Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: From the Secret Files of the Red Room #1
Published by Audible Studios on 10 June 2016
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
Genres: Humor, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Science Thriller, TechnoThiriller, Urban Fantasy
Source: Author, Submitted
There are no good guys in the world of shadows...but maybe some bad men are better than others.
Derek Hawthorne was born to be an agent of the Red Room. Literally. Raised in a conspiracy that has protected the world from the supernatural for centuries, he's never been anything other than a servant of their agenda. Times are changing, though, and it may not be long before their existence is exposed.
When a routine mission uncovers the latest plan of magical terrorist the Wazir, Derek finds himself saddled with a new partner. Who is the mysterious but deadly Shannon O'Reilly? What is her agenda? Couple this with the discovery that the Red Room has a mole seeking to frame Derek for treason and you have a plot that might bring down a millennium-old organization. Can he stop the Wazir's mission to expose the supernatural? And should he?
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Derek Hawthorne is an occult policeman, an agent of the super-secret organized called the Red Room. His job is to keep the ordinaries safe from the hidden legions of creatures roaming the world. He is full of doubt, self-loathing, guilt and incredibly good at what he does. As a plus, he’s really, really sarcastic.
The plot is way too complicated to summarize here. There are vampires, werewolves, succubae, dragons, magical weapons, and demons galore. No one is who they seem and loyalties seem to switch right in front of the listener. Monsters are good guys and everyone seems to be plotting to take over the world. It’s an unholy mess with Derek smack in the middle and a heck of a lot of fun.
There are more than a few intriguing characters, Derek’s new partner certainly, but also his reclusive monster uncle. It certainly gets a bit confusing, but somehow manages to wrap itself up in the end. Don’t try to hold onto the plot twists too tightly and just enjoy the ride. You won’t be disappointed.
Jeffrey Kafer performs the novel with great agility, changing voices easily. He’s got his work cut out for him, but never falters, and issues an excellent performance. Derek’s sarcastic self-doubt seems written for Mr. Kafer.
If you like your monsters served with humor and endless political intrigue, you’ll love Esoterrorism. Action-packed fun, sexy demons and an evil ex-wife – what could go wrong? Enjoy the ride.