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Esoterrorism: From the Secret Files of the Red Room

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  53 reviews
There are no good guys in the world of shadows...but maybe some bad men are better than others.

Derek Hawthorne was born to be an agent of the Red Room. Literally. Raised in a conspiracy which has protected the world from the supernatural for centuries, he's never been anything other than a servant of their agenda. Times are changing, though, and it may not be long before
Kindle Edition, 456 pages
Published July 4th 2015 by Ragnarok Publications
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Montzalee Wittmann
Audible edition
July 4- July 6

Red Room, Book 1
By: C. T. Phipps
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. I read the ebook and loved it but really wanted to heat it performed by the great Jeffrey Kafer and it was hilarious! I didn't do the book justice reading it in my head. It was funnier for sure with Mr. Kafer! I guess that's why he is the professional.
This book has such fun and clever situations, zany and unique characters, creatures,
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was an entertaining paranormal thriller story that had a good mix of action and sarcastic humour.

Derek is a spy who works for the Red Room. The Red Room is a division of the House, an organisation that both protects humanity from the supernatural and keeps the supernatural hidden. Derek's latest assignment sees him hunt for a traitor in the Red Room. His loyalty comes into question when the investigation points to his ex-wife.

It was a fun story. It had a similar feel and style to Phipps S
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban
Derek Hawthorne and Shannon O’Reilly are agents of the Red Room, an ultra-secret spy agency dedicated to keeping the world in the dark about the danger (and the power) of the supernatural. Part of a global conspiracy called the House (who make the Illuminati look entirely trivial), the Red Room is kind of a combination of Torchwood and S.H.I.E.L.D., while Derek is equal parts Jack Bauer and James Bond.

As a result, much of Esoterrorism will seem familiar to genre fans, but it's mythology of the H
Frank Errington
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review copy

It took me a while to decide how much I liked Esoterrorism, Overall it seems to lack depth. It seemed things were just there when needed, like a rabbit being pulled from a magician's hat; like a meal that was filling, but lacked substance.

Derek and Penny Hawthorne work for an organization that exists to protect humans and keep them from finding out about all the things that go bump in the night, actually they would like to do much more than go bump, but you get the idea.

It would be in
C.T. Phipps
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: urban-fantasy
ESOTERRORISM is my first and latest book. It was written roughly 20 years ago in my head and has gone through numerous revisions since. It was inspired by the World of Darkness campaigns I used to play in high school (a little Technocracy, a little Camarilla, a little X-Files). The idea was basically to mix the concept of James Bond with the supernatural.

Eventually, in 2015, I eventually got the book written and it was a trilogy that only briefly got published due to the rights getting held up
Aubrey Law
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon
Timothy Ward
Prior to reading this, C.T. was just a cool guy with a great blog. I saw his The Rules of Supervillainy series and thought, I'm glad for his sales, but I'm really not a superhero fan. I really wanted to read his books, though, and so when Esoterrorism came out on audiobook I gave it a shot. The cross between James Bond and Jim Butcher wasn't exactly down my wheelhouse for genre preferences, but because I like C.T. I gave it a chance. I'm glad I did.

C.T. has a strong grasp on using subtle humor a
Matthew Davenport
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to listen to the audio book, Esoterrorism by C.T. Phipps.

I’ve been a fan of C.T.’s other books (The Rules of Supervillainy, Cthulhu Armageddon) and Esoterrorism doesn’t disappoint.

You follow an agent of the “Red Room,” Derek. The Red Room is a like the CIA of the supernatural. Most importantly, they focus on keeping the majority of the world’s populace in the dark about the things that go bump in the night.

