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Publisher's Summary

Harmony Black is much more than your average FBI special agent. In addition to being a practicing witch, she's also an operative for Vigilant Lock, an off-the-books program created to battle occult threats - by any means necessary. Despite her dedication to fighting the monsters threatening society, Harmony has become deeply conflicted about her job. Her last investigation resulted in a pile of dead bodies, and she suspects the wrong people are being punished for it.

While on a much-needed vacation, Harmony gets pulled back into action. This time, though, she's gone from solo work to being part of a team. Their target: the Bogeyman, a vicious and elusive figure...and the creature that destroyed Harmony's childhood.

Surrounded by quirky, fascinating characters as dedicated to one another as they are to their new partner, Harmony must learn to trust her team - and a new romantic interest - on a dangerous and deadly mission that conjures up memories she'd much rather forget.

©2016 Craig Schaefer (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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An Truly Entertaining Story

I enjoyed the story highly. I also found narrator very good. Her take on the different characters was very interesting, especially Jessie. I look forward to the author's next one!

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Couldn't listen to Jesse's voice

I just couldn't get past the performance of Jesse's voice, it just ruined the story for me. If you like magic and intrigue it's actually a pretty good story if you don't mind the performance.

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Good FBI crime novel

There are some paranormal/fantasy aspects to this novel, but they are not overwhelming. The narrator has an incredible voice range. Some listeners will likely feel she over performs. There are too many great audiobooks available to justify the time this one takes. NOT recommended!

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I loved the story, was really great. But the narrator was a lil hard to like.

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  • CJ
  • 02-21-17

Entertaining Story, Reader too Stiff

Would you listen to Harmony Black again? Why?

I really enjoy Craig Schaefer's stories and enjoyed both reading and listening to the whole Daniel Faust series. I will read this, but probably won't give another listen. The reader has a nice voice, but she is just too stiff and lacks a natural flow and emotion. It feels like she is reading with her slow pronunciation of each word.

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The reader sounds like she is reading and doesn't have a natural flow. Her reading just doesn't work for me even though she has a nice voice. It feels stiff and practiced.

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Run of the mill urban fantasy and mystery/thriller

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Run of the mill Urban Fantasy and Mystery/Thriller fare. It's not particularly good or particularly bad and there's nothing interesting or unique to make it stand out in an ever growing and massive genre. If you read this don't bother with the audible version, the narrator is really irritating. She ended up going way over the top for some characters' voices and it was really grating. It just so happens that one of those characters is in 95% of the book. There doesn't seem to be any good reason why this character had to be narrated in such an irritating and cheesy manner.

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a nice addition to my library.

easily as good as the faust series except I grow attached to narrators. I will say though this book was great in every way. author sets up his plots perfectly.

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Not a bad story…

For a story about demons and monsters but the reader made it all sound angry and scared and unpleasant. Ugh.

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Great Story, reader not so much

If It wasn’t for the fact that the events in the book were really good, I would have stoped listening. The narrator was just so bad. Again the story made it bearable.

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Solid UF Story

Story: 3.5⭐️
Narration: 4.5⭐️

Another one of those reviews that makes me unhappy because I can’t exactly pinpoint why I liked the book well enough, but still feel slightly disappointed and ambivalent enough to not continue the series. It’s a bit frustrating as the driving narrative is a supernatural kidnapping that is well-executed and intriguing. Overall, the pacing is good; even when the narrative pauses to take a breath, the slowdown is usually needed and works well in the plot structure and, most importantly to me, it isn’t bogged down by info dumps. The narrative flows like a suspense thriller, and none of the secondary characters who are not in the “supernatural know” are TSTL; they follow directions and don’t needlessly make themselves targets.

Additionally, the main characters are relatable and have just enough backstory that they don’t feel like stiff cutouts and caricatures. That being said, The dynamic the protagonist Harmony has with her partner Jessie, contributes to what I did find bothersome about the story—Harmony is *just* this side of too special imo. She’s the toughest, most resilient, most controlled, most compassionate, etc. person on the team and Shaefer tends to communicate this through Jessie. It’s not that Jessie is simply the prototypical Dirty Harry-esque cop, with her black and white take on all supes and what they deserve (you know except for her and Harmony), but she’s impatient, impulsive guns ablazing to the degree that it felt like Harmony was teaching her basic police protocols that your average CSI watcher would know is SOP.
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Hell, there's literally a scene where Harmony is in more danger because, in her words, she didn't count on Jessie having so little control over her nature. Mind you, Harmony experienced how animalistic and almost insensible Jessie's "beast" is the very first day they worked together. Harmony was barely able to pull Jessie back. Moreover, before the incident in question, they are both told in no uncertain terms that where they are going and trying to do is stupidly dangerous bc they will be at the mercy of their environment and Jessie beast will basically be unleashed. Yet somehow Harmony's predicament is Jessie's fault.







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It became a bit annoying and interfered with the more positive aspects of their dynamics.

It also doesn’t help that for all Harmony and Jessie get the “bad ass woman” treatment that isn’t overdone or self-consciously built, the story still finds a way to talk down to them in the most insulting of ways. They are literally mansplained and condescended to by a male alcoholic and a male demon, both of whom sneer or chuckle indulgently at their innocence and näiveté. If Schaefer meant to subvert the trope of dudes trying to school women or show how Harmony and Jessie are great agents despite the stereotypes associated with their gender, then he really missed the mark. Both males are smug, patronizing and…right. They have valuable information about, not only the case they are working, but the larger world and mechanisms at play. They give Harmony and Jessie invaluable leads and provide a veritable treasure trove of intel to show how under-informed and superficial their knowledge about this secret world is.

