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Publisher's Summary

In New York, there's a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Of course, most humans are oblivious to this, but Cal Leandros is only half-human. His father's dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares - and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal.
He and his half-brother Niko have managed to stay a step ahead for three years, but now Cal's dad has found them again. And Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they've always wanted him....
©2010 Rob Thurman (P)2010 Penguin Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Tracey on 03-28-13

Excellent debut for promising new series

The main characters are half-brothers. The younger brother, Cal Leandros, constantly wrestles with his inner monster (we learn later it is more than inner, but I won't spoil the reveal.) Nikos, the older brother, with whom Cal shares a mother, is a martial arts expert that has stuck by his brother, whose "nature" cause them to have a peripatetic life. moving from place to place to escape some pursuing evil.

This is a first effort and isn't perfect. Some of the writing is uneven, some of the dialogue a bit unrealistic (Nikos vacillates from sounding like a teenager to Yoda) and I felt like there should be a drinking game associated with Cal ruminating on his "monstrosity." Plus, Nikos is a bit TOO good with his marital arts, to be a match with some of the otherworldly foes he battles.

That aside, this was a really fun read, with some interesting spin on the "traditional" mythology and is chalk full of otherworldly creatures (trolls, shifters, vampires, etc.) I really like the strong bound between the two brothers and LOVE the snarky dialogue. The minor characters liven up the book (especially Rob Fellows.)

Patrick Lawlor is an excellent narrator and does a great job with voice characterization. The gin-soaked sound of his voice helped underline Cal's otherworldly nature.

I anxiously await the addition of the other volumes of this series to Audible!


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4 out of 5 stars
By pj on 10-24-10

I agree

I have the pulp version, and loved it, looking forward to the next up in the series...
pj

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