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Published: Penguin Group on Oct 28, 2003
ISBN: 9781101208151
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really enjoying this series! like the paranormal/noir detective story mixture, with the occasional witty dialogread more
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These are amazing books, short and easy to read, with the most unusual ideas.This book is about the search for the Unholy Grail, the cup that Judas drank from at the Last Supper. Definitely a new idea. John Taylor must find it and then decide who should have control over it.read more
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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.read more
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really enjoying this series! like the paranormal/noir detective story mixture, with the occasional witty dialog
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These are amazing books, short and easy to read, with the most unusual ideas.This book is about the search for the Unholy Grail, the cup that Judas drank from at the Last Supper. Definitely a new idea. John Taylor must find it and then decide who should have control over it.
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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.
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The second book in this series is just fantastic!!Someone comes to Taylor, because he can find anything with his special power. The person that comes to Taylor is from the Vatican, and they want him to find a very special item. If this item falls into the wrong hands, it seems that pretty much the world will come to and end. That being said, the person from the Vatican isn't alone. It seems that the Angels from Heaven and from Hell both want this item. Angels from Heaven aren't the nice ones that we hear about in the Bible. Oh no, they'll destroy anything they have to get the item back. If they have to destroy our world or the Nightside, well, that's just fine by them. It also seems that people in the Nightside want this special for themselves too. Everyone is out to get this. What could this item be? Well, it's the Unholy Grail. The cup that Judas drank from in the last supper. Everyone want's it. If that means killing Taylor, then so be it. The thing is that Taylor won't go down without a fight.This is a fantastic series! I really liked how Green is adding depths to his characters. We get more of a background on Shootgun Suzie (god I love that name). We find out why she is the way she is. We also meet a lot of wonderful characters in this book. All of the characters seem so life like, you can't help but to care about them. I love what Green is doing with Taylor!This book also have a very strong writing style. This is evident through fantastic characters, and great plot twists that will keep the reader hooked to the last page.Give yourself a treat, and start the first book in the series and enjoy the ride. You don't have to read the first one in order to follow this book, it's that good.
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Angels from above and below invade The Nightside in search of the Unholy Grail. Shooter Suzie is killed!!!!.... OR, is she??? mmmmmm This was a fun read. I am totally enjoying this series!
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One more book dutifully tried. I didn't care for it any more than the last book.

I think the lightning fast pace of the book worked against it. With so much action going on it felt like there really wasn't enough time to get to know the characters well.

Sure you may hear the surface motivations of people but that isn't the complete picture.
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