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Dragon Badge (Son of a Dragonslayer Book 1) Kindle Edition
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When I read a book, I look for - above all else - the ability of the story itself to give me the 'suspension of disbelief'. The tale must be interesting and entertaining. The characters must sound like real people, or at least the real people who would inhabit the world I'm reading about. When I start reading the story, it must suck me in, within the first ten pages for me to want to finish the book.
Dragon Badge was all of that, and more.
Michael Prim is a strong, earthy character, much like Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher) and David Valentine (E.E. Knight). I really enjoyed getting to know him. I very much look forward to his further adventures. You will, too. Highly recommended for sci-fi aficionados who enjoy a bit of horror & fantasy in the mix.
Cops. Sorcerers. Demons.
When forgotten people lose their souls to necromancers and demons attack victims with swords, Michael Prim charges into action with or without backup. Hell doesn't breakout on his beat — not on his watch.
With the help of new friends and allies, he will learn the secret of his past and why he has never fit in on this side of the Rift. For the son of a Dragonslayer, duty is life and death.
Nicole Simmons has come out of hiding and reinvented herself as a rookie cop. She doubts her choice when she is assigned to a training officer destined to be her archenemy.
She should kill him and disappear.
Keith Marin takes a tough street girl under his protection, shielding her from a strange jar with a preternatural magnetism. He begins a dangerous contest with the sorcerer who has found his way to Blue Point and discovers people from all walks of life becoming slaves to the soul jars. When two homeless layabouts on his beat turn up driving a BMW, wearing tailored silk suits, and carrying serious firepower, Marin takes his investigation to the next level.
Dragon Badge is the first novel in a trilogy spanning two worlds — one of imperfect law and another of chaos and magic. Action, suspense, and horror make this a dark urban fantasy like no other.
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My biggest issue is with characters lack of reaction to the introduction of the supernatural. For real, a man got trapped in a cage-fight with a demonic warrior with his soul at stake. Basically doesn't say anything, goes back to work. Man gets transported to another plain of existence and back again. Doesn't say anything, goes back to work. People are being enslaved to small jars that everyone anomalously seems to understand contain soul. The police treat them like any other addictive substance, no one discusses it and everyone gets on with work. Officers are killed by a hellhound. No one says anything about it. They all go back to work. Man is attacked by a demon. Doesn't say thing, goes back to work. Sorcerer tries to mentally influence a detective. Detective avoids it, but doesn't say anything and goes back to work.
The book sets all this up as if this is an otherwise normal world and these things should be freaking people out, but nope. No one seems to be bothered in the least. Half of them seem to know more than they should, but we're never told why or how and they ALL accept the preternatural with complete ease. It was so far from believable I almost didn't continue with the book.
Some of the loose ends suggest someone somewhere knows something. For example, at one point one character goes to an interview in which she's asked what she considers off topic questions about magic and dragon, but it's never explained and it never comes up outside of the one scene. Similarly, obviously the bad guy knows what's going on, but it's never addressed.
Actually, a lot isn't addressed. One person is apparently a dragon. It's hinted at but never addressed. One man is a dragonslayer, but he doesn't know it and it's never addressed. Another is a demonslayer, but he doesn't know it and it's never addressed. Another seems to have some sort of biblical ability to see things, but it's never addressed. There are apparently three different realms of existence, this is mentioned in one scene but never addressed. There may be some supernatural task-force, but it only shows up the once and it never addressed. Blue Point (the town) itself might be special in some way. It's hinted at, but never addressed. There is so much ALMOST here and if it was the book would be great. But almost just doesn't cut in when it comes to the enjoyment of a story and I finished the book scratching my head.
My second biggest issue is that the book contained a lot of unrelated police procedurals. I liked the Cop characters. I even thought that that aspect of the book was interesting and felt appreciably real, but it in no way progressed the story, In fact, it caused it to really drag. As an example, about 10% in you meet the sorcerer that will be the antagonist. Then he and that aspect of the plot doesn't show up again until about 60% in. Everything in between is police officers making routine traffic stops and enjoying (or not) their time off. Interesting if it had been another book, but just a disappointing break in tension in this urban fantasy.
It's all a shame too, because I so wanted to like it. I so wanted to wrap myself in this story and it's characters, but the story is so buried in itself I could hardly even find it. Close but no cigar, I'm afraid.
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Build up to the rest of the series?
Will try book 2 and see.
I just need to get past all the profanity.
But, I did like the story line!