Broken Souls Mass Market Paperback – 5 Aug 2014
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"Blackmoore can't write these books fast enough to suit me. "Broken Souls" is hyper-caffeinated, turbo-bloody, face-stomping fun. This is the L.A.-noir urban fantasy you've been looking for."
Kevin Hearne, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Iron Druid Chronicles"
"Demons and dark magic and gods of death what's not to like? Blackmoore's hard-charging prose hits like a bullet fired from a cursed gun.... Fast becoming my favorite urban fantasy series, "Broken Souls" is a welcome addition to the necromancer chronicles of Eric Carter. Read this book. Read it now."
Chuck Wendig, author of "Blackbirds"
"Eric Carter's adventures are bleak, witty, and as twisty as a fire-blasted madrone, told in prose as sharp as a razor. Blackmoore is the rising star of pitch-black paranormal noir. A must-read series."
Kat Richardson, author of the "Greywalker" novels
""Broken Souls" is a deliciously gritty thrill ride. I can't get enough of Stephen Blackmoore's warped imagination and superb noir sensibilities. This is a must-read for any fan of awesome things."
Jaye Wells, author of the "Sabina Kane" series
Praise for "Dead Things"
"Blackmoore employs Chandleresque prose to smoothly incorporate a hard-boiled sense of urban despair into a paranormal plot, with occasional leavening provided by smart-aleck humor. Urban fantasy readers will appreciate the polished, assured writing and hope for a bevy of sequels."
"Gritty, emotional and phenomenally imaginative, Blackmoore s sophomore book is a pitch-perfect success.... Snappy, sarcastic yet heartwrenching style that defines the best noir narratives.... With wonderfully inventive paranormal elements, readers are sure to get lost in Eric s journey and enjoy every moment of the ride, emerging at the end hungry for more."
"RT Reviews" (top pick!)
"Stephen Blackmoore s "Dead Things" is a demon punch to the face. It will make you sit up and notice. Or fall down spitting out broken molars. Don t mind the bloody drool, either way you ll be smiling."
About the Author
Stephen Blackmoore is an author and a blogger. His first novel is "City of the Lost," a paranormal noir with zombies, demons, witches, and a lot of action. He can be found at stephenblackmoore.com and on Twitter @sblackmoore.
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However, I like him. What does that say about me?
Carter's an antihero who leaves death and destruction in his wake, and doesn't see anything wrong with making a bargain he has no idea how to fulfil, as long as it gets him out of trouble - for today, at least. Even so, he does seem to have his own particular standards (he reminds me of George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman that way, although not in any other way).
In this latest instalment of the train wreck that is Carter's life, Carter is trying to figure out how to get a divorce, which is harder than usual if your wife is Santa Muerte. He also desperately needs to figure out why she married him in the first place, because it probably wasn't for his sweet looks and debonair charm. While he's doing that, it's also quite important that he find out who is trying to kill him this week, because somebody definitely is - along with other people whom he knows, or whom he's just standing next to.
And, if his life is a train wreck, who's driving the train? This might be the most important question of all, especially if it turns out that the answer isn't "Eric Carter".
This is quite a short book, considering all the mayhem packed into it. The action never stops, and the body count is high. This is not a book for people who are easily shocked, but anyone who's read the first book in the series has probably figured that out. Let's face it, if you're reading this series, you're not reading for the deep characterisation and thoughtful dissection of relevant social issues. You're reading for the driving-fast-with-the-radio-blasting, making-loud-noises-and-breaking-stuff kind of fun. This, the book provides in spades.
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Luckily, Eric does have a little help in the form of the Bruja, who runs a half-way house for vamps and other “others”, and he’s getting advice from something that looks and sounds like Alex, but he’s not sure it actually is Alex. He does know it’s not a ghost, but other than that, he’s at a loss. But, Eric will take what he can get. What exactly is driving this killer, and why is he after Eric? The answer may be more than Eric and his new friends bargain for, but they have no choice but to try to stop it. And what exactly does Santa Muerte want from Eric? She’s being coy, but right now, it’s really the least of his problems.
This is a fantastic series. Eric talks tough and acts like he doesn’t need anyone, but under all that bluster is a core of loneliness-keep an eye out for a scene where the Bruja calls him out on exactly this. Speaking of the Bruja…she’s awesome, and she’s my favorite new character. She’s funny too, so bonus points. She and Eric play off each other perfectly. So, yeah, there are some funny lines in this book, but things get really dark, as they usually do, and gawd…my jaw dropped in a few places. See, I’m kind of a pain in the ass reader. It’s hard to surprise me. Blackmoore surprised me. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s a great thing, but damn…
Anyway, Broken Souls is chock full of great and gory fight scenes, ghosts, gods, double crosses out the wazoo, and, like I said, plenty of surprises. I love Blackmoore’s noir-tinged supernatural L.A., and the city is almost a character unto itself. I love the little historical tidbits that Eric throws out-it really adds some atmosphere to an already very atmospheric story. I’ve become really, really picky when it comes to urban fantasy lately, and there’s a group of authors that are writing consistently excellent stuff: Chuck Wendig, Chris F. Holm, ML Brennan (and a few more)…and Stephen Blackmoore. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. This one will keep you up late. Promise. I would like one of those calaveras etched rings though…
I'd strongly recommend reading DEAD THINGS first- although you can pick up enough of what is going on without it - you'll appreciate the mess that Eric Carter is in far more having read the first book.