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Demon's Night: A Jason Dark Mystery (Jason Dark - Ghost Hunter Book 1) by [Henkel, Guido]
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4.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
Book 1 of 11 in Jason Dark- Ghost Hunter (11 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 978 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Peak Publishing (16 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031568J8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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" Demon's Night," by Guido Henkel, introduces the reader to the vividly supernatural world of Jason Dark and Siu Lin, ghost hunters extraordinaire. Dark brandishes a magical sword inside his cane, and Siu Lin draws upon her rich Chinese heritage to understand the forces of the paranormal, with some martial arts thrown in. (Though appealing, she is far from a fragile flower, and can hold her own in battle.) This highly atmospheric introductory volume is set in Victorian London, where a strange mist is killing people. And then there is this mysterious portrait of Paganini. Could the reader ask for more?

Actually, yes; I was sorry when this rather short book ended. But otherwise Henkel knows what he is doing every step of the way. He has a true gift for creating visual imagery. Reading "Demon's Night" is like watching a movie. The forces of evil are so graphically depicted that you can all but see them staring at you. Not only that, but the demon is given its own interior narrative, so that the reader sees the world through the single-minded demon's eyes. Yet the story is never overpowering. As a writer, Henkel finds just the right balance between the making the story believable and keeping the reader entertained. I had blissful dreams upon finishing the book.

I wanted to see the relationship between Jason and Sui Lin develop, but presumably I will have to read future volumes to get my wish--which will be my pleasure to do. I also look forward to playing tourist again in Victorian England, which seems the ideal setting for the series, and which setting the author captures so adroitly. Need a spooky fun in your life? By all mean check out this series. You won't be disappointed.

Jon P. Bloch
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Horror is a genre usually way outside my comfort zone, but the author assured me that his Gothic horror stories are more about the atmosphere and mood rather than violence or gore.

And he's right. The writing is evocative and draws you in. I was right there alongside Jason Dark on those fog-shrouded cobbled streets, wondering when and where the green mist would appear next.

A fast-paced and entertaining read. Recommended for those who enjoy their horror without the nightmares.

UPDATE MAR'11: I originally rated Demon's Night 4 stars, but having just reread the new version, have upgraded my rating to a well-deserved 5 stars.
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Jason Dark is an aristocratic investigator of the supernatural kind. He teams up with a female martial arts expert to seek out and destroy a demon; a demon leaving dead, shrivelled bodies around the city. Demon's Night is set in Victorian, fog-bound London, which lends atmosphere to the story. It's an enjoyable novella, which I read in one sitting. This was my introduction to author, Guido Henkel, and I will definitely be reading more in this series. It will be interesting to see how the main characters develop and what other entities they come into contact with.
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As a short introduction to the world of Jason Dark: Ghosthunter, this is pretty good. The plot is fast paced, and full of action.

There were a couple of things that I felt let the book down though. Firstly, the martial arts expertise of Siu Lin. Some of her moves were pretty much straight out of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon [DVD] [2001]; the graceful leap 12 feet to the ground before landing effortlessly and silently, the mid-air roll to free yourself from your attacker are two examples. Okay, I have no idea how possible these moves actually are, but they just felt as though it was too easy.

Part of me enjoyed this book. It cost nothing, and the story has potential as the start of a good series. The rest of the series is pretty cheap, but I'm not sure if I'll be reading them any time soon. Perhaps if I'm stuck for something one day I might pick up another one.
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Jason Dark is a ghost hunter in Victorian London, who becomes involved when a string of unnaturally desiccated and decaying bodies are found. He finds out that a Demon is hellbent on spreading chaos and destruction throughout the city. Can the ghost hunter stop the fiend in time?

This is a short story, but boy it doesn't lack action, mystery and suspense! I absolutely loved it! I hadn't read any of Guido's books before, and I am truly sorry that I haven't! The pace is fast and furious and kept me wondering what would happen next. I am definitely going to read more of his Jason Dark stories! I think that this author is seriously underrated and I hope that everyone reading this review will take heed and have a look at his work. I highly recommend this book if you like mystery, action, adventure and the supernatural.
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This is well written with a smattering of London locations particularly around the Strand, St Kats & Old Bond Street. Henkel weaves an engrossing picture of Victorian London with sympathetic victims that die in a most mysterious manner. There is a slightly pulp feel to the work with evocations of a supernatural Sherlock contained within Jason Dark.

It's very much an atmospheric style of writing with a close up description showing the perspective of whoever is on scene at the time. Mumbling or speaking aloud to oneself is used to bridge descriptions of how the character feels with how the scene is set out.

One point I should is this feels like Rellergard fanfiction and even uses the Jason Dark name. The style of writing imitates Helmut too but the stories themselves are original enough. It isn't a Rellergard original so the Jason Dark label is a little misleading (It'd be like calling a YA novel a 'Magical JK Rowling story'). For that reason I'm not going to give it a 5. I would also like to see the 'Volume' suffixes applied equally throughout this series. Books 6 and 7 are labelled 'Vol. 6' and 'Vol. 7' but the rest are not which makes it harder to work out the proper reading order. At the very least this could be added via Shelfari to make it appear on the pages.
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