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Valkyrie Collections, Book 1
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (218 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Alek Fitz is a reaper, a collection agent who works for the supernatural elements of the world, tracking down debtors and solving problems for clients as diverse as the Lords of Hell, vampires, Haitian loa, and goblins. He’s even worked for the Tooth Fairy on occasion. Based out of Cleveland, Ohio, Alek is the best in the game. As a literal slave to his job, he doesn’t have a choice.

When Death comes looking for someone to track down a thief, Alek is flung into a mess of vengeful undead, supernatural bureaucracy, and a fledgling imp war. As the consequences of failure become dire, he has few leads, and the clock is ticking. Only with the help of his friend Maggie - an ancient djinn with a complex past - can he hope to recover the stolen property, save the world, and just maybe wring a favor out of the Great Constant himself.

It’s a hell of a job, but somebody’s got to do it...

©2019 Brian McClellan (P)2019 Brian McClellan

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Loved it!

Luke Daniels does an outstanding job narrating and bringing the characters to life including subtleties in specific characters voices that reflect changes in their physiology. The story was engaging for me. I hope to heart much more from this series.

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Want More Please!

I loved this book, I just want more. 5hrs to me seems a little on the short side even for a Urban Fantasy novel. My only real nit pick. What I did like:
- The fact the main character isn't a mage/vampire ect... is refreshing.
- Main character is likable and has plenty of room for character growth.
- Death appears in book one? Bold move.
- Luke Daniels does a wonderful job as always.
- Lucy

I recommend this book to anyone one who wants a good page turner and a quick read/listen. Hope there is more to come.

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Don't pass this by!!

I didn't know I needed this! All of a sudden it was over. Please kind internet strangers, support it so we can have book 2!

It's a strong urban fantasy. The rules and structure of the world are quickly and efficiently set up and right away you get a sense for who the lead character is and what his struggles are. Same for his companion. The writing does a good job showing instead of telling. Alek has an interesting non-detective, non-private investigator, non-shop owner job that nicely sets up enjoyable plot and character dynamics and feels unique. This is a fast paced book and provides many interesting background details about the characters and world that are satisfying as they are but intriguing enough to hope they'll be explored further in future books.

Luke Daniels does more with the character voices than I've heard elsewhere. Initially it was annoying but that didn't last and I quickly came to appreciate his ability to voice each character in such a distinct way. For me it was on par with James Marsters read of the Dresden Files audiobooks.

It is a complete feeling story. Saying "all of a sudden it was over" above was because I liked it enough to wish it were longer, but there is a nice arc that ends in a satisfying way. I can't wait to see what happens next to Alek and Maggie.

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great story and amazing narrator as well.

The story is great and I'm really looking forward to the next book. Heroic yet tragic hero, the use of myths was awesome. Luke Daniels is the best narrator by far.

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I Want More!

Awesome series, awesome narrator.
Here's hoping that this series continues and their released quickly. Making them longer would be icing on the top.

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Looking forward to more

Brian McClellan’s addition to urban fantasy that incorporates common myths & legends is an enjoyable listen.
-Avoids trying to be too clever with the plot
-Embraces tropes instead of wild deviations in a vain attempt to stroke the author’s ego.
-Different than Powdermage demonstrating Mr. McClellan has a little range.
-Entertaining well paced story that would be better if there were already half a dozen or so in the series to listen to back to back.
-Luke Daniels does a fine job, he would slide towards sounding like Atticus occasionally which it’s hard not to think of with the sub genre-narrator combo.

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right so falls apart but cool idea

this is one of those books that is honestly just a shame whenever I come across it it's the type of book that seems really great theoretically but the moment you apply even a little bit of consideration or logic to the situation kind of falls apart our hero is a debt collector for various malevolent entities that make deals with Mortals for their souls and that's the problem there's no limit on what those deals are or who they can make those deals with so the whole time I'm just thinking could I get rid of my college debt in this universe by making a deal with the Devil what I call up some hell spawn and sign away my soul for a comfortable life with a very sexy demoness to serve me until I'm dragged to the bowels of hell are there homeless people in this universe because if I'm a homeless guy and I know that regular meals and a warm bed or just a quick deal away I'd sign that shit in a heartbeat drug addiction how many Junkies get clean by selling their souls where is a hole complicated conversation that this book invites but immediately shoved his fingers in his ears and screams at the top of its lungs lalalalala I can't hear you look at the cool action adventure mystery To Catch a Thief bullshit ignore the much more interesting concept

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great book

really liked this book it had action and some jokes and sarcasm that just make this a good read I definitely recommend it

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Fun, Fantastic Adventure

Great narration. Fast paced. Excellent worldbuilding.Two new wonderfully realized characters. Can't wait for the next hook!

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  • 05-15-19

utahjacko

Grrrrreat Listen. Many thanks to Luke Daniel's for recommending it on Favebook.

I can not wait for more.

Cheers