Deathwish is the fourth book in the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman. Deathwish is preceded by Madhouse and followed by Roadkill In a nightmarish new. In a nightmarish new york city, life is there for the taking in the fourth Cal Leandros novel from New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman. Half- human. Starting immediately after Madhouse, Deathwish opens with Cal fleeing from his homicidal relatives from hell, the Auphe. For readers.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Deathwish by Rob Thurman. In a nightmarish new york city, life is there for the taking Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, are barely getting by with their preternatural detective agency when the vampire Seamus hires them. He’s being followed, and he wants to know by whom. But the Leandros brothers have to do more than they had planned when Seamus turns up dead or un-undead.

The last time Cal and Niko faced them, the Auphe were thumran wiped out.

Now they want revenge. Cal knows that before the Auphe get to him, they will thyrman to destroy everything and everyone he holds dear. Because for the Auphe, Cal’s pain is a pleasure. And ro feeling good. Deathwiah Market Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Deathwishplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. We have atomic-powered, demon-flavored, fresh-from-the-pits-of-hell, full-blowing fucking neuroses. Freud would’ve been in a corner sucking his thumb after one session with us. It’s a unique series that offers a different groove of Urban Fantasy tropes: Despite all these interesting changes compared to other books I’ve read in the thutman genre, my interest – while there – will only stay there on an average level.

Again I’m not sure of the issue because the book thuman off some positive points. First, the writing is well-done. Rob Thurman injects sarcastic humor in the internal monologue and convincing dialogue while still keeping it gritty and dark. The style is almost choppy but it keeps things flowing without much lag or issue. Characters are well-done – Cal stands out as the loner of the group dragged through life with his brothers support, worried about the darkness inside taking over the good, appreciating and probably only surviving because of his brothers faith in him.

Niko is a favorite of many readers, but for me in the previous books he’s almost two one-dimensional bad-ass goody-two-shoes.

That changed a little in this installment since Thurman decided to evenly thurmaan chapter POV. Now I could be inside his head and, while he’s still a little one-dimensional, he comes across sympathetic. Unfortunately switching point of views like that isn’t my preferred method – I prefer either first-person all the way or third person. Promise is an interesting sort for a vampire but nothing not seen or done before.

Robin is always a laugh as a puck who drinks, orgies and does what good pucks do. His humor and admitted cowardice is a welcome opposite of Niko’s no-nonsense full battle and honnor approach.


Villains deathwishh always nasty and where the dark stuff seeps in. I can picture the world as dark and bluesy kind of rov Gotham city in the Batman mythos. Deathwisy know it’s not a light, fun and shiny place they live in. From the smoke-laded and werewolf-frequented bars Cal works in, to the underground tunnels and creepy water borders and deep in the museum with the monsters, darkness reigns.

The Auphe are creepy and the author keeps introducing different cycles without dragging the storyline out. In the first book they loomed at the high danger when young Cal is absorbed into their earth’s gate and escapes, and the thirman follows them to the new city and life. They popped up as a cliffhanger at the end deahwish the third after a major battle, but it looks like some survived for a different kind of stand in the fourth book.

The story is intriguing and the pacing okay, but my interest ultimately hovers at a three stars “I like it” rating. I think some of the issue is the story is feeling a little repetitive now – Cal deatuwish kept the same issues for all the books, much of the same dialogue exchanges between him and Niko on not giving it up, they are still battling monsters for money and survival in the same environment.

Feb 09, Cathy rated it liked it Shelves: I was really excited to get this next adventure with the Leandros brothers. I love the sardonic tone and dark style of the books.

Overall, I was pleased, but it wasn’t the best in the series for me. The author experimented by switching back and forth between the 2 brothers’ points of view, where the previous books had been exclusively from Cal’s perspective. I had mixed feelings about the Niko POV. His voice is not distinct enough for me. If I read out of context I’d have no idea who he was, except for the excessive comments about his loyalty to his brother.

When I read Cal chapters, I know I’d recognize him anywhere, from his sayings and word choices and tone, very distinct. On the other hand, it does allow some interesting perspective into Deathdish character. On page he questions who he’d be without taking on the responsibility to raise Cal, if reathwish have become as broken as his mother.

Interesting idea, that our challenges can shape us as much as our thuurman. It would have been a great drinking game to have to drink every time on of the brothers said deathwsih wouldn’t want to live without the other, they were loyal to each other, their mother was an evil tramp, or even that Puck was unusually loyal to them.

While using the first person POV made this somewhat less annoying, as real people also frequently repeat things over and over in their own heads, in a book it got pretty detahwish. Yet and still, I did enjoy the book quite a lot.

The brothers still interest me and I especially enjoy that the mystical creatures are always quite different from the normal urban fantasy fare. Solid is a good word for all of these Urban Fantasy delights. They are consistently engaging, fun, and we’ll executed. In this outing the brothers find themselves chased by the Auphe They also put themselves in harms way as they work a case involving a large hunter who has some really nasty cats.


Again, is thurnan the word that describes quite a bit of this book. We have been dow 3. We have been down these very same roads many times now. We have heard the same conversations again and again. We have even seen some of the same outcomes as before. This all sounds like it would make this a bad book, but it simply made things feel very familiar.

I did have some issues with the changes of the point of view but only because of my preferences, not deahhwish it was bad or tough to follow. The action like in all of these books is solid and fun and contain enough blood and gore to keep me wanting more.

There are several key character and story changes that occur that will move this series in a great direction. A solid urban fantasy deathish May 11, Kelly H. Maybedog rated it it was amazing Shelves: Deathwisn was as good as the first one. I don’t know why I find the angst and drama so thrilling but I do. This one actually split perspectives between both brothers in alternating chapters and I really liked it.

It was nice to hear Nico’s voice and his perspective on the same issues. For the first time we see his reasons for protecting his brother and they make more sense than Cal’s.

I also like that this one had Nico showing vulnerability and fallibility. He’s not always the superhero tjurman since we This was as good as the first one. He’s not always the superhero and since we see his private interactions with Promise in addition to feathwish in his head, a more rounded figure comes out.

Thurman is one of the few authors in this genre whose work I am familiar with to understand psychological trauma.

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Something horrible happens and it leaves emotional dexthwish. She understands that horrible neglect and abuse of a child leads to more complexity in an adult other than just being angry and snarky all the time.

She points out that Nic was as deeply affected by the abuse but he had a different role to play and a different way of dealing thugman it. I can relate to him on a personal level. She also realizes that even having one horrific night can leave scars. Just like a 15 minute rape can scar for life, different kinds of brutality and psychological trauma don’t go away overnight.

What I love most, though, is people loving each other so much and backing friends so much that they would do anything for them and it isn’t about romance or sex. It’s about the deathwwish themselves, being just good people.

And then there’s Goodfellow who is my favorite character to emerge from my readings in a very long time. I can’t get enough of these books and it’s awful. I read about times faster than she publishes. Apr 05, Mike the Paladin rated it deathaish it Shelves: