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The Brothers Cabal (Johannes Cabal #4)

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  794 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Horst Cabal has risen from the dead. Again. Horst, the most affable vampire one is ever likely to meet, is resurrected by an occult conspiracy that wants him as a general in a monstrous army. Their plan: to create a country of horrors, a supernatural homeland. As Horst sees the lengths to which they are prepared to go and the evil they cultivate, he realizes that he cannot ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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K.J. Charles
Every bit as good as I hoped. The only thing that makes Johannes Cabal better is Horst Cabal. I may have to reread the whole series now just because.
Wendy Wagner
I got an advance release copy of this book from the publisher and was happy to have it in my purse while I sat in the orthodontist's waiting room. I *might* have frightened the receptionist a bit with my giggling and snorting. That's right: this book is snorting-out-loud-even-in-public-places funny.

Why should you read this volume of the Johannes Cabal series? Well, it's got:
a) a lovable vampire
b) lots of zombies
c) lycanthropes of all variety and shape
d) a badass female spy with a knack for explo
I was eagerly anticipating the release of this book -- I've read all of the Cabal books, as well as the shorter stories, and absolutely love them.

Sadly, this one missed the mark for me.

The first half to three quarters of the book is told in flashback, narrated by Cabal's brother, the vampire Horst Cabal. We see only brief glimpses of Johannes (the necromancer) during this part of the story, and I just didn't enjoy it as much without J. Cabal being the primary focus.

The author actually addresses
Cabal, having survived Lovecraftian horrors and forged some sort of special relationship with Nyarlothotep, is carried to safety through a garden of horrors by a loving brother vampire. Our man may have his soul back (though he is markedly less human than his brother, the aforementioned vampire). His brother then cajoles him into fighting zombies, demons, and financiers. Somehow they acquire air power. And witches.

Nicely constructed and often laugh out loud funny. Cabal is not a lovable scamp.
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The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard is the fourth book in the Johannes Cabal series. Even though it’s not the first in the series, it can function relatively well as a standalone. I haven’t read the earlier books, but was able to jump into this one quite easily.

Johannes Cabal is a necromancer. He’s got a reputation for being abrasive and dangerous, but deep down, he does have a con
A very entertaining read. A very different book with respect to the earlier Johannes Cabal books since it is actually from the perspective of two characters. Johannes and his brother Horst. They could not be more different in their outlook towards the world. While Horst is a thorough gentleman with moral qualms and even worries about propriety !! The most polite vampire possible. While Johannes is well... Johannes... cold,rational, able to transmute anything as a means to the ultimate end he wan ...more
I mean, I might be biased: I love autumn, I love adventure, I love British humor - and I love a smart hand on the tiller of a story. Sure, it could be argued that there are a couple of moments that feel a bit rushed and the end is nearly an anti-climax (although really it's just more of a semi-cliffhanger) - but who cares? Who cares about that when you've got characters who you just want to spend time with? Johannes and Horst together do something I never quite imagined: they make Johannes Cabal ...more
I've never read any of the Cabal books but I can tell you I'm ready to run right out and pick up the rest of the series forthwith.

I was hooked by the opening chapter title: "Which We Are Reintroduced To A Pair Of Individuals With Unconventional Interpretations Of The Term 'Dead'" In this book we are introduced to Horst Cabal, a thoroughly dead Vampire who bemusedly finds himself resurrected by plotters of an evil nature for a scheme he suspects is strongly up to no good. But being of a good and
Julie Dismukes
The Brothers Cabal is a fun read. Here is a warning and a description
of events or issues to be found inside this book:

First, the warning:


Lurid issues within the book:

1. Sibling rivalry: is it still an issue after your brother has risen from the dead a second time? Especially since he's still more handsome and well liked than you are?
2. Heroic female pilots who wear trousers
3. rival necromancers
4. Vicious (yet alluring) ex spies who insist that "Prussian intelligence" is no
Damn you, Jonathan L. Howard, for writing such addictive books!

The Brothers Cabal is so good and so heart wrenching I can't even write a coherent review for it.

I hate you, but I love you, but I hate you, but damn it, I love you, you torturer of my soul!

