- Series: The Prodigal Son
- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 16, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1546820345
- ISBN-13: 978-1546820345
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,950,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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 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.