Vicious Circle

Vicious Circle

by Mike Carey

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Overview

Author of The Girl With All the Gifts Mike Carey presents the second book in his hip supernatural thriller series featuring freelance exorcist Felix Castor.


Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after a successful case convinces him that he really can do some good with his abilities---"good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead. His friend Rafi is still possessed, the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him, and he's still dirt poor.

Doing some consulting for the local cops helps pay the bills, but Castor needs a big private job to really fill the hole in his bank account. That's what he needs. What he gets is a seemingly insignificant "missing ghost" case that inexorably drags him and his loved ones into the middle of a horrific plot to raise one of hell's fiercest demons.

When satanists, stolen spirits, sacrifice farms, and haunted churches all appear on the same police report, the name Felix Castor can't be too far behind...





The Felix Castor Novels
The Devil You Know
Vicious Circle
Dead Men's Boots
Thicker than Water
The Naming of the Beasts

By the same author, writing as M. R. Carey:
The Girl With All the Gifts
Fellside
The Boy on the Bridge

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316511780
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: Felix Castor Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 269,438
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.37(d)

About the Author

Mike Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts, written as M. R. Carey, was a USA Today bestseller and a major motion picture based on his BAFTA-nominated screenplay. Mike Carey has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, two radio plays, and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

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"Kramer...proves adept at translating the dangers and quandaries facing an exorcist who is wondering if he has the right to banish spirits to oblivion." —-AudioFile

