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Called (Southern Watch Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Robert J. Crane
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Book Description

Archibald "Arch" Stan was a local cop in Midian, Tennessee that was good at his job, good at being a husband, and exceptionally good at hiding his disappointment at not being able to figure out what was missing in his life that made it all seem so empty.

Lafayette Hendricks looked like a drifter, a broken-down hitchhiker blown through Midian on the prevailing winds. When Arch catches him in a fight on the town square, though, things start to get weird, fast, because the guy he's fighting doesn't die when he gets shot. And Hendricks is carrying a sword.

Pretty soon, Arch's whole life is turned upside down by Hendricks's revelation that there's a secret world operating under the one he's been living in his whole life - one filled with demons, chaos, and unspeakable evils, one of which is already in town, stirring trouble. And if the two men don't band together to keep watch on the darkness falling on Midian, then this small town might just get swallowed up by the forces of evil - with the rest of the world to follow shortly behind.

WARNING: Contains violence, coarse language and sexual situations.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 526 KB
    • Print Length: 173 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494786907
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Midian Press (3 Feb. 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00I9J8VQY
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,676 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    Robert J. Crane enjoys videogames, travel and the occasional nap.

    List of all series, in reading order:

    The Girl in the Box (SERIES COMPLETE)
    1. Alone (FREE)
    2. Untouched (FREE)
    3. Soulless (FREE)
    4. Family
    5. Omega
    6. Broken
    7. Enemies
    8. Legacy
    9. Destiny
    10. Power

    Out of the Box - Sequel series to Girl in the Box
    1. Limitless
    2. In the Wind
    3. Ruthless
    4. Grounded
    5. Tormented (Coming Sep. 1, 2015)
    6. Vengeful (Coming Dec. 1, 2015)

    Sanctuary Series:
    1. Defender (FREE)
    2. Avenger
    3. Champion
    4. Crusader
    5. Sanctuary Tales, Volume One
    6. Thy Father's Shadow
    7. Master
    8. Fated in Darkness (Coming 2015)
    9. Warlord (Coming 2015)

    Southern Watch
    1. Called (FREE)
    2. Depths
    3. Corrupted
    4. Unearthed
    5. Legion (Coming Late 2015)

    Free books are free in ebook form only and are subject to Amazon's generosity, can change at any time.

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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A diverting demonic romp 2 April 2014
    By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    A demon hunter rolls into Smalltown, Tennessee; his sword (blessed with holy water) hidden in the folds of his drover’s coat. A horde of lesser demons, disguised as low-life human trash, cause chaos killing civilians. An honourable local lawman, previously clueless about the existence of demons but an admirably fast learner, joins the fray. A greater demon, whose top-dollar suit is really rather too sharp for the rural setting, attempts to summon something grievously big and bad which might bring about the apocalypse. Something big and bad ends up… trapped inside a dairy cow called Creampuff.

    I admit it. Author Robert J Crane got me in the early chapters with the cow called Creampuff and its unlikely possession by an unearthly inhabitant.
    But even before that laugh-out-loud moment, I was enjoying this new additional to the urban fantasy genre. Not that the action takes place anywhere urban, so maybe this would be better described as ‘modern magical mythology.’ Consider it in the same category as Harry Dresden or the Iron Druid and you’ll know what to expect. And there’s more than a passing resemblance to the early Dresden files – in an entirely good way.
    ‘Called’ is action-packed, witty and quick-paced. The writing is clean and crisp. Wry observations about the ridiculous nature of human (and demon) behaviour abound, so look out for the PC-demon who doesn’t want anyone to think his murderous rampage is in any way stimulated by racial bigotry (he’s killing people cos they’s good, not cos they’s black…). The key characters are easily identifiable and the kind of guys you want to spend some time with.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 27 Aug. 2014
    By a
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I stumbled upon this author while looking for free Kindle downloads and, after reading the ones he was giving away, was hooked.
    I had bought this book before actually reading what it was about. I had read Crane's 'Girl in a Box' series and was just looking for something else he had written. Starting to read, I thought this was a decision I might regret. The character being described was definitely a cowboy and if there is one genre I don't read it is Westerns.
    I am so happy that I stuck with reading past the first page! This was a brilliant book and I immediately bought the second.
    'Called' is a brilliant read. Within a couple of chapters I had started to fall in love with the characters. The humour throughout the book actually had me laughing out loud. The story moves at a good pace and there isn't any extraneous padding to the story. The mysterious woman in the book has me intrigued and I can't wait to read more.
    This is a great read and crosses genre enough to appeal to a very large audience. Treat yourself, give this book a go, I don't think you will regret it.
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    By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    This is something completely different for Crane.
    A walk on the darker, more gruesome border of the worlds of Urban Fantasy.
    I am not sure how I feel about this one. It lacked the distinctive style and Craneness I have come to enjoy about his books and yet it had a certain je ne sais quoi.
    We have a trio of main characters, Hollywood the gentleman demon with the morals of an alley cat, Hendricks the nonchalant demon-hunter and Arch the cop with a conscience. Three strong men who couldn't be more different and yet each one interwoven into the hidden world of the supernatural.
    The story seemed to overwhelm the characters though, which meant they left less of an overall imprint than they could and should have done.
    The sense of evil is ripe and the feeling that worse is yet to come lingers like a overpowering sense of foreboding throughout the tale. Simultaneously Crane has managed to stamp his own special brand of wit on the story. The end-product is a mad mix of limb-chomping (literally) horror, quirky humour meets Urban Fantasy.
    One thing I have to mention is the accent and general feeling of the setting. I swear whilst I read it I could hear a southern drawl throughout.
    This book is part of Sinners & Sorcerers: Four Urban Fantasy Thrillersa box-set of four Urban Fantasy stories.
    I received a copy of this book courtesy of the author.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Called... and I answered yes please 16 Jun. 2015
    By Vamp
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    After reading Crane's "Girl in the Box" series ( and still currently reading the "Out of the Box) I started on Southern Watch not expecting much. Surely to write another series and make your readers care about the characters is a bit hit and miss? Not so, I've found myself even more of a fan. Still not prepared to say I favour Southern Watch over the Sienna story, but it really is getting that way. Crane keeps you guessing, demands patience from his readers and has that Stephen King style of writing where he'll knock on the door and your imagination leads you into the house and further beyond. I'm not staying these books are for everyone, but if you're a fan of the fantasy/demon ass-kicking genre, you will love this. The characters are fed to you in such a way that sheer curiosity drives you on to find out something, more, everything! This writer has hit his stride with Southern Watch. I urge you to read the four books in sequence. You will never regret it if you're able to handle it.
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