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The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume One Paperback – March 25, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
This new character is different from Reese's usual pulp character. She is supernaturally empowered, she does not shrink from killing, and she has agents instead of associates, people who do recon work for her. When the time comes for action, Gravedigger is on her own. Her agents would simply get in the way during one of her battles, their expertise lies elsewhere.
Gravedigger faces her own unique set of foes, those with something not quite normal about them, a touch of otherworldly power that requires an avenger powered by supernatural forces. We open with a man wielding dark magic from the Necronomicon, pass on to a member of a strange cult called The Sons or Daughters of Malfeasance (whose rather peculiar talent I won't reveal) who wants to sacrifice family to parlay with an evil headless legend, and finally to a man called Charon, who believes he can control this legendary demon to wage war on the heroes and heroines of Sovereign City. Each is dangerous in their own way, and Charity Grace, the Gravedigger is taxed to her limit in her battles.
In this volume, Reese again pays tribute to those who have gone before. Gibson Street. Robeson Avenue. As in Walter Gibson, creator of the Shadow and Kenneth Robeson, house name for Lester Dent, creator of Doc Savage. His other characters, The Rook and Lazarus Gray make their guest appearances, each in their own unique way and with their own reactions to Gravedigger's war on evil.
I highly recommend this book, and others by Barry Reese. I look forward to Barry's next released project.
Quoth the Raven...
I have been reading his Rook series (7 so far and counting), and Lazarus Gray series (3 so far and counting). Now we have Gravedigger. She is also set in the fictional "Sovereign City" (created by Pro Se Press publisher Tommy Hancock) and so is part of the "Sovereign City Project" that also includes Reese's Lazarus Gray. but also includes two other characters from Pro Se: Fortune McCall, and possibility Doc Daye.
And, yes, Gravedigger is also set in the same "universe" as The Rook, and we get an updated chronology of the universe that places the her stories with all the rest from Reese.
In this first novel we are introduced to Gravedigger and her legacy. She (the first female Gravedigger) is really Samantha Grace, linked to other Reese characters. We learn that there have been many Gravediggers, and we will me two former ones in this book. All are sinner who died and were given a choice: be condemned to hell or redeem themselves by dealing with the evil in the world. They are given a limited amount of time to do so. So this does put a limitation on the series, but then the series could continue with another Gravedigger.
In addition to Gravedigger, we meet her agents: friends she has assembled to help her. In Reese's afterward, we learn he is trying for a Shadow dynamic with the Gravedigger's agents rather then the Justice Inc inspired Assistance Unlimited group from Lazarus Gray. However, I felt the dynamics were less the Shadow's agents and more Justice, Inc, tho not to the degree of Assistance Unlimited.
This first Gravedigger novel gives us her origin and sees her going after bad guys, but in particular deal with several occult dangers. She must stop a would-be sorcerer from summing the Old Ones (from Lovecraft), must deal with a gender-changing satanic cult, and then with a headless horseman. She also teams up with the Rook, who had met a prior Gravedigger. And she has a run in with Lazarus Gray as well.
Overall, this is a great first novel. It's a great setup, and I look forward to the next Gravedigger book. I also want to learn the story behind one of Gravediggers new associates. I did see a few problems, like a mess up with some names in one part that was confusing.