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A hell-bound urban fantasy series featuring apocalyptic antics and searing humor ... Gabe has carved a successful niche into his arctic afterlife, but when Judas Iscariot makes him an offer he doesn't dare refuse, Gabe must leave behind his black-market Twinkies and bootleg Dr. Peppers to become a double agent for the most dangerous organization the world has never heard o A hell-bound urban fantasy series featuring apocalyptic antics and searing humor ... Gabe has carved a successful niche into his arctic afterlife, but when Judas Iscariot makes him an offer he doesn't dare refuse, Gabe must leave behind his black-market Twinkies and bootleg Dr. Peppers to become a double agent for the most dangerous organization the world has never heard of. Easier said than done, especially when his skill set is limited to irritating quips and an eye for button-fly jeans. To make matters worse, his new partner, Alex, is a beautiful, hard-as-nails agent who wants nothing to do with him. Gabe must figure out how to work with Alex, stop a deadly pathogen from being released Topside, and do it without botching the mission or revealing his true identity. If this unlikely hero can’t figure it out before disaster strikes, facing the wrath of Hell will be the least of his worries… *** If you like snarky characters, witty banter, and dark humor, then you’ll love The Nine, the first book in the action-packed Judas Files series. (Think Dresden Files against the backdrop of Hell).


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A hell-bound urban fantasy series featuring apocalyptic antics and searing humor ... Gabe has carved a successful niche into his arctic afterlife, but when Judas Iscariot makes him an offer he doesn't dare refuse, Gabe must leave behind his black-market Twinkies and bootleg Dr. Peppers to become a double agent for the most dangerous organization the world has never heard o A hell-bound urban fantasy series featuring apocalyptic antics and searing humor ... Gabe has carved a successful niche into his arctic afterlife, but when Judas Iscariot makes him an offer he doesn't dare refuse, Gabe must leave behind his black-market Twinkies and bootleg Dr. Peppers to become a double agent for the most dangerous organization the world has never heard of. Easier said than done, especially when his skill set is limited to irritating quips and an eye for button-fly jeans. To make matters worse, his new partner, Alex, is a beautiful, hard-as-nails agent who wants nothing to do with him. Gabe must figure out how to work with Alex, stop a deadly pathogen from being released Topside, and do it without botching the mission or revealing his true identity. If this unlikely hero can’t figure it out before disaster strikes, facing the wrath of Hell will be the least of his worries… *** If you like snarky characters, witty banter, and dark humor, then you’ll love The Nine, the first book in the action-packed Judas Files series. (Think Dresden Files against the backdrop of Hell).

30 review for The Nine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julia Ash

