Hunting Darkness*****
By Ian Bristow

Detective Hunter Davis struggles with monsters inside and out, dealing with the aftermath of his Sergeant’s untimely death. He and a couple new allies face a murder with the power of a hunting cat and the cunning of a religious zealot. This is an urban fantasy detective thriller that kept this early bird book nerd up all night!

“We don’t know everything, and a detective would do well to remember that.” Hunter’s advice takes him through a rabbit hole only to find the beast that ate the bunny, and he’s wearing a magician’s top hat.

Bristow starts us out with a normal dude, sad about his buddy, going to therapy, grieving with the family. Then ever so slowly, he pries into the case that claimed his partner, and unveils a world of magic and danger that takes him way out of his experience on the force. I really liked the pace of his revelations. When it comes to swimming I normally jump right in. This book would be like dipping a toe in, then sitting around with your legs in, wading a bit and enjoying a lemonade and sunshine, getting warm and going up to your shoulders, then unexpectedly being dunked by your brother. It made for an easy transition from reality into his fantasy.

I was given a free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself at LARC-SciFi(dot)com.

 I recommend this book to fans of the Jonathan Shade series, people that like cop shows, those who thinks that shifters would likely eat people and not just engage in YA drama fests all day, and those who like their fantasy very close to home. It’s also got a splash of Indiana Jones.

I’d like to end off by telling the world that if I had the killer’s power I would use it for good things, or at least non-lethal things. So please, Universe, if you start handing out magic, start here. I’ll use it responsibly.

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