Friday, October 21, 2011

Devil's Hand by M.E. Patterson - REVIEW

Pump Up Your Books virtual book publicity tours asked me to be a part of this tour for M.E. Patterson's book, Devil's Hand. After reading this book, I have to admit that it is quite a read - and one that I heartily recommend.

Book Summary:

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 Thoughts:

Right from the beginning this book grabs your attention. The characters are caught in the middle of a big storm and as they are standing on the side of the road making a car repair, the storm unleashes a fury of FISH! Yes, dead (and living) fish falling from the sky pelting them. Now that is one GREAT way to start a story!

Trent, the main character is a likable guy, one that readers will not have any trouble connecting with. The story is griping, in a fearful kind of way. This is a classic story of good versus evil, and fighting a very real "hell on earth."

This book has all the classic elements, mystery, suspense, intrigue, demons, magic, fantasy, and it really is a roller coaster for readers. Once of the most impressive things about this book was the setting...using Las Vegas as the place where this story unfolds really added an element that would not have been there otherwise.

The author really has a unique writing style, one that is perfect for stories like Devil's Hand. You have to be a certain type of writer to tackle a story where there are SO MANY elements and parts and it is with a creative touch that the author does this successfully.

I wonder if the author left so many "open doors" intentionally and is setting reader's up for more books about Trent. I loved how there were so many scenarios left open for this in the future.

I heartily recommend this book if you like the paranormal/fantasy realm, and this one will definitely not disappoint. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future!

I give this novel FOUR STARS!

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