Series: 'Mancer #1
Published by Audible Audio on August
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 11 hours, 43 minutes
Narrator: Peter Brooke
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A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files...
FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.
FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.
PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form. But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.
Flex was an instant hit with me. Obsessions that turn you into a magic mancer based on your obsession!? – How cool is that? Turns out not so cool for the mancers because all the things they do come with a nasty blowback that tends to destroy the things they care about. So why keep using your magic? Well because you’re obsessed. Whatever your obsession is it, video games, fire, art, pencil pushing paperwork, death metal music. It was so much freaking fun to watch the way these obsessions turned people into mancers. Ooo I want to go on and on and tell you the cool things but I can’t…cause that would spoil your fun.
I absolutely loved this book. I don’t have any complaints (ok just one observation that it was a bit longer then they typical urban fantasies but that really isn’t a complaint. The extra listening time (or pages if you’re reading instead of listening) is well worth it.
The characters are developed so well. Paul and Valentine are fabulous characters and they have an energy together that I haven’t read in awhile. And I absolutely have to say that I adored the fact that this is a urban fantasy without romance. This is one of those books that friendship and relationships with loved ones is important and that it doesn’t all have to come with a romance label attached.
You do not want to wait to read this book. There is action galore, some bits were so intense that at one point I sat in the parking lot continuing to listen because I just HAD to get past that pivotal point. I’m sure all of you know how that is. Lately there aren’t many books that are doing that for me so I was so blown away by how much I got into this book.
THoughts on the narration
Superb! There are four characters that really stick out for me. Paul, Valentine, Kit and Paul’s daughter. Peter Brookes does some great voices. At first I thought man Kit’s voice is annoying and then I was totally digging it and it wouldn’t have been him without it. I can’t wait to listen to the next book! Now now, I need more now!