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Called: Southern Watch #1 [Anglais] [Broché]

Robert J. Crane

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6 janvier 2014
Archibald "Arch" Stan was a local cop in Midian, Tennessee that was good at his job, good at being a husband, and exceptionally good at hiding his disappointment at not being able to figure out what was missing in his life that made it all seem so empty. Lafayette Hendricks looked like a drifter, a broken-down hitchhiker blown through Midian on the prevailing winds. When Arch catches him in a fight on the town square, though, things start to get weird, fast, because the guy he's fighting doesn't die when he gets shot. And Hendricks is carrying a sword. Pretty soon, Arch's whole life is turned upside down by Hendricks's revelation that there's a secret world operating under the one he's been living in his whole life - one filled with demons, chaos, and unspeakable evils, one of which is already in town, stirring trouble. And if the two men don't band together to keep watch on the darkness falling on Midian, then this small town might just get swallowed up by the forces of evil - with the rest of the world to follow shortly behind.

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  • Broché: 172 pages
  • Editeur : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (6 janvier 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1494786907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494786908
  • Dimensions du produit: 21,6 x 14 x 1 cm
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good and bad and sometimes just sad 3 mars 2014
Par Leiah - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I don’t know. There are parts of this book I really liked. And it is odd how I came across it. On the Goodreads Urban Fantasy discussion group Dennis brought up the topic, “Dresden Files without the fairy dust” and I thought it was interesting, as did several others. We came up with several possibilities, Green, Del Franco, Henderson, Anderson, and others. Then, that same day, I came across an advertisement for a series by Robert J. Crane, an author I haven’t read before. "Called" is the first in the Southern Watch Series.

The beginning told me that this might be something that Dennis would find interesting. "A drifter, a broken-down hitchhiker blown through Midian (TN) on the prevailing winds. . . and Hendricks is carrying a sword." Of course, it excited me also, as I am a huge Dresden Files fan as well. I passed the info along, and then discovered that the story is part of the four book anthology, "Sinners & Sorcerers: Four Urban Fantasy Thrillers". I eagerly picked it up, as it has not only Crane, but also the amazing S.M. Reine, Daniel Arensen, Scott Nicholson, and the astounding J.R. Rain. And it is only 99 cents, so what a deal!

After reading "Called", I am, again, of two minds. The concept is good. Demon hunter Lafayette Jackson Hendricks strolls into town and immediately runs into his first demon. And things go downhill from there. Archibald “Arch” Stan, ex-football hero and now a deputy sheriff, lives a quiet, boring and ultimately unfulfilling, and yet goodhearted, life – until he runs across Hendricks slaughtering a demon on the town square. Arch’s life will never be the same. Things are different now, in more ways than having the blinders ripped off. For where once only a single flare might show up on the map around the world, there are currently fourteen flares, more than ever before, hot-spots which “pull in demons like the light on a bugzapper - but without the zapper. . .” which as often as not leave whole cities ghost towns, no bodies to be found. And where Hendricks would once have had multiple demon hunters to back him up, suddenly there is only him – well, and Arch.

This is all good. And yet, what drove me NUTS about the story is the pure stupidity that Hendricks shows. It is to be expected from Arch. He really doesn’t have any idea what is going on, if demons are real, or if Hendricks is just some whack-job running around with a sword and a 1911 revolver. I can’t give Hendricks the same grace. Knowing that things are bad, that demons are overrunning the tiny town, and things are really, really not right in the world, he still follows the head between his legs and not the one between his ears, more interested in getting drunk and getting into the pants of the police dispatcher than paying attention to business. And of course, said mindless horndoggedness (yes, I made up that word) nearly costs them everything . . . getting drunk and chasing tail doesn’t really make sense under the circumstances. Between that and unnecessary usage of trash language and sexual stupidity, I was disappointed. I am no prude about language, but I am much of Earnest Borgnine’s way of thinking “Writers used to make such wonderful pictures without all that swearing, all that cursing. And now it seems that you can't say three words without cursing. And I don't think that's right."

I suppose it could be that this is a more “male-centric” story, which these days seems to include much more violent, sexual, and foul speaking lifestyle and expectations than I find acceptable. Who knows? I am a true proponent of kindness over what is considered “moral”, and the power of intellect over violence and ignorance. Whichever one prefers, there are things to recommend in Called, and others to abjure. Crane makes a point that I find most appropriate, though I am by no means religious. Arch says, “Side of the angels, huh? I haven’t seen any of them show up to help me yet.” Hollywood, the demon: “And they won’t. Because they don’t get involved, not anymore.” And I wonder whose fault that is?

