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Madhouse (Cal Leandros #3)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  3,870 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, aren't exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency. Who could have guessed that business could dry up in New York City, where vampires, trolls, and other creepy crawlies are all over the place? But now there's a new arrival in the Big Apple. A malevolent evil with ancient powers is picking off humans like shee ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 337 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Roc
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Yet again, I'm blown away with the third Cal Leandros book. To me, these books are powerful. They have so much intensity as far as human emotions and struggles. Not a book that could bore me, by any means.

As anyone who has followed my reviews on this series probably has surmised, I adore Nik, who is Cal's older brother. But I find I am falling more and more in love with Cal. He is really turning into a remarkable man. He's lethal as a warrior. He's smart and resourceful. And he has a wounded hea
Mar 21, 2012 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Simon Green fans, UF fans
Another dark entry into the Leandros series, this time focusing on the pursuit of mass murderer Sawney Beane the Redcap, and on the mysterious attempts to assassinate Robin Goodfellow. Cal is less despair-ridden and more sardonic, which is a welcome relief in an overall grim story. I know the wisecracking narrator can be overdone, especially in the UF genre, but it seems appropriate here. This is Cal talking, the one who's been kidnapped, had his personality damaged, been trained to violence and ...more
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I liked the Leandros brothers better when they were on the run, desperately fleeing from monsters. I feel bored with this series, and am kind of annoyed by how she deliberately created a cliffhanger by introducing a brand new plot line on the last page. That's a marketing trick, not an writerly one. I took a point off for it.
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Damn Rob Thurman. She is responsible for many of my lost hours of sleep in the past couple of weeks alone. She writes well and knows when to stop a chapter so you have to keep reading the next one. Her characters are engaging and tug on my emotions even if they’re a bit unrealistic. There’s action and drama and the story moves along at a brisk pace, there is lots of bloodshed and characters on the verge of death. (I admit, I have very emotionally juvenile tastes in that arena.) She even shares a ...more
I didn't entirely enjoy this book, tho I have no complaints about this particular book specifically (except, maybe, that I feel she overdoes the recap on the previous books) - it's more of a series problem. The monster in this book was scary, new things were learned about some of our main characters, romantic relationships made new twists and turns, new powers were explored... So it was a decent episode as a standalone story, and it moved the series overall along nicely. My problem lies in the f ...more
OMG I love these books... I can't wait for the next one! Madhouse was just as angsty and melodramatic as the previous two in the series, but the edge of self-aware irony elevates it from goth to highly entertaining. This series is much like Joan Vinge's Catspaw meets S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, with all the demons of hell thrown in. Big grin. :D

This book, being the third in the series, was more about character development and trying some new directions -- the overarching plot doesn't advance s
Mike (the Paladin)
Again, this could be 3.5 tp 4.5 as to how I liked it...but we can't give half stars or ranges. This is pretty good urban fantasy and the field is open to so many tastes, it's hard to know anything but how you feel about it. I like this Thurman set and have followed the series. While I never care much for sympathetic vampires...but at least here there is only one and she's somewhat original.

The brothers are good characters and the stories are action packed and fairly original...pretty good.

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And the great stories keep coming!! I am not surprised that I loved this story. Since I read the first book, I knew that this series was going to be a new favorite one! It’s dark urban fantasy and that means that except the adventure and the great sense of humor that every book has, there is also an internal battle of feelings for the main characters.

Cal and Niko are trying to find a mass murderer and at the same
If the sign of a good book is leave them wanting more, then this is a great book. It practically ended mid sentence. Ok, not really but it felt like it. That was some cliffhanger. If the 4th book wasn't already out, I might hurt someone. A solid 4 1/2 stars, (if we could only do half stars!!), not quite perfect but pretty darn close.

The books in this series are getting better and better. The writing has improved and the characters have developed. I do have to keep reminding myself that the narra
In Madhouse, Cal and Niko are still getting into trouble as usual. Promise gets the boys a gig through a friend at a museum. Something has escaped the museum that should not have been able to. Turns out it was an ancient serial killer known for his numerous victims and cannibalistic tendencies. While trying to catch this murderer, another problem arises when Cal's new boss tips them off that someone has put a hit out on Robin. Robin can't even remember how many people's he's pissed off enough to ...more
The third book in this series, Cal and Nik find themselves up against an army of revenants led by Sawney Beane, A Scottish mass murderer that has come back to life after 500 years as dust and ash. Sawney is actually a Redcap, a Scottish-English lengend that were rumored to murder travelers and then stain their hair with their victim's blood. An action-filled plot, I STILL could not learn to like Cal. This is the first series I've read where I like the books but feel "meh" about the protagonist. ...more
I'm a bit torn on how to rate this book ...

