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Product Details

  • Series: The City (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (June 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446551759
  • ASIN: B005IUVZ06
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Shan's dystopic thriller, the first in a trilogy already published in the U.K., is an excellent, twisting foray into a world of deceit, murder, and mystery. Capac Raimi arrives in an unnamed city, a place ruled by a man known as the Cardinal, and quickly realizes that he has no memory of his life elsewhere. When the Cardinal kills Capac's uncle and offers Capac a job based on a dream and Capac's Incan name, the young man's life takes a turn for the fantastical. While training to serve the Cardinal, Capac embarks on a strange, gripping search for clues to both the disappearances of his friends and his own past. The dialogue is realistic, the characters and settings are vivid, and the plotting is tight, complemented perfectly by a bleak, desolate tone. Any fan of postapocalyptic fiction will find it absolutely riveting. (June)
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Popular YA author Darren Shan's first adult novel is a combination of horror and near-future thriller set in “The City,” which is the center of Capac Raimi's world. Moving into the city to work with his small-time gangster uncle, Capac soon finds himself at the service of the Cardinal, the leader of all the criminal gangs and the ruler of the city. Capac enjoys his new life except for a few small details, including the enigmatic blind and mute monks who have a way of appearing at significant moments in Capac's life, and the fact that he can't really remember any of his life before he came to the City. Then he meets and immediately falls in love with a young woman who is determined to dig out the Cardinal's secrets. Fast-paced and exciting, Procession of the Dead is a gritty, creepy, and completely successful story with an ending that leaves openings for future series entries. Suggest to readers who enjoyed Miéville's The City and the City (2009) for its slightly fantastical setting combined with a thrilling story. --Jessica Moyer

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Baumann VINE VOICE on May 16, 2010
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Plot Summary: Capac Raimi arrives in The City, eager to carve out a name for himself in the criminal underworld that flourishes under the top man, known to one and all as The Cardinal. When Raimi tries to think about his life before he arrived, it's like one big hole. He can't remember a thing, but that doesn't bother him as much as how people can disappear without a trace. Even their own relatives won't remember who they were, and Raimi's chances to get in good with The Cardinal will depend on whether he's willing to stay loyal, or whether he wants to know more about his own missing identity.

This is the kind of story where the last hundred pages makes me glad that I stuck with the first two hundred. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy Procession of the Dead until the end, but that last third was fantastic. I see how some readers wouldn't get into this story, so I think my job here is doubly important. I need to make sure that you get a feel for this book without spoiling it in any way.

I was confused when I first started reading, because I heard somewhere that this is an urban fantasy. It is, but that won't become apparent until the end, and that's wildly different from the usual UFs I read. I also think it's important to point out that this is a dark urban fantasy. You know what that means right? Don't look for somebody to ride in wearing a white hat for a triumphant finale of good over evil.

Much of this book reads like a piece of mafia/crime fiction. Everything spins around the criminal elements in The City (we never learn which one), and our hero is a wannabe gangster whose grandiose ambitions intersects with the head honcho, The Cardinal. The way the fantasy elements unfold completely took me by surprise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Rose VINE VOICE on May 5, 2008
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I was actually unfamiliar with D.B. Shan prior to reading this book, but I've genuinely become a bit of a convert and am interested in seeing what else he's got to write! I hope this book is released in a wider format in the states at some point, but for now, keep it on your radar or find a copy on eBay.

The story is supposedly science fiction - and ultimately it ends in that way - but at it's heart I found it to be a gripping life of crime story, with the gritty portrayal of "The City" (aka London, England in the distant future) as equally interesting as the characters in the book.

Capac Raimi is an upstart young man on his way to "The City" to make a life for himself by working with his uncle. When he gets there, he is ushered into the underbelly of what makes The City tick - good ol' fashioned mafia crime. After a chance encounter, Capac is recruited by the head honcho of the city, a man referred to primarily as the Cardinal. Soon Capac is on his way to the top - training by day as an insurance salesman and spending his nights enjoying the luxuries of being one of the Cardinal's chosen few, including a friendship with a mysterious resident at his hotel complex, and a romance with an undercover siren.

Things start to turn ugly when Capac realizes his memory of anything prior to The City is nearly non-existent, and even worse when the memories of those around him start to forget his friends that mysteriously 'disappear' under the Cardinal's orders. Capac's friendships and romance with Ama Situwa both threaten his position but equally help him start to uncover the twisted web the Cardinal has woven, including his final plans for Capac.

I can't say much more than that without giving the plot away - but I will say this is easily my favourite book of 2008.
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When Darren O'Shaughnessy sets his mind on writing adult fiction, the man doesn't hold back. If you thought his two YA horror/fantasy series - the Demonata and Cirque du Freak (written under his pen name Darren Shan) - featured dark, creepy elements, then the City trilogy does them one better. PROCESSION OF THE DEAD, originally titled AYUAMARCA, is the first in this frankly disturbing City trilogy, and it isn't at all new. AYUAMARCA was originally published in the UK back in 1999. Its sequel HELL'S HORIZON was published in 2000. The final book CITY OF SNAKES was never published, although that's about to change, from what I hear. The City trilogy is not at all intended for children. Believe me.

Capac Raimi is a cypher, just what Darren Shan intended. Capac Raimi, young and ambitious and suffering from memory loss, steps off the train and straight into this sinister unnamed megapolis, and it's quickly divulged that Capac means to be a ruthless gangster, with his crooked uncle promising to mentor him into this life of crime. But one treads lightly in the city. There's a pecking order in the underworld. The city is ruled by The Cardinal, this enigmatic, universally deified figure, and The Cardinal is so intimidating and so mythic a man that even the "The" part of his name is capitalized. Capac Raimi, new to town, watchful and learning fast, is shocked when The Cardinal - in very violent fashion - summons him to a personal audience. Capac Raimi is going places. Capac Raimi isn't so sure he wants to go there. The Cardinal is a scary mothereffer.

PROCESSION OF THE DEAD has things going for it, things going against. One deterrent may possibly be the sense of bleakness which occasionally blankets the story. But fans of film noir may fancy this.
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