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The Brothers Cabal

By: Jonathan L. Howard
Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
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Publisher's Summary

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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Fun but annoying, too.

Narrator mostly good, but why Johannes has a German accent (which sounds more Slavic) and Horst sounds like Jason Statham in Snatch makes no sense and is somewhat distracting from the narrative.

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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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Can I have more please?!

Love this book!
The brothers are a marvelous pair and I hope their adventures continue through the end of time!

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Love this series!

Love this book The writing is impressive and the storyline is always decent when it comes to something Howard writes. I love the humor and the imagination as well as if I ever wrote a book it would be like this. One can always dream. I like the series so much I listen to it every 5 years.

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💥 KABOOM! I liked this episode best!

Aside from the 1st book in a series that pulls us into the future readings, some stand apart. This novel was fun, well researched, educated, as to what a true necromancer truly is as well. A bonus surely! Loads of H.P. references & then a bit more tale 2 b sure & impress upon the memory. Our narrator is talented & 2 say less is just wrong. His female voices r rough in spots, however I'm not faulting him. it's not as ez as u imagine. Yes I'm going 2 actually rent a new author! I have 2 know this series conclusion after over 3 books. thx AUDIBLE. Hope u get the missing novels in, I'd still like 3 hear them.

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An excellent fourth installment.

Jonathan L Howard remains a delight to listen to, a delight somewhat hampered by the reader's tendency to mispronounce words.

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hyper-British Victorian macabre adventure.

Another enjoyable hyper-British Victorian macabre adventure.

The fourth Cabal novel heavily features Horst Cabal (brother of Johannes, the Necromancer). Horst is, of course, a vampire who is brought back to unlife by a mysterious Ministry of Darkness in a strange attempt to get him to raise and lead a monstrous army to create a Monster Nation (or state, or local municipality).

Eventually, Horst and Johannes decide NOT to do this, and there is much battling and dry British quipping. As before, the writing is sharp, the characterization paper thin, and the action pieces confused and often out of place. It's still great fun as we get werewolves, werebadgers, evil Red Queens, shades, shape-eaters, and patricidal revenge plots.

High art? No. Guilty fun? Yes.

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I don't write reviews, but....

I must say, I have listened to all the Johannes Cabal Necromancer books, but this one really tickled my fancy. I have really taken a liking to Horst, who as a funny and nice vampire is a most refreshing take on someone who did not want to be a vampire in the first place. The back and forth banter between the brothers is extremely amusing. I also have to say that Nicholas Guy Smith should have done the narration of all the books in this series as he really brings the characters to life.

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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

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  • JM
  • 02-04-22

Best of the series

In my opinion, I think this book is the best in the series. Full of dry humour that I really enjoyed.
Not really necessary to read the other books in the series in the order they was written as the author gives a short, brief synopsis of events that happened in the other books.

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  • Nautchay
  • 01-13-22

Deliciously wicked good fun

the best by far in the Caball series. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Tha author has a wonderful imagination, with a wicked sense of humour. Funny, witty and engaging, from the richness of the characters to the telling of the story by the excellent narrator. Absolutely marvellous!

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  • Boz
  • 12-03-21

Another great story.

The humour in these book just suits me. And the storylines conjure amazing pictures, twists and turns. It's nice to be surprised sometimes.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-12-22

I really love these books, dark and very funny

I’m so glad I discovered the series. The writing is brilliant with lots of very funny sardonic lines.

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  • B. Tovey
  • 08-31-22

A bit wandering, and lots of narrator errors

The story is interesting and entertaining in parts, but takes a long time to get to the point. The narrator obviously doesn’t recognise many of the word that the author uses, and either mispronounces them badly, or substitutes words that look similar but mean something totally different. This really shouldn’t have passed even a basic editorial check; I assume that nobody bothers to proof the audio before releasing it.

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  • B.W.
  • 07-17-22

Somewhat marred by small faults in the narration

The narrator doesn't manage the accents too well, Johannes,slight German accent in particular, and there are quite a few misprononciations eg lead (as in the element Pb) instead of lead as in 'in front' , which are really irritating. Otherwise the narration is fine.

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  • owen harkin
  • 03-19-22

Ahhh it's knitted

Previous books in this series, whilst being quite decent and accompanied by supportive narration, have seemed to miss....... something. For myself, I believe that this particular book has definitely found that something, and has rolled it up, smoked it, then digested it, to finally deliver to the audience, a much more (you must excuse me as I'm half drunky whilst writing this) rounded and complete piece of work.
It didn't need much, just the inclusion of an additional thought here, or a slight witticism there (very hard to balance). I think Herr Howard hits the bullseye with this one. It has made me happy, which is rather splendid.

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  • james
  • 03-11-22

soooo good 👍

loved it. the narration and story are excellent. Full of witty dark humour 👌

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  • Paul McMahon
  • 01-03-19

Cockney accents for the Cabal boys? Oh dear!

The use of Cockney accents, particularly for Horst, an established refined German, was terrible. Johannes Cabal has a German accent at the beginning which slowly dissolves away completely while his brother is given the annoying cockney accent from the start.

Why on earth was this decision made? I can se a narrator would like to make a reading their own, but this is terrible; just too different from the well established, fitting, voices in Book1.

I jumped to bk4, after bk2, which wasn’t much of a Johannes story as just a Victorian WhoDunIt, because I saw Horst was back, but this was a great disappointment. I didn’t get past the first hour.