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Agents of Light and Darkness PDF, ePub eBook The New York Times bestselling author takes readers back to the Nightside. A quest for the Unholy Grail-the goblet from which Judas drank at the Last Supper-takes private eye John Taylor deep into the secret, magical heart of London...called the Nightside.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    John Taylor gets hired by a priest from the Vatican to find the Unholy Grail, the cup Judas drank from at the last supper. Standing in Taylor's way are all the other people looking for the Grail: Walker from the Authorities, angels from Above and Below, Nasty Jack, and others. With Suzie Shooter at his side, can Taylor find the Grail and walk out of this situation alive? Agents of Light and Darkness is like a Ramones song. Short but, at the same time, the perfect length. Both the humor and horror John Taylor gets hired by a priest from the Vatican to find the Unholy Grail, the cup Judas drank from at the last supper. Standing in Taylor's way are all the other people looking for the Grail: Walker from the Authorities, angels from Above and Below, Nasty Jack, and others. With Suzie Shooter at his side, can Taylor find the Grail and walk out of this situation alive? Agents of Light and Darkness is like a Ramones song. Short but, at the same time, the perfect length. Both the humor and horror are turned up a notch from the first volume. Stuff like Belle and the Speaking Gun gave me the shivers. The relationship between Taylor and Suzie is well done not a cliche. The mystery surrounding who Taylor's mother is deepens, as well as her connection to The Collector. A lot of things in this book make me hungry for the next one: Merlin Satanspawn, Walter, Suzie Shooter's past, The Collector, etc. So, after two books, how does the Nightside stack up against the Dresden Files? I'm not prepared to say which I prefer but I will say this. I like the pace of the Nightside better. The overall plot advances much faster than that of the Dresden Files. Also, the horror factor much higher and Taylor's enemies are much more memorable because of it. Belle, Jessica Sorrow, and Nasty Jack and his ragdoll dance partner will stick with me for a long time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    T.J.

    This series has promise as it is full of interesting ideas and settings, but the author seems dead set against examining them in depth. Ideas and settings that could fill an entire novel are explored in a matter of pages and dismissed. The world of the Nightside is presented as something extremely old and filled with interesting characters and story lines. Yet in book two, the size of the world already feels small as we are already re-visiting many of the same locales and characters from the fi This series has promise as it is full of interesting ideas and settings, but the author seems dead set against examining them in depth. Ideas and settings that could fill an entire novel are explored in a matter of pages and dismissed. The world of the Nightside is presented as something extremely old and filled with interesting characters and story lines. Yet in book two, the size of the world already feels small as we are already re-visiting many of the same locales and characters from the first book. This wouldn't be so bad if we spent some valuable time with the characters and settings and took some time to explore them, but every scene and every character seems to exist to simply advance the plot to the next checkpoint. This book doesn't give any time for the characters, plot or setting to breathe and stretch their legs. Once the author has typed in the period at the last sentence of plot point A, he introduces plot point B in the very next sentence. It feels like Green is in a hurry to get the end. And that is unfortunate, because the Nightside seems like a world worth visiting. Thankfully these books are quick reads, so I will likely be picking up the third book in the hopes that the world and characters get expanded.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    This is the second book in multi-volume series by Simon R. Green. The story once again follows the almost always abstruse John Taylor, the private detective who is really good at finding things. In the first book you learn John is a former Nightside badass who in his time away from the Nightside developed a conscious. He went back into the disturbing scene that is the Nightside to help someone in need. Agents of Light and Darkness follows a similar premise, except on a larger scale. This time it This is the second book in multi-volume series by Simon R. Green. The story once again follows the almost always abstruse John Taylor, the private detective who is really good at finding things. In the first book you learn John is a former Nightside badass who in his time away from the Nightside developed a conscious. He went back into the disturbing scene that is the Nightside to help someone in need. Agents of Light and Darkness follows a similar premise, except on a larger scale. This time it's the Nightside itself that's really in danger. Heaven and Hell are at war and John is stuck in between. He must locate the Unholy Grail before time runs out and the Nightside becomes collateral damage. I liked this book more than the first. I always try to read at least two books of a series before truly deciding if I like it or not. In Agents of Light and Darkness, Simon R. Green takes the hyperbole that annoyed me so much from the first book and tones it down a level or two. He spends less time talking about how wild, crazy and scary his world is and more time developing the characters that so desperately needed expanded upon. This is a short book (as are most of the Nightside books) and a very enjoyable read. The pacing is much like the first, fast and fun. There are a ton of cool and colorful characters such as Suzie Shooter, Razor Eddie, The Collector, and many many more. I look forward to seeing how these characters develop through the series. Pick this one up if you think you’d enjoy a fast paced urban fantasy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Oakes

