God Touched: The Demon Accords, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Book 1 of the Demon Accords.
Chris Gordon is a rookie with the NYPD - one with a secret. In his spare time Chris is an exorcist without equal, with a gift from God. But when he saves a beatiful girl from a demonic attack, he discovers there is more to fear than just demons. Finding himself surrounded by vampires and were-weasels and facing a giant short-faced bear, Chris struggles to stay alive, all while protecting his deadly new girlfriend. And then there's her overprotective vampire mother!
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 19 minutes|
|Narrator||James Patrick Cronin|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 27, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #15,235 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#68 in Occult Horror Fiction
#171 in Contemporary Fantasy
#406 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
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The follows the story of a young man named Chris Gordon, who was born and raised in Upstate New York, but has just become a cop in New York City. While on the outside he is your normal 23 year old, he has a gift, or curse depending on how look at it, that will forever set him apart from the human race. He hunts demons, and banishes them back to hell. Until one night he's at a club with his co-workers after work, and see's a demon following one of the beautiful dancers toward the back room. He follows to intervene, and while he does save her from the demon, his life is forever changed. The dancer happens to be a vampire princess who has been in a catatonic state for 15 years. In saving her, Chris breaks her out of her stupor, and instantly becomes linked to her in more ways then he knows.
These are the people that drive this series, they are the ones that will have you coming back to the series over and over again.
Chris is the main protagonist, and the book is written from his perspective in a first person narrative. Chris is a young man who was raised by his grandfather from the time he was eight years old, after his family was murdered in a horrific home invasion. He has the ability to banish demons back to hell, and because of this he is unable to get close to anyone besides his grandfather. If he does the demons, somehow, instantly know who it is and will threaten them. Chris moves from Upstate New York to New York City because of its higher concentration of demon activity, he becomes a cop because it's the only way he can legally carry a gun in the city.
Chris was very easy for me to relate to, as we are both from upstate New York, and raised in a rural areas. The author does a good job creating Chris' personality to feel like a young man raised in Upstate New York. He doesn't like to draw attention to himself, he's very down to earth, and has good common sense in most situations. Although due to his lack of relationships he tends to be somewhat slow when it comes to women.
Tatiana or Tanya to her friends, is the female lead, and love interest to Chris. She is the only vampire to have been born, not made, and because of this she is revered as something of a prodigy, especially among the younger vampires. Unfortunately she had a traumatic experience when she was younger which made her slip into a semi-catatonic state, not talking to anyone for fifteen years. Until one day she is saved, by Chris, from a demon, and is awoken. Her and Chris are the same age, born on the same day, at the exact same time. As their relationship grows they share a bond, and it was watching this bond grow as the books progressed.
I enjoyed watching Tanya's character grow through the series, in the beginning she is portrayed as somewhat fragile to almost helpless. By the 5th book she had done a complete turn around, she is in charge, she's completely confident in herself, and what in she does, as well as having a very shrewd business mind. And because she is a "pure blood" her vampire powers are equivalent to that of a seven or eight hundred year old vampire. That dynamic was fun, while she is this really powerful vampire, she is also just a twenty three year old girl, and I think that works well in her relationship with Chris.
Lydia started out as something of a caretaker for Tanya during her 15 years of silence. Now that Tanya has awoken she is more of a sister and close friend, as well as being her trusted confidant.
I liked watching Lydia's relationship with Chris grow through the series, it was similar to how an older sister would treat a younger brother, always picking on each other, while at the same time they were really good friends.
Nika is a minor character in the first book and her character isn't explored much until the fourth and fifth books. She is another one of Tanya's "sisters", and also has the power to read minds. From the little bit of Nika that we do see in the later books her character shows promise and intrigue. I look forward to an expanded role for her in future books.
Alex "Gramps" Gordon
Gramps, as he is most commonly refer to, is Chris' grandfather, and the man that raised him after the death of his parents. While it is evident that he loves his grandson, he comes off as somewhat of a gruff "tough love" sort of guy. He has instilled a sense of honor in his grandson, and also taught him that respect is is earned not given. Chris also gets his levelheadedness, and good common sense that he uses to attack a problem, from his grandfather.
