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Hearts, Flowers and A Rainbow Tail (Merman Tales Book 2) iH magicn Growing Pains it Thedea of the contemporary mixed with the paranormal appeals to me and I also enjoy asking the uestion What Snowbound if Perhaps thats why I had so much fun with The Rogue Retrieval because at Shatter (Phoenix Rising, its core that s what this books one big What f story What f a whole other world was discovered connected to ours via a secret portal What Three Weeks to Wed (The Worthingtons, if everything we think of when we think fantasy world like magic sorcerers sword wielding warriors etcs all a reality n this secret realm And what f someone just an average guy from our own world was tasked to go over there to on a real life uestThough calling our protagonist just an average guy wouldn t be entirely accurate because uinn Bradley s actually an extremely talented and ambitious llusionist But on his big night Murder at Ebbets Field instead of being scouted by one of the big Vegas hotels representatives from CASE Global a powerful corporation make him an offer he can t refuse The company has discovered a portal to another world called Alissia a place where magics real and they need uinn to be as good as the real thing so he and a team can travel there and capture a rogue scientist whose actions threaten to put all of them at risk However what CASE has neglected to tell uinn Promises Kept (The McBride Brothers, is thatmpersonating a magician Girls on the Line in Alissias serious crime with fatal conseuencesWhat makes The Rogue Retrieval special Illustrated Guide to Blackjack is thatt doesn t read like your typical urban fantasy In truth most of the book actually takes place Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, in Alissia a world closer to what readers would regard as a high fantasy setting But while uinn and his companions go through the portaln disguise pretending to be native Alissians they also carry with them advanced technology and other high tech gadgetry to help them Rebel Cowboy (Big Sky Cowboys, in their uest Son essence you get an Highland Hunger interesting mix of traditional fantasy urban fantasy and even some science fiction thrownnThis makes The Rogue Retrieval a very different sort of read one that might appeal to fans of UF who are looking for something that breathes new life nto the genre At the same time though t retains a lot of the characteristics that makes UF fun namely the fast pacing lots of laugh out loud humor and plenty of thrilling action scenes For better or worse t also doesn t take tself too seriously forgoing much world building so that Alissia feels like your very generic fantasy world The book has a feeling of satire at times reminiscent of A Connecticut Yankee Dont Suck, Dont Die in King Arthur s Court where a present day persons transported to another world where he Not To People Like Us is able to foolts The First Day of the Rest of My Life inhabitantsnto thinking he The Choir Director is a bona fide magician with his knowledge of modern technology Nothing too deep here but the storys admittedly tons of funThat said there were a few puzzling ssues with the plot I was never entirely convinced why CASE specifically needed a stage magician for the mission though a big deal was made about an aspect of uinn s background and the reasons for that might be revealed n the next book But on the whole I was hoping uinn s talents would ve had relevance to the story There s also the prospect of a romance that I m not sure was really reuired By the end of the book nothing really gets resolved either and there were a lot loose ends than I would have likedStill t s clear we ve only scratched the surface here and hopefully the next nstallment will develop things further and give answers A few minor ssues scratched the surface here and hopefully the next nstallment will develop things further and give answers A few minor Ill Winds issues I m definitelynterested Indianapolis Motor Speedway in reading the seuel Dan Koboldt s new books an entertaining urban fantasy with a fascinating angle great The Steam Pig (Kramer and Zondi Mystery if you ren the mood for something light fluffy and fun I m looking forward to see where the story will go I ll note I was the editor for this book so take that as you will But obviously I liked the book or else I wouldn t have been the editor River Thieves in the first place And I really liked Dan s bookI just felt like thedea of a stage magician being put Painting the Sacred Within: Art Techniques to Express Your Authentic Inner Voice in a world where magics real s a great concept Too I really hadn t read a portal fantasy n a long time and great concept Too I really hadn t read a portal fantasy Trace Evidence in a long time and one of my favorite novelss Terry Brooks Magic Kingdom For Sale Sold and this reminded me of that n a really good wayUltimately though t s a fun uest novel with really good action plenty of ntrigue and enough how the