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Called (Southern Watch Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Robert J. Crane
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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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.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 378 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 (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,505 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 (Coming November 4th, 2014)
2. In the Wind (Coming Late 2014)

Sanctuary Series:
1. Defender (FREE)
2. Avenger
3. Champion
4. Crusader
5. Sanctuary Tales, Volume One
6. Thy Father's Shadow
7. Master (Coming Late 2014)

Southern Watch
1. Called
2. Depths
3. Corrupted (Coming Fall 2014)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A diverting demonic romp 2 April 2014
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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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern watch 1 Mar. 2014
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Took me a while to get into it but well worth it. I didn't want to put it down and was glad to have the next book to follow on with straight away.
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I read this book unsure of what to expect. I had just finished The Girl in the Box series, and was curious to see of Robert J Crane could write another series that would have me so well and truly hooked. The answer was an unquestionable...YES! This book intertwines fantasy, with characters you can't help but warm to (as well as some you hate!). It's full of dry humour, as well as some some real laugh out loud moments...and some gore of course. I had to immediately download book 2 (which I'm hooked on!). If you haven't read any of Robert J Crane's books before, you must read this. If you have read GITB and are looking for a new drama, this is also for you!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking 7 April 2015
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There is a lot of ironic humour in this and the main protagonists are likeable, intriguing guys.
I like this man's writing style and have thoroughly enjoyed the Girl In A Box series....this didn't grab me in quite the same way. I read it all, though, and felt intrigued by the little hooks Crane left behind for readers, to keep them interested. Still not sure, though.
There is a sketchy quality to the whole thing, yet underneath, it felt like a good, fun yarn. It's a freebie, to suck us gotta be worth a punt.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok!
I liked some of the characters and the story seemed interesting but for some reason I couldn't really get into it and gave up after a few chapters.
Published 6 days ago by Miss Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thoroughly enjoyed this will be purchasing more
Published 12 days ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive and demonic
Vivid and well placed buddy story with movie action sequences and proper menace. Looking forwards to the next one! Thank you.
Published 25 days ago by Neil Howarth
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not as good as I expected. The idea is good but I found the writing a bit amateurish.
Published 1 month ago by Jane Doe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Read
Published 2 months ago by Solidjackson
5.0 out of 5 stars The characters develop slowly but are better for it
I ordered this book because of the price (at the time) - free. Soon couldn't put it down. Will be ordering the rest of the series when I have time to read it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ray G
4.0 out of 5 stars Called (Southern Watch
Not really sure about this one. I will read it again and see if I can get more into it. It's a bit like Zombies and Dracula mixed together, Using a sword and knife, instead of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jack Goodacre
4.0 out of 5 stars AN ok BOOK.
Not the usual subject matter I read. However I enjoyed the book worth the time.
Published 2 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
A thoroughly good read, with everything a good book should have.
Published 2 months ago by jools
3.0 out of 5 stars Demons
I didn't warm to this book straight away like I did with the girl in.the box seris but by the end I definitely wanted to no more and was intrigued. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jo
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