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Publisher's Summary

"I'm John Taylor. I was born in the Nightside, that square mile in the hidden center of London where it is always the hour of the wolf, where gods and monsters walk side by side and where every dark question ever asked can be answered - for a price. I left for a while, but I did come back, to make my living doing what I do better than anyone else: Finding things - lost or stolen, real or imaginary."Recently, I found the most dangerous thing of all: the true identity of my long-gone mother. Turns out she's a being who's been around since beore the dawn of history. Then, she created the Nightside - and now, for her own warped reasons, she intends to destroy it. To stop her before she even gets started, I've got to do some hard traveling - back in Time, through endless eons, into the very distant - and probably deadly - past...."
©2005 Simon R. Green; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A great entrée into the series for new readers." (SF Revu)
"I was really, really impressed at how well the narrator, Marc Vietor, does in creating a believable cast of characters who each have their own distinctive voice." (Green Man Review)
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By Kindle Customer on 09-23-10

Green Man Review's Review

I was once again really, really impressed at how well the narrator, Marc Vietor, does in creating a believable cast of characters who each have their own distinctive voice. I yearn to have him narrate all of the Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe mysteries, as he would be the perfect person to give voice to those works!

This novel is entertaining look at the early history of the Nightside as initially John, Tommy, and Susie travel backwards in time with the assistance of Father Time. Later in the story, Tommy gets tossed back to present day Nightside, though John and Susie keep going backwards towards. . . . Oh, I'm not saying as you'll discover that yourself.

I will single out two highlights of the novel for me.

First, the look at the earlier incarnations of The Londinium Club -- where those with real power go to indulge in pleasures best not described here -- adds a nice touch to the texture of the Nightside story. I particularly like that the Doorman is apparently immortal! The Londinium Club is reflective of London as it grew around this magical place and Green revels in telling its story.

Second, and a real treat for me, was the long look at Herne the Hunter, His Court, and the Wild Hunt. (Yes, John being the prey. A truly bad idea for Lord Herne as John doesn't play fair. Indeed, Herne will suffer badly for taking on John.) I think I've said before that I considered the Nightside novels to be fantasy, but hearing them makes me think that they are more properly treated as classic English horror as the detailed descriptions of the beings herein and what they do is rather visceral when heard.

Suffice it to say the story, though not resolved, is advanced properly.And the usual high production values of everything Audible does is evident here.

Cat Eldridge / Green Man Review

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By Valerie Ng on 02-08-09

The secret is out!

I am still enjoying this series and its good to finally know who John Taylor's mother is!! Normally, a long series tends to get tired, but I'm finding that the plots are still interesting and its nice to have a familiarity in the characters and watching them develop.

I find the narrator in this series to be excellent and I'll be getting the rest of the series.

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By Miss on 08-08-14

The fun continues

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely.

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Mark Vietor continues to do a great job bringing to life the Nightside books. <br/><br/>However, he is starting to have problems with the English accent. His main 'voice' is great Another reviewer thought that his accent in the first Nightside book was a problem, but I did not agree at that point. However, when he tries to do the accent of someone a little "foppish", (case in point: Tommy Oblivion) he's not getting it right. It's neither the upper-class accent of today nor the upper-class accent as it was spoken in the days of the black and white movies. <br/><br/>However, I found that it did not interfere with my enjoyment. Possibly because of the artificial nature of the Nightside itself I was more accepting of one character who had a very phoney accent, Or maybe it was just that I found Mark Vietor did such a good job of the rest of it that I did not really mind.<br/><br/>I find the middle trilogy to be the weakest of the Nightside books (there is a lot of padding, and I just wanted the Lilith plot to be over already). Nevertheless, they're still a great way to pass the time for a few hours.

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By Chantal on 07-08-13

Great series of books

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This is a great book, with lots of fun action, clever banter and dry wit. I found myself laughing out loud often, or shaking my head at how cleverly the writer had twisted the plot. The main characters are interesting and really likable and I found myself missing them when one book was finished. I have all 12 in the series and cant' wait to listen to the next one.

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