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The Department of Magic [Paperback]

Rod Kierkegaard Jr , Vicki Keire
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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January 5, 2012
"Rod Kierkegaard, Jr. does a great job of hooking the reader right in the beginning... One just has to keep reading to find out just what they got themselves into... a life filled with magic and far too many paranormal creepies." - Shay Williams, Goodreads reviewer


Acclaimed comic writer and cartoonist behind Rock Opera, Rod Keirkegaard, Jr. builds on the success of Obama Jones & The Logic Bomb with his latest paranormal tale, The Department of Magic. Mixing a gory rainbow of supernatural beings with love-hate tension of the highest order and some things you really hope never to discover about your ex-girlfriend, The Department of Magic is Federal bureaucracy as you have never imaged it.

"Deep in the bowels of the American government's intelligence community is the Department of Magic. Comprised of only a handful of people, including newcomers Jasmine Farrah and Rocco Di Angelo, their purpose is to stop the destruction of America by a South American god/demon. Battling all manner of supernatural creatures, Farrah and Di Angelo work to collect the items needed to raise a hero who will protect America from the invaders. Part conspiracy theory, part history, and part political fantasy." - Shiloh Carrol, Goodreads reviewer

Fans of The Department of Magic should be sure to check out Rod Keirkegaard's other work:
  • For a high-concept action-packed technothriller and Rod Keirkegaard Jr's newest release, search for The God Particle
  • For hilarious political commentary on the (hopefully not inevitable) extrapolation of political correctness into 2049 America, search for Obama Jones & The Logic Bomb
  • For murder, money and family tensions with a gallows humour edge, search for Family Cursemas
  • For a fantastic tale of magic, prophesy, and power by Jack D. Albrecht, Jr., search out Osric's Wand
  • And for more excellent paranormal fiction from Curiosity Quills Press, search for Worlds Burn Through, the first in Vicki Keire's Chronicles of Nowhere trilogy

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About the Author

Rod Kierkegaard, Jr. is a writer and cartoonist best known in the US for his comic strip, "Rock Opera", which ran as a regular feature in Heavy Metal Magazine during the 1980s.

He is the author of two French graphic novel collections, Stars Massacre, (released in the US as Shooting Stars) and Rock Monstres, both published by Editions Albin Michel, Paris. 
His first novel, Obama Jones & The Logic Bomb, is published by Dogma Press.

The Department of Magic and Family Cursemas (Megamilionnaire Murders, Vol. 1) are Rod's first published works through Curiosity Quills Press during the 2011 Holiday season, followed by The God Particle in early 2012.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (January 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620070057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620070055
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,656,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clunky but entertaining February 11, 2012
This novel is in the maybe silly but OK category. The clunky part is "everything but the kitchen sink" approach to the paranormal reality used in the plot. The degree of bloodshed among the protagonists is a little off-putting. Not a waste of money or time, just not a defining moment in this sub-genre.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Mother's Fairy-Tale Fantasy March 22, 2012
By Liz W.
Format:Kindle Edition
Jasmine Farah and Rocco Di Angelo work in the Department of Magic, an obscure organization in the U.S. government. America has enemies, all right, but it's not so simple as ordinary terrorists. Think creepy things that go bump in the night, the kind that ooze some kind of slime or sprout fur. But the job's not as glamorous as you might think. Jazz and Rock spend most of their time at the beck and call of their newly deceased boss, Crawley, and stealing historical artifacts of supernatural importance (most recently, George Washington's deathbed dentures). All is in preparation for the fight against America's enemies, like Aaron Burr.

"Wait a minute," you may ask. "Isn't he dead?" Not so, here. In Kierkegaard's portrayal of the ill-fated third vice president, not only did shoot Alexander Hamilton in a duel, he also was a fanatical devotee to an ancient god that seeks to destroy America. Did I mention that "America" is also the name of a goddess?

Obviously, there's a lot of fun stuff here, though I wouldn't exactly call it "Harry Potter for adults," as the dust jacket summary claims. Kierkegaard's brand of magic involves blood, and lots of it. No, The Department of Magic is more like Supernatural Noir, which I reviewed last year: entertaining, but kind of dark in some areas. So, the verdict? Kierkegaard's novel combines American history with urban fantasy to create an original, bleak portrait of the real fight for our country's freedom. Not recommended for casual fans of fantasy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the dark humor, interesting urban fantasy April 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I picked up a free copy on Amazon; later I found it offered on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was more than happy to get the excuse to read this book sooner, so took up the offer.

Synopsis: It's hate at first sight.

Jasmine Farah and Rocco di Angelo are competing for the same job in a dusty office in a secret Federal agency run by the mysterious, menacing Jefferson Davis Crawley - "Creepy" Crawley, as he's known.

