[Epub] ↠ The Rain-Soaked Bride Author Guy Adams – Stevemiddleton.info
Crossover urban fantasy espionage thriller where a sorcerer attempts to break up an international conference at a remote site thorough assassination resulting in a country house mystery This is the second book in the Clown Service series I m reading this because I liked the first book in the series The Clown Service my review.This was an urban fantasy spy thriller that shapes up as a country house mystery A sorcerer is engaged by a third power to break up an international conference betw Crossover urban fantasy espionage thriller where a sorcerer attempts to break up an international conference at a remote site thorough assassination resulting in a country house mystery This is the second book in the Clown Service series I m reading this because I liked the first book in the series The Clown Service my review.This was an urban fantasy spy thriller that shapes up as a country house mystery A sorcerer is engaged by a third power to break up an international conference between the UK and Korea taking place at an English manor house The sorcerer s use of magic for the purpose of assassination causes MI5 to skeptically engage Section 37 A.K.A The Clown Service their Preternatural Investigations Op Section 37 consisting of August Shining a white wizard and his apprentice Toby Greene fight magic with magic and try to ferret out the assassin from amongst the delegates and staff at the isolated conference Country House Mysteries are a very British mystery sub genre I thought doing an urban fantasy crossover with it was clever The writing is also very British and in places comedic The author achieves atmosphere and moves the story quickly with a screenplay like style Finally, the story extends both long term plot lines and sets up for new ones.My dead tree copy was a moderate 340 pages Original UK copyright for the story was 2014 I read the book very quickly Note not a great deal of prose is dedicated to backstory Reading this book without having read the first book in the series would substantially detract from its enjoyment.Guy Adams is a British author who writes in several genres This is the second book in his Clown Serviceseries The series is three 3 books The last book in the series was written in 20015.Prose was good I felt it was a little better than the first book It had an informal, hip, British style Note the story has not been Americanized There are references that may baffle a non Brit, or at least a non Anglophile For example, I had forgotten what type of carnival ride a Waltzer was Dialog was better than the descriptive prose Action sequences were well handled The narrative was humorous There were two 2 , main POVs August Shining and Greene There was also the minor POVs of April Shining August s sister and a supporting character and the antagonist.There was no sex, or drug abuse in the story Alcohol was used for social recreation Violence was physical and firearms It was moderately graphic Descriptions of resulting trauma were similarly graphic Body count was moderate and in line with a murder mystery The main characters were well executed, although they were carried over from the first book Greene is the main character He s come a long way since The Clown Service While not magically savvy he s a full function agent of Section 37 August Shiner is the same spymaster, bureaucrat, and sorcerer August s sister April Shiner continues to be my favorite character I like her spinster, pensioner, ex bureaucrat character In another life I think she may have been an English Lucrezia Borgia in a previous life Tamar, August s Caucasian Armenian or Azerbaijani bodyguard and who magically disappeared in the first book reappears She s now Greene s love interest I thought this plot line was sappy There are several Korean and English diplomats, and MI5 subordinate characters In the past I ve worked closely with Koreans in and out of Korea The Korean characters were not the folks I m familiar with The antagonist remains well if unfairly hidden I take issue with magic bad guys in mysteries Their repertoire of spells negates my deep experience with police procedurals view spoiler I thought the use of the Doppelg nger spell i was a breach of the author reader conventions of mysterious warfare hide spoiler The plotting was well done It was well within theAgatha Christie inspired sub genre Adams leverages fantasy, horror, and whodunit tropes in the story August Shining practices his Scientifically Understandable Sorcery to uncover the assassin Fewer paranormal tropes were in use than in the first book The assassin s weapon of choice related to the book s title was a bit too derivative of the movie Ring 1999 , but does have a nice Korean tie in with the story Spy tropes continue in the flavor of Len Deighton His was a gritty and morally ambiguous form of espionage Intra service rivalry within the Brit security services, a theme within the series, was also well done The assassin was not who I thought they would be Pacing was fine throughout The addendum in which Greene gets the girl was expected, but I think will