Please sir, I want some more.
I always enjoy a Johannes Cabal adventure. Once again the two brothers play off each other well. Although I wasn't enamored of Book 3 this story gets back to the fun of "Lovecraft meets Monty Python" with dark humor and Gothic tongue-in-cheek horror. Great fun and well written in the antiquated language of the 19th century (had to look up Plus Fours.)
The book is jam-packed with action and adventure, not to mention comedy courtesy of the adorably hilarious Horst and his interactions with the cynical Johannes. Peppered with snarky footnotes to the readers, I honestly laughed out loud multiple times, and the rest of the time I was on the edge of my seat. It's tough to describe the plot because it weaves around a fair bit and the first half is told almost entirely in flashback, but it includes a nomadic band of female aviators, moldering castles ...more
Dan Norton
Jonathan L. Howard angers me with how perfectly hilarious these novels are. Are there funnier books out there? Probably, but Howard's English sense of humor coupled with a sarcastic cynicism is perfect. Beware though, this book is not for everyone. I have been accused by my friends as being too verbose and using complicated words to express myself; I don't even hold a candle to Howard. He is the one author that still sends me running to the dictionary, and he does it frequently. Nevertheless, I ...more
Lori S.
Nice touches of humor and an interesting premise. I'll be reading the other books in the series.
I'd been wondering since the first book when we'd see Horst Cabal again (I knew that he'd return, despite his complete immolation). Well, that day has finally arrived and let me tell you it does not disappoint. Horst Cabal is in a few ways the complete opposite of his younger brother. A bit of a fop, funnily enough despite being a vampire possessor of a much finer moral compass that Johannes.

Although I really enjoyed this book, it is not my favorite of the series. I felt like the beginning, tel
Jake Hill
Well having read the fourth book in the series I can only say that it was brilliant =D

Updated ^^^

Best cover so far I, personally, reckon. And I can't wait to read this! The last one totally left me on edge and almost depressed thinking it was the last book. But it ISN'T which is AMAZING!

P.s Yes, I did just work out how to make the pretty letters in bold hahaha

Read this series. It's clever, whimsical, well-written, and can't-put-it-down-till-finished gripping.

My only big beef with Mr. Howard was that his 3rd book didn't have a proper female character. Of course, it took place in Lovecraftian Dreamlands, but there were human characters - so why no women? This one, 4th in the series, has 6 of them - not equally developed, but all interesting in their own right and indispensable to the narrative.

It may seem unusual that I'm focusing on this, but everythi
All in all a nice addition to the Cabal novels.
The story has a clean red thread to it that I found easy to follow and, while not too challenging on the mind, still got a few surprises up it's sleeves. My only complaint is the epilogue(s) - and I read both of them - which in my opinion where not as strong as "The Fear Institute" and didn't leave me hungering for the next part. But still it's overall an enjoyable read.

A word of caution:
If you haven't read the first three I would recommend to do so
Ed Nemo
Different writing works in different scenarios. Jonathan Howard has a superior grasp on the written language and in a different book the high handed writing would come off as over the top, but it fits so very perfectly for a Johannes Cabal book.

Johannes Cabal is one of my favorite written characters. His chilly pragmatic demeanor is such a pleasing change from the standard hero with quirks that is the standard in most books.

Horst Cabal rode counterpoint to Johannes as the vampire with the heart
Brianna Lawcock
Nov 03, 2014 Brianna Lawcock rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who enjoyed the first Johannes Cabal
While I adore the Johannes Cabal series, I had found that the most recent novels hadn't quite lived up to the first. Maybe I was just missing Horst. It had seemed the the third book seemed to be the closest to the original, which was my long standing favorite. And then this book came along.

While it isn't perfect, it has the feeling of the original book all over again. The brothers bickering is something I have missed for a long time, and it was a pleasant experience hearing some of it in Horst'
Johannes Cabal is back and, as the title of the book suggests and as unlikely as it seems, so is his brother Horst. The two must team up with several secret societies, a flying circus and some zombies to fight a legion of monsters, some other zombies and a dreaded werebadger.