    THE NINE is a story ablaze with opposites like an inferno fed with two types of wood—one of humorous wit and the other of disturbing sinfulness. The unique combination of Fantasy Humor and Dark Fantasy kept me intrigued and turning the pages, resulting in 5 fiery stars! On the serious side, the story of main character Gabe Gantry is also a tale of opposing forces: condemnation and redemption. Despite his hellish behavior when he lived on Earth, Gabe has secured his niche in The Nine—which is hard THE NINE is a story ablaze with opposites like an inferno fed with two types of wood—one of humorous wit and the other of disturbing sinfulness. The unique combination of Fantasy Humor and Dark Fantasy kept me intrigued and turning the pages, resulting in 5 fiery stars! On the serious side, the story of main character Gabe Gantry is also a tale of opposing forces: condemnation and redemption. Despite his hellish behavior when he lived on Earth, Gabe has secured his niche in The Nine—which is hard to do on the ninth level of Hell where the worst-of-the-worst are condemned to exist. With his black-market shop, he trades goods from the Topside (Earth) for secrets in the underworld. Which means he has connections. Once a one-man operation, Gabe is hired by the head of the underworld's Judas Agency to serve as a double agent, tasked with the opposite of what you might expect: to disrupt evil operations targeted for the Topside. To complicate matters, he gets entangled with two women: Stray (whose temporary amnesia conceals her horrid past) and Alex (his partner at the agency whose horrid past is never forgotten). When expectations from his new relationships compete for his attention and everything is on the brink of crashing-and-burning or freezing over, will Gabe finally be the man he never was on Earth? Or will he lay low and stick to business as usual? On the humorous side, the story glows with funny narratives and witty banter. Here’s an example of one of the many passages (narrated by Gabe in Hell) that made me smile: “A huge circus-style billboard flashed the club’s name in bright white bulbs that chased themselves in rapid waves and circles. It was like Vegas, only less audacious and in your face. Let’s be real, no one can beat Vegas. Not even Hell has that much money.” THE NINE immerses you in a place you never want to end up while endearing you to a few who are gripped by its claws: Gabe, Stray, and Alex. And when you’re facing the darkest of odds, the story also reminds you not to forget to find the bright side! I highly recommend this five-star read! Can't wait for Book 2! (And I also love the cover of this book!) I received a signed paperback for a fair and honest review!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Ha! I had so much fun with this urban fantasy! I loved the world building, the snark, the somewhat combative relationship between the two main characters (Gabe and Alex), and the idea of undercover operatives in Hell. Yep, the nine circles of Hell. There’s all sorts of rules, societies, ways to ‘die’, and frenemies in Hell. It was just a joy to fire up this audiobook. So let’s start with Gabe. He’s a good guy stuck in a sucky environment. he runs this kind of underground trading post. He wants in Ha! I had so much fun with this urban fantasy! I loved the world building, the snark, the somewhat combative relationship between the two main characters (Gabe and Alex), and the idea of undercover operatives in Hell. Yep, the nine circles of Hell. There’s all sorts of rules, societies, ways to ‘die’, and frenemies in Hell. It was just a joy to fire up this audiobook. So let’s start with Gabe. He’s a good guy stuck in a sucky environment. he runs this kind of underground trading post. He wants info and in return Gabe will do his best to hunt up your choice of guilty pleasure. For some reason, Twinkies are really popular and also very scarce in Hell. Anyhoo, we first meet him rescuing a woebegone lady. She’s just come out of the Gnashing Fields and it’s going to take days to weeks for her to regain her memories. So for now, she (nicknamed Stray) gets to hang out at Gabe’s scrapyard. This works out good for him because he has been summoned by a powerful demon. And that’s when the story gets even more interesting! Gabe has been drafted basically to act as a spy in the Judas Agency, the organization that sends minions Topside (Earth) with specific evil tasks. Gabe is told to report all he learns and sometimes to quietly foil the evil efforts of these minions and the Judas Agency they belong to. The Judas Agency assigns Gabe a partner, the acerbic and hardened Alex. She is awesome! I want to be her sidekick – move over Gabe! I loved her humor, especially messing with Gabe about the latest technological advances on Earth (Gabe died and was damned in the 1980s). These two really have great chemistry and I was often laughing. The plot was pretty good too and I loved that I couldn’t tell where it was going. It certainly kept me guessing. The pacing was great, having a steady march but with moments of greater activity (usually violence) or of some meaningful sharing (which was great for character development). All together, it’s a worthy addition to the Urban Fantasy genre. 5/5 stars. The Narration: MacLeod Andrews was a joy to listen to. I love how expressive he is and his voice is perfect for Gabe. Andrews’s timing for the humor was spot on, often making me chuckle. His range of voices for the characters was impressive – the demons sounded like evil spawn and the ladies sounded feminine. Excellent performance all around. No technical issues with the recording. 5/5 stars. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.G. Harris. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Ryan

