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Dead Man

(Black Magic Outlaw #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,345 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Alternate cover edition of ASIN B019ROIX8U

I'm Cisco Suarez: necromancer, shadow charmer, black magic outlaw. Sounds kinda cool, doesn't it? It was, right until I woke up half dead in a dumpster.

Did I say half dead? Because I meant 100% dead. Full on. I don't do things halfway.

So here I am, alive for some reason, just another sunny day in Miami. It's a perfect paradise, exc
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 298 pages
Published December 24th 2015 by Blood & Treasure
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Montzalee Wittmann
Dead Man (Black Magic Outlaw #1) by Domino Finn is a pretty good fantasy book. Lots of action, magic, necromancy, suspense, and plenty of twists and turns. I had the audio narration and the narrator was pretty good.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

💀 DNF at 28%.

The hunt for tolerable UF with a male lead is paved with good intentions ever-so-slightly underwhelming crap stuff. And sometimes, when you're really lucky, like I was here, said underwhelming crap stuff is also boring as fish. And also also headache-inducing. Quite the feat, is it not? And who do we have to thank for such a dazzling accomplishment, you ask? Why Cisco Whatever-His-Last-Name Is, aka our Dead Man in residence, aka the main character of this delightful little romp. And
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I'm Cisco Suarez: necromancer, shadow charmer, black magic outlaw. Sounds kinda cool, doesn't it? It was, right until I woke up half dead in a dumpster.
Did I say half dead? Because I meant 100% dead. Full on. I don't do things halfway.

I'm not going to lie, I was totally sucked in by the cool sounding blurb of this book. Did the story live up to the promise of the blurb? Probably not, but this still turned out to be an entertaining enough read. It was an action UF with a slightly unique feel.

Constance Burris
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 Good try.

I was mostly entertained. Writing style was good. It had a latino lead and he was crushing on a curvy latino chick. The bad buys were Haitian and Nigerian and there was a reference to an African Vampire. I cringed at the term "black on black" crime. I think the author could have used a racial sensitivity reader, but I have to give him points for trying. Good story over, even if it parts were predictable.

I'd read the next one if only to see what happens with the African vampire "as
Karen  ⚜Mess⚜
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Brilliantly written.

I'm having that moment where I kick myself in the pants for sitting on this book for a year before reading it. What a waste of a year! Don't sit on a treasure like this. Open it up and IMMEDIATELY begin to enjoy it!

Domino Finn (The Magnificent and Talented) has wrapped up all the loves I have involving magic and action into this fantastic novel. This world of necromancy, zombies and voodoo was creatively written. I've already started book 2 because I just saw how b
Kenny Soward
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun magic system, great atmosphere and setting, and a heroic yet tarnished protagonist who finds some pretty creative ways to defeat his enemies. There was just enough betrayal, dark humor, and action without making my head spin in circles like with some books. There were some parts where I thought he emotion was drummed up, but otherwise good stuff. I will be checking out the rest of the series.
Dead Man by Domino Finn
Cisco Suarez, necromancer and a wee bit of a dumb ass, wakes up in  a dumpster. Wait. Can the dead wake? Cisco is full on dead and he’s none too happy to learn about it, especially since a variety of folks are set on seeing him dead. Again.
The Miami heat can be harsh, especially if you’re already prone to giving off body odor. Cisco needs info and the first person he runs into that he knows is Milena, who was his sister Seleste’s BFF. Cisco soon learns what tragedy befell
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My original Dead Man audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Cisco Suarez wakes up in a dumpster after being killed 10 years ago.  He remembers none of the last decade, how he died, or how he got many of the skills and strength he now has.  After tracking down a couple of friends, he is able to piece together enough details to follow a trail toward his killers.  More questions arise as he finds out someone slaughtered his family and a Hattian voodoo gang wants him dea
Sadie Forsythe
Entertaining overall, but there was a slow start with far too many info drops and the plot was a tad on the thin side. There were also a couple inconsistencies, like someone walking to work and saying they'd get a ride home and then Cisco showing up at work to borrow her car, which is there. However, I liked Cisco and was invested in what happened to him. I'd be willing to read the next in the series. ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
I made it exactly 15% into this book before I decided to close it forever. I actually got this for free, an enticement to read the rest of the series. But unfortunately where other urban fantasies tend to create an interesting protagonist who is relatable to on some level, Finn did nothing of the sort here. To even get 15% into this book was a slog, and not one I enjoyed. I thought that maybe the action scenes would help drive the story, but they don't.

