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Deathwish Mass Market Paperback – 3 Mar 2009

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Original edition (3 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451462626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451462626
  • ASIN: 0451462629
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,322,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thurman continues to deliver strong tales of dark urban fantasy."

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About the Author

Rob, short for Robyn (yes, he is really a she) Thurman lives in Indiana, land of rolling hills and cows, deer, and wild turkeys. Many, many turkeys. She is also the author of the Cal Leandros Series: "Nightlife, Moonshine, Madhouse," and "Deathwish"; has a story in the anthology "Wolfsbane and Mistletoe"; and is the author of "Trick of the Light," the first book in the Trickster series.

Besides wild, ravenous turkeys, she has a dog (if you don t have a dog, how do you live?) one hundred pounds of Siberian husky. He looks like a wolf, has paws the size of a person s hand, ice blue eyes, teeth out of a Godzilla movies, and the ferocious habit of hiding under the kitchen table and peeing on himself when strangers come by. Fortunately, she has another dog that is a little more invested in keeping the food source alive. By the way, the dogs were adopted from shelters. They were fully grown, already housetrained, and grateful as hell. Think about it next time you re looking for a Rover or Fluffy.

For updates, teasers, deleted scenes, and various other extras, visit Rob Thurman's website and her LiveJournal."

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First off, I'm a big fan of this series and on to the 5th book already. The series features 2 brothers; Niko, who is a martial arts master and health nut and is completely human, and Cal who is a bit lazy and sarcastic and is part-demon. The demon part of Cal is mostly what seems to bring trouble their way. The world Thurman has created and the creatures she fills it with are all very orignal and interesting. However, the real sparkle and appeal that brings these books to life is having Cal as the narrator. The way he sees things and the sense of humor he has are what draw me in and keep me picking up the next book.
In my personal opinion, the switching back and forth in this book from Cal's perspective to Niko's was what let this book down and kept it from being as good as the others in the series. I could sort of see why this switching was done as there was some stuff going on between Niko and his vampire girlfriend Promise - I won't spoil it for you by telling you what - but as a result I found this book less exciting and humorous than Thurman's previous efforts. It was still good, but not gripping.
That said I am on to 'Roadkill' now and it seems to be back to normal, which is excellent.
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Rob Thurman has written another superb book, she effortlessly creates great characters and story lines that encourage we, the reader, to find out more about what is happening in their world. I know that with her books they don`t just get read once but many times as I wait for the next in the series. Fans of this series will not be disappointed with Deathwish.

The Leandros bothers have their hands full again, their is another power hungry supernatural walking their streets and they don't even know it. Seamus, a vampire has hired them to find out who is following him, Promise's daughter has arrived, Cherish and wherever Cherish goes mayhem is sure to follow.

Robin takes a central place - as is his due. Nothing reads as well as a self centred, egotistical puck. I love Robin's character.

"The seven deadly sins. Wraith, lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, envy, pride. The puck pillowing his head on the bar counter of the Ninth Circle, sleeping the sleep of the exhausted and overindulged, had the latter six covered".

And we can not forget the Auphe. The remanent of their entire civilization is out for revenge and first to go is everyone and everything that Cal holds dear. But unknown to Cal the fate they have in store for him is worse than death. Let the fun begin.
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It will come as no surprise to anyone who's read any of my previous reviews of the Cal Leandros books that I really like this series. Deathwish was no different, in fact I would go as far as to say it was my favourite installment yet.

After the massive cliffhanger at the end of the previous novel, when the Auphe come back in force, I was dying to get my hands on this book. And it doesn't disappoint. The Auphe are one of my favourite villians, and there return can only be a good thing (unless you're a character in this novel, of course, in which case it's most definitely NOT a good thing)

In the previous book in the series we learnt all about Robin's background, as a bit of a subplot. This time around it is Promise's past that gets slowly revealed to us through several of the subplots. And speaking of subplots in this novel there is so much going on, two main plotlines with so many other minor plots going on, it was really good. Seamus, the Vigil, Oshossi, so much.

There is a bit of a change from previous books in that the narration is no longer just from Cal, but regularly switches between Cal and Niko. This was a bit distracting, and detracted a little from my overall enjoyment. Not enough to give it four stars, but nearly.

One of the great things about this series is the way the characters progress as the series goes on. Robin is still suffering from the events in the last book. Promise and Niko's relationship is examined and put to the test in this novel. Events actually have an impact on the characters in the future. It's rewarding for the reader to be able to watch the characters grow as the series goes on.

Read this series in order, you won't regret it.

P.S.
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The best instalment of the Brothers Leandros' adventures so far. With enough plot twists and turns to keep me in suspense right til the end, and some bittersweet moments along the way, I really enjoyed this one. We find out much more about Promise's past, and then there's the Auphe back for more....
Thurman implies this will be the last one for some time, so make the most of it! And Rob, if you read this, PLEASE tell me what happens next!
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I am unabashedly giving this one five stars, which is strange, as there is a lot that raises my hackles in it. It's just that I don't care. My enjoyment runs completely roughshod over my poor hackles! It's dark, and fun, and fast-paced, and fun, and the stakes are higher than ever, and man, it's just so much *fun*.

I'm not sure that access to Niko as a point-of-view character does anything much to broaden or give us more insight into him. It's jarring ("whoa, wait, who's talking now? HE'S talking now?") and felt somewhat like a gimmick -- a necessary and effective one, as it turned out to be crucial to the plot that at some points the brothers do not each know what the other one is up to. But I would have liked a better glimpse into Niko's inner workings, his drives -- he's scrupulously noble, terribly deadly, and devoted to Cal above all else, but we already knew all that when Cal told us about it in the last few books, and Cal is funnier.

Still! Five stars!

Sophia is still cartoonish, however. The Auphe being unmitigated evil works fine; they are monsters, that's their job, and that's a perfectly valid plot function in fantasy. But Sophia...okay. People can be evil. People can be downright marred and sociopathic. Sometimes there's not even a reason for it -- it's like an illness, and they don't even have the excuse of delusion, of thinking that they're on the "right" side. But even the worst villainous people are human beings. They crave SOMETHING, comfort, attention, safety. They justify themselves to themselves. They create scenarios in which they are the righteous ones, or if not that, then at least the *smart* ones. So what made Sophia into Sophia? How did she justify that cr*p to herself? What made her hate her own kids, even the fully-human one?
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