This leads to some moral questions regarding whether or not the world i
Bookwyrm Speaks
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was thinking, great, a knockoff of Simon Green's Secret Histories series. Wow, was I ever wrong. Other than the element of a secret organization made up of mostly family fighting the supernatural, this book heads in completely different directions than those wonderful books. Derek Hawthorne, an Agent for the Red Room, with over 100 successfully completed mission and son of a Senior Red Room Council member, has stopped huge supernatural menaces time ...more
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

Esoterrorism is the first book in a new series by C.T. Phipps, who is an author that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. While his stories have a lot of similarities, like the fact that you know there will be humor and pop culture references in every book, there are a lot of differences too. I wasn’t 100% sure what I was getting into when I started this audiobook. I was just offered a review copy and knew that I was
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Esoterrorism by Charles T. Phipps caught my eye for two solid reasons, one it was a urban fantasy thriller that promised mayhem and magic in a startling mix and secondly it was published by the Ragnarok folks whom I know to have a special eye for dark stories in any genre.

The story is seen entirely through our protagonist Derek Hawthrone, an agent for the organization known as The Red Room. It’s an organization that is massive and is ve
Brian's Book Blog
MIB + Bond + Fantasy Monsters = Fun As Hell

As I mentioned in my last review – I’m starting to become a bit of a Phipps fan-boy and I’m not ashamed of that. He’s able to write these fantasy stories that I want to read. Stories that have wonderful characters and character-building that are set in these completely believable worlds.

From what I understand, Esoterrorism takes place in the same world as the Bright Falls and Straight Outta Fangton but before those stories take place. It felt like that
M.K. Gibson
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
High Praise for CT Phipps Esoterrrorism!

I love urban fantasy and I read a lot of it. The problem is, the market is saturated with a ton of it. Most of it lackluster. That’s why when you read Esoterrorism, and you should, you will embrace the awesome crazy contained in this book holds and be pleasantly surprised.

Welcome to The Red Room, the agency that protects mankind from all the dark and horrible things out there. And keeping mankind blissfully safe and ignorant is a full time job for Derek H
Seth Skorkowsky
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
A mix between James Bond spy fiction and Hellboy, Derek Hawthorne is employed by a secret, international organization known as The House. The House's function is protect the world from all the monsters, renegade wizards, and whatever else goes bump in the night. Derek works in the Red Room, the division in charge of covert ops, assassination, and all the super-fun spy stuff.

The book is fairly light-hearted, Derek is more Sterling Archer than Bond. He's sarcastic and openly jokes about many of th
David Hambling
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Esoterrorism is a perfect example a High Concept story: what we have here is 007 versus Voldemort
So when the superspy and his glamourous sidekick are on a stakeout, their gadgets and weapons are boosted by magic, not the latest technology. Rather than a spymaster and his KGB thugs they intercept a wizard with a couple of demons masquerading as humans.

This is a throughgoing genre mashup, and one which is never in danger of taking itself too seriously or in fact seriously at all. Hero Derek Hawtho
Martin Owton
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
CT Phipps has an established style - fast moving plots, over the top action featuring extraordinary tech and magic, and characters who unexpectedly ask hard questions about the world they inhabit and their purpose in it. Its all present in Esoterrorism, which mixes elements of Men in Black and James Bond with worldwide conspiracy theories. Hugely enjoyable, even if his main character is called Derek.
Todd Oliver
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this supernatural spy thriller and think it will make a great series! It held my attention from start to finish. As with most of his other books I've enjoyed, this book seems to take place in the same world as his others and as always, I did find myself laughing out loud a few times! Great narration by Jeffrey Kafer! ...more
S.D. D. Howarth
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Wade Garret
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Smartass Magician-Monster Hunter/Spy...did you get all that?
ByWade on May 16, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First: The Solid Cover is what caught my eye. Yes, I window shop books.

Second: Derek Hawthorne, agent of the Red Room—a family operated Occult-based agency overseeing all manner of nasty monster and mythological creature THE WORLD OVER—seems to always be having a s*** day; he’s the type of guy who complains about his job, but could never do anything else and that Love Hate re
Mary Rajotte
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some of my favorite reads are those that are a mix of various related genres. Esoterrorism by C.T. Phipps is a masterful blend of urban fantasy and science fiction with dashes of the paranormal thrown in for good measure.