    For his sins Gabriel Gantry is condemned to life in The Nine, the lowest level of Hell which contains the worst humanity has to offer. He runs a successful black market shop in Scrapyard City ‘a dry, frigid maze of high-rise shanties, catwalks, and junk metal barely fit to stand, much less protect the Woebegone souls who inhabit them.’ Gabe trades items he acquires from Topside to Hellions, in return for information and secrets. During a firestorm Gabe notices a disorientated Woebegone girl, who For his sins Gabriel Gantry is condemned to life in The Nine, the lowest level of Hell which contains the worst humanity has to offer. He runs a successful black market shop in Scrapyard City ‘a dry, frigid maze of high-rise shanties, catwalks, and junk metal barely fit to stand, much less protect the Woebegone souls who inhabit them.’ Gabe trades items he acquires from Topside to Hellions, in return for information and secrets. During a firestorm Gabe notices a disorientated Woebegone girl, who has temporary amnesia and nowhere else to go. She reminds him of someone from his past life and after a brief internal struggle he risks the firestorm to rescue her and gets a slap across the face for his trouble. Then a Hellion knocks at the door, with a summons to the Judas Agency—and it’s a summons he can’t refuse. It doesn’t appear to be Gabe’s day. Gabe risks indescribable torture when he’s unwilling to accept Judas Iscariot’s request to join the agency, believing it to bring harm and suffering to people Topside. He does his best to atone for his earthly sins and refuses to go back to the person he was, whatever the cost. What he never expected was to be recruited as a double agent tasked with infiltrating the agency and neutralising or disrupting threats when necessary. Gabe finds himself attached permanently to a silver denarius and, for one who always works alone, he’s not at all sure about his new partner. Alex is fierce, beautiful, blue-haired and tattooed from the shoulders down. All he has to do is gather information without arousing suspicion and report back to Judas. Nothing to it! C.G. Harris has created a fun story with a cast of mostly likeable and well drawn characters (apart from the gruesome and grotesque) particularly anti hero Gabe who has more or less made peace with his life in The Nine. He’s resilient, making the most of what little he has. Everything was running as smoothly as it could, given his situation, until he was sent for by Judas Iscariot. But now he has an opportunity to do some real good for the people Topside…not that it’ll get him out of The Nine but might earn him some boy scout points. The (under)world building is imaginative and vividly detailed, the plot well executed with humorous dialogue and characters that develop throughout. Needless to say, MacLeod Andrews’ performance is first class, giving a distinct voice to each character and a perfect representation of Gabe. Look forward to more of Gabriel’s adventures.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Bee

    If you are a fan of the Dresden Files type of hero who is equal parts sassy, loveable, and punchable, then you will love Gabe. I was utterly enthralled by this envisioning of hell and the creatures who reside there. I had never imagined the underworld in this way, but it makes perfect sense. The side characters show growth and charm throughout the story, and left me wanting more. The audiobook narrator did a fantastic job with the voices and emotion throughout the story. I highly recommend this!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This was a fun novel with plenty of dark humor and witty banter between the two main characters. The narrator pulls of the main text and the various character voices with the perfect amount of zest and flair, making for a thoroughly enjoyable reading/listening experience.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kassie Lee

    First book I read on my Kobo Clara HD, highly recommend. Could not put it down. The story was so captivating that I had to buy the second book right after I finished this one!!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marie Reed

    This book was fantastic. Gabe runs a little shop in Hell trading surface contraband for secrets and information. But when Judas (yes that one) decides to recruit him, he realizes that having a conscience is even more difficult in Hell than it was when he was alive.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tim Wilson

    Very enjoyable read. Audiobook narrator was very good. Looking forward to the next book. Has a very “Jim Butcher” feel to it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Iris Li

