Welcome to The Codex - Omnibus edition.
This special edition includes the epic origin story, Failed Crusade, that inspired five volumes of demon hunting across the multiverse (and multiple genres.) This fantasy story has an amazing twist ending.
The original Codex stories appeared in The Crimson Pact anthologies as The Transition and The Merging. These stories are connected to each other, and to Failed Crusade at their roots, but occur many years later. They follow an unsuspecting foreign exchange student named Sloan Boyle. A seemingly innocent interaction with a stranger in a Spanish Cafe leads to a dangerous series of events, and a weighty discovery that threatens everything Sloan ever knew about this world and his role in it.
Club PK2 is written in the same Codex universe as the other stories but is a separate adventure with distinct characters. The voice is reminiscent of Supernatural. It follows a hardened cop named Tray sent undercover on special assignment to expose a dangerous underground fight club. The cop discovers much more than a bunch of thugs trying to make a buck, and he learns something about The Codex, and the demon's master plan in the process.
The Codex ended up playing a pivotal role in the final story, Sealed with Fire. This epic final battle between The Crimson Pact and the demons pays tribute to the best stories and characters in the series. As you finish listening to this omnibus edition, I hope you'll be interested in learning how The Codex impacted the final fight. If that's the case, you'll want to pick up The Crimson Pact, volume five.
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A Fateful Encounter
Unexpected, other worldly, frightening
This story takes an average young man and thrusts him into an adventure of a life time, or should I say several life times? We all harbor a fear of the unknown, and when Sloan is approached by a Stranger who seemed to have purposely picked him out of a crowd, that fear rears it's ugly head in Sloane and he must learn the purpose for the encounter and what he is suppose to do with the knowledge he is gaining from an unknown source.
Steve Barnes give the story a touch of realism, as you can hear the doubt, surprise and resolve in his voice as he progresses through the stories. Hearing the words spoken instead of reading them, make very clear the intent of the author at any particular point in the book.
There is a moment when Sloane realizes that he has been with this same group of souls before, although he doesn't recognize the faces or names. I think it was his Ah Ha moment and the woman he had loved through all those other lives was still there and waiting for him to open his mind and rejoin them.
I would recommend The Codex to anyone who follows Justin Swapp and his amazing ability to spin a good tale. His brand of story telling brings the reader right into the middle of the action and makes you duck when fists start flying and chairs are crashing into walls.
A first rate writer, who I hope has many more stories to tell.
- Carolyn Linington
It's a fantasy book that was actually several related short stories in one. The stories went along at a good pace and drew me in. Overall, a good book and will be enjoyed by fantasy fans.
- jey cee