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Bound: Alex Caine Book 1 by [Baxter, Alan]
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Alex Caine, a fighter by trade, is drawn into a world he never knew existed - a world he wishes he'd never found.

Alex Caine is a martial artist fighting in illegal cage matches. His powerful secret weapon is an unnatural vision that allows him to see his opponents' moves before they know their intentions themselves. An enigmatic Englishman, Patrick Welby, approaches Alex after a fight and reveals, 'I know your secret.' Welby shows Alex how to unleash a breathtaking realm of magic and power, drawing him into a mind-bending adventure beyond his control. And control is something Alex values above all else... A cursed grimoire binds Alex to Uthentia, a chaotic Fey godling, who leads him towards chaos and murder, an urge Alex finds harder and harder to resist. Befriended by Silhouette, a monstrous Kin beauty, Alex sets out to recover the only things that will free him - the shards of the Darak. But that powerful stone also has the potential to unleash a catastrophe which could mean the end of the world as we know it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1309 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager (1 July 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IR1C480
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I've read a fair amount of Baxter's work before, and Bound, the first volume of his new Alex Caine series, plays to the author's strengths--and reveals some new ones.

Alex Cain is a cage fighter with a deeper grounding in the spiritual side of martial arts. This is key to both the development of the character of of the plot in which he becomes immersed. A professional kung fu master himself, Baxter's description of the fights, and the consequences thereof, are visceral and realistic without ever fetishizing the details.

This book is leaner and faster than Baxter's older work, and it really pays off. The characters jet around the world looking to escape their predicament and Baxter leads us from action through the quieter moments and back again expertly.

I very much enjoy the way that Baxter gives us some point-of-view sections from the villains and minor characters. For me these were some of the most affecting moments in the book.

Bound is violent and dark and fast-paced and satisfying. There are two more books in the series, which are already available. I certainly be reading both of them.
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I kind of know Alan Baxter. We’ve met at conferences and chatted over the internet. I went to the book launch for Bound in Sydney, bought a copy and had it signed by Alan. I then put that in a box and down loaded a free kindle version and read it.

Before anything else, I have to say the Bound is a great read.

I came to the book with a little trepidation. Because I know Alan a little I know the type of stuff he writes. I thought I’d read some of his work before, but I cannot remember what. I’m not a fan of horror and Dark Fantasy has to be really good for me to get into it, so Alan is not quite my normal style of author. However, the little I know of Alan I like and a lot of people I know say he’s a great writer. I agree with them.

Bound is a tight, fast paced, actioned packed story. A, ‘I cannot put this down’, read.

Alex Cain is an illegal kick boxing fighter who can see what his opponents intends. This gives him the edge to win almost all his fights. It also gets him in the bad books with a local crime boss because he won’t throw fights. To get away from the crime boss, Alex accepts a weird offer for a trip to England from a, stereo typical, old man with magical powers.

Alex is the type who does not believe in magic, but he soon has no choice. He quickly learns that he has a real gift for magic. This gift finds him bound to an ancient evil book that wants to use him for extreme violence and then kill him. He needs to find a way to get unbound. The only person he can turn to for help is a beautiful blond girl who is only half human and eats people. Discovering magic is real is not a fairy tale for Alex.

I really loved this book.
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It’s been a long time since I’ve read an honest-to-goodness page-turner. Like the best thrillers, Bound drops you in the thick of the action from the very first sentence and doesn’t let up until the book is closed. But, unlike a simple airport potboiler, the world it drags you through drips with blood and magic and horror, a shadowed underworld of cage fighters, of Kin, and of dark powers that threaten to overwhelm all who come within their orbit.

On the surface, Bound is a fast-paced, action-packed urban fantasy about a martial artist with magically enhanced abilities, who finds himself both the prisoner of an ancient and malevolent power, and the focus of a brutal supernatural manhunt. Like a classic kung fu movie, the fights are gritty and authentic, the foes of increasingly insurmountable power and ability. But the deeper Alex Caine gets drawn into the book’s central mystery (and, yes, that’s a pun, but no spoilers here), the less he can simply fight his way out, the more he needs to draw on inner resources: his training, his will, and his wonderfully messed up relationship with the beautiful and monstrous Silhouette.

No matter how fast the plot compels you to rip through it, there’s a dark depth to Bound that will resonate long after you put it down. And this resonance comes on the one hand from the book’s central theme of control, and on the other from the fact that Alex Caine is himself a monster. Alan Baxter has penned a truly unique protagonist in Caine, at once superhero and antihero; and perhaps something beyond even that, something darker still. As Caine’s power increases, so too does his capacity to commit unspeakable atrocities, horrors that are far from heroic, that threaten to engulf him and endanger those he loves.
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A fast paced, supernatural fantasy. A wonderfully entertaining read.

In a small way, reminiscent of Lord of the Rings.

Bound feels very comfortable and familiar in its story construct. However, also original and exciting. Like all Baxter's work, it hits the mark.

Read this and you're going to get covered in a decent amount of gross monster guts :0).

I'll definitely be reading Obsidian and Abduction. I'm thoroughly invested in Alex and Sil's adventure.
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