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Publisher's Summary

This omnibus collection includes Days Gone Bad, Wolves and the River of Stone, and Winter's Demon. That's three complete novels of Damian's dark, gritty, and occasionally hilarious urban-fantasy adventures.

Days Gone Bad (Book 1)

My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I've faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and ...damn, I need a vacation.

Wolves and the River of Stone (Book 2)

Philip, Zola's boyfriend from 150 years ago, is not nearly as dead as we thought. I really wish he was. Not only has he kidnapped Zola, but he's raising an army to scour humanity from the Earth. Hopefully the local werewolf pack will help. What could possibly go wrong?

Winter's Demon (Book 3)

Some things can never be undone. The horrors I've defeated - or even caused - with my own hands...they are nothing compared to what's coming. Philip Pinkerton has brought his madness upon my family, my own blood. His army of necromancers is on the move, harbingers of a great darkness. I fear the war has begun...and damn, I don't get paid enough for this.

©2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Eric R. Asher (P)2014, 2015, 2016 Eric R. Asher

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Never a dull moment.

What can i say about these 3 books? They kept me on the edge of my seat, Full of twist and turns. These have it all. Gods, Necromancers, Fairies(fey) of all kinds, demons, ghost, guardians, werewolves and vampires. Good and Evil. The main character is Damien, a necromancer. These books were intense. I hated when it ended. Can't wait to read the next. It reminds me of the Merci Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I recommend these books if you like her series. I received this bundle free in exchange for an honest review. However, they are worth the money or credit for them.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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So good!

Damien Vesik is a balm for my nerd-brain. It's dark, like the best noir private detective novels, and it's a tribute to the underdog. There's necromancy and gods, and I can only liken the experience of the book to Dresden crossed with the ghost whisperer. Majorly awesome!

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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CLEVER WITTY DIALOG / STRANGE & ELABORATE WORLD

Any additional comments?

I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

Wow. Where to begin... First, I absolutely LOVED William Dufris' narration. His voice was perfect for this kind of comically sarcastic dialog. He performed a wide variation of voices and kicked in dialects and accents.

The stories are one rollercoaster ride after another of supernatural disasters waiting to happen. Damian Vesik is a necromancer with friends from every nature of being. With direction from his teacher, he and his unlikely entourage fight those intending to put an end to the world as we know it... all without the human population aware of their existence. The comical banter is very entertaining. The gore level is pretty high but isn't used as a crutch for the story. Book one has no romance. By book two, Damian gets a girlfriend, but the sex is just a paltry bonus.

Eric Asher has a bewildering and astonishing imagination. I mean... a panda demi-God? But he makes everything fit because of Damian's "comme ci, comme ça" attitude. In the writing mechanics, I noticed book two had a repeat scenario where only the characters changed. It involves a phone call, a "poet-and-don't-know-it" comment and a black w/3 red stripes van. For a moment I thought my audiobook had skipped back to book one.

What really made the listen(s) for me was the talent of Bill Dufris. He made Damian real. Unfortunately, I never grew any affinity for the other characters, as likable as they were. I could have accepted fewer characters and a closer look into Damian's personal life. But that's my love of raw romance adding it's 2-cents.

Summing it up; if you are a fan of romping fantasy with no holds barred on the improbable, this is a definite winner for you.
A good TWO THUMBS UP!

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  • 07-08-18

Great book series

An awesome book series I love to listen to . Looking forward to the rest of the novels.

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  • Donald
  • GRAFTON, IL, United States
  • 03-27-18

Dresden files...lite

I picked this up because of the 28 hours of listening for one credit, and the fact I love good urban fantasy. This did not disappoint. I loved that the character was from the St. Louis area, and it is obvious the author did their research as every aspect was spot on. That said, I did see many comparisons to the Dresden Files, except the plots of the books weren't as well developed. This is not a knock on the books as they were very entertaining, and I'm sure fans of urban fantasy will enjoy the ride. I'll pick up the 2nd box set as well. A great deal for a credit!

