Friday, November 18, 2011

Review - Devil's Hand

A Las Vegas poker ace with supernatural luck is swept into a world-ending conflict between fallen angels and otherworldly shades, in a thrilling debut novel for readers who enjoy Dean Koontz, Jim Butcher, and Tim Powers.

The lone survivor of a tragic plane crash, Trent Hawkins inherited a mysterious lucky streak that made him famous, and hated, in the poker circles of the City of Sin. It wasn’t long before the eyes in the sky threw him on the blacklist and chased him out of town. Now, after years away, Trent returns to Las Vegas, and walks right back into trouble.

As a serial kidnapper terrorizes the city, Trent and his wife, Susan, rescue a strange, thirteen year-old girl, only to find themselves caught in a fallen angel’s plot to cleanse Las Vegas with an unholy blizzard.

As the neon dims and the city freezes, Trent is forced to make terrible sacrifices in order to protect his new charge, and learns dark truths about himself and the creatures plotting against mankind. Poker-playing demons, fallen angels, and otherworldly shades all vie to enlist his strange luck, and Trent must choose his role in the coming War, or watch our world fall to ruin beneath a blanket of shadow and ice.

My review:

From the beginning you are drawn into the world he has created.  If you like stories with suspense, horror, non stop action and likable heroes you will love this book.  For a debut novel it is amazingly well done.  You would think he had been publishing for years.

The story drew me in from the beginning and didnt let me go until it was over.  Trent is a surprisingly likeable hero that has an uncanny kind of luck.  However as he learn more and more, all start to question what kind of luck is it really.  He ends up in the middle of a plot to start a modern day Apocalypse.  You have an interesting mix of demons, angels, and mixes in between all fighting to be in control.  You are pulled along as Trent tries to understand what is happening around him and what his role is in this battle among beings that are not of this world.

This is a great book for fans of all kinds of supernatural fiction, suspense or horror.  And it is not one to miss.  Following along on Trent's journey is an interesting adventure for all who care to join in.  I highly recommend this book for those even just looking for a good story.  And I am eagerly looking forward to his next book.

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