Series: Book 2 in the The Faceless One
Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Hydra
Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Thriller, Suspense
Language read: English
Format read: Earc
Rating: 3.5 stars
Deadlight Jack synopsis: Worse things than gators lurk in the Louisiana swamp. . . . The author of The Faceless One fuses the twisted imagination of Fritz Leiber with the razor-sharp plotting of Joe Hill in this rollicking horror thriller.
Appearances can be deceiving. Take Jimmy Kalmaku. Anyone passing him on the streets of Lake Nisqually, Washington, would merely see an elderly man. But Jimmy is actually a powerful Tlingit shaman, with a link to the god Raven and a résumé that includes saving the world.
Or take his friend and roommate, George Watters. Another ordinary retiree, right? Wrong. Like Jimmy, George is more than he seems to be. He too has a link to the supernatural. He too has saved the world.
Then there’s Professor Foxfire—also known as Deadlight Jack. Dressed in the garb of a stage magician, he seems a figure of magic and fun. But he isn’t fun at all. He isn’t even human. And his magic is of the darkest and bloodiest kind.
When George’s grandson vanishes on a family vacation to the Louisiana bayou, George and Jimmy fly across the country to aid in the search. Once they arrive, family feuds and buried secrets bring George face-to-face with the ghosts of a forgotten past; Jimmy finds his powers wilting under the humid Southern sun; and deep in the swamp, Deadlight Jack prepares his long-awaited revenge.
When I asked for this book on Netgalley I didn’t know it was a second book in a duology. But after reading a few reviews on Goodreads that said this book can be read as a standalone, I choose to read it because the synopsis sounded very interesting. They were right, you can read this book without reading book 1.
This Book Can Be Read As A Standalone!
In this book we read about the two best friends George and Jimmy. They are two men in their 70, living together and fighting supernatural cases. How awesome isn’t that? In this book George’s grandson goes missing, and the two old men goes on an adventure to find the missing boy.
For me the characters are the strength of this book, even though I also really like the story. The story is scary and interesting with lots of supernatural elements and characters. It also has a great atmosphere, especially at the ending. Spoiler Strike-through:
How good was the part in the run down house at the ending, the atmosphere and setting was amazing.
I was so much fun reading about protagonists that is elderly, because I usually read books with younger characters.
I love the character George and Jimmy. George is African American and Jimmy is Native American. I love their chemistry and the interactions between them. It is so funny how much they argue and bicker, even though you know they have a great friendship and care for each other.
This book had some great character development, especially George. I wanted more character development on Jimmy, but I have the feeling that he had his parts in book one. I’m very curious about his past though especially because he is native American, so maybe I’ll read book one some time.
I really enjoyed the talk/story George had with Jimmy about his life. In this talk and throughout the book, racism was a theme that came up.
There is also two women who are married to each other and have children together, which I really liked. This book had some great diverse characters.
I rate this book 3.5 stars
I received this copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.