by Rob Thurman
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher
I stopped and let them circle me, first because it was intriguing and, second, because, honestly, what could they do? Only knives, but all armed, and that made them even more interesting. Interesting. Fun.
Taking on bloodthirsty supernatural monsters is how Caliban and Niko Leandros make a living. But years ago—before they became a force to be reckoned with—the brothers were almost victims of a very human serial killer.
Unfortunately for them, that particular depraved killer was working as apprentice to a creature far more malevolent—the legendary Spring-heeled Jack. He’s just hit town. He hasn’t forgotten what the Leandros brothers did to his murderous protégé. He hasn’t forgotten what they owe him.
And now they are going to pay… and pay… and pay.…
This is only the second Cal Leandros book that I’ve read, and once again I find myself wondering how I could have let this awesome series slip through my fingers for so long. SLASHBACK is even more accessible as a standalone than DOUBLETAKE, as the narrative flicks back and forth from past to present, giving a perfectly balanced glimpse of Niko’s adolescence and Cal’s current state of mind. This structure, combined with Cal’s rough and hilarious voice, had me hooked from the start. I’ve already started making a list of friends who need a copy of SLASHBACK, it is the perfect gateway book to seduce new readers into this world.
Part of what makes SLASHBACK so relateable and accessible is the focus on Niko and Cal’s relationship. There are few relationships as appealing as a deep friendship, and as as devoted, damaged, and codependent as the brothers Leandros may be, they are also indisputably friends. Head smacking, prank pulling, smart-assing compatriots; essentially my ideal leading men. While Cal seems to spend most of his waking moments trying to provoke a response for his big brother, it is obvious how much love is interwoven with all that annoyance and mischief.
Two data points isn’t enough for me to make any sweeping recommendations regarding this series, but SLASHBACK is so good on it’s own that shouldn’t matter at all. I had a copy of NIGHTLIFE on order minutes after finishing SLASHBACK, but whether you read from start to finish or just swoop in to enjoy SLASHBACK as a standalone, this book is not to be missed.
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