Slashback (Cal Leandros, #8)
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I stopped and let them circle me, first because it was intriguing and, second, because, honestly, what could they do? Only knives, but all armed, and that made them even more interesting. Interesting. Fun.

Playtime…

Taking on bloodthirsty supernatural monsters is how Caliban and Niko Leandros make a living. But years ago—before they became a force to be reckoned with—the bro...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Roc
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Hazel G. (I ♥ Mr. Grey) *Craves the Angst Reviews* .
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5+ Rip-Roaring, Mind-Blowing Stars!!!
The Best Is Yet To Come? Nope, It Has Arrived!

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I. COULD. NOT. PUT. THIS. BOOK. DOWN!!! :) Seriously, it was THAT Awesome!!!

As the old cliché goes, “I didn’t think this could get any better” but here we are with the eighth installment in the Cal Leandros series and the “get” keeps on “getting” and the “go” keeps on “going”. This series just gets better and better with each book and in no way seems to...more
Julia
This is only the second Cal Leandros book that I've read, and once again I find myself wondering how I could have let this awesome series slip through my fingers for so long. SLASHBACK is even more accessible as a standalone than DOUBLETAKE, as the narrative flicks back and forth from past to present, giving a perfectly balanced glimpse of Niko's adolescence and Cal's current state of mind. As someone new to the series, I was immediately invested and in love. I've already started making a list o...more
Tori  smexys_sidekick
Originally posted at http://smexybooks.com/2013/03/review-...

Favorite Quote: “He touched my little brother-I stopped his heart. Seemed fair to me.“

Revenge is the name of the game when the past merges with the present. Supernatural crime fighting duo, Cal and Niko Leandros, have to use their deadly skills and talents to defeat an enemy from their past. As children, they came very close to falling victim to a serial killer. Though they defeated him, they are now faced with a much larger problem. T...more
Jackie
After the chaos and mayhem in last book it seemed maybe this time Cal and Niko would catch a break, not so much as in true Leandros fashion the brothers are once again pitted against an evil that makes Jack the Ripper look like a choir boy!

The book alternates from 12 years ago to present day, the reason behind this changing from past to present becomes apparent soon enough .

Once again we are treated to these two fractured souls standing fast in their belief that each brother must fight to his l...more
Callista
Aug 22, 2013 Callista rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dresden fans or ex-Dresden fans
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Nicole G.
Cal kicks so much ass it can't be contained. Literally. Have loved each book that came out and this one is no exception. I love the Leandros brothers, who balance each other out and who's loyalties have no bounds. If you are looking for a snarky, sarcastic, troubling looking, wise ass then Cal is everything you need. It's amazing watching him grow into who is he is. The story and characters in this book are so original and blow me away each time. Cal embodies that part of each of us where we wan...more
Beth
Ok, let me get THIS out of the way first...it's been abundantly clear from book 1 that Niko and Cal love each other, live for each other, suffer to protect each other, endlessly bleed for each other, and nearly die for each other...sometimes more than once per book. However, I'm getting a little weary of the long and rambling mental expositions (of each brother) that repeat all of the above for page upon page. If this is your first exposure to the Leandros brothers (and it shouldn't be because i...more
Tracy
I've been a fan of Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series for several years now and just when you think a series can't improve upon itself, along comes Slashback. I fell in love with the Niko POV in the earlier book, Deathwish. I've been dying to hear it again since. This time, we not only get the Niko POV, but the POV of a 15 year old. Finally seeing that trigger that turned Niko from protective big brother to Super Ninja.

As much as I enjoyed the present day part of the story, the flashback chapters...more
Kathy Davie
Eighth in the Cal Leandros dark urban fantasy series revolving around a young man struggling to maintain his humanity in New York City.

My Take
Oh man. Another zinger from Thurman! Although, there weren't as many clever T-shirts or that gritty, dark humor I usually find in a Cal Leandros story. Of course, the subject matter in this one was grim---a drunken mother who abused her children and children who worked hard to cope and stay together. The older learning some hard lessons from the younger.

