Monday, May 31, 2010

"Changes" Book 12 of "The Dresden Files" by Jim Butcher

Book 12 of "The Dresden Files"
by Jim Butcher
Read by James Marsters
Produced by Penguin Audio, 2010

As I eagerly began this book, yeah, I was pretty much salivating at the promise of a new Harry Dresden, wizard for hire, novel, I was not aware that the title would speak volumes as to what is in this book. I have to warn you, while I'm not one for spoilers, ther may be one or two that slips in this review, it's hard keeping it to myself. Harry Dresden's life and the lives of those around him are going to go through major changes in this book.

First let's sum up what's up with these books. Harry Dresden is a wizard of the White Council. The White Council is the world's wizards that police the world's population's use of magic. They do all they can to prevent black magic from occurring. The White Council is at war against the Red Court of Vampires. Vampires are represented by 3 courts, Black, the ones closest to the Nosferatu image of vampires, White, the ones that don't drink blood but live off the energy of a human, and the Red, these are the ones that look bat-like but can create a flesh mask to hide their true selves. The Red Court want to rule the world. Harry's ex-girlfriend Susan was halfway converted to a Red Court vampire, all she needs is to take human blood to become a full-fledged vampire. To avoid this she ran off to South America to find a group that is fighting off the urge to become full fledged vampires and to battle from within the Red Court.

Harry Dresden is a black sheep when it comes to the family of wizards, when his mother died he was raised by his uncle who turned Harry to the "Dark Side," but Harry was too young to realize there was another choice. Harry managed to be turned over and trained by Ebenezer a White Council member and the only wizard capable of bearing the Black Staff. The Black Staff gives the wizard the ability to break any laws of magic to protect the laws of magic. Harry also has a Fairy Godmother, a real godmother who is a powerful Fairy. Serious Magic there with the Faery and Fae. The Queen of Winter of the Faery court has been trying to recruit Harry to become her Knight, basically the Queen's body guard and errand boy, but with killer intentions.

Wizard Dresden also has help from an odd collection of assistants, Harry's half-brother is a Vampire of the White Court, Harry's Apprentice Molly is being taught how to become a wizard after nearly slipping to the "Dark Side." She is also the daughter of Michael Carpenter a Knight of the Cross (yes THE CROSS). Harry's best friend is a Chicago cop working in the strange crimes division, Karrin Murphy, Harry's computer of sorts, Bob, a wizard spirit kept in a human skull that knows pretty much everything in the history of magic, and finally Harry's 2 pets Mister, a huge fat cat, and Mouse a huge Chinese Temple Dog.

So that's where we stand with some great magical fights and some great team work through all the Dresden files books, until we get to this one. Here's where it all "Changes."

At the beginning of the book Harry gets a call from his former girlfriend, Susan, saying that the Red Court has kidnapped their daughter. Harry has a daughter? Yep, that's news to him also. Now it's personal, with some emotional moments Harry decides he's going to do everything he can to get back his daughter. But first Him and Susan and Martin, here protoge in the Red Court underground go to the building where Harry has his private investigator/wizard for hire office. Red Court attacks Harry's office building is blown more office and that is only change #2 in a long series of changes.

His first choice is to see if he can get help from the White Council of Wizards, after all they are at war against the Red Court. Talk about bad timing the Duchess of the Red Court is making an appearance before the White Council at the same time Harry arrives. What a chance Harry has now to demand his daughter back, except in order to protect his daughter he does not reveal to anyone that she is his daughter only a little girl kidnapped by the Red Court. It seems the Duchess is there to promote peace and a cease fire in the war. There goes the White Council's help.

Harry then turns to "Gentleman" Johnny Marcone, Chicago mob boss. Marcone cannot help but steers him to a security firm that can help. After a trip to Europe, Harry is presented to an extremely powerful being, could it be?....Thor's father, Odin? He cannot help but does provide some tools.

Harry eventually gather's what forces he can and heads to the Mayan temples in Mexico. It seems the Red Court is using Harry's daughter to perform a blood curse ritual. Using the girl as a sacrifice, this will kill all in her bloodline. Harry is the target. So with the final Knight of the Cross, a cop, a white court vampire, an apprentice, a temple dog, and his fairy godmother Harry is off to Mexico.

