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Armageddon Bound (Demon Squad Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Marquitz
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Book Description

Half-devil and miles from anything resembling heroic, perpetual underdog Frank "Triggaltheron" Trigg is the last man standing against Armageddon.

As the favorite nephew of the Devil, Frank has led a troubled life, but he'd always had his uncle's influence to fall back on. Now, with God and Lucifer coming to terms and leaving existence to fend for itself, his once exalted status of Anti-Christ-to-be does little to endear him to the hordes of angels and demons running amok in the Godless world.

With help from the members of DRAC, an organization of wizards, psychics, telepaths, and low-end supernatural beings, Frank must thwart the pro-Armageddon forces and rescue an angel in whose life rests the fate of humanity.

Better luck next time, humanity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3002 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tim Marquitz (13 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008L8J0JA
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Raised on a diet of Heavy Metal and bad intentions, Tim Marquitz has always been interested in writing, but it wasn't until about 1995 the urge became a compulsion. However, it would be many years later before the ability matched the interest. Fortunately, the two have reconciled...mostly.

Writing a mix of the dark perverse, the horrific, and the tragic, tinged with sarcasm and biting humor, he looks to leave a gaping wound in the memories of his readers.

A former grave digger, bouncer, and dedicated metalhead, Tim is a huge fan of Mixed Martial Arts, and fighting in general. Involved in the Live Action Role Playing organization, Amtgard, since he was fifteen, he derives great pleasure from bashing people into submission.

He lives in Texas with his beautiful wife and daughter.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun 30 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
whole series for most part is a great fun read and looking foreword to ebk,6 when/if comes out its been ages. its fun entertaning, funy and action packed fantasy adventure for decant price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice take on the Urban Fantasy 30 Sept. 2011
By Ginger Nuts of Horror TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is really a 3 and half star review. This was a fun and fast read. Highly enjoyable, with enough fresh ideas to keep this jaded reader amused and entertained. I enjoyed it enough to pick up it sequel, and that says a lot
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fights galore! 13 Aug. 2013
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Ok, so we have Demons & Angels warring it out; the normal Armageddon stuff!

However, thrown into the mix are some interesting "half-bloods", family complications, a Supa-Natural agency that is protecting us humans and, oh btw, God & Lucifer have gone on hiatus!

If you like fist fights, sword fights, gun fights, boiling blood and purulent boils.... this will tickle your fancy.

Bad points are the fight moves from a 500yr old Demon are a bit daft, plus he does seem to get beaten up alot, but that's basically his lot in life; this was also the Authors (Tim Marquitz) first novel so still learning his trade.

As a character he is honest, as a Demon can be! There are hints at a deeper psyche and definitely some history to be told, but in the most basic of matters he is a horny Demon with a good heart!

I note that there are a few more in this series and I was really looking forward to reading more about Frank and how he was chosen as Lucifer's favourite nephew!

My only real complaint is the nice tidy up at the end, far too clean for me!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining debut, more development necessary to wring the full potential from the concept 29 Dec. 2009
By ryan - Published on
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I received the book in pdf form for free directly from the author and immediately began to read it. The idea of demons and angels battling it out for supremacy on Earth and in Heaven and Hell was intriguing and refreshing. Unfortunately, it seems as though the author was more intent on coming up with various ways to refer to the main character's obsession with sexual thoughts than with developing the world, characters and background.

The influence of Jim Butcher and Clive Barker are apparent. I am a Jim Butcher fan and, for the most part, enjoyed the asides of the main character. However, I felt that there were simply too many of these asides, and they invariably had something to do with sex, having sex, or fantasizing about sex. It became distracting to the point where it damaged the story. The descriptions of hell are reminiscent of Barker.

With respect to the story, it also holds true to the Jim Butcher formula of non-stop action. The protagonist moves from impossible situation to impossible situation with ease and mostly believability. Once aspect of the protagonist that bothered me is that he is a demon who was tapped to become the next Anti-Christ (but refused), but is the least powerful character in the novel. He has zero supernatural powers other than the ability to regenerate and heal, provided that the damage was not caused by supernatural forces. He relies on pistols with special bullets, and appears to be an average shot at best. It is difficult to believe such an average demon would garner the favor of Satan as a successor.

