And they are incredible.
Item the first, Daniel Humphreys really liked Honor at Stake. How can I tell?
"....with Declan Finn’s “Honor at Stake” we have a vampire book that not only hearkens back to the old school, it adds some interesting new twists on the science and mythology of the vampire plague while still remaining firmly focused on the cast of characters who inhabit Mr. Finn’s world.So ... yeah, I think he liked it You can buy the book here.
....Marco has a bit of Mary Sue syndrome to him at first, though Finn does an excellent job of slowly drawing out deeper aspects of his personality, and leaves us with an interesting cliffhanger at the end that will leave you wondering what lies beneath in terms of the character.
....If you’re looking for a great entry point in a new series, ‘Honor at Stake’ is highly recommended. Five stars."
And then there's Lori Bird. You might remember that Lori originally reviewed Honor at Stake for The Catholic Geeks last year.
This year, it got more interesting. This one goes on for a bit, but here's the most interesting part of the review on Murphy's Law of Vampires, for me.
"Actually, I decided about halfway through that if Larry Correia had been smart, he wouldn’t have asked John Ringo to write Monster Hunter: Grunge. He’d have gotten Declan to do it, because when it comes to writing about badass, almost-bad-guy good guys with exceptional loads of snark, Declan Finn completely outran John Ringo. No joke.Wow. She even went out of her way to compare me to Ringo, and deemed me better.... huh.
He was running so fast, it was like John Ringo was encased in cement and being dragged in the other direction by a freight train.
I would pay a small fortune to have read the Declan Finn version of Monster Hunter: Grunge. Sorry, Ringo."
So, yes, she liked it.
And then, there are these two reviews on Set to Kill, one by Dragon Award Nominee Marina Fontaine, and the other by the Injustice Gamer.
Take an Agatha Christie murder mystery. Make it THREE murder mysteries.
Replace the middle-aged Inspector with a security expert who happens to be a martial arts guru/all-around killing machine ....
Stick it into the naturally insane environment that is the world's largest Sci-Fi/Fantasy con (fictionally renamed WyvernCon).
....Oh and also make it funny enough to qualify as satire.
OK, so maybe it's nothing like an Agatha Christie mystery after all. But it is a darn good read. The reason I was thinking of Christie is because, underneath all the fun and goofiness and inside-baseball sci-fi literary community references, there is a solid plot worthy of an old-fashioned detective novel.....
The pacing is good....The violence is not as plentiful as Declan Finn's fans might expect, but there's still sufficient to keep the adrenaline flowing. The fully fictional characters are well enough developed that you can go into the story cold and still care about what happens to them; and those inspired by real life are easily recognizable while changed up just enough to still fit into a satirical fiction environment.
Ah, I'll drop the facade a little. This book hooked me harder than anything he's written yet, and I really like his previous stuff. The pacing was amazing, all the slow parts had purpose, and the action didn't let up until bodies fell. I didn't feel like there wasn't a wasted word in this book .... I went and read very late when I finished, and I have to get up EARLY for work. .... I was amazed at what Declan spun out of the cloth of Sad Puppies bite back and Sean Ryan.