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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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    EnVee JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States 11-18-16
    EnVee JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States 11-18-16
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    "Mark of a Murderer"

    Interesting story between people with the Arcane abilities and Demons who serve them.A serial murderer is out there trying to summon a Demon Lord to exact revenge on those who have wronged him.Cara(a demon summoner and a private detective)finds herself personally embroiled with this case.Between doing her job and trying to keep the Arcane and Demon society a secret,she's over worked,over stressed and has been misguided and misled.Fortunately,she makes the ultimate sacrifice which turns out to be her salvation.But her story isn't done...no,she'll continue with more mysteries with interesting cases in other books in the series.Good listen.

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    Life's A Beach 11-07-16
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    I thoroughly enjoyed Rowland's White Trash Zombie series so I was looking forward to this series. Unfortunately, I didn't find the book engaging or well written. Kara is not believable as a detective or even a cop. The characters, dialogue, story, etc are not up to Rowland's other series. Kara is very immature for the part she plays and the book seems geared towards teens. It almost reads like it was written by a teen. Wish books would tell you up front when they are for a younger audience.

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    Sabrina Hadaway 07-08-16
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    "looking forward to more!!"

    of this series & this author. I have enjoyed all the books I've listened to, so far.

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    Boundless Book Reviews Sara 06-05-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent start to a new series"
    What did you love best about Mark of the Demon?

    This title has been on my TBR list for an incredibly long time. The audiobook came up for sale and I was all over it. It’s an Urban Fantasy with a kick ass chick, I mean hello, she summons demons and she’s a cop! And there isn’t a vampire to be found in the entire book! Score! Definitely my type of book!

    The one thing I really liked about this story was the mythology created. The Demons that Kara summons aren’t evil; they are from another plane of existence. They are neither good nor bad; they are just utterly self-serving, and rely on a strict honor system in their culture. Their honor is everything to them. So once a summoner; which is what Kara is, agree to terms with a demon, the demon will abide by those terms, simply because their honor holds them to it. It was a pretty interesting concept. Kara summons the demons in order to glean information, and basically uses them to better learn her craft. Again, she isn’t evil, and neither are the demons. It’s all in the summoner and what the terms agreed upon.

    Kara has a summoning go disastrously wrong and winds up with a far deadlier creature she has to contend with, Rhyzkahl. Who instead of slaughtering her where she stands, decides seduction is the name of the game. This coincides with an old serial killer starting up again and Kara is given the case, her first murder case. She is in a race to track down the Symbol man before he kills again. On top of being saddled with a FBI agent who she is completely attracted to, while he thinks she is a compete idiot. Oh, and did I mention Rhyzkal is now visiting her dreams? Stress doesn’t even begin to cover Kara’s world.

    I finished the audiobook in a 2-day period. I kept guessing this is the killer, then nope he would get killed. It was loaded with surprises all the way to the end. I was so thrilled I wasn’t able to guess! The stories are always blown when I can figure them out, so happy this wasn’t the case. I will note that this is a bit on the horror side for me with all those grizzly details, but not enough that I wasn’t able to enjoy the story.

    Mark of the Demon is an excellent start to this series and I am so pleased that I finally jumped into it. I have been missing out! I can’t wait to dive into the next book, Blood of the Demon....Sara


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    K. Lawry 04-22-16
    K. Lawry 04-22-16

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    "Great story, fantastic narration!"

    Interesting concept, a little slow to get started but after that it was a wild ride! Fantastic story, a little demon love mixed in… And a very cool female heroine! The narration was some of the best!

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    fossilgoby 04-17-16
    fossilgoby 04-17-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Very entertaining!"

    Began listening to it on my drive home from work daily and enjoyed it so much that I listened to it while working on tasks at home.

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    John F. Slitz Jr. 03-15-16
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    "Out of this Dimension Who Dunnnit."
    If you could sum up Mark of the Demon in three words, what would they be?

    Nicely executed urban fantasy. Solid characters with a real plot that is engaging, sexy and unpredictable in the most interesting way


    What other book might you compare Mark of the Demon to and why?

    Most comparable to Faith Hunter and Patricia Briggs at their best. The creation of a believable world populated by demons and people with her mature views on good and evil make for an entertaining and thoughtful read or listen Liv Anderson did a great job.


    Which character – as performed by Liv Anderson – was your favorite?

    Liv does a very professional job of narration with this project. Her voice is pleasing and warm with a range that makes the characters distinct.


    Any additional comments?

    It's noteworthy that while the first in a series this book reads as a complete book with no cliff hangers or sinister underlying plots to presage the next book. I will read the next book because the characters and storyline are engaging and I want to see how they develop.

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    Veronica Knuckles 03-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Intriguing"

    I downloaded the whole series it keeps you wanting more! And the narrator voice is awsome keeps you listening

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    another know it all North Carolina 02-10-16
    another know it all North Carolina 02-10-16 Member Since 2010

    50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.

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    "another so so book"

    I seem to have picked quite a few mediocre books lately. Not so bad that I want my time back, but not good enough that I want to continue with the series. This is a decent fantasy novel and the romance was not cookie cutter so that is good.

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    Susan 01-17-16
    Susan 01-17-16
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    "Shocks you out of your mundane reading rut!"

    Ready for a side order of demon with your next cop story? Pick up this one for a rollicking ride through a summoner's New Orleans world of cops & murder. Losing sleep never felt so good. Gimme the next book. Pleeeeeeaaasse!

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