be the death of the series Note the author is fond of awkward addendums to the story to lay the ground for future books.Action takes place in Metro London and southwestern Warwickshire There was also very little UK geography infotainment in the story.This book contains about the same number and type of errors found in the first book For example, the author confuses the Japanese keiretsu with the Korean chaebol A problem I have with this author and many Brit authors in general is that they don t come from the Gun Cultures found in The States or SA nor do many have any professional hands on experience with firearms When they write about firearms they ve either only read about it or seen it on TV or the movies In one case Green unholsters his semi auto pistol, cocks the hammer and returns it to the holster That s an easy way to shoot yourself Also, semiautomatic pistols don t have hammers Another tech related error was that Greene notes his 3G mobile phone connection In 2014 in central London, 4G service was the norm.This was a moderately entertaining continuation of this urban fantasy espionage thriller series It s light weight, and structured to be easily made screen ready The author continues with using urban fantasy horror spy genre tropes that started the series The riffs on these tropes are entertaining enough to be interesting In addition the series continues to be modestly comedic Once I buy into a series, I tend to becomeforgiving This is not a great work Its the kind of book an Anglophilic, urban fantasy reader reads on a chaise lounge between trips to the Beach Bar I like the characters In addition, the author s use of the country house mystery genre was an interesting switch It made the book for me I am skeptical about the effect of the Greene Tamar relationship on the course of the series Recommended, if you re a fan of this type of series.I will be reading the next book in the series A Few Words for the Dead.Readers interested in a similar story should try the The Wolves of London August shining would like this to be categorised as science fiction, but I m not convinced We saved the world by time travel in the first book and now we re having to defend against a curse, a transportable curse Do not accept anything from anyone The person who lays the curse must be somewhere nearby for it to operate so if you know who it is and can get and keep yourself out of range you re safe Sounds easy Hah The curse usually announces itself with a peal of thunder followed by hig August shining would like this to be categorised as science fiction, but I m not convinced We saved the world by time travel in the first book and now we re having to defend against a curse, a transportable curse Do not accept anything from anyone The person who lays the curse must be somewhere nearby for it to operate so if you know who it is and can get and keep yourself out of range you re safe Sounds easy Hah The curse usually announces itself with a peal of thunder followed by highly localised drenching rain At this point you will see a young woman dressed all in white with long black hair streaming down You can t quite see her face Whatever happens next will appear to be an accident and since no one else sees the bride the death will be ascribed to accidental causes.SPOILERSOkay, all gone Right How is it that Toby can speak to the bride and why can she lift the effect of the curse Her sympathy is understandable considering her story but it isn t logical that appealing to it would have an effect on the science of the magic When the storm appears at the end you can t help but think that he ll be able to persuade it away just as he did before.Are we going to have an explanation of the higher being in book three Perhaps that should be lower being considering what appears to be its motivation August appears to beconflicted than one would have expected and his loyalty is definitely in doubt The doppelganging of Fratfield is disturbing because it seems to make managing the curse easier and what is that total blackness that settles over the house In other manifestations the darkness wasor less what you d expect with a heavy rainstorm but this is a Stygian blackness of great impenetrability There s the experiencing of past events there, too People seem to have survived before so is this review a test for Shining or has he been involved before or just what I m thoroughly confused and will have to trot out and get book three to try to solve these strange concerns It was a great read regardless The first book in this series, The Clown Service , took me by surprise earlier this summer While the concept and its bright cover intrigued me sufficiently to pick it up, I hadn t expected to enjoy it as much as I did I was utterly charmed by Toby, his supervisor August Shining, Shining s sister April and their neighbour Tamar The Rain Soaked Bride was already on my TBR pile and I started it as soon as I could, because I couldn t wait to get back to Toby and friends.The start of the book d The first book in this series, The Clown Service , took me by surprise earlier this summer While the concept and its