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R this book so take that as you will But obviously I liked the book or else I wouldn t have been the editor in the first place And I really liked Dan s bookI just felt like the idea of a stage magician being put in a world where magic is real is a great concept Too I really hadn t read a portal fantasy in a long time and yet one of my favorite novels is Terry Brooks Magic
For Sale Sold this reminded me of that in a really good wayUltimately though it s a fun uest novel with really good action plenty of intrigue and enough how the hell are they going to get out of this one moments to keep you on the edge of your seat usually chuckling Sometimes I read to experience something I have never read before and sometimes I read to enjoy the comfort of the familiar This book takes me back to the nostalgic enjoyment of the fantasy genre that made me fall in love with reading when I was young The inclusion of a Vegas magician with a ash of humor as the protagonist also gave it a little spice to meet my appetite for something a little Chatsfields Ultimate Acquisition different This was just a nice relaxing read with a fun premise Iefinitely plan on reading the next one and could see this making a nice movie one ay Although there is a little bad language there are efinitely some of my students who would enjoy this book Originally published at Reading RealityThe Rogue Retrieval is a terrific example of what is called portal fantasy where a magical portal opens between our world of the mundane and another world where magic is operationalAdmittedly the magic of the portal itself may be of the Arthur C Clarke variety where any technology sufficiently advanced isKingdom For Sale Sold
indistinguishable from magic as it may be in this case Or it can literally befrom magic as it may be in this case Or it can literally be magic portal like the famous wardrobe in CS Lewis Narnia seriesSo there is a viewpoint where The Rogue Retrieval can be considered Narnia for adults Without AslanIn the case of The Rogue Retrieval the portal is a literal portal between our world and the world of Alissia where not only Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward does magic work but where the human population is not as technologically advanced as in our world It feels like late Renaissance or very early Industrial Age maybe the technological euivalent of our late 1700s and early 1800s but that is totally opinion It might be our 1600s but it isn t any later than the 1800s as the industrial pollution produced in copious amounts in our Industrial era is not presentAnd of course the pristine nature of Alissia along with the seeming lack of sophistication of its inhabitants is part of its charm to two rival corporations CASE Global and Raptor TechCASE Global controls the portal and they have a problem One of their anthropologists has gone missing along with a backpack full of advanced tech that is not supposed to be taken to Alissia In other words they have a rogue agent who has violated the euivalent of the Prime DirectiveAnd that s kind of where our hero and point of view character uinn Bradley comes in uinn is a stage magician and a pretty good one He s just about to get his big break when CASE Global intervenes and threatens him with economic ruin and bodily harm if heoesn t come to work for themThese are not nice people They threaten uinn s life and future and that of pretty much every person he is in contact with his friends his business associates his remaining family the population of his hometown The iron hand in the velvet glove is so literal that its adamantium claws stick out of the gloveOf course uinn goes along He has no choice But he is also looking forward to the adventure even if the information he is provided with is woefully scanty in its etails He s not so much in it for the uest as for the experience For the stage magician Alissia represents a whole new audienceWith one big catch On Alissia magic is real And magic practitioners are even jealous of their rights than uinn s Vegas competition Pretending to be a mage is a eath sentence on Alissia and those nice folks at CASE Global know that they are potentially throwing uinn under the bus or carriage if he s caughtUnless the stage wizard turns out to be a real magician after allEscape Rating B I really liked this story but the antecedents were just a bit too obvious to make it an A It is however a wild and very fun ride from beginning to endThe story in The Rogue Retrieval reminded me of three ifferent books all of which I loved very much but which combine here into a whole that so far works well It will A powerful corporation He’s after an employee who has gone rogue and that’s the least of his problems Alissia has true magiciansand the penalty for impersonating one is eath In a world where even a twelve year old could beat uinn in a swordfight it's only a matter of time until the tricks up his sleeves run ou. .
