Saturday, June 11, 2011

Review: Hard Day's Knight by John G. Hartness

Hard Day's KnightHard Day's Knight 
Black Knight Chronicles #1
by John G. Hartness 
ebook, 200 pages
Published December 27th 2010 by John Hartness 
ISBN 0011980850
Courtesy of author & The Bookish Snob Promotions
Children are missing.          The police are stumped.    Halloween is coming, with an ancient evil on the horizon.                               The vampires are the good guys.                               This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, NC. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood have been hired to keep a young client from being cursed for all eternity, but end up in a bigger mess than they ever imagined. Suddenly trapped in the middle of a serial kidnapping case, Jimmy and Greg uncover a plot to bring forth an ancient evil into the world, and enlist the help of a police detective, a priest, a witch, a fallen angel and strip club proprietor to save the world. This unlikely band of heroes battles zombies, witches, neuroses and sunburn while cracking jokes and looking for the perfect bag of O-negative.

My Thoughts:

Hard Day’s Knight is a fantastically humorous novel about two vampire detectives that aren’t at all the tall, dark, handsome or sparkling vampires that you’ve come to expect from today’s paranormal novels.

When Detective Jimmy Black wakes up tied to a chair with silver the last thing he expects is to find a young man intent on having Jimmy change him over. But the teen is desperate, thinking himself cursed by a witch and his whole family in danger because of his teasing actions. So Jimmy and his partner, Greg, take him on as a client and go to confront the little girl who has this teen so terrified, what they find however is a demonic plot that can lead to Hell on Earth. Can these average Joe’s who just happen to be vampires save the world from demons and child possession? With the help of some very unlikely allies they just might have a chance!

Hard Day’s Knight was a refreshingly fun read full of humor, snarky one-liners, action and mystery.  John Hartness, with his comedic writing style, has weaved together a unique tale where vampires, priests, demons, angels and humans collide. Incorporating a bit of religion and a battle between good and evil into an entertaining plot while adding just a dash of romance. The characters weren’t exceptional in their abilities but well developed and diverse. The dialogue is smart and witty and helped the story flow at a quick pace.
I usually need a bit more romance in a book for me to like it but this one surprisingly kept my interest start to finish. I would recommend it to urban fantasy readers who enjoy comic books as well but don’t have the need for romance.

"I don't sparkle, I'm no more perpetually horny than anyone (or anything) else, and I don't use my vampire powers to get laid. Much."

Rating: 4 Wine Glasses - Great Read!

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