There was some potential in this novel, an
K.M. Carroll
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After devouring the entire Dresden series by Jim Butcher, I've been dabbling with other series here and there, trying to find other urban fantasy that serves up non-stop action, plausible mystery, solid world building, and a hero with a (somewhat) moral core.

Imagine my surprise to find it in a black magic outlaw.

Our hero wakes up dead--or alive, we're not sure--in a dumpster, and his day goes downhill from there. Miami is painted in vivid prose, from the slang to the pink sidewalks. There are C
I took a chance with this new-to-me author because I always crave for urban fantasy with male protagonist. While it took me quite a whole to finish it but I guess I liked it enough. I wasn't completely invested with the voodoo ritual part of the book -- I mean, I enjoy urban fantasy stories with magic, but voodoo (with their rituals and their gods) is something different altogether. Which was why I was keep being distracted with romance books instead.

However, I liked Cisco's 'voice'. I also foun
Feb 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
I stuck with this one till the end against my better judgement, but it never really improved.

Pros: Domino Finn writes action really well. I liked the detailed combat portions which were the highlight to the novel. Also the world and the world building had some fascinating lore which is what drew me to the book in the first place. I liked how he ended the book "Finn."

Cons: The lead character who narrates is pretty unlikable. Far too often the book attempts humour and never succeds. Not once. In f
Britney (AudioShelf)
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I listened to the audiobook and while I loved the narrator, Neil Hellegers, I just couldn't really get into the story. At certain points it would hook me, but then most of the time the plot dragged. I do give props for the big twist, which totally took me by surprise. However, a lot of the little twists in the story were predictable and then never really addressed later on. One in particular really annoyed me because the secret was revealed and then NEVER spoken of again. I wish that there was a ...more
J. Sharp
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great start to the series!

Dead Man is a superb book with an excellent main character. Cisco Suarez is exactly what I needed in a great hero, haunted by his past, and strong enough to go out to figure out the mystery surrounding his life. I will not give any storyline in this review, but will say if you like snarky characters and black magic, plus surprises galore in your urban fantasy, Finn is your man, and Dead Man is your book.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
One and done with this series (this was a mediocre slog).
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Warning: some spoilers ahead.

The Urban Fantasy market is saturated with copycats. There I said it, so you don't have to feel bad about thinking it. ;)

In all fairness though, I kind of understand the reasoning. The Dresden Files kind of set the bar for Urban Fantasy since its initial publication. An entire generation of geeks grown up on the titular geek wizard and his adventures. It stands to reason that so many writers are going to think imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It's also b
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good urban fantasy with an original take on the main character. The title says it all.

If I have a quibble it's that the action scenes didn't seem to let up and sometimes they just seemed to be there because, ya know, action. I guess I'm saying that maybe some of them didn't serve the story so much as just provide an excuse to have some violence. But looking back on it, I can't put my finger on one that did this particularly. I just had a continuing sense of it as I read the book.

Phillip III
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I discovered Domino Finn when he released the first book in the Sycamore Moon series. I thought the three books in the trilogy were some of the best supernatural thrillers I'd read in a long time. Recently, Finn sent me the first two books in the Black Magic Outlaw series. Although I was in the middle of reading two other books, I set them aside, and delved into DEAD MAN.

I am thankful I did. (If you want the book synopsis, read it on Goodreads/Amazon). Basically, Cisco Suarez has been dead for t
Nervous Nellie Justice
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reviewed
This is an urban fantasy. No sex, plenty of death, blood and gore. Voodoo ritual, gang violence and black magic. There is a satisfying ending, but it took a lot of blood and tears to get there. Seriously.

