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Blackout (Cal Leandros #6)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  3,083 ratings  ·  188 reviews
When half-human Cal Leandros wakes up on a beach littered with the slaughtered remains if a variety of hideous creatures, he's not that concerned. In fact, he can't remember anything-including who he is.

And that's just the way his deadly enemies like it...
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Roc
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Nov 18, 2011 Carol. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Leandros fans, urban fantasy fans
Loved, loved, loved. Thurman has done a lovely twist on the old amnesia device, successfully re-inventing Cal and writing a riveting book. While technically it could be a stand-alone book, it's genius is in the setting of the series and character development.

The sarcasm is much less dark and self-flagellating and closer to genuine playfulness--more than once I giggled with Cal's lines like "Sun in the sky, bacon in the skillet, and a cell phone for everyone past the first stage of mitosis." Then
There really hasn't been a paranormal series that I have enjoyed as much Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series. I can be a harsh critic of urban fantasy because the genre has already defined itself with a series of clichés including snarky protagonists and monsters that induce romantic fantasies rather than nightmares. But Thurman's series about half-Auphe Cal and his human brother Niko worked for me because Cal had good reason to snark and the inventiveness of the series brought a freshness to a ge ...more
For the life of me, I cannot figure out why this series is not more popular. Not only does Rob Thurman deliver one of the most original and amusing voices in all of urban fantasy in Cal Leandros, but the series also manages to provide some of the best sidekicks as well. Puck masquerading as a used car salesman, Robin Goodfellow provides some of my favorite comedic relief in the genre, while soybean-eating, katana-yielding Niko Leandros is a stealthy and staunch rock for his brother to lean on.

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After reading “Roadkill” I thought that I wouldn’t love another book from this series as much as I loved that one. I am glad I was wrong. “Blackout” was a great book for many reasons. I was expecting a different kind of book. I thought that we were going to see Cal’s internal battle and after that his dark powers coming to life. What I actually see? A better understanding and acceptance of himself.

Cal wakes up wi
Cal is half-human and half-Auphe, the world’s original monsters and first beings to walk on the planet. Raised by his brother, they’ve not only had to fight off the Auphe who wanted to use Cal, but with their monster-fighting skills, take on jobs stopping other murdering creatures. They’ve come a long way since the first book where they wouldn’t stay in one place long enough to form a friendship; always running from the Auphe. Not only is Cal now the only Auphe left, but he’s embraced his Auphe- ...more
After Roadkill, I really thought that Thurman's latest installment of the Cal Leandros series would be about Cal and his increasing battle (which worries me, as he seems to be losing) with his Auphe half. Instead, Blackout opens with Cal on a beach in South Carolina, with no memory and surrounded by really big, really dead spiders. The rest of the story follows the amnesiac Cal and, eventually, Niko and Robin as Cal tries to recover his memories and the trio tries to stop a killer who targets an ...more
3.5 stars
He wakes up at a beach, remembering nothing but the knowing that he is a good killer and that monsters are bad. Then when he reaches a motel to stay, he finds three fake names. He gets a free hair cut, he works as a waiter ... then two guys, one claiming to be his brother comes to take him back to New York. They say that his name is Cal; but who is Cal and how can he believe that not ALL monsters are bad. And what is with the killer spiders and monsters asking of his brothers and sister
4.5 stars, just great. Cal's voice is so clear and the world feels so real (even Robin's sometimes fantastic stories - Oedipus, Khan, "release the kraken" - ring true) that I forget that I'm reading a book written by a regular human author. And a female one at that. Hope, despair, abiding love, deeply twisted humor, and sharp sarcasm, Thurman has it all. Plus Fang! If you guys haven't read the books about Eric the vampire and his car Fang by her buddy J.F. Lewis, you really should. They also hav ...more
Grumble. A watered-down amnesiac Cal Leandros yapping on and on about how he hopes he's a good guy and how he wants to be worthy of his brother is not my idea of an awesome read. It certainly doesn't measure up to the books that came before.

Still, I'm sticking with the series because I think this particular plot was mostly to blame for my bad attitude. Amnesia stories are not my favorite, The Rook notwithstanding.

Might have to take a break before I pick up another one, but pick up another one
Ugh, why did she have to get rid of new!Cal. I hate regular Cal. He's all darkn'edgy. That's not characterisation. It's just lazy.
I enjoy this series. It's not a favorite, but it generally keeps my attention. This one sucked. It truly was the worse book of the series so far and that is saying something since the first book wasn't a real good in my opinion either.

This book didn't even start out where the last one left off. The whole book is Cal trying to find out who he is because he has amnesia. Then the fact that all the characters act so very different from how they normally act made me wonder if the same author even wro
I've loved Rob Thurman's characters from the first Cal Leadros novel, Nightlife. With each book in the series, Thurman has brought life to Cal and his brother Niko, but it hasn't been until the last two books that the brothers' relationship to each other has become the centerpiece of the books. Does Niko care that Cal is half-Auphe (monster)? Of course he cares, but he is devoted to saving Cal from the monsters that plague and pursue him, even if it costs him his own life -- which it nearly does ...more
I admit I haven't been a faithful reader of this series, and now I'll have to go back and read the two books preceding this one that I missed. (yeah more books to read!) This novel though can be read alone. The previous books give you a nice background, but Ms. Thurman does a good job of reintroducing and explaining her world for the reader.

