||Jun 1, 2011
Book 2 in the Demon Squad series. Dark urban fantasy.
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Armageddon averted, the world returns to business as usual. Unfortunately for Frank "Triggaltheron" Trigg, business as usual sucks.
His night out interrupted by a horde of kidnapping zombies, what could possibly be worse? The resurrection of the Anti-Christ, that's what. Caught in the middle of a supernatural pissing match between the Devil's wife, a legion of undead, and an overachieving necromancer, Frank must survive long enough to stop Hell from being unleashed upon humanity; Again.
There is no wound whose pain cannot be salved by the soft touch of a beautiful woman.
For me, itís more like a little bump-and-grind, beauty optional.
Itís a good thing Iím not picky because Candy, the little filly rubbing up on me like buttered toast, wasnít gonna win any beauty pageants. Short and a little on the bony side, sporting a wild mane of greasy hair, which failed to cover the pockmarks on her face, she wasnít exactly a model of attractiveness. But thatís okay. You canít feel ugly in the dark.
Not that I was bashing her, or anything. I was still there, right?
We both understood it was a business transaction. We werenít looking for love. I was just renting a good time from a woman who wouldnít bat an eyelid when I broke out the vat of Jell-o and a snorkel. She didnít care about my broken heart or want to hear how my day went. She wasnít looking to be the next Mrs. Trigg. All she cared about was the big, hard bulge pressed tight against her sweaty little hand.
Superb Sophomore entry in the Demon Squad series
Tim Marquitz's debut novel, Armageddon Bound, introduced the world to Frank Trigg--the ex-Antichrist, Satan's Nephew, and all-round snarkophile. I read the book with almost no expectations and was rewarded with a darkly humorous and action-packed story, which ended up being one of my favorite debuts in 2009. So when I got the chance to read the sequel, I was very excited. Of course, this time around, my expectations were much higher as I wanted to see more of the world created by Tim Marquitz and how life was treating Frank Trigg.
Tim Marquitz opens Resurrection with a zingy quote, which is one of the most hilarious ones I have ever read. The book itself is set roughly two months after the events of Armageddon Bound and finds Frank interrupted by a group of zombies just as he's getting all cozy with a lady friend. After the zombie debacle, Frank meets with Katon--the vampiric DRAC enforcer--to try and figure out where the zombies came from. Before the night is over, Frank also receives a visit from Veronica--a succubus and his ex-wife--with a message from Balaath. Balaath wants Frank to repay his debt by killing a masked figure who's already defeated Marcus D'anatello and Alexander Poe--Balaath's top enforcers. Faced with no other option, Frank agrees to take care of it, but not before being saddled with a companion who's more adversarial than required. Frank's troubles are compounded by surreptitiously revealed enemies, unknown agendas, and unanswered questions including the masked figure who is trying to resurrect the Antichrist Longinus; Satan's ex-wife/companion who wants something from Frank; Balaath with his own dark game; and the mystery of Frank's origins, his mother's death, and Frank's sire...
Despite my high expectations, Tim Marquitz does not disappoint with his sophomore effort. Not only has the author's writing significantly improved, but the action is non-stop and the book's humor has been jacked up led by Frank's sarcastic monologues and witty dialogue. At the same time, Tim Marquitz delves deeper into Frank's mysterious background, while the cover art is much more eye-pleasing than its predecessor. Lastly, the author seems to have learned from one of his idols--Jim Butcher--by ending Resurrection with a compelling moment that will leave readers anxiously awaiting the third Demon Squad installment.
Negatively, the juxtaposition of the magical with the mundane remains a bit over-the-top and not always explained properly, but the author has taken some pains in Resurrection to flesh out the world and its rules. The story and characters are not that well-nuanced, but that is expected in a book where action and quick pacing take precedence and moreso in the UF genre wherein character growth often takes place slowly over a couple of books in any series.
CONCLUSION: With improved writing coupled with non-stop action and wildly witty character dialogue and zingy one-liners, Tim Marquitz proves that he's no one-shot wonder in "Demon Squad: Resurrection". So if you loved Armageddon Bound, you won't be able to keep yourself from finishing Resurrection in a single sitting! For those readers who weren't so impressed by Tim Marquitz's debut, definitely give the sequel a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised. For myself, "Demon Squad: Resurrection" is a book that will certainly be included in my Best of 2011 list...
