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Publisher's Summary

From a Senior Editor and columnist of Cracked.com comes a funny and frightening follow-up to The Unnoticeables, an urban fantasy with horror elements in the vein of David Wong's John Dies at the End

Following on the heels of Robert Brockway's comedic horror novel The Unnoticeables, The Empty Ones reveals the next chapter in the lives of a few misfits attempting to fight back against the mysterious Unnoticeables. The Empty Ones follows Carey and Randall to London where they go to rescue Gus and fight more of these mysterious angel-like creatures, and stumble on a powerful and unexpected ally. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn, who was very nearly beat when last we saw her, continues her fight into the desert of Mexico and the Southwest US, seeking the mysterious gear cult. Once there, she discovers what the gear cult is really up to: trying to "pin" the angels to Earth, focus their attention here, and get as much of humanity as possible "solved" - which, in their minds, is akin to being saved - and in the process discovers something incredible about herself.

With a snarled lip, The Empty Ones incorporates everything that made The Unnoticeables incredible, but like any good punk band, when you don't think they can get any louder, they somehow turn it up a notch. It's terrifying and hilarious, visceral and insane, chaotic and beautiful.

©2016 Robert Brockway (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • James
  • Cleburne, TX, United States
  • 07-24-18

better than a middle book should be

excellent continuation with more revelatory backstory that helps setup the third book. same great characters with some new additions. brockway brings the story into focus.

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God. I love these books

Great narrators. Awesome storyline. Literally laughed out loud. Some of the most disgusting monsters ever created. Sit back and enjoy. Oh and listen to the first one before.

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Love this!

I love this series and when I finished the first book I was distraught and when I finished the second I was disheartened. When I finish the third I'll be destroyed. The readers are amazing and I'm in love with these stories.

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  • Ruddy good student
  • 09-20-18

Brash, Brutal and Breakneck Speed

With everything established in 'The Unnoticeables', the first entry in 'The Vicious Circuit' trilogy, Brockway is free to put his foot all the way to the floor in this sequel! The book immediately starts at well over 100mph and just keeps on building speed all the way to the finish.

It adopts a similar approach to the first book,continuing the story of Carey in the late 70's as he follows the group of monsters that killed his friends to London, while at the same time relating the the next chapter of Kaitlyn's life, where she follows Marco to Mexico to try and destroy him once and for all. In addition to these main stories, Brockway now offers different perspectives from other characters, which helps to fully flesh out the story as a whole.

Many of the elements of 'The Unnoticeables' are present in 'The Empty Ones', but have been ramped up, exaggerated and over inflated in very enjoyable ways, such as the grotesque Cronenberg-esque body horror and immense cosmic power.

I very much enjoyed that Scott Merriman and Emily Foster returned for the sequel and the new actors brought in all lend an authentic and engaging air. Favourite narrator still has to be Merriman, I just love the the life he breathes into Carey.

I have two minor criticisms. First is that there is some unfinished business from the first book, which does not get resolved. Ultimately I can set this aside as this is a completely new tale, with a different focus etc. Second, I can't help but feel Brockway retconned / changed some of Carey's backstory in order for it to be fully cohesive with the narrative, especially the Kaitlyn story. I could be wrong here, but just how I felt after reading it.

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  • Phillip J Fry
  • 07-06-17

fantastic second book in the series

if you enjoyed The Unnoticables you'll enjoy this, more of the same giving context to a few charitcers. Hurry up book 3!

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  • Alexander
  • 09-29-16

A Bit Fillery

Brockway's characters and their narrators are as spot on as ever. But the story as a whole feels like it only exists to arrange whatever is coming next. Which is okay. Just as long as whatever is coming next is as freakin' sweet as The Unnoticables.

Dammit, Brockway. You made me write this.