When Crawley is murdered in front of them after their first day on the job, Jasmine and Rocco are left to figure out who killed their new boss, and exactly what a job in the so-called Department of Magic entails. And magic, it seems, is nothing like it seems in children's books; it's dark and bloody and sexual.

What follows is a nightmare gallop through a world of ghosts, spooks, vampires, demons, and the minions of South American and Voodoo gods hell-bent on destroying the world and subjugating all America in the year 2012.

Only Rock and Jazz, in the company of a ragtag team of urhobos - homeless guardians of the District of Columbia- can prevent it by resurrecting "Goddess America" in a mystical ceremony on the Fourth of July, as the story reaches its bittersweet and unforeseen climax.

My Thoughts: I got the biggest kick out of the excerpts from The Federal Bestiary that open each chapter in this book. Kierkegaard has a sly and dark sense of humor that I found very appealing. I was also very amused by the idea of the Goddess America; it put a whole new perspective on Goddess worship, that's for sure! It was interesting and refreshing to read an urban fantasy in which the main characters had no particular specialness - no powers, not monsters of any type, not even particularly good fighters, just regular people put into strange circumstances. Highly recommended for fans of urban fantasy and good story-telling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Department of Magic March 17, 2014
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Farah and Rocky are competing for a job that they don't quite know what the job is yet . Their boss Crawly tells them it surveying he takes them to lunch then is killed. Farah and Roc decided to work together to find out what happened to Crawly.While doing this they stumble upon things they can't believe are true one of them being Crawly lives. Crawly introduces them to many things ,he teaches them how to survive against evil creatures that want to take over the world. Crawly wants to bring George Washington back to life. He believes with the right magic and alignment of the moon and stars and buildings and such it will work and George will save America. Rocky fathers a baby with Bobbi ,Farahs best friend who gets turned into a vampire by the man who wants to rule the world. They have to take care of the half vampire /human baby which is very hard. Roc and Farah fall in love as they manage to take care of the baby. They go on dangerous capers and get attacked but seem to survive Now do they save the world? Maybe I thought this story was very well organized in time. Meaning extremely creative,linking vampires and the destruction of America back to George Washington. Of course there has always been magic but not that anyone has ever believed it or actually admitted it I really enjoyed the story. All the lining up of the stars confused me when they brought George back to life but I understand why. For me that;s all that matters. I'm hoping there is another book I didn't want it to end the way it did not knowing. Would love to know how Tink grows up. All the creatures out there we don't notice are hard to believe but I might walk a little faster past people with a shopping cart on 5th st.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BOO!!!
An interesting read that keeps you guessing. It is full of strange characters and strange events as our heroes try to protect the USA from a myriad of supernatural and paranormal... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Richard Schaefer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, based on so much mythos and dogma seriously enjoyed reading this book. Makes me hope for the next one.
Published 2 months ago by Avid Book reader
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.75, almost there urban fantasy
Good urban fantasy, but almost too long. It drags sometimes, and his female characters are a bit weak. Interesting twists on DC, the government, conspiracies, and the Masons.
Published 8 months ago by Gilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and interesting premise...made me want more.
Published 8 months ago by James Bower
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and silly read!
Fun, fun, fun. I really enjoyed reading this and laughed out loud several times. Not heavy reading, entertaining. Not a light little fairy tale. Read more
Published 10 months ago by gbash
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
I was hooked from the beginning! I am ready for the next book! Read this book and you will not be disappointed!
Published 10 months ago by Amber Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
I thought the book was good and very ironic. However, where's the next one? I want to read more about this wild story and want to know what happens next :)
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this book. Unfortunately, there are only two short story sequels that I can find. Nice to find a system of magic that is well thought out. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Collyer Ekholm
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
Poorly written, didn't make sense, just dumb
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Drags in the middle
Published 11 months ago by Kat
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More About the Author

Rod Kierkegaard, Jr. is a writer and cartoonist. He lives in Washington, DC.

Known in the US for his comic strip, "Rock Opera", which ran as a regular feature in Heavy Metal Magazine, he is also the author of two French graphic novel collections, "Stars Massacre", (released in the US as "Shooting Stars") and "Rock Monstres", both published by Editions Albin Michel, Paris.

His first novel, "Obama Jones & The Logic Bomb", is published by Dogma Press. "The Department of Magic" and "Family Cursemas (Megamilionnaire Murders, Vol. 1)" were Rod's first published works through Curiosity Quills Press in 2011, followed by "The God Particle" in early 2012. Curiosity Quills Press published "Adultery" (Book 1 of the Scarlet Alphabet) in September 2014. In 2014, Rod and JR Rain co-authored "The Dead Detective", and "The Ghosts of Christmas Present". Two new collaborations with JR Rain, "Moon Bayou", a Samantha Moon casebook story, and "The Witch and The Huntsman", the latest novel in "The Witches" series, have been released in 2015. Rod's "Vampires of Paris", a classic-style serial, has recently begun on Amazon.


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