing universe. <br/><br/>The only part I have a real problem with is the obscene power creep - i.e., the main characters are absurdly strong, and grow absurdly stronger with the passage of every book. The concept of finding new challenges for the main characters becomes a more and more daunting process with the passage of every chapter, it seems, and it seems as if the main characters will be universe-shatteringly strong by the end of the series. <br/><br/>Still, if that does not bother you, this is an entertaining and enjoyable Series book. The story has a tendency to run and flow and make differentiation between books and chapters somewhat strange, but it is, overall, a good story.

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  • GrandadGraham
  • 04-12-16

Superb Series of Books

I am writing this review having finished reading the entire Demon Accord series about three weeks ago. Having only recently discovered my liking for supernatural fiction I came across God Touched and decided to give it ago. I finished it in double quick time. It left me wanting more, and I soon devoured the rest of the series. Great characters all properly drawn 3D people with all their faults and weaknesses, set in a supernatural world that doesn't confuse the reader with too many changes to the laws of physics.
What can I say. Read this first book and I would be very surprised if you don't want to read the rest.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • 02-16-16

Good

I really enjoyed this book. The story is well written and funny, and the characters are great. The narrator is okay, he has a nice voice, although his accents can be a little cringe worthy. Well worth a credit.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Suzan
  • 03-14-16

Great Read

Wasn't sure when I first started to listen to this book., but it turned out to be a good book and I am looking forward to listening to the next in the series.

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  • Adrian Dickin
  • 03-10-16

Hard to stop listening to this series

Where does God Touched rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I found the world of demons, vampires and werewolves fascinating.<br/>The main character escalates in power through the series, which worries those that would like to control him.<br/>I found the narrator very good, I tried to limit my listening to commuting but I found it hard to stop listening.

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  • DB
  • 02-10-16

just as awesome.

if you have read the book, then this enhances the experience, enjoyed the reading version

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  • Billie Thompson
  • 04-14-16

Reads kinda like a teenage boys fantasy

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I guess I'd say it's alright if you want something fairly trashy. Especially if they were a guy.

Would you recommend God Touched to your friends? Why or why not?

I don't think I would. The love story in it is a bit... I dunno predictable. I kept waiting for the main character to put on a fedora and say m'lady. <br/><br/>

What does James Patrick Cronin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Clear reading, good pronunciation, very listenable voice

Did God Touched inspire you to do anything?

I dunno maybe read the next one in the series. It's trashy but could definitely be a guilty pleasure

Any additional comments?

I kinda felt like, the story could have been better.<br/><br/>Loser guy becomes super cop, and also super hot, and also gets a super obsessed girlfriend who is also super strong but ultra loving and cutesy. Has to eat tons of greasy food and do nothing to keep in shape.<br/><br/>My eyes did roll a few times. Generally enjoyable though.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • claude
  • 09-01-17

Great read

This book has something different. Not predictable. Kept me unable to stop listening until the end of the book, and made me look for authors next book.

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  • frederick h
  • 01-28-17

good series...

the idea of a low in the ranks cop, who realises he has an ability and becomes more than anyone expects him to be, is a basic story line. However this one by his likeability, manages to pull other supernatural characters to him. He grows in power and acquires "talented" friends to allow him/them to fight even more powerful foes. I disagree with the person who suggested that when Declan O'Carroll came on to the scene, the books lost something... the story goes onto different characters and we find out more about them and then they interact with our main protagonist in the next book, whats the problem with that?

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  • Nicholas
  • 10-02-16

Guilty pleasure!!

If you like your stories to be ultra realistic then this book is not for you, but if this is the case then go read a newspaper because this book is awesome! There are many kinda cringey moments and the main character seems a bit dim sometimes. However the plot is action packed and advances relentlessly, never spending too long on a scene. It is well written with fun characters and the series only gets more interesting as it progresses. It is very much a guilty pleasure with Underworld style vampires and werewolves. This series will appeal to many young adults for the violence and supernatural themes.

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  • Ozzymandias
  • 05-29-16

Vacuous Nonsense

Too many science fiction/fantasy writers have no real art for story telling and too many lack the technical competence to write even middling quality novels. In this case the author has created or otherwise obtained a good idea for an urban fantasy but lacks the ability to create a half decent yarn.

First person stories can be tricky and new authors fall into the trap of this approach since it seems easy ... "I did this and I did that ..." and so on. But first person stories mean that your central character must carry the audience with his thoughts and actions. If the reader thinks your central character is a boring meat-head then the story can be completely ruined for that reader.

I found the central character of this story annoying, irritating, boring, naive, and lacking in intelligence. Even so it is still possible to write about a set of events that happens to someone like this in an interesting way, but the author fails to do this.

Tropes can be fine, so can story formulas, and they can give the reader comfort - but it's how you deliver the story that is the measure of the writer. The delivery of this book is rather disappointing and unimaginative. The lead character's relationship with the "love" interest is vacuous and yawn-inspiring.

There was also no sense of tension, surprise, suspense and so forth. I never felt that the main character was in any real danger, he was basically too powerful and too quickly able to resolve situations. This approach is boring and completely unrealistic given the less than stellar cognitive ability of the lead character.

I'd be here all day if I was to outline all my pet hates from this story. I frequently found myself thinking, "show don't tell; lazy so and so".

The naive execution of this story, I thought it was written by a teenager or some person in their 20s with limited life experience but the author's website photo reveals him to probably be in his 50s or 60s having spend 20+ years in banking and investments which I would suggest he sticks with instead of inflicting his brand of nonsense on the rest of us.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Teagan
  • 09-04-16

Love the storyline

This is a narrative that you can easily lose yourself in over two days. Excellent accompaniment on a road trip, walking or a cleaning afternoon.

I feel the narrator doesn't quite capture the right emotion of the character at times. However, James is clear, concise in his pronunciation and has a timbre that is mellow to listen to.

Looking forward to the next!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful