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4.0 out of 5 stars A diverting demonic romp, 2 April 2014
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This review is from: Called: Southern Watch #1 (Kindle Edition)
A demon hunter rolls into Smalltown, Tennessee; his sword (blessed with holy water) hidden in the folds of his drover’s coat. A horde of lesser demons, disguised as low-life human trash, cause chaos killing civilians. An honourable local lawman, previously clueless about the existence of demons but an admirably fast learner, joins the fray. A greater demon, whose top-dollar suit is really rather too sharp for the rural setting, attempts to summon something grievously big and bad which might bring about the apocalypse. Something big and bad ends up… trapped inside a dairy cow called Creampuff.

I admit it. Author Robert J Crane got me in the early chapters with the cow called Creampuff and its unlikely possession by an unearthly inhabitant.
But even before that laugh-out-loud moment, I was enjoying this new additional to the urban fantasy genre. Not that the action takes place anywhere urban, so maybe this would be better described as ‘modern magical mythology.’ Consider it in the same category as Harry Dresden or the Iron Druid and you’ll know what to expect. And there’s more than a passing resemblance to the early Dresden files – in an entirely good way.
‘Called’ is action-packed, witty and quick-paced. The writing is clean and crisp. Wry observations about the ridiculous nature of human (and demon) behaviour abound, so look out for the PC-demon who doesn’t want anyone to think his murderous rampage is in any way stimulated by racial bigotry (he’s killing people cos they’s good, not cos they’s black…). The key characters are easily identifiable and the kind of guys you want to spend some time with.
As well as that underlying thread of intelligent, off-beat humour (hello Creampuff), ‘Called’ also gradually reveals an intriguing back-story which comes to light in asides and insinuations. There’s obviously plenty more to come in future books, centred around this particular hotspot of demonic activity and the motley crew of humans (and otherwise…) who have assembled to fight the demons. Even so, the promise of more to come is secondary to the story told in ‘Called’. It’s not just an introduction to a new series but stands alone as a fulfilling supernatural escapade in its own right.

Although the blurb mentions sex, violence and coarse language, those aspects aren’t overwhelming and all serves the plot (it wouldn’t get more than a 15 rating at the movies and mostly it’s pretty much PG stuff).
It certainly provided me with a couple of hours of entertainment, and I’ll be moving right along to the next episode…

7/10
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