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Imperium (Caulborn #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  344 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Vincent Corinthos leads a triple life. As a secret agent, he handles paranormal threats; as a god, he protects his followers from evil forces; as a stock clerk, he keeps the back room of an antique store tidy.

When one of his fellow agents goes missing, Vincent begins with the usual suspects. His investigation reveals that Boston’s latest supernatural threat is also waging
Paperback, 340 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Createspace
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Mrs. Badass
Jul 20, 2011 Mrs. Badass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jim Butcher Fans, Ilona Andrews Edge Fans
4.5/5 Grade A
Author Requested Review and I am so happy I can give a good one. I'm always scared when I am sent a book from the Author.

I am so impressed and completely enamored with this dark urban fantasy novel by Nick Olivo!
Urban Fantasy fans stand up and take notice. There is a new voice in town!

It's not everyday that I find an original story premise so it's with great pleasure that I review Imperium by Nicholas Olivo.

Nicholas Olivo crafted such an awesome novel in Imperium. I was instantly ca
Feb 25, 2013 JK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I just ate this one up. It's hard to find an urban fantasy series with a fresh take on things these days, but Nicholas Olivo definitely pulled it off. Awesomely.

I loved the main character, he's just a good guy to the core. It's something that some author's try to create with their characters, but don't typically succeed in. I was impressed with how the magic was handled, especially since Corinthos is a god. You'd think at first that this would mean he'd just be an overpowered badass teari
Feb 07, 2012 Mihir rated it really liked it

Full review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: I was clueless about the book when it was released; however my ignorance was rectified by Bastard. He told me about the book and the blurb hooked me in, I also read the chapter excerpt which ends on quite a pivotal point to grab the reader’s interest. The book is an urban fantasy however it has much more in store for the reader.

The book begins with Vincent Corinthos saving his people the Urisk from an attack by the Hobgoblins and Trolls.
KJ Van Houten
Nov 16, 2011 KJ Van Houten rated it it was amazing
First comment: Two thumbs up! What else can you say about a novel that has demi-gods, fae, zombies, vampires, werewolves, demons, gremlins, ghosts, trolls, hobgoblins, crystal soldiers, talking portals, rats, golems, a Horseman of the Apocalypse, the Grim Reaper, and feather-headed beings from another dimension? Oh, and Nazis…

Imperium is an urban fantasy presented from the point of view of Vincent Corinthos – a very interesting hero to be sure! Vincent is a demi-god with his own group of follow
Nayan Patel
Aug 20, 2012 Nayan Patel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imperium has been on my wishlist ever since I read the review for the book at FBC by Mihir.

The blurb of the book was quite exciting and original in that the protagonist Vincent Corinthos (son of Janus and half-god) was not only an agent handling supernatural threats in Boston, but is also a God of the Urisks in an alternate world/universe known only as the "Bright Side". Being their God grants some special powers to Vinnie including quick healing, telepathy and telekinesis. When one of his fello
Jul 24, 2011 Andi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I really enjoyed this story of Vincent (Vinnie), a half god who works for a paranormal agency fighting the bad guys. The story was a highly original mix of sci-fi and urban fantasy (with a little religion mixed in), with golems, gremlins, vampires, werewolves, zombies, and other worlds. Vincent was really likable, and so were his friends and coworkers. I especially loved his new (human) partner, Megan. She proved that you don't have to be a god or paranormal to be a badass.

What a great find!

Cathy  Keaton
I received this title as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

There are a lot of impressive things going on this story. The main character, Vincent, is a half-god and he was born with a caul, so these things give him some supernatural abilities. On top of that, he is also a god to group of people who live in another dimension, and they all have supernatural abilities that he can draw upon. Through these worshipers' faith in him, he can move things with his mind, communi
Sep 25, 2011 ѦѺ™ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Now pardon me for a moment, I have some swooping and saving to do." - Nicholas Olivo

Vincent Corinthos has three things going for him. he works part-time as a stock clerk for an antique store and deals with paranormal activity as an agent for an organization named Caulborn in the city of Boston. as if these were not enough, he is also a godling to a race of beings called Urisk.
i love this debut novel! i have never read anything like this before. from beginning to end, i was definitely entertaine
Daniel Swensen
Feb 10, 2012 Daniel Swensen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I’m not much of an urban fantasy buff by nature. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to get into the Harry Dresden series, and have picked up (and put down) a few other titles. Imperium was the first urban fantasy title in a long while that hooked me right away and kept me hooked.

To summarize: the protagonist, Vincent Corinthos, is a secret agent assigned to investigate paranormal threats in Boston. But in the fey world of the Bright Side, Vincent is literally a god, with supernatural powers fueled by the
Ever wonder how a half god lives.....very carefully. He lives with a living statue and works for an organization called The Caulborn. This book's main character Vincent Corinthos is Caulborn. He works with others born with a Caul. Among his co workers, there is a gremlin named Gear-stripper, a guardian of the sword Excalibur named Galahan, a voodoo priestess, and a possible living vampire.
Gremlins, faeries, golems, and a host of other supernatural creatures enter the scene as Vincent's story un
Jessi Szigethy
Enjoyable story

