Raising Hell by John G. Hartness
Title: Raising Hell (Novella)
Author: John G Hartness
Series: Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter 01
Publish Date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Falstaff Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy/dark fantasy
Perspective: First person
Publisher’s Description: Straight out of the pages of the legendary vampire novel Dracula comes a demon hunter for the modern world. Mina Murray and Jonathan Harker had a son. They named him Quincy. His guardian angel calls him Q. Dracula calls him nephew.
Demons call him The Reaper.
“There are things in this world that men and women aren’t meant to understand. We aren’t supposed to know these things exist, much less how to fight them. The things that go bump in the night, the monsters in the closet, the shadow out of the corner of your eye — that’s where I live.”
This exciting new series from the author of The Black Knight Chronicles and the Bubba the Monster Hunter short stories is a walk through the dark side, where things go bump in the night, and somebody has to bump back. Quincy Harker is that somebody.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!)
Main Characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ John Abraham Quincy Holmwood Harker is one bad ass demon hunter. He is the son of John & Mina Harker but was conceived when Mina was turned by Dracula for that short bit of time. Quincy is immortal due to Dracula’s blood and human due to Mina & Jonathan. “Q” has a name for Dracula and that is “uncle”. I’m not sure how this amicable relationship ever began, but “Q” claims Dracula is a converted bad guy. Ooookay.
Other Characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ Rebecca Gail Flynn, former U.S. Marine and police detective-she’s pretty cool if a little slow on the uptake. Smitty was your typical Fed. Not much by way of a sense of humor. “….Grand Marquis Fornas, leader of twenty- nine of Hell’s legions, corrupter of the sciences, defiler of the experiments, and despoiler of the philosophies. I am a warrior, a poet, a scholar, and your doom.”-this guy wasn’t all that important to the story but he has a pretty cool title so I just had to include him.
World: ♥ ♥ ♥ Just our regular world with otherworld creatures are running wild and where Homeland Security has a paranormal branch.
Story: ♥ ♥ ♥This is a novella so the story is predictable but it’s one that I enjoy. Quincy has a familial relationship with Dracula and they carry on with their unique lives just as you or me. Quincy’s job is exorcist and dodging the cops. He has spent more time in 24 hour custody in jail than he can count. No one believes his tale of saving the world from demons and they can’t produce evidence of wrongdoing either so he gets out with no charges filed AND collects $200. The story starts out as a simple exorcism and progresses into an evil wizard in league with a lieutenant of hell that plan to *sigh* again take over the world and Hell too.
Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I really liked this story. It was a feel good white hat vs. black hat where the white hat is indestructible. The protagonist cusses ALOT, but it fits his personality, though I think if Mina were alive she’d wash his mouth out with soap. I will look for others in this series because sometimes you just gotta read about a superhero.
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