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This is another story based in a world where several mythical creatures are real. Vampires, werewolves, demons, etc. (I’ve GOT to pick a different type of book to read) Was John Conroe more successful in setting up a world where all myths are real? Here is what I thought….
Christian Gordon is a demon hunter. He can see demons, grab their essence and send them back to hell. After years of fight training, he utilizes his skills and joins the police force. Hanging out at a vampire club, he saves a vampire from being killed by a demon (the vampire he saves happens to be his soul mate) After handling an exorcism, a special division of the police force recruits him. The mystery to solve in this book is finding out who is behind the new drug ‘Hance’ (a mixture of vampire and ‘were’ blood). The actual mystery seems secondary to the introduction of the world and the characters.
Plot Score: 3/5
It makes sense that in a world with vampires, there would be other types of mythical creatures. However, it’s very hard to introduce a huge cast of characters that are memorable. John Conroe handled this by focusing on vamps and demons, with a slight mention that there are other things out there. I thought this was a great way to handle things, as it provides depth for future books, but allows us to build a meaningful connection with the characters we get to meet.
In addition, there is a more scientific approach to demons, vampirism and lycanism (involving dark matter, dark energy, probably a little string theory thrown in). It was an interesting approach.
Location Score: 4/5
Characters and Relationships
What a relief not to have a single weak character. Everyone was tough enough to take care of themselves (including Gramps!).
Chris Gordon- The main character, a demon hunter, who, after taking some of Tanya’s blood, gets enhanced skills.
Tanya- Chris’s soul mate, a vampire who didn’t speak until she met Chris (and they share a birthday and even birth time)- in fact they have so much in common (even similar middle names) I am worried they may be related!
Lydia- Tanya’s friend/handler and PITA (Pain in the Ass) for Chris (really, his first ‘real’ friend)
Gramps- Chris’s kick butt grandpa. I hope he plays a bigger role in the future. When Chris tells him all he had gone through (vampires, demons, job troubles), Gramps is most surprised that Chris has a girlfriend!
Okwari- a former ‘DamnedThing” that Chris rescues, and is now attached to him. Kind of reminds me of Oberlin in the Iron Druid series- but definitely not as sassy!
Characters Score: 4/5
Life Lessons (fka Bigger Meaning)
Bigger Meaning Score: 0/5
Summarizing Quote: “Now Senka is on her way to Europe to take charge of the vacuum left by Fedor’s death, taking Galina with her. Your girlfriend is in charge of the New York Coven.”
I did enjoy the fast paced writing in this book. I really loved that he didn’t overwhelm us with a million different mythical creatures. I did find some of the book a little excessive in details (did I really need to know that he had a seafood sub for lunch and the brand of the clothes he is wearing??)
Style Score: 3/5
-There was enough here to keep the book moving and make it interesting, but there is enough material for several additional books…this was like a gourmet meal instead of the overwhelming buffets I’ve been getting.
-At the end of the book Chris goes to church and is approached by a angel who tells him he’s doing good, but he could be doing more! I hope the series doesn’t get too religious…
Total Score and Recommendation
14/25- So far it seems like a good series to invest in, I will be reading the next one.