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Book Two in the Rogues of the Republic series.

Who would have thought a book of naughty poems by elves could mean the difference between war and peace? But if stealing the precious volume will keep the Republic and the Empire from tearing out each other's throats, rogue soldier Isafesira de Lochenville - "Loch" to friends and foes alike - is willing to do the dishonest honors. With her motley crew of magic-makers, law-breakers, and a talking warhammer, she'll match wits and weapons with dutiful dwarves, mercenary knights, golems, daemons, an arrogant elf, and a sorcerous princess.

But getting their hands on the prize - while keeping their heads attached to their necks - means Loch and company must battle their way from a booby-trapped museum to a monster-infested library, and from a temple full of furious monks to a speeding train besieged by assassins. And for what? Are a few pages of bawdy verse worth waging war over? Or does something far more sinister lurk between the lines?

From Patrick Weekes, one of the minds behind the critically acclaimed Mass Effect video game series, The Prophecy Con continues the action-packed fantasy adventure that kicked off in The Palace Job.

©2014 Patrick Weekes (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Non-stop swashbuckling fun and surprises

First of all, Justine Eyre was incredible in both The Prophecy Con and its predecessor, The Palace Job. I have no idea how she can provide distinct voices/accents/personalities for so many characters, both male and female, human and fantasy. But she does, and so convincingly that I more often thought I was listening to a movie rather than having a book read to me.

The story, while seemingly a classic tale of good vs. evil, has so many twists and turns, there's no way even the most savvy reader can guess what is coming up next. Nothing is quite what it seems on the surface. I am sure there will be critics who will state that the fights are too far-fetched and that many of the events are not sufficiently explained. I have always felt that the reason for reading a good fantasy is to escape to a world where the impossible is possible, where the good guys win against all odds, and where strength of heart can overcome physical weakness. Otherwise, what's the point of fantasy?

There is a lot of violence, but it's more of a swashbuckling type than graphic and gorey. There's some sexual innuendo and a smattering of foul language, but nothing overly offensive, probably just enough that I won't be passing this book to my 13 year old son to read.

I am tucking both this book and The Palace Job away to read again and am very much hoping that we have not heard the last from Patrick Weekes and The Rogues of the Republic!

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  • Rebecca
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 03-04-15

Book 2 Just as Fun as Book 1!

I really recommend this series very highly to anyone who enjoys fantasy. A little like old Piers Anthony from my teen years, these books are fun. Goofy situations, hilarious dialogue, disastrous screw-ups, friendships tested, romances awkwardly fumbled for, etc...
This is kind of an Oceans Eleven meets Star Trek Next Gen... Fun!

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I love Loc

interesting, fun, adventurous and engaging. love my crew they always get the job done even if it's plan z

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Enjoyable Ride

Narrator remains most enjoyable. The characters are distinct, well executed, and fun to follow. The plot is great but has some heavily forced moments. The whole team unites to do another job... ! (but why is everyone here, again?) The railroading (har har) of the plot is easily dismissed because of sinister dark bad guys who are actually doing bad things. Contrasting light hearted cynicism with the kind of evil that can really jade a person worked well, for me.

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  • Sakuya
  • California, USA
  • 08-30-17

Good

I still like the majority of the gang but this time around I wasn't as entertained as the first time. I agree with other reviewers that note how the characters can always predict every single thing that will occur during battles they're fighting for the first time. It takes a lot of tension away from situations where you already know the characters can't and won't lose. I do like how smart everyone is and I especially enjoy the fact that the female charlatan all stand on their own. One other thing I found odd was during the twist at the end. I expected Kale to play more of a roll in what happened considering who was involved but he literally had no reaction, no presence, no dialogue. I found that incredibly out of character for what had happened. One other thing I enjoy is that Locke is portrayed as strong even though she's in love and shows it. Too often times stories act like a woman in love is weak and can't do awesome things. I'm very happy to see that isn't the case here.

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  • Heather
  • Lexington, Cayman Islands
  • 08-27-17

A great installment of a wonderful series

Every book in this series has been delightful with the perfect narrator to bring the characters and the story to life. I have savored every minute of these audiobooks.

I will say the plot mechanations gelt a little too twisty in this book, but they all made sense in the end. The effortless mix of high fantasy elements with wise cracking heist team is just so fun.

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excellent story with depth

Patrick's characters have such a realistic depth as they struggle to do right (and to decide how far over the not-exactly-legal line they are willing to cross) in the midst of a race to prevent all-out war. Just the right lightness of banter gave me a giggle before things got too intense.

Even the foes are not one-dimentional, but have their own stories and their own shades of light and dark.

The reader was just as amazing as the writer. Her accents were spot-on and she does "voices" perfectly with just the right inflections and pacing.

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  • Annette
  • Liberty, UT, United States
  • 01-21-17

Fun and funny!

Love these characters. Love the story. This is the second book I have listened to and so far both books have been very entertaining. The characters are well defined and the narrator is amazing. I can't wait to listen to book three!!!

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Fun caper

The first one was better but this was a fun story and the reader made it even better.

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The gang is back.

I don't know what to say. I'm still enjoying these books. literally going through them in days. This book picks up where first left off with another not so surprising threat trying to destroy two nations. You could actually not read the first book and simply pick up this, as the author gives you plenty of explanation to what's going on. But you might lose a lot of important details too. Anyways wonderful book. I'll be reading the third any day now.

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  • lyn
  • 04-05-17

Consistently good

Often I don't enjoy the 2nd book bit I couldn't get enough. The character development was well paced and the detail allowed a clear picture in my mind of what was happening, what people looked like, etc. Looking forward to the next instalment