My Quick Thoughts
I won't give too much away, but I will say that this book defiantly has a "manly" feel about it. (For the record I am not complaining :P ) All the women are very strong willed and very beautiful, especially Tanya. The action scenes are extreme, in depth, and very well written, also the authors knowledge of firearms was extensive which helped to give a authentic feel to the battle scenes. The first book even has a fairy tale, "Sleeping Beauty" sort of theme to it, with the dashing New York City police officer saving the sleeping princess.
While the story line and setting is really nothing new, it's that characters that drive this series, and make you want to keep reading. I really enjoyed reading this series and eagerly await the next installment which will hopefully be coming out sometime next summer.
One girl, whose family owns a trendy vampire-themed nightclub, targeted by demons hell bent on killing her.
What could they possibly have in common?
*Let me just say I snap up every book in this series (18 so far) as soon as they're available. I decided to start re-reading the series after reading (in a much later book) an account of early events from another character's point of view.
The Demon Accords is a fun series and John Conroe is a great storyteller! If you like Laurell K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake" series, you'll like John Conroe's "Demon Accords."
Loved the book and highly recommend it. I’d love to meet Lydia!
Anyway, if you do like this book - and I did - the next three are pretty much of the same, and they are all worth buying.
The good: First, the world really is well-detailed. Obviously, there is a certain amount of suspension of disbelief required for this type of novel. (Vampires! Werewolves!) Here, the author takes the time to put in some decent-sounding pseudoscience which makes it go down much easier.
Also, a lot of it just makes sense. The interactions between individuals and groups is logical, they clearly have motives, to which they stay faithful. People don't just do stuff in this book just because it fits the plot. In fact, this book is extremely well-organized and clearly plotted out ahead of time.
The romance (this series could reasonably be labeled a paranormal romance, except that it doesn't suck, like most of those do) is also quite well done. The way the two main characters meet, the way that they become attached to each other, works. Their interactions are realistic. Their problems are realistic. Most people would act the same way in similiar situations. Even the hints of a longer history between the two make their relationship deeper. I liked both of them and rooted for their romance. This is one of the most solid pillars of this book.
The characterization is also well done. Almost all of the characters make sense right away, and the few that don't get enough fleshing out later that it's more of a mystery at first as to why they are the way they are. Almost everyone is three-dimensional.
The Bad: Well, obviously there has to be some bad, because this isn't a five-star review. Actually, it's the ugly that takes off the star. The bad is simply that the main character suffers from the Problem of Superman. He's awesomely powerful. He is accurately compared to a rogue nuclear weapon. At no time in the book did I ever doubt that he was going to lose a fight. What do you do when your main character is that powerful? Well, you have to find other ways to challenge him, and to be fair, that's what this author does. Sometimes, he does this quite well. But when your plot boils down to Superman and Bad Guy playing chess, why does the hero have to be Superman? After all, anyone can play chess. Why not make him a little less, so that there is some tension every time he gets in a fight? We all root for the underdog, and it's always satisfying to see the hero, who is grossly outclassed, still somehow win the day.
The Ugly: Authors have "voices." The way they write, the vocabulary they use, the sophistication of the works, the tone, the tenor, how they fit everything together, etc, all make up a writer's "voice." Read Card, or Jordan, or Simon Green, and you will notice that they all have their own specific voice. This author's voice is that of a seventeen-year old boy. If his voice matched his story, it would all sparkle, but as it is, it is a little dull and lifeless.
The whole series is still worth reading. It has a lot of strengths and is one of the better series of its type. It just could be so much better.
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The best way I can explain the writing style or tone of the book is that of a hormonal teenage boy: there is not an 'ugly' character in the series, every girl fancies the protagonist leading to some of the most cringe worthy writing descriptions i've ever encountered...it's like the writers wet dream from his youth. I would bet money, a lot of money, on the author having some kind of food stuffing fetish because the time and language with which he describes eating and what is being eaten is way more than the time he puts into developing any characters. If this really is an outlet of sexual frustration I think the anther had just gone balls to the wall and just written the fetish novel he so desperately wished he could write .
To sum up: read the first book, it's fun enough, the grammar and spelling errors don't bother me and its a good way to pass some time. But for the love of god don't but any other books as you will be very very very dissapointed.
It is smart, funny, full of suspense, a real page turner. It's even got some romance. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Fans of the Dresden Files, Montague and Strong, SPI and anything else that's good in urban fantasy will love this.
In case you haven't noticed- I love this book. On to the next one!