Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: The Secret Files of the Red Room #1
Published by Audible Studios on 10 June 2016
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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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 which 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 the 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 the Red Room has a mole seeking to frame Derek for treason and you have a plot which might bring down a millennium-old organization. Can he stop the Wazir's mission to expose the supernatural? And should he?
©2015 C. T. Phipps (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
This is one of those urban fantasy novels that will have every other urban fantasy author thinking “Damn, why didn’t I think of that?” It is a worthy entry into the genre and should garner quite a following for the inevitable series.
The synopsis available on Goodreads and Audible is sufficient for the plotline. In brief, it is about a James Bond type character who works for a secret global organization that polices the supernatural and keeps the existence of the supernatural from rest of the world.
I had just finished two books (the Supervillainy series) by both the same author and same narrator, had been intrigued by the premise of “Esoterrorism” and was a little curious on what I was getting into. After all, the hallmark of “Supervillainy” was the snarkiness and humor and it was portrayed well. But “Esoterrorism” sounded like a more serious minded work based on the synopsis. Let me say right here that Esoterrorism bears nothing in common with “Supervillainy”: this is a serious treatise on policing the paranormal and Jeffrey Kafer delivered a serious performance with a gravitas that I didn’t associate with him after becoming associated with his very good comedic performance of “Supervillainy”.
“Esoterrorism” isn’t as polished as a Jim Butcher/Dresden novel and the climax/showdown was a tad brief and anti-climactic for my tastes. It made me think the author hit a desired number for his word count and that it was time to wrap it up. I could be wrong but I don’t feel the plot dictated the climax as soon as it occurred, that the flow of the events and plot was a little forced if that makes sense. I don’t mean to give the impression that I didn’t enjoy the novel, just that this good novel had the potential to be a great novel. I will get the sequel when it comes out and I think this series will be one I will be following for years to come.
Jeffrey Kafer’s performance was excellent. He far exceeded my expectations in delivering a serious performance and I had difficulty reconciling that this was the same narrator I had enjoyed listening to the previous day deliver a comedic performance.
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