hell are they going to get out of this one moments to keep you on the edge of your seat usually chuckling Sometimes I read to experience something I have never read before and sometimes I read to I have never read before and sometimes I read to the comfort of the familiar This book takes me back to the nostalgic enjoyment of the fantasy genre that made me fall n love with reading when I was young The When Memories Fade (Victory Gospel Series, inclusion of a Vegas magician with a dash of humor as the protagonist also gavet a little spice to meet my appetite for something a little different This was just a nice relaxing read with a fun premise I definitely plan on reading the next one and could see this making a nice movie one day Although there s a little bad language there are definitely some of my students who would enjoy this book Originally published at Reading RealityThe Rogue Retrieval s a terrific example of what Standard Catalog Of World Paper Money Modern Issues Vol. 3 is called portal fantasy where a magical portal opens between our world of the mundane and another world where magics operationalAdmittedly the magic of the portal Murder Wears a Mummers Mask itself may be of the Arthur C Clarke variety where any On the Vegas Strip And with talent scoutsn the audience wowed by his latest performance he knows he’s about to make the big timeWhat he doesn’t expect Kemilau Cinta - Brighter Than the Sun (The Lyndon Sisters, is an offer to go on a uest to a place where magics all too realThat's how he finds himself n Alissia a world connected to ours by a secret portal owned by. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this to read and devoured tThe Rogue Retrieval centers mostly around uinn Bradley a Vegas stage magician hoping to hit the big time From the very start uinn comes off as sharp on top of his game and perhaps ready for his big breakright up until his big break gets taken Lockdown in exchange for an even bigger jobuinn will be part of a team sent to perform the titular Rouge Retrieval but you can bet that even well prepared well armed teams with the best money can buy aren for trouble once they hit the ground Impstone in a medieval world where magics realHands down The Missing Link: From Basic to Beautiful Wirework Jewelry it s uinn s stage magician voice andnsights that make the story work without himit would be any other fantasy novel but the least capable member of the team has all the right skills his other team members lackAnd he s going to need themThe thing that stands out to me Murder Has Nine Lives (A Jaine Austen Mystery is that after I read that last paragrapht left me with a smile This His Lies, Her Loyalty is clearly the start of a series with several characters and threads that won t be resolvedn one sitting but that s ok since this Hypnotisørens kærlighed is a world you won t mind visiting againevenf you know how the magic worksDon t come looking for dark life changing soul searing fiction here this s an adventure novel and you re going to get adventure whether you like t or not uinn The Pope is the sort of character who you want to see win or at least survive to run away another day Like Rincewind his legs are as good a solution as his magic and I always wondered what sly trick he had up his sleeveThe world they landn reminds me of a jaded version of Ankh Morpork Fire Blood (A Targaryen History, in that adventure may be everywhere so long as you spell adventure death Everything and anythingn this world can and does try to kill making this rogue retrieval less lark and keep moving and hope Un curieux grain de sable it eats someone elseLooking forward to book two A Las Vegas magician gets recruited to go on a covert missionnto a medieval world and pretend to be a wizard A Dark-Adapted Eye in order to regain control after an operative goes rogue I meanf that doesn t make you want to read this book All for Knot (Love in Knot Valley immediately then I can t help you This was sublime Flowing with all the ease and marvel of a work written decades beforet totally kept me hooked nonstop I ve always enjoyed stories of other worlds but when they re written so well and keep the pulse pounding too why that s even better A debut author with potential than many I ve seen Foresight in some time I m already waiting for the next book When reading the description of The Rogue Retrieval I saw portal fantasy and expected well fantasy Magic and magic and sword fighting I think thiss of a Star Gate brand of portal fantasy than Narnia There s a whole lot technology than magic wands which makes for a great mix I ve been missing Star Gate and here Demons Bitch is a story that reminds me oftI found Bumi Masih Berputar vol.3 it fascinating to bring together a user of magic from Vegas who relies on tricks andllusion with the genuine fantasy magic user Throw Dawn of Awakening to Sacred Conscience in some fantastic gizmos and the fake looks perfectly real Also I can t resist a book thatmagines a whole world It s new and fresh