    As I think I've mentioned somewhere before, I am the biggest sucker for pulp fiction. Simon R. Green's Nightside series take pulp fiction an extra step & meld it to the supernatural and the weird sci-fi realm. You may be a little lost if Agents of Light and Darkness is where you start in the series; I would definitely start with the first one "Something From the Nightside" and go through the books in order. In this episode, our hero, John Taylor, is back in the Nightside again, and finds hims As I think I've mentioned somewhere before, I am the biggest sucker for pulp fiction. Simon R. Green's Nightside series take pulp fiction an extra step & meld it to the supernatural and the weird sci-fi realm. You may be a little lost if Agents of Light and Darkness is where you start in the series; I would definitely start with the first one "Something From the Nightside" and go through the books in order. In this episode, our hero, John Taylor, is back in the Nightside again, and finds himself seated face to face with an emissary from the Vatican. It seems that the Unholy Grail is missing and is believed to be somewhere in the Nightside. Taylor's gift is to be able to find anything, so his skills are wanted to find the Unholy Grail. As opposed to the Holy Grail, the Unholy Grail is the cup from which Judas drank before betraying Jesus to the Romans. Its possession gives the owner great temptations & special powers strong enough to control any and everything and it is most wanted not only by the Vatican emissary, so that he can bury it so that it never surfaces again, but by the Heavenly Angels & the Angels from Hell who each have their own agendas for the cup; and this is not to mention the evil ones in the Nightside who will stop at nothing to obtain the cup. So besides finding the cup, Taylor & his best friend Suzie have their work cut out for them just to stay alive. As usual, this Nightside book is a definite treat. And, for those of you who are Lovecraft aficionados, such as myself, there is a hidden treat in here: on a visit to The Collector, Taylor is going through the Collector's crates & finds one labeled "Antarctic Expedition 1936; Do not open until the Elder Ones Return."(207) This sentence made me chuckle. For those of you who don't have a clue of what I'm talking about, well, never mind. Sci-fi/fantasy fans, readers of steampunk and even horror readers will enjoy this series. Recommended; fun, meant to entertain for a few hours.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    I am always amazed at any writer that can put together 200 pages worth of thoughts into a coherent, cohesive and interesting story line. I doubt very much that I have in me what it takes to put together anything that is a fraction as good as the lowest rated books that I have ever read. That being said, it amazes me further when an author can take those few pages and the few words on those pages and weave not only a theme worth following, but an entire previously undefined world and in such intri I am always amazed at any writer that can put together 200 pages worth of thoughts into a coherent, cohesive and interesting story line. I doubt very much that I have in me what it takes to put together anything that is a fraction as good as the lowest rated books that I have ever read. That being said, it amazes me further when an author can take those few pages and the few words on those pages and weave not only a theme worth following, but an entire previously undefined world and in such intricate detail that you can picture the writer's thoughts like a movie playing in your mind and the scenes like a painting hanging on the wall. In his Nightside series, Simon R. Green, has created a secret, dark heart of London where horror and depravity are the norm. He has populated his world with a cast of characters that may be the only beings capable of navigating this strange world. And, he has mixed in a heavy dose of mystery and just enough wit to have you snickering every couple of pages. Fantastic books! 4 STARS

