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The fourth novel in the acclaimed cult-favorite series starring necromancer Johannes Cabal

Horst Cabal has risen from the dead - again.

Horst, the most affable vampire one is ever likely to meet, is resurrected by an occult conspiracy that wants him as a general in a monstrous army. Their plan is to create a country of horrors, a supernatural homeland. As Horst sees the lengths to which they are prepared to go and the evil they cultivate, he realizes that he cannot fight them alone. What he really needs on his side is a sarcastic, amoral, heavily armed necromancer.

As luck would have it, this exactly describes his brother.

©2014 Jonathan L. Howard (P)2014 Skyboat Media

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I can never get enough!

This was wonderful I have to say, it's potentially my favorite in the series with all of the humor I've come to love of the series and all of the semi-horror.
I especially like the way the author ended the story with his notes and epilogues, and it has to be said that the reader (Nicholas Guy Smith) has done an excellent job of bringing the whole varied cast of characters to life.

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Worth 10 stars

Either there needs to be an option for elite authors like Howard to be rated higher than 5 stars or we all should drop our 5 star reviews for other authors to 3. He’s that good.

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  • KC
  • 01-05-16

YESSS!

Book 3, The Fear Institute, was good, but dragged a little. The Brothers Cabal is a true return to form. Hilarious, interesting, no philosophical filler. This time around, Horst Cabal takes center stage and he is hilarious. This is one of the rare books that will have you laughing out loud while listening to your headphones. Jonathan Howard has definitely carved out his own world for his Cabal series, and I can't wait to see what he thinks up next.

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missing material

audible lists this as book 5 but Wikipedia lists it as book 6. there is a whole novel and multiple short stories not available to audible. having them would make some of the references in here make more sense.

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Best of the series, I think!

Chuckling repeatedly in a silent office alone at work... I may have worried a few people

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The best so far - Beating an already high standard

The Johannes Cabal series works magic in this book. Specifically, Horst is the greatest thing to happen in a Johannes Cabal book now that Johannes has his soul back. The two brothers serve to perfectly foil each other and give life and levity to the otherwise sullen and dry tones of the series. In general, Johannes has a very dim outlook on other humans and the joke has always been on them - for being incompetent or unintelligent. This book finally adds the final ingredient we need - and Horst is the perfect character to flip the joke formula back on Johannes for being too cold and cynical.

Point is: The brothers work incredibly well together. The book feels like all the other books have been building up to get to these moments. 5/5 stars on all accounts.

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Better than the last two

Half of the book is from the perspective of Horsch Cabal, which is awesome. I love Johannes as a character, but he can be terribly unrelatable and ridiculous at times, and his brother acts as a perfect foil against him, drawing out the best of both. The last two books lacked a little something that was present in the first book. This one brought it back!

For anyone disappointed with the last book like I was, give this one a go before you drop the series. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was better that the first one, but it wasn’t worse either... About equally as good I would say.

I gave the performer three stars because there are many noticeable stints where he sounded like he was reading from a REALLY dull textbook. He provided no intonation or inflection for certain lines that were supposed to be sarcastic or funny and no darkness in places that were clearly supposed to be scary or foreboding. This dullness was not consistent, certainly there were many parts that were good too, which is why I don’t give lower. He did many of the accents very well, too. He has a very impressive range of accents he can do. It did irritate me, however, that while at first very good, the accents disappeared over time. Johannes, for instance, sounds very german in the interludes of Horsch’s story but as second part of the story continues, he just sounds like an arrogant British person. That isn’t a problem in itself, but I like consistency.

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Very good

Much better then the pervious book. I am glad that I gave it a chance after being slightly disappointed by the last one.

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grand adventure

love these books. really, vampires, zombies, and taking boxes. what more could you possibly ask for?

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  • Clive
  • Castro Valley, US, Canada
  • 05-23-16

just love the brothers..

great book as you really get the by play of the brothers cabal. Plus who can not enjoy the reading of the book in the dry wit that makes the series so enjoyable.

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  • mat brown
  • 01-10-16

Read this now

If you love adult Harry Potter type books the Jonathan L is the author for you, disturbing and rib tickling read