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Yancy Lazarus is having a bad day: there's a bullet lodged in his butt cheek, his face looks like the site of a demolition derby, and he's been saran-wrapped to a banquet table. He never should have answered the phone. Stupid bleeding heart - helping others in his circles is a good way to die - just ask the gang members ripped to pieces by some kind of demonic nightmare in LA.
As a favor to a friend, Yancy agrees to take a little looksee into the massacre and boom, he's stuck in a turf war between two rival gangs, which both think he's pinch-hitting for the other side. Oh, and there's also a secretive dark mage with some mean ol' magical chops and a small army of hyena-faced, body-snatching baddies. It might be time to seriously reconsider some of his life choices.
Yancy is a bluesman, a rambler, a gambler, but not much more. Sure, he can do a little magic - maybe even more than just a little magic - but he knows enough to keep his head down and stay clear of freaky-deaky hoodoo like this business in LA. Somehow though, he's been set up to take a real bad fall - the kind of very permanent fall that leaves a guy with a toe tag. That's unless, of course, he can find out who is responsible for the gangland murders, make peace in the midst of the gang feud, and takeout said magical dark mage before he hexes Yancy into an early retirement. Easy right? Stupid. Bleeding. Heart.
©2014 James A. Hunter (Adam W. Strode) (P)2015 James A. Hunter (Adam W. Strode)
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By Meagan on 12-21-15

Wish there was a version with different narration.

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Not a fan of the narration. The Yankee accent makes this guy's voice so monotone it's grating. I'm only two hours in so far, and I'm not sure I'll be able to finish because of it. The story itself isn't bad, and the main character is okay, but I would recommend trying the printed version of this book, rather than the audio book.

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By Suzanne on 11-10-15

Wiseguy Wizard from the South?

In listening to this novel I found that the story itself isn't too bad. Character development seemed good and the plot was solid. However, the use of cliches throughout the main characters diatribe started to get old at about chapter 5. Don't get me wrong, using cliches isn't bad but when someone can't describe something without using them it gets old really quickly.

Another thing that bothered me was that the narrator had a Brooklyn accent - but he apparently grew up in South Carolina. I am NOT sure who came up with the idea that the narrator should have a Yankee accent when he obviously should sound as southern as Rhett Butler but it's something that I couldn't get past once he mentioned where he grew up.

Also - as a result of this "wiseguy" accent he comes off as monotone. He does intonate and there are a few chapters where there is more emotion, but it's not where it should be. For most of the book I was rolling my eyes because of the cliches and the monotone Brooklyn accent.

The story is good though - I think it could be better with the right narration, but this isn't working for me. Others might enjoy it... once you get past the obvious disconnect regarding where he grew up and what his accent sounds like. I think the narrator could do different accents - he did a great job at the other characters (Indian, upper class British, hispanic) but I guess no one thought to read the book before settling on the main characters accent.

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8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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