I could try to write a proper review here, but it would end up to be several paragraphs of girlish gushing. Johannes Cabal is one of my favorite characters that I've had the pleasure to discover in the last several years. H
I'm already a big fan of Johannes Cabal but I was especially delighted by this book. Not only was Horst back from the dead but it had so many women in strong roles, both as heroes and villains. I love seeing women in strong roles. Everyone of the powerful and smart women were doing what they did because they worked for good or evil, they flew their owns planes or ran their own businesses or worked as a spy. And not one of them was doing what they did for romantic reasons. It's so refreshing to r ...more
so much fun. admittedly, this is the 4th in the series, and my first encounter with said series, so i'm definitely going to have to go back and read the first three. basically:

Johannes is a necromancer. his brother Horst is a vampire. both are somehow wrapped into a plot to raise an otherworldly army to take over the world, with supernaturals and secret societies at the helm. circuses, automatic weaponry, ridiculously adjective-laden passages, and flying warcraft all feature prominently.

yes, y
Easily the best J. Cabal story to date, which is saying something. I've thoroughly enjoyed Johannes Cabal right from the off, although at times more for the characters & the narrative style than for the actual story. When I finished The Fear Institute, however, I became hopeful that the next installment would tie everything together nicely; if I had only known just how far above & beyond Howard would go, I would've pre-ordered my copy of The Brothers Cabal even earlier! Every concern I h ...more
Alexandra Hunter
I just can't.

Review to come.

I feel I cannot start this review without giving credit to the two people who made it possible for me to read this book:
1. Mr Howard, who wrote it.
2. My friend Moriah whom, I am not ashamed to admit, I got hooked on the series and who kindly acquired this hardcover edition and lent it to me so I wouldn't have to wait until the paperback comes out in November. I own books 1-3 in paperback and would hate to upset my shelf.

This book is everything I hoped it would be.
It is hilarious. It is
A new volume Jonathan L. Howard's Cabal series is always a high point with me. For me to really like an author, to give more than three stars, there has to be a certain set, or subset, of elements in alignment. For instance, a well crafted world and an interesting magic system will always get my attention and while those two may be the most important criteria they aren't the reasons I love this series. You see, Howard has combined wonderful word play with a fun romp through a Steampunk setting i ...more
Wow, forgot how much I missed the Cabal brothers. Yet again, Jonathan L Howard delivers an entertaining, witty tale filled with cynicism, sarcasm and the undead.
The plot largely revolves around an evil society who plan to form a country of monsters, an empire of the night for all unnatural beings. They end up resurrecting Horst to help them. Horst, being a pretty good guy as blood suckers go, decides that might not be such a great idea, especially when they start going on about war and killing,
Firstly, I Was looking forward to this book since I finished the last page of the previous book, and I really did like it overall, I'm just saying it was a minor letdown. Not enough of a letdown to bring it to three stars, but nearly that, and for this series that's not a typical feeling for me.

One of my biggest complaints, and this is odd because I like him, is that there was entirely too much Horst for my taste. I like him, and I'm glad to see him back in the series, but he's not what I read f
Selina Kyle
I waited all year for this book. My Cabal-friend (we have other things in common too, but is there anything better than having a friend who is as excited for something obscure as you are?) finished her copy in a day and has been politely holding back spoilers.

The first bit of the book is way more complicated in its wording than I'm used to from JLH. It's never as dense as, say, Tom Clancy's work, but there were a few paragraphs that Friend and I picked apart and tilted our heads at. But as you r
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Jonathan L Howard is a game designer, scriptwriter, and a veteran of the computer games industry since the early 1990s, with titles such as the 'Broken Sword' series to his credit.

After publishing two short stories featuring Johannes Cabal (Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day and Exeunt Demon King) in H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer was published in 2009 as his
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“Now, let us consider the life of Johannes Cabal, if briefly. He is closing on his thirtieth year and is ageing better than most, although this is a product of a lifestyle where sunlight is shunned rather than the assiduous use of moisturiser. He stands a little over six feet tall. He is blond, blue eyed, and, perforce, pale. These are not unusual characteristics; those are coming.” 4 likes
“You don't?' Horst was so astounded he almost leapt to his feet. His smile returned in full power. 'Then you have treat waiting for you! It's wonderful! I mean, I remember it as being wonderful. I do not eat cake. Not now. Being a vampire and everything. You did know I'm a vampire, didn't you?' He suddenly seemed to remember that they were doing introductions and held up his hand. 'Horst Cabal, vampire. Didn't especially want to be, but there you go. I miss Battenberg. Hello, everyone!” 2 likes
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