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Publisher's Summary

Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after the case of the Bonnington Archive ghost convinced him that he really can do some good with his abilities ("good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead).

But his friend, Rafi, is still possessed; the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him; and he's still dirt poor. Doing some consulting for the local constabulary helps pay the bills, but Castor needs a big, private job to really fill the hole in his overdraft.

That's what he needs. What he gets - good fortune and Castor not being on speaking terms - is a seemingly insignificant "missing ghost" case that inexorably drags him and his loved ones into the middle of a horrific plot to raise one of Hell's fiercest demons. When Satanists, sacrifice farms, stolen spirits, and possessed churches all appear on the same police report, the name of Felix Castor can't be too far behind.

©2006 Mike Carey; (P)2008 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The well-developed main character appears more than capable of carrying a series for many books to come." (Publishers Weekly)
"Carey juggles characters and bits and pieces of plot like a man with a thousand arms, catching each word and positioning it in exactly the right place in this deftly crafted, can't-turn-the-page-fast-enough read." (Kirkus)

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Back and even more angry

What made the experience of listening to Vicious Circle the most enjoyable?

the performance is truly amazing so much character in each voice that i can not hear them any other way

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eddie hes so angry its really funny

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

Missing ghost, that's never been a problem before

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I love these two together!

Carey and Kramer are magic. Mike Carey and his Felix Castor are so entertaining and knowable and Michael Kramer voices Castor in the most perfect interpretation!

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awesome book

this author is amazing! crazy wild story with tons of humor. this book has everything interesting dark story, with wit and humor, interesting characters , awesome, wonderful intriguing . can't wait to start the next book in this series. my new favorite author!

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classic noir with an amusing macabre twist

I really appreciate how this narrator captures the protagonist Felix. The characters and world are original and well fleshed, which is saying something since some of them are ghosts! A well written, and reinvigorating take on the genre.

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I'm a Felix Castor addict.

OK- not brilliant literature, but good old supernatural, hard boiled detective fun. What a combination of 2 of my favorite genres. And Michael Kramer really has him down. thanks team.

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  • XB
  • Victoria, BC
  • 06-14-16

Great sequel!

I am enjoying this series so much. Another great performance by Michael Kramer and another great noir detective supernatural story. I felt so much for the victim and the mystery's development kept me guessing the whole way through.

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Suspense, Eloquent wit & the Macabre

Being an avid "ID Investigation " fan, I was surprised how well this met my need for great detective work (with an exorcistic slant). The author's eloquent tongue & cheek wit, made everything work delightfully - including demons, zombies & werewolves ! If you want a break from the mundane, try this series. The narrator for this book #2 & the first of the series is extraordinary! Hoping the 3rd will be of the same caliber.

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Felix castor series is addictive

I've never been drawn into a book series on Audible before. Now I have to listen to all of the Felix Castor novels. Oh, well. At least my Audible subscription choices for the next few months are accounted for.

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 01-21-15

If you liked the first, you will like the second

What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

Michael Kramer does a fantastic job. He is soooo gooood with subtle nuances and inflection. His voice carries emotion and feeling without drastic changes in tone.

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The 2nd installment rolls right along where the first left off. Good story, great characters, and a phenomenal narrator. I'm really curious where this series leads, the next book should be a pivotal point in the story, creating stages for an uber supernatural showdown of sorts.

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Found myself wanting to be a character

What made the experience of listening to Vicious Circle the most enjoyable?

you truly become absorbed in the story. It's the narration is seemless. The next step for me is looking for other books narrated by Michael Kramer

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Juliet (Ajulutsikael). She is sexy, devilishly alluring and deadly, all the things a woman longs to be.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Rafi is in Pen's arms. It might seem sad, but he is finally fully "him" right then and she is able to hold him again in entirety.

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

A Succubus, An Exorcist, A Demon, A Zombie and a little girl

Any additional comments?

You don't have to read book one to follow this one. Read them out of order if you like, just read them.