Lastly, one area which is developed in the novel, the ability of angels and demons to regenerate unless damaged by supernatural forces, seemed at times to be inconsistent. Without being able to point to a specific instance, at times it seemed that whether damage was permanent was driven more by the plot and action than by the principles established by the author.

All in all, it was an entertaining read which fans of the author's stated influences (Barker, Butcher and King) may well enjoy. However, I would ask the author to develop the characters and backworld more in the next installments, and also would ask the author to be cognizant that utilizing devices of other authors is acceptable, but be wary of overusing them (such as Butcher's asides).

Looking forward to the next installments.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A naughty, exciting, FUNNY romp! 19 May 2013
By Jeffrey Getzin - Published on
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Imagine if you combined the best parts of the movies Hellboy and Constantine, mixed in some of the dark urban fantasy of Jim Butcher's "The Dresden Files", and rounded it off with a stinging, delightfully sarcastic wit. You'd be getting in the neighborhood of Demon Squad.

The Demon Squad starts with an interesting character and an interesting premise. The Character: a direct blood relation to Lucifer himself! This would carry all sorts of clout if it weren't for The Premise: unknown to most of the world, God and Lucifer have patched things up and have left the Universe to continue on its own without either of them. This has left one hell of a power vacuum that various demons and angels try to fill as best as they can.

It's a fascinating idea, and one that I don't think I've ever seen in any other book or film! (And that's saying something. When's the last time YOU came across an entirely new idea?)

The characters are larger-than-life, the fighting very realistic (and I should know), and the one-liners just keep coming. It's a heck of a ride!

The only reason I'm not giving this five stars is that, as I saw another reviewer comment, the protagonist's sexual references do get a little tiresome from time-to-time. Fortunately, most of the time it's done with great wit; it's only occasionally that those jokes fall flat. I think that with a little more careful editing, this book could have easily made it to five stars. But that's ok, because if you started with a five star book, you got nowhere to go but down! :D Here, the series starts out strong and I can only imagine how it improves as the author continues to refine his voice. I expect it'll be one heck of a epic once it's all done!

If you like your fantasy dark, demented, and sarcastic, I think this might be the series you've been looking for! :D
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just an average demonic hero 19 Nov. 2012
By S. D. Herren - Published on
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Loved the book.. The author brings a fresh new perspective to this genre. Are you tired of wimpy "heroes" that spend paragraphs soul-searching for their motivation, or tired of reading about some chick's high heels and purse combination when you just want to read about vampires or zombies getting smashed? You're in for a treat. Our hero, Trigg is a regular guy, the kind that actually tries to get laid once in a while. He curses, he's not a genius, but he does have a few good moments. After reading the first book I have the impression that if this hero was confronted with a duel of honor, and offered a dueling sabre, he'd just shoot the other guy. This is the kind of hero we can all relate to. What guy hasn't been in a tense situation and made a mental note about how good a pair of boobies looked, while trying to keep a serious face? There are some minor editing errors, but not so bad as to ruin the read. Some of the depictions of the gun battles made me think the author isn't really familiar with modern firearms, but I just mentally substituted how the action should have been written and kept on going. I mean, seriously no one carries a single cartridge for a .45 semi-auto and fumbles about in their pocket for the cartridge and reloads the gun. You'd have to eject the clip, thumb the round into the magazine, put the magazine back into battery, and then chamber that round. It just takes way too long to do that in the middle of a fight, what with adrenaline surging and your hands shaking, not to mention the running around and crouching and all the other things that make fine motor control so difficult for tasks like that. So that's the kind of thing I mentally changed to read "I pulled the spare mag out of my pocket, and ejecting the empty mag out on the ground, I slammed the fresh magazine home." And also, real people that carry a .45 don't wear "bullet belts", maybe gun fighters in the old west, but modern man carries extra magazines in a ... wait for it... Magazine holster! These can be looped or clipped onto a belt, but that doesn't make it a bullet belt. I know I'm being really picky here, but in all other ways this hero is modern and then all the sudden he straps on a bullet belt, and I'm left thinking won't the police notice this? And how much use is a horizontal row of cartridges on your belt when you're carrying a semi-auto? But despite a few minor hiccups like that, most of the book was easy to read and fast paced, a real page turner! (Hey I read this on a kindle, I wonder if that term will ever be so obsolete as to be mysterious) There is plenty of action, plenty of plot, and enough supernatural beings to create plenty of large-scale carnage. It reminds me a bit of Monster Hunter Inc. I'll buy book #2, and probably the whole series.

