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Mark of the Demon Audiobook

Mark of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 1

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Cop and conjurer of demons, she's a woman in danger of losing control - to a power that could kill....

"Why me? Why now?" That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who’s already claimed the lives - and souls - of 13 people? And should she?

The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he's back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore. Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac’s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head.

©2009 Diana Rowland (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 12-14-15
    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 12-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I may have just found a new UF Favorite series"

    Did I just stumble upon a new urban fantasy series to add to my favorites? The jury is still out, given that this is only the first book, but what a start! The story is well paced and the magic system is interesting and seemed well thought out.

    Mark of the Demon focuses on Kara Gillian, a newly promoted homicide detective who also happens to be a demon summoner. The result is a nice combination of mystery and urban fantasy. I liked the direction Ms. Rowland took with the demon mythology. It is not really clear why people summon, but then, everyone needs a hobby, right?

    An interesting twist with this book is that it has some pretty hot scenes, but it is not particularly romancey. SWEET! It is like getting a gift even though there is no occasion. In this case, the gift is well written sexy times without the relationship angst that typically comes with them.

    Without a doubt, the focus of the book is the murder mystery. People are dying, Kara is a detective...you do the math. The resolution was very well paced, with Rowland feeding you bits and hints, but not really handing it to you from the beginning. The investigation was very procedural, yet it incorporated the UF elements nicely.

    I don't what took me so long to finally read this one, but I am ever so glad that I did. I just hope the rest of the series holds up to the promise of this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cchamp 11-20-15
    cchamp 11-20-15
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    "Well worth it..."
    Where does Mark of the Demon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say within my top ten. This is my first book by Diana Rowland so I am really looking forward to continuing the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mark of the Demon?

    Oh wow, I'd say when Kara is attacked by the demon towards the end of the book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really loved the part where we got to see the other realm.


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

    Don't judge the demon by the cover


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a great first book to the series. I am looking forward to the next in the line. Well worth a credit!!!!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    lindy 09-07-14
    lindy 09-07-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A little disappointed.."
    Would you try another book from Diana Rowland and/or Liv Anderson?

    Yes, I love her White Trash Zombie books so I would try another one but not another one in this series.


    What could Diana Rowland have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Leave out the sex. This book seemed more like teen romance then paranormal. It would have been a lot better with a stronger female lead. She seemed weak and needy.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Could you see Mark of the Demon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I wouldn't go to see it if it was.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Traveling Munni 02-24-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Extremely awkward"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the story was not very well written and the reading of this book made it more awkward to listen to.


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

    The idea behind this book was the most interesting aspect of this story, but the least interesting was the character development, they seemed very one dimensional and it was very hard to understand the motivation behind most, if not all characters actions.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Liv Anderson?

    This is what made the book least enjoyable, the "unique" way that she decided to do different characters voices was imitated by myself and my friends for cheap laughs and it just kept me from connecting to the book in any way.


    Could you see Mark of the Demon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, not unless they changed the story dramatically much like they did to True Blood I could not see anyone watching this.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffani The Woodlands, TX, United States 01-20-14
    Tiffani The Woodlands, TX, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Book, Good Performance"

    This book makes me think of Eve Dallas (In Death series by JD Robb), gone paranormal. I've enjoyed the story and the narrator's performance so much that I've downloaded the whole series in the last 5 days.

    The story isn't complex, but the vocabulary level is slightly above average when compared to similar others in this genre. At the same time, the "F word" is used frequently. I found that a strange but charming paradox.

    I think this is my first experience with narrator, Liv Anderson, but her voice is calm and well-paced.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kate 12-04-13
    Kate 12-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    Any additional comments?

    This is great start to a wonderful series. I couldn't download the second book fast enough!!! Great narration as well.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    bluestategirl Vermont 12-30-13
    bluestategirl Vermont 12-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fresh New Take on Urban Fantasy!"

    This is a fantastic read! I enjoyed this first book so much that I went ahead and bought the whole series. It's so well read by Liv Anderson, that I was instantly sucked into the world. It's gritty and dark at times, and several secondary characters die -- but that's to be expected since it deals with demon summoning as a practice of magic. I was riveted from the start!

    The series revolves around a female cop who is also a secret student of demon summoning. She's the only one who senses the magic around several crime scenes, and is therefore the only one with any chance of solving the crimes. She goes up against a bad guy summoner who's trying to bring on Armageddon for the usual twisted reasons.