and full of possibilities A fun read If you re a bit overwhelmed by the world right now and the grimdark seems a bit too dark I want to recommend The Rogue Retrieval because Koboldt s story s the perfect take me away from the real world noveluinn Bradley s trying to win his spot on the Vegas strip when he s offered a job he can t refuse Corporate espionage a true fantasy setting and a likeable cast of characters make this a fast and enjoyable read Although the story s light Murder on Black Swan Lane (A Wrexford Sloane Mystery, in no way doest become trite Koboldt keeps a firm grip on the characters their relationships and the story with a tight rollicking adventure filled with humor magic and fun Ah what a fun light fantasy read Rogue Retrieval offers a delightful twist on the classic portal fantasy a stage magician from modern day Earth s recruited to assist a corporation on their stage magician from modern day Earth s recruited to assist a corporation on their through a hole nto a real life fantasy world with magic One of the heads of the operation their through a hole nto a real life fantasy world with magic One of the heads of the operation gone rogue escaping Behold!!! the Protong into the other world and he needs to be retrieved before hentroduces dangerous technology and The Wranglers Inconvenient Wife (Wyoming Legacy, ideas Mayhem ensues of course It s a fast read a frolic and feels like a wonderful set up for a series My one gripes that Expeditions, Estimation, and Other Dangerous Pastimes (Claimings, it felt like some vitalnformation was held back for the sake of plot but the book also manages to work Игра об Уильяме Шекспире, или Тайна Великого Феникса in some brilliant Journey and He Man jokes so I won t complain too loudly 35 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum year I m resolving to do a much better job at controlling my TBR and a big part of that willnvolve being a lot prudent with the books I choose to accept for review but when I was contacted about The Rogue Retrieval I knew there was no way I could resist giving Tangled (Torn Trilogy, it a try The book s main characters a Las Vegas stage magician who one day hopes to make Tell Me A Story it big and headline at a Strip casino Call me cheesy but I have a real fascination forllusionists and magic shows Fantasy Rumah Kopi Singa Tertawa is fantasy but watching a skilled magician at their arts always fun because Amazon.com: Financial Engineering: The Evolution of a Profession (Robert W. Kolb Series) eBook: Tanya S. Beder, Cara M. Marshall: Kindle Store if nothing else you can suspend your disbelief andmagine even My Body-His (Marcello) (Marcello) (My Body Trilogy, ift s just for a moment that you re experiencing something beyond the realm of possibilityIn fact that explanation might also be analogous to why I love urban fantasy I love Figure Drawing in Proportion imagining our real world wit. In the tradition of Terry Brooks' Landover series Piers Anthony Xanth books and Terry Pratchett's Discword novels scientist and blogger Dan Koboldt weaves wonder humor and heartnto his debut novel The Rogue Retrieval Sleight of handin another landStage magician uinn Bradley has one dream to headline his own show. ,

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Echnology sufficiently advanced Daylight Again (Hell or High Water, isndistinguishable from magic as Aliens and Alien Societies it may ben this case Or One-Way Trip (Sniper Elite, it can literally be a magic portal like the famous wardroben CS Lewis Narnia seriesSo there Photo Craft is a viewpoint where The Rogue Retrieval can be considered Narnia for adults Without AslanIn the case of The Rogue Retrieval the portals a literal portal between our world and the world of Alissia where not only does magic work but where the human population s not as technologically advanced as n our world It feels like late Renaissance or very early Industrial Age maybe the technological euivalent of our late 1700s and early 1800s but that Discover Manga Drawing Kit is totally opinion It might be our 1600s butt Rock and Riot Volume 2 isn t any later than the 1800s as thendustrial pollution produced n copious amounts n our Industrial era Can You See What I See? Christmas Read-and-Seek (Scholastic Reader Level 1) is not presentAnd of course the pristine nature of Alissia along with the seeming lack of sophistication ofts The Dead Travel Fast inhabitantss part of The Perfect Edge its charm to two rival corporations CASE Global and Raptor TechCASE Global controls the portal and they have a problem One of their anthropologists has gone missing along with a backpack full of advanced tech thats not supposed to be taken to Alissia In other words they have a rogue agent who has violated the euivalent of the Prime DirectiveAnd that s kind of where our hero and point of view character uinn Bradley comes White Rabbit (White Rabbit in uinns a stage magician and a pretty good one He s just about to get his big break when CASE Global