The Good, the Bad, and the Undead: Hollows, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The second novel in the addictive, best-selling supernatural series begun with Dead Witch Walking.
To save herself and her vampire roommate, former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan must confront six feet of sheer supernatural seduction - the vampire master - and dark secrets she’s hidden even from herself.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 23 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 26, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #8,111 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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In this novel, Rachel is looking for a stolen tropical fish. She locates an extra fish in the tank outside the office of Mr. Ray, a Were Alpha known for his fish collection, and gets it out of the building. Yet the Were pack searches the area and spots her. Rachel only gets away by coopting a FIB car and its driver.
Unfortunately, Detective Glenn has been looking for Rachel. Now Glenn won't let her out of the car. She is on her way to the FIB building for a meeting with Captain Edden regardless of her feelings on the matter.
Luckily, Edden likes her and only wants help interrogating a warlock. Sara Jane is the secretary of Trent Kalamack -- Rachel's bete noire -- and has reported the disappearance of her boy friend. Dan Smather is also a warlock and has been missing since Sunday. Sara Jane is convinced that his absence is associated with the witch hunter murders.
The witch hunter has been killing witches experienced in ley line magic. Edden not only wants Rachel to assist in the interrogation, but also to start checking out the ley line aspect. He has enrolled her in the same course that Smather was taking.
In this story, Edden assigns Detective Glenn to work with Rachel. Jenks disparages the whole idea; he doesn't like Glenn and has already pixed him once. Rachel also objects, but is trumped by Edden admitting that Glenn is all that they say, but is still his son. Glenn joins the team, at least temporarily.
After Glenn takes them home, Rachel calls the Howlers to report her success in recovering the fish. Despite some confusion -- caused by the name of their firm -- Rachel passes on the message and is told that the fish was not really missing. She has risked her life and they say they are sorry, but them are the breaks. Apparently the Howlers are not going to pay her fee.
While they are waiting for Sara Jane to get off work and then show them Smather's apartment, Rachel invites Detective Glenn to stay for supper. When Ivy comes home, she is surprised to see Glenn, but he is really upset to see a vampire. He says a few things out of fear that are better left unsaid and Ivy's eyes go black. Rachel talks Ivy out of her mood, but Glenn freaks out to the point of drawing his pistol. Finally Rachel gets him unwound and Ivy back to normal.
As thing are settling down, Ivy asks about the presence of Glenn in the church and Rachel eventually tells her of Sara Jane. Ivy seems to accept this news calmly, but is adamant that Rachel is not going to take the case. Like Jenks, she thinks that it is all a setup by Trent. After learning that Rachel plans to interview Piscary, however, Ivy immediately switches to violent mode. Glenn draws his pistol again and everything goes to pieces until Jenks returns and gets Glenn out of the kitchen.
Later, at the University, Rachel is feeling the usual awkwardness of a newcomer in a tight group of students. Outside the classroom, she encounters Denon -- her former boss -- and receives the usual threats. Then she meets Dr. Anders . . . again. Naturally, Dr. Anders remembers her and informs her, in a definite tone of voice, that she will be flunked out (again) if she doesn't get a familiar.
This story involves Rachel in some convoluted magic. She finds an old grimoire in the church that contains a spell for producing a familiar. She faithfully follows the directions and the spell works, but not quite in the way she expects.
The Vampiric Charms crew introduces Glenn to tomato products. Ever since the great dying, humans have been terrified of tomatoes. At first, Glenn is too horrified to eat anything with tomatoes in it. Eventually, he is coaxed into a first bite and he likes it. Now Rachel is buying him tomato products on the sly.
As you may have noticed, Rachel Morgan has a definite problem with planning. Most of the time she just goes with the flow and improvises, but sometimes she tries to plan ahead. Yet she only takes favorable circumstances into account; she seldom considers that something might go wrong. When something usually does, she is forced to wing it.
Rachel assumes too much and seems to have never learned about the term "assume". No wonder older characters try to take her under their wing and explain the facts of life! Even Jenks -- the eighteen year old pixie -- has more common sense than she does! Still, her flaws are very familiar to anyone with a twenty-something daughter.
Highly recommended for Harrison fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of high magic, mysterious deaths and contorted relationships.
-Arthur W. Jordin
Great characters, incredible story line. This world truly comes to life the deeper you get into the series.