    Our hero is not extra tough, nor does she use a handy magic wand. She does use her wits to find out who the psycho is. While occasionally summoning a demon or two to help out, she does this reluctantly since demons are strong and unpredictable and if she loses control of them she's toast.

    So yeah, it's dark, but it's also funny at times and it feels fully fleshed out. Some of the demons she summons are nearly mindless beasts, while others are sexy angel like gods. There is a little romance, some sex and a great plot.

    While I don't get the negative reviews, and I won't speculate on why they seem so harsh, I will say that the negatives noted seem to be based on the kinds of things that books of this type usually contain. I just wonder what these readers were expecting from a Urban Fantasy about demons.

    I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to more books in the series.


    P.S. I've noted a troubling trend in reviews where people are using the word "heroin" when they mean "heroine." I don't want to be the spelling police, but come on people -- those are two very different words!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 11-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good job by both author and narrator"

    More like a 3.5. I am conflicted about how I felt about this book. I enjoyed it for the most part. I really did. But it wasn't what I was expecting, wanting, desiring to read at the moment.

    I have read/listened to Diana Rowland's White Trash Zombie books. I was hoping for something like those but with a different heroine, if you. Think about that for a moment. We all hate when an author writes the same book but with a different heroine. So my premise was all wrong to begin with.

    Anyhoo, don't be looking for Angel in Kara. Are there similarities? Yes. But the Kara Gillian book was darker. There was not as much humor. Kara is not as disingenuous as our zombie gal Angel, nor is she all that worldly wise. But she knows what she is from day 1. There is no fumbling around, in humorous ways, to figure out how to deal with her situation.

    I have told you what it is not. Now I will share what it is.

    Kara Gillian is a cop. But she is a cop with an outside life that includes her being a summoner. She summons demons. Now, these demons will do stuff for summoners, but there are different levels of demons one can summon. If you summon a demon that is not of a mind to be summoned, you could be opening up a can of demonic worms you really don't want to open.

    And Kara does just that. But Kara can't figure out why or how she did it. She didn't want to. But she did. And of course, the demon doesn't shed any light on the situation for her.

    So what we have is a cop with an unwanted demon. And then next thing you know, we have a cop with serial killer on her hands. Coincidence? I think not.

    So the story takes us through the machinations of the serial killer, and the machinations of a demon lord with an agenda. Kara is the focal point of both.

    There are a lot of red herrings in this book. Red herrings that you can smell. That is not my favorite plot device. They did seem a bit heavy handed.

    I also had some issues with Kara's initial meeting with the demon. I didn't "approve" of what happened, nor did I approve when it happened again. But it is all explained away in a PC kind of way so I decided not to get my panties in a twist.

    I listened to the Audible version. The narrator is Liv Anderson. I can't remember listening to her before, but I will now seek out books she has narrated. I thought she did a wonderful job.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 01-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    Overall Rating: 4.00
    Story Rating: 4.00
    Character Rating: 4.00

    Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: I was thrilled to see that Mark of the Demon was a little bit Urban Fantasy and Mystery/Thriller! Glad I have 3 more of the series ready to go!

    Overall Thoughts: I love Diana Rowland's White Trash Zombie series and have owned these forever. I was not disappointed. I really liked Kara--she was smart, interesting, quirky, and can kick butt. I loved that she was cop and has a past that makes her a better cop. The mystery was strong. I am very interested to see how things play out with Kara and all the craziness that is going on in her world. I have to say that last little bit about the naked pictures on the internet made me laugh out loud. You will just have to read it to figure out what that refers too!

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Liv Anderson / Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins


    Liv did an excellent job with Mark of the Demon. I have never listened to her narrate a book before but I was impressed. I will be watching for books narrated by her in the future.

    Final Thought: Need to squeeze book 2 in soon!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Portia de Moncur Orlando, Florida, United States 05-28-17
    Portia de Moncur Orlando, Florida, United States 05-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good mystery..."
    Where does Mark of the Demon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mark of the Demon?

    I loved when she died.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anything with Rescal (sp)


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

    Not really...unless excessive cussing counts


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first official audiobook purchase.l I usually just listen to the books my family orders. I'm really glad I bought this, and will be buying the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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