In Esoterrorism we meet Derek Hawthorne, an agent for the Red Room, an organization that has spent millennia recruiting agents from within The House, member families born into and borne of various supernatural abilities and whose agents cover up supernatural happenings from the
S. Nash
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Esoterrorism is a highly entertaining romp through a tried-and-true Urban Fantasy trope: agents from a secret organization protect the regular people of the world from the supernatural. I'd call this novel a mashup between James Bond and Kolchak the Night Stalker.

There are plenty of franchises playing with this general theme, and the best way to stand out is to give readers memorable characters. C.T. Phipps offers us Derek Hawthorne, an insufferable smartass with the skills and experience to bac
Nathaniel Hanley
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
So I was extremely hyped for this book. I read about it on the Publisher's website, saw a lot of social media about it and I liked how they were pitching it. I was on vacation when it came out and I made sure to download it so I could read it on the flight home. That being said, we have a lot to talk about.

I debated on whether or not this would be a 3 or 4 star book. The reason being is that it is a really fun book, but I was always taken out when the main character would make reference to how t
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a review of the Audible/audiobook edition of Esoterrorism by C. T. Phipps
This is one of those urban fantasy novels that will have every other urban fantasy author thinking “Damn, why didn’t I think of that?” It is a worthy entry into the genre and should garner quite a following for the inevitable series.

The synopsis available on Goodreads and Audible is sufficient for the plotline. In brief, it is about a James Bond type character who works for a secret global organization that polices
Melissa J. Katano
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I may have to come up with a new genre tag: Urban-fantasy Spy thriller

What if there was a huge multi-government cover-up.... but the governments didn't know exactly what it was they were covering up?

What if there was a huge multinational organization dedicated to keeping the things-that-go-bump-in-the-night a secret from you? And what if there was another multinational organization that was trying to expose the cover-up? And what if one of the biggest research/military tech companies was in on t
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was ok'.. couldn't relate to main character, by the way a complete ass.. so, yea not a bad book! ...more
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I want to read this simply because its title is SO AMAZING. XD
Rabid Reader
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great urban fantasy story of spies, terrorists and secret agents, along with a generous dollop of magic and the supernatural. The Red Room is a secret agency that for centuries has protected humanity from discovering that supernaturals exist, but when a zombie creating bioweapon threatens the world, Agent Derek Hawthorne is put on the case. Derek is smart, sarcastic, a little jaded, trusts no one but his twin sister Penny (who is a powerful witch) and is good at his job. With a megalom ...more
Courtney Odor
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

The plot of Esoterrorism has enough twists that I don't want to spoil your enjoyment, but on the surface, I can say a bad group of people has found a way to possibly throw the world into an open magic scenario where most of the nonmagical beings will die. There's also a mole within the secret
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is pure Charles Phipps. He does what he does best here with snarky characters, twisty plots, and great action sequences. The thing about this specific story is that it’s like hereditary CIA with magic and creatures. If you’re already a fan, it shouldn’t take much convincing. This is a fun twist of concepts he’s already using in his Agent G series and Supervillainy series, but with its own flavor.

One thing I like about the various Phipps stories I have read is that the characters themse
Agustina Sureda
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esoterrorism is a book that has it all: Sci-fi meets drama, FBI meets Harry Potter; it is a mix of FX with love working as well. It literally has it all! The story starts with Derek Hawthorne, our main hero, that is a Red Room agent, sort of like a police for the supernatural, having a new partner to work with, fighting their biggest nemesis, the Wazir.
The whole plot is way too big for me to be able to resume it, there are vampires, werewolves, dragons, magical weapons, and demons; it feels like
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C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular reviewer on Booknest.EU and for Grimdark Magazine.

He's written the Agent G series, Cthulhu Armageddon, the Red Room Trilogy, I Was A Teenaged Weredeer, Lucifer's Star, Psycho Killers in Love, Straight Out

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