Hell Spawn

Saint Tommy, NYPD Book 1

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Hell Spawn
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The #1 Amazon Bestseller from three time Dragon Award nominee Declan Finn!

My name is Officer Thomas Nolan, and I am a saint.

Tommy Nolan lives a quiet life. He walks his beat – showing mercy to the desperate. Locking away the dangerous. Going to church, sharing dinner with his wife and son. Everyone likes Tommy, even the men he puts behind bars.

He lives a quiet life, until one day a demon shows up and he can smell it. Tommy can smell evil – real evil. Now he’s New York City’s only hope against a horrifying serial killer that preys on the young and defenseless.

But smell alone isn’t enough to get a warrant. Can Tommy track down the killer and prove his guilt?

Dragon Award Nominated Author Declan Finn returns with his typical action-packed, Catholic influenced style, in this groundbreaking horror series about an honest, religious man given the powers of a saint to fight demons in the Big Apple.

How do you do forensics on a killer possessed by a demon?

Can Tommy catch the killer before he becomes a martyr? Or will the demon bring darkness beyond imagination to the whole of New York? Read Hell Spawn today and find out!

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6 reviews for Hell Spawn

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  1. Benjamin I. Espen (verified owner)

    Hell Spawn is a dark night of the soul style spiritual crisis combined with a pretty grim police procedural. Detective Tommy Nolan stands out to everyone for his saintly disposition in a profession that is notorious for shattering innocence and producing boundless cynicism. His mettle will be tested when he crosses paths with a killer that draws upon the powers of Hell.

    Hell Spawn is the second of three books roughly covering the same ground I’ve read recently. In many ways, Hell Spawn hews the most closely to the world we live in, which might be why it comes across as more grim. Paxton Locke fights demons too, and some of the things he sees are horrible, but the tone is one of black comedy. Paxton and the other men and women who protect the Earth from the things that go bump in the night have the equivalent of superpowers, and an organization behind them when they go out and punch the devil in the face. When Tommy investigates a demonic homicide or is pummeled by a seemingly unstoppable foe, shock and horror prevail. It very much seems like it is Tommy against the world.

    Tommy is as confused and dismayed as anyone else would be, seeing the things that he has seen. But, Tommy also has a mission to fulfill, and the ability to do so. His gradual realization of this flips the script from an inactive/passive Good that cannot contain Evil to something that does feel a bit more like Paxton’s merry band of adventurers.

    Nonetheless, there is a difference in tone between these similar books that stands out to me. This book made me want to go to confession. Tommy Nolan lives in a world where demons roam free, and you don’t want to give them an invitation, or leverage. Lived, sacramental reality is an important part of who Tommy is, and it figures heavily in the book.

    That sacramental life is what makes it possible for Tommy to be so widely admired. He truly loves everyone, and his characterization is inspiring, in the sense that reading this book makes me want to be a better man. I am glad to see this kind of a thing, and I’m interested to see where the series goes.

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  2. Russell Newquist (verified owner)

    This book had me right from the log line. A detective who fights demons, with the powers of a saint. I was all in, and the book didn’t disappoint!

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  3. Adena Lee (verified owner)

    It is rare for me to find an author who writes really good suspense fiction who also infuses his faith into the story in such a way that it fits into the story. Finn is not preaching as he writes; it just happens that Tommy Nolan actually lives his faith as he lives his imperfect life. For someone who continually stumbles (i.e. me), this is a revelation as well as a draw. I have to see how Tommy Nolan, who is a lot like Jack Ryan, manages the weird like Nathanial Garrett.

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  4. Reviewer (verified owner)

    A chilling thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat, Hell Spawn is too good to savor. I put it down once, only to finish it the next day. A perfect blend of Jack Ryan, Odd Thomas, and Die Hard, do not miss out on this spiritual thriller. It is more than worth the purchase price!

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  5. Emily Haynes (verified owner)

    A demon fighting detective trying to help make the world safe.

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  6. tjamarquis (verified owner)

    You don’t hang around in the indie circles I do without hearing often how good Declan Finn’s Saint Tommy books are. Catholic Urban Fantasy Horror is new to me, but it was a wild and legitimately disturbing ride, and a brilliant take on the superpowered detective!


    Most importantly, Tommy Nolan is likeable, heroic, relatable and aspirational all at once. He’s the perfect picture of the good cop and model citizen, doing what’s right because it’s right (and he wants to serve Christ). He’s not trying to be a Saint, and is only aware of his destiny because of the traditional Saintly supernatural powers that are beginning to manifest in his life. Finn does an excellent job framing Tommy as both hard-boiled and a do-gooder, with none of the smarmy fluff you might expect from a Christian fiction hero.

    It’s pleasing to see a loving, functional family. Tommy’s wife makes for an amusing supporting character as a gun-toting mama bear.

    The other characters are distinct and efficient in their support of Tommy, and everyone brings a little flavor, including a few that I was sorry to see fall prey to the villain.


    The plot is a crime/mystery jam with the pleasant addition of curveballs thrown by the titular hell spawn. You never know what direction the case is going to take, because the demonic entity doesn’t have to follow the rules of nature. This makes for an ever-present sense of foreboding, as we know that almost any horrible thing can happen at any time.

    The story wraps up in spectacular fashion, with loss and mourning but the promise of ultimate spiritual victory in the end.

    Craft and Critique:

    The prose is well-written and snappy, with humor where it belongs and pointed use of violence and gore.

    The structure feels good and I never got bored in the midst of this page-turner.

    This being outside my usual genres (I don’t do much detective stuff), I found it hard to come up with anything to actually critique. It’s a great mystery and the spiritual elements add just enough strangeness to scratch my itch for fantasy. (I must note that I do not consider the source material for these Saintly exploits fantasy).

    If you’re in the mood for a creepy thriller with heart, look no further and get your copy of Hell Spawn now!

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