Monday, February 15, 2016

Pre-Release Review: Dancer of Death (SPECTR Series 2) by Jordan L. Hawk

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Author ~ Jordan L. Hawk

Publisher ~ Widdershins Press

Release Date ~ 16th February 2016

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Revenge. Murder. Ballet?
Vampire spirit Gray wants to hunt demons. Unfortunately, the foolish mortals at SPECTR have put his host, Caleb, their lover John, and their partner Zahira on desk duty. Gray longs to leave Charleston with John, but if they flee, SPECTR will make them the hunted.
A series of paranormal murders returns the team to the field, at least temporarily. Ballerinas are being murdered by a vila, a demon that kills with dance. If they can’t stop the deadly attacks in time, one of Zahira’s friends may become the next victim.
And while they track the demon, an unknown entity has begun to track Gray…

Alan’s Review

Jordan Hawk is nothing less than remarkable, but I think I finally figured out what her trick is. I mean, every single book of hers I’ve read was a five-star book, without question or reservation. How does she do it? It’s pretty simple: she creates great, empathetic, smart and attractive characters and then drops them in the midst of heart-pounding action. There is of course, her unlimited imagination that goes to places of which most of us never even dreamed to create settings, villains and personalities that seem to be entirely unique in all of gay fiction. And, as for traditional gay romance memes? I’m not even sure that Ms. Hawk even knows they exist. They’re simply not part of her vocabulary.

I’ve been following this talented author since I first read “Hainted”, which I loved. And that stunned me. I’m not much of a paranormal fan (though I love spiritual tales), but I get caught up in whatever journey Jordan Hawk spins because I know that journey will not just be supernatural, but also moving, exciting and inventive as hell!

“Dancer of Death” is the newest installment in her SPECTR series. And, I must admit, it has frustrated me terribly. I loved it. I had read both of the first two series, as collections, and this novella takes off right where the last one ends – or perhaps just a short time later. And that’s why I’m frustrated. I need more, much more! There is no Jordan L. Hawk novella, short story or full-length novel that will ever be enough for me. And now I’ll have to wait for the next installment, holding my breath – well, at least metaphorically.

For those who aren’t familiar with the series, read the previous two collections first. Yes, you can read “Dancer of Death” as a stand-alone, but you’d be cheating yourself out of the incredibly rich background from which the otherworldly characters and events in this wonderful book have sprung.

SPECTR is an organization, in some future time in America, tasked with developing and harnessing the special powers of those people born “different” (all kinds of gay oppression metaphors here), until it was corrupted to exploit those specially-gifted for power and gain. The stars of “Dancer of Death” are the ones who saved SPECTR from itself.

Caleb is a TK (telekenetic), who can move things with his mind. His lover, John, is an exorcist extraordinaire, who can strip a demon from even the most reluctant host. But there’s a third character, Gray, and he’s well, very, very different. Caleb is possessed by Gray. I’m not entirely sure of what this supernatural creature is, but he’s the anti-demon who lives within Gray. He feeds on harmful demons (some are harmless) and protects humanity by killing and eating them. He grows ever stronger with each demon he feeds upon. He’s thousands of years old and deeply in love with his host, Caleb, as well as Caleb’s boyfriend John (which may well be gay fiction’s strangest ménage). Gray is a horny supernatural creature, very happy about the one major side-effect of sharing a human body: sex. Caleb, like Gray, is now immortal, and it’s your guess whom you get when you talk to him (them). If he’s got fangs and talons, it’s probably Gray.

Not only is Gray immortal, he’s also one of the most powerful creatures on Earth. At one time SPECTR would have hunted him down, but now they use Caleb/Gray as a consultant. It’s not a bad thing to have that kind of power on your side in any kind of fight. When he is fully revealed, Gray is immense and terrifying, his breath the hurricane and the glint in his eye the lightning. Gray is a guy you really don’t want to get ticked off at you. Nor do you want to try to harm Caleb or John, not if you value your life or your immortal soul – which is something certain obnoxious bureaucrats at SPECTR might want to keep in mind.

