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Doubletake (Cal Leandros #7)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  2,736 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
Half-human/half-monster Cal Leandros knows that family is a pain. But now that pain belongs to his half-brother, Niko. Niko's shady father is in town, and he needs a big favor. Even worse is the reunion being held by the devious Puck race--including Leandros' friend Robin--featuring a lottery that no Puck wants to win
ebook, 340 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Roc (first published March 1st 2012)
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May 05, 2013 Carol. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardcore Thurman fans only
Recommended to Carol. by: unfortunately, me. I should ignore me.

This isn't a novel as much as a short story strung together with a novella and padded with a buttload of recap and filler. (For those of you that missed Susanne and me in chemistry 101 at Occidental College, a 'buttload' generally means 'enough to spill over the sides of whatever containment device you may be using,' resulting in a mad rush to the neutralizer. Sodium bicarbonate was our friend).

At any rate, the lowdown is that the first section is taken up with a worldwide puck reunion, providin
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Filthy and profane and fabulous, DOUBLETAKE seduced me with it's sly wit and cavalier heroes. Though this was my first Cal Leandros book, Thurman's combination of recap and forward momentum meant I dove in without a hitch. Robin Goodfellow's Panic flew by in a haze of hormones and g-strings, and by the time things moved on to murderous automatons and mummified cats, I was hooked.

Though the first third of DOUBLETAKE was an entertaining rush, switching gears from horny pucks to a homicidal nemesi
Mar 23, 2012 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good story in the Cal Leandros series with two new twists for poor Cal, Nic and friends to deal with.

Some people may not quite enjoy the Puck family reunion bit - Pucks being the amorous and amoral creatures they are.

Also, this one again delves into darkness with bouts of depression and psychotic thoughts - may not be safe for those who prefer the happier times.

Still several good fight scenes though not as many as usual.

Again, fewer new and interesting beasties as the villains here are m
Apr 02, 2012 Shalisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am claiming it - I am this authors biggest fan. I am pretty sure that I was the first person that discovered Rob was born with ovaries and lives in butthump middle earth somewhere where there is no such thing as dsl or cable. Because of all of that, I am absolutely positive - that I can claim Cal and Niko as MY book boyfriends first.

Caliban is my bad ass, don't give a damn, get outta my way because my piss is going to land where ever my d***is pointing this gold shower type of bad boy. Niko i
Jul 22, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Closer to 4 stars - In Doubletake, Cal is as pessimistic (though I prefer realistic) and cynical as ever and he’s dealing with the change from the last book where his Auphe side is more a part of him rather than being a separate piece inside of him. It also means he appears to have more control over his urges to let loose and unleash death and destruction if he thinks someone deserves it. It doesn’t mean he has those urges any less though, and if he does end up taking someone out, it definitely ...more
The first half of this book, I like. The thought of Goodfellow's puck race in New York City (which creates "Panic", yes, with a capital "P") is a hoot ... and we know how Robin has been monogamous with Ish, since 2011. Those crazy pucks! I love that scene!!

But the rest; not so much. Sure, the appearance of Niko's father, Kalakos is intriguing (view spoiler), and it turns sour since yeah, it's Cal a
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Favorite Quote: “-vengeance has nothing to do with the Lord. Cain was wrong. I am my brother’s keeper.“

Caliban (Cal) Leandros knows that family is everything, apparent by his unwavering loyalty to his older brother Nikos. In Blackout, Cal had to surrender his humanity among other things in order to retrieve his memories back after a venomous spider bite him. Niko stood by his side the whole time, never letting Cal forget or give up. Do
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Mar 28, 2012 Jesus Ibarra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rob Thurman brings Cal Leandros and company back in the seventh installment of the Cal Leandros series giving them all family reunions of some kind. Cal is confronted with his Auphe heritage (inter-dimensional monsters that the monsters in this universe fear) once again when a half-breed failure comes back trying to get Cal to rebuild the murderous race. Niko’s Romany heritage also comes back to haunt him when his absent father comes looking for a favor that he really can’t refuse. All while, th ...more
Feb 04, 2012 E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 3/4 stars

My Night Owl Review:

