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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Nov 22, Montzalee Wittmann rated it it was amazing. Rain has 10 awesome stories and not one is a dud! All are wonderful, freaky, creepy, or weird stories that are sure to please the vamp lover. I loved every one of them! I like all of his books anyway. This was a great collection. May 07, Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams rated it it was amazing.
The first story is about Fang before he met Samantha Moon. Some of them ate funny and other are sad. If you love Samantha Moon's story you love this. It's free if you have Kindle Unlimited. Jul 25, Melissa rated it it was amazing. Little bits o' fun Some interesting vampires and some Samantha Moon shorts as well. Iron Man also investigates Moon Knight's activities by placing him under close surveillance. Finding his mental condition unstable, Iron Man decides that arresting Moon Knight under the Registration Act might make his mental instability worse. Moon Knight begrudgingly applies for registration after much prodding from Khonshu, not wanting the law to keep him from his work.
The new law requires him to submit to a psychiatric exam. The psychiatrist controlling the exam, along with the government and Tony Stark, has no intention of granting Marc Spector approval for registration. After speaking with Spector's repressed alter egos Jake Lockley and Steven Grant, the psychiatrist begins the process of officially turning him down, suggesting possible future imprisonment. Subconsciously Spector breaks the doctor's will by speaking in the voice of Khonshu and pointing out the doctor's own antisocial tendencies, as told to him earlier by the Profile.
The psychiatrist not only approves his application but bows to worship him as well. However, later on, Marc meets the Profile with their dialogue suggesting that the personalities above were just an act to be approved for registration. Moon Knight shows little regard for his newly licensed superhero status or any passion to the people around him, further alienating himself.
His former nemesis Black Spectre returns. Carson Knowles, recently released from prison, attempts to frame his murders on Moon Knight. He steals some Stark nanotechnology and plans to unleash it on the city. Moon Knight pushes Knowles off a building apparently to his death. Tony Stark , as the head of the Initiative, revokes his superhero registration, but buries the fact that Spectre had stolen Stark Tech.
Tony Stark and second-in-command Maria Hill argue with former Avengers government liaison Raymond Sikorsky, now a representative of the Commission on Superhuman Activities , who desperately wants for Moon Knight to be apprehended with extreme prejudice.
Several weeks later, after barely surviving an altercation with the Thunderbolts, Spector pleads for Khonshu's forgiveness for turning his back on him and for the god's renewed assistance. Khonshu appears and informs Spector he doesn't need him anymore, as he now has other worshipers. Spector returns to his Moon Knight costume to aid Frenchie DuChamp in gaining revenge on the Whyos gang for attacking his restaurant and injuring Frenchie's lover Rob, only to find the Whyos' attack was designed to draw Spector into another conflict with the Thunderbolts when he is ambushed by Venom. Frenchie agrees to help Spector, and Ray joins the reformed team as well.
Bullseye is released to kill Moon Knight, as Spector prepares to go out with a bang. Bullseye narrowly escapes as Moon Knight ignites the explosives. Later that day two press conferences are held: one by Norman Osborn to announce the Thunderbolts' success and Moon Knight's death and the other held by Tony Stark who denounces the methods used by the Thunderbolts.
At the end of the issue, it is revealed that Moon Knight has faked his death, escapes from the warehouse through a secret passage in the floor, and is hiding in Mexico. It is also revealed that the Marc Spector persona has "died" and that Jake Lockley is now in control. Now living as Lockley, the Moon Knight escaped to Mexico. During this stint in Mexico, Moon Knight learns he was being shadowed by The Punisher from the moment he crossed the border. Frank Castle's reasoning was that he knew Moon Knight would find himself somehow involved with the very cartel Frank had been pursuing; however, the Toltec god's avatar made quick work of the cartel.
