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Conor Night, the world’s only necromancer, is starting to think that his life is finally coming together. His last job not only left him funded but also helped him fall off the radar of the world’s two most powerful wizards. Of course, being a necromancer always has its downsides, and when he’s forced into a job that will leave the Houses on the brink of all-out war, he be Conor Night, the world’s only necromancer, is starting to think that his life is finally coming together. His last job not only left him funded but also helped him fall off the radar of the world’s two most powerful wizards. Of course, being a necromancer always has its downsides, and when he’s forced into a job that will leave the Houses on the brink of all-out war, he begins to realize just how down those sides can be. He thinks he understands the rules in the world of ghosts and magic. Unfortunately for him, the rules are about to change.


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Conor Night, the world’s only necromancer, is starting to think that his life is finally coming together. His last job not only left him funded but also helped him fall off the radar of the world’s two most powerful wizards. Of course, being a necromancer always has its downsides, and when he’s forced into a job that will leave the Houses on the brink of all-out war, he be Conor Night, the world’s only necromancer, is starting to think that his life is finally coming together. His last job not only left him funded but also helped him fall off the radar of the world’s two most powerful wizards. Of course, being a necromancer always has its downsides, and when he’s forced into a job that will leave the Houses on the brink of all-out war, he begins to realize just how down those sides can be. He thinks he understands the rules in the world of ghosts and magic. Unfortunately for him, the rules are about to change.

57 review for Dead Stare

  1. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Dead Stare Ghosts & Magic, Volume 3 By: M. R. Forbes Narrated by: Jeff Hays This series is addicting. The last necromancer is dying of cancer but Death wants him, but helping him? He is getting a collection of frienemies. I love this series for the witty comments that are scattered everywhere, the comedy, the crazy characters, the fun situations, the clever plot, the great dialogue, and how it weaves all those together to weave a heart warming story out of chaos and craziness! I giggle throughout th Dead Stare Ghosts & Magic, Volume 3 By: M. R. Forbes Narrated by: Jeff Hays This series is addicting. The last necromancer is dying of cancer but Death wants him, but helping him? He is getting a collection of frienemies. I love this series for the witty comments that are scattered everywhere, the comedy, the crazy characters, the fun situations, the clever plot, the great dialogue, and how it weaves all those together to weave a heart warming story out of chaos and craziness! I giggle throughout the story at the witty comments or situations and then sober up at some deep thought he throws in my face like ice water. Love it. The narrator is terrific! A true gem! Voices and sound effects are out of this world, literally, lol.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Dead Stare by M. R. Forbes Note: This is Book 3 in the series and it is best to have read the previous books to understand the rules of magic for this series and the characters’s various motivations. Plus, they’re damn entertaining! Conor Night, a cancer-riddled necromancer assassin, thinks he’s sitting in a good place. His previous job left him well funded, no one is currently hunting him, and the stolen cancer meds are working better than ever. That is until Mr. Black and Death team up to leave Dead Stare by M. R. Forbes Note: This is Book 3 in the series and it is best to have read the previous books to understand the rules of magic for this series and the characters’s various motivations. Plus, they’re damn entertaining! Conor Night, a cancer-riddled necromancer assassin, thinks he’s sitting in a good place. His previous job left him well funded, no one is currently hunting him, and the stolen cancer meds are working better than ever. That is until Mr. Black and Death team up to leave him without a virtual reality operator and force him on the run again. It’s another wild ride in the world of Conor Night, AKA The Baron. While refilling his cancer med stash, he comes across Frank Dobson, who is half troll, half ogre and completely ticked off at being experimented on. Against Conor’s better judgement, he sort of rescued Frank and Frank then steals his money to buy pants. Obviously, once two people have been through that kind of fuss, they have to be comrades. However, as quickly as Conor came across this new ally, someone has kidnapped Prythi, his VR tech guru, away from him. He’ll have to make do with Prythi’s girlfriend Myra, who doesn’t really like him and is a bit distraught over the whole ordeal. I had 2 tiny quibbles with this book and they both dealt with Myra: 1) Sometimes she sounds just like Dani from Book 1 and I think the author must have regretted removing her from the series so soon; 2) At one point Myra reveals something pretty personal about herself to Conor at an awkward moment and it didn’t really make sense that she would confide in him. OK. Now that I have my two tiny criticisms out of the way, I can tell you how much fun I had with this book. The action is sprinkled with moments of dark humor and Conor doing a bit of introspection, so I never got battle fatigue.  Also, I am really starting to like Conor even though he can be quite the jerk at times. He knows he’s done some very questionable things and in this book he really starts to question if he has the right to do those things even in the name of caring for his estranged family. Plus, he’s a smart-ass. I always love the smart-ass. Frank was an unexpected breath of fresh air to the series. He’s got an almost child-like attitude about all this magic and assassins and stealing stuff and high-powered magical creatures. He’s yet one more victim in Mr. Black’s schemes to find the source of the magic and either control it or wipe it out. Conor won his fierce loyalty when he freed him from years of captive experimentation. As a troll-ogre cross (trogre), he can take quite the beating and heal quickly from nearly anything that leaves a mark. Tarakona, who we met in Book 2 Dead Red, is back and has a task for Conor as well. Mr. Black is keeping a murky character known as Sandman captive in his secret lair. Tarakona wants Conor to retrieve Sandman and hand her over to him for safe keeping. However, Sandman has been contacting Conor through the VR on her own arguing for her independence from either party. If Conor wants to see Prythi again, then he will have to liberate Sandman from Mr. Black. He can figure out the rest from there. The magic of the world is creepy. Well, Conor is a necromancer so there is the use of dead cats and little kids to act as spies. His powers grow as he gets closer to death and some of his new powers freak out his allies a little bit. Forbes surprised and delighted me once again with a surprise at the ending. Conor will need therapy after this. The last two hours of the book I simply did not want to put it down. I had to know what Amos’s angle was. I needed to see how much Tarakona knew. I wanted to find out more about Sandman and why she was so vague about herself. I hoped Frank would get a date. That last remains to be seen. Another excellent addition to this urban fantasy series! I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from the narrator in exchange for an honest review. Narration:  Jeff Hays continues to set a high standard for narrations. Once again, I loved his uber-creepy voice for the demon in the bone mask. His voice for Tarakona is perfect – exactly what I would expect an ancient and impatient dragon to sound like. Each character is distinct and Hays does a fantastic job getting even the subtle emotions across to the listener. I especially like that he goes the extra mile and makes phone conversations sound like they are happening on a phone or on an ear piece.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Constance Burris

