Really liked it I had some minor pacing *problem at the beginning and it suffered from *at the beginning and it suffered from read at the same time as new favorites of mine but it was still really good and I m eager to read the rest Working as an estate agent in the town of Brackenford isn t the hardest job in the world just ask Trev Irwin He nows the market inside out house prices are steady and the only competition in the office is Barry who has all the wit and charm of a mouth ulcerBut there are other forces at work in Brackenford besides the unuenchable desire of grannies to buy bungalows as Trev discovers when he witnesses a shadowy entity possess a man in a local caf A man who goes straight home and murders his wife and her lover With a cricket bat 35 stars This book series caught my eye when I saw it was part of a buddy read I was particularly interested in it because it promised to be humorous and I m always looking for a book that can make me laugh I could also have possibly been drawn to it because we just happen to have our house on the market right now and have been looking for a new one for uite a few months It was an interesting coincidence that this book features real estate agents or estate agents as they are called in England Fortunately this book had me laughing immediately I loved all the snarky sarcasm I was interested in the story right away as well Unfortunately the story itself lost some steam somewhere in the middle It was still fun but not as entertaining as I was hoping it would be but I have heard that the series gets better so I ll stick it out for the next bookThe things I liked best about the book was the snarky sarcastic humor the characters Oscar Because who doesn t love a talking cat and Agatha I hope they continue to be featured prominently in the seriesReview also posted at Writings of a Reader Take a pinch of the humour from Hot Fuzz a pinch of Seanan McGuire s Incryptid series a slightly heftier dose of Charles Stross Laundry Files run the whole thing through a British bloke s point of view for flavour and you just might have yourself Location Location DamnationTrevor or Trev depending on if you ve been on the receiving end of his snark or not is a real estate agent in Brackenford But suddenly Brackenford Scandal Real Estate Agent Takes Advice From Talking Cat Its fake news he never actually listens to me OscarWhen destiny grabs you by the bollocks you re guaranteed to go from zero to hero The energy in his fingertips crackled Come and have a go if you think you re hard enough Trevor Irwin was perfectly comfortable with his microwave dinners pints at the pub a small circle of friends and his career as a real estate agent Life was a slushy wet oyster waiting to be sucked off a plate with a bag of chips and a big glass of beer until he saw a ghostNow if only he could stop seeing them he could get back to his life but sometimes life is just going to drag you A Fairly Honourable Defeat kicking and screaming to your destiny as a better version of yourself unless itills you firstGhosts turn out to be the least of Trev s problems because someone wants him dead and not just dead but expunged from existenceSo dear reader what s in this book A uick checklist could helpAn unlikely Hero with destiny thrust upon himcheckA indly Mentor who likes scotchcheckA stern brave GhostcheckA 1000s of years old Cat Spirit with a scathing witcheckGhouls that could be goblins who love the letter of the law and speak in Tabloid checkMagic weapons that talkcheckOther dimensionscheckBody possessing ShadescheckBig Bad Demons with a penchant for collecting soulscheckA mystery to solvecheckWerewolves with a self help groupcheckVampires with agendascheckAnd a barrel full of chuckles and belly laughscheckNick Moseley has written a very clev. Trev IRWIN DIDN’T BELIEVE IN GHOSTS WHICH didn’t believe in ghosts which it something of a shock when he saw oneWorking as an estate agent in the town of Brackenford isn’t the hardest job in the world – just ask Trev Irwin He nows the market inside out house prices are steady and the only competition in the office is Barry who has all the wit and charm of a mouth ulcerBut there are other forces at work in Brackenford besides the unuenchable desire of grannies to buy bungalows as Trev discovers when he witnesses a shadowy entity possess a man in a local café A man who goes
Nick Moseley ë 4 SummaryUgh Moseley s interpr BR with the cool Urban Fantasy fans from FBR 45 stars and this one s a Keeper Working as an estate agent in the town of Brackenford isn t the hardest job in the world just ask Trev Irwin He Slavery Reborn knows the market inside out house prices are steady and the only competition in the office is Barry who has all the wit and charm of a mouth ulcerBut there are other forces at work in Brackenford besides the unuenchable desire of grannies to buy bungalows as Trev discovers when he witnesses a shadowy entity possess a man in a local caf A man who goes straight home and murders his wife and her lover With a cricket batAnd here is where this storyicks off A lifelong sceptic of the paranormal Trev is trying his best to rationalise these events but cannot really bring himself to believe the weird shit After all he KNOWS telepathy doesn t exist because if it did he d probably get slapped in the face several times a day And everybody You Can Make Anything Sad knows Ghosts DO NOT EXIST Ghosts are things seen by substance abusers attention seeking old ladies and the insane And Trevnows he is not insane Especially when he s standing in the middle of Brackenford High Street looking at his feet and muttering to himself because he had just seen a bloody ghost In case you haven t noticed from the few snippets above our Trev is one of a ind He is an undisputed misanthropic bloke who dishes insults like candies at Trick or Treat and is not in the least comfortable on the receiving end of a similar treatment Even when he tries to be friendly his own friends openly confess Trev let s face it
