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Laytham Ballard once protected humanity as part of the Nightwise, a secret order of modern-day mages dedicating to holding hellish supernatural forces at bay, but that was before a string of sadistic ritual murders shook everything he believed in - and sent him down a much darker path. One that has already cost him most of his soul as well as everything he once held dear.

Now a powerful faerie mob boss has hired Ballard to find his lost-lost daughter, who went missing several years ago. The long-cold trail leads him across the globe, from the luxurious playgrounds of the rich and famous to the seedy occult underbelly of Los Angeles, where creatures of myth and legend mingle with street gangs and sex clubs, and where Ballard finds his own guilty past waiting for him around every shadowy corner. To find Caern Ankou, he will have to confront old enemies, former friends and allies, and a grisly cold case that has haunted him for years.

But is Caern still alive? And, perhaps more importantly, does she even want to be found?

©2018 Rod Belcher (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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I'm hooked!

I was hooked from Book 1 & kept checking to see if a second installment would ever be written. The main character in this series is a bit different. He's flawed and is into a different lifestyle sometimes referred to as 'the life'. But this doesn't occupy much of the book. Rather it just adds flavor to who Latham is. He sometimes acknowledges the fact that he's damaged and in a weird sort of way uses what he is to accomplish the task at hand. Sometimes others in his path get hurt along the way yet he finds the way to do the undo-able.
Hope the author is working on book 3.

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Gratuitously Explicit Imagery, but Good Story

As this is the sixth or seventh book Mr. Belcher has written (second in the Nightwise storyline, and third on audible) I believe most readers will know what to expect in his novels, but for those who don't here is a quick heads up. These books are some of the most messed up, gruesome, and violent books I have ever read. I am pretty confident that there isn't a way to make violence, torture, sexual content (yes there is rape), or anything else as dark as the stuff in this book more vivid in imagery, without making it into a movie. Belcher is a master of imagery and description for better or worse.

Now that I have made a point that I felt needed to be explained, lets talk about the story and characters, because they exist and for the most part the book is enjoyable. The plot takes the form of a traditional mystery book to an extent, but there is less sleuthing, and more of a crime syndicate ask for favors style of detective work going on. Like the first book Ballerd is trying to find someone, but this time it is to hopefully save that person instead of try and kill them. Overall, the plot works, but to an extent I think Belcher does a slightly poorer job of explaining exactly what happens throughout the story than in Nightwise.

I believe that characters have always been Belcher's strong point, and he does a good job with them in this book as well. I will say for such a short book he does introduce a lot of characters, and some of them serve the purpose of only advancing the plot and just kind of fade out of the story. However, for those main characters that surround Laytham Belcher does a fine job of fleshing them out and making them jump off the page.

One other issue I had with the book was the constant harping on Ballerd and his relationship with his supposed friends, which the author keeps pressing throughout the story. The basic theme carried forward from the first book, is that Ballerd has this lone gunslinger theory, and tries to keep his friends out of trouble, and this usually almost gets him killed, until one of his friends helps him out. Then the friends yell at him for trying to do it alone again. This scenario plays out in the first book a couple times, but in this novel it is an almost constant occurrence, and it quickly gets old and drags the story down. I don't want to spoil anything, but it does seem that Ballerd is getting over this problem at the very end of the novel, and like the first novel in this series this book feels like it is really building on a long sequence of books like the Dresdin Stories. Overall, I didn't think this book was great, (not quite as good as Nightwise and definitely not as good as Brotherhood of the Wheel), but there was still appeal to the story, and plenty of awesome action to enjoy. I am curious to see where the story goes next, because there is definitely a lot of upside with the development of Laytham's character and the universe surrounding him.

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I LOVE me some Laytham Ballard

I wish I could hangout with Laytham Ballard. And I LOVE Bronson Pinchot bringing him and his world to life. As with the other Nightwise book this is kinda gritty, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Worth a credit, worth a reread. I am already looking forward to the next trip in to "The life".Still looking for Cheer Wine in New England. Five stars across the board only cause I can't give more!

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Murder Mayhem and insanity.

I picked up the first of these novels on a whim with nothing to read. and man once I listened I couldn't put it down. so much I started the second book immediately. just like the Sandman Slim novels I have a love-hate relationship with the main protagonist. this wild ride was just as good as the first. if you are looking for a fast-paced drama with nasty things then you are in luck.

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Intriguing, dark story and Bronson Pinchot is an outstanding narrator. I enjoyed listening to him as each character, even female.

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Intense

Laytham Ballard is a very flawed, raw unconventional hero. He gets the job done by taking pathways not available to most. An unusual cast of characters and plot twist will hold your interest to the end.

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Not the usual

when I first started the biik, I wasn't sure if I was going to stick with it However it reached out and grabbed me and took me on a wild ride that I absolutely loved ! I would read any books by this author in the future!

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Hurry book #3

Good god this is the best ever story!! Excellence of execution and it doesn't get any better then this.

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Perhaps even better than the first!

Seriously, please can Bronson Pinchot just read every audiobook?! The man is pure talent! This book had me from the very beginning and didn’t let me relax until the very last word. Use your credit and read this series; it’s amazing and wonderful and every adjective in between!

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Absolutely Loved It!

Loved it. Can't give it any other words. The audible experience was amazing. Can't believe I'm finished.

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