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Vicious Circle 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Following his efforts applauded by the Bonnington Archive ghost who encouraged him, Felix ¿Fix¿ Castor reopens his exorcist shingle though he remains impoverished and is concerned for his friend the possessed Rafi. His only income is some consulting sleuthing for the cops, but they are reluctant to give him anything that might lead to more jobs as the constabulary does not want to advertise they employ an exorcist as a part-time contractor.------------ Fix thinks he has found a fix for his fiscal deficit. He seeks a kidnapped ghost of a little girl, but Asmodeus the evil fire and brimstone malevolent, other nasty demons, Satanists and Ms. Julia the succubus stand in the way of his success. As he battles in and out of churches all sorts of otherworldly species want to recruit him onto their side, he struggles with the underlying concept of why a young female spirit is critical to the universe. Still he works the case while dreaming of a high paying low risk job instead of everything seemingly under the sun trying to kill him.--------------- Readers will enjoy their latest Fix (see THE DEVIL YOU KNOW) as Mike Carey provides an enjoyable urban Noir fantasy in which London once again steals the show with all the supernatural residents that greet Castor. The story line is similar in some aspects to the Dresden Files, but is more humorous as Mr. Carey somewhat lampoons the ¿rules¿ of the sub-genre. Readers will appreciate Fix¿s London as he seeks paranormal work to pay off a deficit that he insists would be acceptable in America.--------------- Harriet Klausner
Bookmarque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not sure that I¿ll continue this series. I found this one a slog. The writing was irritating and the narrator was even more so. His highly contrived accent kept slipping. And Fix is just plain stupid half the time. The weirdness for weirdness¿s sake just got old I guess. A combination of all these things just kept me from enjoying this.
FicusFan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is the 2nd in the Felix Castor series. It is an urban fantasy book set in modern day London rife with the returning dead, the undead, and demons. Felix is an exorcist, but he has some control problems. He welded his best friend to a demon and he has a succubus stalking him. He also has a bad attitude. Struggling with his magic skills, struggling with life in the real world and sporting a bad attitude ... it seems a bit de rigueur, and I was hoping for something more. In this book Felix is hired to find a kidnapped ghost, a young girl, by seemingly distraught parents. As the story progresses we find that Felix has been duped by Satanists who want to sacrifice the girl body and soul to raise a major demon. Felix is also working with the London Met, and the only benefit seems to be that they can more easily decide he is responsible for the crime. His Zombie pal helps him out - with attitude, and his earth witch landlady clucks over him. The succubus has retired and has become his protege (think magic safety blanket). All very standard stuff. I was hoping for something more in the second book. I read a lot of urban fantasy and want something to make a series stand out from the crowd.The other issue is the length of the book. Its over 500 pages, and in the middle your eyes glaze over. It seems slow and lacking in focus. There are parts that could be cut out and the story would still work. Felix's attitude is also wearing for such a long book. You need more than just sarcasm and wise cracks. He had more development in the first adventure. In this story he shows compassion for the young girl, yet he too easily trades one life and soul for another, ho hum another day at the office. It just didn't work that well for me.It wasn't terrible, but it was one of those books that in the middle all you can think about is that you want it to end.I will try the next one when it comes out in paper in the US, but if the 3rd book isn't shorter, faster, with better characterization, I will probably say goodbye to this series. I give new series 3 books to get their act together if there seems to be something worthwhile. I think there is something of value here, but I want to be enthralled and entertained, not have to dig for it, or hang on by my fingernails.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Felix Castor series by Carey. If you liked the first book, you will most likely enjoy this book as it is very similar in tone. Last I heard there were 6 books planned for this series. The fifth book, The Naming of the Beasts, came out in Jan 2011. I listened to this on audio book and the audio book was well done (so please excuse name mispellings).Felix Castor has changed from doing spirit extermination to spirit counseling and shortly thereafter he is approached by a couple who say that their daughter's ghost has been kidnapped. At the same time a rash of violent crimes is plaguing the city and Juliet, has a strange case involving possessed church that she needs Felix's consult on. Felix again ends up over his head and embroiled in events that both threaten the whole city and his life.This book stands alone well, so you wouldn't have to read the previous book to understand what is going on here. This is good for people that like to pick up a series in the middle. The only thing I don't like about this is that there isn't an over-arcing story or goal that ties this series together. I usually like my urban fantasies to have something resolved within one book, but also a broader story or purpose that is all-encompassing and you don't get that with this series...at least not so far.Felix is still as much of a smart-ass as he was in the first book. This makes the book fun to read at times but can also be frustrating. Felix withholds information that could prevent horrible situations with no real rhyme or reason. Sometimes it is like he wants to be beat up. Felix doesn't seem to really grow or change as a character at all. He is just as dense, stupid, and determined as in the first book and makes a lot of really bad decisions. I was disappointed that he hasn't really learned anything and that his ghost summoning powers remain somewhat lame.Having Juliet play a bigger part in the book was nice; she is a more interesting character than Felix and actually does seem to be changing and learning. Juliet can actually kick some butt, rather than constantly getting her own butt kicked (like Felix). I hope she plays a large role in future books. I also enjoyed learning more about Raffe and Asmodeus. Pen remains a somewhat underdeveloped character and is discussed a lot but not present very much.The other thing I found frustrating was the predictable plot. Right at the beginning of the book Asmodeus leaves Raffe and violence breaks out in the city. