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Imperium: Caulborn 1 by [Olivo, Nicholas]
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About the Author

My childhood consisted of way too many video games, comic books and 80's cartoons. Add in a healthy appetite for Tolkien and Stephen King, and the end result was a geek who had visions of someday writing his own novels. It was Terry Brooks' Wishsong of Shannara that really clinched it and got me excited about writing. But it wasn't until years later, after reading Jim Butcher's Storm Front, that I decided to take a crack at urban fantasy. After a month of Pepsi-and-Snickers-assisted brainstorming, Vincent Corinthos and the Caulborn were conceived. A year later I published the first Caulborn novel, Imperium. I've lived my entire life in various New England states, and I'm fascinated by New England's paranormal history. One thing I really enjoy is incorporating local paranormal events and urban legends into the books. Each Caulborn novel will include references to real-world supernatural occurrences, and explains how they fit into the Caulborn's world. I live with my wife and three children, and a shape-shifting cat who may or may not be be in human form at any given moment. If you'd like to drop me a line, swing by my site - www.nicholasolivo.com

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  • File Size: 1106 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058TTC0M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.5/5 Grade A
I almost can't believe this is Nicholas Olivo's first book. It was that good!
I am so impressed and completely enamored with this dark urban fantasy novel by Nick Olivo!
Urban Fantasy fans stand up and take notice. There is a new voice in town!

It's not everyday that I find an original story premise so it's with great pleasure that I review Imperium by Nicholas Olivo.

Nicholas Olivo crafted such an awesome novel in Imperium. I was instantly captivated and tore threw the pages (erm, frantically hit the next page button on my kindle--anyways) This is a darker, seedier Fantasy book full of Gremlins, Golems, Fae, Werewolves, Vampires and even a Godling. That isn't even the coolest part. There were other creatures in this novel as well, but I'll let you read it to see who else Nick Olivo brings to the table. *cough* Horses, *cough* Rats *cough* Nazi's *wait, say what now?* you gotta read this!

Our hero, Vincent Corinthos, is a Godling. Now, I know you must be thinking along the lines of "Great, a God." {insert any negatives about Gods here} but let me tell you, Vincent is nothing like I expected. As a Godling, he does have powers, but he is not indestructible, nor is he infallible. I loved him. He was a very complex character, and I loved his voice. It was truly a pleasure being in his head.

There really isn't a heroine per say. There are two main females in Nicholas Olivo's Imperium. Petra, Vincents lady love (Let me make a note here, that I have NEVER read a female quite like Petra. EVER) It is very hard to surprise me these days, but boy was I surprised when we learn about Petra. Talk about some serious awesome. Bravo Nick, Bravo.

The other female lead belongs to Megan, Vincent's new partner at the Agency of Caulborn.
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By R.Brown on September 9, 2014
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An ok start to a new urban fantasy (sci-fi too sorta) series. The supernatural 'cop' who is also a god is an interesting take on things. I did get a little tired of hearing how he was relying too much on his god powers (that have a very small fuel tank). How did this guy ever get along as an agent before he became a god (if you read the book becoming a god thing makes more sense)? And the Caulborn in general come across as a bunch of amateurs. For a while each chapter/new scene starts with them being ambushed or in some other way attacked. Yet they keep hoping in the new agent's Tercel and rollin around town.

At one point his partner is hurt and he promises her she will be fine. Uh oh, apparently Promising is a big deal for gods. Now he may be on the hook for her being fine forever or he will go to god hell. Unless he asks he to let him out of the promise (she was fine after being hurt). But gosh he is just to embarrassed to ask her. Supposedly the second book has something to do with this Promise.
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Imperium has been on my wishlist ever since I read the review for the book at FBC by Mihir.

The blurb of the book was quite exciting and original in that the protagonist Vincent Corinthos (son of Janus and half-god) was not only an agent handling supernatural threats in Boston, but is also a God of the Urisks in an alternate world/universe known only as the "Bright Side". Being their God grants some special powers to Vinnie including quick healing, telepathy and telekinesis. When one of his fellow agents goes missing, Vinnie quickly find out that the person responsible for the mayhem in Boston is the same one attacking the Urisks on The Bright Side.

There are a host of characters that the author has included in the book including hobgoblins, trolls, ghosts, vampires, weres, zombies, fae, golems and gremlins. To the author's credit, this list is not exhaustive and none of the races seem to be force fitted into the story line. The book, however, is written from the protagonist's viewpoint and lacks depth in some areas in my honest opinion. This could possibly be due to the comparatively short length of the novel. The short length of the novel, however, also worked in its favor since the story never seemed stretched and the pacing felt correct.

While Gears' (a gremlin friend) characterization seems cute enough, not much is revealed about Vinnie's love, Petra or his new partner agent, Megan. There are a few glimpses provided though, and I hope that the author reveals more about them as the series progresses. I am especially looking forward to read a little more about Galahad's (the eleventh Galahad and also the head of the Caulborn agents) background and how he came to lead the Caulborn agents.
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This story has the most amazing characters and story plot. In the first story of a new series, the author cleverly tells an amazing story and gives not only the background of each main character and the company they work for, but tells a clever multi dimensional story. All I can say is, get the book and enjoy reading it.
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Too much, too soon, too fast. I feel like this novel tried to do too many things in too little time. There's no real grasp on power level and new, powerful beings seem to pop out of the woodwork every other page. It feels as if there needs to be violence or some gruesome scene every other page. If you like non-stop action, this may be your thing, but personally I prefer a bit more world and character development first.
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