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Everson Croft here, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard.
Show me an amateur conjurer, and I'll stop him before he gets himself killed.
That's the idea, anyway. But New York City isn't what it used to be, and I don't mean the recent crash.
Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn't be able to. And there's been a murder at the city's most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim's back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.
Something tells me I'm in over my head. And that's not just Chinatown's newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking.
No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I'm amassing enemies like they're aluminum cans.
Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh?
Damn. Maybe I'm the amateur here.
©2016 Brad Magnarella (P)2016 Brad Magnarella
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By Troublemer on 12-09-16

Never a dull moment.

This book is about Prof Croft who is a wizard. Trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes. Even when he is told to leave things alone. He just can't. This book reminds me a lot of the Dresden books. I love these kind of books. If you like the Dresden you will like this one. I look forward to listening or reading more of these. The narration was fantastic. I received this audio book free for a honest opinion but it is work them money or credit.

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By The Kindly One on 12-20-16

Starts good, but quickly declines to mediocrity.

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The books starts strong and interisting, sort of a dresden files light, with some differences. New York is in trouble as of a major financial crash, magic is actualy fairly known about with many people practicing openly, and people know there are supernatural things out there, even if a few people refuse to beleive.<br/><br/>The man character starts out decent enough as well, but quickly falls into the "mage with authority troubles" except this guy has no reason. His job is to help new practitioners who are summoning demons, likely accidental, or just dont know what they are getting into. He doesnt always succeed. After one time he was arrested as a shard of an incubus thats trapped in his soul took over after expending himself to hard, and got drunk at the scene of the crime and was arrested by the police as he was at the scene, with a coat of the victims blood on him. due to a lack of evidence he was let out on probation and has been towing that since.<br/><br/>Now he has been offered a chance to clear his name some by helping with an investigation, while also investigating mass demon summonings on the side. While being sloppy he is sighted at the scene of one of the murders, and the police begin to suspect him.<br/><br/>And here is the issue. There is absolutely NO reason why he shouldnt tell them just what he is and what he does, give them some proof, and possibly receive aid for what he is doing. Instead he bitches and moans like a 5 year old and makes a mess of everything. The character devolves into an obnoxious idiot who does stupid things for stupid reasons and it starts to get old fast. I havent finished the book just yet, but im getting SSOOO very close to just deleting it from my phone and getting a refund.

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By Andrei on 03-03-17

Finally, something similar to Dresden files

This series enters the select club of Dresden files and Alex Verus. I like that some of the elements are so familiar that there is no need for lenghty explanations. Fast paced, good narrator and good story.

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By Amazon Customer on 12-03-16

recommend to jim butcher dresden fans

I enjoyed it. this is a cross between a teeny bit of Indian a Jones meets a fair bit of Harry dresden but it works and I would definitely by future books in this series.

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By connor on 11-03-17


It's not a bad read the story telling is ok. Unfortunately the main character is underpowered for a wizard. I feel the main idea has potential but it comes off as Dresden files knock off close to a great read but the main character needs a bit more substance I hope that the story improves in the next book

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