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I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this to read and evoured itThe Rogue Retrieval centers mostly around uinn Bradley a Vegas stage magician hoping to hit the big time From the very start uinn comes off as sharp on top of his game and perhaps ready for his big breakright up until his big break gets taken in exchange for an even bigger jobuinn will be part of a team sent to perform the titular Rouge Retrieval but you can bet that even well prepared well armed teams with the best money can buy are in for trouble once they hit the
ground in a medieval world where magic is realHands own it sin a "MEDIEVAL WORLD WHERE MAGIC IS DOWN IT S "world where magic is realHands A Guide to Americas Sex Laws down it s magician voice and insights that make the story work without himit would be any other fantasy novel but the least capable member of the team has all the right skills his other team members lackAnd he s going to need themThe thing that stands out to me is that after I read that last paragraph it left me with a smile This is clearly the start of a series with several characters and threads that won t be resolved in one sitting but that s ok since this is a world you won t mind visiting againeven if you know how the magic worksDon t come looking forark life changing soul searing fiction here this is an adventure novel and you re going to get adventure whether you like it or not uinn is the sort of character who you want to see win or at least survive to run away another Agewise day Like Rincewind his legs are as good a solution as his magic and I always wondered what sly trick he had up his sleeveThe world they land in reminds me of a jaded version of Ankh Morpork in that adventure may be everywhere so long as you spell adventureeath Everything and anything in this world can and oes try to kill making this rogue retrieval less lark and keep moving and hope it eats someone elseLooking forward to book two A Las Vegas magician gets recruited to go on a covert mission into a medieval world and pretend to be a wizard in order to regain control after an operative goes rogue I mean if that oesn t make you want to read this book immediately then I can t help you This was sublime Flowing with all the ease and marvel of a work written A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World decades before it totally kept me hooked nonstop I ve always enjoyed stories of other worlds but when they re written so well and keep the pulse pounding too why that s even better Aebut author with potential than many I ve seen in some time I m already waiting for the next book When reading the Anthropology as Cultural Critique description of The Rogue Retrieval I saw portal fantasy and expected well fantasy Magic and magic and sword fighting I think this is of a Star Gate brand of portal fantasy than Narnia There s a whole lot technology than magic wands which makes for a great mix I ve been missing Star Gate and here is a story that reminds me of itI found it fascinating to bring together a user of magic from Vegas who relies on tricks and illusion with the genuine fantasy magic user Throw in some fantastic gizmos and the fake looks perfectly real Also I can t resist a book that imagines a whole world It s new and fresh and full of possibilities A fun read If you re a bit overwhelmed by the world right now and the grimdark seems a bit tooark I want to recommend The Rogue Retrieval because Koboldt s story is the perfect take me away from the real world noveluinn Bradley is trying to win his spot on the Vegas strip when he is offered a job he can t refuse Corporate espionage a true fantasy setting and a likeable cast of characters make this a fast and enjoyable read Although the story is light in no way Anyone does it become trite Koboldt keeps a firm grip on the characters their relationships and the story with a tight rollicking adventure filled with humor magic and fun Ah what a fun light fantasy read Rogue Retrieval offers aelightful twist on the classic portal fantasy a stage magician from modern ay Earth is recruited to assist a corporation on their forays through a hole into a real life fantasy world with magic One of the heads of the operation has gone rogue escaping into the other world and he needs to be retrieved before he introduces angerous technology and ideas Mayhem ensues of course It s a fast read a frolic and feels like a wonderful set up for a series My one gripe is that it felt like some vital information was held back for the sake of plot but the book also manages to work in some brilliant Journey and He Man jokes so I won t complain too loudly 35 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum year I m res. In the tradition of Terry Brooks' Landover series Piers Anthony Xanth books and Terry Pratchett's Discword novels scientist and blogger Dan Koboldt weaves wonder humor and heart into his Boggs debut novel The Rogue Retrieval Sleight of handin another landStage magician uinn Bradley has oneream to headline his own show. Olving to o a much better job at controlling my TBR and a big part
