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Publisher's Summary

In the sequel to the blockbuster The Dying Dance, Private Detective Moses Byone returns to help the FBI uncover the mystery of who is experimenting on the mentally ill men of New Orleans. Mose must search his memory and his own dark past. Will he discover the truth before he becomes a victim to the strange, enigmatic doctor?
©2014 Ricardo M. Fleshman (P)2016 Ricardo M. Fleshman
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By Neesie315 on 04-29-17

The Devil's Serum

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Entertaining & well-written book about a troubled PI

What other book might you compare The Devil's Serum to and why?

Older Raymond Chandler-type books

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I love reading mysteries set in New Orleans, noir-type gumshoes & voodoo, so this series of books involving Moses Byone are a great choice for me. This book isn't quite as good as the first, but still entertaining.

The author delves into the world of the New Orleans nightlife, drag queens & voodoo all while drawing you into the world of a PI with a past. Add in an insane asylum, a creepy & deranges Doctor & you have a great read!

I look forward to continuing to travel into the world of Moses Byone in the rest of this series

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By Dominique on 03-21-17

New Orleans Ambiance

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I love any book written that takes place in New Orleans. Then again, I love wandering around New Orleans Square at Disneyland, so take that remark at face value.

I'm not going to tell you my favorite moments, because it would mean nothing to you and it would spoil things. I don't like to give away too much about a mystery because you know that there is going to be a twist and unexpected turns, so suffice it to say, expect a fun ride with twists and turns. If you're like me, you prefer to know maybe ten words about a book, then go into it and be as surprised as possible, knowing full well that if you don't like it, has a generous return policy.

This is my first time listening to this narrator, but it won't be my last since I became an instant fan of Nicholas Patrella. And a few times, when the action got intense, I slowed down the speed of the playback to ensure that I didn't miss anything. I just love that about the audible app - even changing from 1.0 to .95 in speed makes a big difference to me in playback.

If you are looking for a good mystery, seeped in the local culture of New Orleans, then this is a great audio book to curl up with, either on a beach in Cancun, or on a rainy day with a mug of hot coco in Maine. But either way, I don't think you'll be disappointed. It's a fun, intelligent read.

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By Norma Miles on 03-07-17

"Sometimes the past can still haunt us."

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Perhaps because this is a sequel and I had not read the preceding book, I found it disjointed initially and was probably a third into the story before it began to fall into place and the person I had expected to be the main focus became, instead, merely an also ran. This was also complicated, I feel, by the fast narration especially in these earlier stages. Overall, Nicholas Pattrella gave a reasonable reading, good and slick as befitted the text, with clearly defined character dialogue. But he seemed over enthusiastic to give a performance, becoming sometimes distracting with the enthusiasm of catching the intensity of exclamations. Some of his pronunciations were a little strange, as well.His machine gun speed left me wondering if he had been on a time limit.

The story was interesting, but it was the atmospheric feeling of New Orleans which was, for this listener, the main pleasure of this book: not the voodoo component itself but the undertones running through it. The main protagonist was interesting with great potential for future stories, but the author would have been better employed building on his character than introducing various other less important players. But then again, this could be because I am unfamiliar with book one. Although a stand alone novel, this book would probably be far more enjoyable with knowledge of the first.

I was given The Devil's Serum as a gift from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. I hope that there will be a third in this series about Detective Byone, again set against the New Orleans background. If there is, I will certainly want to hear it as, despite my comments above, this was an enjoyable listen which for me simply failed to reach it's full potential.

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By Emily on 02-22-17

Byone, Book 2

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I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

This was much better than book 1!!!! It was paced well, and the plot fit with the pacing. The characters were well written and the narration was amazing! The narrator really separated voices for each character and it felt like each character had their own "voice" within the story. It was a great book. Well worth the read!

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