She can do this because Cal has developed amnesia. It is an amnesia that is specific to his identity and background. This is a plot that could go very wrong
I'm happy to report that Blackout is a vast improvement from Roadkill, though still missing something from the first four. What I loved here is that Thurman gets to step out of her box as far as character's go. With Cal's memory loss, he becomes a completely different person. New Cal, if you will. New Cal thinks about things and possesses a far more sympathetic nature than regular Cal. As he is without his memory for the majority of the book, Thurman basically has the opportunity to create a new ...more
Beanbag Love
This book started out well, but then became pretty boring.

Cal wakes up on a beach in North Carolina with no memory of who he is or what he was doing there. One would think the reader would be anxious to get him back with our beloved characters as soon as possible, but, unfortunately, that's when things became far less interesting.

There are some good moments, but the humor seems forced and those beloved characters are not nearly as engaging when seen through the eyes of a Cal who doesn't know the
4.5 (B+)

Well, Blackout was a surprise! After reading Roadkill, I was expecting dark and downright bloody. Instead Rob Thurman takes Cal and the reader on a trip to Neverland. Yes you heard right, it is Peter Pan all over again. The boy who didn't want to grow up and forgets his family because it's so much fun and easier to live a "let's pretend" life, than it is to live with reality. Thurman even reprises her own version of the land of "lost boys."

On the surface Blackout takes Cal's character ba
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When I first heard that Cal would suffer amnesia in this installment, I was afraid it would mean he'd spend the entire book alone trying to find out who he is. But, Thurman is more imaginative than that. In fact, Niko finds Cal right away (duh). Cal still doesn't remember who he is, but alá Jason Bourne, he remembers how to kill, and he's not sure he likes who he was before. Blackout is a very different book from the first five of the series. The purpose of the underlying mystery is a means for ...more
This book was not what I expected after the events that took place in Roadkill and the way that book concluded but the surprise was extremely pleasant I must say.


There are going to be spoilers ahead so anyone who wish to read the series better avert your eyes!!

In Roadkill we started to realize that the more Cal uses his power to open gates the more his dormant Auphe genes come to surface and battle with his human ones. A battle the human genes seem to lose, as his Auphe nature becom
Not as epic as Roadkill but still an awesome entry in the Cal Leandros series. I love Cal. An entire book could be about him wandering New York for a day and I'd gobble it all up.

Seeing Cal take stock of his life was really interesting, until it got a little repetitive after half the book had gone by. I know it's realistic that he'd go around in circles trying to figure out his life this way, but at the same time, I was itching for Cal to be back to one hundred percent. And when he finally was,
I really enjoyed this book. It was really nice to see a Cal who was still badass and not constantly full of self loathing.

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Outstanding! It's rare for a book in a series top the first, but this did it. This book grabs you by the shirt collar, yanks you off your feet, drags you around, and doesn't let go until you turn the last page. If you haven't picked up this series yet, all of the books are worth it so you can read this one.

The series seems to get stronger as it goes along, and Thurman doesn't miss a beat anywhere along the way. It's an action movie where the only suspension of disbelief needed is that vampires,
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Stephen Holtman
This is another in the series of Cal Leandros books. This one happens after Cal wakes up and finds out that he has amnesia. He starts off as a waiter in a small town Diner. But one night his brother, Niko and their Puck friend, Robin Goodfellow. They then begin a mission to find the monster that took away his memories.
The writing for this one was pretty good. It plays out with a mixture of humor, drama and some horror. One thing that kind of slows it down is that it plays out a lot like the TV
This book was probably the hardest for me to read out of the series, just because of what Cal went through. That doesn't make this book bad, not in the slightest. But just seeing Cal lose himself and trying to find himself again was pretty difficult. Cal has been through a lot in his life. As a reader, I have also been through a lot. And now, to see him lose all of those memories and try to regain them was nuts. Although there was definitely some humor still present -- I mean, c'mon, watching Ca ...more
I read the Cal Leandros series in high school. Books 1-5 were still clunky affairs, but I had fun. And since I read very little fiction, Cal Leandros was my literary hero.

I decided to go back and re-visit my old friend, who had some four novels since we last hung out. 'Blackout' is a soft reboot for the series: Cal loses his memories and is re-introduced to the world mechanics. I figured it would be a good place to get re-acquainted.

I ended up with a totally different outcome.

Every single pro
In the sixth book of the series we get to see a somewhat different side of Cal, as he spends the biggest part of the story suffering from amnesia after waking up on a beach surrounded by dead monsters, with a gun in his hand and not the slightest idea who or where he is. Found and returned home by Niko and Robin, Cal tries to remember who he was before losing his memory and whether that's actually someone he wants to be again - all in the middle of the usual death, destruction and pandemonium th ...more
D.P. Denman
I'm a big fan of this series but I think I like this book the best. Rob puts a new spin on a plot cliche and uses it to give us a deeper view of the characters adding dimension to a group I thought I already knew pretty well. The ending wasn't as big a bang as I hoped for but it sets Cal on a path in what could be an interesting new direction. I'm willing to reserve judgement until I see where this is going.

I would not recommend this to any of my friends with serious arachnophobia issues because
Slipped Skin
This is probably my favorite book in the series so far. The character exposition is excellent and the step back from Cal's up-close, gritty and grimdark view of the brutal world he and Niko live in allows the reader to approach it from an entirely new perspective.

It's in this book--when we take a step back from a predominance of Caliban and meet up with Cal-as-human that we really see how much Cal has changed since Nightlife. We also see how different even Cal IN Nightlife is from your average J
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Cal Leandros (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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