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(Cal Leandros #5)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  4,714 ratings  ·  178 reviews
New from the national bestselling author of Deathwish

It's time to lock, load, and hit the road...

Once, while half-human Cal Leandros and his brother Niko were working on a case, an ancient gypsy queen gave them a good old-fashioned backstabbing. Now, just as their P.I. business hits a slow patch, the old crone shows up with a job.

She wants them to find a stolen coffi
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Roc (first published January 11th 2010)
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We used to have a neighbor when I was ten, for a few months before we moved again as we always did. She’d once told me that I was no better than I had to be. I hadn’t gotten that as a kid, and Niko for once hadn’t felt the need to explain it to me. No better than I had to be; seriously, what did that mean? I’d long since learned what it meant, and I knew Suyolak was no better than he had to be either, certainly no kinder than he had to be.

IT'S ROAD TRIP TIME! Sure it might be a cliche, but shovi
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy & this incredible series
Rating: 6 stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Depth of the Characters: 6 stars. Rob Thurman is a master at this.
Where it ranks in the series thus far: #1 - hands down the best and most emotionally engaging book of an already fantastic series.

This book made me cry. Not one or two random tears...this book made me sob like a baby that just had her favorite blanket stolen from her. Not because this was the end of the series (which it thankfully isn't) and not because (view spoiler)
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
3 Stars

Roadkill does not live up to the first four books. I am a huge fan of Rob Thurman and her Cal Leandros series but was disappointed with this one. Like the last book, I am very annoyed that I have to read nearly 25% of this book as rehash of the past. Not only that, I have to have everything shoved down my throat repeatedly as if I am an idiot and might not have gotten the point the first 60 times that I am told. We all get it, Cal Leandros loves and respects his ass kicking brother. Yep,
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I laughed...

...but I also cried...

...Simply... AWESOME!!

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I am speechless. I really don’t know how to review this book. Five stars are not enough. Actually, the whole night sky hasn’t enough stars for me to rate this book. This is definitely the best book in the series so far. “Roadkill” made me laugh and cry. The laughing I was expecting it but the crying part not so much. And I cried a lot.

Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
I am rating this book based on the other four. Roadkill wasnt nearly as good as the other four books. Cal spent a good 3/4ths of the book telling us things we already know. Rob Thurman has a tendency to believe that her readers for each book are either new to the series, or that they dont remember what happend in the previous books. The time she spent getting us 'up to speed' could have been used creating plot. What I love about this series is the interaction between the characters, but somehow ...more
Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I was sooo excited to read this book and compared to the other books in the series, which happens to be one of my favorites, this one is the weakest. I'm sooo disappointed. The first 4 chapters were pretty much a re-hash of the previous 4 books in the series and an ode to brother/cousin love. It was incredibly repetitive and kind of waned my interest in the book. The book does get better once they hit the road.

As with 'Deathwish' the author splits the voice in the book. Instead of dividing it be
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Don Bradshaw
In this episode, the guys and a few friends go up against The Plague of the World, the anti-healer. The story was not as good as the previous books because it was essentially a long car chase. I also found that with the extra characters that their individual POV's tended to overlap and get repetitious. There were quite a few high points but not as many as I was used to from the previous books. I still enjoyed this supernatural adventure. ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This one was a little too introspective and talky compared to previous books in the series and less action, sometimes taking up only a couple of paragraphs. The plot was fine if a little predictable. The final battle wasn't one of her best, not enough characters almost dying, but it was good. :)

But those Brothers moments just get me and there were several although I wanted more. Instead we got moments between cousins who were raised as brothers, and a delightful Wolf who was more dog-like than w
Beanbag Love
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Cal and Niko are back for another dangerous mission. This time their old Rom nemesis, Abelia-Roo, contacts them to fix an apocalyptic screw-up that could mean the end of the world. Good times.

Along for the ride is everyone's favorite trickster, Robin Goodfellow, who's a bit out of sorts, experimenting with a concept that has been beyond his slightest consideration for centuries. Delilah, as well, bringing some extra danger and skin-tight white leathers along for the ride. Poor Cal.

The villain is
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
i loved this book! it was just such great fun to read.

