- Title: Magicians Impossible
- Author: Brad Abraham
- ISBN: 9781250083524
- Page: 192
- Format: Hardcover
Bartender Jason Bishop s world is shattered when his estranged father Daniel seemingly commits suicide, but the greater shock comes when he learns his father was a secret agent in the employ of the Invisible Hand an ancient society of spies wielding magic in a centuries spanning war Now the Golden Dawn the shadowy cabal of witches and warlocks responsible for Daniel BisBartender Jason Bishop s world is shattered when his estranged father Daniel seemingly commits suicide, but the greater shock comes when he learns his father was a secret agent in the employ of the Invisible Hand an ancient society of spies wielding magic in a centuries spanning war Now the Golden Dawn the shadowy cabal of witches and warlocks responsible for Daniel Bishop s murder, and the death of Jason s mother years before, have Jason in their sights His survival will depend on mastering his own dormant magic abilities provided he makes it through the training.From New York, to Paris, to worlds between worlds, Jason s journey through the realm of magic will be fraught with peril But with enemies and allies on both sides of this war, whom can he trust The Invisible Hand, who ve been of a family than his own family ever was The Golden Dawn, who may know the secrets behind his mysterious lineage For Jason Bishop, only one thing is for certain the magic he has slowly been mastering is telling him not to trust anybody.
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I want to start by saying that I received an Advanced Review Copy of this book from NetGalley and Thomas Dunne Books in exchange for an honest review (thank you!). I am pointing this out because I feel like there are still some revisions to be made, and the content I am reviewing is subject to change prior to release.I do feel like there could be a four star read in here after some tweaking. The world building was pretty awesome. I loved the idea of the Citadel, the place that exists separate fr [...]
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2017/10/01/Brad Abraham’s Magicians Impossible is a fascinating debut that blends together many genres, reading much like a magic school story for adults wrapped in a part-urban fantasy, part-spy thriller package. The novel stars protagonist Jason Bishop, a 30-year-old bartender from small town New York who has always felt deep in his heart that he was meant for bigger things. For many, such desires are nothing more than a pipe dream, but unbek [...]
This hard-boiled thriller was a blast to read. It's like if Harry Potter had discovered he was a wizard at 30 and had to become an Auror, like, NOW. Fast-paced, twisty, and with an imaginative magic system that constantly had me impressed with its inventiveness, I loved it start to finish.
Review from Tenacious Reader: tenaciousreader/2017/03.5/5 StarsMagicians Impossible is a fun and exciting adventure that introduces magic to our world. I think this book should do well with readers that are fans of The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It features an older protagonist than a typical coming into powers or magic school book, and with just one or two exceptions, he has been a loner for most of his life. After the death of his estranged father, Jason’s world turns upside down and he find [...]
This is a book I bought due to the continued absence of a certain Harry Dresden and looked promising with a title that referred to a bland between Mission Impossible and some great magic adventures.However the book never lived up to its promise and a kinda found better books to read and left this one behind in the wake of far better books.The story left me kinda not interested and bored, not a great quality when one reads a book. Sadly not finished and hence no rating.
The nitty-gritty: Fast and furious, violent and action-packed, this story will make you wish you had magical powers!Brad Abraham’s debut is being billed as “Harry Potter meets James Bond” and after reading Magicians Impossible I have to say that’s a pretty good description. I had several Harry Potter flashback moments while reading this, and I could almost hear the James Bond theme song playing in the background during some of the more thrilling action scenes. Abraham’s debut is fast-p [...]
Actual rating : 3.5Review to come!
What is this about: Jason Bishop discovers he has magic in the worst circumstances ever. And then just when he didn't think things could get worse, they kind of sort of do. But there's also magic.What else is this about?: Family, the ones you make and the ones you are born into and how they mess with your head entirely.When I first found out about this book, I saw a review or an early tagline equate it to James Bond, except with magic. From that point on, I was determined to listen to this book [...]