Frank Triggs is the most hilarious narrator in Urban Fantasy
Resurrection is the second book in the Demon Squad series, sequel to Armageddon Bound which happened to be the author's debut novel.
Armageddon Bound introduced us to Frank Triggaltheron, nephew of Lucifer, living in a world at the edge of the Apocalypse. You see, God and Lucifer have made peace with each other and proceeded to abandon all creation together, and no one knows where they are. With their disappearance; power voids have come to the surface, demons are out of control with no one to answer to, and angels are as lost as ever. The world is out of balance, and in comes Frank our unlikely hero, who also was a candidate to be the Anti-Christ, with his awesome sense of humor in one of the worst days of his life trying to safe day, or simply just survive to see the next one. The threat of another war between Heaven and Hell is in place, but the lines are more blurred than ever and it's not easy to tell friend from foe.
Resurrection deals then with much of the aftermath of what occurred in the first novel, we got a demon with a vast amount of power, which brings the possibility of the Apocalypse one step closer to coming true. We also find much of the protectors of Earth against supernatural occurrences at the verge of decimation and plenty of trust issues going around after all the betrayals. Not only that, zombies have been showing up, a necromancer is in town, and rumors of resurrecting one of the most powerful demons in history are going about. Once again we find Frank put in the middle of the crisis taking the mantle of unlikely hero once again because what other choice does he have? As if threats to his life weren't enough, he has to deal with his constant sexual frustrations that may just be what finally kills him. If his tombstone reads "Died because of a horny penis," it will be of no surprise. So what better way to avert a future Apocalypse than by partnering up with a traitorous succubus, an enemy wizard, and a speech disabled zombie metal-head.
Resurrection is just a fun book through and through. Frank to me is the funniest character I've read so far. Nothing is being held back here, no pulling punches, with plenty of dirty and dark humor. With the humor aside, this book has non-stop action and plenty of twists. Not that the twists are of any surprise since even Frank knows he's getting played, he just doesn't know how he's getting played. That's where the fun is.
My biggest compliment for the novel is that the writing level has improved since the first book and so did the presentation of the novel itself. The editing was better, the paragraphs better focused and structured, which in all made for a better reading experience than the first in the series. Considering that Resurrection was written in 2009, not long after finishing Armageddon Bound, and now witnessing these improvements makes me quite anxious to see what comes next from Tim Marquitz; particularly now that he's a much more experienced author and editor, and surely has been receiving feedback on how to improve his trade.
Despite my high regards for the books so far, they're far from perfect and there's a lot of room for improvement, which makes the wait for the next book in the series even more exciting. He's simply hitting all the right notes for me so far.
We need more books like this one, bringing a fresh voice to the urban fantasy genre that even with the abundance of new authors, much of the content is becoming a bit repetitive. While angels and demons are nothing new, the narrative voice and energy is indeed one that stands out.
Read this series, do it.
Still working with DRAC (Demon Resistance and Containment), an organization of wizards, psychics, and telepaths, Trigg is a witness to a zombie massacre at his favorite seedy nightclub, well, it works for him at least. These zombies seem to be popping up all over the place as favors are called in and Frank must do what he can to stay alive.
Frank Trigg is still as hilarious as ever in this sequel and that's one of the main reasons that will always have me coming back to this series over and over again. His observations have me dying laughing, even out loud sometimes and only Kurt Vonnegut has ever made me do that before. There did seem to be an overabundance of pants tightening in this one though, but I guess that's just how Frank rolls.
Going right along with the humor, Tim Marquitz bashes you over the head with awesomeness through his action scenes. I end up reeling by the end and I'm just a casual reader, come on man, give me a break. But seriously, Resurrection is action-packed and tons of fun.
Inevitably, I end up comparing this series to the Dresden Files and it really does make sense. Both are first person, both have a down-on-his-luck protagonist who's always the worse for wear in pretty much any situation and both tend to be humorous. But, for my money, the Demon Squad series beats the Dresden Files any day.
Let me also just say that the way things ended up had me very happy especially with the possibilities to come. The sequels cannot be available quick enough.
I was extremely happy to find out that Resurrection continues the high standard set forth in Armageddon Bound. The Demon Squad series is full of action, full of hilarity, and mostly full of heart...well, bloody ones pumping out their last ounce.
If you like fun, laughs, and any type of happiness, and don't mind some irreverence along the way, you should really give this series a go. Highly recommended!
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