Author: C.G. Harris
Performed by MacLeod Andrews
Category: Urban Fantasy, Audiobook, Book Review
Released on Audible: September 2019
Gabe is recruited to join the most dangerous organization the world has never heard about. As a double agent he has to fight within their ranks to stop them, all with no training, no experience and no support. If he’s caught, they will tear him apart. But that’s not the real twist.
Gabe is dead, he lives in Hell and Judas Iscariot just became his new boss.
For his sins Gabriel Gantry is condemned to life in The Nine, the lowest level of Hell which contains the worst humanity has to offer. He runs a successful black market shop in Scrapyard City ‘a dry, frigid maze of high-rise shanties, catwalks, and junk metal barely fit to stand, much less protect the Woebegone souls who inhabit them.’ Gabe trades items he acquires from Topside to Hellions, in return for information and secrets.
During a firestorm Gabe notices a disorientated Woebegone girl, who has temporary amnesia and nowhere else to go. She reminds him of someone from his past life and after a brief internal struggle he risks the firestorm to rescue her and gets a slap across the face for his trouble. Then a Hellion knocks at the door, with a summons to the Judas Agency—and it’s a summons he can’t refuse. It doesn’t appear to be Gabe’s day.
Gabe risks indescribable torture when he’s unwilling to accept Judas Iscariot’s request to join the agency, believing it to bring harm and suffering to people Topside. He does his best to atone for his earthly sins and refuses to go back to the person he was, whatever the cost. What he never expected was to be recruited as a double agent tasked with infiltrating the agency and neutralising or disrupting threats when necessary.
Judas stood and paced back and forth in front of the desk. “I would not be in charge very long if I halted every operation I was ordered to carry out. I run the Judas Agency, but I do not rule the underworld…
…which is why I need you. I need agents to infiltrate, discover, and disrupt operations where I cannot”
Gabe finds himself attached permanently to a silver denarius and, for one who always works alone, he’s not at all sure about his new partner. Alex is fierce, beautiful, blue-haired and tattooed from the shoulders down. All he has to do is gather information without arousing suspicion and report back to Judas. Nothing to it!
C.G. Harris has created a fun story with a cast of mostly likeable and well drawn characters (apart from the gruesome and grotesque) particularly anti hero Gabe who has more or less made peace with his life in The Nine. He’s resilient, making the most of what little he has. Everything was running as smoothly as it could, given his situation, until he was sent for by Judas Iscariot. But now he has an opportunity to do some real good for the people Topside…not that it’ll get him out of The Nine but might earn him some boy scout points.
The (under)world building is imaginative and vividly detailed, the plot well executed with humorous dialogue and characters that develop throughout. Needless to say, MacLeod Andrews’ performance is first class, giving a distinct voice to each character and a perfect representation of Gabe. Look forward to more of Gabriel’s adventures.
I chose to listen to and review The Nine based on a gifted copy of the audiobook. My thanks to C.G. Harris and MacLeod Andrews.
About the Author
C.G. Harris is an award winning science-fiction and fantasy author from Colorado who draws inspiration from favorites, Jim Butcher, Richard Kadrey and Brandon Sanderson. For nearly a decade, Harris has escaped the humdrum of the real world by creating fictional characters and made-up realities. When not writing, Harris enjoys sipping scotch to the twisted humor of the television show, Happy! and the quirky characters in Arrested Development.
Author: Agatha Christie
Performed by Hugh Fraser
Published by HarperCollins and released on Audible in August 2006
Category: Classic Crime, Murder, Mystery, Audiobook, Book Review
Hercule Poirot is vacationing on the Cornish coast when he meets Nick Buckly. Nick is the young and reckless mistress of End House, an imposing structure perched on the rocky cliffs of St. Loo.
Poirot has taken a particular interest in the young woman who has recently narrowly escaped a series of life-threatening accidents. Something tells the Belgian sleuth that these so-called accidents are more than just mere coincidences or a spate of bad luck.
The now retired Hercule Poirot and his friend Captain Hastings, over on a visit from his ranch in Argentina, have recently arrived at the Majestic Hotel on the Cornish coast and are enjoying the prospect of a relaxing weeks holiday.
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Performed by a Full Cast of Twenty One
Released: March 2019 by Random House Audiobooks
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Audiobook, Book Review
EVERYONE KNOWS DAISY JONES AND THE SIX.
They sold out arenas from coast to coast.
Their music defined an era and every girl in America idolised Daisy.
But on July 12 1979, on the night of the final concert of the Aurora tour, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now.
This was something completely different for me. Daisy Jones & The Six features a fictional (although completely believable) 70s rock band, from the inception through to the split.
Author: Georgia Rose
Published: October 2019 by Three Shires Publishing
Category: Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Book Review
A woman with a troubled past. A new love hanging in the balance. Will an unexpected visitor strengthen her resolve or destroy the life she’s trying to build?
Madeleine’s world, once so organised, is a mess. Suffering the fallout from the mistakes she made with Tag, she has no idea where she stands with Daniel. Are they only friends or is there still a chance for something more?
Loving Vengeance takes up Maddy’s story where Parallel Lies left off.
Author: Rob Sinclair
Published: September 2019 by Canelo Hera
Category: Crime, Thriller, Police Procedural, Book Review
He’s your attacker.
He’s a murderer.
He’s your twin.
When DI Dani Stephens returns to work after an attack that almost ended her life, she’s quickly plunged into a horrific new case, as dead bodies are discovered on the streets of Birmingham.
But with no link between the victims, Dani has to get inside the killer’s mind – so turns to the murderer she knows best. Her own twin brother…
After two years recovering from a vicious attack by her twin brother that almost killed her and left with a traumatic brain injury and visible scars, DI Dani Stephens has returned to work.