This was a great, fast paced, easily read, action packed story. It was very interesting and worth the read. However, upon reading the last paragraph of this book, I won't deny that it left me a bit undecided on how to review it. I loved it, yet at the same time, I was disappointed. It took me a few days to realize that the disappointment wasn't the way the novel ended, but that the ending felt premature. The world within Magicians Impossible is enthralling and fascinating, but it's paired with a [...]
Loved the characters, loved the settings (i.e. The Citadel) but it needed MORE. More explanation of the magic (i.e. why Damon used cards as his weapon and same with Jason) and the ending was a total question mark-which I don't like. So I want more from the author and I hope there is another book and it has much more detail.
I really had a mixed experience with this book, and it is a bit of an odd mash-up between a Harry Potter type universe and a secret agent/James Bond type plot. The first half was really intriguing, but the second half just fell flat for me - motivations didn't make sense, reasons for why these two factions are fighting weren't really clear, and it just got muddled.It wasn't terrible, and I did finish it, but at the same time, I wasn't left with a huge desire to come back for future books. Really [...]
I wanted to like Magicians Impossible, I really, really did.But I didn't like it, I really, really didn't.For a book devoted to magicians and magic and nefarious, mysterious factions and bloodthirsty leaders, I had a hard time focusing and ended up putting the book down more than once to do random things, like fold laundry and watch SpongeBob.I can't quite put a finger on why I didn't like it.At first, I thought it was the writing that bugged me. The writing was fine but I felt it kind ofdraggge [...]
When I started this book, I wasn't sure what to expect, but from the blurb, I thought it had a lot of potential. And by the end of the book, I still thought it had a lot of potential -- in other words, I thought it could have used a bit of improvement. There was an incredible foundation upon which to build an excellent novel, but the execution didn't quite live up to the promise.Starting with the things I DID like about the book:The world-building was fantastic: The concept of the Golden Dawn an [...]
Magicians Impossible is an action packed story that takes place in a complex world of magic. At the surface, the author presents the story of a young man discovering his magical family legacy. He then further develops this concept building up a world of classes of magicians and warring magical gangs. Very creative and interesting world building. This book provides good material that would make a really good movie. It's saturated in cinematic action sequences. Unfortunately, I felt like it had to [...]
4.5 starsBound to be a seriesAn awesome read. This is the tale of a war, eons long, between two magical factions. Our hero is new to the ways of magic but plays an important role in the battle. Block out plenty of time for this one, you won't want to stop. I'm busy making a mental list of every one I know that NEEDS to read this book. While unfamiliar with the rest of his work, I believe Mr. Abraham has won another devotee.
While I liked the fast-paced opening and the deck of card tricks, what I really appreciated about this book was when Jason had a chance to think back on his life and better understand why his dad was "traveling" all the time for business. It's tough to re-think your world from someone else's eyes. In this case, Jason finally understood that his dad was a magician and didn't go home often because he didn't want anyone to find out that he had a son. I also liked as Jason recalled those instances f [...]
If we hadn't been told early on that the protagonist was 30 I would have totally thought this was a YA novel. It had all the classic YA fantasy tropes: parents dead, lead character who finds out that they are suddenly super special, magic school, etc. This book didn't work for me, and looking back, I think it was the lack of process. I felt like the author wanted to drop the reader into a world-changing battle, but didn't really want to deal with the lead up. So the protagonist finds out he's a [...]
Two magician fractions The Invisible Hand and the Golden Dawn are at war and in the middle is Jason Bishop. After his father commits suicide Jason discovers he is much more important than he thought. His father was an agent for the Hand and was murdered by the Dawn, but secrets are revealed, sides are taken, and the battles rage on. This book was so much fun! It pulled me in relatively quickly and the action descriptions were wonderful! Sometimes in battle scenes I can get pretty bored. Hope thi [...]
Pure Magic! It's like Harry Potter grew up into Jason Bourne.
I received an ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.A 31 year old Bartender could possibly save the world. Jason Bishop is adrift in the world, afraid of forming relationships because of the early death of his mother, and his presumes abandonment by his father. Little did he know that his father was a member of something Big, and now he is dead. Jason is then thrown into the world of Magic. He learns fast--maybe a little too fast to be believeable, but then he is his father's [...]