bright cover intrigued me sufficiently to pick it up, I hadn t expected to enjoy it as much as I did I was utterly charmed by Toby, his supervisor August Shining, Shining s sister April and their neighbour Tamar The Rain Soaked Bride was already on my TBR pile and I started it as soon as I could, because I couldn t wait to get back to Toby and friends.The start of the book deals with the fall out from the previous book in quite an interesting way Unfortunately going into some of it, would give huge spoilers for both book one and book two, but one of the non spoilery elements I really liked was the way Adams developed the working relationship Shining and Toby They seem to have settled into a solid partnership and I loved the understanding that s grown between them in the six months or so between the books While Toby is sometimes still baffled by his boss eccentricities, he s learned to trust in his judgement and act accordingly.The Toby who is the star in this instalment of the Clown Service series, is a different person from the one we met in The Clown Service He s become farself confident and capable in this novel, a fact that comes to the fore once we move into the actual investigation of the Rain Soaked Bride murders He s also gottenof a handle on his PTSD and I liked how Adams actually incorporated this into the plot Toby is a very sympathetic main character and it s very easy to root for him My other favourite character in this book was April This time Shining s sister is a far larger part of the book and she is both hilarious and a force of nature in the narrative I loved discoveringof her history and seeing her in action She s morphed from the McGonagall Harriet Bouquet vision I had of her in The Clown Service into someoneresembling Dame Judi Dench in her M incarnation, onlysmiley.Once again, Adams offers us an interesting mystery to ponder, though there is a bigger whodunnit quality to this one The Rain Soaked Bride, a mysterious apparition that kills any who see her, assassinates several important British diplomats and it s unclear who is behind the orders to eliminate these people Toby and Shining not only have to figure out who the Rain Soaked Bride is exactly, but also who sent her Something that only becomescomplicated when the story moves from a general murder mystery to a locked room puzzle The tension increases enormously as the number of victims pile up around trade negotiations between the UK and South Korea, which are taking place in a secure mansion in the British countryside and Shining and Toby, together with April, are the only ones able to solve the mystery, because they are the only ones prepared to accept a supernatural explanation.The Rain Soaked Bride is another highly entertaining and action packed story of the Clown Service, one I enjoyed tremendously If anything, the book is even better than the first book in the series as Adams hastime to devote to the plot and character development side of things, as he doesn t need to establish his setting The book doesn t standalone, however even if the mystery in the book is solved, the story isn t concluded and reading the previous book is necessary to understand some of the choices Toby and Shining make in this one Adams leaves us with a huge plot hook for the next instalment and I can t wait to find out what happens next If you enjoyed The Clown Service, The Rain Soaked Bride is a must read If you ve not read The Clown Service, I recommend you start there and get the most out of your reading experience.This book was provided for review by the publisher An okay UK urban fantasy novel.More Charles Stross Laundry Files than Ben Aaronovitch s Rivers of London.An okay read, but the characters felt a little flat. Brilliant follow up to The Clown Service, fast paced, and a book for the disruptor generation Good fun Another enjoyable outing of the Clown Service Not as good as book 1, but worth a few hours of your time.Although I have to say that the GR blurb, or at least the 1st paragraph of it, bears almost no resemblance to the actual book It s a bit random. Great read hard to put down. A Number Of Influential South Korean Nationals Are Committing Suicide On UK Soil In All Cases They Seem To Simply Drop Whatever They Re Doing And Swiftly Almost Vacantly End Their Own Lives An Electronics Importer Falls From The Top Floor Of His High Rise Office, The Ambassador To The UK Shoots His Chauffeur And Drives His Own Car Off London Bridge, An Actor Sets Fire To Himself During A Movie PremiereAugust And Toby Investigate And Slowly Uncover The Ancient Force Of The Rain Soaked Bride, A Ghostly Spirit Of Vengeance That Drags Her Enemies To Their DeathsOnce Summoned The Spirit Cannot Be Dismissed Until It Takes The Life It Is Charged With, It Will Be Unstoppable In Its Pursuit Of The Mortal It Has In Its Sights Unfortunately, After Getting Too Close To The Source Of The Spirit, That Mortal Is Now Toby Greene Thoroughly enjoyed the book Second book featuring August, Toby, and April lived up to the franchise The mystery was transparent,but the ride to unravel it was great. Funny and chilling in equal measure.