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  • Mass Market Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books (5 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075640942X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756409425
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."
"Publishers Weekly"
"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."
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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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Eric Carter is still in trouble after the events of Dead Things. This is partly because when you're in that deep, the only way out is through - and partly because his charming personality just makes people want to kill him on general principles.

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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90424108) out of 5 stars 60 reviews
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HASH(0x9042e33c) out of 5 stars A fantastic follow up to Dead Things!! 5 Aug. 2014
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Oh, man, have I missed Eric Carter. Shame on Stephen Blackmoore for not writing faster for my enjoyment! Just kidding, I’m willing to wait, because I know it’ll be worth it, and Broken Souls proves that. To catch you up a bit, Eric isn’t exactly the luckiest guy. His sister was murdered not too long ago. His best friend, Alex, is dead, and his ex-girlfriend Vivian (who was hooked up with Alex), blames him and won’t speak to him (he doesn’t blame her), and he’s married to Santa Muerte (he made a deal, long story), whose grinning skull does nothing to put a man in the mood. No, seriously, she’s claimed Eric as her own, which comes with a few magical perks, but Eric will gladly trade those perks for his freedom. Anyway, his priority, at the beginning of Broken Souls, is finding a way out of the deal he made with Santa Muerte, and calls on a mage he knows to help him out. Except, someone his squatting in the mage’s skin and wielding an obsidian blade, and he (it?) is out to skin Eric. Nothing our hero can’t handle, right?

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…
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9042e390) out of 5 stars Fantastic Paranormal Noir 8 Aug. 2014
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There is nothing boring or slow about this book. It is a great story - easy to finish in a single reading session - but there is lot of story & action packed into those pages- plus a few surprises. I was left wanting more & am anxious to get my hands on book 3. One of Stephen Blackmoore's strengths is casually delivering a lot of information about the characters and the fictional universe without slowing the pace of the story.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9042e66c) out of 5 stars So many things to love about an urban necromancer married to Santa Muerte. 5 Aug. 2014
By Lori Holden - Published on Amazon.com
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Stephen Blackmore has nailed it again, bringing back the urban necromancer for a continuation of his story of trying to shake his shotgun marriage to Santa Muerte. Well written dialog, interesting internal dialog/narrative form the main character, and easy for someone to pick up even if they haven't read the previous books. Well done!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9042e564) out of 5 stars More Eric Carter goodness (and badness) 8 Aug. 2014
By Michael Sperry - Published on Amazon.com
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A great sequel to 2013's Dead Things. Stephen Blackmoore starts the action (and mystery) early, and keeps it going throughout the book, with only the occasional pause to ratchet up the stakes even more. If this book doesn't entertain you, check your pulse, you may be as dead as the things Eric Carter battles.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9042e750) out of 5 stars Great little read for pulp fans 6 Aug. 2014
By word22 - Published on Amazon.com
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Just like the first one, if you're into neonoir with a supernatural twist this is the series for you. A fast book with a breakneck style of pacing, it's also a good quick read. The ending feels a little contrived, but other than that it's a good, solid 4/5 for fans of the genre.
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