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Dead Waters Mass Market Paperback – February 22, 2011
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Simon is a psychometrist. He can read the history of an object by touching it. In Dead Waters, Simon is still somewhat impulsive and reckless but he is maturing. He still makes his trademark wise-cracks, but he is growing emotionally as he must deal with some personal issues. I always find that Simon's heart is in the right place... despite the various creatures that want to remove it. Simon is a very likable protagonist.
I adore the supporting characters in this series: Jane Clayton-Forrester (Simon's technomancer girlfriend), Connor Christos (Simon's partner), Inspectre Argyle Quimbley (Simon's and Connor's boss), and Godfrey Candella (the D.E.A. Archivist). While Simon is the main character, the book really feels like an ensemble piece. I love the back and forth between the characters. There is genuine camaraderie.
Simon, Jane, and Connor must solve the mystery surrounding a university professor's unusual death. The murder deeply affects Inspectre Quimbley as he used to know the professor well. The storyline dealing the aging Inspectre is very well done. I really enjoyed learning more about his past.
Anton Strout deftly continues to lampoon bureaucratic red tape with New York City's Department of Extraordinary Affairs. I find the inner workings of the D.E.A. both fascinating and amusing. While the D.E.A. is facing severe budget cuts, fortunately none of my favorite characters lose their jobs. New York City is a great backdrop for this series.
Dead Waters borrows from mythology in an inventive way. I won't reveal which mythology or what was borrowed as it would be a major spoiler.
This is the darkest of the four books.Read more ›
The DEA in Dead Waters is facing major budgetary cutbacks (thanks to a huge success of NOT letting vampire attacks happen), so the Department is running on limited staff. Yay bureaucracy. Things get kind of weird when Simon is called to investigate the death of a film professor from NYU. The corpse is full of water, but its external is bone dry. Not to mention that Simon's powers are started to get wonky, thanks to channeling a severely homicidal woman. THEN Simon and his girlfriend are thinking about taking a big step in their relationship that he doesn't know if he's ready for. So his head's kind of everywhere.
That being said, Simon is growing up a bit. He's in his early twenties, and guys that age are immature--don't let any tell you otherwise. But he's taking steps from how he was, and finally thinking more about what his girlfriend wants; hell, about how others must feel about situations. He deserves a pat on the head for it.
The book incorporates Greek mythology this time around. Won't say which ones.
Recurring characters come back... a big aspect of this plot revolves around Inspectre Quimbley, Simon's boss, as the dead guy was a former friend of his. Connor and Jane are of course still integral to the plot. Wesker gets a good amount of screen time, which I love. And Aidan gets to show off some of his skills.Read more ›
I see the author has done another series since.
I hope this is picked up again, each book of this series is better then the last.
Its novel, inventive, and just fun to read.
You cant go wrong with these books.
But again, it has been a looooong time waiting on the next book.
I hate cliffhangers especially ones drawn out for years.
I really enjoyed this book was surprised at all the twists and turns as the murder investigation unfolded. The interaction between Simon and his girlfriend, Jane was highly entertaining. The side characters delivered as well, plus this book had crazy mythology, ass kicking, romance, and during the finale, the most unique use of a Ghostbusters lunch box ever.
For a fun urban fantasy romp, take a dip into Dead Waters, just watch out for the floating zombies . . . they'll bite your ankles off.
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I enjoyed the first book of Mr. Strout's series, but since then it's gone down hill and the main reason is vampires! Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by Michael Brewer
I think that this series by Anton Strout is a good urban fantasy series with an interesting lead and fun situations. Read morePublished on June 17, 2011 by JonLundy
I should like this. It's urban fantasy with a sense of humor. But for some reason the setting seems a bit...camp. It comes off as silly, which undermines the rest. Sorry.Published on April 26, 2011 by The Rev
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