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Heaven Sent by John G. Hartness

Glory the Guardian Angel meets John Abraham Quincy Holmwood Harker, Demon Hunter.  What happens when an angel hangs with Quincy? Corruption. That’s what.

heaven-sentTitleHeaven Sent
AuthorJohn G. Hartness
SeriesQuincy Harker, Demon Hunter
Publish Date:  July 29, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  It’s the summer of 2009, and Harker has a brand-new guardian angel. Her name is Glory, and she’s here to try to keep Harker from getting himself killed. Try is the operative word. Because not even a divine guardian with a Joss Whedon fetish can get Harker through this mystery unscathed.

Someone is murdering Nephilim, the rare offspring of human and angel, and using their blood for a terrible ritual. Harker, with some help from his Uncle Luke (you probably just call him Count Dracula), has to find out who the next victim is, who the murderer is, and what the plan is. All in three days. Because no matter what kind of help Heaven Sent, it might not be enough to prevent someone from raising a lot of Hell. Heaven Sent is a prequel novella, with far-reaching effects that will change Harker forever.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (or, in other words, SPOILERS).


Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

This is an urban fantasy that takes place 7 years before the prior books in this series.  There is no sex, plenty of violence, a fresher faced Quincy but no less restrained.  Uncle Luke makes an appearance to help with research and Quincy meets his guardian angel, Glory.  The story isn’t a cliffhanger, but it does continue with the next book Heaven’s Door.  Be sure you have it with you because you will want to pick it up as soon as you finish with #5.

Quincy is learning that he doesn’t know everything when it comes to angels and demons.  He is not as kick ass or nearly as jaded as he is in current time, but he is still Quincy.  I enjoyed the mystery and the introduction to Glory.  The book description does tell you that the half human/half angels are being killed for a ritual, so no spoiler there.  The mystery is the who and the why.  Also, if you read carefully, you’ll badge4v4catch the story arc that continues in the next book.  Usually Quincy’s books are wrapped up in one sitting, but this story obviously takes a little longer.

I got to go to Mort’s again and visit with Christy.  I got to learn a little more about that world I also learned that Quincy is fighting creatures that are seriously above his pay grade.  Seriously, if Uncle Luke (Count Dracula) is worried about Quincy’s well being, there is something worth worrying about!

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High Fashion Hell by John G. Hartness

Can you even imagine? Quincy Harker’s fashion sense usually leans towards black coat, t-shirt, jeans and boots but in this investigation he has to dress in hose!

FTC Notice: This short story is available free on the author’s website.

high-fashion-hellTitleHigh Fashion Hell
AuthorJohn G. Hartness
SeriesQuincy Harker, Demon Hunter
Publish Date:  December 24, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s DescriptionThis trip to the Renaissance Faire is a real fashion nightmare for Quincy Harker as he investigates a mysterious object at the annual festival, but this time he has to do it in hose! 

What’s worse, the shoes or the monsters? You decide in this Quincy Harker short story, originally published in Cinched: Imagination Unbound.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (or, in other words, SPOILERS).


Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

This is an urban fantasy short story, no foul language (which is highly unusual for Quincy), no sex, not much violence and the ending is the resolution of the case. There is nothing in this story that adds to the overall series, it’s just to tide you over ’til the next Quincy book is available.

badge3v4Quincy Harker and Rebecca Flynn are back in the mix again. They are investigating a Ren Faire “ghost.” Quincy, who claims he has gone through the Renaissance time period once, doesn’t want to dress up in that period again, but he has no choice. It’s rather funny to imagine.

This is a fun little story that features a uniquely clean mouthed Quincy and a case that doesn’t require Quincy’s uncle to bail him out of jail or Renfield to do any high tech internet investigations.

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Hell Freezes Over by John G. Hartness

What do you do when there are murders of a supernatural nature, but no evidence of supernatural?

28444694TitleHell Freezes Over
Author: John G. Hartness
Series: Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter
Publish Date:  January 2, 2016
Genre:  Dark Horror Mystery
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionHe’s no stranger to blood. His uncle is Count Dracula, the most famous vampire in history, after all. But what he finds in a quiet North Carolina family home rocks even the jaded Quincy Harker. Families are being slaughtered, butchered like animals, and it seems like the loving fathers are to blame.

But a ghostly visitor shows Harker that there is more to the story than he can see, even with his mystical Sight. So he goes chasing justice, and his quest takes him deeper and darker places than even his guardian angel can follow, and pits him against foes stronger than any he has ever faced before.

Will Harker solve the mystery before more men, women and children are brutally murdered? Can he fight the powers that are moving behind the scenes to keep the truth hidden? And will he be able to stop the murderer when he finds him? Or it?

This is the darkest Harker story yet, from the author of Hell on Heels, Raising Hell, and The Black Knight Chronicles.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

It’s hard to get very deep into characters in a novella, but the immediate players are back.  Quincy, Becks, Smith, Dracula (Uncle Luke) and Renfield make their appearance, though I miss more Uncle Luke participation.  Quincy and Becks are still having a little issue with the bond in their brains.  Each can hear the others thoughts.  Quincy is having lusty thoughts about the good detective, but no one carries through with anything this time around.