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Agents of Light and Darkness is the second book in Simon Green's Nightside series. Here's my review from Audible. It pretty much says it all. "I just can't decide" Parts of these stories are so well told it can bring a tear to your eye and part of it feels repetitive and part of it bugs me to no end. You'll have to find the good bits on your own. I'm not going to spoil it. The repetitive, is the instance that anything out of this world is possible in the Nightside. That's fine, I got it the first Agents of Light and Darkness is the second book in Simon Green's Nightside series. Here's my review from Audible. It pretty much says it all. "I just can't decide" Parts of these stories are so well told it can bring a tear to your eye and part of it feels repetitive and part of it bugs me to no end. You'll have to find the good bits on your own. I'm not going to spoil it. The repetitive, is the instance that anything out of this world is possible in the Nightside. That's fine, I got it the first time but it's repeated often and gets tiresome. As for what bugs me, well there don't seem to be any rules in the Nightside and while that is all well and good it affords the writer to pull stuff directly from his.....collective....mind for convenience. Some times it just feels contrived and some time's it all comes together beautifully. That's irritating. I'm sure I'll listen to the next one if for no other reason than to see if I can decide whether I like this type of storytelling or not. Then there is the narrator, he's the one thing I'd never change and I'll look for his work and try things just to listen to him. He's wonderful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    What lessons did I learn from this book? Angels are as scary as they are majestic. Whew. I really don't want the angel apocalypse hitting anywhere I live like it does in the Nightside. Also don't get in the way of an angel with a mission. You will not survive the encounter. In this case, the angels are after someone who has the Judas Cup, not the Holy Grail. Yeah, you can guess this cup is probably not going to be used for benevolent purposes. The action is fierce, the horror is very evident, th What lessons did I learn from this book? Angels are as scary as they are majestic. Whew. I really don't want the angel apocalypse hitting anywhere I live like it does in the Nightside. Also don't get in the way of an angel with a mission. You will not survive the encounter. In this case, the angels are after someone who has the Judas Cup, not the Holy Grail. Yeah, you can guess this cup is probably not going to be used for benevolent purposes. The action is fierce, the horror is very evident, the humor is crisp, and the glimpses of humanity in the characters make it go down nicely when it could have been over the top. There are folklore bits nicely woven into this story that I really appreciated, such as Black Annis, one scary lady for kids and grownups alike. Although I had my shuddery moments, I loved this book, and am eager to read more in the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aneta

    Reading this book is like watching a cartoon, reading a comic book without pictures or playing a crazy computer game. I think it would work perfectly for all of these media.I would not call it "literature - literature" but it is a series you can escape into, the pace is fast and there are no limits to imagination and creativity!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Timelord Iain

    Having read 2 of these now, I can see that: 1) This overarching plot involving John's parents is going to be dangled in front of us for awhile, and 2) the author likes to set up cheesy lines for fun, like "Hey, Jude" or the one from the first book... Neither of these things are really bothering me, at the moment, and when they start to, I'll just take a break... in the mean time, I'm continuing to greatly enjoy these stories, even if I sometimes see the big reveals coming a mile away...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Throughly entertaining entry in The Nightside series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Totoro

    the fantasy in this series, the horror, the action,......wow....just wow. the idea of a dark london was great, i simply adored the main protagonist , John Taylor. overall the whole book was fantastic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lea

    The many shortcomings are made up for with pitch black gallows humor. Actually, is there a color darker than black? Because that would describe this parody of urban-fantasy-noir Perfectly.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I love John Taylor and his escapades in the Nightside, they are crazy. There's no lack of action, that's for sure, or lack of excellent secondary characters that seem to appear in the overall story. This is not a nice place full of good people, there is however, some morally gray folks with some sense of good and bad, and a lot of magical powers running through most. It makes for great reading. It's complete escapism.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tasula

    Skimmed a lot because of too much repetition and OVER THE TOP comments. I think Green had a great imagination, creating the Nightside and its denizens, but he could use a bit of "less is more" attitude.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alondra