of that will involve being a prudent with the books I choose to acceptthat will involve being a lot with the books I choose to accept review but when I was contacted about The Rogue Retrieval I knew there was no way I could resist giving it a try The book s main character is a Las Vegas stage magician who one ay hopes to make it big and headline at a Strip casino Call me cheesy but I have a real fascination for illusionists and magic shows Fantasy is fantasy but watching a skilled magician at their art is always fun because if nothing else you can suspend your Albert Camus disbelief and imagine even if it s just for a moment that you re experiencing something beyond the realm of possibilityIn fact that explanation might also be analogous to why I love urban fantasy I love imagining our real world with magic in it The idea of the contemporary mixed with the paranormal appeals to me and I also enjoy asking the uestion What if Perhaps that is why I had so much fun with The Rogue Retrieval because at its core that s what this book is one big What if story What if a whole other world wasiscovered connected to ours via a secret portal What if everything we think of when we think fantasy world like magic sorcerers sword wielding warriors etc is all a reality in this secret realm And what if someone just an average guy from our own world was tasked to go over there to on a real life uestThough calling our protagonist just an average guy wouldn t be entirely accurate because uinn Bradley is actually an extremely talented and ambitious illusionist But on his big night instead of being scouted by one of the big Vegas hotels representatives from CASE Global a powerful corporation make him an offer he can t refuse The company has Bitter Choices discovered a portal to another world called Alissia a place where magic is real and they need uinn to be as good as the real thing so he and a team can travel there and capture a rogue scientist whose actions threaten to put all of them at risk However what CASE has neglected to tell uinn is that impersonating a magician in Alissia is serious crime with fatal conseuencesWhat makes The Rogue Retrieval special is that itoesn t read like your typical urban fantasy In truth most of the book actually takes place in Alissia a world closer to what readers would regard as a high fantasy setting But while uinn and his companions go through the portal in isguise pretending to be native Alissians they also
with them advanced technology and other high tech gadgetry help them in their uest So in essence you get an interesting mix of traditional fantasy urban fantasy and even some science fiction thrown inThis makes The Rogue Retrieval a very ifferent sort of read one that might appeal to fans of UF who are looking for something that breathes new life into the genre At the same time though it retains a lot of the characteristics that makes UF fun namely the fast pacing lots of laugh out loud humor and plenty of thrilling action scenes For better or worse it also Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold doesn t take itself too seriously forgoing much world building so that Alissia feels like your very generic fantasy world The book has a feeling of satire at times reminiscent of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court where a presentay person is transported to another world where he is able to fool its inhabitants into thinking he is a bona fide magician with his knowledge of modern technology Nothing too Mikhail Bakhtin deep here but the story is admittedly tons of funThat said there were a few puzzling issues with the plot I was never entirely convinced why CASE specifically needed a stage magician for the mission though a bigeal was made about an aspect of uinn s background and the reasons for that might be revealed in the next book But on the whole I was hoping uinn s talents would ve had relevance to the story There s also the prospect of a romance that I m not sure was really reuired By the end of the book nothing really gets resolved either and there were a lot loose ends than I would have likedStill it s clear we ve only scratched the surface here and hopefully the next installment will Carnival develop things further and give answers A few minor issues notwithstanding I mefinitely interested in reading the seuel Dan Koboldt s new book is an entertaining urban fantasy with a fascinating angle great if you re in the mood for something light fluffy and fun I m looking forward to see where the story will go I ll note I was the editor fo. On the Vegas Strip And with talent scouts in the audience wowed by his latest performance he knows he’s about to make the big timeWhat he oesn’t expect is an offer to go on a uest to a place where magic is all too realThat's how he finds himself in Alissia a world connected to ours by a secret portal owned by.Carry With Them Advanced Technology And Other High Tech Gadgetry