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Deadly Creatures (Lucius Fogg Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B005C20FFG
- Publisher : Dark Muse Press (July 10, 2011)
- Publication date : July 10, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 576 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 196 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0615822312
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,031,578 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jimmy Doyle is a World War II vet who took a bullet to the head and spent three months in a coma. He only woke up because Fogg sent a magical pendant to him which a nurse hung around his neck. Now he has a metal plate in his head (more on this later) together with a strong sense of justice. He’s also got a lot of attitude that makes you wonder why he doesn’t get slugged more by the men he provokes.
The final piece of background that is critical to understanding this series is that most Americans do not believe in the supernatural even though quite a few of those creatures live among them.
The novel opens with a peculiar instance of a man following Doyle, wanting Lucius Fogg’s help, but panicking and running before Doyle can find out what he wants. He darts into the street and gets hit by a van seemingly closing the strange encounter. A few days later, women start to die in a peculiar fashion and a police detective who has reluctantly come to know that the supernatural is real, asks Fogg for his help. That mystery takes up half the novel and is thoroughly enjoyable, pulling all the early threads together. In resolving the case we get introduced to the supernatural world. But in closing the case, questions Fogg does not want to pursue get opened and Doyle’s sense of justice leads him to quit Fogg’s employ so he can pursue justice on his own.
This is where things get very interesting. We learn that the relative peace that New York City enjoys was built upon a compact by Fogg, the chief vampire and werewolf of New York, and a famous hunter who had been trying to kill off all the supernatural creatures in the city. This compact kept NYC from breaking out into total war at the price of Old Town (about thirty blocks of the city) being turned over to the supernaturals. New Yorkers believe this is an area of such tremendous crime that not even the police go there, but those in the know understand the truth. Now, the compact appears to be in violation as werewolves are being seen killing people outside of Old Town.
The resolution of this mystery is very exciting, but there are some problems with it which I’m going to discuss next. So be forewarned, SPOILERS are ahead.
The compact was made necessary by the tremendous immigration of supernaturals to New York City from elsewhere—especially Europe. All werewolves and vampires in the city came to Old Town when Fogg cast the spell that formed the compact—basically limiting those creatures (and their progeny) to Old Town. This ignores the fact that it is immigration which was helping to cause the problem and presumably would continue after the compact was made. New immigrants would not be bound by the compact but apparently this never occurs to anyone. It’s especially troubling that no one even considers this possibility when they start finding new werewolves operating in the city. This is a serious flaw in the plot.
It also appears that new vampires and werewolves have been creates since the compact but this would seem to be impossible under the terms of the compact. Maybe I’m incorrect about this, but it struck me as a significant inconsistency.
The next complaint may be unfair, but the reader is constantly reminded that Jimmy Doyle has a metal plate in his head. Unfortunately, the plate is forgotten when Jimmy gets infected with lycanthropy and transforms. I don’t know that this would cause problems, but it would seem that the plate would have to be moved around by transforming in and out of wolf form and this is never addressed.
These are small complaints but they bothered me as I first read and thought about the book. That didn’t stop me from rereading the novel, however. If you like a good mystery with some supernatural elements, you’ll enjoy this series.
I love a good whodunit and when you in the occult, it just made it all the more fun to read! As a first book in a series, it did a wonderful job of introducing the characters but leaving just enough that you want to read the rest of the series to learn more about them. I need to know more about Lucius and Ariel. So, not only are the characters absolutely smashing, but so is the story itself. It pulled me in and kept me reading right to the end.
Well shoot. There wasn't a whole lot that was bad about this book. I caught some grammatical things here and there but really, that was about it.
A fantastic read that kept me guessing right up until the end. If you're a lover of noir, the occult, supernatural creatures or all of the above, check out Dan Wickline's book. I've already wish listed the other books in the series.
As I said, the story is entertaining. It seems to be a perfect replica of the Nero Wolfe Mysteries with the addition of the supernatural. Shameless, maybe, but I like the N. W. M., so I didn't mind. It just needs to be re-edited and formatted to be readable.
As for why I only give it three stars, I found the book an interesting and entertaining read. I enjoyed it, but I also recognize that it is not a great book. It's not a bad book either. I've read a lot of great literature, and this is not great literature. I'm also not a snob, so if the tale is fun, I don't care that the writer has not yet completely mastered their craft. This is a fun book to enjoy on a lazy weekend, but it's not likely to change anyone's life.
Top reviews from other countries
Appearing as a gentle homage to the hard-boiled detective mysteries of the '40s and '50s, Wickline skillfully weaves in supernatural elements to enrich his story. He cleverly tricks you at one point into thinking things are far more straightforward than they really are without actually cheating you, in say the way that Conan-Doyle so often does in the Holmes stories. You are always given enough information to solve the puzzle for yourself and feel superior to the main character for doing so, without ever losing your sympathy for the situation he finds himself in. Wickline also very carefully never reveals too much about the central mystery of just who Lucius Fogg is, because in all honesty, it really isn't necessary to your enjoyment of the story. His restraint in this respect merely leaves you keen to read more about the characters in the hope that, one day, all will become clear.
So if you like detective fiction but want something a little bit out of the ordinary, take a peek at Deadly Creatures - its certainly got plenty of bite...
It was entertaining, interesting and made me laugh in places. I'm now a definite fan of Dan Wickline.
If you enjoy this type of book, do yourself a favour and read this.