Lockley knows that Osborn had been behind the group of Thunderbolts sent to kill him and that a deranged psychotic was not fit to run the U. Moon Knight returns to New York after faking his death with Jake Lockley as his dominant personality, but still struggles against his violent nature and is hounded by Khonshu in the form of a small imaginary tormentor resembling a man in the Moon Knight costume with a bird skull who goads him to kill. While trying to walk the path of a hero he makes a bold return taking on many criminals but killing none of them; now the people of New York begin to see him as a hero and not a murderous vigilante much to Norman Osborn's disdain.
Jake's personality has been one of struggle against the inner demon trying to get him to kill while juggling sobriety. Later, the Sentry takes Moon Knight across the city while he saves people and stops crimes telling Lockley that eventually he will be tested and that he will fail, to which Moon Knight replies "So will you".
They stare each other down for a moment before Moon Knight eventually leaves. Bushman gathers an army by enlisting Scarecrow to break into Ravencroft Asylum, where they lobotomize the prisoners to make them more compliant. Jake Lockley tries to make amends to Marlene and Frenchie for his previous behavior and mental breakdown. Under the Jake Lockley persona, he is regarded as saner; Marlene mentions that his "eyes are clear". Bushman manages to escape, only to later be confronted and subdued by Moon Knight. A growing Khonshu screams for vengeance, yet Moon Knight manages to defy him and spare Bushman's life.
At the conclusion, Bushman winds up in a mental institute and Jake Lockley begins to start a new life with Marlene. Moon Knight then notices an attack on a hospital and confronts Deadpool , who is about to kill an elderly man. Moon Knight prevents the murder but learns that the man was a Ukrainian mobster who kidnapped kids of families who didn't sell their properties to his real estate firm.
The mother of a missing child hired Deadpool to kill the mobster before he succumbs to terminal disease. During the skirmish on the deck, Moon Knight is able to secure the hostages, without killing any terrorists. The terrorists then use a magic conch to summon sea monsters as the ship is sinking. Moon Knight then locks his armor and secures himself to a large plate and Valkyrie's winged horse Aragorn , so she can fly them away. Moon Knight became a supporting member of Secret Avengers , beginning in May Daredevil is apparently able to see the apparition and leaves him.
Khonshu reveals that he spared Moon Knight's life in order to kill the second avatar of Khonshu and deliver the ancient Sapphire Crescent. Shadow Knight then attacks Spector's house and almost kills Marlene, who earlier revealed she was pregnant. They fight until a standoff, with Randall keeping a hostage and Moon Knight out of throwing crescents. Moon Knight then uses the Sapphire Crescent to kill his own brother before he could kill any more hostages. This causes him to have a mental breakdown and resurface the Marc Spector personality again.
In this series, Spector is shown in Los Angeles as the creator of a TV show based on his origin and superheroics dubbed "Legends of the Khonshu". Later on, as Moon Knight, he intercepts a delivery of an Ultron robot body. Spector has also developed three new multiple personalities based on Spider-Man, Wolverine, and the original Captain America who help guide him. Moon Knight beats the club leader Snapdragon , but gets shot by a guard before getting answers.
It was the superhero Echo who saved him, but she lost her cover in the process. Buck, however, informs the Avengers of Ultron's head, and they visit Spector who convinces them and later Buck that he knows what he is doing. This sends Moon Knight's Wolverine personality into berserker mode and it seemingly kills the Captain America and Spider-Man personalities. Nefaria, however, survives and sends his daughter, Madame Masque to retrieve the Ultron head, who succeeds. Madame Masque is about to beat Moon Knight, but just then he develops an Echo personality, who tells him to not let her die in vain.
Moon Knight fights back, and defeats Madame Masque. Nefaria angrily attacks the police station and is about to kill Snapdragon, but Moon Knight intervenes again. In the ensuing battle, Moon Knight is beaten, and Nefaria orders him to return the Ultron head, and work for him. Moon Knight tells Nefaria that the head is outside, but the tables were turned as Moon Knight had called the Avengers, and Nefaria was defeated. The next day, Tony Stark commends Marc Spector for a job well done and tells that Ultron is waiting and planning a robot holocaust.
