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Herr Cabal does not disappoint,
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This review is from: Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute: The Fear Institute (Johannes Cabal series Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
Let's start off by saying I have read the other two books before this one and was already a fan going in to this third novel. There are other reviewers saying this book stands alone (if that's how you wish to read it) however I must recommend reading the others first.
There is a progression in character for Johannes Cabal through the books. It's a subtle change but enjoyable to see through the three novels. Then there will be the odd mention of a character or event from one of the past adventures. Though fans of the series may be sad to see certain characters not making a reappearance.
To be completely honest I don't know why anyone would read this first but perhaps others aren't as fussy when it comes to books as I am. And I suppose the three books all do seem to have their own "flavour" after all. The first, a mad race to beat the devil. The second, a murder mystery detective novel. Then this one, a boy's own adventure in to the strange dreamlands.
The fun of Johannes Cabal is, for me at least, in Johannes Cabal. A man that walks a fine line. He could be easily unlike-able but isn't. There's fun in reading his thoughts on whether or not to just shove his employers over a cliff and have the stupid adventure over and done with. Herr Cabal is a man not afraid to kill if it means having his way or not having to listen to someone's annoying chatter anymore. He's smarter than those around him which leads to a constant sarcastic tone.
The setting of the book, The Dreamlands, is a wonderful exercise of the imagination. The idea is that it is a land created by people's dreams. Time is subjective and things don't quite happen how you would expect them to. Witches live in graveyards and discuss your future, hermits live in far off cities when only they hold the answer.
The story is a fantastic journey and will have you laughing at Cabal's comments or the sheer joy of what's happening. As with the other books, I reached a point when I didn't want to stop reading. The final chapters especially were the highlight with the book going in interesting directions you may not have expected.
The only down side to the Kindle edition is with the map. The map is viewable but as with other Kindle books it doesn't lend itself to easily flicking to it if you're curious about where the characters are. It's not overly important to know but it's a shame there wasn't a version online that I could consult. (Perhaps the cloud Kindle reader holds the answer.)
If you're new to Johannes Cabal you can probably guess that I'll now recommend you to give the first book a try first and if you're already a fan what are you waiting for?