Too bad this book isn't the first in a series; I'd definitely read them.As a bartending 30 yo, Jason Bishop seems to be stuck. His mother died a few days after he was born and after attending to the suicide death of his father, his girlfriend attempted to kill him. After failing to choke him to death, she broke the window of her high-rise condo and pushed him out! It was after he was rescued mid-fall that he found out that his father was actually murdered because he was an agent of the Secret Ha [...]
It's an enjoyable read, but there's not really anything here I haven't read before.
Magicians Impossible is a fantasy story with the pacing of a thriller. It grabs you on page one and continues to impress and propel you forward all the way to the end. Abraham keeps you off balance and uncertain throughout, but the answers feel earned. Even if you guess the answer to some of the puzzles, there’s enough going on to keep you entertained all the way to the end.Jason Bishop is adrift in life. He’s a 30 year old bartender dealing with the death by suicide of his estranged father. [...]
A 3.5 starrerA Harry Potter-esque situation featuring a 30 year bartended ala James McAvoy in Wanted, Magicians Impossible is pretty much a set of the big screen novel that also quite reminds its audience of its roots in the Mission Impossible series as well with the title as well as some scenes where a character goes "Its impossible" only to quickly correct themselves based on their powerBartender Jason Bishop's world changes overnight when his dad seemingly committed suicide, only to realize t [...]
Review posted from centersquareblog From start to finish I honestly did not want to put this book down. From purposefully missing a train to work for some extra reading time to falling asleep not once but twice with this book in my hand, I truly enjoyed every minute spent reading this. Before we even get into the book, just take a look at that cover. Yes, I fell for this book the moment I saw the cover. With that title and the dark, imposing figure, I knew I had to get this the day it was releas [...]
Brad Abraham will be speaking at The Book Carnival in Orange, CA on September 27 at 7 PM. Abraham describes “Magician’s Impossible” as “Harry potter meets James Bond,” and I found that to be true. It starts with an intriguing magic card trick and continues from there.Jason Bishop has his life interrupted when his father commits suicide. The circumstances become more unusual when he discovers that his father was a secret agent for a super-spy group, The Invisible Hand, which has been em [...]
Are you a thirty-something white dude stuck in a dead-end job, with a girlfriend about to break up with you, and no real plans to make things better? Maybe you're not a loser after all. Maybe nobody aPREESHiates you because you're secretly a super-powerful WIZARD! And maybe people who've trained to be wizards will say, "Wow, how are you so good at being a wizard, man?" when they see you in action!Christ, the wish-fulfillment dripping off this book makes me want to scrub.But that's not the worst [...]
A solid fantasy novel with one minor flaw.Namely, exposition, a wee bit too much of it. After a hum-dinger of an exciting beginning, in which Abraham sets up some really interesting characters in an action-packed magical battle sequence, he switches abruptly from the wicked-sharp Damon King to his somewhat less interesting son Jason. Jason, who has no idea magic is even a thing, is abruptly thrust into it when someone he'd considered a friend turns out to be something else entirely. Jason, a bar [...]
This book is the first book (or at least published) by this author, so I, of course, have never read anything by him. Not knowing what to expect, I dived into this book. The protagonist Jason Bishop doesn’t know he comes from magic until the untimely death of his absentee father. Soon, Jason is drawn into a world he knows nothing about, and it doesn’t take long to realize that he’s at the center of a storm where he needs to learn magic, and learn quickly, or he will follow his father into [...]
This book has great pacing but too many flaws to be recommendable. The plot is predictable, seriously after the first chapter you can easily see where this is all going. There is also very loose editing. Using awkward words like bulwark is fine but not several times within a couple pages. The dialogue is frequently expositional. There are a lot of flavors from popular YA lit as wellndanes etc. the main character is able to advance through mage levels in a day, truly a chosen one. Ugh there's mor [...]
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