T...more
Jesus Ibarra
Rob Thurman’s fantastically entertaining series starring the Leandros brothers: Cal and Niko, returns with another great story that answers some questions you didn’t know you had and gives us a ton more character development for the brothers.
Picking up some time after the last book, Cal is now increasingly erratic behavior (even for him) is worrying Niko and the rest of their friends. But aside from those problems a new supernatural killer has hit the big apple, and is targeting the brothers fo...more
Courtney
Mar 28, 2013 Courtney rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone that's allergic to cliches
Became the proud owner of this masterpiece a few days ago. If it weren't for a crazy outside life, I would've inhaled this symphony of magnificence in three hours, tops. The first line of the book instantly drew me into a world I knew I'd love, as if it were home. I won't spoil anything, but the way the end of every chapter compliments the beginning of the next is stunning. It highlights the powerful bond between Cal and Niko.

The flashbacks are flawless peeks into the world of the young brother...more
Mary
First date: Cal can be a little scary. Awesome, a total bad boy with the street cred to match it up but scary nonetheless. He's also a bit of an asshole, though he's working on that. But there's a reason for it (*snort* isn't there always?). He had a really rough childhood, one we explore in depth throughout this novel, as Cal and Niko dodge whiskey bottles slung by their mother and the serial killer next door (no, seriously.) while trying to deal with Cal and the supernatural creatures stalking...more
pauliree
Well, this series keeps getting stronger and stronger. Cal is becoming one of my all time favourite fantasy characters and he keeps jumping on those hurdles life throws at him and shoots them in the face!

For anyone who hasn't read the Leandros series, do not start with this one. Go to book 1, go directly there and I guarantee you will not stop until you have read them all. Rob Thurman does brotherly love like nobody else I have ever read. These two will break your heart and then you will start l...more
Cathy
Excellent storytelling. My heart ached when fifteen year-old Niko made eleven year-old Cal tell him one good thing that happened that day before they went to bed, he tried so hard to give his little brother something resembling a decent life. Once again, Thurman is amazing at balancing exciting, action-packed adventure with terrific character development. This series remains among my very favorite.
Craig
This is the eighth Leandros book, and though many such series show signs of wearing out or thin after so long, Thurman again finds a way to keep the work fresh and interesting. In this one the narrative switches back and forth from the present day to twelve years in the past when the boys were still with their mother. The transitions between the chapters are done in a very clever fashion, and it all ties together well. Promise gets the best line in the book, and there's a cool Easter Egg on page...more
Lori K
best so far!

"“He touched my little brother—I stopped his heart.
It was a fair trade.”

Thurman, Rob.
JK
This series won't be a classic. It won't stand the test of time. It won't become required reading years upon years from now. No one will look back at these books and want to read them to say they conquered some monstrosity of wordsmithery. After it's finished, it will live, but eventually this series will be forgotten.

That's alright with me.

I won't pretend this is a masterpiece, I won't pretend it's flawless and deserves your undivided attention. I won't. I will say, though, that this series h...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
This is only the second Cal Leandros book that I’ve read, and once again I find myself wondering how I could have let this awesome series slip through my fingers for so long. SLASHBACK is even more accessible as a standalone than DOUBLETAKE, as the narrative flicks back and forth from past to present, giving a perfectly balanced glimpse of Niko’s adolescence and Cal’s current state of mind. This structure, combined with Cal’s rough and hilarious voice, had me hooked from the start. I’ve already...more
Miss Clark
Aug 06, 2013 Miss Clark rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mature readers
"How do you know I have a brother?" Cal wasn't playing anymore.

"You always do. Or a cousin or a best friend bonded by blood."



While admittedly a "twist", the reincarnation aspect also seemed to largely devalue the scope of the story without adding anything significant.

The flashbacks to 12 years ago, narrated by a 15 year-old Niko, were easily the best part of the story. Seeing more of Niko and how he and Cal were when they were younger is always a treat. Niko did sound pretty much identical to hi...more
Tarl
I've been reading this urban fantasy series for a long while now, and it's one of the most enjoyable ones on the market.

'Slashback' was an average tale among the others in the series. This novel provides a large amount of background information about our favorite brothers. Thurman has done a good job of writing a tale that alternates between Cal talking about the present and his brother talking in the past when they were children. As both parts mirror each other in certain details, it helps bin...more
Sharon Stevenson
This is the 8th book in Thurman's urban fantasy series centring around the action packed lives of brothers Cal & Niko Leandros. Cal is a sarcastic and lazy part-monster and he is the main narrator, though Thurman has taken to switching the narration between him and one other character since the 4th book.

