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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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I enjoyed the story

It took a few chapters to get used to the narrator's cadence but eventually it grew on me. I did love the story itself and look forward to the next books in the series.

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EXCELLENT!

Great narration! SOOOOO IMPORTANT! Awesome series first I just bought book 2 really excited to see where this adventure takes us!! Sexy sassy & well developed!

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Average story with profanity overload

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes! The mentally stultifying overuse of sh*t and f**k by all of the characters as exclamation, commentary, adjective, adverb, noun and verb resulted in a poverty of nuanced expression that made it difficult to proceed through the predictable story. I won't be reading the rest of this very average series.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More subtlety, less profanity and less predictability. The elements of the climax were obvious and completely foreseeable as soon as they were introduced into the story line. No surprises here. Furthermore, it was just odd that cursing at an unlikeable older woman was the event that allowed the protagonist (a police detective, no less) to feel like a "warrior woman" for the first time. She spent the climax being helpless.

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

The protagonist. Ms. Anderson's male characterizations had an odd buzzing rasp that was difficult to listen to.

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

Unfortunately, yes, in the Twilight genre but bloodier.

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Great book

The writer has an easy writing style that's easy to listen to and the narrator was great.

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Excited about a great new series

One book into the series and I'm hooked! The characters leave you wanting more...can't wait to start the next book!

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Really

Would you try another book from Diana Rowland and/or Liv Anderson?

I was looking forward to a new series only to find another soft porn.
Only made it to chapter 3.
I really don't understand why writers feel the need to add pointless sex

Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Rowland again?

NO

Did Liv Anderson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The narration was fine

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I didn't get past chapter 3.

Any additional comments?

Total waste of a credit
Wish Audible had not changed it's return policy. I would love to dump this book

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LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!

This is a must listen to. The story is fantastic as is the narrator. I didn't guess who the serial killer was until just a minute before the mystery was solved. That's good. I hate it when I guess who it is way before the mystery is solved. It's sexy, scary and funny. Kara is a great female character. I'm not going to give anything away but its really good. I just ordered the 2nd book.

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Frustrating

I'm a big fan of Rowland's White Trash Zombie series, which are simply better written. This audio book is a frustrating experience because the protagonist is always at least one step behind the reader. "Hmm, maybe I should ask a demon about this" - yeah, that's what I've thought for the last 3 chapters." The writing does the protagonist a disservice, because instead of rooting for her you are contanstly annoyed with her. It's a shame, because there's nothing wrong with Cara Gillian. She's actually quite likeable, she's just in the wrong book.

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Good believability!

This was a gear first book for this series! I thoroughly enjoyed the way the main character was always one-upping everything she was involved in.

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Great new series!

Always looking for a great new urban fantasy. Have found it in Mark of the Demon! The heroine is likable, The plot is interesting and character development is good.

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