At the end is a huge battle that features some serious magicks, and gunplay that would make John Woo proud. The big event is what Harry has to sacrifice in order to go to Mexico.

Okay...I'm not sure how to say this but the end of the book left me flabbergasted. After the huge battle the world of Harry Dresden changes. I'm doing everything I can to keep from telling you the end so I think I will stop here.

Great book...get it.

Friday, May 21, 2010

"Greed" by L. Ron Hubbard

by L. Ron Hubbard
Multicast Performance
Produced by Galaxy Audio
Approx. 2 hours

Once again I dive into the enjoyment of an audio collection of some pulp sci-fi from "The Stories from the Golden Age." Galaxy Audio & Galaxy Press have taken 150 short stories written by L. Ron Hubbard during the mid-twentieth century, more specifically during the 1930s through the 1950s. Many of these stories appeared in various pulp fiction magazines during that period and cover the genres of "Far Flung Adventure," "Sea Adventure," "Air Adventure," "Tales from the Orient," "Mystery," "Western," "Fantasy," and of course "Science-Fiction." Each of these stories have been reproduced into two hour Audio books and the physical books for the pulp fiction feel.

The production values for every book has been set pretty high. Original music has produced for the stories. Sound effects added where needed, and placed in a near subtle level where the effect helps to tell the story but does not overcome the dialogue, and speaking of dialogue the characters are all voiced by actors that portray perfect over-the-top characters.

This installment in the collection contains three stories that each have a unique approach to sci-fi story telling.

Originally published in "Astounding Science Fiction," April 1950, is a story that mixes a little bit of philosophy from Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" with the typical L. Ron Hubbard sci-fi little twist in the end. The main premise is that space cannot be explored or conquered with out greed. It is greed that guides the conquest of space in that something has to be procured to make planetary travel worth while. This story is about George Marquis Lorrilard, a sometime lieutenant in the United contenents Space Navy and space exploiter, as he conquers an Asian run planet.

"Final Enemy"
Originally published in "Super Science Stories," September 1950, this story tells of how travellers of space from the two separate powers on Earth, the Asians and Us, seek to explore the outer reaches of space. Each find stories of how a powerful entity has landed before and terrorized and nearly wiped out each new planet's population. Upon hearing there is a stronger enemy out there the two powers team up to find this other race. The twist in this story is one easily equivalent to that of a Twilight Zone episode.

"The Automagic Horse"
Originally published in "Astounding Science Fiction," October 1949, this story is a humorous story in which an engineer for a Hollywood movie production company is seeking to build a ship to explore space while creating special effects for the movies. This time he needs to build a realistic looking horse that will bust out of a barn and survive having the same barn while burning fall on the horse. The ASPCA will not allow a real horse so the engineer makes one. His secret is to rais money for his side project by getting the movie company to pay more than he needs on the horse. Upon completion of the horse the engineer finds some alternate ways to raise money.

For two hours of great audio book entertainment you cannot go wrong with this or any other Audio Pulp from Galaxy Audio.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Brisingr (Inheritance, Book 3) by Christopher Paolini

Brisingr (Inheritance, Book 3)
by Christopher Paolini
read by Gerard Doyle
Produced by Listening Library, 2008

Well I thought I was finishing the last of the Christopher Paolini "Inheritance" series featuring, Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular (Brightscales), but no, there seems to be another in the works. This is completely fine by me, because reading or listening to this series has been a lot of fun. I still find it amazing that Paolini started writing this series while in his teens. The language used in these books is every bit as much an equivalent to any of Tolkien's works, or any other fantasy novel. In fact just like many fantasy writers Paolini, took the time to create a couple of languages to make the Dwarves and Elves speak in an more realistic manner.

The "Inheritance" series follows the life of Eragon, a dragon rider, and Saphira, his dragon, as they grow together learning what it means to be a dragon rider, while at the same time fighting the evil King Galbatorix, who wants to be the only rider and ruler of the world. In this book especially Eragon and Saphira learn what it means to be loyal, and to keep your promises. In fact, the subtitle of this book was going to be, "The Seven Promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular."

