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Heaven Help Us by John G. Hartness

He’s the immortal magic-wielding child of Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray from the classic novel Dracula. But to him it’s not a story, it’s family history. Quincy Harker is what you’d get if Constantine were renewed by HBO and taken to the darkest of dark sides. When things go bump in the night, he bumps right back.

TitleHeaven Help Us
Author: John G. Hartness
Series: Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter
Publish Date: October 18, 2016
Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Horror
Source:  Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description: On the run and reeling from his bloody battle with the demon Orobas, all Harker wants to do is lie low in Lockton, Ohio for a few months and let his physical and spiritual wounds heal. But there are werewolves in the diner, and magically-talented teenagers disappearing all over town. Now Harker’s hip-deep in demons again, but this time he’s got no backup.

Meanwhile. Detective Rebecca Gayle Flynn and the rest of Harker’s team are back home in Charlotte, NC, trying to prove his innocence and figure out Orobas’ next move. But no one knows how corrupt Homeland Security or the police department are, or how high the scandal runs. And now some guy shows up claiming to be the great-great-grandson of Doctor Watson (yeah, that Dr. Watson) offering to help?

Will Harker survive a battle with Hell in a small town all on his own?

Can Flynn and Uncle Luke find the proof they need to bring Harker home?

Will they stop Orobas’ master plan before he unleashes Hell on Earth?

Who is this mysterious Shadow Council, and what do they want?

When all else fails on Earth, will Heaven Help Us?

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


 

Nervous Nellie says…

I’ve made a lot of bad decisions in my life. Some of them have gotten good people hurt, even killed. Many of them have caused immense property damage, and one was responsible for the extinction of an entire species of South American monkey.

Warning to all that I never guessed who was the bad guy this time around. Serious betrayal to Becks and Quincy. The story is just warming up, so jump on the roller coaster – it’ll be a bumpy ride.

Something hinky is going on and even Dracula is losing his composure.  He’s lost his house and his friend.  Homeland Security is after Quincy Harker and Rebecca Flynn is trying to get him out of the hip deep trouble he’s in.   *SPOILER*  Quincy (I’m stunned) takes his relationship to Becks the next step which is totally uncharacteristic for the tough 100 year old plus cantankerous hero.  The trip to the small town in hiding doesn’t last for long and Quincy ends up making friends with the wolves.  We get to meet Jo Henry, the main character in Calling All Angels and she is a force to be reckoned with that makes me glad she’s on the human’s side.  She’s also practically polar opposite of Quincy.  A mom.  Does not cuss.  Is not supernaturally powerful.  She rocks.*END SPOILER*

I am a fan of this series and I’ll keep reading as long as John G. Hartness keeps rolling them out.

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Heaven’s Door by John G. Hartness

He’s the immortal magic-wielding child of Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray from the classic novel Dracula. But to him it’s not a story, it’s family history. Quincy Harker is what you’d get if Constantine were renewed by HBO and taken to the darkest of dark sides. When things go bump in the night, he bumps right back.

TitleHeaven’s Door
Author: John G. Hartness
Series: Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter
Publish Date: October 18, 2016
Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Horror
Source:  Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s DescriptionHe’s finally found something to care about after a century of searching, but will he lose it all at the hands of his most dangerous foe yet?

Seven years ago, Quincy Harker vanquished the demon Orobas and saved the city of Charlotte, NC from his evil plans. Or so he thought. Now the half-divine Nephilim are turning up dead in the Queen City, and it looks like Orobas is back to finish the job.

Can Harker stop Orobas, or will the bloodthirsty demon unleash Hell on Earth?

Who is behind these horrible murders, and why do they seem to be calling Harker out?

Will this be the battle that finally ends the long life of Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter?

Find out when Harker, his girlfriend Detective Rebecca Flynn, his guardian angel Glory, and his uncle, the legendary Count Dracula bring the battle of the diving and demonic right to HEAVEN’S DOOR.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


 

Nervous Nellie says…

I’ve made a lot of bad decisions in my life. Some of them have gotten good people hurt, even killed. Many of them have caused immense property damage, and one was responsible for the extinction of an entire species of South American monkey.

Warning that I never guessed who was the bad guy this time around. Serious betrayal to Becks and Quincy. The story is just warming up, so jump on the roller coaster – it’ll be a bumpy ride.

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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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