These books are set in solidly built worlds and the characters are well developed and massively likeable. Slashback is split between Cal's POV in the present & Niko's POV in the past. The...more
Cheryl
Nothing against Chris McGrath, whose work I loooove, but I'm not a fan of this cover. I really think it's because of the model; I want the old Cal back. This guy looks like the pouty singer of some morose band.

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I honestly had no idea how to rate this book. With one huge, possibly series ruining exception, it’s pretty much a five star book. Because of that game changer, I was ready to give it one star. I settled on three stars, but my finger was twitching to hit one or two.

Cal’s...more
Siew Ee
Reading the Cal & Niko Leandros series is like taking a roller coaster ride - you get nail-biting, twisting and turning excitement in some books but more character development and exploration of relationship issues in others. The dual tones of the series seem to work well, and the best part of it is that you can’t predict what’s coming up in a new instalment.

In “Slashback”, the action sequences are toned down, and the book moves at a more sedate pace. The author seamlessly mixes in alternati...more
Sherry
Mar 10, 2013 Sherry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who loves urban fantasy
I have a crush on Niko and I want to go drinking with Cal. And I just want to have dinner with Goodfellow and Promise.

This book is crafty, suspenseful, cleverly presented and so well written to make any writer sit up and take notice, then want to be Rob Thurman. The tale is told so well between the past and the present as well as from the viewpoint of both brothers in alternating presentations. In the hands of most writers this would be a confusing mess, but Rob handles it with ease, switching...more
Marcia
They're baaa-aaack! The Brothers Leandros, that is. And despite some misgivings I had during the early pages of Slashback, they are back in style in a way that surpasses the last book on every level, to my mind.

Let me begin by saying Rob Thurman is a very strong writer who has created a super Urban Fantasy world with the Cal Leandros books. I have loved them from the start, and am happy to say that my disappointment over some of the things in the last book, Doubletake, has been completely elimi...more
Ashley
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Dr susan
Oh my! Oh my! I am cackling like an hysterical hyena! Mrs. Breckinridge and her breasts-I think Thurman has out-snarked herself... Sometimes, flashbacks take away from the flow and pace of a story, but Niko's flashbacks in Slashback are a fantastic insight into the teenager forced to grow up too fast, and the brother who has always known what Nik gave up. How is it possible for Thurman to continue to turn out Leandros books that are so incredibly good?? The snark, blood, terror, and thrills are...more
Ashley
Unbelievable. Cal and Niko vs Serial Killer pt.2! Even in the midst of a terrifying identity crisis and some serious angst Cal can still kick ass and mouth off simultaneously. Of which I am sooooooo very grateful. Honestly though it was the flashbacks to a childhood Cal and Niko that really made this book for me. Cal was an adorable child and even though we see him through Niko's eyes it's still easy to see what young Cal would have been thinking and feeling. Excellent addition to the Leandros b...more
Danika
I was thrilled with the last book. Too often does a series get to this point and it takes a nosedive. Not so. This book continued in the same vein and I had to force myself to not devour the book. I was trying to take my time.

I continue to love the snark, being in Cal's head, watching the brothers put each other before all else. The little flip at the end caused me to tilt my head but I cannot wait to see where Thurman goes with this. As far as pleasure reading goes, it doesn't get much better t...more
Crystallena
I love this series. I thought I loved Niko before this book, but "hearing" 15-year old Niko sealed my love for him forever. I can't write too much of a review, lest I reveal spoilers. There were 2 major revelations (one from Cal that also sealed my love for him and one from Robin, ditto) that will not change the path these people are heading, but certainly sheds light on the character of both Cal and Niko. Plenty of action, as expected. All in all, a fabulous read that left my heart happy.
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Rob Thurman is currently writing three series for Penguin Putnam's imprint ROC FANTASY, as well as a brand-new mainstream series for Simon & Schuster's POCKET BOOKS.
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.

Rob's work is dark...more
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“He touched my little brother—I stopped his heart.
It was a fair trade.”
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“How do you know I have a brother?" Cal wasn't playing anymore. The suspicion was real and I was already moving, the switchblade hidden in my hand.
"You always do. Or a cousin or a best friend bonded by blood. Something of thet dramatic overwrought nature. Someone who is wirtually attached to you at the hip. Let me speak to him. He's invariably more reasonable.”
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