    4 Stars Yes, I read this out of order. As most of you know, I am going on to Book 8, now; and somehow managed to skip book 2. Ah, well; doesn't matter. John Taylor trying to solve a mystery in the one place where mystery is the norm..... so is murder and mayhem, but let's not go there.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    1/5 Did not like it. Oh boy. Where to begin? I really want to like this series, but Simon R Green's just making it too damn difficult. The core concept is cool enough: a private eye who can find anything... wait. Even as I start to write that, the concept starts to fall apart. I mean, what conflict can there be if the protagonist is the best at what he does and never fails? What's that? OOOOOHHH, he can't actually use his ability/talent/power* because it makes him visible to his enemies, who are 1/5 Did not like it. Oh boy. Where to begin? I really want to like this series, but Simon R Green's just making it too damn difficult. The core concept is cool enough: a private eye who can find anything... wait. Even as I start to write that, the concept starts to fall apart. I mean, what conflict can there be if the protagonist is the best at what he does and never fails? What's that? OOOOOHHH, he can't actually use his ability/talent/power* because it makes him visible to his enemies, who are apparently plentiful and powerful.** Whatever. So, he has to use his old fashioned detective prowess [6-1; SUCK IT!] to solve the case. Awesome. The only problem I have with this is that Taylor does the bare minimum to act like a detective and winds up falling back on his paranormal aptitude [7-1; honestly, I'm getting bored with this game] any damn chance he gets. I can forgive all of this by thinking of this series as basically the Expendables, but Urban Fantasy. This mindset even gets me through all the named charaters being the best at something ("My name's Suzie Shooter and I can shoot anything! My name's Razor Eddie and I can cut anything! My name's The Collector, and I can collect anything!" and so on). What I can't forgive is the shoddy, tacked-on attempt at character development. We got a cool little glance at some back story for Suzie and John,*** but Green just had to go the extra mile and have them sit around in the middle of a dangerous situation and talk about the back story that got revealed. This book is just poorly written, to a point that it was almost insulting. About half-way through I was going to give the series one more book to shape up, but now that I got to the end**** I can say with certainty that I am done with the Nightside and probably with Simon R Green. *SIDE NOTE: it took me literally 0.5 seconds to come up with and type those three words that are not the word "gift". I like to think that I'm not a vocabulary snob, but Green seems to not know [or actively refuses to use] another way to express that John Taylor has a supernatural capacity [BOOM! 4 to 1, in favor of the guy who is not a professional writer] for finding things. It really started to grate on my nerves that Green was too lazy to vary the way he referred to things: e.g. Taylor's "gift", and Shotgun Suzie's "pump-action shotgun" that she was constantly firing "as fast as she could work the pump-action". Or maybe he didn't trust the reader to keep up with his plot. In a 200 page, straight-forward macguffin adventure, it felt like he was constantly reminding me exactly how he had introduced every one of the 5 characters. **Although, Green only says there are entities more powerful than Taylor and has yet to actually give Taylor a challenge. I feel that this early in the series, John Taylor is simply too much of a badassmotherfucker to be compelling as a character. He's already [SORT OF SPOILER] trivializing every enemy he even bothers to actually confront, including the one authority figure who only exists as a character to hinder Taylor. Also the finding things skill [5-1; deal with it] is cool, but I really wish Green not use the "gift" as an excuse to make Taylor able to do whatever the situation requires. But I guess, technically, "finding" the solution to any problem is a form of finding something. [/SORT OF SPOILER] ***Even though that journey into the back story for Suzie was far too heavy-handed and clumsily written for me to feel anything but contempt for the way Green brought up the subject and handled it later. [SPOILER] Why the hell couldn't Suzie just be a strong female character? I was frankly disgusted by the implication that something as horrible as incestuous rape paired with a forced abortion is the only reason a woman would become a BAMF. "Oh she isn't a 'normal' female (read: she doesn't act like a stereotype), so she must have had something appalling happen to her." grr. [/SPOILER] ****I guess Green thought he was writing it as a surprise/twist ending. If I had taken the time to turn on all the burners on my stove, watched them turn orange, written a journal entry about how hot the stove looked, called my grandmother to tell her I had all the burners going, hung up, watched the burners some more, took the temperature of the air above the glowing burners to find them a rocket hot 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and proceeded to slam both hands and my face into them, I would have been more surprised and satisfied with the obvious results than I was with the end of this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    4 Stars Agents of Light and Darkness by Simon R. Green is the second book in the Nightside series. This is a mix of a private eye story and an Urban fantasy that is just perfect for my interests today. I have been reading a lot of urban fantasy lately. Combine my new favorite genre with a detective noir like story and you have made me something special. I loved this book. I loved the writing of Green. I loved the world of Nightside. And I especially loved our main character (can't call him the g 4 Stars Agents of Light and Darkness by Simon R. Green is the second book in the Nightside series. This is a mix of a private eye story and an Urban fantasy that is just perfect for my interests today. I have been reading a lot of urban fantasy lately. Combine my new favorite genre with a detective noir like story and you have made me something special. I loved this book. I loved the writing of Green. I loved the world of Nightside. And I especially loved our main character (can't call him the good guy), John Taylor. This second book is another good story and interesting case for our hero John Taylor. The amazing side characters are back and larger than life. I enjoyed the adventure in this one. Awesome fictional place, somewhere in space and time...a place called Nightside! Don't forget that the place called Nightside is probably the main antagonist of the story. "It was three o’clock in the morning, but then it always is in the Nightside. The night that never ends, and the hour that stretches. Three o’clock in the morning, the hour of the wolf, when a man’s defenses are at their weakest. The time when most babies are born and most people die. That lowest of points, when a man can lie awake in his bed and wonder how his life could have turned out so very differently fro what he’d intended. And, of course, the very best time to make deals with the devil." Classic noir like story telling... John Taylor is awesome! "My gift. I can find anything, or anyone. No matter how well hidden they are. So I sat there in the deep dark shadows, my back pressed against the wall, breathed deeply, and close my eyes, concentrating. And opened the eye deep in my mind; my third eye, my private eye. Energies swirled within me, rough and roaring, then flowed out of me, rushing off in all directions, lighting up the night so I could See everything. The thunder of a million voices descended upon me, not all of them in any way human, and I had to struggle to focus, to narrow my vision to the one thing I was searching for. The bedlam died away, and already I could begin to sense a direction, and the beginnings of distance. And then Something reached down out of the over-world, snatched my mind right out of my body, and bore it away. There was a sensation that might have been flying or falling, as the alley and the material world disappeared. And I was somewhere else." Agents of Light and Darkness is a tight urban fantasy story that is just plain fun to read. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I look forward to reading more from John Taylor and the Nightside series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    The last chapter of this book is worthy of 5 stars, that's how amazing it is! I don't think I've ever seen a better representation of Jesus's character in a non-Christian book than right there in that chapter. No, the story is not Biblical and I know that, so please don't send me messages regaling me for thinking so. But at the same time, the last chapter contains what to me is exactly what Jesus's character, love, and forgiveness CAN do. The second to last chapter was not so cool, and in fact I The last chapter of this book is worthy of 5 stars, that's how amazing it is! I don't think I've ever seen a better representation of Jesus's character in a non-Christian book than right there in that chapter. No, the story is not Biblical and I know that, so please don't send me messages regaling me for thinking so. But at the same time, the last chapter contains what to me is exactly what Jesus's character, love, and forgiveness CAN do. The second to last chapter was not so cool, and in fact I was rather squeamish reading it and almost quit reading the book because of it. There is a scene where there is a drawn pentacle on the floor (which to me was too close to a pentagram for comfort). The characters step into this pentacle in a false hope that it will offer them protection. Anyway, usually anything with any such symbols is an immediate turn-off for me, but having read this author before (Nightside #1) and knowing his writing usually has a strong respect for Christianity, I forced myself to keep reading. And I'm glad I did, since the last chapter was amazing. Also, on a last note, I love the way Simon Green describes angels (both of Above and Below). The angels from Above are portrayed as strong, unstoppable, determined, and not altogether sympathetic with humans. I think this is a far more Biblical approach than most stories that have angels in it. As for the angels (fallen of course) from Below, Simon does a great job of describing them as well. They also are strong and unstoppable but there's also the element of evil and arrogance that you usually don't see when people try to describe demons. Overall, with the exception of only a select few sentences, I really enjoyed this book. It's fun to read, the main characters are sarcastic and relatable, and the plot is intriguing. Content rating: R-LV ... (L) A little more harsh than in book 1, but still not that frequent. (V) very violent.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meikoyim