What I like
+ Cal still being snarky. I'm still amused on his thoughts. Some of them are REALLY FUNNY!
+ A subplot related to Robin; because I love that oversexed puck
+ Less George. I don't like her. I don't know why. She's creepy
+ Delilah is interesting :)
+ Is there possibility of a puck and a peri ... K-I-S-S-I-N-G in the next book? *grin*

What I dislike
+ The subplot of Robin actually makes the writing (since this is written from Cal's 1st POV) feels sca
Lori Whitwam
This is the third in the series from Rob Thurman. LOVED it. The ongoing plot involving Cal and his brother who have lived their lives on the run from dark creatures which turn out to be the "clan" of Cal's previously unknown father is very interesting and intricate. I love the author's use of dry, dark, sarcastic humor, which entertains while maintaining the overall dark mood of the plot. Great characters, and his brother is especially fascinating. While on the run and living anonymously, it's h ...more
Jean Tatro
Apr 28, 2008 Jean Tatro rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I've loved the series since the first book and Madhouse does not disappoint. The writing is, as always, immediate, visceral and witty. The characters develop without becoming unrecognizable or changing too quickly, something that in a series is always a plus in my book. One thing I really love about this series that is in force in this book is the wide verity of mythical creatures that the main characters come across - from the ubiquitous vampire to pucks to red caps.

The plot has all of Thurman
Third book in the series of Cal and Niko, two brothers in NYC that run a underground supernatural detective agency of a sort, with reluctant help from Goodfellow, a Puck of ancient age and a murky past.

As always, the book opens with a bang - in the first 60 pages, they meet a host of grandmothery spider creatures, a demon chicken, and discover that Scottish mass murder has been resurrected. Oh, and the Met Museum is overseen by a Valkerie. For a good reason.

This series is a good one for anyone
Cal and his older brother Niko Leandros partner with vampire girlfriend Promise in a private detective/whatever else is needed business. An old evil is reborn and plans to reek havoc on the unsuspecting NYC dwellers. Robin Goodfellow their friend the puck, has a hit on him as big as his ego.
Cal is coming to terms with what he is. He made decisions on the man he is going to be and he is a Man. He is breaking hearts in his path especially his own.
It was funny and suspenseful thrill to read this
Oct 30, 2014 Debra added it
Demons and lots of other scary creatures.
Good, but still an excedingly dark series. I'm finding it's difficult to read these books back to back because they are so hard on the heros. This one is about exterminating a crazy serial-killing redcap that has been reanimated in the Met. Unrelated, Cal also loses his virginity and claims to have closed the door on a relationship with Gerginia forever. We'll see. A third plot line: the puck is being stalked by non-redcap killers in this book. Dark with a lot of sarcastic humor. Interesting tak ...more
Mare S
I really loved this book. Mostly because I loved how all the things that have happened in the first two books are finally catching up with our main protagonist and he has to deal with it. Highly recommend this series if you like urban fantasies. - June 1, 2008

Reread this book as part of my re-read of the entire series. I love this series, some books more than others, but I find I'm appreciating all of them more as I read the whole series again, little hints of what is to come that I pick up on n
I enjoyed Madhouse more then I enjoyed Moonshine mainly because Cal wasn't near as brooding as he had been in Moonshine. I'm also not a 100% behind Cal having a relationship with Georgina at the moment. I was in the last book, but with this book and his decisions, especially the first one, it just showed to me that he's not as invested in George as should be for a serious relationship.

This book also brought up Robin's past which is something everyone wants to know more about, plus the fact that
This book was just ok. When a character ceases to grow or change, in an attempt to keep a series going, that's a problem. Cal doesn't learn anything in this book. He alienates his love interest for no good reason. The plot is shady and parts of it seemed tacked on. Never mind some of the odd sentence constructions that had me scratching my head.

Too bad because I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. I probably won't be checking out the fourth.
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
this book was very entertaining and prob deserves 4 stars but im annoyed at Cal about George so im only giving it 3.

im looking forward to the next book.

oh and i forgot to say the "villain" or monster in this book was FANTASTIC! super creepy! but Thurman does tend to have excellent villains/monsters in all her books.
There isn't much I can say that won't give away spoilers so I'll summarize "Madhouse" like this:

"Madhouse" was an awesome, roller-coaster ride of a story that left me wishing I didn't have to wait a year for the next entry in this spectacular series.
The middle of this book took me a very long time to get through because I got a bit bored with it. I've reviewed books 1 and 2 and mentioned selecting this series after Googling a book series that was similar to the TV show I love, Supernatural. They ARE pretty similar, but I guess the reason it seemed boring and drawn out to me is because 1 book is like the equivalent to 1 episode of the show. I'm not one to jump into the middle of a series. I start with the 1st book and continue. So- I didn't ...more
I literally read this book in one sitting. The cliff hanger ending will leave your head spinning, and dying for the next installment. This entire series is HIGHLY recommended to all paranormal fiction fans.
4.5 Theres a bit more Robin in this one, and he and Cal bounce off each other wit wise, even better than Cal does with his brother.
Cal and Niko just keep encountering Trouble (note the Capital T). This is a whole new take on the Sawny Beene history, tho...
Rob Thurman is the Mistress of Sarcasm. Truly, she can sling the sarcasm hard enough to slice off an arm or leg. Madhouse is no exception, and her wit had me laughing to myself as I read. Here are a few quick examples from the book with the character who is thinking or saying it before the quote:

Cal: Niko was a teacher's assistant at NYU (pity the kid who walked late into one of his classes-decapitation is a big deterrent for tardiness.)

Goodfellow: Gods save us. I haven't seen an expression like
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Rob has also written for a Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner Anthology, WOLFSBANE AND MISTLETOE. This year, Rob contributed a post-apocalyptic, "grim" faerie tale Western to the anthology, COURTS OF THE FEY.

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