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Adept: Death of an Adept Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
Pouring old wine into new bottles once again, Kurtz and Harris serve up another vintage dark fantasy in this fifth adventure about reincarnated Adept Adam Sinclair and his efforts to contain ancient occult forces simmering beneath the civilized veneer of contemporary Scotland. Sworn to uphold "a code of spiritual morality which is, itself, a reflection of the Divine Will," Sinclair, Peregrine Lovat and other mystically endowed members of the Hunting Lodge square off against black Adept Francis Raeburn, still licking his wounds after his defeat in Dagger Magic (1995). They also take on the Lodge of the Lynx, a cabal of evildoers determined to channel the demonic energies of Taranis, Lord of Lightning. Kurtz and Harris have become so comfortable with their characters and the details of their lives that they dither leisurely for the first half of the novel, juxtaposing Adam's lengthy preparations for his Stateside wedding to Ximena Lockhart against Raeburn's equally protracted execution of the Druidic rites that will summon terrors from the Outer Darkness. But once Adam returns to Scotland from his American sojourn, the tug-of-war between the armies of light and darkness escalates into a full-blown battle. The secrets of freemasonry, the Knights Templar and Scottish myth are deployed like campaign strategies; psychometry, scrying, astral projection and other armaments in the occult arsenal are unleashed with wild abandon. Although stamped from the same template as the black magic novels Dennis Wheatley wrote a half-century ago, this tale packs thrills that will appeal to discerning modern readers.
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The fifth volume in the popular Adept series maintains the high standards of Kurtz and Harris' classic reworking of the occult detective theme. The evil adepts of the Lodge of the Lynx have returned to the fray, trying by devious and foul means to revive a medieval Scots sorcerer-nobleman who is alleged to have the power to bind elementals themselves. The body count is considerable before the Lodge and its odious leader, Francis Raeburne, meet a well-deserved fate, and that count nearly includes Adam Sinclair and several of his friends. Fortunately, Sir Adam survives to marry his beloved Ximena at last, and readers will enjoy the same elegance, wit, folkloric and occult scholarship, brisk pacing, and flavor of contemporary Scotland that have distinguished this book's predecessors. Sir Adam and friends may yet achieve the popularity of Manly Wade Wellman's John the Balladeer. If and when they do, it will be deserved. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My only request is that the last two books, this one and Dagger Magic, be released as ebooks. My eyes are not as good as they used to be and it would be greatly appreciated.