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Nightlife

byRob Thurman

Mass Market Paperback | March 7, 2006

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“There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I’ve known that ever since I can remember, just like I’ve always known I was one…

…Well, half of one, anyway.”

Welcome to the Big Apple. There’s a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side—and that’s only the beginning. Of course, most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half-human.

His father’s dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares—and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal. Why? Cal hasn’t exactly wanted to stick around long enough to find out.

He and his half-brother Niko have managed to stay a step ahead for three years, but now Cal’s dad has found them again. And Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they’ve always wanted him…for he is the key to unleashing their hell on earth. The fate of the human world will be decided in the fight of Cal’s life…

Rob, short for Robyn (yes, he is really a she) Thurman lives in Indiana, land of rolling hills and cows, deer, and wild turkeys. Many, many turkeys. She is also the author of the Cal Leandros Series: Nightlife, Moonshine, Madhouse, and Deathwish; has a story in the anthology Wolfsbane and Mistletoe; and is the author of Trick of the Li...
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Title:NightlifeFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.7 × 4.2 × 0.94 inPublished:March 7, 2006Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0451460758

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Awesome, gritty urban fantasy with two fantastic main characters and a stellar, unpredictable story. I loved every part of it, especially the ending, and can't wait to learn more about these characters and watch how much trouble they can get into. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pulpy Urban Fantasy I've been reading this series for years. It's very much like the early seasons of Supernatural but with a bit more action and a lot more angst (That's saying something right there). Just a lot of fun, great for Urban Fantasy lovers looking for a fun, pulpy read.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Thought Out Plot and Fleshed Out Characters I love this series the complex relationship between the brothers is intriguing and leaves you wanting more. The side characters have quirky personalities that make you look forward to reading the next book.
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Creepy but not thrilling So many of the books in this supernatural genre are based around female characters so I was excited to find one with a male lead. It started out well, was dark and eerie, and introduced an fascinating twist on the fantasy world we are accustomed to. But the more I read the more I lost interest. The story itself continued to keep me entertained, but I didn't care for the characters. The protagonist (and sometimes antagonist) had a sarcastic and whiney Holden Caulfield quality that did not endear him. Yeah, yeah, the whole idea is that he is hardcore and intense and doesn't show his emotions to anyone, but because it's a first person narrative we as the reader should be privy to certain thoughts and emotions. He was indifferent and uncaring through much of the book and therefore I was as well. Beyond the character the story was good. I wanted to know what was going to happen next and there were a few seriously freaky bits. The writing style was interesting at first too, but as I read on I found that the author was a little heavy on metaphors, euphemisms, hyperboles, cliches, etc etc. In short he used far too many devices to get his point across and it became somewhat annoying. There should be a balance of 'show' and 'tell' in a book and Thurman is definitely more on the tell side.
Date published: 2009-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining UF For those of u looking for para-romance, this is not it. This book looks like a good start to urban fantasy series. I like pretty much all the characters, unlike the Rachel Morgan series where I hate pretty much all of the characters (there are A LOT of characters). The writing is dark, sarcastic and good. The story moves at a good pace. I will be reading Moonshine next.
Date published: 2009-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was Hoping For More There's not doubt in my mind that I would have enjoyed this novel much more if I could have been able to read it in a single sitting. As it was, I had to read it in small chunks due to time restraints. Because of that, I was unable to really engross myself in the novel, the world and its characters. On the positive side, Thurman is so sarcastic and snarky it's just too much fun... and the story about brothers reminds me in so many ways of the TV show Supernatural and the Dean and Sam characters that it evokes pleasant feelings.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent idea, and an okay development Caliban Leandros (please, call him 'Cal') grew up with a mother telling him his father was a monster. She even named him after a monstrous character from a Shakespeare play. But, while many children of single-parent fame often endure horrible tales of how monstrous the other parent is, it turns out that Cal's mother was being literal. So, Cal and his half-brother Niko make a break for their lives when Daddy Dearest comes home with a horde of demons and tries to snatch Cal away to do something horrible. What, exactly, Cal and Niko don't really know, but it's likely to be bad. Maybe even world-ending bad. Staying (barely) one step ahead of the things that go bump in the night, the reader enjoys the rising tension that Cal calls a life, and the surrounding characters are well written and don't feel particularly "secondary." Instead, the secondary characters often leave you feeling like there was another book that you missed somewhere along the way. And when the demonic plan finally comes to light, well... "world-ending" might have been putting it lightly. However, there is some sense of anti-climax to the resolution, as though it was a bit too easy. Still, a good effort for a first novel from Thurman - I hope more appear on the horizon, be they Cal and Niko books or otherwise.
Date published: 2007-02-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from anticlimactic the premise of the book was what grabbed me, but the story had no flow and the writing was shit (probably targeted to undereducated individuals who bask in danielle steele and vc andrews). it was a series of events that didn't fit together. they were so ramdom and the ending was so poorly drawn together i felt as if the book didn't even end. the chracters were so stereotyped even i couldn't make fun of them as they did it themselves. the back story was nonexsistant but desperatley needed. i'm going to assume there is another one in the works, but there is no way i'll be giving it a shot. save yourself the trouble. read simon r green instead.
Date published: 2006-07-26

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