War Demons (The Prodigal Son) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 16, 2017
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- Brian Niemeier, Dragon Award winning author of The Secret Kings
"A slow-burn mystery that explodes into a high-octane thriller, pitting a wounded warrior and his allies against the forces of evil. Jam-packed with high-intensity combat, authentic martial arts and memorable characters, the novel is sure to please hardcore fantasy fans."
- Cheah Kai Wai, Hugo Award nominated author of No Gods, Only Daimons
"Newquist drills deep into the head of traumatized former soldier Michael Alexander as he tries to adjust back to normal life. The perspective is so tight that readers will feel immense connection to the character. Tension builds with the story at a pace like a landslide. At first, one's not sure if Michael is crazy or if he's the one at fault for a string of murders involved. Then comes the incredible action with demons, vampires and zombies! Once the plot explodes, it's impossible to put down."
- Jon Del Arroz, author of For Steam and Country
"War Demons is a roller coaster thrill ride. It hooks you, clicks up to the peak, then sends you screaming all the way down. Masterfully done."
- Daniel Humphreys, author of Fade
About the Author
- Paperback : 284 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1546820345
- ISBN-13 : 978-1546820345
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.64 x 7.81 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 16, 2017)
- Item Weight : 13.1 ounces
- Language: : English
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And there’s a whole lot of combat in the tale. All kinds of combat: magical, close-quarter hand-to-hand, sword slinging and shoot ‘em ups galore, all written in a taut, engaging style. The book is so packed with action sequences that you will be carried from front cover to back in a dizzying, adrenaline-fueled rush.
If the story has a fault, it is one born of excess. And here I might just be quibbling but, there were so many golems and vampires and zombies that the trees were lost for the forest. By this I mean that any creepy, vile or other-worldly vibe to the monsters was lost when they were being blown away like so many featureless clay pigeons. My complaint only applies to the monsters used as hordes. The titular demon, the dragon and the ex-girlfriend were by contrast very well drawn.
If you’re a fan of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files or Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International, then Russell Newquist’s War Demons will be sure to please.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
The author builds a many-layered world combining believable military action with fantastic monsters and enemies, and help from secret organizations and mysterious supernatural forces. The hero is an admirable and respectfully-drawn veteran of the Afghanistan war dealing with a special kind of PTSD: the horrors of war for him included an encounter with an uncanny demonic creature of a type that was new to me. (I like seeing original monsters: so tired of "vampires" that come with a long list of ways they aren't like vampires at all...)
There's an ensemble of characters who have hints of their own rich backstories and an engaging plot that kept me turning pages all the way through. I look forward to more.
There's already a sequel, which I already have waiting on my Kindle. I look forward to more.
The closest comparison to an existing series is probably Larry Correia's Monster Hunters International series; action, action, and more action with a little bit of humor and a military bent. It doesn't have quite the level of dry wit and sadism towards the protagonist that define the Dresden Files but War Demons dips its toes into those waters a bit. The beginning is slightly slow but not in a way that detracts from the overall story and once things get going it's pretty much non-stop all the way to the end. The ending leaves several openings for further books, while avoiding being too much of a cliffhanger. It has some slightly awkward phrasing here and there but is very well edited and has an excellent degree of polish for a first novel from a small publisher, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read it cover to cover in 2-3 days and I am very much looking forward to see get my hands on the sequels.
The story moves well, with decent character development and story flow. The people are realistic, with both good and bad attributes. The action scenes are well written. Overall a good, enjoyable tale with golems and a dragon thrown in to fill out the evil warrior side.
I waffled on 5 stars, but the use of "alright" instead of "all right" (an admitted personal gnat bite) and a few firearms inaccuracies dropped the fifth star. The story itself is truly enjoyable.