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Magicians Impossible

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  751 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
Bartender Jason Bishop's world is shattered when his estranged father Daniel seemingly commits suicide, but the greater shock comes when he learns his father was a secret agent in the employ of the Invisible Hand; an ancient society of spies wielding magic in a centuries-spanning war. Now the Golden Dawn; the shadowy cabal of witches and warlocks responsible for Daniel Bis ...more
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley, fantasy
I want to start by saying that I received an Advanced Review Copy of this book from NetGalley and Thomas Dunne Books in exchange for an honest review (thank you!). I am pointing this out because I feel like there are still some revisions to be made, and the content I am reviewing is subject to change prior to release.

I do feel like there could be a four star read in here after some tweaking. The world building was pretty awesome. I loved the idea of the Citadel, the place that exists separate fr
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I was going to go with a 3.5 star rating for this book, but I talked my way up to 4 stars, as I thought about it more. I believe that my rating indecision is based on the fact that I was disappointed with some aspects, and I felt that it was different from what the name implies. I was expecting more of a caper type book with a magical ensemble. It's actually about a young man who finds out that he is part of a magical world he had no idea existed, and how his father kept him out of this world to ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Brad Abraham’s Magicians Impossible is a fascinating debut that blends together many genres, reading much like a magic school story for adults wrapped in a part-urban fantasy, part-spy thriller package. The novel stars protagonist Jason Bishop, a 30-year-old bartender from small town New York who has always felt deep in his heart that he was meant for bigger things. For many, such desires are nothing more than a pipe dre
Lisa Maxwell
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This hard-boiled thriller was a blast to read. It's like if Harry Potter had discovered he was a wizard at 30 and had to become an Auror, like, NOW. Fast-paced, twisty, and with an imaginative magic system that constantly had me impressed with its inventiveness, I loved it start to finish.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review from Tenacious Reader:

3.5/5 Stars

Magicians Impossible is a fun and exciting adventure that introduces magic to our world. I think this book should do well with readers that are fans of The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It features an older protagonist than a typical coming into powers or magic school book, and with just one or two exceptions, he has been a loner for most of his life. After the death of his estranged father, Jason’s world turns upside
Sep 23, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017, dnf
This is a book I bought due to the continued absence of a certain Harry Dresden and looked promising with a title that referred to a bland between Mission Impossible and some great magic adventures.

However the book never lived up to its promise and a kinda found better books to read and left this one behind in the wake of far better books.

The story left me kinda not interested and bored, not a great quality when one reads a book. Sadly not finished and hence no rating.
Lauren Stoolfire
Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham is a lot of fun and has a lot of potential, but all of its potential is never quite realized. The best way I can describe it is Harry Potter and Harry Dresden meets James Bond, and that's enough to hook me right there. The opening scene of the story is really cool, but fair warning it's pretty bloody. The main part of the book follows Jason as his life takes a dramatic turn. After his father's death, he learns that his father was a mage, an evil group of wiza ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Actual rating : 3.5

Review to come!
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The nitty-gritty: Fast and furious, violent and action-packed, this story will make you wish you had magical powers!

Brad Abraham’s debut is being billed as “ Harry Potter meets James Bond” and after reading Magicians Impossible I have to say that’s a pretty good description. I had several Harry Potter flashback moments while reading this, and I could almost hear the James Bond theme song playing in the background during some of the more thrilling action scenes. Abraham’s debut is fast-pace
Daniel Withrow
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Are you a thirty-something white dude stuck in a dead-end job, with a girlfriend about to break up with you, and no real plans to make things better? Maybe you're not a loser after all. Maybe nobody aPREESHiates you because you're secretly a super-powerful WIZARD! And maybe people who've trained to be wizards will say, "Wow, how are you so good at being a wizard, man?" when they see you in action!

Christ, the wish-fulfillment dripping off this book makes me want to scrub.

But that's not the worst
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017reads, fantasy
If we hadn't been told early on that the protagonist was 30 I would have totally thought this was a YA novel. It had all the classic YA fantasy tropes: parents dead, lead character who finds out that they are suddenly super special, magic school, etc.

This book didn't work for me, and looking back, I think it was the lack of process. I felt like the author wanted to drop the reader into a world-changing battle, but didn't really want to deal with the lead up. So the protagonist finds out he's a
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
What is this about: Jason Bishop discovers he has magic in the worst circumstances ever. And then just when he didn't think things could get worse, they kind of sort of do. But there's also magic....

What else is this about?: Family, the ones you make and the ones you are born into and how they mess with your head entirely.

When I first found out about this book, I saw a review or an early tagline equate it to James Bond, except with magic. From that point on, I was determined to listen to this bo
Hope Sloper
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: very-enjoyable
This was a great, fast paced, easily read, action packed story. It was very interesting and worth the read.
However, upon reading the last paragraph of this book, I won't deny that it left me a bit undecided on how to review it. I loved it, yet at the same time, I was disappointed. It took me a few days to realize that the disappointment wasn't the way the novel ended, but that the ending felt premature.
The world within Magicians Impossible is enthralling and fascinating, but it's paired with a
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved the characters, loved the settings (i.e. The Citadel) but it needed MORE. More explanation of the magic (i.e. why Damon used cards as his weapon and same with Jason) and the ending was a total question mark-which I don't like. So I want more from the author and I hope there is another book and it has much more detail.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I really had a mixed experience with this book, and it is a bit of an odd mash-up between a Harry Potter type universe and a secret agent/James Bond type plot. The first half was really intriguing, but the second half just fell flat for me - motivations didn't make sense, reasons for why these two factions are fighting weren't really clear, and it just got muddled.

