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Rakasha: Legend of the Hindi Tiger Demon Paperback – Large Print, July 4, 2013
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I always love a good, dark book and this one had all of the elements I love. Demons, horror, and a touch of sensuality. (Maybe more than a touch)
I was drawn to the portrayal of a different kind of demon that many, if not most people, have never heard of and I have to give props to the author for that. It was a daring subject and I think it's paying off.
I will look forward to future books and short stories by Robert Davis
The author can write. The stories tell very well of the history of this demon and what it's capable of. The author did an excellent job in the creation of this tale and his brutal and gory details will leave even the most proclaimed horror junkies shocked and at times grossed out. Believe me I take nothing away from it, it's a great tale but I just cannot stress the violence that this book presents. Truly something Ive never quite read before. I highly recommend this book to those who have the stomachs for it and for those who think they can't be scared or totally grossed out. Read this book and tell me it doesn't leave you somewhat scarred on the inside. To the author Robert Davis, I mean that last line in all good faith! Rakasha means for a great read.
A series of short pieces dealing with the rakasha, a tiger-demon that makes its home in the jungles of India - though the stories themselves cover a much wider hunting ground - Rakasha connects early with the unfortunate end of a foul-mouthed, drug-dealing biker on the run. Despite the short length of the pieces, each of the characters felt as fleshed out, if not more so, than those appearing in much longer fiction. From our unnamed biker friend who serves as our introduction to Jeff the church-appointed monster-slayer, every one of them had some amusing dialogue snippets and at least one aspect to love them for (or love to hate them for, in the case of the Rakasha her/itself.) The settings were interesting and varied, and the description sold me on the oppressive claustrophobia of the jungles and the aura of mistrust and poverty surrounding the small villages where the rakasha hunt and play.
The book as a whole was very vivid and visual in nature, providing some great "mental movies" as I cast actors and considered what it'd be like to see it on the big screen. Most of my reading time is spent fretting about dialogue and individual connections, the intangibles that often end up difficult to translate into film or television, but Rakasha felt almost like a screenplay, begging to put in an appearance on late-night television or on the silver screen.
There's really not much negative to be said about this one; it's certainly one of the more enjoyable things that have crossed my reading shelf in some time. If anything, it's that I want more. Further expansion on the mysterious monster-hunting order, more background on Jeff and his priestly pal, perhaps the continued exploits of the younger Rakasha. Not that it doesn't feel complete as is, just would like more. There's a couple of awkward sentences, but overall they fit the "voice" of the book, and the meaning is still clear so no major worries there.
Overall, if you're a fan of old Clive Barker and Bentley Little (think Books of Blood/Hellbound Heart, or The Return) or had a love of the more gruesome aspects of Lumley's whamphyri, or are just looking for a good gore-soaked romp, do yourself a favor and check this one out. I suspect you'll be pleased.
This book is not for the faint of heart but if you enjoy a book filled with exotic adventure, humor and terrifying surprises, this is perfect for you. Rakasha doesn't only have an addictive bite but an addictive story.
Sit back and enjoy a well written Horror Story with all the blood, gore, drugs, sex and rock roll you can handle and oh yeah it has a bite, gets ya right there!!!!
My goodness your into it .99 cents and its worth $25 at least. Just get it and have fun.