This was my second time reading The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, but my first time listening to it. I slowed down a bit and actually savored some of the details this time around and I have to admit I’m pretty blown away by the layers of forethought that this early book presents for the longer arch of the whole series. And I still loved it!
I think that I would love Marguerite Gavin if I weren’t encountering her after having already read the series on my own. Now that it’s the second book listening to her, I’m starting to get comfortable and her voices for the characters are slowly replacing the ones I had in my head. She does an excellent job giving each character a distinct personality and her pacing seems just right for every situation. And it’s really great hearing how some names that I was never too sure of are supposed to be pronounced.
I adore these characters. Rachel starts off The Good, the Bad, and the Undead seeming to have everything together. Her death threat is gone and she has an ok stream of business, and a boyfriend that she is happy with. But then she gets involved in a case involving a serial witch killer and things get sketchy again. I think what I love most about Rachel in The Good, the Bad, and the Undead is the way she’s growing – not just as an individual, but in her skills. We saw that she can be pretty kick ass in Dead Witch Walking, but we also saw that she would be screwed royally without the support of her friends. That’s still fairly true, but there are some pretty great moments where she’s stretching beyond her own abilities with ley line magic, not to mention her incredible detective skills.
Like I said, though, her friends are super important. Ivy Tamwood – her partner and living vampire partner – is slowly revealing herself to Rachel (and us). She remains a bit of a mystery to me, though I do love how fiercely loyal she is to Rachel. Jenks, too, is incredibly loyal. He may be my absolute favorite character in this series. He’s more than a sidekick, he’s the heart of this trio. Despite being a little pixy, he’s got a huge heart and some fierce skills of his own. I’m loving the glimpses of his family and the workings of pixy life – which Rachel is slowly discovering herself.
Trent Kalamack remains Rachel’s chief target and enemy in The Good, the Bad, and the Undead – but I want more from him. I know she’s happy with Nick, who seems really nice and caring, but he’s not enough for Rachel. Not to mention, he’s not the average Joe he likes to pretend to be. She needs someone with a big personality, skills of his own, and the ability to challenge her… like Trent. That’s just my opinion though.
The basic plot for The Good, the Bad, and the Undead centers on a series of witch murders – ley line witches to be exact – and Rachel’s efforts to solve the mystery and stop the killer. This is a new element for Rachel, whose work as a runner never involved solving mysteries – she just had to tag the already identified bad guys. Seeing her and the gang in this new element, where she mostly excels was pretty fantastic. The story is complicated by tensions between the Rachel and Ivy, particularly in the wake of her demon/vampire attack in Dead Witch Walking, her own vendetta against Trent, and developments in her relationship with Nick.
The complex world that Harrison laid the foundation for in Dead Witch Walking is already finding it’s payoff in The Good, the Bad, and the Undead. The character development and relationship threads in particular are developing into several complex webs that I can’t wait to see work themselves out.
I’m really glad I decided to give The Good, the Bad, and the Undead an audio re-read and savor the details I missed the first time around. The world building and character development is incredible – to an extent I didn’t even realize before having read further along in the series.
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Poor Rachel, she really gets in the middle of the worst kind of trouble. She really is a waling disaster but I think that's part of what makes her so likeable.
I loved Al's part in this. He's completely deranged, calculating, manipulative and utterly charming. He's definitely one of my favourite characters in the series. Looking back, I'm picking up things I missed the first time round and watching his and Rachel's relationship grow all over again is very enjoyable.
Trent in this was slightly less heinous and a tad more charming than in book one. Rachel still completely hates his guts which is just excellent. I've never been a fan of insta-love and Trent and Rachel's relationship is the complete opposite. She mostly hates him, very occasionally tolerates him if he's useful and more often than not she trying to arrest him. We didn't see Trent a while lot in this book but what was there was very fun to read.
My heart broke for Ivy in this one, it truly did. No-one deserves what Piscary did to her, least of all Ivy. I always thought Ivy kind of got lost in the last few books so I really enjoyed her story in this book.
Obviously I love this series, its characters and the world and this installment was no exception to my fan girling.
The story is interesting but I found myself becoming increasingly irritated with the main character who, in my opinion, becomes increasingly un-likeable and at points the 25 year old woman is depicted as a spoilt petulant brat who revels in making ridiculous decisions to "spite" her comrades and "move the story on."
The secondary characters have promise - and as such I am prepared to try the third novel - however it is very hard to care for / invest in a protagonist who insists on being so stupid during pivotal moments.