Yet, it’s not a bad story, and I wish I liked it more. It was just missing something for me. I could see myself maybe continuing if I had absolutely nothing else to read in that UF space, but the chances are slim; I’m not even sure that small sliver of interest in continuing isn’t do more to the enjoyment I got listening to one of my favorite narrators rather than the story itself.

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  • Eboracum
  • 04-11-16

Loved it! Supernatural meets True Dectective

What is not to love about this book? There's a nice mix of dark, gritty occult horror setting (think: Supernatural), driving police-procedural story (think: True Detective) and a competent, assertive, driven, and kick-ass main character (think: a witchy Dr Temperance Brennan) beating the hell out of demons to protect the innocent. In particular, the world building and characterization are fantastic - particularly in the audiobook, where the spot-on performance gives a massive boost to at least one crucial character (for I do declare, who couldn't love a certain well-spoken demonic gentleman when his words are sugar-coated in such a darlin' n'awleens accent?)

In full disclosure, I've listened to most of the Danial Faust books. You should too - at least to discount them - before starting on this, because there are immediate late-game spoilers for that series in the opening of this one. This series exists in the same world (God and Heaven are MIA, and we're all futilely slugging it out with Damnation until we end up there anyway), but drops the main problem with those books, which is Daniel Faust himself (a cowardly, psychotically selfish, sex-starved traitorous monster of a man whom Audible's profanity-filter for reviews prevents me from adequately describing here) in favor of the altogether more likeable Harmony Black. As my enjoyment of the Faust books was ruined by my growing hatred of the main character, having a protagonist who actually fights the forces of hell rather than just sleeping with them is an enormous bonus, and makes the world enjoyable for me again. That Harmony knows the fight is futile and knows the enemy is winning, but fights anyway, because no-one else is going to step up to do it otherwise is an enormously compelling basis for her character, and really gets you to care about her and her fight.

In terms of how that fighting is done, although Harmony Black is a witch, her biggest assets are her investigative rather than magical powers. Mad pyscho pyromaniac fireball-spamming wizards do exist in this world - and Harmony can throw down with them in a pinch - but her powers are explicitly more 'leveling the playing field' than 'leveling the building'. In almost all circumstances, Harmony uses the stopping power of her service-issue handgun over that of a lightning bolt (quicker, easier to do the paperwork for, and less tiring) and that gives the story a much more believable edge, as magic becomes the counter to specific problems, rather than the resolution to absolutely everything.

This is very much Harmony's book (and my one criticism would be that the book does absolutely everything it can to ram that down your throat, by having her personally invested in the case - pretty much to excess - rather than this just being another monster to kill) and that works to it's advantage so early in the series, as it gives us a real grounding in her story and motivations. It also really pays off in the ending, by giving her some closure on her traumatic childhood, and adding some real depth to her personality. For myself, I was really interested in a lot of the other characters, and to some extent Harmony's prominence steals the limelight from them - but I'm happy that development is coming later (we can see the setup for at least two of their stories in this book).

All in all, I'd heartily recommend this for anyone who likes the idea of a monster-killing FBI detective, or (like me) liked the Daniel Faust books while hating Daniel Faust. In general though, you should give this a shot whatever you like, because there is honestly enough in here to grab anyone and keep them coming back for more.


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  • hellkatjen
  • 03-12-16

Excellent

Great story, well thought out plot , moves along swiftly and holds you, grips you, in fact, enthralled with it's brilliant dialogue and good characterisation. The spoken version was excellently and powerfully narrated. Both the author and narrator are talented. Highly recommended

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  • Charityshopgirl
  • 11-14-17

NARRATOR NEEDS TO STOP SHOUTING

having listened to the Daniel Faust stories, I thought I’d give this series a try.
The character is a bit odd, but the main issue for me is the narrator who , seems to only change the people in the story by the aggression and loudness she uses - ever tried acting?
Having said this ill buy the next in series and hope it settles down.

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  • Zoe O’T
  • 10-03-17

Good story overall - narrator not quite right for me

Something hasn't quite worked for me and I think it's the narrator. Didn't like Jessie's loudness, didn't like the males. The story had great premise but I haven't bonded really - I don't feel inclined to rush to the next one. I may do though.

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  • C. Campbell
  • 04-07-17

What a surprise

What did you like or dislike?

I liked that this was a mystery story with the added supernatural elements to it but definitely not for kids. Adults like this stuff too!

Who would you recommend this to?

Anyone who enjoyed Harry Potter just for themselves, anyone who enjoys the fantasy elements to shows or books might like this tale.

Why this rating?

Because it's a great balance of story and otherworldlyness.

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  • Suzy GM
  • 11-17-20

Enjoyable but...

I really enjoyed the story although there were parts where it was very predictable and groan worthy. My only real criticism was Christina’s voice it can be, shall we say, quite strident in places. Overall I enjoyed the book and will buy the second in the series.

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  • J. M. Stenzel
  • 12-11-20

Narration spoiled it more me

I struggled to listen to this book. The story was good but poor narration ruined the experience.

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  • BJ
  • 11-26-18

Decent Start, but Weaker than the Sequels

It's a fun story, but the later books in the series are a significant improvement. Definitely still worth reading though.