The Devil’s Mouth by Matt Kincade

Cowboy hat, Hawaiian shirt, Japanese katana, 50s’s music and Americana. They all combine to make one kick-ass vampire hunter!

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00021]Title:  The Devil’s Mouth
Author:  Matt Kincade
Series: Alex Rains Vampire Hunter Book 01
Publish Date:  May 17th, 2016
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s DescriptionThe only things Alex Rains cares about are rock ’n’ roll, classic cars, and killing vampires—that is, until he meets Carmen, a tough-as-nails cop who’s hot on the trail of her missing little sister.

When the two join forces, they leave a trail of corpses across the desert as they race against the clock, hunting an ancient evil that’s preyed on the migrants of the American Southwest since the time of the Spanish conquest.

While Alex leads Carmen deeper into the deadly, secret world of vampire hunters and their quarry, a romance blooms that neither of them expected. But when it all goes wrong, Alex is forced to make a grueling choice.

An action-horror thriller from author Matt Kincade, The Devil’s Mouth is an adrenaline-fueled ride through the dark underbelly of America: a warped landscape of old motels, seedy roadhouse bars, and monsters lurking in the night.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

What drew me to this book: From the first look at the cover of The Devil’s Mouth, I knew this was going to be a fun read. How many vampire hunters do you know that wear a cowboy hat, mirrored shades, and a Hawaiian shirt, all while carrying a Japanese katana? I love that the view is from out of the mouth of the vampire, and the font choice is perfect. This could as easily be the cover of a graphic novel as it is for an urban fantasy. In fact, I think the story and writing would lend itself well to a graphic novel format.

Cover art by Jake Clark at JCaleb Design.

Why I kept reading: Alex Rains is awesome! Alex is a paranoid vampire hunter with a crappy past, but he doesn’t brood about it. Instead, he surrounds himself with 1950’s Americana kitch, “true” rock-n-roll from the same time period, and some sweet classic cars.

He isn’t afraid to show his emotions, which is pretty impressive from a tough-guy character. Many urban fantasy characters are brooding, self-flagellating martyrs, so Alex’s openness is refreshing.

I love that Kincade wrote Alex’s dialog with a southern drawl; it separates his “voice” from all the other characters and gives him an extra bit of charm. The other characters are just as unique and distinct. Even the villains are people I can invest in.badge3v4

The author actually manages to surprise me with some of the story elements. A couple of big things happen that I did not see coming. When you read as much as I do, that’s a wonderful gift.

Why I recommend it: Kincade’s writing is clean and straight-forward, his characters are well-developed but not overly complex, and his action and humor are a ton of fun! I did run across a few typos and grammar errors in my preview copy, but nothing that shook me out of the story.

The Devil’s Mouth is a great popcorn book — not super serious and a blast to read! I think it’s well worth its price for escapist entertainment. If you like the WB’s Supernatural, SyFy’s Wynonna Earp, or urban fantasy graphic novels, you’ll probably like The Devil’s Mouth.

 

Nervous Nellie says…

I did not receive this book as an ARC, I bought it myself because the sample pulled me in hook, line and sinker.

This is a paranormal suspense with a little romance thrown in for good measure.  There is considerable violence and chopping off of heads, practicing chopping off heads and talking about chopping off heads.  There is a little sex, no cliffhanger but if you are looking for a HEA for the couple – it doesn’t happen.  At least not yet.  I’ve still got hopes for them.

The best way I can describe this book is a paranormal Lethal Weapon.  You have Alex Rains as Martin Riggs and Carmen as Roger Murtaugh.  Alex Rains is a risk taker.  Carmen is less like Murtaugh since she has hardly any police experience and she’s a girl.  The vampires that meet their end are nasty buggers and they mostly are drug king pins or traffickers in the human sex trade.  None of these vampires are the least bit sparkly.

I enjoyed this book immensely as I read the whole thing in one day.  I loved the characters and their interactions.  There was a certain amount of realism involved (not every good guy lived) which definitely adds to the depth of the story.  Alex and Carmen’s relationship is not an easy one and will prove to break your heart if you bet too much on them in this book.  Like I said, I have all the confidence in the world that Alex and Carmen might make it work yet.  If they don’t, I could easily email stalk the author until I get my way.  Just kidding.  Really.  Honest.

Other reviews…

The Devil’s Mouth is released today, so watch your favorite sites for reviews. In fact, why don’t you pick it up and review it yourself?

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review.  This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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About Invested Ivana

I'm currently a freelance line editor, a book blogger at One Book Two, and lifetime reader. I like geeky things. All opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Red Adept Editing or any of my clients, the other reviewers on this site, or this site as a whole.

Posted on May 17, 2016, in 3-Okay, Invested Ivana, Review, Urban Fantasy and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Matt Kincade and commented:
    Thank you Invested Ivana for this wonderful review of THE DEVIL’S MOUTH!

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