The reader, Gerard Doyle, does a superb job reading this book and letting the listener know the difference between different characters talking or thinking as well as voicing the dragons. I have to admit that I felt sorry for the abuse to Doyle's throat when he voiced the dragons but I sure he can recover in time for the next book. Doyle also provides the interesting pronunciation for the Elvish and Dwarvish language. So if you read the book and wondered just how you could pronounce some of those words, get the audio book.

Brisingr focuses on the story of Eragon and his dragon Saphira as they continue their quest to overthrow the corrupt ruler of the Empire, Galbatorix. Eragon is one of the last remaining Dragon Riders, a group that governed and protected the land of Alagaësia. Brisingr begins just 4 days after the preceding novel "Eldest" concludes, finding Eragon, newly reunited with his cousin, Roran, just outside of Helgrind, the sanctuary of the Ra'zac. There they rescue Roran's fiance, Katrina, who was being held prisoner, and kill one of the Ra'zac. Saphira, Roran, and Katrina return to the Varden, while Eragon stays behind to kill the remaining Ra'zac and to deal with Katrina's traitorous father. Once he returns to the Varden, Eragon discovers that Katrina is pregnant with Roran's child and a wedding is arranged, which Eragon is to conduct. Just before it begins, a small force of enchanted troops, that feel no pain, attack alongside Murtagh and his dragon, Thorn. Elven spell-casters aid Eragon and Saphira and cause Murtagh and Thorn to flee, winning the battle. After the fight, Roran marries Katrina. The leader of the Varden, Nasuada, then orders Eragon to attend the election of the new dwarf king in the Beor Mountains. Once among the dwarves, Eragon is the target of a failed assassination, found to be the work of the dwarf clan Az Sweldn rak Anhûin, whom the dwarf Orik then forces into exile. Having earned the sympathies of the dwarves, Orik is elected the new king.

After Orik's coronation, Eragon and Saphira return to the elven capital Ellesméra to train. There, the elf Oromis and his dragon Glaedr reveal that Eragon's deceased mentor, Brom, is Eragon's father. Glaedr also reveals the source of Galbatorix's power: Eldunarí, or heart of hearts. While not a dragon's actual heart, an Eldunarí allows the holder to communicate with or draw energy from the dragon it belongs to, even if the dragon is deceased. Galbatorix spent years collecting Eldunarya, and forcing the deceased dragons to channel their energy to him through their Eldunarí thus the reason Galbatorix is so powerful. After training, Eragon visits an Elven blacksmith, Rhunön, who helps Eragon forge a Rider sword. Before Eragon and Saphira depart to the Varden, Oromis says that the time has come for him and Glaedr to openly oppose the Empire in combat alongside the queen of the elves, Islanzadí. Thus, Glaedr gives his Eldunarí to Eragon and Saphira before they part.

Meanwhile, Roran is sent on various missions as part of the military force of the Varden. One of the targets is a convoy of supply wagons guarded by enchanted soldiers. The unit suffers extreme casualties, and the commander is replaced after losing his hand. During a mission to take back a Surdan city, plans made by the new commander almost cause the operation to fail, but Roran gives new orders. Despite saving the mission, Roran is charged with insubordination and is flogged as a punishment. After the public whipping, Nasuada promotes Roran to commander and sends his unit on a mission. He leaves in command of a group of both men and Urgals to enforce the idea of men and Urgals working together. When his squad returns to the Varden, they join the siege of Feinster, a city in the Empire.

The battle ensues and as I said in the beginning what I thought was the final book is not, and Paolini leaves the final battle between the Varden and the Empire, and, of course, between Galbatorix and Eragon for the next book.

In this audio book is a bonus interview between Paolini and his editor, in which he reveals that this book was originally planned as the final but that the adventures just could not all be told in one volume. Hopefully we'll have the next book soon.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"Dune: House Corrino" Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

"Dune: House Corrino"
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Narrated by Scott Brick, unabridged
Tantor Media
Approx 24 hours

After the death of Frank Herbert, son Brian Herbert discovered some manuscripts left behind with more information on the universe of Dune. Teaming up with Kevin J. Anderson, the two authors began a quest to add more stories to the "Duneverse" based on these manuscripts and their own talents in writing science fiction. Their first effort was the Prelude to Dune series. "House Corrino" is the third title in this series and as such, gives even more information on the buildup of events which created the situations leading to the epic novel Dune. Many hardcore "Dune" fans will complain about some of the continuity errors, but all in all the books written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are some great additional stories that fans can use to revisit the worlds created by Frank Herbert.