even though i wouldnt of minded part of the story being told from Niko's POV again Catchers was still pretty interesting and im glad for the incite into his relationship with his cousin and there back story, plus his thoughts on Cal were entertaining.
the way the book ended was incredible, im still not sure how i felt, it was an odd mixture of sadness, happiness, hope and maybe slight disappoint-ness because they werent able to help (view spoi
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Okay - I'm a little on the fence with the 5th book of this series. It definitely veered from the other storylines. I enjoyed the fact that Nik and Cal switched POVs in the last two books. In this book, Cal & Nik take a job to stop the Plague of the World, a centuries old Rom who is an anti-healer with the power to destroy the world with virulence and disease. They recruit their healer friend, Rafferty, who has been searching for a cure for his cousin, Catcher, who is stuck in wolf form and losin ...more
Jacqueline J
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and I loved this book. I was a little concerned going into this book that maybe the series was slipping because I didn't enjoy hearing from Nik's POV in the last book. I love Nik being his mysterious ninja self as seen through Cal's eyes. So happy we were back to that original format in this book. The sardonic wit that blows through these books is refreshingly different from the too serious take of some books in the genre or the puny tongue in cheek of others. The story moved ...more
Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Another amusing horror story from Rob Thurman. Cal, Niko, and Robin are hired by psychotic Abelia-Roo, a grandmotherly Rom with a streak of cruelty that puts Hitler to shame, to find and retreive an iron coffin. The catch? An anti-healer called the Plague of the World, is slowly breaking the seals that keep him in the coffin and is leaving a trail of dead behind him. The Plague of the Worlds ultimate goal? The destruction of all living things. Thanks to an odd freindship, Niko manages to get Raf ...more
While I always love roadtrip in a story, somehow this one doesn't really work. Maybe because the writing has divided the point of view into Cal's and Catcher's ... and as much as I like that wolf cousin of Rafferty's, he's never part of the "main" crowd. He's not Robin, he's not even Delilah (who appears in more books that Rafferty and Catcher). So I don't know why he seems to share the spotlight along with Cal. MAYBE, because his situation somehow resembles Cal, but I just find myself being dis ...more
Jul 18, 2009 rated it liked it
I really like this series but this book was just okay for me. Not a lot of the action that I have come to expect from the Leandros brothers. Much more philosophical musing in this books as compared to previous books.

On the plus side it was interesting to learn more about Rafferty and his cousin, Catcher, who we met in a previous book.

I didn't care for the Cal/Auphe aspect or even the Cal/Delilah line.

Hoping the next book goes back to what was great in the earlier books.
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Brad Smith
May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Cal and Niko hit the road to search for a missing Gypsy Healer who turned bad and was imprisoned for hundreds of years. Very fun read.
Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Excellent read. The series continues to delight.
Dec 21, 2020 added it
What is it we all love so much about road trips? From the drug-addled craziness of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to the inanity of Chevy Chase's Vacation, they seem to strike a chord in all of us. Roadkill is definitely one of those, on steroids.

Cal and Niko are approached by the old Rom witch, Abelia-Roo, with a problem to solve. Long long ago, one of the Rom healers, Suyolak, went over to the dark side, and became a killer, instead. Evidently, he was like Ebola and the Bl
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Cal Leandros and his half-brother are Rom … detectives?... who battle supernatural creatures. In this case, an old nemesis hires them to find The Plague of the World, an ancient Rom who has the ability to unleash any disease known to mankind upon the unsuspecting populace.

Another library book sale book. It turns out this is Book 5 of a series, but the author did a really good job of filling in the background details without making it seem like she was reminding the reader of the background detai
Mary Soon Lee
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This is the fifth book in the Cal Leandros horror/urban-fantasy series. I've read the first five books in three weeks, and the reason for that is that I very, very much like the friendship between the two brothers, Cal and Niko. My favorite installment in the series thus far is book four, "Deathwish," which alternated between Cal's perspective and Niko's perspective. This fifth installment is mostly from Cal's point-of-view, but includes a thread from the point-of-view of Catcher, who is roughly ...more
Enas Zrik
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok this was...Wow..

I loved it. Not at first, but somewhere along the ride I couldn't put the book down!

It's 4 stars because Niko wasn't there as much as I would've liked him to be.


I don't think I was scared of the Auphe as much as I should have until this book. What Cal did, what he thought of, it scared the **** out of me! I couldn't believe how fast he was losing control, and how easy it seemed to slip.

On the other hand, I found Niko's reaction to be, a little more controlled then I wou
First book in the series to disappoint me. It wasn't bad, but it was nowhere near as exciting as previous books. Too much narration and backstory harping, rather than moving on with the plot. By book 5, Thurman should be able to expect her audience to know at least some background to her universe, rather than explaining every detail every time. I was disappointed that Niko didn't get pov chapters this time. Catcher's chapters didn't add anything to the story other than to make the ending unneces ...more
This book in the series took me a while to get through. I'd actually forgotten about the series for several years, so was excited when I came across the review I did for Book 4 and started this book as I absolutely loved the first four. This one seemed longer, and more convoluted, more draggy or something, more repetitive. I still enjoyed the world Thurman created in this urban fantasy, just wasn't as "into" this particular book. Still going to read on, though! I think there's 3 left. ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Mostly for Catcher and Rafferty. Their storyline was the strongest part of the book IMO and the ending... Must not spoil anything.

Rob/Puck has his moments of awesome and hilarity too.
Trashy easy fun read

I feel like I’m being generous offering 2 stars as the writing is horrible, the structure a disaster and the plot utterly confusing but it’s a fun fast read when looking for a mental break from more serious works.
Hudson Murrell
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really good. The best by far. Val's life keeps evolving, and some of it is for he better. Maybe. Possibly. ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Still repetitive in a lot of ways, family first - we get it! But damn entertaining nonetheless.
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