I'm Cisco Suarez: necromancer, shadow charmer, black magic outlaw. Sounds kinda cool, doesn't it? It was, right until I woke up half dead in a dumpster.
Did I say half dead? Because I meant 100% dead. Full on. I don't do things halfway.
So here I am, alive for some reason, just another sunny day in Miami. It's a perfect paradise, except I'm into something bad. Wanted by police, drenched in the stink of dark magic, nether creatures coming out of the woodwork, and don't get me started on the Haitian voodoo gang. Trust me, it's all fun and games until there's a zombie pit bull on your tail.
I'm Cisco Suarez: necromancer, shadow charmer, black magic outlaw, and totally screwed.
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voodoo, necromancy, the occult, potions, and more
Cisco Suarez wakes up in a dumpster after being killed 10 years ago. He remembers none of the last decade, how he died, or how he got many of the skills and strength he now has. After tracking down a couple of friends, he is able to piece together enough details to follow a trail toward his killers. More questions arise as he finds out someone slaughtered his family and a Hattian voodoo gang wants him dead.
The action continues non-stop throughout the story, voodoo, necromancy, the occult, potions, and more fill the tale with magical violence. The story is written in the first person, so the listener is inside Cisco’s head throughout; reliving his fears, insecurities, slowly returning memories and newly discovered abilities. He is a self-taught necromancer and wielder of magic, so most of his skills are sometimes a surprise to him.
As the listener rediscovers Cisco’s lost 10 years, we relive his emotions with him, lost friendships, family, and lover. It gets claustrophobic and redundant at times but remains generally entertaining. The plot is less about making sense than following Cisco’s stumbling luck as an amateur occult detective.
Neil Hellegers performs the story well, giving it a personality. His voice gets into the listeners head as he becomes Cisco. A solid performance that is pleasant to listen to and gets out of the way when the action gets hot.
Dead Man is a detective story wrapped in the shell of magic and the occult. There are enough dead bodies, zombies, and wizards to fill a small stadium. Strange that the non-magic people don’t seem to notice much of it. Never mind, that’s not the point. It is Cisco’s world and you are invited to share it intimately as you ride on his shoulder. While there is plenty of violence and most of it horrific, it is cartoonish and won’t give you nightmares. The story is entertaining enough, fast paced and inventive. Listen to the sample, it will give you enough to decide if the style is your taste.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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