After Stark leaves, it seems that Spector developed an Iron Man personality as well. In the epilogue to the series, Spector leaves Hollywood. During the events of Avengers vs. Spector has returned to New York and now utilizes two costumed personas. The second persona is Mr. Knight , dressed in an all-white business suit, gloves, and mask, who consults with the New York Police Department and deals with common thugs and crimes such as kidnapping.
The staff, led by Dr. Emmit , seems to have supernatural powers and thwart Marc's attempts to recover his past. After re-appropriating Khonshu, Marc Spector resumed his normal life and his Moon Knight alias despite breaking up with Marlene Alrune. Meanwhile, Raoul Bushman collaborates with a mysterious mental patient only referred to as "Patient 86", who becomes an avatar of Ra and calling himself the Sun King. Together they come up with a plot to kill Moon Knight. Moon Knight is given psychedelic drugs and eventually is forced to face off with Sun King.
Khonshu suggest to Moon Knight that maybe Sun King only believes he is the avatar of Ra and if Marc Spector is truly the avatar of Khonshu he should be able to manifest powers. Moon Knight is able to overpower Sun King and Bushman escapes. Charlie Huston , writer of the re-launch of Moon Knight , attempted to answer the criticism that Moon Knight is an ersatz Batman in an interview with Comixfan. Huston accepted that the two characters had their similarities, but went on to contrast the two by noting in particular differences in origin, motives, and personality.
Huston further notes that Bruce Wayne, Batman's alter ego, takes on other personalities merely to aid in his fight. However, Moon Knight has three alter egos which aid him as much in dealing with personal demons as fighting law-breakers, and which have taken a further psychological toll of causing dissociative identity disorder. In the question of his sanity, Spider-Man remarked "Mooney. Rhymes with loony". Over the course of his life as a boxer, U. Marine , mercenary, and costumed superhero, Marc Spector has become an expert at hand-to-hand combat techniques and martial arts such as boxing ,  kung fu , eskrima , judo ,  karate , ninjutsu , savate ,  and Muay Thai.
He is an Olympic-level athlete and a skilled acrobat and gymnast and excels as a combat strategist. He is skilled with most weapons and an expert with throwing weapons. Spector is a superb driver and can pilot a helicopter. It tells the story of Jonathan, a private investigator in an Eastern European city that seems always stranded on the brink of mass violence, as he tries to track a couple's daughter who disappeared years previously. In the course of his investigation, he impulsively saves a woman from drowning, but soon discovers that such a heroic act can change lives, relationships, and even the definition of reality for both better and worse.
This book has an awful lot going for it. Neil Jordan has got the cynical, dry tone of the detective first-person narrator absolutely perfect, and it is a joy to read.
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This main character, Jonathan, is one of the most intriguing protagonists - if indeed he is a protagonist - that I have read about in a very long time. It is his novel, entirely. He is the novel. As previously mentioned, he does odd things with his dialogue which require a slightly higher degree of concentration to understand, but nevertheless it works, and works extremely well.
Many details that one could take for granted in other books are omitted here. I won't go into them, simply because of the curious thrill that one experiences when one reaches the end of the book and realises, "Wait a minute, we never found that out! As for the plot - immensely thought-provoking.
I think a side-effect of "thought-provoking" is a noticeable lack of explanation for some things, and that is certainly the case here - I had many unanswered questions at the end - but the ideas presented by the author are fascinating, and I personally think it was a very wise choice to let the reader interpret most of it for themselves.
There is enough unravelling of the mystery, though, to keep the reader gripped throughout the whole second half of the book. Overall, a wonderfully intriguing book, with a brilliantly creepy atmosphere, unique dialogue and a very engaging protagonist. Read and enjoy. Jul 03, Maria rated it it was ok. Neil Jordan's spooky mystery, The Drowned Detective , is part detective novel and part ghost story. I kind of wish he would have just picked one or the other, because as a combination he only moderately succeeds in each genre.