The book is read by Scott Brick, a narrator who is no stranger to the Dune series. He has voiced many of the audiobooks and is thoroughly familiar with the material. I'd have to say he is the perfect choice as narrator for these books, because of his ability to read as different characters and even make a difference between when the character is thinking or talking aloud. All his voices as characters are distinct yet subtle enough to make for a smooth hearing experience.

Book three of the prelude to the original Dune series answers many questions, but also leaves some unanswered, which is good. Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson, to be honest to the Duneverse could not try to explain it all away, that is one of the many features of the Original Dune novels by Frank Herbert that keeps the reader intrigued, and makes the the books more adventuresome, the philosophy is within the reader.

In this book the Emperor of the known Universe, Shaddam IV has devised a plan with his right hand man Hasimir Fenrig, to create a synthetic form of the Spice Melange. In doing so he will hold even more power over the universe. As you may know, the Spice extends life, and makes space travel possible and is only found on one planet, Dune (Arrakis).

On the machine planet, Ix,Tleilaxu "scientists" use slaves and prisoners as part of a horrific plan to manufacture a synthetic form of melange known as amal. If amal can replace the spice from Dune, it will give Shaddam what he seeks: absolute power. However the amal is not quite right. Adjudica the Tleilaxu that has created the amal, has not run adequate testing but has been taking the amal and has been dosing the Sardukar guards with the amal and gains some control over the Emperor's terror guards. Also we learn how the Tleilaxu use women to become living tanks to produce the amal, thus explaining why there are no Tleilaxu women.

Duke Leto Atriedes, grief-stricken yet unbowed by the tragic death of his son Victor, in an assassination attempt is determined to restore the honor and prestige of his House, has his own plans for Ix. He will free the Ixians from their oppressive conquerors and restore his friend Prince Rhombur, injured scion of the disgraced House Vernius, to his rightful place as Ixian ruler. In doing so Leto leaves his home planet of Caladan unguarded. Hearing of this and in order to save face The Beast Rabban (Harkkonen), attempts to conquer Caladan, but the master of assassins and Mentat to House Atriedes, Thufir Howat devises a plan to keep any attackers at bay.

Meanwhile, Duke Leto's concubine, the Lady Jessica, obeying the orders of her superiors in the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, has conceived a child that the Sisterhood intends to be the penultimate step in the creation of an all-powerful being. Yet what the Sisterhood doesn't know is that the child Jessica is carrying is not the girl they are expecting, but a boy. Jessica's act of disobedience is an act of love -- her attempt to provide her Duke with a male heir to House Atreides -- but an act that, when discovered, could kill both mother and baby. Learning of the heir to house Atreides, House Harkkonen's mentat, Pitor Dufries attempts to kidnap the baby.

Like the Bene Gesserit, Shaddam Corrino is also concerned with making a plan for the future -- securing his legacy. Blinded by his need for power, the Emperor will launch a plot against Dune, the only natural source of true spice. If he succeeds, his madness will result in a cataclysmic tragedy not even he foresees: the end of space travel, the Imperium, and civilization itself. With Duke Leto and other renegades and revolutionaries fighting to stem the tide of darkness that threatens to engulf their universe, the stage is set for a showdown unlike any seen before.

This book has a great storytelling and a great culmination of many battles that as you come to the end you will want more.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

"Dog Blood" A Novel by David Moody Published 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books

"Dog Blood" A Novel
by David Moody
Published 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books

In this book David Moody has created a thrilling joyride through an apocalyptic world of zombies, but without an apocalypse or zombies. This may need some further explanation, so bear with me. First of all this novel, "Dog Blood" is the sequel to Moody's previous novel, "Hater." In "Hater" the world changed. Many people suddenly began killing other people, it was soon discovered that a percentage of the population was changing int what was being labeled as Haters.

