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- File Size: 479 KB
- Print Length: 196 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005FQL2MO
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- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jack Wolfe, Paranormal Investigator Kindle Edition
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The overall concept is not new and the main character very much reminded me of Dirk Gently with the professor being from the same mould as Gently's own. The author in this case is no Douglas Adams but I did like his style and I enjoyed the story, it kept me reading until the end. I'll definitely be looking out for the next one.
The book is superb. For one, it is really funny. You can randomly open a page, and there will be something that will make you laugh.
The story is good too. A hard boiled detective is trying to stop demons from taking over his city (& then the world). The detective has a flippant attitude, and doesn't show the demons much respect (the scenes in which he tells the demons to shut up are really funny). He must rescue the damsel, banish the demons, all the while trying to survive the bad food and beer of the city.
Some of the other reviewers have complained there is no character development. Seriously? People, this is not a literary novel. It is pure entertainment.
If you still aren't convinced, read the sample pages. If you find them funny, you will like the book, as the whole book has that sort of humour throughout.
If I had any complaints, they would be this: The author has no other books, no website. Looking at the other comments, this book may have been printed (on paper) a few years ago. Has he thrown in the towel after just one book?
Not content with kidnapping the beautiful daughter of Jack's latest client once, the demon possessing the body of Black Dan Duall has kidnapped her again and once again is preparing to use her in a deadly and arcane ritual.
Aided by the more than slightly eccentric Professor Collymoddle, the beautiful museum curator, Helen Hiwater, and a strange assortment of other characters from Arcana City, Jack sets out to rescue her.... again.
I read the paperback version of this book a while ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, and this revised and updated Kindle version is even better. The City of Arcana and its collection of rather peculiar inhabitants are really well realised. The jokes hit my personal funny-bone, ranging from minor giggles to laugh out loud gags that had people on the train looking at me as if I was slightly mad.
Presentation on the Kindle is exceptionally good. Formatting is perfect and I didn't spot any typographical errors at all.
Overall - 5 stars! I really enjoyed this book! The writing is sharp and punchy, the main character is exceptionally well developed and the sense of humour is brilliant.
Even though the paperback version of this book was published over 10 years ago, I really hope that Craig Lunnon decides to write a follow up as I for one would be right at the front of the queue to buy it.
The urban wizard detective has suddenly become quite popular and when you measure this against the opposition it does come up short. Jon Rosenberg, Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher are all better at writing about magic in the everyday world and keeping you entertained but if you are desperate for a fix of urban mayhem then this is fine for filling the gaps while you are waiting their latest offerings. The nearest comparison I can make is with Darren Humphries and his Man from U.N.D.E.A.D series; it has the same strengths and the same weaknesses.
Well i wasn't sorry. A great read, very funny with glimpses of Douglas Adams here and there.
I think this author should get back to it and keep on writing. I think it would be a great shame if this was the only book produced by him.
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