Ahhhhhh So nice to be back reading something I'm comfortable with. Good old UF. YAY.
So here, for your reading pleasure, my review of Devil in the Details by K.A.Stewart
BOB Blurb ( stolen from Penguin.com)
When it comes to demons, always read the find print.
Jesse James Dawson was an ordinary guy (well, an ordinary guy with a black belt in karate) until one day he learned his brother had made a bargain with a demon, Jesse discovered there was only one way to save his brother: put up his own soul as collateral, and fight the demon to the death.
Jesse lived to free his brother-and became part of a loose organization of Champions who put their own souls on the line to help those who get in over their heads with demons. But now experienced Champions are losing battles at a much higher rate than usual. Someone has changed the game. And if Jesse can't figure out the new rules, his next battle may be his last...
I really enjoyed this book. It is very tightly written. Other writers ( say ME, for example) might feel the need to tell you the whole boring back story of how Jesse ends up a champion, how he is connected to all the other champions and how they played poker every Thursday night and how once, when Jesse thought he needed a kidney so and so got tested to see if he was a match and it turned out it was just a bad stone and....NOPE. Ms. Stewart gives us just enough to hang out hat on and then away she goes with the story...do please try and keep up.
Some people might look at that and say, "Huh. If I don't know much about the people in mortal/spiritual danger, why should I care?" You care because Jesse cares, and she draws such a clear picture of our long haired, sarcastic tee-shirt wearing, wife and child adoring, still scared of his momma hero that you are willing to follow along.
For all that Jesse isn't a perfect hero. He's taken things for granted, he has isolated himself, he has overestimated his own abilities. But you see him adjusting, learning, and with the storm that is obviously brewing (which will be continued in the next book A Shot in the Dark Due out in July) he will need to tighten up his game!
I recommend this book. It isn't a nail biter, but it has good action, a likeable hero and is a fun read,