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Thrilled by Box Set

I got this via audiobook boom. I love it when a story that is continued from one book to the next comes as a box set. this story was entertaining to boot. the narrator was one of the best I have heard lately not counting D C Cole. The three books grabbed me at the beginning and didn't turn me loose. Lots of action with a sprinkling of humor was included. Worth the listen but be mindful that you need to be prepared to keep listening even when you want to do something else. So put on your seatbelt and enjoy the ride.

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Great Narrator and Story

Would you listen to The Vesik Series: Books 1-3 again? Why?

I would listen to this series again because I really enjoyed the story and the narration was nice to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the interactions between the characters and the humor that is expressed throughout the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

I'm not one for sharing spoilers AND it's pretty hard to choose because there are so many. Some actions scenes are really good, but then there are some touching scenes with happy and vicky that are just awesome.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no. This is three books so it takes a couple days to get through.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy Jim Butcher's Dresden series, you'll probably like this series too. They contain the same sort of humor that just has you laughing out loud sometimes.

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Had some promise.

I'm not sure why these books had different titles..Same characters, same problems, same build up, same outcomes..It almost felt like this was originally one book, but someone wanted to get more out of it so they just reprinted the same book 3x with a slight various for each and called it good..
Great Narrator though..Glad it's over, that was a struggle to get through.

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  • Jo
  • Biddeford Pool, ME, United States
  • 05-11-18

outstanding

Love me Dufris narration and the story line is a blending of The Dresden Files & Kate Daniels stories.
love it and can't wait to listen to the rest!

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  • Wiegand
  • Pinckney, MI, United States
  • 05-19-17

A ripoff of the Dresden Files, but still enjoyable

I didn't want to call this a ripoff of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files because it was still enjoyable, but...
Dresden has a brother who is a vampire, Vesik has a sister who is a vampire
Dresden is friends with a werewolf pack, Vesik is friends with a werewolf pack
Dresden has a mentor who is gruff old man, Vesik has a mentor who is gruff old woman
Dresden is suspected at time of being a dark sorcerer, Vesik is suspected of being a dark necromancer.
Dresden has fairies who clean his apartment and help him on cases, Vesik has fairies who live in his shop and help him fight
Apparently fairies in both universes love to eat.

You get the idea. Pretty much a direct ripoff. But it is a formula that works, mostly. The way Jim Butcher gets it to work is because he writes great dialog, really interesting plots that cover multiple volumes, and has a small but very well-developed group of characters. Eric Asher, on the other hand has pretty horrible dialog, very little plot which basically is repeated (same thing over three volumes), and just keeps randomly creating characters from an apparently bottomless barrel containing friendly demons, ghosts, gods, demigods, fairies, vampires, werewolves... the list just goes on and on. Rather than write a decent plot he just throws more characters at it with no development.

The only things that are in short supply are archvillains, which are true dark nectromancers. It seems Vesik and his mentor are the only good necromancers because all other necromancers are aligned with the enemy but apparently they can be picked off easily because they are killed off by the dozens. However Vesik's entire posse can't seem to kill the one archvillain necromancer, even though he is the equivalent of Vesik's mentor. Just does not seem to make sense.

Finally, the nail in the coffin (so to speak), is the narrator. Remember the narrator from Dukes of Hazzard? The guy who had to explain with a chuckle just under the surface how Boss Hogg was about to get his comeuppance? That is the voice that narrates the whole book. He seems to think the story is a comedy when it should be serious and vice versa. And Vesik's whole crew is about to go fight to the death when someone makes a joke and they decide to stop for barbecue. Huh? Are they really in mortal danger or is this one of the Scooby Doo adventures?

If it wan't a ripoff, I would say definitely go for it, even with the problems. But unfortunately it is not only a ripoff of the Dresden Files it is a bad ripoff.

