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Roadkill (Cal Leandros #5)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  3,880 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
New from the national bestselling author of Deathwish

It's time to lock, load, and hit the road...

Once, while half-human Cal Leandros and his brother Niko were working on a case, an ancient gypsy queen gave them a good old-fashioned backstabbing. Now, just as their P.I. business hits a slow patch, the old crone shows up with a job.

She wants them to find a stolen coffi
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Roc (first published January 11th 2010)
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Rating: 6 stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Depth of the Characters: 6 stars. Rob Thurman is a master at this.
Where it ranks in the series thus far: #1 - hands down the best and most emotionally engaging book of an already fantastic series.

This book made me cry. Not one or two random tears...this book made me sob like a baby that just had her favorite blanket stolen from her. Not because this was the end of the series (which it thankfully isn't) and not because (view spoiler)
Nov 24, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing

I laughed...

...but I also cried...

...Simply... AWESOME!!

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I am speechless. I really don’t know how to review this book. Five stars are not enough. Actually, the whole night sky hasn’t enough stars for me to rate this book. This is definitely the best book in the series so far. “Roadkill” made me laugh and cry. The laughing I was expecting it but the crying part not so much. And I cried a lot.

Apr 07, 2010 Jenn rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I was sooo excited to read this book and compared to the other books in the series, which happens to be one of my favorites, this one is the weakest. I'm sooo disappointed. The first 4 chapters were pretty much a re-hash of the previous 4 books in the series and an ode to brother/cousin love. It was incredibly repetitive and kind of waned my interest in the book. The book does get better once they hit the road.

As with 'Deathwish' the author splits the voice in the book. Instead of dividing it be
Feb 26, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it
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Mar 06, 2010 Turtledove27 rated it it was ok
I am rating this book based on the other four. Roadkill wasnt nearly as good as the other four books. Cal spent a good 3/4ths of the book telling us things we already know. Rob Thurman has a tendency to believe that her readers for each book are either new to the series, or that they dont remember what happend in the previous books. The time she spent getting us 'up to speed' could have been used creating plot. What I love about this series is the interaction between the characters, but somehow ...more
Don Bradshaw
In this episode, the guys and a few friends go up against The Plague of the World, the anti-healer. The story was not as good as the previous books because it was essentially a long car chase. I also found that with the extra characters that their individual POV's tended to overlap and get repetitious. There were quite a few high points but not as many as I was used to from the previous books. I still enjoyed this supernatural adventure.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This one was a little too introspective and talky compared to previous books in the series and less action, sometimes taking up only a couple of paragraphs. The plot was fine if a little predictable. The final battle wasn't one of her best, not enough characters almost dying, but it was good. :)

But those Brothers moments just get me and there were several although I wanted more. Instead we got moments between cousins who were raised as brothers, and a delightful Wolf who was more dog-like than w
Beanbag Love
Mar 13, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
Cal and Niko are back for another dangerous mission. This time their old Rom nemesis, Abelia-Roo, contacts them to fix an apocalyptic screw-up that could mean the end of the world. Good times.

Along for the ride is everyone's favorite trickster, Robin Goodfellow, who's a bit out of sorts, experimenting with a concept that has been beyond his slightest consideration for centuries. Delilah, as well, bringing some extra danger and skin-tight white leathers along for the ride. Poor Cal.

The villain is
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
i loved this book! it was just such great fun to read.

even though i wouldnt of minded part of the story being told from Niko's POV again Catchers was still pretty interesting and im glad for the incite into his relationship with his cousin and there back story, plus his thoughts on Cal were entertaining.
the way the book ended was incredible, im still not sure how i felt, it was an odd mixture of sadness, happiness, hope and maybe slight disappoint-ness because they werent able to help (view spoi
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Okay - I'm a little on the fence with the 5th book of this series. It definitely veered from the other storylines. I enjoyed the fact that Nik and Cal switched POVs in the last two books. In this book, Cal & Nik take a job to stop the Plague of the World, a centuries old Rom who is an anti-healer with the power to destroy the world with virulence and disease. They recruit their healer friend, Rafferty, who has been searching for a cure for his cousin, Catcher, who is stuck in wolf form and ...more
Mar 08, 2010 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
I love this series and I loved this book. I was a little concerned going into this book that maybe the series was slipping because I didn't enjoy hearing from Nik's POV in the last book. I love Nik being his mysterious ninja self as seen through Cal's eyes. So happy we were back to that original format in this book. The sardonic wit that blows through these books is refreshingly different from the too serious take of some books in the genre or the puny tongue in cheek of others. The story moved ...more
Mar 23, 2010 Dorri rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Another amusing horror story from Rob Thurman. Cal, Niko, and Robin are hired by psychotic Abelia-Roo, a grandmotherly Rom with a streak of cruelty that puts Hitler to shame, to find and retreive an iron coffin. The catch? An anti-healer called the Plague of the World, is slowly breaking the seals that keep him in the coffin and is leaving a trail of dead behind him. The Plague of the Worlds ultimate goal? The destruction of all living things. Thanks to an odd freindship, Niko manages to get ...more
While I always love roadtrip in a story, somehow this one doesn't really work. Maybe because the writing has divided the point of view into Cal's and Catcher's ... and as much as I like that wolf cousin of Rafferty's, he's never part of the "main" crowd. He's not Robin, he's not even Delilah (who appears in more books that Rafferty and Catcher). So I don't know why he seems to share the spotlight along with Cal. MAYBE, because his situation somehow resembles Cal, but I just find myself being ...more
Apr 17, 2010 Wendy rated it liked it
I really like this series but this book was just okay for me. Not a lot of the action that I have come to expect from the Leandros brothers. Much more philosophical musing in this books as compared to previous books.