“Becks” Rebecca Flynn, has called Quincy in on murder cases that at first glance have nothing supernatural to them.  Quincy changes his mind when he’s haunted by a little girl ghost trying to put a stop to whatever beast is after all of humanity this time. In order to get information, Quincy has to satisfy a bounty and butt heads with a 7th circle of Hell demon and John Smith.  I’m sad that Quincy and Smith are at odds, but it feels like Smith is playing Quincy and Becks.

badge3v4The story is a bit on the gory side with multiple child deaths so if that bothers you – get prepared.  The evil doer this time around will be a surprise but since it’s a novella, the conclusion was quick and without fuss.  I really like Quincy Harker, however, with him being over a century old, I was sure he’d be swifter on the uptake.  This is a quick 125 page read and there isn’t much lacking in the action department.  Take a break and deal with demons, angels, vampires and a human/vampire hybrid named Quincy.  You’ll have fun.

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Hell on Heels by John G. Hartness

Welcome to Saturday Shorts where we feature short stories and novellas.   The Demon Hunter returns, but the DEMON saves the day?!

Hell on Heels John G. HartnessTitleHell on Heels
AuthorJohn G. Hartness
SeriesQuincy Harker 03
Publish Date:  July 29, 2015
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionYou think your family has baggage? Quincy Harker has to not only deal with his uncle’s psychotic vampire ex-minion Augustus Renfield, but there’s a new Vampire Hunter in town, and her name is Van Helsing! It’s not a good day for a foul-mouthed magic-using demon hunter, and it gets worse when the original Renfield kidnaps the current Renfield to lure Harker and his Uncle Luke (you can call him Dracula if you prefer) into an ambush.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!)


Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

Augustus Renfield is the very first manservant to Dracula….uh…Uncle Luke.  He was promised by Uncle Luke that after a certain number of years of being his errand boy he’d be turned.  I’ll be darned if the bat crap crazy Dracula can recognize another farther gone individual because he flat out refused.  You know what happens when you tell a total psycho no?  He gets revenge – it might take him awhile and several tries – but he keeps coming.  He gathers minions, he sucks off old vamps to get more power and gets crazier by the minute.  Quincy says he can’t take him.  Whaaa?  Huh?  Well, hell man, what’s up with that?

badge3v4Dracula’s current Renfield is kidnapped and by golly, Dracula gets worried!  No way!  I’m telling you, he gets worried!  I’d never had believed it if I hadn’t read it with my own little eyes.  Well, faithful readers, Uncle Luke delivers a smack down like one has NEVER seen.

A couple of previously unknown facts are revealed, Abraham Van Helsing’s great grand daughter makes an appearance and Quincy is a lot less foul-mouthed in this episode than in the others, but by no means should he speak in church.

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Straight to Hell by John G. Hartness

25353400TitleStraight to Hell
Author: John G. Hartness
SeriesQuincy Harker, Demon Hunter 02 Novella
Publish Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Falstaff Books
Genre: Dark/Urban Fantasy
Perspective: First Person

Publisher’s Description: Quincy Harker is back, and the stakes are higher than ever. The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of a swearing, drinking, misanthropic half-vampire with a bad attitude and an itchy trigger finger. Harker and his team of misfits have just a few days to prevent the actual end of the world, as a group of fanatics have kidnapped a young man thought to possess the power to open the Seven Seals.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!).


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Nervous Nellie says…

“This is your fearless leader? He couldn’t summon a cheeseburger at McDonald’s, much less bring about the end of the world.”

Main characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Quincy Harker, bad ass demon hunter and world saver. Glory, his guardian angel.  Rebecca Gail Flynn, Quincy’s new partner with Homeland Security. Renfield, Quincy’s Uncle Luke’s “butler with abilities leaning from Wizardry to Chauffeur….or the other way around with lots in between..

Other characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ Uncle Luke a/k/a Dracula only had cameo appearances this episode. John Smith, Agent of Homeland Security has now become Quincy’s “handler”.

World: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Modern day Charlotte, South Carolina where we need demon hunters, bad guy wizard seekers and wishers of apocalyptic disaster extinguishers.

Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I think I’m in love with this kinder, softer Quincy Harker.  OH, he’s still foul mouthed, but he’s different than in the first novella.  He had no connections other than Luke and that was tenuous at best.  Now, it feels like he’s a family man.  Wife: Rebecca Flynn (PLEASE don’t tell her I said that – she’ll carve my heart out.  Father: Renfield.  Father in Law: John Smith.  He feels a little more steady and put together – if that makes any sense at all.  Anyway, the story:  You may have to brush up on your Revelations because there is Bible inferences.  Flynn and Harker are assigned to protect the Lamb of God/Lion of Judah (Wallace Gubegna), who can open the seven seals of the scroll in God’s right hand.  First four of the seven seals summon the four horsemen of the apocalypse riding in on their respective horses.  First, I saw Pestilence, next was War, then Famine and then Death.  Harker, Flynn, Smith & Renfield are left to defeat all four and save us all from end times.

Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I really like these characters.  I hope the author does more with Quincy Harker.  I don’t care if they are only novellas – I’ll take what I can get.  This is a fun, enjoyable read and it’s very well written.

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