It wasn't terrible, and I did finish it, but at the same time, I wasn't left with a huge desire to come back for future books. Really
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
It's an enjoyable read, but there's not really anything here I haven't read before.
Therin Knite
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
When I started this book, I wasn't sure what to expect, but from the blurb, I thought it had a lot of potential. And by the end of the book, I still thought it had a lot of potential -- in other words, I thought it could have used a bit of improvement. There was an incredible foundation upon which to build an excellent novel, but the execution didn't quite live up to the promise.

Starting with the things I DID like about the book:

The world-building was fantastic: The concept of the Golden Dawn an
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
Magicians Impossible is an action packed story that takes place in a complex world of magic. At the surface, the author presents the story of a young man discovering his magical family legacy. He then further develops this concept building up a world of classes of magicians and warring magical gangs. Very creative and interesting world building. This book provides good material that would make a really good movie. It's saturated in cinematic action sequences. Unfortunately, I felt like it had to ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Bound to be a series
An awesome read. This is the tale of a war, eons long, between two magical factions. Our hero is new to the ways of magic but plays an important role in the battle. Block out plenty of time for this one, you won't want to stop. I'm busy making a mental list of every one I know that NEEDS to read this book. While unfamiliar with the rest of his work, I believe Mr. Abraham has won another devotee.
Asta Sinusas
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While I liked the fast-paced opening and the deck of card tricks, what I really appreciated about this book was when Jason had a chance to think back on his life and better understand why his dad was "traveling" all the time for business. It's tough to re-think your world from someone else's eyes. In this case, Jason finally understood that his dad was a magician and didn't go home often because he didn't want anyone to find out that he had a son. I also liked as Jason recalled those instances f ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two magician fractions The Invisible Hand and the Golden Dawn are at war and in the middle is Jason Bishop. After his father commits suicide Jason discovers he is much more important than he thought. His father was an agent for the Hand and was murdered by the Dawn, but secrets are revealed, sides are taken, and the battles rage on. This book was so much fun! It pulled me in relatively quickly and the action descriptions were wonderful! Sometimes in battle scenes I can get pretty bored. Hope thi ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: its-magic, fresh-meat
I wanted to like Magicians Impossible, I really, really did.

But I didn't like it, I really, really didn't.

For a book devoted to magicians and magic and nefarious, mysterious factions and bloodthirsty leaders, I had a hard time focusing and ended up putting the book down more than once to do random things, like fold laundry and watch SpongeBob.

I can't quite put a finger on why I didn't like it.

At first, I thought it was the writing that bugged me. The writing was fine but I felt it kind of...dr
Helena Corsekova
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, wizardry
Pure Magic! It's like Harry Potter grew up into Jason Bourne.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A 31 year old Bartender could possibly save the world. Jason Bishop is adrift in the world, afraid of forming relationships because of the early death of his mother, and his presumes abandonment by his father. Little did he know that his father was a member of something Big, and now he is dead. Jason is then thrown into the world of Magic. He learns fast--maybe a little too fast to be believeable, but then he is his father's
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Too bad this book isn't the first in a series; I'd definitely read them.

As a bartending 30 yo, Jason Bishop seems to be stuck. His mother died a few days after he was born and after attending to the suicide death of his father, his girlfriend attempted to kill him. After failing to choke him to death, she broke the window of her high-rise condo and pushed him out! It was after he was rescued mid-fall that he found out that his father was actually murdered because he was an agent of the Secret Ha
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book has great pacing but too many flaws to be recommendable. The plot is predictable, seriously after the first chapter you can easily see where this is all going. There is also very loose editing. Using awkward words like bulwark is fine but not several times within a couple pages. The dialogue is frequently expositional. There are a lot of flavors from popular YA lit as well...mundanes etc. the main character is able to advance through mage levels in a day, truly a chosen one. Ugh there' ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy
Magicians Impossible is a fantasy story with the pacing of a thriller. It grabs you on page one and continues to impress and propel you forward all the way to the end. Abraham keeps you off balance and uncertain throughout, but the answers feel earned. Even if you guess the answer to some of the puzzles, there’s enough going on to keep you entertained all the way to the end.

Jason Bishop is adrift in life. He’s a 30 year old bartender dealing with the death by suicide of his estranged father. It
Vinay Badri
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
A 3.5 starrer

A Harry Potter-esque situation featuring a 30 year bartended ala James McAvoy in Wanted, Magicians Impossible is pretty much a set of the big screen novel that also quite reminds its audience of its roots in the Mission Impossible series as well with the title as well as some scenes where a character goes "Its impossible" only to quickly correct themselves based on their power

Bartender Jason Bishop's world changes overnight when his dad seemingly committed suicide, only to realize t
Frank Miceli
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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From start to finish I honestly did not want to put this book down. From purposefully missing a train to work for some extra reading time to falling asleep not once but twice with this book in my hand, I truly enjoyed every minute spent reading this.
Before we even get into the book, just take a look at that cover. Yes, I fell for this book the moment I saw the cover. With that title and the dark, imposing figure, I knew I had to get this the day it wa
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Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Brad Abraham will be speaking at The Book Carnival in Orange, CA on September 27 at 7 PM. Abraham describes “Magician’s Impossible” as “Harry potter meets James Bond,” and I found that to be true. It starts with an intriguing magic card trick and continues from there.

Jason Bishop has his life interrupted when his father commits suicide. The circumstances become more unusual when he discovers that his father was a secret agent for a super-spy group, The Invisible Hand, which has been employing ma
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Author of Magicians Impossible (Thomas Dunne Books, September, 2017), creator of the Mixtape comic book series (Space Goat Productions), screenwriter of the films Fresh Meat and Stonehenge Apocalypse, writer on the television series Canada Crew, Now You Know, I Love Mummy, and Robocop Prime Directives, and a journalist whose work has appeared in Rue Morgue, Dreamwatch, Starburst, and Fangoria.
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