    Second book in the series. I thought I'd give its predecessor a go before being well and truly suck into the story. So much so that I finished two books in the space of three nights. What can I say, I am a sucker for modern urban fantasies. Though, yes, I liked it quite muchly. I did raid through two. But yes, only three stars. Yes, for both of them. It's not the fault of the stories. It's the fault of the depth they carry, which isn't a whole lot, and then the author is repetitive, the same senten Second book in the series. I thought I'd give its predecessor a go before being well and truly suck into the story. So much so that I finished two books in the space of three nights. What can I say, I am a sucker for modern urban fantasies. Though, yes, I liked it quite muchly. I did raid through two. But yes, only three stars. Yes, for both of them. It's not the fault of the stories. It's the fault of the depth they carry, which isn't a whole lot, and then the author is repetitive, the same sentences hover on the pages over and over and over. Yes, I get it. You are John Taylor, you got a bit of a mommy issue. You got a bit of history. Yes, you've made it clear that Nightside is something spectacularly unpredictable and unfriendly. Yes, I know it's pretty much all supernatural there. Usually to the more and not so much to the lesser extend. Yes, I know that Suzie Shotgun is tough. Stop reminding me of it every two paragraphs already! It's like reading Terry Pratchett's parodies but of the urban fantasy genre, yet knowing full well that no, these aren't actually parodies. It irritates me, but I want to read more. And that contradicts with the irritation which just leads to infuriation every time I read the sentence 'I am John Taylor' or 'Everything goes in the Nightside' or one of those others that repeat themselves often enough to irritate. Don't get me wrong, I LIKE the stories. I LOVE the setting. I just severely dislike the repetitive narrative. Because John Taylor, he's supposed to be this tough guy who's got a reputation. He's supposed to be ruthless and smart and wicked and... well, I don't know, not a nag?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leila Anani

