Thursday, July 2, 2015

Audiobook Review: Rise & Fall

Rise & Fall (THIRDS, #4)Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS, #4
Released: May 28th 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon
         Dreamspinner Press

After an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he’s done. But Dex’s plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition’s crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn’t taking any chances. Dex’s team is pulled from the case, with the investigation handed to Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs. Dex refuses to stand by while another team goes after Hogan, and decides to put his old HPF detective skills to work to find Hogan before Theta Destructive, no matter the cost. 
With a lengthy and painful recovery ahead of him, the last thing Sloane needs is his partner out scouring the city, especially when the lies—however well intentioned—begin to spiral out of control. Sloane is all too familiar with the desire to retaliate, but some things are more important, like the man who’s pledged to stand beside him. As Dex starts down a dark path, it’s up to Sloane to show him what’s at stake, and finally put a name to what’s in his heart. 

A quick note: This was supposed to be an LGBT Monday review, but the first thing you need to know about THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley is that he lives to bend the rules. He never does what he’s told, so I knew better than to schedule this post on a day that would actually make sense. That’s Dex for you: loving, unruly, and hilarious.

In Dex’s world, being gay is perfectly normal and accepted, but the two co-existing species, humans and therians, are constantly at war. Humans fear the shapeshifting Therians, and Therians resent being forced to register and get tattoos on their necks. The conflict is always brewing and acts of terrorism from both sides are far too common. Enter Therian-Human Intelligence, Recon, Defense Squadron, also known as the THIRDS, whose only mission is to keep the peace between the two races.

Agents Dexter Daley and Sloane ‘Broody Bear’ Brodie are THIRDS agents. One is human and the other is therian. They are both excellent agents, but personally they’re as different as they can be. They are also partners, on and off work. Dex is a half-glass-full type of person, loveable, extroverted and funny. He is very close to his father and brother and he makes friends with seeming ease. Sloane Brodie is none of the above. Having lost his previous partner and lover, he is very careful with his feelings. It’s always one step forward, two steps back between him and Dex. But he is strong, honest and fair, even when someone doesn’t deserve it.

Rise & Fall is the fourth book in Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series, and like the three before, it left me completely in awe. This is how everyone should write paranormal fiction, M/M fiction, action, romance… everything. This is how everyone should write. Enough said.

I remember starting this series with a very healthy dose of skepticism. I didn’t need another Cut & Run series, with two amazing, all-powerful agents perfect in everything they do. I wanted strong, but fallible men with a great sense of humor and a romance I could actually enjoy. But Charlie Cochet must have known exactly what her readers crave because she gave us a series that is both amazing and insanely popular.

I can’t say too much about the plot in Rise & Fall for fear of spoiling some important detail from the previous two books, but I can say that this book is the biggest emotional rollercoaster so far. By now, the Destructive Delta agents are all very familiar to us: Ash, Cael, Letty, Hobbs and others have become our close friends. There’s so much going on in this series, plenty of action and danger from all sides, but the characters are what makes it truly stand out, and their weird dynamic is a constant source of amusement.

Mark Westfield narrates the story beautifully. He is the perfect person to bring us Dex’s light-hearted perspective. Every emotion comes through loud and clear in his voice, and although I read this one the second it came out, I couldn’t resist getting the audio when it finally showed up.

I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for excitement, excellent characters and a whole lot of action. Oh, and laughter. Lots and lots of it.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.

And here are the first three books, for your reading enjoyment. As you can see, the first book is currently $0.99 on Amazon. Honestly, not getting it now would be just silly. This is the best urban fantasy series I've read in ages! :)


  1. Oh wow, this sounds amazing. I like realistic characters SO much in any type of book - regardless of genre. Beyond that, it soudns like a really good, exciting series.

  2. it's great to have a series still strong after 4 books because it's not something that easy. it's quite intriguing I confess. thanks for the review!

  3. Action, excitement and loads of laughter?? Clearly I need to add this book to both the wish list and then the TBR pile ASAP!
    Thanks for a great review as always, Maja!

  4. A world where being gay is totally normal and is accepted by everyone? Now that's fascinating! I love that this book has action and humor! That's a wonderful blend, in my opinion.
    I love your explanation for why you posted this review today instead of Monday, Maja! Your reviews always cheer me up. :)

  5. How have I never heard of this series Maja!!!! I love M/M romances that are law-enforcement based, and add in a touch of the paranormal and I'm in Heaven. Plus, book one is only $.99? SOLD!!!! I can't wait to be in awe of this series too:)

  6. I have never heard of this series before and if the first book is only $.99 I need it!

  7. Lots of action, great characters AND laughter? Talk about complete packages! And so cheap too? It's like Christmas in July, lol :D Hugs

  8. Oh 4.5 stars is enough motivation for me! You know i can't get enough of your LGBT recommendations!

  9. The best UF you've read in a while? Wow, that is some recommendation! I'll definitely check this series out. How can I resist when the first is .99 cents? Excellent review, Maja! :)

  10. As another commenter said, I'm really loving this LGBQT recommendations from you! And I'm always up for more UF - my well of UF rec's is running dry!

  11. You had me scared b/c of the emotional rollercoaster and you knew you had to let me know of the light heartedness and laughter, didn't you? :) Yea, now I'm very curious about this one. I'm also glad that you respected Dex enough to post this one on a different day that LGBT Monday. :D

  12. Okay, I just bought the first one because I trust you and your urban fantasy palate. I desperately need more UF in my life. MOAR!!


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