War Demons

The Prodigal Son Book 1

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War Demons
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When he came home, so did they…

Driven by vengeance, Michael Alexander enlisted in the Army the day after 9/11. Five years later, disillusioned and broken by the horrors he witnessed in Afghanistan, Michael returns home to Georgia seeking to begin a new life. But he didn’t come alone. Something evil followed him, and it’s leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

The police are powerless. The Army has written Michael off. Left to face down a malevolent creature first encountered in the mountains of Afghanistan, he’ll rely on his training, a homeless prophet, and estranged family members from a love lost…

But none of them expected the dragon.

Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden collides with Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International in this supernatural thriller that goes straight to Hell!

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Russell Newquist

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  1. Xavier Basora (verified owner)

    This is the origin story of Peter Bishop but it’s cleverly done as Michael Alexander’s. Throughout the novel we learn about how Michael fought a demon, comes home and through a series of paranormal and outright strange events, the demon came home.
    The story is a mix of urban fantasy, mythology demons, dragons and other monsters. It starts as a boil and progressively increases as we learn all sorts of startling revelations, the most surprising that it’s Peter who gets to weld the St Michael the Archangel’s sword not Michael. That doesn’t mean Michael is a bad guy he just has a another role to play.

    Overall I highly recommend this book. It’s very entertaining and there’s lot of Southern humour and tropes that were well played. It also has a lot in common with Declan Finn’s St Tommy series. I wouldn’t be surprised if the authours decide to do a crossover story. Now that would be epic fun
    The story is gripping and I had to keep pushing to find the finale. It doesn’t disappoint. The cliffhanger leads to the Vigil novella and the final resolution.
    Readers will be entertained and I look forward to the second book.

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  2. Caryl (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed “War Demons”. Thoroughly entertaining. Non-stop action. Good characters that I liked. Demons, a dragon, zombies, and vampires-what more could I ask for? I finished it in 3 days, even with pesky things like work and travel interfering. The story was great and I plan on picking up the sequels soon. Thanks for the great time I had reading it.

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  3. declanfinninc (verified owner)

    The Devil went down to Georgia. He was looking for a soul to steal.

    And this time, he isn’t coming with a violin.

    Welcome to War Demons, by Russell Newquist.

    That tag at the end of the book description isn’t bluster. It’s fairly accurate. Personally, I think War Demons leans more on the MHI than the Harry Dresden. So much so that I’m willing to say up front that I would not be surprised if Russell ends up authoring an MHI spinoff novel. No, I’m not exaggerating. This is a story that could have been mistaken for a Monster Hunter International novel if Larry Correia used prayer as a weapon more often. But I will admit, there is a TON of Dresden-level action.

    Let’s back up a step.

    Chapter one opens up with a swordfight with a demon, and ends with dropping a daisy cutter on it.

    That irritated the sucker a little.

    Fast forward a few years to our hero, Michael Alexander, who Jack Ryan-ed out of the military when his helicopter crashed. He and his buddy hid in a cave …. only do discover something in the cave that was colder than the dark and hungry.

    When Michael returns to Georgia, the thing that haunted him in the sandbox follows…

    Ahem, “The Devil went down to Georgia….”

    But when Michael starts to see his dead friend stalking him in the shadows, well, it’s just some PTSD demons. Nothing to worry about, right?

    Yeesh. When this guy is haunted by his past, he takes it literally.

    The fun continues as the circle of crazy threatens to suck in the entire state. Black Ops commandos, Vatican operatives, a billionaire prepper (seriously, don’t mess with the billionaire prepper), a moment of “I wanna bring the flamethrower” that I really believe (Down to “We got it from the Bureau of Land Management”). He gathers the magnificent seven, mounts up, and “We’re gonna save the damsel from the dragon”….

    Aaaaannnnnddddd it’s only the halfway mark. Which made me wonder how the bloody blue Hell the rest of the book was going to go.

    That was pretty much the point where things got worse, complete with a villain you really just want to run through with a stake, cut its head off and burn the body … maybe in that order. It was such a deliciously evil sucker.

    And then he had a couple of blackhawks and Apache attack helicopters fight a dragon.

    And, it being Georgia, it ends at a football stadium.

    Because of course it does. It’s Georgia.

    Honestly, War Demons was solidly authored and put together. 11% into the book, he’s established most of the characters we’re going to see throughout the novel, including the villains. Yes, all of them. What? You thought just a demon was going to be enough? Nah. We’re going to have golems and vampires and zombies and warlocks and Jihadis, oh my. Newquist also does a great job of sprinkling the back story throughout the novel.

    It’s got a nice sense of humor. Up to and including a spook who picks his aliases out of a liquor cabinet.

    But as I said at the start, the tag line for this novel is no boast. The action is MHI at its most gonzo (otherwise known as Harry Dresden on a day that ends in Y). The atomospherics top even F. Paul Wilson’s The Keep (book, not movie).

    Here’s the short version: get War Demons. If you like Urban Fantasy, or books with a Southern atmosphere, or military UF, Larry Correia or Jim Butcher novels, you’re going to enjoy War Demons.

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  4. Benjamin I. Espen (verified owner)

    War Demons is the veteran’s take on supernatural horror. Sometimes we casually refer to the men who come back from war suffering from PTSD and survivor’s guilt as demon-haunted; but for Michael Alexander it is anything but a metaphor.

    We now come to the third book covering similar territory I have read recently. I don’t often end up reading lots of similar books together in succession, so I can compare and contrast these. War Demons is perhaps in some ways inbetween Fade and Hell Spawn in mood. Like Fade, the emphasis is on punching the devil in the face, but like Hell Spawn, humans have nearly no ability to resist the powers of evil absent prayer. But that doesn’t stop Michael from trying.

    Fortunately for Michael, he has a lot of friends who are willing to stick with him. Which is good, since he is in way over his head and cannot do it alone. This applies to his personal life just as much as the supernatural conspiracy that he trips into. Like many veterans of the global war on terror, Michael comes home to find that he doesn’t have much in common with other young men and women of his age.

    Michael is only a few years older than most of his classmates, but war changed him in ways that tend to pull him away from others. Like many soldiers, Michael picked up a heavy drinking habit composed of equal parts boredom and a need to escape his memories, even if just for a little while. Survivor’s guilt is common in veterans too, but Michael has a double dose, haunted not only by his friends who never came home, but also the death of his fiance in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

    Michael’s support network pulls him through. His not-quite-father-in-law Jim, his friend Peter at the dojo, a couple of nerds George and Denzel, all of them stick by him even when stuff starts getting weird. The camaraderie was the best part of the book for me. When everything is crazy, you need something to cling to, and for Michael, that is the strength of his friendships.

    If you are in the market for a Catholic action horror novel, give War Demons a try. It has its own flavor that you might enjoy.

    I received this book from the publisher for free.

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