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The Damascus Chronicles: Denizens of the Night (Volume 2) Paperback – September 16, 2014
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Born Dominic Rocky Daniels, in the city of Anaheim, California in 1984, raised in San Gabriel, CA. At a young age his passion has always been in movies, animation, and storytelling. He attended Mission Renaissance Fine School of Arts starting at the age of 10 for 8 years and trained through various video production and art programs in high school. After graduation from Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel, CA with a small scholarship, he attended The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles in Santa Monica CA, even further developing his craft. Later he fell into film crew work as a production assistant where he interned for a couple of months on Seth Green's first season of the Emmy award winning animated show "Robot Chicken" and Dino Stamatopoulos's stop-motion animated series "Morel Orel" based at Shadow Machine Films in Los Angeles. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Animation, he would work privately for a music video director he met at a summer party in 2007 in music videos & TV pilots as a grip and dolly grip. His music video work would be featured on BET with hip hop gospel singer Sharon Maree's "Stand Up" and hit top charts on Billboards Top R&B Music Videos and hip hop group K-N-S with Kong Fist Entertainment's music video "Riding in a Chevy" being recognized as a group by BET as "Best Break Out Artist of 2007". He also worked in video games as a game tester on "Spider-Man 3: The Game", "Quantum of Solace: James Bond 007" and on "Call of Duty: World at War" at Activision in Santa Monica, CA including games for Wemo Media, Inc in Venice, CA and other indie game companies in association with 505 Games on "Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted" for the Playstation Vita. He's also worked as a Red Carpet Staff Photographer and Production Manager for JaMMin Productions in North Hollywood, CA and as a short film producer with Red Cape Cinema Productions. His screenplays have won multiple quarterfinalist awards with StoryPros.com. He also worked as a background actor on eight episodes on the final season of "ER" at Warner Bros in 2008. He currently works in sales on the side. In his spare time, he writes as a novelist and produces and arranges electronic dance music under his NEGA BLAST X brand. He is also a third cousin to legendary film actress and vaudeville star Bebe Daniels who starred in the 1933 feature film "42nd Street". He currently lives in Burbank, CA.
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Heaven and Hell are at war, and Earth is where their forces do battle. It's the year 2020, and an organization called the Order of the Black Lotus has been working hard to get a book of spells called the Yomi Tengu and a pendant that helps translate the book in order to break the demon Sagamu out of his prison and back into the world. Now there is a rare event called the Eve of Blood that would ensure their lord's freedom and elevate the powers of the Black Lotus leaders to the level of gods. Enter Michael Damascus: he's an ex-CIA agent who used to do hits for the Santerini mob family in Las Vegas until he met his beautiful wife Serena Bellemont. She's an ex-cat burglar who also happens to be a vampire, so she gave Michael the Dark Gift and turned him into one, too. When they tussled with the Black Lotus's mother organization, The Dark Society, in its first attempt to free Sagamu, the forces of Heaven intervened and gave Michael and Serena abilities that augmented their vampiric powers and made them into something else. Michael is now a Warrior of Light, and he needs to retrieve the Yomi Tengu and the Translator Pendant, in order to thwart the Dark Society's attempts to bring about Armageddon on the Eve of Blood. He needs to protect Serena as well: the effects of Heaven's intervention turned Serena into something more powerful than a vampiric warrior: she holds the key to granting Heaven, Hell, or a place called the Astral Plane a distinct advantage in the ongoing war. Michael doesn't want to lose her, but with his enemies growing more and more powerful, will this ex-CIA-vampire-hitman-Warrior-of-Light have enough powers to prevent Armageddon and protect the woman he loves?
This second book in the Damascus Chronicles is not a stand-alone, but the author uses a couple of nifty tricks to help first-time readers who are new to the series. He introduces events from the first book by giving Michael and Serena a lovely honeymoon in Paris. Between loving moments, intense lovemaking, and a crazy night in a seedy part of Paris in 2020, Michael and Serena bring a first-time reader up to speed on what had taken place previously. That's all the quiet interlude the first-time reader gets: they do however get a brief introduction and description of a character each time one makes first appearance. For readers new to the series, the method helps catch them up on the large cast of characters that already appeared in the first book. For someone like me who already follow the series, it helps keep the large number of new characters clear in my head.
The rest of the story is a non-stop rollercoaster ride, and not only because of the physical action. There are plenty of chases, lots of Matrix-like fight scenes, and spectacular magical warfare, but that kind of action is intensified by plot twists. There are betrayals and losses of comrades on both sides of the war. There are powerful entities that wade into the supernatural fray. There are secrets discovered about the Church, vampires, and angels that throw out all the preconceptions of how each entity ought to be. These twists really amp up the suspense, and keep me reading.
To readers of fantasy, horror, and adventure: The Damascus Chronicles: Denizens of the Night is a non-stop action-adventure thick with supernatural beings performing great fight scenes and phenomenal battles. Pick this up, read, and enjoy!