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Thicker Than Water: A Felix Castor Novel [Kindle Edition]

Mike Carey
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Old ghosts of different kinds come back to haunt Fix, in the fourth gripping Felix Castor novel.

Names and faces he thought he'd left behind in Liverpool resurface in London, bringing Castor far more trouble than he'd anticipated. Childhood memories, family traumas, sins old and new, and a council estate that was meant to be a modern utopia until it turned into something like hell . . . these are just some of the sticks life uses to beat Felix Castor with as things go from bad to worse for London's favourite freelance exorcist.

See, Castor's stepped over the line this time, and he knows he'll have to pay; the only question is: how much? Not the best of times, then, for an unwelcome confrontation with his holier-than-thou brother, Matthew. And just when he thinks things can't possibly get any worse, along comes Father Gwillam and the Anathemata. Oh joy . . .

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The author has mastered the challenge of incorporating the paranormal into a normal urban setting, and his refusal to pull punches makes this a harder hitting genre entry than many others (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

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A fourth helping of Felix Castor in this acclaimed supernatural noir series from the bestselling author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (28 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZSE4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your Family Troubles Aren't Like This 18 Jun. 2009
Thicker Than Water is the fourth and most personal Felix Castor novel to date. Felix is a whistle carrying exorcist, who up until now has been involved in cases rather than been at the centre of them.

A body is found in a car. The road it's on is overlooking an estate. How does the body relate to the events that are happening in the estate, why is Castor a suspect and why does this lead Felix to his home town of Liverpool. And why is Juliet strangely silent on the cause of the case in hand.

I've probably said it before that I'm a big believer in starting at the beginning. I have and will go into a series with some success like the books of Neal Asher and Fred Vargas part way through and work backwards. But there are some series despite having no number on the cover that should be read in order.

]The Dresden Files is a series where you get more from it knowing how the dynamics work and what experiences they have gone through and how those events have changed them. Well the Felix Castor novels work like that. Yes you can can read them alone but you're not going to care as much as you might if you'd read the other three in order.

This is because Mike Carey has been dragging us in from book one, The Devil You Know, on the journey of Felix Castor. Not that is really what it feels like but the impact is definitely felt in Thicker Than Water. You get to meet his brother Matthew, delve into the shaping of Felix Castor through some of the events of his childhood, and find out that things aren't aways how they appear.

One of the interesting points of this book is the way the whole cast is brought together. They work as a team each having their own roles but their connections aren't shown in neon and they go deeper than what's mentioned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing regardless of genre 28 May 2009
I've always liked Carey's work, but felt that Felix Castor was just John Constantine lite. Don't make that mistake. while the protagonist is similar, with the same history (Liverpool), friends (demons and suchlike) and angst, it's not Castor that's the pulling power here, it's the story and the accuracy.

Fact is that Carey describes my London, from my local defunct cinema in Walthamstow (a zombie hideout? I always had my suspicions!) to a South London Housing estate so similar to the one I grew up on that the book actually made me call my mother to check the facts. Turned out it was all frighteningly accurate.

So put simply ignore the familiarity. Carey writes London and London life more accurately than any writer in the genre. Laugh out loud funny too.

looking forward to his next biography of my life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy them please 19 Jun. 2009
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
I love Mike Carey's work. From Hellblazer, to Lucifer to Crossing Midnight and the Castor books, there is a depth of quality and realism allowing the reader to feel involved - something that is growing increasingly rare in this Dan Brown heavy world.

Castor is his ultimate creation. Fair enough - he's a bit of a John Constantine rip-off but I'll let him off.

In this story we learn more about Castor's family life and specifically the rift between him and his brother. Great humour, darkness and tragedy, much like a less absorbed Neil Gaiman. In fact that is potentially where the major difference occurs - Carey is able to convey the modern world more succintly whilst Gaiman is firmly routed in the weird.

The only downside is the mini-cliffhanger - which I expect now to continue throughout the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing saga or cracking read? 20 Mar. 2009
This is the fourth in the Felix Castor series and I began reading with that feeling you get from any continuing story. After the first couple of chapters I got into the swing of things and began to thoroughly enjoy the read.

This novel builds on the previous ones and neatly brings together a lot of threads. I found this a compulsive read and couldn't put it down. Well worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Water 13 Feb. 2015
Mike Carey is not a name I'd come across before, but on hearing he'd written the book that the film ''Constantine'' was based on, I was certainly interested in his work. ''Thicker Than Water'' is the fourth in his series involving Felix Castor and whilst that gave me slight pause about coming in to an already well established series, my desire to check out Carey's work outweighed any concerns I had.

Felix Castor is an exorcist, attempting to fight the demons, werewolves and zombies that inhabit our world. Not all of them, as his closest friend has a demon living inside him whilst his friends Nicky and Juliet are a zombie and succubus. Mostly, he lets such things be, but if they cause trouble he takes it upon himself to remove them from the world and let us mere humans live in peace.

This time around, Castor is implicated in a murder when a childhood friend is found with his throat cut and Felix's name written in his blood on the windscreen. Felix is sure this is a cry for help, not an implication, as the victim knew that he was an exorcist. To prove this, Castor needs to locate the demon the victim was pointing him to an exorcise it. However, the demon is a big one, with a hold on an entire London housing estate that causes those it touches to wound either themselves or others.

I loved the idea behind the story and the further I got into it, I loved the execution of the tale. The idea of having a modern world inhabited by evil beings is not a new one, but Carey moulds the worlds together so expertly that it's difficult to see the join. Carey makes the whole idea seem so plausible that I found myself looking at people in the street and wondering if they were all they appeared to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed the series
Published 3 months ago by John Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger
I finished this book on a plane, halfway from London to Lisbon. I had to buy the next as soon as I got to my hotel. Read more
Published 17 months ago by jedmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Castor Rules
If you've just stumbled upon Mr.Castor and want to get acquainted, may I recommend you head back to 'The Devil You Know', the first in the series. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Billsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic
Felix Castor gets better and better. The writing is superb, the cadence of words like the music Castor uses to trap the spirits. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Raven Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars These keep getting better
These books are better than 5 star.

There are very few writers (Terry Pratchett, Iain Banks, Lois McMaster Bujold, Dorothy Dunnett) who can move me to compassion by... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Crinkly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Found these books by accident started reading them in order. Please if my review gets you to buy, read them in order. Read more
Published 23 months ago by berenice
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG! Powerful writing
I have only very recently come across the Felix Castor series. I enjoyed the first three greatly, although I thought them just a little formulaic - say 4½ stars each. Read more
Published on 2 Feb. 2013 by Philip Cogswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood, tears and Castor family secrets ...
Immediately following DEAD MAN'S BOOTS, Felix and Juliet spirit Rafi away from the hospital and into Imelda's care before Jenna-Jane can claim him for her Institute. Read more
Published on 23 Dec. 2012 by I Read, Therefore I Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Another impressive book in the series
Another great book in the series. There are continuing elements and there is a very intriguing story arc though I think that it could be easily enjoyed if you haven't read any of... Read more
Published on 15 Dec. 2012 by The Emperor
5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing story of Felix Castor (Exorcist)
This is the fourth in the series on Felix Castor.
I originally thought it would be a sort of British "Dresden", but it's most definitely not. Read more
Published on 21 Jan. 2010 by Steve Culshaw
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