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ONSET: Stay of Execution Kindle Edition
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Policing the Supernatural
A small town cop with an unexpected gift ends up in over his head
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Glynn Stewart is the Canadian science fiction and fantasy author of the Starship’s Mage, Duchy of Terra and Exile series. Writing managed to liberate him from a bleak future as an accountant. With his personality and hope for a high-tech future intact, he lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife, their cats, and an unstoppable writing habit.
Faolan’s Pen Publishing is an action-oriented science fiction publisher with an emphasis on unique high concepts and optimistic views of the future. Lead characters grapple with and are driven by a sense of duty—both to their cause and the people around them.
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- ASIN : B079391WFR
- Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc. (January 16, 2018)
- Publication date : January 16, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2651 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
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- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 318 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,448 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This one starts with Commander David White getting a call at the Complex firing range. The call from his boss Traci Warner. Warner tells him to turn on the TV.
When he does get to a TV he see's a woman telling everyone that a nuke was exploded. Of course there was but White figured the magic muffled both the radiation and everything else. Seismology picked up that explosion. On top of that Onset is way, way shorthanded and the teams are working non stop.
White and his team were supposed to be on stand down but with so many red's going on they are once again headed out to take care of another incursion. White only has three people left on his team and every other team is in the same boat.
This incursion is in old Detroit a real S**thole. Once there they find a succubus that is pregnant. Stone who is David's heavy weapons man is taken over by the succubus. He starts hitting White and the succubus attacks David.
David impales her on Memoria his sword and with her dead the full force of the black energy in the building comes rushing back into the form in front of him. The corpse lit on fire and much of the energy hammered into David. David passed out.
When he woke the doctor finally let him out of the hospital. This is when he meets Veronica Dresden, a vampire, and a new teammate.
It didn't take Dave long to realize that he now has even more and stranger seer ability. Instead of seeing only a second ahead, he can see into the distant future. This is where he sees an attack on a demonstration in New York City. A demonstration that will be attacked by demons. An attack and an Onset response that is recorded by every TV news outlet in the country. Seems Onset is no longer a secret.
So begins another damned fine read.
This one has David, Kate, Michael, a Michael who will become wanted, an Onset who is relieved of duty and replaced by SF soldiesr who have been treated with a drug, a Michael who is hunted, a David who can't believe the whole of Onset is no more as all the civilians are gone and all the teams are told they no longer have a job, a Michael who takes a chance and heads underground to warn the dragon Charles, a Charles who gets out, a Michael who is drugged and wakes up in Reno, Nevada, a David who meets with the Tahoe Lady, a Lady who takes him and shows him what he was truly meant to be, a Lord Riley who gets as many of Onset, Vampires and elves together as he can, a Herald who is born and releases demons from the seal and David White and those with him once again thrown into an impossible mission to save the USA.
This one's a game-changer. It topsy-turvies the status quo. It piggy-backs off the climactic events in the previous volume, Blood of the Innocent, after which the world-at-large has its eyes opened that the universe holds more wonder and terror than previously suspected.
The U.S. government's Omicron Branch - the entity charged with handling supernatural affairs - and its ONSET response teams have won the war against the Vampire Familias in North America. Except the mystic Seal which keeps the most terrifying monsters from creeping into our dimension is even more weakened now. ONSET - Office for the National Supernatural Enforcement Teams - more than ever finds itself stretched thin as its harried field operators try to cope during the biggest spike in supernatural activity in memory. But those furious Lovecraftian gods known as the Masters Beyond have set their master plan in motion.
For someone so stoic, Commander David White is so easy to root for. I guess it helps that he's had four books now for Glynn Stewart to flesh him out some. It's been cool watching his character progression as he went from small-town cop to supernatural S.W.A.T. boss. There's a Wolverine parallel in that David is stocky and weighs 200 pounds and stands 5'4" and, oh yeah, is a class one regenerator.
Every time I crack open a new volume in the ONSET series, I'd forgotten the sly humor the author injects in these pages. So, no, it's not all doomsday stakes and sweeping action beats every moment, every time. We're treated to wicked cool side characters like the Tahoe Oracle and Charles, Omicron Branch's go-to tech support who, oh by the way, happens to be a freakin' dragon. I was so stoked that Charles isn't relegated to hacking like in the other books. With the threat looming at the highest extinction level, the dragon finally gets to spring into action.
It's David White and his soul sword Memoria and his dwindling team and strange allies and the dang U.S. government pushed to the brink. The combat sequences are furious blood-and-guts stuff and harrowing and so epic with tons of military tactics and strategies worked in. It makes it all the more of an amusing tension breaker when one Army general was heard to grumble: "The thought of building a strategy around delivering magic swords to target makes my head hurt." Anyway, I hope this isn't the last we'd seen of Commander White and his demented world. But if it is, what a way to go out.
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Note: I received a free electronic copy in exchange for an unbiased review (but liked it enough to buy a copy anyway)
All in all, not a bad addition to the series, but personally, far from the best.