The Haters would kill for no reason using only their bare hands in most cases. The book "Hater" followed Danny McCoyne as he tried everything he could to protect his family, but near the end of the book Danny, became a Hater. The change in him was sudden as if a switch was thrown. Once he had changed he immediately felt the urge to destroy the Unchanged. One of the Unchanged was his father-in-law. When his wife witnessed this she knew he had become a Hater. As she gathered the children to make their escape Danny looked into the eyes of his 5 year old daughter and knew she was like him, but by then he was incapacitated and could do nothing. This left the novel "Hater" with either the most thrilling ending ever or a serious hint at a sequel.

As it turns out David Moody has written this novel, "Dog Blood" and continues the story with such a a delivery that you get tired as if YOU are running around and trying to survive. The story creates such a unique insight into the world of Haters and Unchanged, that not only do you read about the battles, the survival, the lack of governmental control but Mood writes in such a fashion you feel as if you are part of the story.

In "Dog Blood," Danny McCoyne continues the bloody kills to destroy the Unchanged but this time he is also looking for his five year-old daughter, Ellis. Danny makes his way back to the city from which we was taken to where his wife and daughter could be hiding/surviving. Danny was taken to a camp where the Haters where being mass slaughtered not unlike the German concentration camps of World War II. After escaping Danny learns of the Haters, led by a former politician, grouping to form an army to destroy the Unchanged. The biggest obstacle in this is that as a Hater organization is hard to come by because all killing is done by instinct, not unlike a zombie horde. This is where the zombie aspect comes in, the Haters act as vicious as any zombie from any zombie movie or story, but they can think and they don't eat their victims, well, not always.

Moody also takes us through the lives of the Unchanged by jumping into the story of Mark Tillotsen as he helps the military to scout for food and survivors in the area. Mark gets extra rations for this volunteer work, which he needs because he has recently taken in a family member and his wife is pregnant.

Survival, hordes of violent attackers, and the possible end of the world, "Dog Blood" takes up where "Hater" left off and I will warn you the ending keeps you questioning. I will warn you make sure you allow extra reading time when you approach the end of the book, the last few chapters are so exciting you CANNOT put the book down. You won't want to put the book down at all once you start.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

"Sea Fangs" by L. Ron Hubbard

"Sea Fangs"
by L. Ron Hubbard
Multi-cast performance
Produced by Galaxy Audio
approx 2 hours

In continuing my pulp fiction adventures with "Stories from the Golden Age," I've decided to go on a sea adventure with L. Ron Hubbard. This one is called "Sea Fangs," and let me warn you this one has got so much excitement that you will not want to stop listening.

Once again Galaxy Audio produces another audio book masterpiece. I've listened to enough Galaxy Audio productions of the old pulp fiction stories, that I've come to expect nothing but fun and excitement. The incidental music is perfect between chapters. The acting and narration are perfect for re-enacting this old pulp fiction novella but at the same time, with this one, they bring something extra that could almost place this story in modern times. This also can be attributed to the timeless writing by Hubbard in this novella. The cast consists of; Gino Montesinos, R.F. Daley, Shane Johnson, Jim Meskimen, Kristin Proctor and Phil Proctor. And finally with the added sound effects the whole production rounds out in an exciting, cinematic aural experience.

Bob Sherman, a seasoned sailor suddenly finds himself trying to save the ocean yacht, 'Bonito' from capsizing in hurricane waters off Venezuela's coast, no thanks to the cocky and incompetent ship's captain. Sherman boarded the ship under a false name to seek revenge on the yacht's owner, Mr. Marmion. Marmion, with the support of corrupt officials, had stripped him of a highly profitable oil drilling business and taken his land years before. Sherman soon gets attentions of Phyllis Marmion, a raven-haired beauty and daughter of the yacht's owner. Phyllis recognizes Sherman from a party once thrown by her father before he cheated Sherman of his oil fields.

When the ship is attacked by modern pirates all are taken captive, after a short skirmish, in which Sherman shows to be an efficient marksman. The crew and passengers find themselves in a dungeon jail on an uncharted island known locally as the Island of Death, a place where no one escapes, and Sherman's futile efforts have marked him for an early death. To make matters worse Sherman was once a prisoner on this island and the locals recognize him and have some evil plans so that he cannot escape again. As they are being taken prisoner Sherman, with some quick thinking manages to save Phyllis by telling the leader of the pirates that she is a nun. How long she can carry this ruse is unknown but maybe just long enough to work out an escape plan.