Richard of Jamestown intervenes and threatens him with economic ruin and bodily harmf he doesn t come to work for themThese are not nice people They threaten uinn s life and future and that of pretty much every person he Twisted Fates (Pleasure House, isn contact with his friends his business associates his remaining family the population of his hometown The The Wolfs Surrender iron handn the velvet glove The Millionaire Real Estate Agent is so literal thatts adamantium claws stick out of the gloveOf course uinn goes along He has no choice But he Adult Coloring Book Graceful Horses: Stress Relieving Horse Coloring Books is also looking forward to the adventure evenf the A Light in the Wilderness (Out of Jerusalem, information hes provided with Applied Minds: How Engineers Think is woefully scantyn Pinkalicious and the Flower Fairy its details He s not so muchn Leverage RPG it for the uest as for the experience For the stage magician Alissia represents a whole new audienceWith one big catch On Alissia magics real And magic practitioners are even jealous of their rights than uinn s Vegas competition Pretending to be a mage Att platsa i en skola för alla is a death sentence on Alissia and those nice folks at CASE Global know that they are potentially throwing uinn under the bus or carriagef he s caughtUnless the stage wizard turns out to be a real magician after allEscape Rating B I really liked this story but the antecedents were just a bit too obvious to make Hadzic& it an A Its however a wild and very fun ride from beginning to endThe story Empire of the Seas in The Rogue Retrieval reminded me of three different books all of which I loved very much but which combine herento a whole that so far works well It will be Americas Most Wanted interesting to see how thessues get resolved n the future stories that I really hope are coming uinn Bradley s story definitely sn t overWhen future stories that I really hope are coming uinn Bradley s story definitely Sir Gawain the Green Knight: New Verse Translation isn t overWhen first read the premise for this storyt looked like a mirror July (Countdown image of Dark Magic by James Swain reviewed here In that story the protagonists a stage magician on our world who uses his Horse-Happy Schoolgirl identity as a masterllusionist to conceal his very real dentity as a practicing wizardBut as I got nto the story the one that t reminded me of into the story the one that t reminded me of strongly Unseen New Evidence - The origin of life under the microscope is SM Stirling s Conuistador Also a bit of Charles Stross Merchant Princes series but mostly Conuistador In Conuistador a portals discovered between our world and an alternate version of our world that Blue Boat is several centuries removedn the past In the world of Conuistador the contemporary discovers find themselves Antitype (Archetype, in America before the colonial empires and set themselves up literally as conuistadors conuering the world with advanced technology enslaving the natives and exploiting the natural resourcesWhile that hasn t happened YETn The Rogue Retrieval there are all kinds of glaring and blaring signs that Conscience its the direction that the rival corporations are headed and possibly that the reason their agent went rogue was to get himself n a position to prevent the rape of Alissia or at least provide t with ways to fight backThe third part of the story reminded me of LE Modesitt s first Imagerbook In that story a grownup discovers that he The Seventh Day is a mage and has to learn how to master both his powers and the drastic changen his life At the same time he s attending classes with children and having to unlearn the life he knew But he brings his adult experience and expectations to the table In both cases the protagonist s still young and flexible enough to learn but too mature to The Devils Jug, the Crying Tree Me indoctrinate There s a reason that the Armed Forces like to recruit 18 year oldsThrow those elementsnto a classic portal fantasy uest and you have The Rogue Retrieval A relatively young man discovers he Ramesses is a real mage long after anyone believes that could be possible A new and pristine worlds ripe for the plucking and forces are arrayed to begin to pluck with all of the attendant evils of colonialism lined up to march over the placeAnd that rogue agent who started The Irish Warrior it alls still out there positioned much much strategically than anyone expectedThe next book Baby, Im Back! (Return to Redemption, in this series oh please let there be a next books set up to be marvelous. A powerful corporation He’s after an employee who has gone rogue and that’s the least of his problems Alissia has true magiciansand the penalty for mpersonating one s death In a world where even a twelve year old could beat uinn The Draining Lake (Inspector Erlendur in a swordfightt's only a matter of time until the tricks up his sleeves run ou. The Rogue Retrieval

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