I loved all these books and there are MORE so get stuck in and have yourself a really good time reading them!!
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!
I really enjoyed the first book in this series Armageddon Bound (Demon Squad) but found the writing/fighting a little repetitive and some of the information a bit "raw"; however Tim Marquitz has certainly polished his writing skills and this second part of the series is just brilliant!
The same characters have become more rounded, with hints as to how they became who they are, this was very clever writing, I want more, yes I'm hooked on Mr Maquitz.
New characters and creatures are fantastically explained, the details are gut wrenchingly disgusting, some serious thought (and research) has gone into this.
The whole story line is inspired from its slow build up to the tension, edge of seat finale; as for the cliffhanger ending.... I bought book no.3 within seconds!
Frank is a very flawed demon, but one you can't help but love. I would really like more back stories on the other characters and hope that Mr Marquitz also sees the "mileage" in this series.
However, my favourite chappy of all in this book was Chatterbox! omg so funny
At The Gates:
I am so annoyed, I am yet again addicted to Frank! Like a bad habit you want to break I keep going back for more, and LOVING it!
The not-quite Hero with some serious flaws; boobs and being a trouble magnet being just two of them.
I was elated to see that Chatterbox also plays a starring role, he is like the Kevin Smith of the book world; silent but a deafening presence.
As Heaven battles it out and the Tree of Life threatens to undo Creation this ragbag team from DRAC try hard to find all the clues, fight off werebears (I kid you not!), whack-a-mole vamps and Angels that don't seem to know they are supposed to be the good guys, to save Humanity. Mr Marquitz manages to weave myth, religion and fantasy into an exquisite mix of horror, humour and mystery.
I know I shouldn't be but I am astounded that the author, self-proclaimed metal-head, martial arts tough guy can write such intricate story lines, giving you all the clues but not quite letting you join the dots until the final few chapters and with such sensitivity.
He also manages to give you some awesome giggle moments, fantastic fight scenes and some touching heart melt moments without making you feel icky, not that you don't get that sensation in other areas of the book!
I now find I am having to pace myself before rushing to buy and read his entire catalogue..... food, work, social life and housework can wait til next month.