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The Nine (The Judas Files Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 2 in The Judas Files
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- File Size : 3396 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 254 pages
- Publisher : Hot Chocolate Press (March 17, 2019)
- Publication Date : March 17, 2019
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07PS956NS
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- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #141 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’m quoting part of this famous excerpt because The Nine is a story ablaze with opposites like an inferno fed with two types of wood—one of humorous wit and the other of disturbing sinfulness. The unique combination of Fantasy Humor and Dark Fantasy kept me intrigued and turning the pages, resulting in 5 fiery stars!
On the serious side, the story of main character Gabe Gantry is also a tale of opposing forces: condemnation and redemption.
Despite his hellish behavior when he lived on Earth, Gabe has secured his niche in The Nine—which is hard to do on the ninth level of Hell where the worst-of-the-worst are condemned to exist. With his black-market shop, he trades goods from the Topside (Earth) for secrets in the underworld. Which means he has connections.
Once a one-man operation, Gabe is hired by the head of the Judas Agency to serve as a double agent, tasked with the opposite of what you might expect: to disrupt evil operations targeted for the Topside. To complicate matters, he gets entangled with two women: Stray (whose temporary amnesia conceals her horrid past) and Alex (his partner at the agency whose horrid past is never forgotten).
When expectations from his new relationships compete for his attention and everything is on the brink of crashing-and-burning or freezing over, will Gabe finally be the man he never was on Earth? Or will he lay low and stick to business as usual?
On the humorous side, the story glows with funny narratives and witty banter. Here’s an example of one of the many passages (narrated by Gabe in Hell) that made me smile:
“A huge circus-style billboard flashed the club’s name in bright white bulbs that chased themselves in rapid waves and circles. It was like Vegas, only less audacious and in your face. Let’s be real, no one can beat Vegas. Not even Hell has that much money.”
The Nine immerses you in a place you never want to end up while endearing you to those who are gripped by its claws: Gabe, Stray, and Alex. And when you’re facing the darkest of odds, the story also reminds you not to forget to find the bright side!
I highly recommend this five-star read! Can't wait for Book 2! (And I also love the cover of this book!)
I received a signed a signed paperback for a fair and honest review!
So let’s start with Gabe. He’s a good guy stuck in a sucky environment. he runs this kind of underground trading post. He wants info and in return Gabe will do his best to hunt up your choice of guilty pleasure. For some reason, Twinkies are really popular and also very scarce in Hell. Anyhoo, we first meet him rescuing a woebegone lady. She’s just come out of the Gnashing Fields and it’s going to take days to weeks for her to regain her memories. So for now, she (nicknamed Stray) gets to hang out at Gabe’s scrapyard. This works out good for him because he has been summoned by a powerful demon.
And that’s when the story gets even more interesting! Gabe has been drafted basically to act as a spy in the Judas Agency, the organization that sends minions Topside (Earth) with specific evil tasks. Gabe is told to report all he learns and sometimes to quietly foil the evil efforts of these minions and the Judas Agency they belong to.
The Judas Agency assigns Gabe a partner, the acerbic and hardened Alex. She is awesome! I want to be her sidekick – move over Gabe! I loved her humor, especially messing with Gabe about the latest technological advances on Earth (Gabe died and was damned in the 1980s). These two really have great chemistry and I was often laughing.
The plot was pretty good too and I loved that I couldn’t tell where it was going. It certainly kept me guessing. The pacing was great, having a steady march but with moments of greater activity (usually violence) or of some meaningful sharing (which was great for character development). All together, it’s a worthy addition to the Urban Fantasy genre. 5/5 stars.
The Narration: MacLeod Andrews was a joy to listen to. I love how expressive he is and his voice is perfect for Gabe. Andrews’s timing for the humor was spot on, often making me chuckle. His range of voices for the characters was impressive – the demons sounded like evil spawn and the ladies sounded feminine. Excellent performance all around. No technical issues with the recording. 5/5 stars.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.G. Harris. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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During a firestorm Gabe notices a disorientated Woebegone girl, who has temporary amnesia and nowhere else to go. She reminds him of someone from his past life and after a brief internal struggle he risks the firestorm to rescue her and gets a slap across the face for his trouble. Then a Hellion knocks at the door, with a summons to the Judas Agency—and it’s a summons he can’t refuse. It doesn’t appear to be Gabe’s day.
Gabe risks indescribable torture when he’s unwilling to accept Judas Iscariot’s request to join the agency, believing it to bring harm and suffering to people Topside. He does his best to atone for his earthly sins and refuses to go back to the person he was, whatever the cost. What he never expected was to be recruited as a double agent tasked with infiltrating the agency and neutralising or disrupting threats when necessary.
Gabe finds himself attached permanently to a silver denarius and, for one who always works alone, he’s not at all sure about his new partner. Alex is fierce, beautiful, blue-haired and tattooed from the shoulders down. All he has to do is gather information without arousing suspicion and report back to Judas. Nothing to it!
C.G. Harris has created a fun story with a cast of mostly likeable and well drawn characters (apart from the gruesome and grotesque) particularly anti hero Gabe who has more or less made peace with his life in The Nine. He’s resilient, making the most of what little he has. Everything was running as smoothly as it could, given his situation, until he was sent for by Judas Iscariot. But now he has an opportunity to do some real good for the people Topside…not that it’ll get him out of The Nine but might earn him some boy scout points.
The (under)world building is imaginative and vividly detailed, the plot well executed with humorous dialogue and characters that develop throughout. Needless to say, MacLeod Andrews’ performance is first class, giving a distinct voice to each character and a perfect representation of Gabe. Look forward to more of Gabriel’s adventures.
I chose to listen to and review The Nine based on a gifted copy of the audiobook.