Agents Of Light And Darkness by Simon R. GreenAgents Of Light And Darkness by Simon R. Green

Agents Of Light And Darkness

bySimon R. Green

Mass Market Paperback | October 28, 2003

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“Simon Green’s Nightside is a macabre and thoroughly entertaining world.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher

John Taylor works in the Nightside—the gaudy, neon noir, secret heart of London, where it’s always three in the morning, where gods and monsters make deals and seek pleasures they won’t find anywhere else. He has a gift for finding things. And sometimes what he's hired to locate can be very, very dangerous indeed.
 
Right now, for example, he's searching for The Unholy Grail, the cup that Judas drank from at the Last Supper. It corrupts all who touch it—but it also gives enormous power. So he's not the only one hunting. Angels, devils, sinners and saints—they’re all out there, tearing apart The Nightside, seeking the dark goblet.
 
And it’s only a matter of time until they realize that the famous John Taylor, the man with the gift for finding things, can lead them straight to it…
Simon R. Green is the New York Times bestselling author of the Secret Histories Novels, the Novels of the Nightside, the Ghost Finders series, and the Deathstalker series. He lives in England.
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Title:Agents Of Light And DarknessFormat:Mass Market PaperbackPublished:October 28, 2003Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0441011136

ISBN - 13:9780441011131

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love John Taylor Another great book. This is the second book in the series and at first I was a little leary about it because the first book was so introductory I was afraid that the writing style would continue through all the books and that they would not be stories, but more just a jumble of occurances. But it wasn't and this was a great book. It is full of great being from the imagination such as the unbeliever, Demons, Angels (both light and dark), Nasty Jack Starlight and his alive ragdoll, and a great aray of other beings ripped right from our imaginations and nightmares. I have never read a book quite like this one and am so excited to dive into this series to find out all that Simon Green can come up with. In this book John is contracted to find the Unholy grail, which is the cup that Judas drank from at the Last Supper. This cup is an item of great power, mystery and all around badness, so naturally all the big players in the Nightside want it. Not only are the major players trying to get John to find it for them but then the Angels of light and darkness (Heaven and Hell) come to the nightside to get the cup. And all Hell breaks loose (sorry, i couldn't resist!). Simon shows us a great and horrible side of the sups and mythical beings that we all thought we knew and nothing happy ever arrises. There is distruction, death, mahem and generally macabre things happening all around. Simon's take on the Angels was very interesting and since this book followed a religious artifact there was some inevitable references to that stuff and it was all great in a way that only Simon can do! Again in this book we are kept up on the secret that is John's mother and his father as well. More references are made and hints dropped, but nothing is really solved (sounds like it may be a series stopper when it is). I look forward to finding out what is going on on that front as it seems like a great mystery and I'm sure Simon can give it justice and make it another great and horrible thing. So, yeah, I love this series and I think it may be one of my new favs. It is such a great change from anything I have ever read. The first book reminded me of the Jim Butcher series The Dresden Files, but I never once thought of that at all while reading this book. John is such a a great character and unlike most main characters he is a bit of a bad ass. Although he has a conscience he does not do stuff just becuase it is "right" and if he has to kill someone/thing to get what he needs, he has no quams doing this. John Taylor is my new Hero!!!
Date published: 2009-08-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from "interesting" I found the Angels and demons with the gray hero in the middle a bit much. There was some great sections and characters but overall not a series that i will be continuing
Date published: 2008-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good next step John Taylor lives in the Nightside - a mystical place beside and below the real London where it is always after midnight, gods walk with devils, and anything can be bought and sold, but the buyer really does have to beware. In the Nightside, John Taylor can find anything using a power that he doesn't really understand, and has a reputation as a truly fearsome being - even if he's pretty sure he's not. When the Vatican hires him to recover Judas' cup - the Unholy Grail - he knows that he has to succeed - no one wants fallen angels duking it out with angels on the streets of the Nightside, but there's a problem - when he uses his powers, his enemies can see where he is, and they're sending more and more denizens to stop him. Well written and enjoyable in a 'noir' way. Start with 'Something from the Nightside' the first in the series.
Date published: 2007-02-07

Editorial Reviews

“I really enjoyed Green’s first John Taylor novel and the second one is even better. The usual private eye stuff—with a bizarre kick.”—Chronicle   “The Nightside novels are a great blending of Lovecraft and Holmes. [Agents of Light and Darkness] is an action-packed thriller, a delightful private eye investigative fantasy tale.”—Midwest Book Review   “If you like your noir pitch-black, then return to the Nightside.”—The University City Review