Cisco is a typical 24 year old kid/man. He thinks he knows everything. Playing with black magic is a game . . . until it isn’t. Someone or someones are trying to kill him. He is at times arrogant, self pitying and cold blooded. He’s an assassin albeit involuntarily.

This story has more twists and
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Nice action, decent dialogue, likable protagonist, but a little weak on the plot.

There were a few points of eye-rolling drama (view spoiler) but I think my biggest issue with the story (and admittedly the most nit-picky thing ever) is the author only seems to introduce the few rules of an otherwise vaguely defined magic system to comment on how someone or other has broken them.

Not a bad read but I'm most likely going to pass on the rest of the s
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a decent start of a series. The beginning had issues but beginnings are usually the hardest. This book did a good job introducing the main character and the world and it set up the major plotline I'm sure will carry on through the series.
Lile I mentioned before I had some issues with the book but it drew me in eventually and I'll definitely read the next installment of the series which will hopefully be better.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF'd after Chapter 5.

I just couldn't read anymore. Overexplaining, the main character referring to himself in the third person (really???), the contradictions and confusing back and forth. Whiplash! Poorly written and crafted. I tried, though. This is the second or third time I've picked this one up and put it down again. I really want to like it. The story world is really cool, but ugh. I just can't make it past the writing.
J.G. Gatewood
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very fast read, and an interesting concept. I thought the main character, Cisco, was very well developed. I thought a few things were a little rushed, but I liked the overall outcome of the story. I will pickup the next book in the series very soon.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well done!

A necromancer that is about more than just amassing power. Character build that really seems to bring even side characters to life.
I didn't find any errors either. Only complaint is, I wish it was longer.
I recommend this book.
I had the pleasure of reading the ebook back in 2016 but with the release of this series in audiobook format, I felt I needed to revisit this book. What follows is an updated review that includes my thoughts on the narration (which is excellent!).

Cisco Suarez, necromancer and a wee bit of a dumb ass, wakes up in a dumpster. Wait. Can the dead wake? Cisco is full on dead and he’s none too happy to learn about it, especially since a variety of folks are set on seeing him dead. Again.

The Miami heat
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Note: I'm reviewing the audiobook.

Dead Man is the first book in Domino Finn's Black Magic Outlaw series. As such, it's supposed to set up the world for the rest of the novels and I got to say, it does. It's pretty much modern-day real world with magic in it, and you know how much I love that.

However, I found the magic a tad overwhelming. There's so much of it, right from the start, and that brings me to my next two points: action and Cisco's brain.

If you like fast-paced stories where there's alw
Joseph Rochner
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought it was good overall, i had never read a book like this, mainly because a lot of books that have the characters look overpowered or really amazing and make the book appear to be really good, but turns out to be rather disappointing, this however wasn't. I liked that Finn made the character Cisco a realistic character, he is not this overly powered magic user that a lot of authors tend to write about which doesn't allow for the character to grow and get stronger throughout the series, an ...more
alan l jarbeau
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dead man is a kick ads character.

I thoroughly enjoyed the novel ,and the character of Cisco Suarez . I also thought it was great that it took place in mami as I had spent time there in the service of helped to better envision certain aspects of the story. I also enjoyed the fact that voodoo was primarily used as the basis for much of what takes place in the story,and it was additionally interesting to learn a little in regards to the history of the practice of voodoo,and black magic. I was also
Victor Ward
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read this once before, but took another spin. Domino Finn's Cisco Juarez is definitely one of the best characters in the genre. He's a tragic figure, but one who also accepts that he deserves some of what's he's gotten. He's quick to anger, but also recognizes and deals with his flaws. He's naturally talented like all heroes of this genre, but to in a way that makes things easy for him. The side characters are also likewise very nuanced and multi-dimensional, making reading the series inter ...more
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Domino Finn is an entertainment industry veteran, a contributor to award-winning video games, and the grizzled Urban Fantasy author of the best-selling Black Magic Outlaw series. His stories are equal parts spit, beer, and blood, and are notable for treating weighty issues with a supernatural veneer. If Domino has one rallying cry for the world, it's that fantasy is serious business.

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