REVIEWED BY THE FUNKY WEREPIG
This was my first introduction to Harry Shannon and I've been hooked on his work ever since. I've read a few Clancy-type undercover military action books, never really my speed, but DAEMON found a way to grab my attention. It throws a very hungry ghoul right in the middle of the plot.
Combining genres is a tricky thing, often it can wind up a gimmick. But Shannon doesn't miss as he intertwines a first rate realistic thriller with nightmare-inducing horror. DAEMON is about a retired Black Ops expert, Lehane, who gets talked into a cake job, being a bodyguard for a rap star. Emotions are deep and awkward as the team includes his ex-wife. Shannon doesn't skimp on any character development here. So when she falls in the line of duty, it hits us hard.
When Lehane later discovers her corpse has been eaten by something, it's impossible to put the book down.
Shannon does his homework in accurately portraying the world of specially trained agents and hitmen. From their relationships to their procedures to the weapons they use, the reader has no trouble being right there in the thick of the action. One may even think there are a few unrecorded missions in Shannon's past, which I wouldn't doubt.
He is also a clever writer when it comes to subtle enhancements. I loved how when writing of the monster, he switched up perspective, tense and tempo, making you feel like you were stalking like the creature. Or being overwhelmed with fear like his victims. This is a writer who doesn't just let the words fly as he dives into his story. This man truly knows his craft.
DAEMON goes beyond specific genres. It has something for every fiction fan. It's intellectual, heartbreaking, it's guns blazing, and it's downright gory and terrifying. I've never made it a secret that I'm a huge Harry Shannon fan. From his older novels to film novelizations like DEAD AND GONE to his recently released short story collection, there's a reason for the accolades and awards he receives. If you haven't discovered Harry Shannon yet, may I suggest where it all began for me. You won't be disappointed.