With an exciting story about revenge, storms at sea, pirates and oil field millionaires L. Ron Hubbard's classic pulp story, "Sea Fangs," turned into audio theatre by Galaxy Audio, this is the most exciting 2 hours you can spend with out leaving home, or maybe making your commute a little more fun.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Mean Streets by Jim Butcher, Kat Richardson, Simon R. Green, Thomas E. Sniegoski

Mean Streets
by Jim Butcher, Kat Richardson, Simon R. Green, Thomas E. Sniegoski
Read by Dion Graham, Richard Poe, Mia Baron, T. Ryder Smith
Produced by Recorded Books
Approx 10.5 hours

So do you like Private Investigator stories? You know the one where the gumshoe pounds the pavement to solve the crime using only his amazing powers of observation. "Mean Streets" is a collection of 4 novellas about private investigators that have other powers. Yes these private dicks all have supernatural powers of some sort to back up their crime fighting skills. The neat thing about all these stories is, for the most part, they are told in first person, so the listener really is in the head of the P.I. Each of the readers of the stories does a great job in delivering the story that you feel as though you are listening to the P.I. as he narrates his own noir story.

The first novella is by one of my favorite authors and his awesome character of Harry Dresden, wizard and private investigator. Harry has often teamed up with a Knight of the Cross Michael Carpenter, this novella, "The Warrior," tells the story of what happens after Michael retires from God's Army. For the full review click the link below. This story is read by Dion Graham. While I'm used to the James Marsters voicing Harry Dresden in the regular Dion Graham really makes Harry his own.

The second novella is by Simon R. Green, "What a Difference a Day Makes," read by Richard Poe. This story contains Green's character John Taylor, from his Nightside series of books, based in the existing location of the "Nightside", a hidden area within London in which magic and advanced technology exist. The Nightside is a place where the lowlifes end up, especially the dead lowlifes. John Taylor is approached by a beautiful woman named Liza Barclay. It seems Liza has lost 24hours and needs John Taylor to find them. Basically she woke up on the Nightside and 24 hours of her memory is missing. With the help of Dead Boy, a back from the dead adolescent, and his futuristic car, their search carries them to the worst side of the Nightside and looking for Liza's husband. What led her and her husband to the Nightside is disturbing indeed.

The next novella is by Kat Richardson and is titled, "The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog," Mia Baron. This one is fun romp to Mexico during the Days of the Dead celebrations and features Richardson's character Harper Blaine. Harper is a private investigator living in Seattle and was killed while pursuing a case. She was dead for only two minutes and brought back. She is able to recognize witches and vampires, see ghosts and is aware of other elements of the supernatural world . She discovers that her brief death has turned her into a Greywalker, a human able to move back and forth at will through the Grey, the realm that exists between our world and the next. In this story Harper is sent to deliver a clay dog to the grave of a man on November 1st, "Día de los Inocentes" (Day of the Innocents). When she arrives in Mexico, the customs agent drops the clay dog shattering the figure. As the dog shatters the ghost of a dog appears at Harper's feet and she realizes this was the package to be delivered. The mystery of who the man is and who the woman who bequeathed this journey to Harper unfolds to a tale of murder and revenge.

The final novella is one that delves into the world of angels. "Noah's Orphans" by Thomas E. Sniegoski and read by T. Ryder Smith. This features the character of Remy "Remiel" Chandler, an angel that wants to be human. He recently lost his wife and is grieving when Sariel a fallen angel approaches Remy to find out who has murdered Noah. Yes THE Noah, the ark builder. Noah has been touched by God and well when you are touched by God your life seems to be extended. In modern times Noah has been grieving over the ones left behind, the ones he could not save in the flood. The story reveals that God had two patterns for humanity, and that only one he was happy with and the flood was to clean the slate of the ones that didn't make the cut. Noah is murdered as he his trying to find this lost race. The mystery unfolds and the adventures abound in this interesting take on angel life. One of the best, or at least most fun, of this story is Remy's relationship with his dog, a black Labrador named Marlowe. Remy can speak to animals and can understand them the dog's words are fun, simple and yet the most informative. T. Ryder Smith does such a great job when voicing the dog that you actually think you are hearing a dog talk.

This book is a great collection of supernatural mysteries that only this odd collection of Private Investigators could handle.