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For Weatherby Stein and Morton Candle – private detectives specializing in the paranormal – life normally isn’t easy.They deal with cases that pit them against ferocious demons in the Tokyo underworld, Satan-worshipping teenagers in a seemingly normal suburb and lizard-men in a Lake Tahoe lounge, and they still manage to come out on top.But now one of Weatherby’s ancient aFor Weatherby Stein and Morton Candle – private detectives specializing in the paranormal – life normally isn’t easy.They deal with cases that pit them against ferocious demons in the Tokyo underworld, Satan-worshipping teenagers in a seemingly normal suburb and lizard-men in a Lake Tahoe lounge, and they still manage to come out on top.But now one of Weatherby’s ancient ancestors, the villainous Viscount Wagner Stein, has been resurrected and is looking to stir up trouble – and he’s not alone.Facing down dangers from the past like the Viscount and the newly arisen Dracula, Lord of Vampires, Weatherby and Mort have no choice but call in help.They’ll bring in Weatherby’s sister, a college student studying folklore and her beatnik boyfriend.They’ll bring in Morton’s squad mates, a tough bunch of soldiers who stormed through Europe together.And they’ll bring in a hulking monster named Adam, with another connection to the past of Weatherby’s family.Weatherby, Morton and their allies make a stand to stop the evils of the past from corrupting of the future – and only one faction will make it out of the battle alive....

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Number of Pages : 237 Pages
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Red Reunion Reviews

  • Katy
    2018-12-23 21:10

    Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy/Serial shorts/Pulp or Noir fictionReading Level: Young Adult Recommended for: Fans of the series, pulp fiction, noir, fun storiesTrigger Warnings: There is a fair bit of violenceDisclosure: I received an e-galley ARC from Curiosity Quills via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Synopsis (slightly altered for space) courtesy of Goodreads: For Weatherby Stein and Morton Candle – private detectives specializing in the paranormal – life normally isn’t easy. They deal with cases that pit them against ferocious demons in the Tokyo underworld, Satan-worshipping teenagers in a seemingly normal suburb and lizard-men in a Lake Tahoe lounge, and they still manage to come out on top.But now one of Weatherby’s ancient ancestors, the villainous Viscount Wagner Stein, has been resurrected and is looking to stir up trouble – and he’s not alone.Facing down dangers from the past like the Viscount and the newly arisen Dracula, Lord of Vampires, Weatherby and Mort have no choice but call in help. They’ll bring in Weatherby’s sister, a college student studying folklore and her beatnik boyfriend. They’ll bring in Morton’s squad mates, a tough bunch of soldiers who stormed through Europe together. And they’ll bring in a hulking monster named Adam, with another connection to the past of Weatherby’s family.Weatherby, Morton and their allies make a stand to stop the evils of the past from corrupting of the future – and only one faction will make it out of the battle alive. My Thoughts: I have read this entire series so far (Vol 1 review here and Vol 2 review here where links are permitted) and quite enjoyed it. This is very pulpy pulp fiction, so if that doesn’t appeal to you, these books probably won’t entertain you as much as they have me, but we each have our own vices and mine happens to be pulp fiction.The first two books contained a few short stories apiece, and were really fairly short. This one is much longer, the stories almost reaching novella length, which I quite enjoyed. The first four stories—the basic plotlines to three of which (plus the first Dracula story) are explained in the first paragraph of the synopsis—take up exactly 50 percent of the book. Then there is a two-part final story. According to the end notes, this is the end of a trilogy, but Panush will be releasing some new series in the upcoming year. After these very enjoyable books, and his other book Dinosaur Jazz (review here where links are allowed), all of which are very good stories, I’m very much looking forward to what he will come up with next!There are a number of typos in this book, including the consistent misuse of “breaks” instead of “brakes,” and missing and extra words. NetGalley usually provides ARC copies of books, so hopefully most of these issues will be fixed in the final book. This is the only reason I have dropped the rating to 4 stars, as it was distracting.This book takes a sharp turn into noir in the last half of the book, but we really move deeply into the characters. While it is left open for potentially more stories—just in case—the ongoing issues that have been faced throughout the series are all more-or-less cleared up, and this is a very satisfying conclusion to the overall series. I really do recommend you check out this talented, young writer—I know I have very much enjoyed his books.

