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.