In Which I Bite the Devil’s Bullet & Review a Book

One of my writer friends/fellow J. Taylor Publishing author’s novel debut is set to launch on February 10th (i.e., quite soon!). To get you warmed up for the fun to come (including an absolutely-not-to-be-missed author interview as part of the book’s upcoming blog tour), here’s my advance reader review!

The Book: “Beasts of Burdin” by Alexander Nader.

Genre: Urban Fantasy.


Blurb: Demon hunter Ty Burdin hung up his guns, knife, trench coat and fedora a year ago. Bags packed, hands washed of all demon politics, he’s done. Forever.

In fact, to get far far away, he dragged Nora, his rockabilly secretary, from Miami to the Tennessee mountains where he’s lived a life of peace—if peace can be defined as drowning in scotch and taking private eye jobs to keep the lights on. Jobs for real people. Not demons.

No demons.

He’s retired from that. Remember?

Demon hunters aren’t a dime a dozen, though, and when Ty’s brother asks him for a favor—just one—what’s a brother to do? Agreeing to take down one hillbilly demon shouldn’t take that long. In. Decapitate. Out. Favor complete. Back to the office where Nora and his bottle of whiskey are waiting.

Unfortunately for Ty, staying retired doesn’t seem to be in the cards, and an avalanche of bad luck draws him right back to an agency he despises and the career that nearly cost him his sanity.

This time, Ty has no way out and will have to face his own demons just to survive.

My Thoughts: I had a fun night with my ARC of this puppy. Ty’s narrative voice was snappy and amusingly jaded, just as one would hope for in a whisky-soaked private eye with demon decapitation at the top of his résumé. Talking of demons, the sheer variety sprinkled throughout the story was impressive – from soul barterers, to fortunetellers, to those who specialize in seduction and/or heatstroke. I never knew what turn the tale would take next, putting me in the same boat as the book’s good guys, minus any realistic fear that I could be shot with the devil’s bullet at any moment. (Yes. The devil’s bullet. It’s a thing, and take it from Ty, you don’t want it to hit you.)

I enjoyed watching Ty relate to the cast around him. His brother Hartnet (who, free confession, I thought was kinda hot), adopted into the big-name demon-hunting family and fearlessly facing down the beasties the best a non-Burdin can. His secretary Nora, who will doubtless elicit the empathy of every writer out there who’s trying to snag a publishing break while holding down a job where people keep getting shot and beheaded in their office space. (Inspiration can come at a heart-pounding price, eh, Nora?) And let us not forget the smug agency members with whom Ty probably couldn’t play nice if he tried – and he wasn’t trying. A wit like Ty’s ought not be kept in a vacuum, so I was pleased to see him so often surrounded by good friends and… less-than-good less-than-friends.

HSYRT? (Hey, Should You Read This?): If you’re up for an entertaining adult urban fantasy, this is the book I’ll point you to. From the small sampling I’ve had of the genre, “Beasts of Burdin” sailed smoothly to the top, and I’m looking forward to the series’ continuation. Stay tuned for the novel’s release and blog tour on February 10th!

Or, y’know, you might just have a chance to read the book sooner than that. ‘Cause guess what, folks? J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE e-ARC copies of “Beasts of Burdin”! You don’t even have to be a book blogger or “have connections” like me. ;D Nope, so long as you are willing to leave an honest review between the dates January 27th – February 10th 2014, you are eligible to enter. Interested? Then just fill out the form linked here, and keep your fingers crossed. You have until midnight of January 26th to enter. Best of luck, all!

4 thoughts on “In Which I Bite the Devil’s Bullet & Review a Book

    • Heh, heh, no, not terrible at all. X) I don’t know why I have such an averse internal reaction to writing reviews, but I’m ever willing to work around that quirk when it means I can help out a pal. (:

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