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The Edge of Reason Hardcover – May 13, 2008
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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From Publishers Weekly
Former SF author Snodgrass (Circuit Breaker) returns to novel writing after a 20-year break with this gritty narrative of a war between light and dark. Richard Oort, upper-class concert pianist turned Albuquerque cop, adds a new career as a paladin wielding a sword that embodies reason and order. Recruited by Kenntnis, a wealthy technology entrepreneur, after rescuing a sorceress in distress, Richard learns that Kenntnis is the Serpent, and Prometheus, and Lucifer. Richard is his latest weapon in the eons-old battle against the Old Ones, who feed on emotions stirred by religious beliefs. While Richard can be overly dramatic, he is generally portrayed sympathetically as he struggles to comprehend supernatural warfare and more earthly concerns such as his mother's suicide. Balancing a harsh critique of organized religion with touches of humor and a good-hearted priest who grounds his faith in the Golden Rule, Snodgrass just barely avoids polemic. (May)
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Lucifer enlists him in the celestial army between good and evil (on the side of goodness and science), and as a powerful gazillionaire with connections, he orders the new beat cop promoted. Kit the cop has no problem accepting the spells and magic, but he has a little more trouble being seen as the pampered golden boy detective. Ignoring the sneers, he enlists the help of his partner and the coroner, telling them the real secret of secret societies. Since humans crawled out of the cave, their irrational fears have opened dimensional doorways and let monsters (and gods) through. With the arrival of creationism and intelligent design, some big holes are opening up and some hairy monsters are planning to come through.
Poor Kit the cop and his intrepid ensemble (the nuclear scientist witch, the bum who keeps blowing up and shattering into some dangerous copies, his streetwise partner, and the coroner eager to jump Kit’s bones) try to track down mysterious murders while refusing a deal with a human devil (a televangelist). When dark, sexual secrets about Kit come out and his mother is coerced into suicide, monsters run amok and Kit has to relive his brutal past to prevent the end of the world.
If you can get past the grisly bits (poor Kit was too pretty for his own good as a youngster), the rest of the story is a roller coaster ride. Kit hops across the US tracking down evil-doers and monsters. Someone from his own team has been seduced by the other side. His father hates him. Lucifer is incapacitated, and Kit has no choice but to call in the cavalry.
It ends rather abruptly with the team members promising the keep up the good fight and is obviously a set up for further adventures of Kit and his Scoobies against dimensional demons. I may need to take a shower and read something a little less disturbing before I tackle the sequel.
Richard learns just who recruited him as Kenntnis has been called the Serpent and Lucifer amongst other derogatory names. The cop also finds out that the Old Ones encourage human religions as they feed on the emotional frenzy and suffering of diehard believers. Kenntnis and his Lumina supporters insist they want free will for mankind while their opponents need human dependency. As his mother commits suicide, Richard with no time to grieve, has doubts that he is fighting for the good guys as he has been indoctrinated throughout his life that Lucifer is the tricky devil while his new commander in chief insists the opponents won the propaganda war.
This is a terrific action-packed apocalypse thriller that will have the audience pondering the roles in society of organized religion, formal education, Lovecraftian mythos, and the Albuquerque Police Department. The story line is fast-paced yet readers will empathize with the beleaguered human hero as he struggles with comprehending a supernatural war that has gone on from the moment Eve seduced Adam into taking a bite and has spilled onto the streets of his hometown. His dealings with the stick man and associates, a homeless bum who happens to be a God (the RFK theory of the deity comes to mind) and a new Dark Age driven by the Old Ones but supported by human fundamentalists who see power in the golden rule of those with the gold make the rule are fascinating to watch. Melinda Snodgrass provides a strong thriller that will send her readers over THE EDGE OF REASON.
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