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  • Megan
  • 11-13-16

lighten up this is fun (*^o^*)

I hesitated a long time before getting this one because of the comments. I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy books and it's hard to find something but doesn't feel like I have read it before. But this was a fun and refreshing experience. Sure it's no great classic and the narrator is a little over-the-top at times but he brings to life a cool but clueless necromancy, badass fairies and all kind of unimaginable beings in a fun but catching way. This was an easy listen that gave me a few surprises and lots of smiles. Why not, reading is supposed to be fun.

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  • Chilipepper
  • 03-17-17

Brilliant story

This is fast paced and totally engaging, you really want to know what happens next. The narrator is a little, not to my taste, but conveys the story well.
Character development and interaction is wonderful, lots of action and humour.

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  • Grace
  • 11-15-16

A lot of potential but could be better

What did you like best about The Vesik Series: Books 1-3? What did you like least?

I liked the atmosphere that the author managed to conjure in places but I did not like the number of unnecessary supporting characters, it made things a little difficult to follow and meant most could not be developed to any real degree.

Would you recommend The Vesik Series: Books 1-3 to your friends? Why or why not?

Perhaps. The books are not completely to my taste but they are reasonably well written and different people have different tastes.

Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favourite?

Vesik

Was The Vesik Series: Books 1-3 worth the listening time?

Yes they passed the time and were a pleasant enough distraction while driving.

Any additional comments?

What's with all the eating? I know we all need to eat but I don't need to know every time the hero and his entourage stop for another face full of junk food.

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  • D. Jensen
  • 10-10-17

Good story.

As a crime thriller fan this type of story telling was a new one for me but 3 books for 1 token, I couldn't resist.

I enjoyed the story itself and although not gripping it was still enjoyable.

The reading was not the best but certainly not the worst. I felt as though some character voices would sound the same as other characters but not all the time. Just odd sentences which would throw you in a big scene for the book.

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  • Chris
  • 10-10-18

love this series of books.

Captured from start to finish, cant wait until the next one. Great purchase and listen.

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  • Mr. M.
  • 08-10-18

Animal cruelty is ok and funny?

An attempt to combine Harry Potter, Supernatural and Twilight, the protagonist is so smug and abusive that you find yourself routing for everyone but him. Unlike the concept of the anti-hero, this is not intentional but an effect of the authors childish world view. One example is when the hero tampers with rice to torture and kill a flock of pigeons during a wedding - something that could have just been attributed to the character if it weren't for every other 2 dimensional character cheering him on and slapping his back in glee when he reiterates the story. Another case is his taking advantage of a small business because he doesn't like a staff member, and thinking the possibility of them losing their jobs rating secondary to his coming out on top and swaggering away. I couldn't listen any further than that.

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  • Rob Cooke
  • 06-03-18

Epic World building fast and furious story!

Excellent books! These are well written books! I enjoyed learning about Damian, Sam, Foster, Frank and so many others.
It was gritty, entertaining and a captivating read. The plot was well woven and intricate. The characters were even likeable but not necessarily relate able. The world building within this book was immersive and, again, intricate.

This series is a breakneck story of action and relationships.

The narration is fantastic and provides life and emotion for each and every character which is saying something given the breadth of characters that are portrayed in this book.

I implore you to give this book a try if you enjoy fantasy, action, thriller and please do not be put off by the necromancer part it is dealt with very well.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-18-18

Great series. Fantastically read.

Found it slow to star even though still interesting. You then realise the story building is well done. Great series. on to the next.
W.D is awesome with his reading. The individuality of the characters is amazing read and extremely enjoyable.

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  • boudmaria
  • 05-09-18

Great series!

cant wait to read the next book! really good storyline with a few new things in the stoey that i never heard before :D

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  • Mr Sharp
  • 03-22-18

The Vesik Series book 1 -3

loved this book so much i listed to twice would recommend if you are fans of fantasy then list to this book you won't regret it