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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,835 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan L. Howard Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Johannes Cabal Novels Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9780307735256
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In this genre-twisting novel, infamous necromancer Johannes Cabal, after beating the Devil and being reunited with his soul, leads us on another raucous journey in a little-known corner of the world. This time he’s on the run from the local government. Stealing the identity of a minor bureaucrat, Cabal takes passage on the Princess Hortense, a passenger aeroship that is leaving the country. The deception seems perfect, and Cabal looks forward to a quiet trip and a clean escape, until he comes face-to-face with Leonie Barrow, an enemy from the old days who could blow his cover. But when a fellow passenger throws himself to his death, or at least that is how it appears, Cabal begins to investigate out of curiosity. His minor efforts result in a vicious attempt on his own  life—and then the gloves come off. Cabal and Leonie—the only woman to ever match wits with him—reluctantly team up to discover the murderer. Before they are done, there will be more narrow escapes, involving sword fighting and newfangled flying machines. There will be massive destruction, not to mention resurrected dead . . . Steampunk meets the classic Sherlockian mystery in this rip-roaring adventure where anything could happen . . . and does. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/18/2014

    " This is the second book in the series. It lived up to the first book and I think I liked it more than the first one. It moved along at a decent pace and had moments where it moved really fast. I continue to wonder how or why a person can be so cold and self-centered at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 2/12/2014

    " The first one was better and it was questionable...which makes this...???? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alternate | 2/11/2014

    " It's just not as good as the first, but that's inevitably the way it goes. Cabal is an intensely amusing character and the writing style is charming and witty. I'll read another, I'm sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esther | 2/4/2014

    " It didn't really get going for me until chapter 6, then I thought oh here's a nice little mystery and where's it going to lead to and then I thought what? what's this? This was a book that didn't know what it wanted to be, so it thought it would try to be everything - and didn't succeed. It wasn't awful, though, and those who like the steampunk genre will probably like it anyway, but this book gave me no clue as to what drives anyone to be a necromancer, which was my main question throughout. I wanted to read the first book of the series, which sounds a lot more interesting, but my library only had this one on digital audiobook titles, so I had little choice. I was hoping for more steam or even punk, but got only fizzle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Jewett | 2/4/2014

    " Not as necromantic (I may have just coined a new word there) as the first book, but still highly entertaining. The first book owed a lot more to horror conventions, and this one, despite a little bit of black magic, leans more toward a steampunk detective story. Howard has a way with words that just makes me laugh, and has me rooting for his [anti:]hero even though Cabal is almost completely despicable. Can't wait for the next one, and really looking forward to seeing more of Leonie, as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 1/9/2014

    " Meh. Not my cup of tea - this is a writing-style problem, but also an overall failure to deliver problem. According to the Denver Post, this is "a swashbuckling adventure set in a steampunk world," and while all those words are technically true, the book is a poorly constructed, illogical mess. A short story tacked onto the end, "The Tomb of Umtak Ktharl," is a nice chaser. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/8/2014

    " Not quite as fabulous as the first Johannes Cabal book, but pretty good, nonetheless. I really missed the quirky touches of the first book, though, the mob singing happy Cthulu songs, the angry imps vaporized into puddles...maybe the next one will have more of that wry humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 12/24/2013

    " The second in the series...just as entertaining as the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariel | 12/18/2013

    " Not quite as fun as the first book, but still hilarious and a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 10/19/2013

    " Can I give 6 stars to this please? Second in the series and I'm already impatient for another round. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 10/5/2013

    " This second book in the series has Cabal with his soul back and actually feeling some conscience twinges and concern for others. The character is not as unpleasant as in the first book and the solution for the murder is totally out of the realm of reality but a good read. l "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shakib | 6/6/2013

    " well written, although the story itself is a spin on an old classic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ben Hamilton | 3/3/2013

    " Just takes too long to long to get going. Disappointing follow up to first book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 1/9/2013

    " Such a great series, plus as a huge steampunk fan its pretty great. It really shows to the concept of the ripple effect, how a single event can change someones entire story. If only it hadn't been for that dog... Plus I was in tears at Cabals reaction to when the women flirted with him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 11/4/2012

    " I read a book about a cruise disaster while on a cruise. This was not excellent planning on my part. Still, I love a good anti-here and I'll get the 3rd volume as soon as it's available in the US. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Cawthon | 9/10/2012

    " This book was generally enjoyable and easy to read. It has little substance, and at some parts it is hard to suspend disbelief and follow the author, but for the most part it was worth reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anja Cael | 5/20/2012

    " i'm not a fan of agatha-christie-esque murder mysteries, nor steampunk, but add my favourite necromancer to the mix, and you've struck gold. a definite must-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CatfaceMeowmers | 2/15/2012

    " Another fantastic book by Jonathan Howard. I hope that he writes more novels involving Johannes Cabal, as he has quickly become one of my favorite characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendon | 5/7/2011

    " An enjoyable, quick read. I liked Howard's dark whimsical tone, but am glad for its short length as it might get tedious after ~400 pages. Looking forward to Cabal's next undertaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 5/7/2011

    " Darkly funny and twisted...and a truly enjoyable tale that melds character study with wit and deranged humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 4/28/2011

    " Just the perfect book for me. While I was reading this I kept thinking, god I wish I had written this book. It's bloody fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 4/1/2011

    " Very impressive! What started as a humorous faustian tale turned into an imaginative dark fantasy which hearkens to Lovecraft, Stroud and Gaiman. I'm definitely picking up his next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wiggie | 3/27/2011

    " Very funny in a Christopher Moore kind of way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika1411 | 3/25/2011

    " I started to like these two main characters, Cabal Brothers, when I read half of the book.

    I mean, I like them as set.

    Why did Horst have to die(?) like that????
    "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan L. HowardJonathan L. Howard is a game designer who notably co-scripted the first three Broken Sword adventure games. He is the author of the novel Johannes Cabal the Necromancer. He lives near Bristol, England, with his wife and daughter.
 
About the Narrator

Robin Sachs (1951–2013), raised in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, came to the United States in 1991. His credits include Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dynasty, Nowhere Man, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder, Galaxy Quest, Northfork, Ocean’s 11, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Megalodon.