Midnight Taxi Tango (Bone Street Rumba, #2)

Midnight Taxi Tango (Bone Street Rumba, #2) The Author Of Half Resurrection Blues Returns In A New Bone Street Rumba Novel A Knife Edge, Noir Shaded Urban Fantasy Of Crime After Death The Streets Of New York Are Hungry Tonight Carlos Delacruz Straddles The Line Between The Living And The Not So Alive As An Agent For The Council Of The Dead, He Eliminates New York S Ghostlier Problems This Time It S A String Of Gruesome Paranormal Accidents In Brooklyn S Von King Park That Has Already Taken The Lives Of Several Locals And Is Bound To Take The Incidents In The Park Have Put Kia On Edge When She First Met Carlos, He Was The Weird Guy Who Came To Baba Eddie S Bot Nica, Where She Worked But The Closer They Ve Gotten, The She S Seeing The World From Carlos S Point Of View In Fact, She S Starting To See Ghosts And The Situation Is Far Sinister Than That Because Whatever Is Bringing Out The Dead, It S Only Just Getting Started. Adult urban fantasy Older s first Bone Street Rumba novel was very good Midnight Taxi Tango kicks things up to the next level It would have been easy and perfectly reasonable for Older to stay with his wisecracking, hard boiled, half dead hero Carlos Delacruz as the sole first person narrator Instead, Midnight Taxi Tango is told from three alternating perspectives Carlos his young friend Kia who works at Baba Eddie s Botanica and Reza, an emotionally scarred and dangerous lady warrior who works for a shadowy organization called Medianoche part escort service, part mercenary group, part we re never quite sure what but these folks are badasses Pulling off three alternating first person narrators is incredibly difficult Older makes it look easy Each narrator has a distinctive voice and gains our sympathy quickly I especially loved Kia She is one tough young lady and her chapters are both moving and hilarious Her voice is authentic sixteen year old Brooklyn teen with attitude, heart and cynical savvy I hope we ll be seeing of her in future books.As for the plot, we have sinister kidnappings, the ghosts of young children being weaponized for assassination, and magical death cockroaches lots and lots of cockroaches You may need to give the book five or six chapters to get into the rhythm of the three narrators, but
This was most EXCELLENT , i WANT SEVERAL MORE BOOKS PLEASE AND THANK YOU 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Taxi Tango is the second book of the vividly imaginative Bone Street Rumba series I can honestly say I ve never encountered an urban fantasy quite like this, and I said as much in my review of the first book last year, which I enjoyed immensely I knew as soon as I was finished reading Half Resurrection Blues that I wanted to continue this cool and unique series.But I won t beat around the bush while I had a good time with Midnight Taxi Tango and thought it was overall a fun and entertaining read, there were a few issues that I thought made this sequel weaker than its predecessor First, a quick rundown of the story to provide context for my points below The series main character is Carlos Delacruz, a man who is not quite alive and also not quite dead His time before is a complete blank all he knows is that he died and was brought back to life into this state of in between Now he works as a kind of enforcer for the New York Council of the Dead, tasked to hunt down and execute the city s errant ghosts or any supernatural denizens who misbehave.Most recently, a string of paranormal related murders have been occurring around Brooklyn s Von King Park, and naturally Carlos is sent to investigate On one such trip to the park, his team actually manages to catch and stop an attack in progress, and the would
The world of Bone Street Rumba gets complicated, gnarly, and gross There s some serious gore and ick in this one, not unrelated to the villains who are basically people being used as hosts for cockroaches oh god Lots of fantastic characters, developing teams, the story of Carlos and his ex lover Sasha takes a few turns, and we have new POV characters with a stroppy teenager and a dapper lesbian superfighter It s all fantastic, if da