The tiny minor little issues I had with it weren't nearly enough to ruin the book for me. It was a fun and awesome read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angels, Demons, and then there's Demon Squad 24 Dec. 2014
By Paul J. Andrews III - Published on
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This is a good book nice approach to the war we sometimes dream about in nightmare. Trig is a combo of Andrew dice clay and Robert downing jr. The writing is so engaging that it grabs you from the start and does not let go. It makes you wonder about what you can't see but feel around you. Demon squad you're my heroes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun, fast-paced, wicked 13 July 2014
By MC - Published on
Triggaltheron, or Frank Trigg as he prefers to be called, is the half-devil, favorite nephew and chosen heir of Lucifer. He has the thoughts of a grumbling, whiny, pervy, masturbatory teenager. He even has constant lascivious fantasies about his angel-cousin, Scarlett. Before anyone starts getting offended and registers a protest, Trigg is a --say it with me-- devil. D-E-V-I-L. Of course he will embody self-interest, malice, mischief, violence and lust. He is, however, more than all these unideal characteristics. If you truly object to profanity and sexual references, this book will be … challenging. But if you can put aside such sensitivities and consider the subject matter of this book, ARMAGEDDON BOUND is fast-paced, entertaining and hilarious. We can't read WAR AND PEACE all the time. Wait, this is about war and peace. Consider this WAR AND PEACE LITE then.

Once again, we have a book that plays around with Christian mythology-- angels and demons, heaven and hell, virtue and sin, salvation and damnation. It is also a good example of the human penchant for personification-- in this case, assigning human values and frailties to non-humans such as angels and demons. Marquitz plays around with their nature-- not-so-angelic angels and demons with a soft spot. Trigg is a devil with friends (ironic and oxymoronoic, I know), friends whose well-being he actually cares about. He refused Lucifer's offer to be the next Anti-Christ and is working with Demonic Resistance and Containment (DRAC), a group of supernatural beings and humans with special abilities working together to save the world and humanity from Armageddon. While preventing the end of days also works in his favor, Trigg's participation in the endeavor is not without considerable altruism and active opposition to the principles of the purveyors of doom.

Tim Marquitz marshals a host of fascinating characters, human and otherwise. The members of DRAC have varied natures and backgrounds, each one distinct and captures interest. It would certainly be worth reading the rest of the books just to find out more about these characters. Most notable is Scarlett, Trigg's sword-wielding militant angel-cousin, seemingly aware of her lust-inciting physical attributes and isn't afraid to showcase them. She is a study in contrast, steadfast in her belief in the Almighty but with enough mischief in her to antagonize the evildoers with not a small amount of glee. She also gives Frank a run for his money in the one-liners department.

Noteworthy are the villains as well. There are several factions of evildoers all operating on earth. They undertake machinations against each other as much as against humanity and DRAC. The bands of evildoers operate like a sort of demon mafia with fingers in every sordid pot, practically crying out for a RICO indictment. They are as villains should sometimes be-- intrinsically evil, brilliant strategists and powerful. Also, just when you think the lines have been drawn, Marquitz has some surprises in store.

ARMAGEDDON BOUND invites hearty chuckles, often poking fun at itself. It is a lighter fare, a fun read, full of witty one-liners, pop culture and modern references. It is a noteworthy urban fantasy offering. God and Lucifer may have called it quits and taken up exile in places unknown but Tim Marquitz is here to tell us that the world lives on and is no less engaging. And pervy. Let's not forget pervy.
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