    sooo good. the humor is top-notch. aint never seen a plot like this

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lelia Taylor

    You might not think the nine circles of hell could be amusing, even hilarious, but I gotta tell ya, The Nine had me practically guffawing and I imagine other drivers on the road must have thought a loony was behind my wheel. Gabe and Alex are full of snark and charm and all the good things that make me like characters mixed with a bit of whatever it was that got them in Hell in the first place and I love them both. So, Gabe is a guy who’s really good at working the black market and there are a lo You might not think the nine circles of hell could be amusing, even hilarious, but I gotta tell ya, The Nine had me practically guffawing and I imagine other drivers on the road must have thought a loony was behind my wheel. Gabe and Alex are full of snark and charm and all the good things that make me like characters mixed with a bit of whatever it was that got them in Hell in the first place and I love them both. So, Gabe is a guy who’s really good at working the black market and there are a lot of folks in Hell who miss stuff from above, like Twinkies. Searching out the goods takes a bit of effort and time but, when he comes across an amnesiac damsel in distress during a firestorm, he calls her “Stray” and takes her in. She showed up just in time to watch the shop while he goes to a meeting he dare not refuse with Judas Iscariot who assigns him to infiltrate the Judas Agency, a group that’s nefarious even by Hell’s standards. That’s when he meets the badass Alex who really gives Gabe a run for his money and, despite all the picking at each other, these two were obviously meant for each other. Can Gabe stop a contagion that will nearly wipe out humanity without Alex finding out? Narrator MacLeod Andrews bears major responsibility for making this so much fun and that has a lot to do with two things, his distinctive voices and his interpretations of who these people are. Of all the personalities, I think I liked Alex the best but, truly, all of them kept me listening. Great job, Mr. Andrews!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kay Spriggs

    Great story with likeable characters . The connection between the main characters is great and the Gabes snark and sarcasm with Alex is so funny. Macleod Andrews does a great job at narrating and I will be looking for more from him ,I can’t wait to listen to more in the series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Harkey

    Our protagonist, Gabe, who resides in Woebegone, Hell, becomes a "good guy" working for the Judas Agency (yes, that Judas). Filled with dark, dry humor and plenty of action, this first book took me on a wild ride from Hell to "Topside" (real-time Earth) and back. A Very Origin spin on Good vs. Evil, and I can't wait to read book 2!! Our protagonist, Gabe, who resides in Woebegone, Hell, becomes a "good guy" working for the Judas Agency (yes, that Judas). Filled with dark, dry humor and plenty of action, this first book took me on a wild ride from Hell to "Topside" (real-time Earth) and back. A Very Origin spin on Good vs. Evil, and I can't wait to read book 2!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    D

    That. Was. Good!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dona Menzies

    3+ I really don't list these types of stories more than a 3 but I can definitely see why this is rated so high. I listened to this on audio and the narrator did a great job with getting the right touch on the characters colorful personalities, and also with the humorous and often sarcastic remarks that was made about every other sentence. It's pretty funny considering it's a story about people living in hell, otherwise know as "The Nine". It's the first book in the series and I doubt I will read 3+ I really don't list these types of stories more than a 3 but I can definitely see why this is rated so high. I listened to this on audio and the narrator did a great job with getting the right touch on the characters colorful personalities, and also with the humorous and often sarcastic remarks that was made about every other sentence. It's pretty funny considering it's a story about people living in hell, otherwise know as "The Nine". It's the first book in the series and I doubt I will read more of the series, but who knows, it was a fun read. Hell or The Nine, is a place where people can have some control of what they do and where they live, unless they get killed which means that they have to start over in "the gnashing" place. When they get out of there they have to live two weeks without their memories while hiding from all the bad guys which could kill you, thus making you start all over again. I liked the twist done with Judas Iscariot and how he is actually a good guy and is working in hell as a double agent for God and trying to stop evil done in the topside.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katheyer

    “The Nine” (The Judas Files Book 1) by C.G. Harris tells the story of Gabe Gantry, a man torn between eternal damnation and a chance at redemption, but make not mistake, Gabe’s place in Hell is fully deserved by his previous earthly life of depravity. Once in The Nine (the deepest and outmost feared of Hell’s circles) which houses the worst of the worst, the veritable Devil’s rejects, Gabe has been able to carve a good niche from himself trading secrets for earthly goods. His one-man operation i “The Nine” (The Judas Files Book 1) by C.G. Harris tells the story of Gabe Gantry, a man torn between eternal damnation and a chance at redemption, but make not mistake, Gabe’s place in Hell is fully deserved by his previous earthly life of depravity. Once in The Nine (the deepest and outmost feared of Hell’s circles) which houses the worst of the worst, the veritable Devil’s rejects, Gabe has been able to carve a good niche from himself trading secrets for earthly goods. His one-man operation is about to become much harder when Judas Iscariot (yes…that Judas) approaches him with the intentions to turn him into a spy with the specific assignment to sabotage the operations of the one and only Judas Agency , and thus Gabe (after some no so subtle persuasion) becomes a reluctantly “double agent”. Paired with a witty cynical partner to keep him in check and surely in trouble (no, it’s not a typo… I mean “in trouble” 😊). From there on the story takes off, with action non-stop, unexpected twist and a wonderful rendition of “everyday life” in Hell. Loosely drawing inspiration for Dante’s “Inferno”, C.G. Harris has crafted a unique, captivating and even inspiring vision of Hell, with a brand-new take on the possibilities of life after death. Hell, still a place of eternal atonement and torture, is a very lively 😉 place when it comes to i’s denizens’ enterprises. An interesting, funny, original story, well-written plot with unexpected ramifications, the Ninth Circle of Hell still remains the place not to go, but surely it makes an entertaining place to explore at book-page distance.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anne Hunsinger

