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The Severed Streets

The Shadow Police, Book Two
Lu par : Damian Lynch
Durée : 13 h et 33 min
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Description

Summer in London: a city in turmoil. The vicious murder of a well-known MP is like a match to tinder but Detective Inspector James Quill and his team know that it's not a run-of-the-mill homicide. Still coming to terms with their new-found second sight, they soon discover that what is invisible to others - the killer - is visible to them. Even if they have no idea who it is.

Then there are more deaths. The bodies of rich, white men are found in circumstances similar to those that set the streets of London awash with fear during the late 1800s: the Whitechapel murders. Even with their abilities to see the supernatural, accepting that Jack the Ripper is back from the dead is a tough ask for Quill's team. As they try to get to grips with their abilities and a case that's spiralling out of control, Quill realizes that they have to understand more about this shadowy London, a world of underground meetings, bizarre and fantastical auctions, and objects that are 'get out of hell free' cards.

But the team's unlikely guide, a bestselling author, can't offer them much insight - and their other option, the Rat King, speaks only in riddles.

Relying on old-fashioned police work and improvising with their new skills only lands them in deeper water, and they soon realize that the investigation is going to hell - literally. And if they're not careful, they may be going with it . . .

The Severed Streets is the second urban fantasy by bestselling Doctor Who writer, Paul Cornell.

©2014 Paul Cornell (P)2014 Audible Studios

Critiques

"An irresistible blend of guns, gangsters, cops and monsters that grabs you by the eyeballs and never lets go. Start this book early in the day people, because you ain't going to get no sleep until it's done" (Ben Aaronovitch)
"Paul Cornell is a triple threat, the kind of writer other writers hate. He writes award-winning short stories. He writes epic television episodes for all your favourite BBC shows. He writes kickass comic books and graphic novels... now he's gone and written a novel too!" (George R. R. Martin)
"I think it is absolutely magnificent. I loved it... I'm not sure I've been that gripped by a novel in... well, decades" (Russell T. Davies)
"A much grittier vision of a gothic, fantasy London, well balanced between its depiction of the city's criminal underworld and a horrifying fantasy reality that for most of the novel lurks just at the edges of sight... Cornell's undercover coppers and plain-clothes detectives are a thoroughly seedy bunch of reprobates" ( Guardian)

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  • Juan N Rodriguez
  • 27/01/2015

Supernatural copper

Where does The Severed Streets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a good book and if you like mystery and super-natural, this is a book for you. I am a fan of Monster Hunter International, Iron Druid and the like. This was a great surprise it was dark and kept me engaged. Plus I love the English accents.

What did you like best about this story?

The character building and the development of the story. And I hate to say the Cat was funny in a creepy way

Which scene was your favorite?

Didn't have one. the story couldn't be broken like that. you need it all to enjoy it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment when they all excepted what they had and are gonna be.

Any additional comments?

It is a book that surprised me and I wouldn't have pickled it up if some of my other series was available. Can't wait to get into the next book.

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  • Jonathan Small
  • 12/02/2019

A worthy sequel

Dark, magical in all the bad ways, and just as mysterious as the first book, this story is definitely worth the time and price.
The narration is excellent.

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  • charles j. see
  • 29/12/2017

A new urban fantasy series to look out for.<br />

I really enjoyed this. The reader was good - my only gripe (as with London Falling) Is that while he has a good voice for it and he does a nice job with accents, he does not change tone or pitch for different characters. in an audio book with five main characters this sometimes makes me briefly lose track of who is speaking. Not that I want the narrator changed, or that this will keep me from reading the next book (which I just bought with a credit on Audible).

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  • Mike
  • 29/08/2016

Neil Gaiman Fanfiction

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The first book in this series was fantastic. The second reads like a paid advertisement for Neil Gaiman, who is a 2d and nonsensical major character in the book, which feels generally sloppy compared to the first. Avoid.

Have you listened to any of Damian Lynch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Damien Lynch is flawless.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Erik
  • 12/01/2016

Like the first book, like the the story, but...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It is a interesting police team that are out of their depth. It is internering to follow them as they try to make heads and tails of occult London. But in the first book they were totally clueless, but now they are in the know, they cant keep being clueless, but the author whants them to

Would you be willing to try another one of Damian Lynch’s performances?

His pace is a bit slow, and there are to many pauses. It slows a good book down.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes!

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  • Howard
  • 05/09/2015

An acceptable sequel

The second book in the Shadow Police series finds the special investigation team lead by James Quill called back into services to solve several unusual and improbable murders in London. Elements of the murders are invisible for other detectives, but DI Quill and his team have a special sight thrust upon them in the previous book to see the murderer. (I strongly recommend reading London Falling first and maybe re-reading it before tackling The Severed Streets.) It's one thing to see a murderer, but it is another to catch and stop them. DI Quill and his team won't stop until they find and stop the murderer and protect London in their very special way.

The Severed Streets, maybe not as powerful as London Falling, but is enjoyable an addition to the Shadow Police Series.

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  • Michael Hall
  • 03/06/2015

Another brilliant tale

Where does The Severed Streets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in the Top 10 (out of dozens); in the top 3 or 4 of fiction books. What a treat to listen to these books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Severed Streets?

How to answer without spoiling..... I will say, "when the gang escapes certain death in the Keel brothers' pub using only a phial and a very unexpected consequence."

What about Damian Lynch’s performance did you like?

Every bit of it. He is the perfect narrator for these books of occult London - perfect pauses, perfect diction, perfect accents.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Ripped."

Any additional comments?

I don't normally go for series but I am absolutely loving the characters, the plots, the writing, and the narration of these books. Downloading the next one the moment I post this review.

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  • Scott
  • 14/08/2015

Irresponsible portrayal of drug use

Loved the first book, and really love the characters and the world Cornell has created, but this book left me seething due to the totally unrealistic use of meth as a plot device for keeping the characters awake.

Anyone who has lost someone to meth addiction could tell you how unlikely it is that someone using meth would be able to continue to function as these characters do and then just stop using when it was no longer "required".

I'm really gobsmacked that an author of Cornell's normal calibre could portray something so serious so flippantly. Very disappointed.

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  • Philipp
  • 15/07/2017

Gut, aber erfordert Aufmerksamkeit

Das Buch erzählt eine spannende und originelle Geschichte, die Kreuzung aus Polizei-Thriller und übernatürlichen Elementen ist ausgesprochen gelungen. Schön ist, dass das Ganze eigentlich im Grunde immer ein Krimiplot bleibt und die Lovecraftschen Horrorelemente sich da einfach einfügen. Unsere Helden gehen auch stets mit grundlegendem Pragmatismus vor und haben vor übermächtigen Wesen nicht viel mehr Respekt als vor jedem anderen Kriminellen.
Die Handlung ist ein bißchen weniger schräg als im ersten Band der Reihe, aber trotzdem gelungen, dafür bekommen diesmal die Figuren mehr Platz eingeräumt. Und es gibt einen höchst merkwürdigen Gastauftritt von Neil Gaiman.
Ebenso wie beim Vorgänger ist dieses Hörbuch allerdings keins, das man auch mal nebenbei hören kann. Ich weiß nicht, ob es am Sprecher oder der Erzählweise liegt, aber wenn man sich nicht voll aufs Zuhören konzentriert, verpasst man wichtige Details und versteht dann recht schnell nicht mehr, was eigentlich grade passiert.
Tolles Buch mit unverbrauchter Herangehensweise an ein mittlerweile doch sehr ausgelutschtes Subgenre.