With Friends Like You Who Needs Homicidal Axe Wielding Maniacsfriends like you who needs homicidal axe wielding maniacs has a uniue way of pointing out faults from a blackened frying pan that had last been cleaned when Atlantis was still on the maps to a house decor that looked like someone had dosed Pablo Picasso with LSD and let him loose with a wallpaper catalogue and a paint roller And he doesn t shy away from stating his own shortcomings either For instance his golf swing that started to resemble a myopic lumberjack trying to fell a tree with a rubber chicken Aaaaand he is the only Maste You wanted spooky you got it said Trev a little unkindly Welcome to the Midlands of England to the sleepy little town of Brackenford where Trev Irwin realtor is drafted into supernatural service Mr Irwin having never even wrestled a crocodile was completely unprepared for the existence of the supernatural This book sets up an urban fantasy of vampires ghouls ghosts werewolves and much all precariously balanced against each other and humanity It s uniue and well doneI loved the plethora of differing British accents represented I would buy this as an audiobook in a heartbeatI absolutely adored the talking cat and liked the talking swords There isn t enough of this in fantasyWhat I didn t like the MC was so rude and that s just not something Americans expect out of Brits Turns out there are two inds of male Brits there are gentlemen and there are blokes Trev was raised by a gentleman but chose to be a bloke I spent uite a bit of this *book hoping for a Firthing What I hated the most disgusting book I ve ever read was The Devourers in *hoping for a Firthing What I hated the most disgusting book I ve ever read was The Devourers in the word piss is used 32 times This book used it 29 times I don t believe it was ever used literally but it was used liberally Taking a term for urination and using it out of context was funny the first time and only the first time Every time after the word got smellier I don t now if this is a case of Midland blokes proclivity for yellow language or if the author just fell in love with a word like snort in Fish Chips A good start to series Trevor Irwin progresses in the book from wanker to git if he can do that in a week he should be nice guy by book three lol. Ket tycoon Alastair Kolley he finds that he’s upgraded his status from “potential collateral damage” to “target” in the eyes of the bad guys But who are the bad guys Is it the tabloid reading ghouls who live in the sewers The werewolf self help group that meets in the church hall Or the local lord of the manor who looks pretty sprightly for a man who’s over 150 years old Trev hasn’t a clue and the only help he’s got comes from a septuagenarian a puritanical Victorian ghost and the world’s most sarcastic catYep – he’s basically screwed. .
Er very witty urban fantasy that treads the fine line between comedy and drama well doneSome readers have remarked the pacing could have been sharper in the first half of the book On my first read I found the same and rated this book at 4 stars On this re read July 2019 I didn t experience it the same way and just enjoyed Trev s desperate and wittysarcastic attempts to avoid his destinySo I m re rating this as 5 stars because it was better the second time aroundPS Loved how the ghouls understanding of English was based on tabloid headlines that s a crackerNOTE 1 Had a great time buddy reading this book during July 2019 with the wonderful members of the Fantasy Buddy Reads group 2 Rereading this in August 2020 with the fine folk from FBR at Recommended this book to my friends on GR At time of rec 17Feb2019 the series is 7 volumes with 159 independent ratings with an average of 446 stars If a novel described as a hilarious fantasy story full of clever snarky dialogue sounds appealing to you then I recommend reading Location Location Damnation book one of a series by Nick Mosely Although the scary dangers encountered within the pages are deadly an intrepid band of heroes never allow the possibility of dying stop the jokes The characters which populate the fictional English village of Brackenford include ghouls vampires werewolves shades spirits and occasionally a demon called to this universe by a mysterious someone mad enough to think their magical prowess in occult spells is strong enough to control such dark beings I will not go further in this review about them and spoil the funBrackenford exists in a spot where unfortunately the skin between universes is thin M Trevor Irwin Trev to his friends works as an estate agent in the town of Brackenford It s an easy job Trev nows the house market inside and out and there isn t much competition to speak of Brackenford has always had a reputation for paranormal events something self proclaimed skeptic Trev has always scoffed at Right up until the moment when Trev sees his first ghost possess a man at a local cafe Who Alhambra knew there was some truth to the old stories his granddad used to tell Trev Location Location Damnation is the first book in The Brackenford Cycle by Nick Moseley It is an Urban Fantasy is not normally a genre I spend a lot of time reading but I joined a fun group reading it on GR and ended up enjoying it The book is filled with action good characters and lots of wit all of whichept it a light and fun read If you enjoy urban fantasy or have a thought of giving it a shot this seems like a good one to go with 4050 stars for me I found the summary for Location Location Damnation very intriguing and decided to join a buddy read for the book It s a fantasy story set in a modern setting and as such had a lot of hurdles to jump It did a really good job of creating enough of a screen to allow you to suspend your disbeliefThe main character is Trevor Irwin who s immensely unlikeable on first introduction He s an arrogant misogynistic now it all and that s just off the first page By the end of chapter one you know it all and that s just off the first page By the end of chapter one you add cowardly and aggravating to his list of character traits The weird thing though is as he evolves as a person due to the events of the book he grows on you as a character I feel fairly confident that of I were to continue this series I would come to fully embrace TrevThe storyline is *Both Entertaining And Easy To Read But *entertaining and easy to read but little too sarcastic for my tastes It also rubs me as vulgar at times but not in a way that adds an element to the story Almost like vulgarity for it s own sake The majority of the supporting characters felt shallow and that also subtracted something from the experienceThere were things I really loved tho. Traight home and murders his wife and her lover With a cricket batA lifelong sceptic of the paranormal Trev is still trying to rationalise these events when he discovers that his own grandfather is rather than the curmudgeonly whisky enthusiast he appears to be The old man is also Brackenford’s Custodian a role which reuires him to eep the peace among the town’s supernatural residents and he believes that Trev can help himTrev disagrees; but when he inadvertently foils an assassination attempt on Brackenford’s most famous resident the slick supermar.