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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (213 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Swain Narrator: Stephen R. Thorne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Peter Warlock is a magician with a dark secret. Every night, he amazes audiences at his private theater in New York, where he performs feats that boggle the imagination. But his day job is just a cover for his otherworldly pursuits: Peter is a member of an underground group of psychics who gaze into the future to help prevent crimes. No one, not even his live-in girlfriend, knows the truth about Peter—until the séance when he foresees an unspeakable act of violence that will devastate the city. As Peter and his friends rush to prevent tragedy, Peter discovers that a shadowy cult of evil psychics, the Order of Astrum, know all about his abilities. They are hunting him and his fellow psychics down, one by one, determined to silence them forever. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Dark Magic is a thriller that really thrills…This book grabs you by the throat, and doesn’t let go.”

    Michael Connelly

  • “A darkly brilliant story of magic and witchcraft that asks the reader to believe the unbelievable…Curl up in your favorite chair and prepare yourself to be fully enthralled.”

    David Copperfield

  • “A breathtaking dark fantasy with an intriguing story that will attract both urban fantasy and supernatural thriller fans.”

    Library Journal

  • “The novel smartly folds the spirit world and elements of the occult into sophisticated hacking and modern crime fighting to create compulsively readable, genre-spanning suspense fiction.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Fred Forbes | 2/14/2014

    " As much as I like James Swain, having met him a several signings and I truly enjoy his magic and card mechanics, this is not my type of book. I am a big fan of the Tony Valentine series which is based on discovering logical explanations for how casinos are being ripped off. This book is not the least bit logical. Frankly, it is not believable. I suppose that is not a problem for people into books on mysticism and magic but it is for me. Frankly, this is more of a young adult novel in style and pacing. It moves along, just not my thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lissa Leadford | 2/10/2014

    " I liked the concept of this book and over all the storyline but that's about it. After finishing i still don't have a clear view on who the characters are. I can't picture any of them in my mind except for Wolfe who was "the bad guy". The story seemed jumpy to me. One minute the character is doing one thing and the next it jumps ahead in time with no notification that that's what's happening. It left me slightly confused at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dlee | 2/5/2014

    " I'm sure this book will appeal to those who enjoy hard bitten detective stories with a twist. Because Peter was not a detective. He was a magician who received visions of the future. The premise was quite promising. Unfortunately I never felt like I got to know the characters. The FBI agent was inconsistent, one moment he was a believer and the next moment he seemed to forget his faith in Peter. The most surprising character was Holly; her gift to Peter in the end was surprising and sweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Skip | 1/30/2014

    " Swain's other two series are excellent, but his first foray into urban fantasy is not. Peter Warlock is a magician, who psychic friends are under attack from an assasin hired by a secret society. Peter finds out that hsi parents belonged to the same society before escaping to NY and then being tracked down and killed. While there was plenty of action, I thought it fell a little flat. "

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