• Black Magic Outlaw, Books 1-3

  • By: Domino Finn
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 22 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (286 ratings)

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Black Magic Outlaw, Books 1-3

By: Domino Finn
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
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Publisher's Summary

Being a necromancer is kinda cool until you wake up half dead in a dumpster.

Cisco Suarez is into something bad. Wanted by police, drenched in the stink of dark magic, and nether creatures coming out of the woodwork. Is resurrection overrated or what?

This box set contains the first three Black Magic Outlaw novels (Dead Man, Shadow Play, and Heart Strings) all at one special omnibus price.

©2015, 2016 Domino Finn (P)2016 Domino Finn

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I just can't

This is a diary, not a narrative. I regret buying this with real money. It would've been more acceptable if I used monopoly money, but even then I'd request a refund. With it's "let me take 10 minutes to explain something on the first page" sense of direction and it's first-person injections at every opportunity, I would heavily recommend avoiding this book. It's advertised as "an adult Harry Potter," but it's more like his slower cousin who happened across the word necromancy and tried to use it in a sentence for the first time.

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Brilliant

Written with fabulous dry wit that the narrators delivery does iustice.
Great stories brilliant characters, you gotta love Cisco Suarez,!
An excellent unpredictable tale.

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Neil Hellegers is amazing narrater

I honestly don't know if these books would be as good as they are to my ear holes if it was not for Mr. Hellegers. His transition from character to character is just amazing. You can tell when he transitions into another character. The storyline is great. I couldn't predict what was coming next and that is always nice. His writing style is great and the universe he brings us into is unique. It brings mythology and fantasy into a very versatile plot line. 5 Stars all around.

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great story

loved all the characters in all the plot twist. hope to find more. thank you

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Could've been great, if only for the voice actor

What did you like best about Black Magic Outlaw, Books 1-3? What did you like least?

I like most the character's (and writer's) familiarity with Miami. I least like the voice actor, who failed to properly modulate his voice to convey emotion in stressful situations. Also, the main character's skillsets do not presipose him toward being a private eye. Yet somehow he can puzzle together unsolved crimes. I breaks the suspension of disbelief

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Magic Outlaw, Books 1-3?

A vengeful poltergeist pursues the protagonist Cisco Suarez down Miami beach in a T-rex's body formed from nearby trash.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He didn't indicate emotion on the part of the narrator Cisco Suarez to the degree to make him believable.

Was Black Magic Outlaw, Books 1-3 worth the listening time?

No.

Any additional comments?

Give this one a pass. Yeah, it's three books for the price of one, but even then the price isn't worth it. I will be requesting a refund ASAP.

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Great story, great narration

I read the books several years ago. Listening to the compilation audiobook, I'm glad that it doesn't feel very out of date. I'd hate to see a necromancer discarded over being past his sell by date. A lot of great action magic and mayhem. The obvious comparable is the Dresden files. Black magic outlaw stacks up well. The narration is good, the character voices fit. I haven't heard a Neil Hellagers narration that I didn't like. It's solid urban fantasy fare like a good bowl of chili or stew with a brew for your mind.

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Great new Urban Fantasy

Really good take on modern Urban Fantasy. Really enjoyed this collection and will be listening to further installments. Main character is really well thought out as is the magic, slightly different take, which is always good. Narration was fantastic!

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Good with Significant Drawbacks

I really wanted to enjoy these books and hope the issues I was having in the first book would work themselves out with time. I loved the subject matter with the magic and the S. Florida culture. Finn really excelled at painting a great picture. There are a few issues that have really been nagging at me though:
First; the first three books all take place within a few weeks of the protagonist “coming back to life” after 10 years. In those three weeks there is both very little character progression, or an unrealistic amount of character progression, depending on how you look at it. In a manner of speaking, is really hauling around a 24 year old’s experiences and maturity, which explains some things, but not others.
Second, the protagonist does literally, a few sentences of perfunctory digging and decides the antagonist is officially “the bad guy” without really explaining to us how he has come to this decision, and then starts making plans to kill said “bad guy”. We only find out for sure, at the end of each book our protagonist was right all along.
Third; he keeps on referring to this dude as “his best friend” when it is clear neither one of them are cool with the other. I don’t know, maybe after “his best friend” shoots our protagonist in the leg, then he might stop calling him that, but no...
Fourth; about his ex... Naw, I won’t go there. It’s too spoilery... The magic and S. Florida culture was great, and the three book package made it a good deal, but I can’t see using a credit on a single of these books.

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Couldn't finish the first book

This was a really hard one for me. I couldn't fallow the story, it just felt so mashed together and rushed. Not many books that I cant finish and this is rare for me. I felt like the main character was constantly confused and powerless. Not to mention he was just as confused as I was. Was really hoping for this to me a new series I would love!

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Have short term memory problems? This is for you.

I like the overall story but the guy from 50 first dates who loses his memory every 10 seconds could follow the plot. The author rehashes who all the characters are and how they fit into the story, especially the main character way to much. it's not just between books, but through out each book the plot is rehashed repeatedly.

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  • Stephen Thresh
  • 02-22-20

Good story but poorly performed.

The author has written a reasonably good story, which is engaging, but it is let down by the narrator. Narration has little in the way of light and dark, with everything read in the same urgent, breathless tones. Even the sign off at the end of the book is read as if there is something momentous and dangerous about to happen.
Whilst I have read this compendium I doubt I will read subsequent books if the same narrator is used.

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