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Publisher's Summary

Dante Valentine’s working relationship with the Devil wasn’t her choice - but you don’t turn down a contract with Lucifer and live. Hired to kill fugitive Vardimal Santino, Dante can count as allies only a demon familiar she doesn’t trust and a small band of psychics. The thing is, Dante doesn’t need friends, she needs a miracle. Because the first time Dante Valentine met Santino, she almost died.

©2007 Lilith Saintcrow (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“She’s a brave, charismatic protagonist with a smart mouth and a suicidal streak. What’s not to love?” ( Publishers Weekly)
“A strong engaging voice.” ( SFX)

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  • Maria
  • Citrus Heights, CA, United States
  • 07-10-12

Edge of Seat

This book was fantastic. Lot of action, a lil light romance, and a dance with Lucifer.LOL...not really.However, when you work for the devil you have to know how to do a dance. The ending was fantastic. Not wanting to give anything away, I hope the lil girl gives the devil a run for his money. I have a feeling we will see her again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Dynamic World Building

Great start to series. Dante is a very gripping character, independent and dynamic. The world building is wonderful and well thought out. I really appreciated the time spent really fleshing out little bits of the characters and the setting.

Tanya Eby was a great narrator. I would listen to other books narrated by her.

overall a good listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Working for the Devil...

This novel is centered around Dante Valentine who is a necromancer whom also moonlights as a Bounty Hunter. The novel is set on earth but during some unspecified time in the future. There are high tech gadgets being used and religion has taken a turn into something new.

Unfortunately, in this future soap operas and reality TV still exist... *sighs*... but pizza is still around and coffee has been enhanced...*smiles again*

Also in this future, the mobs/mafia are back to being a powerforce... There isn't any mention of the government structure but one can assume it's different from what we are use to... The magical community is out in the open and have been accepted as citizens.

The author uses an awful lot of curse words... unnecessary curse words. It actually becomes annoying. The is one 10 minute sigment where she is sparring with a coworker and they curse 10 times in 5 mintues...🤤

Then you have the other big character, the Prince of Hell. Lucifer is constantly described as beautiful... but he just doesn't come across as sexy or as conniving as he should be... he is missing something vital 😐...

I do like that the author doesn't give us a long backstory... just throws you head first into her world. Seasoned fantasy readers will be happy we don't have every little thing explained.

Why does Japh come across like the Terminator dressed in all black and spouting stuff like PUT THAT DOWN... (I'LL BE BACK). This portion of the book where Dante has to deal will Japh adjusting to being in earth and working with a human was what this book one should have focused on. It's the part that made the book interesting. It gave me that SUPERNATURAL feeling of Cas learning to be on earth... oh and he wears a coat like Cas too 😁

Chase is a coworker and Dante's lover. He is in the Latin mob, lives in Rio, but isn't described as latino... didn't match up for me there. 😒

The love situation happens rather quickly. Though I'm not one for dragged out sexual tension for half a series, I do think a little time should be spent building it up.

One of my favorite quotes, "You will not leave me to walk this earth alone"... I'm not usually into the mushy stuff but that hit me in the soft spot. 😙

Overall, I think this was a decent novel. I wasn't pulled in nor do I have any deep feelings for the charcters. The narrator doesn't bring across the demons or Lucifer. They should be a bit sexy, refined, and devious. It's decent enough that I'll try out Book 2 but it's a 2.5 star book.

2 Stars - Decent. Has Potential. Possibly a good idea for a story but something could have been better. Sometimes it's because the author put too little or too much into the wrong parts of the story. New authors sometimes fall in this ranking and move up as their series progresses. Doesn't mean I hated it. Just means it was missing something to push it over the hump

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Great story, crap narration

I read this series years ago and loved it, so when I saw it on sale through Audible, I jumped at the chance to "read" it again. The story was as good as I remembered, but the narrator was so off that it completely ruined it for me. She read it like a YA romance novel, so the main character (who should have been a badass heroine) came across as a whiny, angsty teenager and the demon she works with sounded like a ridiculously over acted robot on a kiddy show. It so disappointing. I'm sorry that I already wasted credits getting the whole series.

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Right up until the end....

This was really good except for the ending. I have a hunch that will resolve itself in the next book which I will read because despite the ending it really was a good book.

The narrator did a really nice job.

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not a bad book for the money

I liked the story.some parts seemed drag out.but in all worth the price.but not to bad

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  • ARR
  • Miskatonic U
  • 04-26-13

Didn't Impress...

I read the first book of Lilith Saintcrow's Jane Kismet series, and really liked it, so when the Dante Valetine series showed up on sale, I bought the first two.

I can say, I much prefer the Kismet book. Dante Valentine's flavor of sarcasm is excessive, and just makes her seem childish.

The demon, Jaframel (not sure about spelling, since it's an audiobook!) blends right in with every other stoic male hero ever.

Don't waste your time on second rate heroes or villains-
If you want interesting and manipulative demons, try Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series.
If you want a really conniving Lucifer, try Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim series.

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Great story line!

Would you listen to Working for the Devil again? Why?

Yes. I think that I was expecting a better voice for a High Ranking Demon. I liked the voice on the main charator but cringed at his. I think in my minds eye while reading the book I thought he would sound more direct, dominate, maie. Thou if I remeber correctly it stated that he had a mono tone, never giving away emotion but not bridging arguement. HMMM?

Which scene was your favorite?

Everytime she encounters the Devil.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some parts hit too close to home and was VERY thankful the author left out the grousome details. I had to read/listen to the part were she,,,,,, well darn you have to listen/read to find out.

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  • Umar
  • Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 12-06-12

Wish I Knew about this series before

If you could sum up Working for the Devil in three words, what would they be?

Damn Great Start

What did you like best about this story?

The main character, the mix of supernatural and science fiction, the supporting characters and the interesting mid-story twist

Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

Main character, she breathed real life into Dante Vanletine

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This bounty hunter is about to get the job from hell. . . literally.

Any additional comments?

Some books take me a minute to get into. Some books grab me by the hanging pair and hold on until I finish. This book totally falls into the latter. Great characters, great beginning, really interesting mid-story twist, and and ending that makes you ask, "Okay, what the hell comes next?" I'll be picking up the rest as soon as I can.