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Detective Jake Daggers likes his murder investigations the way he likes his women - straightforward, easy, and with a killer body.

So when his older-than-dust partner throws his back out on a goblin raid, his captain assigns him a new running mate - a sexy young half-elf by the name of Shay Steele.

It seems like a match made in Daggers' imagination, but Steele's no pushover. She's a powerful forensic psychic, and she's got sass oozing out of her boots.

In a debut case teeming with fire mages, foundries, and a dead guy who's crispier than bacon, it's pretty clear Daggers isn't the only one getting a heaping helping of RED HOT STEELE.

©2014 Alex P. Berg (P)2015 Alex P. Berg

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  • BikeVON
  • Southfield, Mi, United States
  • 09-26-15

Miss the mark a little

If I cold give a 1/2 a star the overall would be a 2.5 stars. It would get that much because Berg does a great job with the voices. Berg does not have the finesse in writing a mystery. The very competent, actually star detective, hormones get the best of him that he did not even ask the victim's fiance best friend any relevant information. This character then drops off the radar and not seen again until the end. That error drove me crazy though out the story. It was a total setup for me to determine who was the murder.

Secondly, I was crazy with questions about the world. There was very little back story to how and why the world works the way that it is does. The first day that Daggers and Steel works together, they spend hours walking to places. There are no cars. The mode of transportation is rickshaws. Walking is the prevalent method of transportation because rickshaws cost $$. As with any city government, cutting cost is a major concern. Yet, knowing that in your society walking is the mode of transportation why does Steel even wear heels? The chain of evidence is hilarious. Police walks evidence through the street or by rickshaw.

Third, no where was it address why a dark elf needs dark make-up. So you would expect that, ok the victim complexion is not actually dark. That is just thrown in there are never address. It is mention but not the significance. Daggers' is suspicious of Steel's and later he connects Steel's "vision" to the wrong sex. Berg is so obvious dropping stuff that you know it has significance. Add up all the dropped follow up questions or clues not followed up and your have a weak story and a plot you can guess?.

If you expect a challenging mystery, this is not it. Dagger does have an entertaining appeal. He is a lot like Columbo who solves his crimes with his mind and but Dagger throws a lot of jabs at people.

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Worst narration ever.

Both it and the story are amateurish. The author crammed descriptors and adjectives into the story and read it like a kid trying to get extra credit from the teacher.

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I tried to buy his other novels but they are not in English. How do I find the others in an English translation? I loved this story.

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Gum shoe Detective story

Love the old world slang and the witty charm and the gum shoe detectors story is something to at least listen to in the car or walking in a park. It would draw you in and the characters are believable funny smart mouth but would get to the facts at the and this is worth listening to.

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Hard to listen to this story

What disappointed you about Red Hot Steele?

The narration. I couldn't finish it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Alex P. Berg’s performances?

Only if it's performed by someone else. I would even give this one a try with another narrator.

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Kinda grew on me.

I didn't care for the narration when I started the book so I put it away for a few weeks. I decide try it again and realized his quirky way of speaking fit right in with his main character! I liked the relationship he has with Daisy and found it intetesting the lack of technology involved.

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Loved this fun fantasy mystery book

What made the experience of listening to Red Hot Steele the most enjoyable?

Red Hot Steele (Daggers & Steele #1) by Alex P. Berg is a fun, snarky, clever book that I gulped down in one read. What fun! Witty, good mystery, great fantasy, crazy characters, snappy dialogue, and it made me smile a lot! Just what I needed! I listened to the audio version and the narration was perfect. Great job. I originally gave it a 4 star but I just kept thinking of it so if it was effecting me that much I figured it was worth a 5 star, esp. when I wanted the next book right away.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

it was and i did

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Good but not awesome

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The protagonist is difficult to like, often juvenile and borderline offensive. The attempt was made for a witty character but it was not entirely successful.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Pleasant if unsurprising.

What about Alex P. Berg’s performance did you like?

Each character had a distinct voice that was very well defined. This was my favorite part of the audiobook.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not in theaters but I would rent the movie to watch after work.

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Red Hot Steel is NOT So Hot

Story was O. K. The reader did a good job. The story line and plot were weak. It is an O. K. read for some, but I've read better (listened to) better books.

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so the elven version of Psych?

I thought for a while that this was a children's book. It wasn't bad, just kinda like a tv show.

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  • 02-14-18

funny mystery

A very funny mystery. Great characters, good descriptions, interesting story. some of the dialog had me laughing out loud. I shall go in search of another.