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"In DOUBLETAKE, Rob Thurman conjures up one of the grittiest tales of the Leandros brothers yet. The dangers here come from unexpected directions, with multiple (and conflicting) treacheries threatening them from all sides... Recommended." -SF Revu

"Touching and at times hilarious, yet intensely compelling, Thurman's story lines are among the darkest in urban fantasy... Any book by Thurman is worth the purchase, but the Cal Leandros series shines, each one better than the one before. DOUBLETAKE is the seventh in the series." -Fresh Fiction

"[A] lightning-paced fusion of Lovecraftian world-building, caustic humor in the style of Harlan Ellison (A BOY AND HIS DOG), and enough gory pulp action to fill a couple of KILL BILL sequels."

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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Product Details

  • Series: Cal Leandros (Book 7)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451464443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464446
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Wyatt Knight on March 19, 2012
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As a hard-won fan of the series, this review is very difficult for me to write, as I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others.

But as I am an aspiring writer myself, I've become a huge supporter of frank, constructive criticism. That said, I'll try to be as succinct as possible - and not too much of an insensitive jerk.

I had two major problems with Doubletake.

The first problem isn't with the bond between Cal and Niko, or their relationships with Robin or Promise - that remains pretty much the same. The problem is the story. The plot takes a lot of interesting turns in this book, and unfortunately a lot of them are fairly pointless. For instance, in one chapter, Robin hires Cal and Niko to work as bouncers while his entire race comes together to decide which of them will reproduce. You would think that a great gathering of the Pucks, the oldest and most devious race of tricksters on the planet, would play an important role in the story. Not so much. It pretty much just turns out to be a giant, disgusting orgy that goes on way too long and described with way too much detail. And after the important gathering/orgy is over with, that's it. Nothing. There's no intrigue - no pucks plotting against one another. No thousand-year-old grudges get settled. Nothing. We got a few tidbits about Robin's past, but nothing else.

And that's just one example. I would expect to encounter things like that in well-written (but ultimately misguided) fan fiction, not from the real author!

The second problem was the villain. Of course, as per usual, there is more than one bad guy for the brother's to tackle, but there is always a Big Bad. In this book, it's a man called Grimm. He's pretty much exactly like Caliban but in the all the worse ways.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Moore on March 7, 2012
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Other reviewers have given a good overview of the storyline so I won't repeat that here. Learned more about Cal and Niko's childhood and there was definite character growth for Cal in this book. What I have some issues with, though, is I found a lot of repetitive material in the story and I didn't much care for the description of activities at the Puck reunion and felt the Grimm internal dialogue was too lengthy and also seemed to say the same thing over and over. The overall story was excellent but felt the book needed some additional editing as the story seemed to really bog down at times. This is the first Rob Thurman book that had these problems so hope the next one is back to her usual level of excellence.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D. C. James on March 11, 2012
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I've been a big fan of the Leandros brothers so it was with dismay that I found myself hitting the button on my Kindle to skip through pages of boring blather as Rob Thurman chose to indulge herself with what reminded me of some stoned friends' riff's as they described action sequences from movies they just saw. I missed connections.....communication......figuring out things for myself from a great author giving me insights into characters instead of endless internal dialogue that was repetitive and, at times infantile - I mean, Goodfellow used to be this outing his antics were just plain obnoxious in the way of junior high boys who just came into hormones and pimples. The human and Auphe development in Cal had been so intriguing....and was advanced somewhat in this outing.....but I had to dig too hard for it and hung in there out of pure loyalty. But, as can be seen from all the great reviews, different strokes......if you read the series for the action and uniqueness, you probably won't be disappointed....if you read it for the characters and their relationships, you might feel more as I did.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elf2060 on March 6, 2012
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4 3/4 stars
"Doubletake" by the talented Rob Thurman is another of her thrilling dark paranormal tales of those fascinating brothers, Niko and Cal Leandros. The surprises continue to unfold as Cal continues to deal with the repercussions of his sacrifice of even more of his humanity ("Brothers Before Souls") and the handicap of only being able to Gate twice without a refractory period to recover without risking death. The repudiated ties to the Vayash clan are revisited when Niko's despised father re-enters his life, coincidentally at the same time as a metal monstrosity that is a killing machine. With the author's typical flair, the action is nonstop, ranging from a Puck reunion (to choose who is tasked with breeding more Pucks) that Robin hires the brothers to work at as well as a visit to the insane god Haphaestus and an encounter with the boggles in Central Park. Adding to the chaos that surrounds the brothers, a being named Grimm is determined to use Cal in even more tortuous auphe manipulations, with or without his cooperation. The brothers continue to unite against their enemies, aided by the only people they trust, Robin Goodfellow and Promise (Niko's vampire lover) but their enemies seem to be stacking the odds against them and Cal may be forced into a decision that Niko will never recover from.

Amazingly, Ms. Thurman continues to create even more stirring tales of the uncannily talented duo even as she provides glimpses of the life that has honed them into the well-tempered and close-knit pair that they are. Everyone has family issues but these two find a way to take their problems to an even higher level than the expected tension between strangers who are genetically but not emotionally related.
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