    THE NINE by CG Harris is the first in the Judas Files series. Harris has reimagined Hell and its inhabitants in an evocative way. Gabriel Gantry plays the good guy in a bad place. Partnered with Alex, a woman with the Judas Agency who has a need to walk the line, Gabriel shows us the world of Hell with its Scrapyard City, Gnashing Fields, and Disaster Factory. Gabriel and Alex risk torture and injury to save “Topside” inhabitants from a deadly plague. Harris takes readers on a wild ride as we ra THE NINE by CG Harris is the first in the Judas Files series. Harris has reimagined Hell and its inhabitants in an evocative way. Gabriel Gantry plays the good guy in a bad place. Partnered with Alex, a woman with the Judas Agency who has a need to walk the line, Gabriel shows us the world of Hell with its Scrapyard City, Gnashing Fields, and Disaster Factory. Gabriel and Alex risk torture and injury to save “Topside” inhabitants from a deadly plague. Harris takes readers on a wild ride as we race from Hell to Earth and back again with characters who want to somehow make their eternal damnation a moral victory. Can’t wait to read the next adventure in the series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Stoltey

    Gabe is a snarky wheeler-dealer from Level Nine, the frozen lowest level of Hell. In the first book of this series, The Nine, Gabe snags a cushy job from Judas Iscariot that allows him to travel into the living world as a clandestine creator of chaos. Gabe succeeds admirably, but not always in the manner expected. He’s a screwup, but a fun and charming character for those of us who love flawed and flippant protagonists.

  18. 4 out of 5

    HiDesert Granny

    The idea of Hell being past freezing cold caught my attention when Bookfunnel offered a free copy under a “clean fantasy and mystery” promotion. This is my first read of this author(s) and what a great introduction! It is mostly fast paced, humorous (and snarky) and well developed. I have been on a clean Christian romance/mystery/suspense binge and was ready for this change. The Judas Agency is brilliant - or at least his inner circle is such. “For the better good” - really?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Life in hell

  20. 4 out of 5

    Colten

    A fun and amusing book that points that gives us a scapegoat for COVID.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ash (It's a Word Vomit World)

    This is such a fun read, and the narrator of the audiobook made it even more fun. In fact, I think I enjoyed it more as an audiobook than I would have if I were actually reading it. Still, a great read, that has snark without being over-the-top, and an original storyline. I mean, there really aren't that many books out there with a secret double agent from hell. If I have one complaint, it's that it was just too dang short, and I wish I had more time with these characters. But, on the plus side, This is such a fun read, and the narrator of the audiobook made it even more fun. In fact, I think I enjoyed it more as an audiobook than I would have if I were actually reading it. Still, a great read, that has snark without being over-the-top, and an original storyline. I mean, there really aren't that many books out there with a secret double agent from hell. If I have one complaint, it's that it was just too dang short, and I wish I had more time with these characters. But, on the plus side, they just came out with the next book on audio, and I'll be continuing the series soon.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Frank Rice

  23. 4 out of 5

    Killian Wolf

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steven Kirby

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Cabano

  26. 4 out of 5

    Doug

  27. 4 out of 5

    Peter L. Morrison

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donald G Ridgely

  29. 4 out of 5

    April Moore

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Hansen

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