Jonathan is a private detective living in what is probably a former Soviet state with his archaeologist wife who he suspects has recently been sleeping with his business partner. His tortured emotional condition over his unraveling marriage gets all tangled up in his search Neil Jordan's spooky mystery, The Drowned Detective , is part detective novel and part ghost story. His tortured emotional condition over his unraveling marriage gets all tangled up in his search for a long-missing girl, and there's a maybe-psychic with quirky dog and a cello-playing beauty who both lead and follow him at various twists along the way.
Jordan is a respected writer but I found this book a challenge to read. The characters remained murky - and perhaps that was his intent, keep them foggy - and the plot was so humdrum at times that by the time The Big Reveal came along I didn't care as much as I would have liked to. It's not very long yet took me forever to read, but I think if I'd not been so busy the last few weeks I could have dedicated more time to it and enjoyed it more. Nov 12, Ruth Booth rated it liked it. This is not another missing person detective story.
Far from it. And I did really love the fact that this book was different from the norm It was written in poetic almost dreamlike prose which suited the genre of the book. At times quite beautiful. However I really struggled to work out who was speaking and when. It seems that speech marks were not required in this book, or in fact any indicators to tell you who was speaking I also felt that the story was supposed to revolve around love - tainted This is not another missing person detective story.
It seems that speech marks were not required in this book, or in fact any indicators to tell you who was speaking I also felt that the story was supposed to revolve around love - tainted and tiring in the case of Jonathan the detective and his wife, and obsessive and uncontrollable in the case of Jonathan and the missing girl Petra.
However I just wasn't drawn into the relationships. I didn't feel any real passion or sadness. I spent much of the time confused about what was actually happening This would have been a 4 star read if the storyline had been a little crisper and the dialogue more understandable. It could have been a 5 star if I had been drawn into the relationships and felt the sharp pain of love, both new and old. Jul 04, Corryn rated it did not like it Shelves: did-not-finish. I'm confused.
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This book is a total mess to me. The characters and the setting aren't introduced well or at all. The lack of quotation marks makes it all the more difficult to figure out who is speaking and when. Every conversation has "witty" talk—quick, confusing quips back and forth as if the characters don't know how to talk like regular humans. The storyline doesn't keep my interest as it bounces between loosely drawn points that the author tried to make into one interesting plot.
The only r I'm confused. The only reason I'd want to finish this book is so that I could say I did. I don't like abandoning books, but I feel like I'd just be wasting my time trying to read this "mystery. Aug 30, Race Bannon Berns rated it it was ok. Sorry, I did not get this book at all. Too much symbolism or whatever. Paradoxically, I was entertained reading it and wanted to hoped to find out if there was something I would understand in the conclusion. Did not happen. The book remains a puzzle in my head even given other reviews and interpretations. May 23, Judy LeBlanc added it.
Oct 15, Leif rated it it was ok. I've always been a general fan of Neil Jordan's books, from his early stories to the late ghost-mysteries and life-stories of his more recent work. Still, one never knows who he is writing to and, the more that his films and television work has developed, the more cinematic his imagination has turned its gaze. Correspondingly, what was once a dense psychological texture of language engaging with memory and death has become a visual extravaganza of surfaces and textures, architectures and geograp I've always been a general fan of Neil Jordan's books, from his early stories to the late ghost-mysteries and life-stories of his more recent work.
Correspondingly, what was once a dense psychological texture of language engaging with memory and death has become a visual extravaganza of surfaces and textures, architectures and geography. That sometimes works, but here in The Drowned Detective it does not. Instead, this coy-detective "thriller" is it? Yet this background curiously never interacts with the ghost story itself: it feels window-dressing, untethered from the plot. So too the musical moments which are and are not relevant to the plot: they are both hammered into the reader as important but also not delicately interworked with the thoughtful simplicity of lace, the way a great theme should be.