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the two are connected somehow, but it took Felix the whole book to realize it. I mean really it is a bit contrived that Felix was so completely blind to what was going on around him.I did enjoy the writing style and the story was tied up well.Overall while there were some things I enjoyed about this book, there were more things that frustrated me. I enjoyed the humor and love how supernaturals are all forms of ghosts, I like the idea of music summoning ghosts, and I liked that Juliet played a bigger role. I was frustrated with how predictable the story was and how dense Felix was, I was also frustrated by Felix's sameness throughout the novel (he never learns anything and withholds information for strange reasons, he always gets beat up and looses). I am on the fence about whether or not I will read the next book in the series, Dead Men's Boots. There are some things I like about this series but I am worried the third book will just be more of the same.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be much better than the first one. There was twice as much action, and Felix has developed a much more likable personality. His wit is sharper and although I found his retorts and comebacks funny, they were twice as fun to read in this book.The storyline was much better, and more exciting. More twists and turns were added to make the plot more interesting. I liked how the main plot branched out into several mini story arcs, but they all came to an end and were all tied up nicely. It wasn¿t confusing and it was clearly written for the reader to understand without any problems.Juliet happened to be the big surprise for me in this book, and I couldn¿t help but like her despite the contract she has to adhere to. She turned out to be the secondary character that really grew on me. I liked her. She has an interesting relationship with Felix. They need to help each other yet she has to keep to her contract. There¿s conflict but it seems more likely that Juliet will be Felix¿ sidekick - at least I hope so because they do seem to make a great pair when working together. (Even though it looks like Juliet does the easy work and Felix does the dirty harmful parts).The action was most of the main focus in this book. Plenty of fighting, explosions, Felix running from the law and fighting numerous adversaries, it¿s all a lot of good fun reading. It annoyed me immensely when the police thought Felix was behind a crime and was hindering his investigation. You could feel his frustration and anger, but you cheered when he managed to get out of the situation in time.I am definitely going to continue reading this series. I¿m hoping it all goes well with Felix Castor, as bad luck always seems to follow him wherever he goes! Those who are new to the series, I know the first one isn¿t as good, but stick with it, because this one makes it well worth the read. All the action starts here in this book and the ending will make you want to go and find out what happens next.
yarmando on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fix is hired to track down a kidnapped ghost, which leads him into the path of an Anton Levay character bent on raising Hell. A solid alternative for fans of the Dresden Chronicles.
drneutron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vicious Circle is the second in Mike Carey's Felix Castor series - at least I hope it's going to be a series. I'm not a usually a fan of urban fantasy/occult noir books a la Jim Butcher's Dresden. But Carey's work has something that has hooked me. The characters are involving, with great back stories. The plot of Vicious Circle was a good mix of mystery and action, with some really evil bad guys thrown in for good measure. A word of warning, though. The body count by the end of the book is pretty high. All in all, a good read.
greytfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was great to read a book in this genre that is very well written and imagined. I've been reading Simon R. Green's Nightside series at the same time, and the difference is striking. Although the tone and subject matter are similar, the quality of the talent, or at least effort, is remarkably different. I'm not knocking Nightside, which is always a fun read, just noting that Mike Carey is an excellent writer and that this book is complex, engrossing and enjoyable. I would say that it is even better than the first book in the series, The Devil You Know. My only critique is that although I enjoy learning a few new words in a book, I had to look up a few too many to avoid annoyance. Some of that is because of the American/British divide, but it still got on my nerves some, felt like he was being a bit too clever.
bystander on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not the sort of book I usually like (takes place in modern-day, plus it's a mystery), but the ghosts, etc, are enough to keep me interested. The writing is snappy and clever, and often laugh-out-loud funny, with its dry British wit.
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This book reminded me of Constantine, which is why I picked it up. The story grabs you and pulls you in, I couldn't wait to see what happend next. I will definetly be checking out this author's next book. I highly reccomend this book.
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Mr-Stovo More than 1 year ago
After reading the first book in the Felix Castor novels, " The Devil You Know", I had to get this book. First 20 pages flew by in minutes. This book is a definate page turner. Reading this book with the detail and suspence is like having my imagination put in HD. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good read.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Mike Carey, who has written a bunch of comics that have both thrilled and disappointed me, pens an amazing sequel in his Felix Castor series. I really think that this novel is better than the first and has me jazzed for the next in the series. Castor is a likeable rogue who is also trying to do the right thing even if its impossibly difficult or unpopular. The world that Carey creates here with ghosts, zombies, exorcists, and more is phenomenal. It somehow seems completely believable and fantastical at the same time. My only slight gripe is that in the middle of the book there seemed to be a ton of storylines going on and it was almost too much. They did come together nicely but I could imagine some readers throwing the towel. Overall and very good book!
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