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Play Dead Mason used to be an enforcer ensuring that those magic practitioners without a moral compass walked the straight and narrow But now he just wants to keep his head down play guitar and maintain a lo

  • Title: Play Dead
  • Author: John Levitt
  • ISBN: 9780441019649
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mason used to be an enforcer, ensuring that those magic practitioners without a moral compass walked the straight and narrow But now he just wants to keep his head down, play guitar, and maintain a low profile with Lou, his magical canine companion But Mason is down on his luck, and when a job with a large payout comes along, he finds the offer hard to resist not knowingMason used to be an enforcer, ensuring that those magic practitioners without a moral compass walked the straight and narrow But now he just wants to keep his head down, play guitar, and maintain a low profile with Lou, his magical canine companion But Mason is down on his luck, and when a job with a large payout comes along, he finds the offer hard to resist not knowing it might mean sacrificing what both man and his best friend hold most dear.

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    1. John Levitt

      About the Author from his website I grew up in New York City After a stint at the University of Chicago I didn t graduate I had things to do I traveled around the country and ended up in San Francisco Drugs and rock n roll Did some light shows for bands, learned to play guitar the usual stuff I forgot all about writing A few years later, while working at a ski lodge in Alta, Utah, I found I was getting bored So I looked around for the most unlikely thing I could think of, and joined the Salt Lake City Police Department I only planned to do it for a year, just for the experience That year turned into seven When I left, I had enough material to fill a book So I wrote one, a police thriller Then another.Dog Days was my first Urban Fantasy, followed by New Tricks and Unleashed Play Dead is the latest in the series and the last, at least for a while I split my time these days between Alta, Utah, and San Francisco, and when I m not working or writing, play guitar with my band in SF, The Procrastinistas The character of the dog, Lou well, he s sort of a dog is based on a real dog Big surprise there I personally have one cat and no dogs but my girlfriend now has four.

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    1. Please bear with me as I ramble my way through this review.As I was reading this book I had a discussion about my reaction to it with one of my friends on . I wasn’t very into the book and found myself disappointed because I had unconsciously expected something different. I am a huge fan of the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. I discovered the series at the same time I discovered the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. That was years ago, way before I had read any other Urban Fantas [...]


    2. It is a special pleasure when an author draws both the mundane and the fantastic into their writing. In this fourth installment in the Dog Days series, John Levitt thrilled me with the magical world he created, the mystery that drives the plot, and a number of sweet little details about the day to day of being a musician. Despite this being the first of the Dog Days books I’ve read, I found it both accessible and pleasant to jump into the action from Mason’s perspective. Information was give [...]


    3. I found this book a bit hard to get into at times, which is why I didn't rate it higher. But I did like some things about it:*Lou--I loved him. He's not just an ifrit, he's a dog, and he's adorable in his dogness.*Good humor bits. It had me laughing out loud, which is good!*Interesting magic system*The musical aspects were authentic, enlightening, and fascinating.*The look at San Francisco, which is a beautiful town that I have had the pleasure to visit and would love to go back to. And soon!Ove [...]


    4. Unbelievably, Levitt captures the essence of dogs and their magical qualities even better in Play Dead than the previous books in the series. Lou is *always* a dog, ever ready to abandon Mason for a quick snack of bacon or ham–but ever mindful that he is Mason’s protection, friend, and loyal companion. There is something more to Lou, just like most dogs; that keen intelligence that shines from their eyes, the unquestioning loyalty and a happiness that radiates. Lou may be an Ifrit, but as yo [...]


    5. Structurally, it's definitely moving in the right direction. #4 has a complex plot and nicely nuanced villains. But why is Mason so damned reckless and stupid? It's hard to get immersed in the story when you're thinking "Wow, that's dumb!" every 20 minutes.As for that cliffhanger ending, I didn't really feel a sense of urgency to find out what happened to Mason and Lou. When you've had four books to endear the characters to the reader, that's not a good sign. I might read a fifth one if I come a [...]



    6. From what I have heard, this will be the last Dog Days book. This makes me sad. Louie is one of my most favorite magical secondary characters. Why? Probably because he’s so mysterious and yet still predictable and interesting in all sorts of ways. Nobody knows exactly what he is or why he’s with Mason so he’s a mystery. But, everyone knows his prowess in searching out things and helping Mason out of trouble so he’s predictable as well. In any case, I will miss reading more stories about [...]


    7. John told me this was likely to be the last in the series -- and that the ending was final and very serious, to I rushed to find out what he meant. In fact, I can't imagine anything worse happening to Mason and Lou. It made me cry. I won't spoil it for you.I like that Mason continues not to be the sharpest tool in the chest, but that he's the one everyone reaches for when they need something done. This book had a twist that I did not see coming, which was fun. (Again, no spoilers.) I enjoyed the [...]