But that is my opinion; yours may not be the same.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great new series. 12 février 2014
Par Mike Nuttall - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I read this book as part of the Sinners and Sorcerers box set.
This book was full of the things that make the author's other series, The Girl in the Box, so good. It is full of great characters that ring true, lots of fast paced action, and generous doses of humor. However be warned this series is more mature than the Girl series. The action is filled with graphic violence, some of the characters use foul language and there are some sex scenes.
The main characters Hendricks and Arch make for a great buddy cop type duo and their supporting cast only add to the enjoyment. While the main villain Hollywood is hysterical he does give the heroes a good fight. This is the first book in a new series so there are some plot points left open at the end of this book but the majority of the story is wrapped up by the end so that you can enjoy this story by itself or you can look forward, like me, to future books. Either way I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 You really shouldn't call upon a demon in the middle of a field of cows...just sayin' 21 janvier 2014
Par Cheryl M-M - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This is something completely different for Crane.
A walk on the darker, more gruesome border of the worlds of Urban Fantasy.
I am not sure how I feel about this one. It lacked the distinctive style and Craneness I have come to enjoy about his books and yet it had a certain je ne sais quoi.
We have a trio of main characters, Hollywood the gentleman demon with the morals of an alley cat, Hendricks the nonchalant demon-hunter and Arch the cop with a conscience. Three strong men who couldn't be more different and yet each one interwoven into the hidden world of the supernatural.
The story seemed to overwhelm the characters though, which meant they left less of an overall imprint than they could and should have done.
The sense of evil is ripe and the feeling that worse is yet to come lingers like a overpowering sense of foreboding throughout the tale. Simultaneously Crane has managed to stamp his own special brand of wit on the story. The end-product is a mad mix of limb-chomping (literally) horror, quirky humour meets Urban Fantasy.
One thing I have to mention is the accent and general feeling of the setting. I swear whilst I read it I could hear a southern drawl throughout.
This book is part of Sinners & Sorcerers: Four Urban Fantasy Thrillersa box-set of four Urban Fantasy stories.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the author.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Readable, though flawed 24 février 2014
Par J. Nolt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Pretty good characterizations, though the author gets a little shallow here and there. Arch is seemingly quite conservative in his views, but the book really never explores it. Some of the descriptions are a bit odd-- a "slip of a girl" has six or seven drinks and isn't passed out, while a behemoth of a man has one beer and is buzzed? Makes me wonder how much experience the author has with alcohol.

The primary villain is pretty ineffectual, and the book is really obsessed with the fact that this demon is a Hollywood producer. Not to mention the author takes pains to have this character point out that his actions are not racist in origin. Over and over. It's just really quite odd and I couldn't place whether it was an attempt to paint "Hollywood types" as evil in general or if it was just a poorly-used character-building mechanism.

I guess "uneven" would be how I'd describe this novel in general. But it will satisfy your urban fantasy fix, if you're waiting for the next Jim Butcher to come out. At least it did for me-- I bought the second in the series.

The action scenes are pretty nicely visualized, and
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good series intro... 28 mars 2014
Par Denada - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
CALLED was a surprisingly good urban fantasy from an independent author unknown to me previously. I just happened to stumble across this book while searching through Amazon recommendations. The blurb sounded interesting and the price was right, so I gave Robert Crane a shot. The basic premise of a demon hunter was not terribly original, though Crane tweaks things a bit by having his hunter track demons in a small Southern town, rather than in a large city more commonly used as urban fantasy background. This small-town setting made some of the action seem a stretch, since the presence of so many demons living amongst the townfolk was harder to picture than in a larger city setting. But Crane makes the magic work pretty convincingly here. The pacing was well done and the editing decent for an indie publication. I especially liked the use of humor by the main antagonist, though some readers might consider it out of character for a head demon (the humorous comments reminded me of the Randall Flagg character in the movie version of Stephen King's "The Stand"). I could have done without the (albeit short) sex scene after the final action's denouement, but some readers may enjoy it as a tension release. I'm still uncertain of exactly who it was that was shooting that big .50 caliber rifle in the final combat scene, since it was unlikely the mystery lady Starling, who had her own peculiar ways of handling problems that didn't involve firearms... but I won't spoil things further with my guess. All in all, an enjoyable book that ended with a cryptic portent of the direction things might go in future volumes of this series. It also helps a lot that our hero's favorite beer is also my favorite beer! I will definitely continue on with the series and will keep my eye on Mr. Crane's other works.
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