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Red Right Hand: A Story of the Mythos War Hardcover – July 26, 2016
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Red Right Hand is a perfect blend of old-school horror and modern storytelling sorcery. Levi Black is absolutely riveting! ―Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Predator One and Deadlands: Ghostwalkers.
Visceral and creepy, Red Right Hand is a sincerely twisted tale that’s every bit as thrilling as it is macabre. ―Cherie Priest, bestselling author of Boneshaker and Maplecroft
A merge of horror and dark fantasy that will grab you by the throat! ―Faith Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series.
Red Right Hand is a beautiful, terrifying nightmare of a book. Stylish and nerve-wracking, it held me constantly in an iron grip as I read it...and has yet to let me go. More, Levi Black! ―Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of The Rules
Levi Black writes with bare knuckle confidence and a champion prizefighter’s skill. Red Right Hand is his first round combination that leaves you flat on the canvass, dazed and impressed. Get in the ring and be ready for battle. ―Nate Southard, author of Pale Horses and Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again?
Levi Black's Red Right Hand is visceral, violent, and sexy. This book has jaggedly-sharp humor, snappy patter and tight pacing that can literately leave you breathless at some points. It's crazy fun with unspeakable horrors! ―R.S. Belcher, author of Nightwise and The Six-Gun Tarot
Imagine that one of Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones showed up at your door and said, ‘You work for me now.’ That’s the premise of Red Right Hand, Levi Black’s grim and gory tale that takes urban fantasy into the darkest places of both the universe and the human heart. Riveting in both senses of the word: it grips your attention, and it feels like bolts punching through your flesh. ―Alex Bledsoe, author of Long Black Curl
Levi Black mixes deft characterization, vivid description, and H. P. Lovecraft’s cosmic horrors to create a thoroughly engaging urban fantasy. ―Richard Lee Byers, author of The Reaver and Blind Man’s Bluff
With Red Right Hand, Levi Black gives us an exciting, pulse-inducing mashup of Urban Fantasy and Lovecraftian Horror. Charlie Moore is a great entry into the pantheon of urban fantasy heroines, and The Man in Black is a Mythos character made even more terrifyingly real. I can't wait for the sequel. ―Gini Koch, author of the Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series
Levi Black’s Red Right Hand is a perfect fusion of noir, action and horror. Urban decay, Lovecraftian madness and emotional desperation are only a few of the ingredients in the mix that powers this breakout novel. The engine on this beast is burning high-octane fuel and running hot. Highly recommended! ―James A. Moore, author of the Seven Forges Series and Alien: Sea of Sorrows
Sleek, savage and brutally well-written, Black's story hurtles you into a world where the elder gods view humans as expendable playthings or tasty snacks. Even as you obsessively turn the pages, you'll be rooting for good to triumph over endless evil. A brilliant blend of horror and urban fantasy, Red Right Hand proves that truth is chaos, and hell is only a tentacle away. ―Jana Oliver, award-winning author of the Demon Trappers series
If Mickey Spillane had delved into the Cthulhu Mythos, he might have turned out something like this. Hard-hitting and truly scary, Red Right Hand is a postmodern Lovecraftian nightmare of a tale. Dark and bloody and bad to the bone. ―Charles R. Rutledge, co-author of Congregations of the Dead
About the Author
LEVI BLACK lives in Metro Atlanta with his wife and an array of toys, books, records, and comics. He's been weird his whole life and is almost as scary as he looks.
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I was on board for most of the book: it was nice and fast paced, and the action was enough to carry it. However, I feel like the last chunk of the book (10-15%, based on my Kindle copy), kinda lost steam for me. The closing act seemed rushed and a bit unearned.
If a sequel comes out, I will probably seek it out, but not as enthusiastically as I sought out this book.
THE MYTHOS WAR BOOK 1)
Absolutely riveting from the first page, I couldn't step away. When I turned the first couple of pages, and read the identity of the one whom protagonist Charlie (Charlotte) calls "The Man in Black," I was awestruck (and no, I won't give it away). This series and this novel are pure Lovecraftian delight!
