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Houdini's Last Trick

(The Burdens Trilogy #0)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The world's greatest magician has just one chance to pull off an illusion that will save the lives of everyone he loves.
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Harry Houdini has a talent unlike any other—and it isn't magic. The famous illusionist has escaped death countless times because of his supernatural ability to see potential outcomes. But when a mysterious man runnin
Kindle Edition, 159 pages
Published December 6th 2015 by David Khalaf
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Bonnie Dale Keck
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Short Story Prequel to The Sixteen Burdens gotten free thru giveaway or thru one of my book sites, not sure what genre would be considered or what genres is probably more to point as there is a mix of elements, but definitely entertaining. The Sixteen Burdens is where the story actually picks up around 10 years later, and will definitely try to remember to get that one as well, and it is on kindle unlimited where this one is not.

The world's greatest magician has just one chance to pull off an il
Éric Kasprak
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Refreshing; that would be my one word summary of this book. Great writing, flawless pacing, original setting with many historical (Hollywood stars) characters and a truly fun story would be the long version summary. Harry Houdini, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford are all characters that are part of this wonderful story, masterfully weave by a seriously talented author. This is one of the most fun and interesting historical fiction I have read. Highly recommended.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
It sounds kind of silly if you want to summarize the plot: Harry Houdini gets a McGuffin from the Pope and, to protect it from "the Beast" he enlists the help of Charlie Chaplin. If you get past the historical inaccuracies and deploy a considerable suspension of disbelief, this book is a lot of fun. Plus, Houdini is one of the coolest historical figures ever and the funny dialog wouldn't disappoint Mr. Chaplin. Very entertaining. ...more
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like Houdini, I don’t always believe in the supernatural. But…

“‘Maybe it’s not supernatural,’ Bess said. ‘Maybe it’s simply natural. The way I see it, your gift and the gifts of others are what we all should be, and it’s the rest of humanity that has fallen short.’”

This prequel to The Sixteen Burdens doesn’t disappoint. As someone who doesn’t usually read YA, I appreciated the fact that the characters in this book are more mature. The complexities of love and relationship explored by Khalaf in t
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whilst reading The Sixteen Burdens, I definitely found myself wanting to know about the Harry Houdini of David Khalaf's imaginative world. Houdini was one of my favorite historical figures when I was a little girl (I wanted to be a magician at one point!) and so it was fun to explore his back story and how it leads up to the story in The Sixteen Burdens.

Harry Handcuff Houdini has the Burden of introspection. He knows every nook and cranny of his body and can see the outcomes of possible events
J. L. Thurston
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just like in a magic show, "Houdini's Last Trick" has surprise and flare on every page. I'm excited to read on with "The Burdens Trilogy." David Khalaf is a very talented writer who made this story play out just like a movie in my mind.
Readers will enjoy this story if they enjoy historic fiction and adventure. I can't wait to show it to my nephew who is a major history buff and also fascinated by magicians.
Dyanne Koppenhoefer
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had read The Sixteen Burdens and wanted to read this prequel. I am so glad I did! It made Sixteen Burdens even more interesting. Houdini's Last Trick is a fun read and hits all of the things I enjoy in a book: historical fiction, young adult, mystery. I am looking forward to reading the other books in the trilogy. ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an incredible new historical fantasy spin on Houdini and religion.

I didn't know what I expected when I started reading it, but I wasn't expecting a tight story, with a solid plot and memorable characters!

An author and series to watch for!
Sarah Elizabeth
This started out good, but I lost interest as it went along. It was well written though.
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David Khalaf was born in Orange County, California. He studied journalism and creative writing at the University of Southern California, and wrote his first full novel, a futuristic social satire, right out of college. It's still sitting on a shelf

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