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Angel Killer

por Andrew Mayne

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"FBI agent Jessica Blackwood believes she has successfully left her complicated life as a gifted magician behind her, until a killer with seemingly supernatural powers puts her talents to the ultimate test. A mysterious hacker, who identifies himself only as "Warlock," brings down the FBI's website and posts a code in its place. It hides the GPS coordinates of a Michigan cemetery, where a dead girl is discovered rising from the ground, as if she tried to crawl out of her own grave. Born into a dynasty of illusionists, Jessica Blackwood is destined to become its next star--until she turns her back on her troubled family, and her legacy, to begin a new life in law enforcement. But FBI consultant Dr. Jeffrey Ailes's discovery of an old copy of Magician Magazine will turn Jessica's carefully constructed world upside down. Faced with a crime that appears beyond explanation, Ailes has nothing to lose--and everything to gain--by taking a chance on an agent raised in a world devoted to seemingly achieving the impossible. The body in the cemetery is only the first in the Warlock's series of dark miracles. Thrust into the media spotlight, with time ticking away until the next crime, can Jessica confront her past to embrace her gifts and stop a depraved killer? If she can't, she may become his next victim"--… (mais)
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This is a hard one to review. Half the story is logical, real, makes sense... but, the other part is unbelievable. I could not believe even in fiction that half the stuff could have happened. I was hoping more for Jessica to use her skills to track a Ted Bundy type serial killer or the mob..something more realistic. I do give it a 4 for being entertaining and different. ( )
  swampwampagus | Apr 14, 2021 |
Illusion, or staging the scene is a large part of a magician's repertoire. As a former but still practicing magician, Jessica Blackwood is an interesting but underutilized asset for the FBI. Rescued from data analysis, an agency strength and priority, she welcomes the opportunity to join the search for "Warlock" Her, oft-questioned, insights provide a very different and interesting perspective for analyzing this criminal's activities.

Jessica is an interesting and likable protagonist for this first book in a new series. ( )
  jamespurcell | Dec 6, 2017 |
Underwhelmed. All the elements for a good book exist but somehow it just didn't come together. Characters aren't that interesting and neither was the story.
  chasidar | Dec 30, 2015 |
Angel Killer – An Excellent Debut Series

Andrew Mayne is an American (shouldn’t hold that against him) with an serious interest in magic and illusions, so much so that he has his own TV show and worked with some very famous illusionists and magicians. He has taken his knowledge and experiences in to the writing of this excellent thriller which introduces us to Special Agent Jessica Blackwood.

Jessica Blackwood is trying to escape her family and her past by working in law enforcement but the harder she tries to run from the past the more the past travels the journey with her. She is on secondment to Quantico where she is working white collar crime looking at people’s financials find the criminals. When she is summoned to see a Dr Ailes who has his own team of number crunchers and geeks in a building avoided by most in the FBI.

Jessica feels like she is being quizzed about a recent cyber attack on the FBI systems that revealed a clue to a dead body. Ailes tells her that she is being placed on the team that is investigating this attack and the dead body as a consultant and is to join the team at the airport.

Throughout the book many of her colleagues are sceptical of her skills in the field or even in the area of homicide. But as the Warlock seems to push the case to the bounds of the impossible Jessica’s unique insight gives the team an unexpected edge and a different view of the Warlock.

As the case develops we are introduced to Damien who is an exlover, a friend and a continued annoyance to her. At the same time that he is a high functioning gambler and magician who is able to get Jessica to ignore the smoke and mirrors take a closer look, that there is trickery afoot and she can uncover it.

As the thriller develops Jessica has become known as the ‘witch’ of the FBI especially when she shows her colleagues how Warlock managed a misdirect to fool everyone including TV viewers. It becomes clearer that this really is a battle between Blackwood and The Warlock with a fight to the last which could possibly be life and death, but Blackwood knows what she has to do to undermine The Warlock.

Angel Killer is an excellent thriller that ticks all the boxes with the addition of magic and illusions thrown in that gives the read a rounded excellent thriller that is not like procedural thrillers. Jessica Blackwood is an interesting character that will be interesting to see her develop as time goes on. This really is a gripping story with plenty of mystery that you are still not sure of who the Warlock is until the very end of the book and the great thing is there is no obvious choice of who it could be so you are kept guessing throughout the book.

A great debut series and I cannot wait to see the Jessica Blackwood Thrillers develop with a new slant on magic and the FBI. This is well written and really enjoyable. ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | Aug 21, 2015 |
A person, who calls himself Warlock, hacks in to the FBI’s website and posts a code. When cyphered, it leads to a dead girl who seems to have died crawling out of her grave. Except, this young woman has been dead a few years and the body has only been deceased a few hours. Is a miracle or an illusion? The FBI brings in agent Jessica Blackwood (whose past as a magician may come in useful) before another murderous illusion is performed.

I don’t know if it the illusion and magical aspect, the development of the Jessica character and her back story or the fast paced action as they chase the Warlock, but I could not put this book down. I wanted to know how these illusions were accomplished but more why the Warlock was doing it. The writing was tight; made me think; the characters were interesting and I can see myself reading more Jessica Blackwood stories in the future. You have to read this one! ( )
  grumpydan | Dec 28, 2014 |
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"FBI agent Jessica Blackwood believes she has successfully left her complicated life as a gifted magician behind her, until a killer with seemingly supernatural powers puts her talents to the ultimate test. A mysterious hacker, who identifies himself only as "Warlock," brings down the FBI's website and posts a code in its place. It hides the GPS coordinates of a Michigan cemetery, where a dead girl is discovered rising from the ground, as if she tried to crawl out of her own grave. Born into a dynasty of illusionists, Jessica Blackwood is destined to become its next star--until she turns her back on her troubled family, and her legacy, to begin a new life in law enforcement. But FBI consultant Dr. Jeffrey Ailes's discovery of an old copy of Magician Magazine will turn Jessica's carefully constructed world upside down. Faced with a crime that appears beyond explanation, Ailes has nothing to lose--and everything to gain--by taking a chance on an agent raised in a world devoted to seemingly achieving the impossible. The body in the cemetery is only the first in the Warlock's series of dark miracles. Thrust into the media spotlight, with time ticking away until the next crime, can Jessica confront her past to embrace her gifts and stop a depraved killer? If she can't, she may become his next victim"--

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