    8. I enjoyed the writing style in this book. Despite this being the first I'd read i the series, viewing the world through Mason's thoughts was both satisfying and informative. I particularly enjoyed the brand of sympathetic magic Mason practices, as well as the relationship between him and his Ifrit. Lou is a magical companion in dog form, capable of greater than average problem solving and comprehension, but he and Mason, literally, don't speak each other's language. Mason's communication with Lo [...]


    9. PB/Urban Fantasy: Book 4 of the Dog Days series. In his novel, Mason is more of a PI solving a case. Only he's reporting ever thing back to his real "boss" Victor. Lou, of course is the best part. He's the ifrit in the form of a dog and Mason best friend. There is a lot of chasing and searching for the bad guy and a lot of losing the bad guy. The bad guy righteously thinks she's doing the right thing, but in doing so will destroy the world. Spoiler/Warning: the ending is a devastating cliffhange [...]


    10. Mason is a jazz guitarist in San Francisco and a magical practitioner. Lou is his magical canine companion, an ifrit, who seems more magically talented and smarter than Mason. Jessie, a black arts practioner hires Mason to look for a woman who stole from her, who is also a jazz musician. She says she'll pay him a lot. Unfortunately, what Jackie has stolen -- with Mason's help,what was he thinking? -- promises to remake the world, and will make him sacrifice what is most dear to him.This ends in [...]


    11. Not a bad end to the series (or the first major arc; the author could return to it), but the conclusion does feel a bit abrupt. There's nothing specific I can point to as to why I gave it three stars instead of four, other than that it just felt rather perfunctory as a novel. There were some pretty big possibilities that only got skimmed over, and the lead character spends a bit too much time in the dark, being led around by his nose by the plot.All things considered, it may not be a bad idea to [...]


    12. Presumably the last in the series given the length of time that has passed, which leaves either an unresolved cliff hanger or sad ending to deal with. To be honest I could definitely have read more. These books haven't been absolute first rank but they are good and were on a generally upwards trajectory from the start. I'll certainly miss them.The main character is likable and anything but perfect, the secondary characters are pretty well drawn and do the job they are there to do, and Lou is a d [...]


    13. I finished reading Play Dead by John Levitt not too long ago. This was book four in Levitt’s “Dog Days” series, and Levitt says it’ll be the last, “at least for a while”. This was a fun series; I enjoyed all four books and I’ll miss it. Levitt made me care about the characters and I'll miss them too.Considering the lurch he left them in at the end of this book, I'll probably wonder occasionally whatever happened to them.


    14. This series has grown on me. By this 4th book the author has hit his stride and the story moves along and keeps my interest. I've also come to like the characters especially Mason the jazz musician/magic user's familiar min-pin, Lou, who is probably the best part of the story (hence the dog days theme.)Romantic relations but not heavy on the sex or strong language so excellent choice for school libraries.


    15. This tale ends darkly as a wave of magical energy suddenly dissipates on the ocean side of San Francisco, much like the even-year Giants losing to the Cubs in the ninth inning of a series-ending game. Mason and his four-legged magical partner for once deliberately takes the lead unravelling the web around this missing person case, instead of tagging along with the rest of the Scooby-Doo team.


    16. Series is good. The magic system is well developed and the characterization of Lou is cool.Mason is oddly dumb and never seems to learn. Feels more like a walking plot device.The cliffhanger this book ends on is painful, and there's probably no more books coming. Ow.


    17. Not as engaging as the previous entries in the series - though still quite the good read. The ending, though - if there isn't a sequel to resolve this new turn of events, I shall be quite put out. LOU! *wails*


    18. Another book with lots of twists and turns and an excellent, though sad ending. It's probably made a bit worse, because the publisher may not agree to continue the series, according to a review I looked over earlier this week. I really have enjoyed the series.


    19. Gotta love Lou he almost always saves the day or at least tries to do it. This wasn't as exciting as the book before. And the ending kind of sucked for them. I guess I'll have to read another if I want to know what happens. But that will wait till it's published.



    20. GAAAHHHHH!!!! Between First Dresden died. Then Drood died. Now Mason has this happen to him? Are all the authors in on it?


    21. I really enjoyed it, but I was surprised by the author's non-characteristic cliff hanger ending. Now I can't wait for the next one!





    22. This is an excellent paranormal mystery. I must say, I am not normally a fan of this genre, but this book is so good that I will read the others in the series.


    23. Pretty fast-paced story that ties in nicely with the previous books. The cliff-hanger at the end is going to kill me until the next book comes out.



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