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In this fast-paced sequel to The Everything Box - the second entry in New York Times best-selling author Richard Kadrey's comedic supernatural series - chaos ensues when Coop and the team at DOPS steal a not-quite-dead and very lovesick ancient Egyptian mummy wielding some terrifying magic.

Coop, a master thief sort of gone legit, saved the world from an ancient doomsday device - heroism that earned him a gig working for the Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome top-secret government agency that polices the odd and strange. Now Woolrich, Coop's boss at the DOPS, has Coop breaking into a traveling antiquities show to steal a sarcophagus containing the mummy of a powerful Egyptian wizard named Harkhuf. With the help of his pals Morty, Giselle, and a professor that's half cat, half robotic octopus, Coop pulls off the heist without a hitch.

It's not Coop's fault that when DOPS opened the sarcophagus, they didn't find the mummy they were expecting. Well, it was the right mummy, but it wasn't exactly dead - and now it's escaped, using a type of magic the organization hasn't encountered before. Being a boss, Woolrich blames his underling for the screwup and wants Coop to find the missing Harkhuf and make it right, pronto.

Digging into Harkhuf's history, Coop thinks the mummy is hunting for an ancient magical manuscript that will help him bring his old lover back to life. Which wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't a warrior sorceress hell-bent on conquering the world with her undead armies. Coop would very much like to run from the oncoming chaos. It's one thing to steal a mummy but another to have to deal with head-hunting bureaucrats, down-on-their luck fortune-tellers, undead mailroom clerks, and a rather unimpressed elephant. Unfortunately there's nowhere to run. If he wants the madness to stop, he's going to have to suck it up and play hero one more time. But if Coop manages to save the world again, he's definitely going to want a lot of answers. And a raise.

©2017 Richard Kadrey (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Tongue-In-Cheek Horror

This is a follow-on to 'The Everything Box', and carries the same offbeat characters through to new adventures. Consider that the action centers around an agency so secret that if they tell you about it they have to kill you - and then put you to work in the mailroom. Using everything from psychotic ghosts to mutant mice, Kadrey tells a wild, fast-paced story of a mummy's boy who is wrapped up in the search for his lost love, and the mayhem and murder that ensues. Cooper, our criminal and reluctant hero, has his hands full saving the day while doing his best to stay alive. He really doesn't want to end up in the mail room. Great fun and highly recommended.

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Meh, Love Kadrey but this one's unengaging

Couldn't finish. Didn't care what happened or didn't to Coop and the rest. Silly without the usual acerbity.

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Even more fun than the first book!

As always Oliver Wyman delivers a fantastic performance and brings the book to life.
I really hope Richard Kadrey continues to write more in this series. So many laugh out loud moments. I love a good action adventure, far fetched, make you laugh, just can shut off audit books. A great set of stories, a great narrator, who could ask for more. Richard, do it again. Oliver, keep reading to us.

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Still a fun series

This is a really goofy series and I really like it.

That's a lit going on and there's a couple of hiests (which I think is where this series shines) and there a bunch of weird magic stuff (which is also very well done, especially when it's particularly silly) and there's still a relatively strong sense of "if the protagonist doesn't do something, the bad guy weeks". it's not necessarily a sense of narrative tension, it's all a little too goofy for that, but it's still there.

The plot is a little hard to describe, there's a mummy and there's a bunch of rich kids that are wannabe animal rights activists and there's a crooked car salesman and there's an elephant and then there's another plot against the protagonist all together.

At times it's a little hard to connect all the plots and remember what's going on. The stuff in the basement is generally pretty funny, but gets a little odd by the end, like I kind of forgot exactly why the stuff that was happening to them was happening. And it takes a long time for the animal rights stuff to pay off, and it's not a big good ultimately, just another hitch in the road for the crew.

I really like the doctor that's a ghost cat that's a robot, that's a great thing. That's the kind of thing I look for in books, something that is nearly indescribable and also is exactly what it sounds like.

Overall I liked it. I don't think it's quite as good as The Everything Box, but it holds its own and it's a fun book.

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Be prepared for a truly fun adventure!!

Great cast of characters, outstanding narration, and a laugh-out-loud plot! What more can you ask for?

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How to antagonise your friends and influence enemies

It’s a sequel so read the first book first. Characters are not fully rehashed.
Comparison: Whereas Coop’s power struggle was with his ex girlfriend, this time it’s with his new boss. Bureaucracy is more thoroughly lampooned.
If, in the first book, you grew weary of everyone ragging on everyone they met, there is even more of that here. Some of it’s clever and funny but it’s over the top cruel more often than necessary. I suppose I was most bothered that close friends acted as mean to each other as they did to nasty enemies.
(That’s all I want to add, the 17 other reviews cover the rest)

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Another great series.

I have one complaint, I Need more! I've already gone through Kadrey's Sandman Slim and I'm loving the new characters in this series. I hope he has plans to write more Coop and the Gang.

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meh

First book was really good.. this book not so much. I mean its okay.. just slow, boring, over descriptive .. author literally takes a paragraph worth of info and stretches it out over chapters.. so all filler.
Now Oliver Wyman.. yowzza.. what a narrator .. in fact he is the only reason I didn't return the book after the first hour

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A good sophomore effort

This is the second book in this series and suffers slightly for the sophomore slump. By no means does that mean it is not a fun book. It just takes it's time getting rolling. While it is doing that, you do get moments of brilliantly weird humor and character development. Stick with it. the last quarter or so are worth the wait.

Recommended to fans of the Nothing Box and heist stories with a sense of humor.

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Where is the next book?

Seriously,where is the next book in this series? Killing me and feels like this series might have been dropped which would be a huge shame. I freaking love sandman slim but want 5 more Coop adventuress!

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More adventures of Coop

You do need to listen to the first book to appriciate this book . The same group of characters as before . Well created charcters in another strange adventure . really enjoyed this I do hope Mr. Kadrey wites more books in this series.

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