Friday, July 30, 2010
THE AFTERLIFE IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.
The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen and constantly attack the living. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling Debunker and ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing the human liars or banishing the wicked dead. But she’s keeping a dark secret from the Church: a little drug problem that’s landed her in hot and dangerous water.
Chess owes a murderous drug lord named Bump a lot of money. And Bump wants immediate payback. All Chess has to do is dispatch a very nasty species of undead from an old airport. But the job involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and crossing swords with enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust with a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.
I have been hearing a lot of buzz around the net about this one and was intrigued. A heroine who's a drug addict who works for a church was not my ordinary urban fantasy. And since I was not really expecting to like this book quite frankly I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that it is a fantastic story. The characters are not perfect and the rules of this world sucks but what can you expect after what happened. By the end of the book I was so pulling for Chess and Terrible (what a name anyways) to get together. Lex may be better looking but he comes off kind of smarmy to me. Even though there was nothing which blatantly screamed he's a bad guy. He's just feels slimy if you know what I mean. And I think there is more to Terrible that meets the eye. I am hoping that his character keeps developing and growing. I've immediately added both of the next two books in this series to my wish list. My birthday is coming soon so I won't have long to wait lol.
I give this book a 4 stars.