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Devil's Hand (Drawing Thin Book 1) by [Patterson, M. E.]
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"a gritty, pulpy tale...keeps up the pace right to the climactic end. A fast-paced fight against demonic forces that will appeal to lovers of supernatural thrillers." ~ Kirkus Reviews
 
"Devil's Hand packs the kind of storytelling that makes a statement: M. E. Patterson is here to stay." ~ Austin Post (Gabino Iglesias)
 
"I enjoyed the plot twists and turns, and the relentless pace of the narrative. Part action, part mystery, all horror, this book offers something to everyone." ~ Dark River Press

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Devil's Hand is the first in the Drawing Thin series, followed by Burning Cards, also available in paperback and for Kindle.

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  • File Size: 753 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Digimonkey Studios; 1 edition (December 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EM2PE8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Gabino Iglesias on November 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Generally speaking, thrillers are the kind of books where action sequences are followed by sections with a slower tempo that offer the reader a respite from the heart-pounding action. In the case of "Devil's Hand" - local author Matt Patterson's first novel - the pace is kept at a frantic speed throughout the whole story and the action sequences just add a touch of fear, adrenaline, darkness and violence that make the story as entertaining as any thriller out there.

"Devil's Hand" tells the story of Trent Hawkins, a man whose supernatural luck put him on the wrong side of the table with the casinos and their owners in Las Vegas. After a few years away, Hawkins finds himself going back to the city with his wife Susan and, as presaged by a flat tire during a hailstorm that ends with fish falling from the sky and splattering blood all over, things immediately start going wrong.

For starters, something very bad is boiling right beneath the city's surface and a serial kidnapper is terrifying residents. When Hawkins visits an old friend to inquire about a job, some shady characters are questioning a friendly acquaintance. Later Hawkins receives a piece of advice: get out of the city. A few pages later Hawkins is bringing Susan her purse at work when the novel kicks into high gear and the fun starts.

The first explosion ends with Hawkins and his wife rescuing a strange, thirteen year-old girl who's allergic to water and running out into the worst blizzard in Las Vegas' history. From then on, the fate of the city, their lives and the balance of the eternal war between good and evil will hang in the balance and Hawkins will have to learn that his luck is something that runs way deeper than he could have ever imagined.
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This author has promise, but this feels and reads like a first book. The basic concept was interesting, but the characters weren't particularly likeable, or even sympathetic, and the plot was buried deep in irrelevant details. The concept of an overarching war between various tiers of angels was interesting, but the idea of a war using humans as puppets was more annoying than gripping. The main characters in the book vacillate back and forth between compliance with and defiance of these not so angelic angels, with widely varying mood swings that made me want to slap them all into rational behavior. i guess what bothered me most were the contrived feelings and the triteness of a Las Vegas full of demons (who were more sympathetic than the angels).

This was promoted as a good book for Dean Koontz fans, and I can sort of understand why, but where Koontz uses words to set a mood and an environment, many of this author's words seemed to be thrown in to lengthen the book. Some, not all, of the dialogue was stilted; the verbiage setting the scenes had me flipping pages with just glances so I could get through the book before I got too annoyed to finish it. Contrast that with Koontz who creates a word picture that brings the emotions and environment to life - eerie life - but strongly felt.

The end was a major disappointment because it was clearly setting up a sequel and left many issues unaddressed. Sadly, I wasn't interested enough in the characters, or the plot, to read a second book by this author.
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I generally read fiction in about a month. Devil's Hand took me about 3 sittings over just 3 days. A fantastic ride!
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Format: Paperback
Throw fallen angels, the world's luckiest man, and a gigantic blizzard into loss Vegas and what do you get? A very entertaining first novel by M.E. Patterson. I found the book to be a page turner that (unlike many others) didn't skmip on the characterization or details. Patterson expertly layers his take on fallen angels onto a realistically rendered Las Vegas in a way that keeps you turning the pages and which ultimately results in a very good supernateral thriller. The book keeps you guessing, but also provides a satisfying ending that will leave you wanting a follow up. I think this novel compares very favorably to Koontz in his early years, and I got more than a little hint of Hal Duncan as well. I will be eagerly awaiting the follow up.
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From zero to 315, in nothing flat!

Ok, not the speed the main character drives. Instead, from opening the Amazon delivery package to finishing off the final (315th) page in just over 5 hours. Good thing I didn't start it at my normal reading hour, after 10 PM. I can't afford another night lost to hypnotic fiction.

While not normally one to read a book cover to cover in one sitting, this one certainly grabbed me, at times literally leaving me woozy from the sense of roller coastering through Las Vegas, above and below.

Hefty, complicated antagonists, and at least one monster that leaves you trying to sort out how YOU would deal with its trixy physics, as you race to escape it, running alongside the main characters.

While the story rings true and new, I also kept getting flashes of images from elsewhere. A bit of Oceans 11 ... or Oceans 666? Dante Alighieri's infernal domains in vivid, whispering grey on gray; Matrix special effects; Dune visions; nifty nuances of many religious traditions; all blended into a superb, saucy mix.

A very satisfying read, while it also leaves you wanting another helping.

You'll be rendered speechless...
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