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on May 16, 2009
Cast: occult practitioner, undercover agent, remorseless assassin w/ many names; a sisterhood w/ an inner circle indulging in sexual perversions; secret counterterrorist department; SAS squad; pumpkin head bureaucrats; a retired man-in-black; & others.
Ingredients: (black) magic; gory details of human anatomy affected by ambush/close combat; heavy-handed interrogations; special ops; mind control; conjuration of and conversation w/ the dead; witty dialogues; sarcastic/cynical self-reflection/justification: "I get the crap kicked out of me on a regular basis doing this job, and when those times come the opiate family are as welcome as a rich uncle who's about to kick the bucket" (p. 125).

Most interesting are the hints the protagonist, Jack, drops here and there about his motivation/rationalization to be in the employment of the 'Broom Cupboard,' as the clandestine outfit is dubbed among field officers (p.17). Perhaps a secretive unit inside the Special Branch?
"It's called the Defence of the Realm...It's about making sure little Johnny down the road can sleep safely without monsters coming out of his closet and eating him. It's about letting people follow their spiritual paths without someone else hijacking their souls...The alternatives are chaos and witch-hunters" (p. 42).
As for its history going back for centuries: "[T]he reason the Service was formed...:someone had to stop all those idiots from turning Britain into a council estate for every dodgy denizen of Hell and Faerie" (p. 63).
"People like me are in the business of keeping all this supernatural nonsense quiet...We don't want you to start messing around with this stuff, because if you've got everyone rolling round with this kind of capability you'll have anarchy in ten minutes flat...Keeping a lid on the world so it doesn't get out of hand" (pp. 158-9).

One deficiency of the novel is that the plot unfolds from Jack's perspective alone, so the characterization of his enemies, enacted by ex-wiccans turned manipulated saboteurs hell bent (pun intended) on the unrealistic eventuality of conspiring against the government, remains superficial. It's no-brainer that, more often than not, the chief culprits can be found positioned well within the gates, behind the the crumbling facade of "law & order."
In brief, "Hunter's Moon" makes a quick read, provided you can stomach the amount of brutal force and lurid debauchery on display.
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on March 6, 2009
First, let me say this: Hunter's Moon is very hard to classify or pin down to a specific genre. The book would seem at home in Mystery, SciFi-Fantasy, Espionage-Spy thrillers, etc. Second is: even with the literal flood of urban fantasy, paranormal, alternate history, or alternate universe books on shelves right now; this book manages to take a completely different and original look at magic in the hands of a British secret agent. The writing and characters are first rate and the surprises were exactly that for this reader -- nothing is given away. Clues are trickled out one by one leading the reader to solve the mystery along with Jack, the protagonist. The villain is unexpected and of course, evil. Magic is utilized in an eminently practical manner, with the protagonist's abilities and uses of magic treated like any other tool or device except it is unknown to the general public or at least unacknowledged. Very little time is spent exploring the secret of Jack's use of magic; of far greater importance is the mundane danger he is investigating. To be more specific would give away the mystery of the book or potentially leak spoilers -- sorry. This is an excellent story, original in every way, and an introduction to a new and intriguing world of magic, espionage, and the practical spy who lives there. I look forward to Jack's next adventure and seeing more of his world.
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on August 30, 2011
This book is extremely graphic in terms of sexuality and violence (and combinations of the two). It's entertaining and not a bad book, but the author doesn't deal with his female characters very well and the main character is unpleasant. I wouldn't read it again or seek out anything else by the same author.
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VINE VOICEon June 18, 2009
I thought I was in store for a a fairly dark urban fantasy as I like me some dark fantasy, but Hunter's Monn definitely pushes the envelope almost past the point of my comfort level. So be forewarned screwed-up stuff abounds in Hunter's Moon. There is more sex, druggings, brainwashing, and beatings in this slim 250 page volume than 3 of the most violent movies you can think of.

Hunter's Moon is Told from the point of view of a secret British agent working to stop the forces of evil from doing bad things with magic. Let's call the agent Jack as he never reveals his real name and uses a couple other alias as the story moves along. The thing to know about Jack is that he is not averse to using black magic or committing serve bodily harm to accomplish his goals. In fact that is his preferred method. He is a mix of James Bond, the evil parts of the Nightside's John Taylor, one part Felix Castor without the remorse all the while fueled with sex, drugs, and tai chi. Told in a very bristling pace I had to take a couple breaks between reading just to absorb all the action.

This is most definitely a boy book so I'd tell the females to pass over it unless you are into S&M mixed with magic. The people in this book aren't doing it for love and most parties involved barely know what is going on. I give Hunter's Moon 7.5 out of 10 hats.
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on February 21, 2013
Definitely not to everyone's taste, but a strange and interesting and bizarre use of fetish and magic and violence and darkness.
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on December 19, 2009
I think I originally saw this tagged or otherwise referenced Cthulhu somewhere. Nothing on the blurb suggested mythos, but I've chased down flimsier leads. To be fair, I doubt the author wanted to have his book considered mythos.

This book is the sort of extreme testosterone-driven response to the genre of Mercy Thompson, Harry Dresden and Anita Blake. Maybe the techie fans, naaaah, the fans of Jack Reacher or Tom Clancy type books who want a little fantasy fix? That's probably a better fit. The protagonist, Jack, is employed by the British government to basically kill anyone who uses summoning magic to disrupt the general welfare. He is allowed to stomp on civil rights (and hold in contempt those who don't), murder, steal and torture in any way that seems reasonable. He can also occupy the moral high ground while doing it. It's sort of a really macho Laundry series without the wit or humor.

Anyway, in this book Jack is tracking down a coven who are trying to asassinate the PM. The motives of this group are pretty sketchy but at one point someone mentions maybe it's the cult of Azathoth, and the Jack notes he has not found a copy of the Necronimicon around. That's it for the direct mythos references. Whether Azathoth is real in this world, or other mythosian entities/tropes have any bearing, is never further addressed. As for Lovecraftian sensibilities otherwise, there are none. This book is as subtle as a brick.

I think anyone could polish it off in an airplane ride if they were so inclined, but I found it pretty much devoid of humor, and the 'hero' was an unappealing sociopathic misanthrope, whom I guess is supposed to represent the pinnacle of British manhood. He even gets to beat up and humiliate a few Americans. All would have been forgiven except for the wooden characters, pedestrian dialogue, aimless plot and weak prose.

Mythos fans can safely pass it by.
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