    In this second Nightside novel, Private Eye John Taylor is hired to find the Unholy Grail - the cup that Judas drank from during the last supper. Angels - both divine and fallen invade the Nightside and threaten to destroy it unless Taylor hands the cup over to them - but to give the cup (which still has to be found) to either side would spell disaster - With a sticky situation like this Jon needs the help of Suzie Shooter, Razor Eddie and even Merlin himself - but will they be enough to avert A In this second Nightside novel, Private Eye John Taylor is hired to find the Unholy Grail - the cup that Judas drank from during the last supper. Angels - both divine and fallen invade the Nightside and threaten to destroy it unless Taylor hands the cup over to them - but to give the cup (which still has to be found) to either side would spell disaster - With a sticky situation like this Jon needs the help of Suzie Shooter, Razor Eddie and even Merlin himself - but will they be enough to avert Armageddon? I love Simon R. Green - his mix of pulp fiction and pop culture is unique and great fun. This one throws everything at us: Biblical Celtic and Arthurian myths, David Cronenberg (the Speaking Gun is straight out of eXistenZ) Hellraiser, Girl on a motorcycle, the avengers, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe... The Nightside is a cinematic hotchpotch, held together by the strength of its quirky characters. John Taylor is still finding his feet - because he doesn't know his own past he's still a bit of a cypher at this point - a pulp fiction PI with unknown powers and potential. Still his wit is fun. What really makes this are the supporting cast - we get the back story of Suzie Shooter and other characters like The Collector and Razor Eddie are larger than life too. The plot for this one is fairly restrained - it stays on quest and doesn't wander off as some of Green's other novels sometimes do. This one's fairly tight and simple but still manages to drop hints of a wider series arc. Great stuff.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Solace Winter

