The Nine: The Judas Files #1 A Gritty #UrbanFantasy by C.G. Harris ~ Gabe is dead…and lives in Hell @MacLeodAndrews #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: C.G. Harris

Performed by MacLeod Andrews

Category: Urban Fantasy, Audiobook, Book Review

Released on Audible: September 2019

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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.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

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 links ~ Website | Facebook

#Giveaway ~ Book Themed Drinks Coasters ~ #Gifts for #BookLovers #LiteraryGifts @TAmygdalab

I was approached by Katerina from The Amygdalab, a team who are designing and creating a range of literary gifts for book lovers, to ask if I’d like to try their first product—a set of four book themed drinks coasters.

The coasters feature Alice in Wonderland, Moby Dick, The Odyssey and Rikki Tikki Tavi. They are substantial and easy to clean, with a moisture absorbing stone top and cork underside to protect furniture from heat marks and scratches. The coasters come with an exclusive ‘Guide To Fictional Cocktails’ ebook.

Katerina has very kindly sent me an extra set to offer as a giveaway, complete with cocktail book. Please share the post and leave a comment to enter the draw and the random name picker will choose a winner by midnight on Friday 22nd November (UK&Europe) and notified the following day.

As the coasters are only available on Amazon US at the moment, Katerina is offering 20% off the retail price if you enter the code CathyR20 at the checkout. Take advantage of this great offer while you can!

I love the coasters, they’re a good size (10cms in diameter) and would make an ideal gift for any book loving friends or relatives (or treat yourself) … and Christmas will soon be here! To find out more click about the team and their aims click here.

Social media links for The Amygdalab ~  BlogInstagram | Amazon 

 

#CoverReveal ~ Wild Sky by Lexi Rees #Childrens #Fiction @lexi_rees @rararesources

I’m delighted to be part of the cover reveal for Wild Sky, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources

About the Book

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Magic Under The Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman #BlogTour #BookReview #Giveaway @rararesources @LucyColemanAuth

It’s a pleasure to be joining the blog tour for Lucy Coleman’s Magic Under The Mistletoe, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

My Thoughts

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Peril at End House by Agatha Christie ~ Hastings & Poirot Holiday in Cornwall #HerculePoirot #Classic Crime #FridayReads

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

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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.

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ~ The Story of a 70s Rock Band #ContemporaryFiction @tjenkinsreid

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.

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Loving Vengeance : The Ross Duology Book 2 by Georgia Rose #Mystery #Romance @GeorgiaRoseBook #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Georgia Rose

Published: October 2019 by Three Shires Publishing

Category: Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Book Review

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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. 

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#GuestPost from Gila Green #Author of #YA Novel No Entry @green_gila #Environmental

It’s a pleasure today to welcome Gila Green with a guest post. Gila has written a young adult, environmental fiction novel titled No Entry. Here’s what the book is about…

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The Essence of Evil (DI Dani Stephens Book One) by Rob Sinclair #Crime #Thriller @RSinclairAuthor #FridayReads

Author: Rob Sinclair

Published: September 2019 by Canelo Hera

Category: Crime, Thriller, Police Procedural, Book Review

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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.

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