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Publisher's Summary

R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana, launches a gritty new urban fantasy series set in today's seedy occult underworld in Nightwise.
In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of 10, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.
Now a promise to a dying friend has Ballard on the trail of an escaped Serbian war criminal with friends in both high and low places - and a sinister history of blood sacrifices. Ballard is hell-bent on making Dusan Slorzack pay for his numerous atrocities, but Slorzack seems to have literally dropped off the face of the Earth, beyond the reach of his enemies, the Illuminati, and maybe even the devil himself. To find Slorzack, Ballard must follow a winding, treacherous path that stretches from Wall Street and Washington, DC, to backwoods hollows and truck stops while risking what's left of his very soul....
©2015 Rod Belcher (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Beth on 08-28-15

Enjoyed Story And Narration

Latham is convinced he's a rock star magician or "Wisdom", he's kind of a jerk, can be self-serving, impulsive, and has a killer West Virginia accent. I had no problem liking this character throughout the story, in spite of his faults. Latham is also a little bit 50 shades. An extremely unique character and now one of my favorites along with Sandman Slim. If the BDSM lifestyle puts you off (it's not a huge part of the book- but it's a normal part of a lot of the main characters lives) or you don't like foul language, sex, or violence then this book isn't for you. It's NOT Dresden. What is it to me? is A fantastic, unique, story that is wonderfully narrated by Bronson Pinchot. I hope there is another installment.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dewey Manlove on 10-05-15

Forget Any Negative Reviews and Listen Now

Any additional comments?

An urban fantasy that does not follow the tired template of a wizard (vampire, werewolf, angel…) attempting to redeem himself from his dark past and facing off against an evil wizard (vampire, werewolf, demon, former teacher/master…) who wants to steal or possesses a magical object or raise a demon/god (supernatural villains are pretty limited in imagination) in order to control/destroy the world. Despite his superior powers, our hero is only able to prevail with the help of his friends and a valuable lesson is learned by all.

Laytham Ballard is a magic-using, drug-using, people-using anti-hero. He’s capable of being a truly bad guy, has a truly bad past and is not particularly haunted by that (though he plays lip service to guilt and has a conscious when it suits him). An outstandingly refreshing character in a genre where the idea of a bad-boy protagonist is a guy with the thinnest veneer of roguishness covering his heart of gold.

Despite plot being secondary to the characters in this book, I don't want to risk spoiling it. Suffice to say that the story itself is more than serviceable.

That Bronson Pinchot is outstanding should go without saying.

Highly recommended.In response to a couple of objections by other reviewers:

Freaky sex (S&M). This is mentioned for a short time early in the book followed a bit later by a single sex scene that can easily be skipped. In the last 3/4 of the book sex of any kind does not come up in any meaningful way. Perhaps reading the whole book before writing a review would be helpful to all.

The main character being arrogant/narcissistic/a trash-talker. First urban fantasy novel?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Max on 11-07-15

Be in no doubt he is not a "Good guy"

Any additional comments?

The story is about a bad man and an adventure he goes on for an old friend.

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1 out of 5 stars
By victoria on 08-26-15

Along depressing lack of story

Would you try another book written by R. S. Belcher or narrated by Bronson Pinchot?

no

Has Nightwise put you off other books in this genre?

no

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Bronson Pinchot?

The narrator did a good job it was the product that failed.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, It started as a depressing "story" and meandered endlessly.

Any additional comments?

The main character was a badly written drug addict, and the other people were one dimensional with no real purpose to the plot (or lack of it). It ends with a nod to a series but I only struggled to the end to see if there was a conclusion.
I got this because of the good reviews and the fact that it was likened to Harry Dresden....... In my opinion it is not! It lacks the humor, sadness and people that one can care about in a H.D. tale. It was one long dirge of misery that I found I kept tuning out of.
I'm sending it back.

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