Sunday 3 November 2013


Slashback by Rob Thurman
Book 8 of the Cal Leandros series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: paperback

About Slashback:
I stopped and let them circle me, first because it was intriguing and, second, because, honestly, what could they do? Only knives, but all armed, and that made them even more interesting. Interesting. Fun.


Taking on bloodthirsty supernatural monsters is how Caliban and Niko Leandros make a living. But years ago—before they became a force to be reckoned with—the brothers were almost victims of a very human serial killer.


Unfortunately for them, that particular depraved killer was working as apprentice to a creature far more malevolent—the legendary Spring-heeled Jack. He’s just hit town. He hasn’t forgotten what the Leandros brothers did to his murderous protégé. He hasn’t forgotten what they owe him.

And now they are going to pay… and pay… and pay.…
Source: Info in the About Slashback was taken from GoodReads at on 09/03/2013.

My Thoughts:
I still think that Sam & Dean Winchester are very good visual representations of Cal and Niko Leandros.

I was reading Spider's Bite when my copy of Slashback arrived in the mail. Normally I would drop all other books I was reading when a Rob Thurman book arrives, but I was just getting to the juicier part of Spider's Bite and the fact that I was a tad disappointed with the last Cal Leandros book, so consequently I ended up reading both books at the same time. I listen to Spider's Bite in work and read Slashback at home. At the end of both books, I got both stories mixed up in my head that I had to think for a minute to sort out whether this aspect of the story belonged to Slashback or Spider's Bite... Anyway, it contributed to my reading this book longer than I usually do a Rob Thurman book. Plus the fact that I was trying to stretch it out as long as I can and savour the book rather than rush through it because Rob Thurman is obviously back in her game with this book. And I didn't want the wonderful reading time to end so soon. What can I say? I got another quality fix for my Cal Leandros addiction. Plus the story telling quality is Rob Thurman's usual masterful quality again. The plot although not that convoluted, is none-the-less entrancing. I am very happy with this book. the only sad thing is it has to end and now I have to wait another year for the next book.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 4.5
Plot = 4.5

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

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