    My favorite of the series so far. My favorite of the series so far. the ending felt a little convoluted, though. I loved Frank and his optimism that balanced out Conor's skepticism. My favorite of the series so far. My favorite of the series so far. the ending felt a little convoluted, though. I loved Frank and his optimism that balanced out Conor's skepticism.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sara Hollingsworth

    This series only gets weirder and weirder. That is not necessarily a bad thing. The story is definitely interesting and I'm definitely on the edge of my seat wondering what the hell is going to happen next. The new characters to this story were a lot more interesting. Frank definitely lightened up the story and I really liked him. I think he may be my favorite character out of the entire cast. I've come to like Conor, to a degree. I don't feel a whole lot of attachment to anyone else in the story This series only gets weirder and weirder. That is not necessarily a bad thing. The story is definitely interesting and I'm definitely on the edge of my seat wondering what the hell is going to happen next. The new characters to this story were a lot more interesting. Frank definitely lightened up the story and I really liked him. I think he may be my favorite character out of the entire cast. I've come to like Conor, to a degree. I don't feel a whole lot of attachment to anyone else in the story. I think for the most part I really like the magic systems and the plot more than the characters. I think those elements in particular are carrying my interest more than my emotional attachment to any of the characters. Still, overall an interesting series and I'll be moving on to the last book tomorrow.

  5. 5 out of 5

    jD

    I love me some Connor Night!!! In spite of this love, I hate cliffhangers so not happy about the ending. It's still five stars for the part of the story that was book three. Keep em' coming Mr. Forbes. I love me some Connor Night!!! In spite of this love, I hate cliffhangers so not happy about the ending. It's still five stars for the part of the story that was book three. Keep em' coming Mr. Forbes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lonnie Trout

    Dead man walking Read the first three of this series and liked them. Not really fond of the protagonist he's kinda an a hole but I'm hoping his character flesh's out and takes on a little more humanity. Dead man walking Read the first three of this series and liked them. Not really fond of the protagonist he's kinda an a hole but I'm hoping his character flesh's out and takes on a little more humanity.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Lawson

    It's pretty good. The pacing is a little off, I feel like we're missing some downtime and chances to unwind and digest events they happen. Recommended. It's pretty good. The pacing is a little off, I feel like we're missing some downtime and chances to unwind and digest events they happen. Recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicoletta

    4,5

  9. 4 out of 5

    2percentright

    so good. just. wow

  10. 4 out of 5

    J.A. Cipriano

    Let's just get the whole "I received this book in exchange for a review" thing out of the way now. Moving on. I think, of the three books in this series I've listened to, this is my favorite. Conor is finally coming into his own and the added Japanese mythology was really freaking cool. Once again Jeff Hays did an amazing job narrating and is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators. The only problem with this book was that it ended and there are no more. Let's just get the whole "I received this book in exchange for a review" thing out of the way now. Moving on. I think, of the three books in this series I've listened to, this is my favorite. Conor is finally coming into his own and the added Japanese mythology was really freaking cool. Once again Jeff Hays did an amazing job narrating and is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators. The only problem with this book was that it ended and there are no more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    (Audiobook review!) Man, Conor's adventures are getting intense!  I'm liking his new friends (and old friends and frenemies) a lot. I didn't expect to like Frank at the beginning, but ended up loving him (also, Birdie and Snuffles... Admittedly I was not expecting what I assume was a Sesame Street reference in the creepy necromancer book, lol).  Finding out the mystery of the dice and mask was awesome. The ending left me so, so ready for more!  As for narration, Jeff Hays is fantastic at telling thi (Audiobook review!) Man, Conor's adventures are getting intense!  I'm liking his new friends (and old friends and frenemies) a lot. I didn't expect to like Frank at the beginning, but ended up loving him (also, Birdie and Snuffles... Admittedly I was not expecting what I assume was a Sesame Street reference in the creepy necromancer book, lol).  Finding out the mystery of the dice and mask was awesome. The ending left me so, so ready for more!  As for narration, Jeff Hays is fantastic at telling this story, as usual. The effects (dice/mask/demon/whatevs) were better than ever on this one (and not so much coughing, yay!). Demon voice: awesome. Dragon voice: awesome. Random Japanese chick that I wasn't honestly sure would be awesome: awesome.  Honestly, I'm a Canadian who moved away from Canada and lost my accent so hard that I can't even imitate it anymore (unless I'm talking to my mother, according to my husband, lol). So, I'm always rather in awe of this narrator and his ability to become a thousand different people so seamlessly in one story. As per usual, I am impressed. :) I'm admittedly not a huge military/space opera follower, but I will most definitely be listening to more of this author's work, especially if it's narrated by Jeff Hays. Their skills seem to really compliment each other.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Evan C Wade