“Doubletake” by the talented Rob Thurman is another of her thrilling dark paranormal tales of those fascinating brothers, Niko and Cal Leandros. The surprises continue to unfold as Cal continues to deal with the repercussions of his sacrifice of even more of his humanity (“Brothers Before Souls”) and the handicap of only being able to Gate twice without a refractory period to recover without risking death. The repudiated ties to the Vayash clan are revisited when N
Mar 06, 2012 Peorthmoon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Peorthmoon by: Goodreads
Shelves: best-of-the-best
Without spilling any spoilers, I will proudly say that this is a triumphant testament to the creativity of the human race. I bought a copy of Doubletake on opening day, and I am not disappointed. Mind you, I am The World's Pickiest Reader. Before Cal and Niko, not too many heroes or even heroines occupied my shelf. You would have seen Sharon Shinn and Jacqueline Carey on my bookshelf, accompanied by tumbleweeds and crickets.

Rob Thurman has made my bookshelf and life even brighter than a diamond.
Mar 10, 2012 Shortlatte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since the beginning, Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series has been fueled by the undeniable brotherly bond between Cal and Niko. Doubletake drags this relationship that serves as the heart of the series and puts it front and center, analyzing the many meanings of family and the lengths to which one will go to defend one's blood.

I read for the characters, and most times this proclivity leads me to champion books with strong romantic threads. Yet the relationship between Cal and Niko rivals all other
How many times does it need to be said before you totally believe that Cal and Nico are the tightest-of-the-tightest-wedgies..cannot-seperate-them-due-to-their-black-hole-like-gravity-to-each-others-lives...hell, their-souls-must-be-super-glued-together-brothers in the universe?

I think maybe 2 more times before I think I may have it.

Overall the story was pretty good especially with (view spoiler)
Mar 12, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hey, Supernatural fans? You've delved into the world of Cal and Niko yet? If not, do it! Start at the beginning though with Nighlife as it'll make everything make sense and then you get to enjoy this latest installment of the Cal books, Doubletake. With all our favorite players, Cal, Niko, Robin, Promise and the introduction of a great new villian in Grimm and add the spice of Niko's lost lost father coming into the all makes for another fun, action-packed and solid read from one of ...more
Adrian Phoenix
Mar 15, 2012 Adrian Phoenix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Loved, loved, loved the latest Leandros brothers dark, dangerous (dare I say, grim?) adventure. No spoilers from me, you need to read/savor every word of Rob Thurman's switchblade classic on your own. If you've missed this series, you are doing yourself a grave disservice--which you can correct by buying book one in the series, Nightlife, then by buying the rest.

You won't regret it.

Me, I'm going back to Nightlife (for the 4th time), then reading the rest again--right now. I'm not ready to leave
Apr 08, 2012 Tarl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Overall a good book in the Cal series, though not as good as some of the ones that came before it. The writing is strong as always and the general feel of the story is enjoyable to read. I think it adds a lot to potential plot threads and opens up the story to go some pretty interesting places.

That said, one of the things that didn't work as well as it should have in this book was the foreshadowing. There are a couple moments where you see it, and unfortunatly it's pretty blatant when you do com
Kathy Davie
Apr 17, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seventh in the Cal Leandros dark urban fantasy series about the sole remaining Auphe demon and his brother, Niko. Based in New York City where the supernaturals are all around us...and we haven't a clue.

My Take
I do love this series! Thurman is so dark, but, at the same time, too hilariously funny. I just love the sarcasm and Cal's perspective on life. And his snarky T-shirts! And then when Thurman explores that taboo zone of unmanliness—sharing one's feelings—well, there's only so much a girl ca
Sep 04, 2014 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-up
This may be the book that ends my modern fantasy kick, it was too in the head of the two characters and nothing was actually happening.
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I’ve always been a huge fan of Rob Thurman’s Cal Leandros series. I discovered it just as I discovered Supernatural on television and while I’ve since stopped watching Supernatural, I’ve remained a fan of this series. Cal and Niko remain in this novel fiercely devoted to each other, no matter what. That strength and Thurman’s adept touch at bringing their life together has made this series riveting reading, but I found this one to be somewhat uneven.

The boo
Ranting Dragon
May 20, 2012 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: janea
There’s no one who does dark urban fantasy quite like Rob Thurman. For those who are used to the styles of Patricia Briggs or Jim Butcher, Thurman is a completely different kettle of fish. There’s no glamor, little romance, some camp, and a whole lot of snark. Her voice is unique and utterly unmistakable, as are the tales she tells. She has three ongoing series: companion series Cal Leandros and Trickster, and Chimera.