    Honestly, rating this book was hard. Three stars was the low end, four stars would have been the higher end. I went with three only because this book did seem a bit repetitive. It's short, and a quick read, so it should not be repetitive. Another issue with the novel is his search for his mother. It's like the author already had a huge plan for what would happen when Taylor found his mother but did not want to give the plot too soon. The third, and I swear the last, issue was that it was predict Honestly, rating this book was hard. Three stars was the low end, four stars would have been the higher end. I went with three only because this book did seem a bit repetitive. It's short, and a quick read, so it should not be repetitive. Another issue with the novel is his search for his mother. It's like the author already had a huge plan for what would happen when Taylor found his mother but did not want to give the plot too soon. The third, and I swear the last, issue was that it was predictable. Oh, not the plot itself, because Green can just throw the most random of things at the audience, which I enjoy. But how it all came about, that was predictable. And if I guess it, it's too darn predictable. I will be the first to admit I am not very good at predicting what is going to happen! Still, an excellent read with smooth prose. The first novel was excellent and I suspect the next will be as well. This one just went through the sophomore slump. With his ability to create characters I could not say I would be willing to give up on this. Just had a few issues.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Green's Nightside is all the wonders and horrors of this world, and many others, available in one place, making shopping easy - if you can afford the price. Told from the first-person perspective of John Taylor, a "refugee" of the Nightside recently returned from five years living in the mundane London Proper, this series offers a unique take on many ideas. While it follows the noir trope of a private investigator down on his luck, who often takes cases for reasons other than cash, the book also Green's Nightside is all the wonders and horrors of this world, and many others, available in one place, making shopping easy - if you can afford the price. Told from the first-person perspective of John Taylor, a "refugee" of the Nightside recently returned from five years living in the mundane London Proper, this series offers a unique take on many ideas. While it follows the noir trope of a private investigator down on his luck, who often takes cases for reasons other than cash, the book also allows a peek into the fears and loves of one man who cannot escape his fate (or many fates, depending on who you ask). Watch Taylor grow from fearful to fearless in this series, even as he is faced with tasks that control the fate of not just the Nightside, but all of humanity. The second in the Nightside series, John Taylor is caught between heaven, hell, and the movers and shakers of the Nightside who all desire the dark cup used by Judas during the Last Supper of Christ. Can Taylor find the cup before the Nightside is torn apart by the warring factions?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    You've heard about the Holy Grail, the chalice that Christ drank from during the Last Supper. What about Judas' chalice, the Unholy Grail, which is a cup that causes its owner to do evil? Never heard of it? Neither had John Taylor until he accepted the Pope's commission to locate it and get it out of Nightside before the Angels of Light and Darkness started a war over it. As always, Green' sardonic wit and rapid action create a wonderful book that will make you laugh and will keep you sitting gl You've heard about the Holy Grail, the chalice that Christ drank from during the Last Supper. What about Judas' chalice, the Unholy Grail, which is a cup that causes its owner to do evil? Never heard of it? Neither had John Taylor until he accepted the Pope's commission to locate it and get it out of Nightside before the Angels of Light and Darkness started a war over it. As always, Green' sardonic wit and rapid action create a wonderful book that will make you laugh and will keep you sitting glued to your chair until you sigh as you finish it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cupof Tea

    This is the second book in a weird series about a fantastical place hidden from the world called the Nightside. Told in the style of a noir detective novel with a lot of dry humour, mixed with urban fantasy and horror elements, in this story John Taylor is tasked with finding the Unholy Grail before the angels of both Heaven and Hell can get their hands on it. There were quite a few LOL one-liners, and his adventure includes a few famous folk like Marilyn Munroe and Merlin, and even takes them to This is the second book in a weird series about a fantastical place hidden from the world called the Nightside. Told in the style of a noir detective novel with a lot of dry humour, mixed with urban fantasy and horror elements, in this story John Taylor is tasked with finding the Unholy Grail before the angels of both Heaven and Hell can get their hands on it. There were quite a few LOL one-liners, and his adventure includes a few famous folk like Marilyn Munroe and Merlin, and even takes them to the moon. Overall a short but satisfying read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Ashleigh ♥ contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!

    This book was even better than the first, a good part due to Marc the Narrator and because of Green giving us some dirty and fascinating secrets about some of the side characters, in this case I am referring to Suzy Shooter. There was also some excellent touches of history and religion, plus some good chuckle moments. I highly anticipate reading book 3 (I thought I'd see how then non-audible version went in comparison). 4 stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This second book in the Nightside series continues to develop the main characters while sending them on another adventure that could destroy the world: finding the Unholy Grail for the Vatican before the angels and devils get their hands on it. I enjoyed the noir writing and religious elements, but thought too much time was spent on the numerous side villains. There's a new baddie in almost every chapter! This is a quick, fun read that sticks the landing at the end, and I would read it again.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I don't really have anything to add as far as a review of this book. I liked it because of it's atmosphere and all around creepiness. Green has great skill in putting in that one detail that twists a scene or character into something very creepy. The only flaws I have with this book is the rather simple plot. (I had guessed who Jude was almost from the beginning,) but otherwise a fun and interesting book. I will continue with the series and hope his plots start to become more exciting.

  28. 5 out of 5

    D.K.

    It was a fun read, but I couldn't bring myself to give it four stars. If you're looking for a quick read to fill some downtime and looking for action and humor, Agents of Light and Darkness is the book you should read. I will definitely continue with the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yona

    Another interesting adventure of John Taylor in the Nightshade.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Donald Dudley

    I found this book to be as bad as the first.

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