Today I’m pleased to welcome you to my stop on the tour for The Nine by C. G. Harris.  This book came 10th in this year’s BBNYA (Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Awards).  I was drawn to this book right away due to its setting.  It has turned out to be an amazing read and is a well deserved finalist.  You can find out more about my thoughts on this book below, but first I’d just like to say a big thank you to The Write Reads and BBNYA for the chance to read this book and be part of the tour.  Now let’s see why I enjoyed this…

Title: The Nine (The Judas Files #1)
Author: C. G. Harris
Cover: Klarri Klawiter
Publisher: Hot Chocolate Press
Genre: Fantasy – urban, Humour
Book format: Digital
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Description:  Gabe is recruited to join the most dangerous organization the world has never heard about.  As a double agent he has to fight within their ranks to stop them, all with no training, no experience and no support. If he’s caught, they will tear him apart. But that’s not the real twist.
Gabe is dead, he lives in Hell and Judas Iscariot just became his new boss.
Judas assigns Gabe a beautiful new partner with plans to sow a disease that could wipe out the modern world. Without revealing his true identity, he must find a way to deal with insect wielding  uper agents, firestorms, and worst of all, the nauseating envisage travel to get Topside to save the  earth.
If you enjoy the Dresden Files snark and Sandman Slim grit, the THE NINE, book one in the Judas Files urban fantasy series, should be the next book added to your bookshelf.

*Free copy provided for review…

Review:  This is a great and exciting story with lots of good humour thrown in too.  After his death Gabe now lives in The Nine, in hell, in an area called Scrapyard City.  He runs a black market shop trading goods he’s found for information.  After rescuing a woman who has lost her memory, he’s soon recruited to the Judas Agency.  Gabe is given an important task by Judas himself, but once he joins the Agency he finds himself clashing with other agents and worries whether he’ll be able to do what he’s been asked.

This is such an interesting and different urban fantasy read.  It’s not every day you read a story which is set in hell and has the characters appearing Topside, in the real/our world for some time but a lot happens in this story and it’s written in a way that was so easy to enjoy from the first page.  Gabe is an interesting character and I like how he narrates throughout the story.  When Gabe gets assigned to the Judas Agency he finds trouble with the person he’s supposed to be partnered with.  I like how the relationship developed between him and Alex and how things go for the two of them as they go on different missions.

I don’t want to give away what happens but the story is good and fast-paced and I just love how silly the entrances to the world Topside are.  There’s a lot of good humour written into the story, Gabe is constantly able to make some funny or sarcastic comments and I enjoyed a lot of the silly things that happened especially the part with the turkeys!  I did feel though that at some point well into the story, some of the ways Gabe described things were a bit too much, they were silly comparisons but I felt like there was a little too much of this going on and I wanted to read more of the actual adventure rather than having every situation, smell and feeling referred to as something else for example: ‘the room was silent enough to hear a flea fart’.  These descriptions added to the humour but when the action is building up near the end it sometimes was a bit annoying to read these so often and slowed the pace a touch for me.

The world of The Nine is interesting and I like what happens to Gabe and the others as the story progresses.  It is hell so there are some very dark and horrible things happening although the descriptions aren’t too gory and horrible.  There are a few uses of the s swear word and apart from a few darker things there’s nothing too offensive in the story.  The ending is good with things wrapping up well for the main characters, however I did feel like it could have been a bit better especially in the last chapter, this though, could be because this is the first book in a series and we’re expected to see more of these characters in future.

Overall I have enjoyed this book.  It was easy to get into right away, the humour is good and the story is quite fast-paced with lots happening and some good growth of some of the characters.  Reading this book has definitely made me interested in the rest of the series, I do like the idea of a book set in hell, and the humour was good although it did go a bit far in places.

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About the Author

C.G. Harris is an award winning science-fiction and fantasy author from Colorado who draws inspiration from favorites, Jim Butcher, Richard Kadrey and Brandon Sanderson. For nearly a decade, Harris has escaped the humdrum of the real world by creating fictional characters and made-up realities. When not writing, Harris spends time collecting the illusive arcade token, from the golden age when Dig Dug and Frogger were king. Harris knows the value of such a collection will only be  seen in the confused faces of those family members left behind long after C.G. Harris is gone.
C.G. Harris is the combined persona of writers Kerrie Flanagan and Chuck Harrelson.

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What do you think of this book?  Do you like urban fantasy or books with interesting locations like hell?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