Johannes Cabal the Detective : Johannes Cabal

  • by Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by Robin Sachs
  • Series: Johannes Cabal
  • 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Johannes Cabal, necromancer of some little infamy, returns in this riotously clever and terrifically twisted tale of murder and international intrigue.
In this genre-twisting novel, infamous necromancer Johannes Cabal, after beating the Devil and being reunited with his soul, leads us on another raucous journey in a little-known corner of the world. This time he’s on the run from the local government.
Stealing the identity of a minor bureaucrat, Cabal takes passage on the Princess Hortense, a passenger aeroship that is leaving the country. The deception seems perfect, and Cabal looks forward to a quiet trip and a clean escape, until he comes face-to-face with Leonie Barrow, an enemy from the old days who could blow his cover. But when a fellow passenger throws himself to his death, or at least that is how it appears, Cabal begins to investigate out of curiosity. His minor efforts result in a vicious attempt on his own life—and then the gloves come off.
Cabal and Leonie—the only woman to ever match wits with him—reluctantly team up to discover the murderer. Before they are done, there will be more narrow escapes, involving sword fighting and newfangled flying machines. There will be massive destruction, not to mention resurrected dead.
Steampunk meets the classic Sherlockian mystery in this rip-roaring adventure where anything could happen - and does.


What the Critics Say

“For anyone whose taste edges towards the intelligent and macabre, this book is a gift...a Lemony Snicket for adults.” (Fangoria)


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Customer Reviews

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A Decent Successor to the First

Do not be deceived by the title--it is actually mostly a detective story. :) Okay, I jest a bit, but after Book 1, I expected I suppose more supernatural twists.. more fantastical stuff. As it was, we were treated to a bit in the beginning and a bit at the end, but most of the book was a steampunk detective story.

Parts of the book were slow, but Howard keeps it going with interesting turns here and there. What's interesting is that while my wife doesn't really appreciate a book along the lines of the first one, I was able to recommend this one to her (she loves detective stories). She's in the midst of it now, just getting to the detective bits.

Anyways, in terms of characters, Cabal is Cabal--the 'bad' guy you've come to know and.. enjoy reading about. I like the mild interweaving of some of the story from the first book; but it's not enough so that you have to read it first (hence my wife can listen w/o doing so).

By far, for me, the most enjoyable part of the book was the last bit. Was it the prologue? I don't remember how it was framed, but it was fun--more Cabal style. That's what I look for in Cabal books.

Sachs is a different reader than the first book, but he manages a close enough continuity in voice that Cabal is still Cabal. He does the various accents quite well; I think I detected some intentional hiding and showing of a mild German accent for Cabal, which was masterful. Very well done; I look forward to more books read by Sachs. I think he is a reader on par with/comparable Guidall and Dale, which I think are masters.

Overall, I did enjoy it and if you like either detective stories or steampunk or antiheroes, you might enjoy it, too.
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- Ambrose "Software Designer & Armchair Philosopher"

Not as good as the first Johannes Cabal novel

I'm assuming if you're reading this, you listened to and loved the first Johannes Cabel novel as I did.

In fact, I esteem the first novel so highly that it pains me to say this - the sequel wasn't quite up to snuff.

I think I've narrowed it down to the two points that caused a problem for me. The first is the narrator Robin Sachs, who was very capable, but lacked the panache of the narrator of the first novel, Christopher Cazenove.

The second point was that the author moved from a macabre fantasy motif to a steampunk mystery motif. A very interesting setting and premise, but didn't draw me in as much as the first.

I think the author, Jonathan L. Howard, has an incredible command of rich prose - but it seems to lend itself much better to the lighthearted, skullduggery-filled, mischievous, and fantastic atmosphere of the first novel. And it also seems to depend highly on delivery, something the narrator Cazenove so admirably provided in the the first book.
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- Ryan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-13-2010
  • Publisher: Random House Audio