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I became a fan of this author when I read his The Rules of Supervillainy series and honestly couldn't see how he could better that, well he just did!!! This book was amazing!!!
Derek is an exceptional spy (he thinks so anyway ;)) for the Red Room, an organisation that protects humanity from supernaturals and all they can do. The Red Room is the type of organisation that you are born into and your whole family will be part of. Derek and his twin are spys and his dad is a big wig in the firm. He doesn't exactly stick to the rules but he always seems to get the job done. His current assignment is closer to home than usual. Someone is unleashing a devastating virus that make people Zombie like and if this get's out in the world then it's game over!!! Derek is tasked with finding out who is behind it and who the mole is inside the Red Room. Along with his new partner, Shannon, can he stop the bad guys in time??
Derek was such an awesome character. He is the type who doesn't like to bow to authority and likes to do things his own way, even if it get's him in trouble. This mission sees him investigating his ex wife and finding out things about things that he never knew ;) As is C.T's style, he really knows how to write a great character!! Everyone of them are well written and developed, kick ass and sarcastic as hell, but they all have many layers that unravel slowly throughout and you can't help but root for them! I loved Penny and her girlfriend, I loved Shannon and found her very intriguing but most of all I loved Derek!!!
Everything about this book was amazing, from the gripping and entertaining storyline, to the fantastical realm the author created, this is a must read. C.T Phipps has created a world that will never get old, a world where magic and technology go hand in hand, a world that captivated me and makes me want to dive into it again!! This book was action packed, magic filled, hilariously funny at times and absolutely made it's way into one of my favourites. All I have left to say is, read this book!!!!! In fact read this authors books!!! He is phenomenal.
Jeffrey Kafer just knows how to tell a story!! He captures all the nuances perfectly and really brings the book to life. He also has a way that realy brings across the snarkiness of the characters and the dry sense of humor brilliantly. He is a narrator that I always recommend.
*I received a copy of this from the author for review. This in no way affected my thoughts*
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I rank this as a 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5
This is one of those urban fantasy novels that will have every other urban fantasy author thinking “Damn, why didn’t I think of that?” It is a worthy entry into the genre and should garner quite a following for the inevitable series.
The synopsis available on Goodreads and Audible is sufficient for the plotline. In brief, it is about a James Bond type character who works for a secret global organization that polices the supernatural and keeps the existence of the supernatural from rest of the world.
I had just finished two books (the Supervillainy series) by both the same author and same narrator, had been intrigued by the premise of “Esoterrorism” and was a little curious on what I was getting into. After all, the hallmark of “Supervillainy” was the snarkiness and humor and it was portrayed well. But “Esoterrorism” sounded like a more serious minded work based on the synopsis. Let me say right here that Esoterrorism bears nothing in common with “Supervillainy”: this is a serious treatise on policing the paranormal and Jeffrey Kafer delivered a serious performance with a gravitas that I didn’t associate with him after becoming associated with his very good comedic performance of “Supervillainy”.
“Esoterrorism” isn’t as polished as a Jim Butcher/Dresden novel and the climax/showdown was a tad brief and anti-climactic for my tastes. It made me think the author hit a desired number for his word count and that it was time to wrap it up. I could be wrong but I don’t feel the plot dictated the climax as soon as it occurred, that the flow of the events and plot was a little forced if that makes sense. I don’t mean to give the impression that I didn’t enjoy the novel, just that this good novel had the potential to be a great novel. I will get the sequel when it comes out and I think this series will be one I will be following for years to come.
Jeffrey Kafer’s performance was excellent. He far exceeded my expectations in delivering a serious performance and I had difficulty reconciling that this was the same narrator I had enjoyed listening to the previous day deliver a comedic performance.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
The story was good but Jeffrey Kafer (who was ok, albeit not good, on the Supervillainy saga) shouldn't be narrating books! He has an excellent action hero voice, which worked well for the main character. But all the other male characters sounded the same. And the other main hero (an Irish woman) should not have sounded like a slightly robotic version of the main character; Kafer made no noticeable attempt to modulate his vocal tone to sound at all feminine and - unless he thinks all Irish people are androids - there was no attempt at an accent.
Seriously man, women aren't robots and female characters deserve just as much effort as male ones... and possibly even more when you're narrating across genders!)
Jeffrey Kafer has somehow managed to take the crown of "worst narrator" from the guy who butchered The Night Circus. The narration would have been better done by the male and female voices of Siri.