Charlie Moore is a twenty-five year old woman with the kind of physical, emotional, and psychological damage no one should have had to endure; yet she survived, not necessarily thrived, but she has become an amazingly strong person. Happens also that her maternal great-great uncle was H. P. Lovecraft, who was not only a scribe of Weird Fiction, but a prophet. Yes, the Lovecraft Cosmos is literally true, and the Great Old Ones really are out to get us. Now Charlie is tapped to be a warrior to stop their incursion; if she heeds the commands of the "Midnight Man" (she varies her appellations for him). Of course, heeding him may well be the death of Charlie, her almost-boyfriend Daniel--and the entire planet.
Quick & Dirty: Fans of H.P. Lovecraft will want to check out this action packed homage to his creatures.
Opening Sentence: The cheap alcohol burned as it splashed down my throat.
Red Right Hand by Levi Black is a dark urban fantasy/horror that often rides the line of uncomfortable and grotesque. If you are squeamish, this book is not for you. I was really excited to get my hands on a copy of this book. I really enjoy the darker side of things but I felt this one was a little over the top at times. The writing is very descriptive so much so that I often got lost in the action and this book is action packed. I would have to re-read passages just to make sure caught what happened. There were also a few times where if I would have kept reading, my confusion would have been answered too.
Charlotte Tristan Moore has hidden mystical powers that she never knew about. When she is attacked by a group of skinhounds, her life is forever changed. As a descendent of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Charlie becomes a pawn in a “gods” quest to make sure the human world isn’t destroyed. Nyarlathotep aka the Man in Black aka the Crawling Chaos has saves Charlie from the skinhounds because she has the sight to find other creatures/”gods” like himself. In order to keep Charlie doing as he wants, Nyarlathotep has also enlisted her boyfriend Daniel because of his own family history of god worship which helps give these dark and demented gods their power.
Charlie is an angry woman. She has lived through something no young woman should have to live through. As a result, it has kept her from living her life. She has done little things here and there to help her take her life back but she still can’t move on from the memories of that night. She uses anger and sarcasm as a shield.
Nyarlathotep is a man of few words. He’s very cryptic and often finds Charlie’s sarcasm funny. He has no problem using Charlie and Daniel as pawns as long as he can get them to do what he needs them too. Nyarlathotep also has a strange flowing coat that seems to have a mind of its own. A coat that seems strangely attracted to Charlie.
Red Right Hand is quite action packed. The events take place over the course of two days. During that time, Charlie has quite a few epiphanies about how she lives her life, her feelings towards her boyfriend Daniel and doles out a little revenge of her own.
This novel is for fans of H.P. Lovecraft. Some of his creatures are showcased within the story. Unfortunately, I haven’t read any Lovecraft so I’m not entirely sure how true it is to the original. This novel is more of a fan fiction, saying that H.P. was actually seeing things that are affecting our world and now Charlie has to destroy those strange creatures.
As with all things, Charlie may not have the full story of why Nyarlathotep is using her. Things are not as they seem. The overall story was entertaining but I had a hard time staying focused on the story with all the descriptiveness. The ending actually has me intrigued to where Charlie’s story will go from here. I do want to know what happens next. If you are a fan of horror and darker stories then I definitely say give this one a try but if you don’t care for dark stories, stay away from this one.
“Charlotte Tristan Moore, I am not the only one who will seek you out now that your gift has been activated. There are other things, things that crawl and slither at the edge of night, things that would find you. They wil come, and they will not have the mercy I have shown.”
“Mercy? I haven’t seen any mercy from you.”
“I spared your life from the skinhounds. I have not slaughtered your friends in their sleep, even though I could. I have not sought out everyone you love and care for and reduced them to mewling pieces of meat that cry for death as a relief from the tortures inflicted upon them.” His red right hand tapped the tabletop. “You will not receive such kindness from those that will seek you without my protection.”
“Wait a minute, you’re the one who Marked me! If these things come, it will be because of what you did to me.”
“That does not matter.” He stuttered in my sight again, suddenly standing without having stood. “What matters now is your choice. Serve as my Acolyte and be protected, or refuse and die.” He reached out his hand, his red right hand, to me.
My eyes narrowed. Anger twisted in my belly like a snake.
“You’re a bastard.”
The Man in Black chuckled in amusement.
FTC Advisory: Tor/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Red Right Hand. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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