Mini Reviews: Taken & Dead Mann Running

Taken (Alex Verus #3) by Benedict Jacka
Paperback, 320 pages.
Published Sept 4th, 2012 by Ace
Source: Publisher

This is spoiler free for the previous books in the series.

This is the third book in this series and I loved it just as much as I loved the first two.  This is a book sort of along the lines of Harry Dresden and is kind of a ‘boy’ book in the urban fantasy genre.  I tend to like the ‘boy’ books as they have less sex, a male main character, and there’s plenty of action.  And Alex is one of my most favorite characters because he feels so real.  He’s afraid at times and he says so, he knows he can’t win every fight and tries to avoid them, but when he can’t he jumps in with both feet.  He’s a good guy, and he does his best by everyone around him.

This world is full of awesome magic as every mage has a different ability.  Alex just happens to see into the future and while you would think this may not be so helpful in battle, it is.  Alex wields his ability very well and can do some amazing things.  And in this book, like the others, he gets in some tight spots, but even when it puts himself in danger, he’s always up for doing the right thing and helping people.

This is adult urban fantasy but other than fight scenes with a tad bit of gore there’s nothing inappropriate for mature YA readers who are venturing into the adult genre’s.

I most definitely suggest you pick up this series if you haven’t yet done so, you won’t regret it!

Dead Mann Running (Hessius Mann #2) by Stefan Petrucha
Paperback, 352 pages
Published: September 4, 2012 by Roc
Source: Publisher

This is such a great series! It’s not something I would have ever picked up on my own but once I started reading the first book I was completely hooked.
This book is different for many reasons, but number one is that the main character is a zombie. No, these aren’t of the brain eating variety. In this world they (the government or whoever) can bring people back for various reasons, one is if someone has been proven innocent after they have been given the death penalty. Once they are brought back they have diminished brain activity, rot can set in causing loss of body parts, muscle, skin, etc. They have to work hard to keep their brain working well. Hessius Mann has a better working brain than most, but he still has trouble with his memory. His body is also not in the best shape ever either. Walking or running far just doesn’t work so well for him. While he may not be the typical guy for the job, he does a surprisingly good job at it. He has a sense of right and wrong and wants to protect the people, dead and alive.
This book isn’t as freaky as the first was and wasn’t scary really, but it had plenty of gross bits. There are a lot of nasty zombies (called chakz) with missing parts, but there is a part with some experimentation that would make about anyone cringe.
This had pretty much constant action with very little down time. It was easy to keep reading and hard to put down.
This is what I call a guy UF. Oh plenty of girls will like it, I certainly do, but its light on the romance (pretty nonexistant) and heavy on action and gore. I think there are plenty of UF books that work for men and women, but some men are preferring a more manly book without the romance. I think this would fit that category.
I wouldn’t recommend this for YA readers unless you’ve already ventured into adult horror.

Disclosure:  I received both books for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. I know you are big fan of the Alex Versus series and it is definitely on my list the second series sounds really good, too. I will have to look into it as well! Hope you are enjoying this perfect weather! I have two kids with colds, caught it from the company. Fantastic….Not!

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