What we're left with is a vaguely drawn security man, haunted by the past, who fights with his wife, falls for a psychic, encounters a ghost, and doesn't relate well with men.
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If it was more prosaic, it would be a good study in contemporary security politics and toxic masculinity. As it is, there's a marriage plot and a ghost story. I'll let the characters tell the rest of it themselves: Should we divorce? Is that the only option? I replied. And it was hardly a question. It was a statement that hung in the air, like invisible smoke. Well, she said. We both seem to have made a mess of things. And is it the kind of mess that ends in divorce? It is the conventional option, she told me. Isn't that what one does? One, I thought. I could never think of her as one.
You would never survive it, I said stupidly. You mean life without you?
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I had a life without you once. It was at least coherent. I thought of razor wire and the burning tyres and the dull crumping sound of another car bomb and wondered what was coherent about that. But she had always been oddly composed, and I supposed, coherent, in that burning world. And this isn't? No, she said. This has become an incoherent mess. Maybe life, I murmured, is an incoherent mess. Do you love this woman? There was no answer to that question.
But I gave the only one that had a hope of being understood. She's dead, I said. Oh God, she said. What have you got us into? There are perhaps fifty to one hundred pages of rapid anticipation and haunting wonder here; the rest is mediocre prose. The best comes at the end, of course, and make a breathless and slightly too-neat finish. The question is, are those pages worth the dubious investment in coy-noir? Presumably, Jordain carefully aimed this book at a large popular audience. I do not think that it has lodged in its target. It might be ungrateful to wish for more thoughtful, pensive books in the future, a return to Sunrise with Sea Monster days.
Jun 04, Paul Nally rated it liked it. Beautifully written at times with themes, Bach, music, riots, water, detective yarn, crumbling civilisations and supernatural undercurrents reminding me of that film set in Venice with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie "Don't Look Now". Set in an Eastern European city, a family, husband, detective, Jonathan, wife, archaeologist, Sarah, young daughter with imaginary friends, Jenny.
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The husband and wife are close, in love even, but their intimacy is disrupted by the wife's affair with the husba Beautifully written at times with themes, Bach, music, riots, water, detective yarn, crumbling civilisations and supernatural undercurrents reminding me of that film set in Venice with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie "Don't Look Now".
The husband and wife are close, in love even, but their intimacy is disrupted by the wife's affair with the husband's business partner and then by the husband's necrophiliac attachment to a musician who he meets when trying unsuccessfully to save her from drowning. This woman went missing when she was a child and the husband has been assigned by her parents to find her. The woman, Petra. These supernatural associations are added to by other characters, a psychic, a therapist, and more mundane types such as Istavan, Jonathan's work colleague and Frank, his partner, who becomes involved with Sarah, his wife.
So there is a confusion of purposes where Jonathan is trying to resolve at the same time, through the same means, the psychic, his search for the missing girl and his marital difficulties. Everything becomes intertwined and complicated particularly by the supernatural ingredient. And then there are the pussy riots between the androgynous rioters dressed in yellow pastel with yellow ski masks and the police in black which is a continual backdrop to the action. May 11, Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves: fiction. I won this book through a goodreads giveaway, so first off, a thank you to the publishers for sending me this book.
There's a few things I want to discuss. Let's start with the writing style. I found it really jarring at first, mainly because of the lack of quotation marks for the dialogue. Normally, I can't stand the lack of punctuation, but for this book, I don't think the story would have worked without it. Having said that, I think I would have enjoyed this book more if the characters were mo I won this book through a goodreads giveaway, so first off, a thank you to the publishers for sending me this book.
Having said that, I think I would have enjoyed this book more if the characters were more likable. I couldn't relate to Sarah and found her repulsive. I felt Jonathan should have been more unreliable as a narrator and instead found him aimless. His work ethic made me want to punch a wall.