On the plus side it was interesting to learn more about Rafferty and his cousin, Catcher, who we met in a previous book.

I didn't care for the Cal/Auphe aspect or even the Cal/Delilah line.

Hoping the next book goes back to what was great in the earlier books.
Jun 06, 2015 Penelope rated it really liked it
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Brad Smith
May 05, 2010 Brad Smith rated it really liked it
Cal and Niko hit the road to search for a missing Gypsy Healer who turned bad and was imprisoned for hundreds of years. Very fun read.
May 22, 2010 Rob rated it really liked it
Excellent read. The series continues to delight.
Aug 01, 2011 Theresa rated it really liked it
Urban fantasy is frequently an amalgam of certain ingredients using involving magic, werewolves and/vampires, an urban setting an a smart-mouthed protagonist. I'm usually drawn to most of the elements thrown into the mix, but I will often complain about the snarky one-liners thrown in when I review most paranormal fiction. But the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman is the one series that I think uses this element effectively-- and actually has me looking forward to seeing what the characters are ...more
Mar 17, 2012 JPerceval rated it really liked it
This is an edited version of the (4.5 star, incidentally) review at my blog. You can read the full review here.

This is Cal and Niko and all the crew in top form, on the road trip from Hell. Fresh off their last job, where an illusion talent really messed with Niko's mind, making him think that Cal was dead, the brothers are working on finding their groove again when one of their worst nightmares comes a-calling. Abelia-Roo, an ancient Gypsy queen who claims distant kinship to Niko (but considers
Sep 25, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
Oh, Leandros brothers . . . I love you so! This is one of those series I forget about for long stretches of time, but when I read it, I can't wait to read more!
If you're a reader who falls deeply on the "urban fantasy" side of the "paranormal romance/urban fantasy" divide, and you don't mind your setting a bit gritty, gruesome, and dark, I recommend you pick up this series. And if, like me, gritty and gruesome scares you a little, I think you'll find it worth hanging in there past the icky part
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Aug 05, 2010 JK rated it liked it
Like the previous book this one doesn't focus on Cal's POV; it's shared with Catcher - the cousin of Rafferty stuck in wolf form. Haven't heard that name in a while, huh? He was the healer that helped them out in the first book and then disappeared until this one. This time the POV of switch ups aren't nearly as frequent and we really do see most of the book through Cal's eyes. It's still a little jarring when you get to the POV changes, at least for me it is. Last time, the changes were between ...more
Mar 14, 2010 Chichipio rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The second half of the book was great. Exactly what I would expect from a 5th book in a series. There was action and there were changes and you could see the story—this plot in particular and their lives as a whole—moving forward.

However, it all started so darn slow that I have to force myself to keep reading. The first three chapters nothing happens, literally. We have a couple of fights, yes, but those that Cal narrates so calmly that he could be telling you what he's having for breakfast. It
Mar 04, 2010 Tara rated it it was amazing
This is the fifth book in the Leandros brothers series. And I cried. And not because it sucked.

In Roadkill the brothers along with Robin find themselves on a road trip from hell. They are hired by the Rom to find the worst thing ever created. The gypsy clan were supposed to be guarding it and keeping it in a big sealed coffin, but of course it got stolen and they want the Leandros brothers to find it. This leads to the road trip. Add this to the fact the the Kin have found out about Cal & De
Holly McLaughlin
Mar 07, 2010 Holly McLaughlin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fast pacing and doesn't mind some darkness
Shelves: own
I'm a VERY picky reader, but I honestly love Rob Thurman's writing, so I'm biased. I enjoy very fast paced, character driven books and series, and she is so very good at that specifically that I have to give this one five stars. I've been waiting for this one to be released, and it was most definitely worth it.

It's easy for authors to sort of slip as series go on, and I was very pleased to find that this was not the case with Roadkill. If anything, I feel like the characters and plot are gettin
Beth Cato
A few books back, half-human Cal and his brother Niko had dealings with an ancient Rom woman--dealings that almost lead to Niko's death. Now the old crone is back, this time with a job offer. Someone has stolen a coffin from her clan, and this isn't just any coffin. It contains Suyolak, the Rom who once-upon-a-time unleashed the Black Plague for kicks. Suyolak is a healer turned anti-healer. Cal and Niko reach out to their old healer friend, Rafferty, who has problems of his own--a werewolf ...more
Apr 05, 2010 Andreea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, 11th-grade
This is how things always go with ongoing series: I waited a year for this book to come out; I then proceeded to read it in a few days (and it only took me that long because I did my best to stretch it out and enjoy it); I will now be waiting another year for the next one to come out.

I think this may have been one of my favorite, if not my favorite, of the Cal Leandros novels. There was a lot more character exploration than previous books. For example, instead of the book being told entirely fr
Mar 18, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Like the rest of Thurman's works, this book was a roller coaster of a ride. I like that, similar to the style she introduced in "Deathwish," we got to see multiple perspectives: Cal, Niko and especially Catcher. That was really fun and interesting to read, especially looking at Catcher's perspective and looking at Raffery through Catcher's eyes. The amount of depth that we could see into each character through this multiple character narration was fantastic. I loved learning more about each ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Sandi rated it really liked it
Ahhh, one more adventure with the Leandros brothers. Five books in and I have not tired of them at all, in fact, I was sad I was so into the book that I was reading it at a rapid pace. I knew I'd be done in two days and would have to wait another year for the next installment.

I gave the book 4 stars because it is not profound. 5 Stars from me say a lot about my experience with the book and whether I find its themes universal. So 4 stars is a high rating for me.

There are uiniversal themes in Road
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Other Books in the Series

Cal Leandros (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Moonshine (Cal Leandros #2)
  • Madhouse (Cal Leandros, #3)
  • Deathwish (Cal Leandros, #4)
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