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Dead Waters Mass Market Paperback – February 22, 2011

3.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
Book 4 of 4 in the Simon Canderous Series

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About the Author

Anton Strout is the author of the Simon Canderous novels and the Spellmason Chronicles. He lives in New York.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441020119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020119
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,626,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dead Waters is the 4th book in the Simon Canderous series and the very best of the series so far.

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.
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Dead Waters is the 4th been in the Simon Canderous series by Anton Strout. The story centers around Simon, who is a member of the Department of Extraordinary Affairs (DEA), Other Division. Which means he and his partner get all the paranormal cases that either don't fit neatly into another division, or the ones no one wants. Simon has psychometry, the power to read the history of objects by touching them.
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.
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I am wondering however what became of this series as it just stopped. On a cliffhanger no less, 5 years? ago.

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.
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Dead Waters by Anton Strout is the best of the series so far. Strout's comedic writing style has matured, though his main character still has a ways to go, which is part of the fun. Simon is a wise-cracking machine--and a zombie skull crushing machine, with his telescoping metal bat. Add in his psychometry powers, he can tell an object's history by touching it, and you have a very fascinating character.

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.

Paul Genesse
Editor The Crimson Pact anthology
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Anton Strout has completely hit his stride as an author, with a pitch-perfect Simon Canderous story. The characters are tightly written, the jokes natural and loose, and the bads ... well, they're bad. This book continues the excellence that was book three
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