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A sidekick's perspective on supernatural seek-and-destroy
on 6 May 2017
Ray Lilly is an ex-con who's managed to fall into employment as an expendable assistant to Annalise, a somewhat inscrutable and entirely ruthless member of some sort of magical secret police. There's something nasty going on in Hammer Bay, Washington - a deep, dark, nasty cthonic squirming something with the promise of a high tentacular quotient - and they're tasked with finding out what's going on and doing whatever it takes to make sure that it stops. Well, to be more exact, Annalise is; Ray is what in Star Trek terms is usually referred to as a red shirt. Let's say he's on a temporary contract. He's not expected to survive long enough to require more than a few changes of clothes.
This is a chaotic book that just drops you right into the action. Much of the book reminds me of the sorts of 1980s movies in which Schwarzenegger (or whoever) gets put into a position in which huge numbers of forgettable henchmen show up for reasons not worth committing to memory, then our hero has to fight his way out, then another crisis asserts itself, then our hero has to fight his way through them again. Human life is not the most valued commodity of this team, particularly Annalise, who exhibits a combination of trigger-happy attitude and flat affect. Maybe that doesn't sound very appealing, but I rather like gritty 1980s determined-psycho-bloke-with-weapon-takes-out-bad-guys movies, so all I can say is it worked for me. I hesitated between giving this book four and five stars, but in the end, I went for five because this book grabbed my attention and held it. I resented having to put my ebook reader down when I went to sleep last night. I'm likely going to buy the second one now.