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Product Details

  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Delirium Books (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929653948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929653942
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,963,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The characters are memorable and the writing intense and spellbinding.
Norman L. Rubenstein
I've read a few Clancy-type undercover military action books, never really my speed, but DAEMON found a way to grab my attention.
Funky Werepig
The action was great, and I loved the supernatural element to the story.
George Peyton

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BQueen on March 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
Take a 50's monster movie, move it into the present day and add a bunch of gizmos and guns and you've got the basics for Daemon.

Jeff Lehane is a retired black ops specialist perfectly content to live the rest of his life away from most people. When he is asked to help guard a rap star he initially refuses but is lured back in once he learns his ex-wife is running the show. After she is killed during an assassination attempt he makes it his business to find her killer, especially once he learns something has broken into the morgue to chew up her body. The story then follows Lehane and his team as they learn that this isn't a typical hit but something far more otherworldly and evil.

I've read quite a few Harry Shannon stories and one thing he does really well is the flawed hero. Harry manages to make guys with honor, brains, and ass kicking ability without writing the same character over and over or so goody-goody Gary Stuish you want something large and pointy to fall on them.

This book is chock-full of blood, fluids, bone, and anything else a body can possibly produce and lose spectacularly. If you think that's something that might bother you then keep walking. If you have no problems with that and like a chilling horror/mystery with a special forces bent then I think you'll really enjoy this book.

My only real complaint was a desire for the story to be fleshed out more (no pun intended.) Sometimes it felt like there was history I wasn't privy to. Also the ending was abrupt but then that fits in with the 50's monster movie style.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kealan Patrick Burke on March 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
Though horror is my genre of choice, I have thus far preferred Harry Shannon's crime novels over his Night series, or at least the previous entries NIGHT OF THE BEAST and NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF. Both were well-written and entertaining, but not a scratch on the author's Mick Callahan noir novels.

DAEMON then, (originally published as NIGHT OF THE DAEMON--the third book in the "Night" series) came as a welcome surprise, because with this one, Shannon has fused together the best elements of both genres and made it work brilliantly.

There's enough action and mystery here to keep thriller fans sated, and the gore hounds will certainly come away satisifed by Shannon's unflinching depictions of messy death, though rarely is it pointless and gratuitous. Rather, the violence here tends to be used, as is the Daemon itself, as a metaphor for the kind of unseen but very real threat we face today from quarters abroad. And there's nothing polite and calm about that.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Funky Werepig on July 6, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
REVIEWED BY THE FUNKY WEREPIG

This was my first introduction to Harry Shannon and I've been hooked on his work ever since. I've read a few Clancy-type undercover military action books, never really my speed, but DAEMON found a way to grab my attention. It throws a very hungry ghoul right in the middle of the plot.

Combining genres is a tricky thing, often it can wind up a gimmick. But Shannon doesn't miss as he intertwines a first rate realistic thriller with nightmare-inducing horror. DAEMON is about a retired Black Ops expert, Lehane, who gets talked into a cake job, being a bodyguard for a rap star. Emotions are deep and awkward as the team includes his ex-wife. Shannon doesn't skimp on any character development here. So when she falls in the line of duty, it hits us hard.

When Lehane later discovers her corpse has been eaten by something, it's impossible to put the book down.

Shannon does his homework in accurately portraying the world of specially trained agents and hitmen. From their relationships to their procedures to the weapons they use, the reader has no trouble being right there in the thick of the action. One may even think there are a few unrecorded missions in Shannon's past, which I wouldn't doubt.

He is also a clever writer when it comes to subtle enhancements. I loved how when writing of the monster, he switched up perspective, tense and tempo, making you feel like you were stalking like the creature. Or being overwhelmed with fear like his victims. This is a writer who doesn't just let the words fly as he dives into his story. This man truly knows his craft.

DAEMON goes beyond specific genres. It has something for every fiction fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Norman L. Rubenstein on April 2, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Daemon a/k/a Night Of The Daemon by the multitalented and award-winning author, Harry Shannon, is a taught, tight, fast-paced thrill ride of a novel. The novel reads like a combination of Tom Clancy and Richard Laymon, and manages to grab readers by its first paragraph and does not let them go until they've found themselves, somewhat exhausted and thrilled, having just finished the novel's last word.

The novel's protagonist, Jack Lehane, is a "Black Ops" troubleshooter who returns from a stint in Iraq serving his country to take up a position as a team leader for Spinks Security, an upscale private security firm that takes high-paying jobs protecting various VIP's who find themselves facing threats to their lives. After a while, Jack feels he needs to `let go' and retires at an early age. He is subsequently pulled back, against his wishes, by his ex-boss, Charlie Spinks, to assist his ex-wife, Heather, who still works for the security company, when Charlie deliberately appoints Heather as the new team leader of a team sent to guard Enrique Diaz, a dynamic Latino rap star, environmentalist, and political activist. Jack fears that the job may prove dangerous and is concerned for Heather's safety and life. Events quickly prove Jack correct. People die. Soon, a seemingly supernatural element is added when corpses start appearing, partially eaten and an unknown virus that produces zombie-like symptoms starts to appear in ever growing numbers. Both suspects and questions abound, including as to who the real target of the supernaturally tinged death and violence might be.

Daemon is an action-packed fast-moving thriller as well as being a truly vivid, gruesome, and intense horror novel.
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Like most authors, I've kicked around a lot. I've been an actor, a singer, an Emmy-nominated songwriter, a recording artist in Europe, a music publisher, a VP of Carolco Pictures and worked as a free-lance Music Supervisor on films such as 'Basic Instinct' and 'Universal Soldier.' I'm currently a counselor in private practice. My four MICK CALLAHAN mystery novels are available on Kindle, and a fifth is in the works for 2015. Check out my thriller THE PRESSURE OF DARKNESS, and the zombie novella PAIN. Also the novellas BITERS and ZERO AT THE BONE, both from Journalstone. I have published dozens of short stories and written a number of screenplays, including the Lionsgate horror movie and novel DEAD AND GONE. My dark thriller CLAN was released on Kindle. My comic thriller, a zombie opus entitled THE HUNGRY (co-written with Steven W. Booth) was a hit, and spawned five sequels, THE HUNGRY 2: THE WRATH OF GOD, THE HUNGRY 3: AT THE END OF THE WORLD, THE HUNGRY 4: RISE OF THE TRIAD, THE HUNGRY 5: ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE and THE HUNGRY SIX: THE RULE OF THREE. There's also a pulp novella written for an exciting Kindle/paperback series published by Amazon's own 47North to brag about. My entry was entitled THE DEAD MAN: KILL THEM ALL!

Don't miss my mystery/thriller ALL THE DEVILS, also co-written with Steven W. Booth. It features a new hero named Spider, and is projected to be the first in a series.

For the curious, I've twice been nominated for the Stoker Award by the Horror Writer's Association, once for my collection A HOST OF SHADOWS, and for short fiction. I've won the Tombstone and the Black Quill once each, and my short story FIFTY MINUTES, co-written with Joe Donnelly, was recently chosen for inclusion in the prestigious anthology Best American Mysteries of 2011. I'm on the list of Major Horror Authors of the Twenty-First Century in Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror, 2nd Edition, from the American Library Association. You can find me on Facebook or Twitter. I'd love to hear from you.