Overall, I enjoyed this book. The bad guy is mysterious and has a crazy complicated plan. The hero has a good heart and a good group around him on both plans. There were some things that brought my rating down. If I had to read about his faith reserves dwindling again I would have drained them myself. There was a lot of that type of repetition of phrases that was distracting. I may pick up the next book. The characters are interesting.
Capsule Review! Imperium: A Caulborn Novel is an urban fantasy by Nicholas Olivo. The story is about Vincent Corinthos, a demi-god, agent of the supernatural, and dude who works in an antique shop. The author is heavily influenced by Jim "Dresden Files" Butcher and has a gift for working with Gremlins and the strange rules of "godmansship". Overall this is a solid read, although Vincent himself somtimes comes across a bit too starchy and vanilla (what is he, a cake?) and some of the main charact ...more
Feb 23, 2012 Cloey.k rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! I liked the story world and the characters too. You never knew who was going to show up – Pestilence...zombies...rats...really...I love it! The story made me laugh, cry, and kept me entertained while turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. I want to be Petra in my next life, just think about this – she is a super model who knows how to cook and eats like a pig but will never gain weight. She also hangs around the house in her sweats and T-shirts, ch ...more
Nov 05, 2011 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As far as urban fantasy goes, the world Olivo created and the rules are pretty good. *spoilers follow* The whole thing with him being a god and his super powers being fueled by his followers' prayers and worship was new...but it ended up feeling a bit gimmicky. The plot was a little breakneck paced for my liking. There would be a big physical showdown, then after a paragraph or two of ramp down, the main character was headed into another big fight. Not a lot of time spent on deepening the charac ...more
I had a pleasure to listen to the first book in Caulborn series. Hm, In overall the Imperium was a decent read. I liked Vincent Corinthos, even if he was a bit to ordinary for me. I missed a charisma in him. The main plot was to ordinary and plain something is missing.
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I have to say I was impressed with this one. It was a new take to Urban Fantasy which I thoroughly enjoyed!

The characters were definitely different. There were plenty of creatures in the book that I've come across before but not often but there were also some completely new ones too. I won't tell to save ruining the story but it was definitely refreshing to read about something other than just werewolves and vampires!

I loved the
Vampires, Gods, Golems, Gremlins, Werewolves, Fae and more, This dark urban fantasy had them all. Not a dull moment to be found.
The hero,Vincent Corinthos 1/2 god, needs to be worshipped to remain powerful. His people live in a different world, which he travels to through portal. he answers their prayers and protects them from dangers. Meanwhile on our side he works as kind of detective with a super hot girlfriend that happens to be a golem. His sidekick Gears will make you his.
there is too much
Sherry Ramsey
Jan 17, 2013 Sherry Ramsey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Krista Miller, Kerry Fudge, Emily Ramsey
Recommended to Sherry by: Daniel Swensen
Shelves: read-2013
I hadn't heard about this book until I saw a friend give it a high recommendation, so I put it on my reading list. It took me a little while to get around to it, but I totally enjoyed it when I did! If you like urban fantasy, myths, gods, supernatural creatures, and secret societies, this book is definitely for you. Despite throwing a lot of elements into the mix, the author does a great job of making it all work together, and keeping it fun and fast-paced. While the threats to the MC are real, ...more
Nov 10, 2014 Karie rated it really liked it
Good read--well developed characters, interesting world-building, sufficiently twisty plot. Really enjoyable read.

Gentle readers warning: A few swears, including the occasional f-bomb.
Apr 20, 2016 Oldcode rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't know if the writing hit me with to many clichés or voice acting on audible just didn't do it for me. Good premise and neat world but story and some characters just fell flat.
Melissa Rheinlander
Imperium is the first book in the Calbourn series and I cannot wait to read the rest!! I really enjoyed this book, I even was telling the hubby about it as I was reading! This is a very unique tale of paranormal beings, gods, and humans all mixed into a private agency that keeps the pages turning! The characters are unique and some new ones I had never heard of before (and I am sure you haven't either). Olivo keeps you guessing with where this story will end up and then leaves you wanting more a ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Riley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done

A light enjoyable read, with nearly no grammatical errors...yea. The story was great, though he seemed to constantly charging his batteries, was this man allegory about cell phones.
Feb 20, 2014 Joy rated it did not like it
You know those TV Sitcoms that aren't really funny but they try to make you think they're funny by adding a laugh track? Well, this is that only in print. Plus the humor is dated.
Jul 01, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun to read... glad i stubbled across it
May 16, 2016 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid 3.5 stars
Patryk O'really
Dec 01, 2015 Patryk O'really rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love the characters
Sep 09, 2011 Mackenzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Fresh ideas and awesome characters combine to create an urban fantasy novel that will leave you asking for the sequel. Felt a little like a Harry Dresden book with the non-stop action, so Jim Butcher fans take notice. Check it out - a great read!ImperiumNicholas Olivo
I really wanted to like this book - it has an interesting premise, both in world-building and characters. Unfortunately, the characters themselves feel flat and almost interchangeable personality-wise. There was no real tension to engage me as a reader. I felt like the book needed at least another draft or more thorough story editing. All in all, I was curious enough to finish the book, but not invested to the point that I want to keep reading the series.
Jul 04, 2016 Gena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Just meh.
Laura Adams
Jul 18, 2012 Laura Adams rated it it was ok
I read this book several months ago. After reading it I told a friend about it saying "it wasn't great but it was pretty good and was pretty cheap." Now, a couple months later, I have absolutely zero memory of the plot line or characters even after reading the synopsis. In general, that is not a good sign. But at least it wasn't so bad that it was burned into my memory....
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My childhood consisted of way too many video games, comic books and 80′s cartoons. Add in a healthy appetite for Tolkien and Stephen King, and the end result was a geek who had visions of someday writing his own novels.

It was Terry Brooks’ Wishsong of Shannara that really clinched it and got me excited about writing. But it wasn’t until years later, after reading Jim Butcher’s Storm Front, that I
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