In “Dancer of Death”, this amazing crew of extraordinary people and beings is faced with a menace who may seem beneath their notice – someone who’s killing the dancers vying for the lead in the ballet Giselle. Of course this villain has brought forth her own demon to give her great power, and you’ll have to read this book to find out how she kills her victims. In other hands, her modus operandi might be humorous (and Ms. Hawk is not above dipping into humor and/or irony, from time to time), but her victims end up very cruelly dead, so you won’t laugh, you’ll shiver. The author spares no action in taking this monster down. The chases and fights will leave you short of breath even as you sit in your chair, Kindle in hand.

But the book itself will leave you panting for more, like I am. Ms. Hawk got me all excited again to follow the amazing adventures of these gifted, gay and otherworldly humans and creatures, and to learn what new inventive villains and forces she is going to unleash on all of us next.

If you haven’t read SPECTR, the time has come. If you have, this will be like reuniting with beloved friends, friends you haven’t seen for a while, but who take up your last conversation exactly where you both left off, as though you’d never been apart.

On the other hand, “Dancer of Death” is just another five-star adventure into the twisted imagination of one of the most original and creative gay fiction writers around today. Don’t miss it!

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Mocker of Ravens (SPECTR Series 2 Book 1)

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Caleb has spent the last six months adjusting to life possessed by the vampire spirit Gray. Unfortunately, after the events of Fort Sumter, the other agents of SPECTR view him more as a ticking time bomb than a co-worker.
The one bright spot is Caleb and Gray’s boyfriend, federal exorcist John Starkweather. But John has problems of his own. A supernatural killer is on the loose in Charleston, stealing the hearts of its victims to extend its own unnatural life.
With the help of a rookie agent, John, Caleb, and Gray must find the killer before it strikes again…or before they become the demon’s next victims

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SPECTR : The Complete First Series

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From best-selling author Jordan L. Hawk, SPECTR: Series 1 is now in a box set!
SPECTR: The Complete First Series contains:
Hunter of Demons
Master of Ghouls
Reaper of Souls
Eater of Lives
Destroyer of Worlds
Summoner of Storms
All for 67% less than the separate retail price!
What happens when an exorcist falls in love with the demon he’s supposed to destroy?
Unregistered paranormal Caleb Jansen only wants a normal life. But when the demon-hunting spirit Gray accidentally possesses him, Caleb finds himself in a countdown for his very existence.
Hotshot federal agent John Starkweather thinks he’s seen it all. But when he’s called to exorcise Caleb, he finds a creature that isn’t supposed to exist outside of stories. For Gray is a drakul: a vampire who drinks the blood of the demon-possessed.
If Gray can’t be exorcised within 40 days, the possession will become permanent. In the meantime, the three must find a way to work together. As they hunt down demons and save the innocent, the heat between John and Caleb explodes into passion. But when divided loyalties threaten his last chance at exorcism, Caleb discovers love may come at a price higher than he’d ever imagined.
Novel: 205,734 words
SPECTR: Series 1:
Hunter of Demons (Book 1) – included in this set!
Master of Ghouls (Book 2) – included in this set!
Reaper of Souls (Book 3) – included in this set!
Eater of Lives (Book 4) – included in this set!
Destroyer of Worlds (Book 5) – included in this set!
Summoner of Storms (Book 6) – included in this set!

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2 comments:

  1. Love love love this series and cannot wait for more! I also have become riveted to the audio and the narrator is excellent. The perfect voice of all the characters. I'm also on pins and needles to get the audio, does anyone have any knowledge of when that will be available? I'm saving Audible credits, lol.

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  2. Thank you for the excellent review, Alan! I feel just like you do about Jordan L. Hawk. And I am so looking forward to release day tomorrow.

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