First in the ghostly urban fantasy series by New York Times bestselling author Daniel José Older
“Because I’m an inbetweener—and the only one anyone knows of at that—the dead turn to me when something is askew between them and the living. Usually, it’s something mundane like a suicide gone wrong or someone revived that shouldn’ta been.”
Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agents—an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind—until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.
One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld—which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead.
But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life—and death.…
Older's debut novel, which launches the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, pits half-dead Carlos Delacruz, an agent for the New York Council for the Dead, against an ancient sorcerer. Carlos (familiar from stories in Older's collection, Salsa Nocturna) is an inbetweener, "alive and dead at the same time," with no memory of his past. He and other COD agents work to protect the mortal world and the land of the dead from each other. The task of removing some annoying imps gets complicated fast when Carlos learns that they herald the arrival of Sarco, a powerful spirit bent on destroying the barriers between the living and the Underworld. Carlos is a winning protagonist, with a murky past, troubled present, and smart, smart-ass narrative voice. Older's magical New York City is fresh and richly envisioned, a gritty and genuine urban setting rife with strange forces and thoroughly enlivened by the fixers, dealers, and supernatural creatures who inhabit it. Fans of urban fantasy will greatly enjoy this entirely lively novel.
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An Urban Fantasy full of Grit and Soul
Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older is the first book in his Bone Street Rumba series. This Urban Fantasy was full of grit and soul and an absolute pleasure to listen to!
I snatched up this offer on a whim after looking at the other audiobook options. An author I have never heard of, that is narrating his own book? Intrigue won the internal debate, but I am going to admit that I was skeptical and a bit pre-judgmental that it was going to be a flop. I mean, Mr. Older DID HIS OWN NARRATION. This is something that doesn’t happen very often, and I was even skeptical of Neil Gaimen narrating his own work and he is Neil freaking Gaimen. Are you feelin’ me here? I was skept-i-cal, but that skepticism swiftly turned into awe. You, Mr. Older are an artist. The world you created was full of beautifully diverse characters, colorful language, and spoken with the tongue of a poet. Well done, my good Sir!
With an air of mystery and mayhem on every page, I was transfixed into this gritty and original world. I always felt like the author had one up on me in the story and repeated thwarted my ability to guess what was going to happen next!
Diversity is something I have brought up before in reviews and although I don’t expect every single book to have a full color wheel incorporated into the story, I do think in most urban cities, and in most stories, it is absolutely necessary and keeps falling through the cracks. I am just confused about where these towns are that have 100% white people. I mean…I am white, but even my own family is a full spectrum. How can entire cities be full of whites in many of the urban fantasy and fantasy titles? How would they ever stock enough sunscreen? Shut up. That was funny.
Narration: Narrated by Daniel José Older the narration starts off a little choppy and Oldner seems a more confident. Part way into the book, about the first major bump in the road something happens and Oldner finds his inner center. The narration begins to flow like silk with passion shining through and remains steady through the end of the book. Older makes me think of a poet on the stage of a coffee house, sharing his inner demons and passion for us all to see. I loved it!
I rate Half-Resurrection Blues 4.5 out of 5 Bullets!