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Doubletake (Cal Leandros) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2012
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"Touching and at times hilarious, yet intensely compelling, Thurman's story lines are among the darkest in urban fantasy... Any book by Thurman is worth the purchase, but the Cal Leandros series shines, each one better than the one before. DOUBLETAKE is the seventh in the series." -Fresh Fiction
"[A] lightning-paced fusion of Lovecraftian world-building, caustic humor in the style of Harlan Ellison (A BOY AND HIS DOG), and enough gory pulp action to fill a couple of KILL BILL sequels." -FEARnet.com
About the Author
Besides wild, ravenous turkeys, she has a dog (if you don’t have a dog, how do you live?)—one hundred pounds of Siberian husky. He looks like a wolf, has paws the size of a person’s hand, ice blue eyes, teeth out of a Godzilla movies, and the ferocious habit of hiding under the kitchen table and peeing on himself when strangers come by. Fortunately, she has another dog that is a little more invested in keeping the food source alive. By the way, the dogs were adopted from shelters. They were fully grown, already housetrained, and grateful as hell. Think about it next time you’re looking for a Rover or Fluffy.
For updates, teasers, deleted scenes, and various other extras, visit Rob Thurman's website and her LiveJournal.
Top Customer Reviews
But as I am an aspiring writer myself, I've become a huge supporter of frank, constructive criticism. That said, I'll try to be as succinct as possible - and not too much of an insensitive jerk.
I had two major problems with Doubletake.
The first problem isn't with the bond between Cal and Niko, or their relationships with Robin or Promise - that remains pretty much the same. The problem is the story. The plot takes a lot of interesting turns in this book, and unfortunately a lot of them are fairly pointless. For instance, in one chapter, Robin hires Cal and Niko to work as bouncers while his entire race comes together to decide which of them will reproduce. You would think that a great gathering of the Pucks, the oldest and most devious race of tricksters on the planet, would play an important role in the story. Not so much. It pretty much just turns out to be a giant, disgusting orgy that goes on way too long and described with way too much detail. And after the important gathering/orgy is over with, that's it. Nothing. There's no intrigue - no pucks plotting against one another. No thousand-year-old grudges get settled. Nothing. We got a few tidbits about Robin's past, but nothing else.
And that's just one example. I would expect to encounter things like that in well-written (but ultimately misguided) fan fiction, not from the real author!
The second problem was the villain. Of course, as per usual, there is more than one bad guy for the brother's to tackle, but there is always a Big Bad. In this book, it's a man called Grimm. He's pretty much exactly like Caliban but in the all the worse ways.Read more ›
"Doubletake" by the talented Rob Thurman is another of her thrilling dark paranormal tales of those fascinating brothers, Niko and Cal Leandros. The surprises continue to unfold as Cal continues to deal with the repercussions of his sacrifice of even more of his humanity ("Brothers Before Souls") and the handicap of only being able to Gate twice without a refractory period to recover without risking death. The repudiated ties to the Vayash clan are revisited when Niko's despised father re-enters his life, coincidentally at the same time as a metal monstrosity that is a killing machine. With the author's typical flair, the action is nonstop, ranging from a Puck reunion (to choose who is tasked with breeding more Pucks) that Robin hires the brothers to work at as well as a visit to the insane god Haphaestus and an encounter with the boggles in Central Park. Adding to the chaos that surrounds the brothers, a being named Grimm is determined to use Cal in even more tortuous auphe manipulations, with or without his cooperation. The brothers continue to unite against their enemies, aided by the only people they trust, Robin Goodfellow and Promise (Niko's vampire lover) but their enemies seem to be stacking the odds against them and Cal may be forced into a decision that Niko will never recover from.
Amazingly, Ms. Thurman continues to create even more stirring tales of the uncannily talented duo even as she provides glimpses of the life that has honed them into the well-tempered and close-knit pair that they are. Everyone has family issues but these two find a way to take their problems to an even higher level than the expected tension between strangers who are genetically but not emotionally related.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love every one of these books. I really enjoy the author's sense of humor. These books are a bit dark, but I love them.Published 7 months ago by amazoncust
I loved it but I love this series. Was a good twist to have. Couldn't put it down.Published 7 months ago by sketch_wwjd
I've bought the series twice, once in paperback once for the kindle, wish I'd get a deal for buying it on Kindle after buying it upon its original releasePublished 14 months ago by AL White
Family. When its good, its very very good, but when its bad its murder. Brothers Cal and Niko have to clean up an infestation of monsters - just trying to feed the kids, those... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sylvia McIvers
I'm a fan and I love the Leandros Brothers!
Doubletake is another good story of them.
And of course, Robin Goodfellow rocks!
It's about the Leandros brothers. Cal is an auphe who is like at the top of the chain predator. His older brother Niko is there to make sure Cal doesn't lose it. Read morePublished on June 24, 2014 by Vic