Red Knight Falling by Craig Schaefer
Incredible! Stop the presses! Harmony Black and crew are back fighting a new fight. Hostile Entity 141. Seems straight forward, right? Ha! Nothing in Harmony’s life could be construed as straight forward. Come and see for yourself. You’ll love it!
Publisher’s Description: FBI agent Harmony Black and her team, Vigilant Lock, face a new type of threat: one from beyond the stars.
They’d always heard the Red Knight was an urban legend: in 1954, three years before Sputnik launched, a mysterious satellite was sighted circling Earth, though no power on the planet had such technology.
But the Red Knight is real, and what’s more, it’s inextricably linked to a supernatural force no one yet understands. Like a moth to a flame, this dark presence collides annually with the airborne satellite. Except this year the Red Knight is on course to crash-land…in Oregon.
Vigilant Lock sets out to find the crash site and secure the remnants before the mysterious power is drawn to Earth. But they soon discover the mission is far from straightforward—and they aren’t the only ones tracking the Red Knight. To stop a deadly occult threat, Harmony and her team must use all their resources: technology and sorcery, science and magic. Fortunately, Harmony has only begun to discover her growing power.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Nervous Nellie says…
Vigilant Lock had a high turnover rate. Considering our mandate was to hunt and exterminate occult threats-going head-0n against sorcerers, monsters and the powers of hell-none of expected to with a pension. Or an open casket funeral. Going in, you get only one guarantee: that if and when a target gets lucky and takes you out, your replacement would make damn sure they paid for it.
This is a supernatural urban fantasy with mystery thriller thrown in. No sex, no cliffhanger but a really good lead-in for the next book. There is a hint of romantic relationship building, but nothing ooey gooey. There is violence, bloodshed, and some swearing, but that’s to be expected when fighting monsters. I suppose you could read it without reading Book #1, but I would strongly suggest starting with Book #1 because there are elements that really add to Book #2’s story.
You know how sometimes the sequel isn’t as good as the first? That’s not the case here. The above quote pretty much describes the basic premise of this book — kick ass before your ass is kicked. Partners Harmony Black and Jessie Temple suit up for a fairly straight forward job. Hostile Entity 141 – fix it. That easy? No. Of course not. The Team has to find an artifact associated with Hostile Entity 141 in order to save the world. Along the way, they discover other governmental ABC groups that want the same artifact. Wait! That’s not all! Another G.I. Joe wanna-be mercenary group is after it too.
Every time I thought that Harmony and team were at the end of their mission, all I had to do was look at the remaining thickness of the book to see that, in fact, they were just getting started. They had to wade through conspiracy theories that date back to the Nazi’s and the cold war. They have to think of plans on the fly and the whole team is tested. Every single member of the team was tested. The action is non-stop. The characters aren’t superheroes, but when it comes right down to the bottom line they step up in a big way. The twists and turns are innumerable. This book is an incredible ride and if you ask me, it’s totally worth your time.
Invested Ivana says…
Book 2 in Craig Schaefer’s Harmony Black series is a real treat. There’s a little bit of something for everyone here – black ops, space, supernatural, espionage, treason, and lots of big questions. It’s a great mixing of genres that will appeal to many readers.
A satellite is about to crash on earth, one that has a connection to a supernatural entity. Several factions are after it — multiple government black ops organizations, paramilitary groups, rich individuals with their own agendas. Harmony’s team has to get to it first at all costs.
I really love the “big questions” in this book. It seems each team member is faced with a personal challenge that tests their resolve and commitment to the job. Loyalty, leadership, morals, and relationships are all put to the test in this latest assignment. Will the group survive intact? You’ll only know if you pick up the book!
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