Doubletake is the seventh book in Thurman’s Cal Leandros series, which started
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R.A. Sears
Aug 21, 2012 R.A. Sears rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in less than two days, as per the usual with Rob's books. Cal is a sarcastic bastard, and I love him severely for that. If I could get my husband in on the idea, I'd name my future sons Caliban and Niko.

The reason I gave this one 4 stars rather than 5 is that there were parts of the narrative in this volume that seemed to drag to me, like the author was just trying to fill space. The action scenes throughout were still impeccable, the awesomely dry humor is biting and makes me
Beth Cato

I hate to say it, but I think I'm getting burned out on this series. The writing is still good and the pace is fast (well, an odd flashback near the end briefly brought things to a screeching halt), but I find that it feels like the same thing repeated too many times, i.e. the Auphe are dead, the Auphe aren't dead, etc. The element that had me really excited about this book--the Puck reunion--ended up being a minor incident right at the beginning, and then Robin Goodfellow didn't have a huge rol
Jun 29, 2015 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Oh dear.
So, the Leandros series (let's face it at this point it makes more sense to call it the Leandros series than the Cal Leandros series) has reached that extremely dangerous point as a series for me. I LOVE it and may be blinded by that. But at the same time I have yet to have one of the books in the series let me down. The last three have been beyond amazing for me and I already have Nevermore pre-oredered for when it comes out.
Now the danger with this is the amount of time it takes me to
Aug 21, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: has-read
This read was way better then some of the previous books in the series and a shit ton better then Blackout.

While Cal is still having issues with what Rafferty did to him in Blackout he has started to embrace his Auphe, use it to his advantage, and the truth is, he's going to need it. As it turns out, he's not the only Half Auphe around and let's just say Grimm is going to be problematic. I had re-read the parts concerning Georgina several times just to make sure I was indeed reading what I was r

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Your family is the people you choose most of the times. And that is what this book proves us. Cal and Niko are family and they have chosen their family a long time ago. In the dark urban fantasy book they have to deal with other family members that are not welcome at all. But the surprise is that even Goodfellow has some family problems!

I am not going to say anything about the plot. Just read it. What I am going
Jun 06, 2015 Penelope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 25, 2016 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
3 Stars

Doubletake by Rob Thurman is the 7th book in the Cal Leandros series. After the incredible 6th installment, Blackout (the best book of the series to date), I was prepared for this to be a bit of a disappointment. I really love the series, the characters, and the writing, but I grow a bit tired of some of my recurring complaints. I am a huge fan of Rob Thurman and the whole Cal Leandros series but was disappointed with this one. Like Roadkill, I was annoyed that I had to read nearly 25% of
Sep 20, 2016 Aelliana rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.
Recap of their upbringing again, rehash of previous story lines, and how many times do we need to be told how tight the bond between Cal and Niko are?

Not has bad as I feared from some of the reviews, but still nowhere near the previous book in the series.
Oct 03, 2016 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The theme of this book is family, from a gathering of Pucks, Niko's father showing up and Cal finding out one of the halfbreeds got away. This book didn't fail to entertain me.

Rob Thurman writes the best family relationships around. I love the Leandros brothers and their committment to each other, and their growing family of choice.
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Other Books in the Series

Cal Leandros (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Nightlife (Cal Leandros #1)
  • Moonshine (Cal Leandros #2)
  • Madhouse (Cal Leandros, #3)
  • Deathwish (Cal Leandros, #4)
  • Roadkill (Cal Leandros, #5)
  • Blackout (Cal Leandros, #6)
  • Slashback (Cal Leandros, #8)
  • Downfall (Cal Leandros, #9)
  • Nevermore (Cal Leandros, #10)
  • Everwar (Cal Leandros, #11)

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“Home is where the heart is or where you bury the ones you want to eat later.” 16 likes
“Several months ago there was a somewhat, in some people's eyes, relatively normal Cal--or by and large normal--the best he was able to be as half Auphe. Occasionally he did lose his shit, attacked and ate deer while on road trips through the woods, created massive holes in between dimensions to shove through malevolently murderous pucks, and once in a while ripped out an Auphe's throat with his teeth. He also opened a gate or two to save his friends, blew up an antihealer from the inside out to save the world, cleaned his guns while watching porn, and generally was a smart-ass to everyone.
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