    Mysteries revealed I enjoyed this third chapter in the Ghosts and Magic series. As Connor embarks on a quest to stop Mr. Black from ending magic and forever changing the world again, the powerful demon inhabiting the three artifacts becomes more insistent. Meanwhile, Connor begins to realize, as his powers grow, that everything he thought to a matter of right and wrong may be a matter of perspective.

  13. 5 out of 5

    AJ Herrera

    @#$%&@#$%& In my opinion this is the best of the series. I, literally, couldn't stop reading. Unfortunately, as fast as I inhaled this book, I was even faster in how upset I was that I would have to wait for the next one. Great job and what an awesome world that you have gotten me addicted to. @#$%&@#$%& In my opinion this is the best of the series. I, literally, couldn't stop reading. Unfortunately, as fast as I inhaled this book, I was even faster in how upset I was that I would have to wait for the next one. Great job and what an awesome world that you have gotten me addicted to.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Wieder ein Beispiel für Gier ohne Grenzen! 9,99€ für ein EBook (!) von 420 Seiten. Die Marge dabei beträgt satte 7,50€. Der Herr der Ringe kostet in der Sonderausgabe mit 1553 Seiten dagegen 'nur' 15,99€. Der Nekromant ist also mal locker doppelt so teuer. Auch doppelt so gut? Wohl kaum. Wieder ein Beispiel für Gier ohne Grenzen! 9,99€ für ein EBook (!) von 420 Seiten. Die Marge dabei beträgt satte 7,50€. Der Herr der Ringe kostet in der Sonderausgabe mit 1553 Seiten dagegen 'nur' 15,99€. Der Nekromant ist also mal locker doppelt so teuer. Auch doppelt so gut? Wohl kaum.

  15. 5 out of 5

    David Sloan

    This series just goes from strength to strength. The new characters add a whole new dimension to the world and provide lots of laugh out loud moments. The narrative is unbelievably compelling. Definitely not the usual run of the mill fantasy series. Simply brilliant!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Blaire Mcmillan

    M.R. Forbes continues to amaze Forbes continues to amaze me with his skill at story telling. I have yet to find a book of his I don't like. While you're waiting for the next Ghost & Magic book, check out his other series, you won't be disappointed. M.R. Forbes continues to amaze Forbes continues to amaze me with his skill at story telling. I have yet to find a book of his I don't like. While you're waiting for the next Ghost & Magic book, check out his other series, you won't be disappointed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bee

    Read as part of the Necromancer series 1-4 box set

  18. 5 out of 5

    Zep

    I liked it pretty well, I think the author could benefit greatly from getting a few proofreading eyes on text before releasing it. I think I'm ready for this series to finish out. I liked it pretty well, I think the author could benefit greatly from getting a few proofreading eyes on text before releasing it. I think I'm ready for this series to finish out.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Traci Sumner

    hated the ending. Had to slog through about the last 6 chapters and then to have it end like that. boo.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Will

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dale A Bennett

  22. 5 out of 5

    Genette

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Kiser

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Mattarelliano

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Murphy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Rick

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wil Becker

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robert Preston

  31. 4 out of 5

    John Allen

  32. 4 out of 5

    Nk

  33. 5 out of 5

    Kristoffer Furacão Pereira

  34. 4 out of 5

    Orrkis

  35. 5 out of 5

    Lope Nieves

  36. 4 out of 5

    Drew

  37. 4 out of 5

    William Christopher Jenkins

  38. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  39. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  40. 5 out of 5

    Albert

  41. 5 out of 5

    Micah

  42. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  43. 4 out of 5

    Sean Kiley

  44. 4 out of 5

    Howard Brauner

  45. 4 out of 5

    Andy Steele

  46. 4 out of 5

    Terry

  47. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  48. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Vieira

  49. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

  50. 5 out of 5

    Lamar

  51. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Wolf

  52. 4 out of 5

    Porter Good

  53. 5 out of 5

    Roy

  54. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

  55. 5 out of 5

    Wisdom

  56. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

  57. 5 out of 5

    Mike Real

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