  • Donna
    2019-01-02 03:59

    How did we end up here?Well, I’ve read American Nightmares and Cold Wars already so why wouldn’t I tackle the third book in the series? I just couldn’t leave it hanging like that.Okay, book. You've got 50 pages. Go!The voice has always been an immediate hook, not to mention the body count. RED REUNION didn’t let me down in that regard and it was no effort at all to keep reading past the 50 page mark. Never mind the fact that the book is less than 200 pages long. I still enjoyed what I was reading.What worked . . .The problem with reviewing a series individually is that you kind of run out of things to say if the status quo is met in each book. The voice was still spectacular and Panush kept the action coming with unique stories that certainly never disappointed. The introduction of Adam was a good twist, as was Chad. The latter humbled Mort a bit and it was nice to see his smart mouth shut a few times as a result.What didn't work . . .The editing quality is certainly degrading. I mentioned in my review of COLD WARS that it was noticeably worse. And it’s even worse on RED REUNION except now we’ve crossed the line from typos to grammar errors. The most obvious was the misuse of than vs. then. Really? In a finished copy? And multiple times? I shouldn’t be seeing this. Granted the Curiosity Quills website does say, “Curiosity Quills is a gaggle of literary marauders with a bone to grind and not enough time for revisions.” So I guess just expect sub par editing? I don’t believe in that but okay. If STEIN AND CANDLE weren’t so good I would have ditched the book for the lack of editing. I think I’ve only read one other CQ book that wasn’t Stein and Candle and I didn’t get through it. I have a few more waiting in the wings so we’ll see if this is really common thread. But really this is not okay.And in the end . . .RED REUNION is an excellent end to an excellent series of pulpy noir supernatural crime capers that I think would appeal to a ton of people. The book works as either an anthology of similar stand-alone stories or a series of stories loosely strung together over the course of the books. They’re fun, exciting, the characters, even the evil ones, are wonderful even if some of them are rather one-dimensional and it’s just all around a fun read.Jury’s still out on Curiosity Quills, though. I really think I just got lucky with Stein and Candle and I ended up with the best they had to offer right off the bat. It’s going to be really hard to live up to this series and so far it hasn’t worked out. We’ll see how the rest of the books I have worked out before I make my judgment on the publisher itself.

  • Maxine
    2018-12-31 23:12

    Weatherby Stein is a 15-year-old genius with some strange relatives; Morton Candle aka Mort is an ex-soldier. Together, they run the Stein and Candle Detective Agency in the not-so-fabulous fifties. Their world is fraught with dangers both normal and paranormal. They battle Ninjas and KGB Agents, the CIA and Dracula, gangsters and even a gun-toting skeleton or two.Combine Boys Own Adventure Stories with the pulp fiction of the '50s, throw in some paranormal baddies, and serialize it and you've got The Stein & Candle Detective Agency, Vol. 3: Red Reunion. There's plenty of adventure, globe trotting, and tons of gun fights and, like the '50s books it pays homage to, it's a whole lot of fun without taking itself too seriously. Reading this book won't make you smarter or better looking; you won't learn any important life lessons; listing it on your Curriculum Vitae won't get you into Harvard; and being seen with it won't help you pick up women (or men). Reading it will, however, amuse the heck out of you and, really, isn't that sometimes all you want from a book?

  • Ron
    2019-01-05 00:03

    This is the 3rd collection of Stein & Candle detective agency adventures set in late 1940's time-frame. One tale leads into another so order is important for making sense story arcs. Basically, Stein and Candle get involved in various semi-legal dealings with teen-age black magic users, Japanese ghosts and ninjas attacking the Yakuza, the raising of Dracula, etc. Not a bad, gun and magic filled set of adventures.Read a NetGallery edition.