The streets is hungry It s official Daniel Jos Older is now on my authors to watch list I first encountered Older through his YA book, Shadowshaper While Shadowshaper is a rich, vibrant story, Bone Street Rumba is right down my alley I love urban fantasy, underpowered protagonists, and political skirmishes in the magical world Add to that a set of complex, interesting characters, a gritty plot, and some seriously creepy roach dudes, and I was sold TL DR Half Resurrection Blues Bone Street Rumba 1 just became my first book purchase of the year The story is narrated by Carlos, a half dead agent for the Council for the Dead and the protagonist of the previous book, Reza, a driver hitter for a local gang, and Kia, a mischievous teenager who works at a bot nica and finds herself pulled inextricably into the center of events There s a reason why Kia is on the front of the cover and have I mentioned i loved the cover instead of Carlos, who is pretty much worse than useless for the whole book One of the reasons I picked up the first book is that I m rather interested to see what Carlos was like
Yes, it s a sequel, but Daniel Jos Older s books are so much fun, I couldn t leave it out If you have read the first one HOORAY THERE S A NEW BOOK And if you haven t GET ON THAT These books are pure delight Ghost detectives awesomesauce Tune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE That sentiment remains even still, now that I ve finished the book OH MAN I loved it Thanks, Older, for using roaches for the persistent creep out factor even if there weren t any zombies or freaky long limbed High Priests, the roaches still would have done the trick shudder It was funnyI m so used to Reza being a male Persian name even when it was made clear that Reza was Puerto Rican I still just assumed Reza was a he I laughed so hard when I figured out otherwise, the second Reza chapter into it, then shouted, Hell yeah and would ve high fived myself if that was a thing.In this immediate aftermath, it s difficult for me to go through everything I loved without just recounting the entire damn thingmaybe I can come back to it I ve got a strong hunch about what s in store for Carlos next, judging from T
I enjoyed the ghost hunting adventures of Carlos Delacruz in Half Resurrection Blues and Salsa Nocturna Stories , but to be honest, I was a bit hesitant to continue simply because SO MANY SERIES But people were raving about Midnight Taxi Tango and saying that it addressed the issues I had with the first book , so I picked it up.Honesty time again It took me like a hundred pages to really get into this book Midnight Taxi Tango splits the POV between three characters Carlos, that same half dead motherfucker we know and love, who s investigating a series of mysterious accidents Kia, an unambiguously black teenage girl who s flashbacking about her dead cousin she crushed on and currently crushing on her hot ass capoeira instructor Reza, a badass lesbian who spends most of her time blowing bad folks away with a shotgun Now, I love multiple POVs, but I found it really hard to get a grasp on these because they were so unconnected at first Since each person was living in their own story, I couldn t tell what the fuck the main story was supposed to be, what portion of each story I was meant to care about.But eventually they all get together and fight a bunch of fucking roach men and then it s fun.Yeah, I said roach men If you re entomophobic, maybe stay the fuck away from this book.What kept me reading was the v
Look This man Daniel Jos Older put his FOOT in this one Wanted to hit him with the book after finishing, it was so damn good Geez I was here for Half Resurrection Blues the prequel though, it should be noted, MTT can be read as a standalone even with how he had me reeling emotionally at the end He been won me over as a fan of his writing but, believe it or not, his writing got even better with this one Kia Summers the melanin filled goddess depicted on the cover is the badass we all need Kia is EVERYTHING and listen to me when I tell you she is coming to take over Please get your copy and get ready Get ready, I said Kia is one of the three characters whose POV we get in this book The departure from one person to three really works here I was on edge almost the entire time, just STRESSED about what would happen tot the characters next but it was the good kind of str
The second in the Bone Street Rumba series Older is an expert at creating a cast of complex, diverse characters I loved them all Reza was my favorite Five stars for that However, I couldn t follow the plot of this one as well as Half Resurrection Blues I didn t truly understand how the super natural foolishness was sorted out It just seemed like one minute beings were wrecking havoc and the next it was all done and everyone was eating breakfast I m going to go back and re read at some point, maybe I ll understand better the