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- Print Length: 306 pages
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- Publisher: Martin Publications (June 6, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 6, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Z416LBC
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Bad Grace is fast-paced, has nearly constant action and a ton of violence. It kind of reminds me a little of a Spiderman, or maybe a Batman type of adventure, but with a religious theme. The “good guys” are called Watchers who were created by an archangel to keep the world safe from destructive demons. They do have some advanced abilities, some special weapons with which to kill demons and send them back to hell, an enhanced ability to heal quickly, and something called Bad Grace (grace which is weaponized to use against demons). This bad grace comes from within the Watchers. If they need something extra to help them in a fight, they just add a little bad grace to their kick, and a demon goes flying across the room. Or, if they are really in a tight spot, shoot a whole lot of bad grace out, and all the demons in the room will fall. Unfortunately there is a limited amount of bad grace they can use at a time, and then they need to rest and recharge it (of course they pretty much only use it when they are so hurt themselves, they need the extra help, and getting out of the situation to rest and heal is the only option).
That was just a very brief explanation behind the title. To find out the plot, you will have to read other reviews and/or the book itself, because I am going to get started on my thoughts of the book.
I liked it. The plot was tight. The author kept things moving right along, from one action-packed scene to the next – good thing the watchers heal quickly! Of course the characters needed a little time between fights to heal and decide what to do next, but it was minimal. I became quite involved with the story, like a good action/adventure movie.
I was able to get to know the main character pretty well as it was told from his point of view. The rest of the characters were much less developed. Some just kind of came and went so there would be people to kill. Even when the main character was feeling bad about a close friend being killed, I was totally disinterested because I didn’t get to know that character at all. Maybe if I had read the other two books in The Watchers series, I would be more “in the know”, but I thought since it was supposed to happen before the other books, I would read it first. It might have been better if I had read the other books first so I could understand that world a little more right from the start..
The only other thing I really had a problem with, was the concept of Grace being weaponized. With my Christian viewpoint, I cannot conceive it. Grace is inherently good. It is of God, given to us so that through Christ we can be saved because He loves us so much. Grace absolutely cannot hurt anything. If the author had used the same power, but gave it from a different source like the extra fast healing powers, the ability to see demons, etc. were all given by the archangel without the permission of God, why couldn’t the archangel have given this ability too and called it something else (like “the power” or the “boost juice”)? Really, anything would have been better than taking one of the Christians’ most sacred terms and use it as a weapon – even if it is used to harm demons.
For the most part, I liked the book. Like with movies, I guess it depends on what you want. If you are looking for a lot of action/adventure, of the superhero type, give this one a try. I am now off to start reading the other books in The Watchers series….I'll just insert "boost juice" every time I read "bad grace". ;)
Neal's completely natural writing style makes for easy but fulfilling reading, a combination not always seen or experienced. What's more, he's adding a crucial male contribution to an ever increasingly popular field in genres that are being lead by more and more female authors; balancing out the scales so that the less frequent male readers' of these genres can enjoy books with a male perspective. That's not to suggest however that the work won't equally appeal to female readers, just as females perspectives still appeal to male readers. Its simply that, variety is the spice of life.
We saw Frank as a hard-nosed, take no crap, emotionally reserved uncle to the delightful Leia in The Watchers series, and now we get to live the experiences which shaped the man we grew to love; now in his arena as the leading character… a development I could only hope for before seeing this new novel. With a sexy and fierce new female counterpart in Eva, the absence of Leia isn't felt at all. The history these new plots bring make this book doubly enjoyed; for now we get some answers to burgeoning questions arising from the first series whilst still getting a new and fully developed story in its own right. Despite the jump back in time, which can sometimes lead to predictability, the story is still fresh and entertaining, with equal complexity and twists-and-turns, seen in Neal's prior works. Thus, don't miss your opportunity to get behind the scenes of the first series; and enjoy what the lovable Frank makes possible in a captivating way.
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