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The Fall of the House of Cabal

The Johannes Cabal Novels, Book 5
Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
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The fifth novel in the acclaimed cult favorite series starring Johannes Cabal, necromancer.

Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has come into possession of a vital clue that may lead him to his ultimate goal: a cure for death. The path is vague, however, and certainly treacherous as it takes him into strange territories that, quite literally, no one has ever seen before. The task is too dangerous to venture upon alone, so he must seek assistance - comrades for the coming travails.

Assisted - ably and otherwise - by his vampiric brother, Horst, and by the kindly accompaniment of a criminologist and a devil, they will encounter ruins and diableries, mystery and murder, the depths of the lowest pit, and a city of horrors - London, to be exact.

Yet even though Cabal has risked such peril believing he understands the dangers he faces, he is still underestimating them. He is walking into a trap of such arcane complexity that even the one who drew him there has no idea of its true terrors. As it closes slowly and subtly around them, it may be that there will be no survivors at all.

©2016 Jonathan L. Howard (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Skyboat Media, Inc.

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  • Marianne
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 05-07-17

One selfish plea

Let this not be the end. Mr. Howard has said he's not sure if the Cabal series will continue. This would be a wonderful and satisfying ending but dammit I want more!

I fell in love with Cabal with the first book and have been loyal ever since. I assure you I am not that guy. Though I love the genre I find most fantasy books tedious. I don't get wrapped up in characters and frankly I find short and good much preferable to long and tedious. Yet I want more.

It helps that Mr. Howard is a master of the language. He has a vocabulary that puts many to shame and knows how to use it. He is never short of a clever and impactful turn of phrase.

And I so enjoy a loveable bastard which Cabal epitomizes to the highest degree.

So get them all. As a bonus, the audio versions of all the books are amazingly well read.

So thus falls the House of Cabal. And here's to hoping for a rebuild.

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  • Sires
  • South Point, Ohio
  • 01-08-17

Funny, Morbid, Horrific and Entertaining

I began listening to the Johannes Cabal, neuromancer, novels a few years ago and unusually for me, I ended up listening to them in order. While I think that with the assistance of the author's voice at times, this works as a stand alone novel.

Johannes Cabal's much loved wife has been dead but preserved by his necromantic arts since before the first book. He has been seeking through the entire series something that would allow him to bring her back to life. Now he thinks he has found a solution and takes off accompanied by his brother, Horst, a gentlemanly vampire that Cabal had wronged early on; the devil succubus Zarenyia, part woman and part spider with whom Cabal had earlier made a pact; a criminologist who Johannes met in the first novel, when he and Horst were running a traveling carnival and a witch.

I stayed up late to finish this occasionally startling the dog and cats by laughing out loud as the story spins on to its satisfying end. I have my fingers crossed that this will not be the last I see of these characters.

Narrator is Nicholas Guy Smith who has narrated most of the Johannes Cabal books and short stories and he, as alwaysl, does a stand out job.

I don't give a full five stars frequently but this book deserves it.

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Cabal Is The Best !

If you could sum up The Fall of the House of Cabal in three words, what would they be?

Adventure, Comedy,Smart

Who was your favorite character and why?

Johannes has always been someone I can relate to and also would want to be.

Which scene was your favorite?

Zarenia and her commentary by the machine gun nest.

Who was the most memorable character of The Fall of the House of Cabal and why?

Cabal is the main character and he stands out as he is an utter bastard but his verdammt soul makes him into a decent guy by accident.

Any additional comments?

Johannes Cabal never disappoints he is a great well rounded character and the story reads well. I have loved all the books I read including the short stories. I hope there is more to come as I am saddened now that no other series will compare....

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Loved it despite the rough spots

This book was ace, and I really enjoyed it despite the fact that it clearly skimped a few edits and re-takes. The text has occasional gaps ("started by her startling innocence") and the narrator has quite a lot of odd choices of word emphasis.
That aside, the increasing humanity of Johannes Cabal makes it increasingly difficult to keep the oddball flavour of these books going.
Still, recommended.

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Wonderful characters and writing.

This series has been one of my favorites.. The author is a very good writer, has created complex and interesting characters and is often very funny. Highly recommend this series and this book.

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loved it

both author and narrator are amazing can't wait for the next one to come out

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  • Elisabeth
  • STANTON, CA, United States
  • 12-14-18

A quest for the fountain of youth or an acid trip?

What the Cabal books have in common is that the dialog and internal musings are hilarious. What they do not have in common is the genres. As the author explains from the start, 'who wants to read the same thing over and over again' and while you're at it, if you haven't read the first four books in the series you should. This fifth installment could be described as a quest, on acid. Some of the places visited are real and some are not. Will Cabal find a cure for death or will they all end up dead?
I'm still not happy with the narration of Horst, but it is not bad enough to drag me out of the story.
My only complaint would be if this book is the last in the series, as I would truly miss this series.

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Loved it!

Ready to listen to it all over again! I just adore this series and I am presently reintroducing the word, poppet, into my vocabulary. Highly recommended.

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More Please!

I will be lost without my Escape into the world of the Cabal brothers. More, if you please!

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I need more Cabal

A great book that is a great addition to a great series. You will not regret this one!

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  • John
  • 12-01-16

Listen

Just great fun. Hope it's not the last. Enjoyed the story and the great narration.