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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Possession by A. D. Blackburn

Possession by A. D. Blackburn
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (102 pgs)
Heat Level: hot
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Cholla

In the epic battle between Heaven and Hell, there are angels and demons…and then there’s James.

Tall, dark and deadly, James Gunn is the President of the Diabolus Venator motorcycle club, a group of one time outlaws turned gun-toting, sword-wielding, ass-kicking demon hunters. His no-holds-barred style of dispatching hell's darkest minions has earned him quite the reputation, but when he fights a low-level demon that warns him that his soul is in danger, he laughs it off…until he discovers that they mean to steal his heart to obtain it. When James realizes that a high-ranking demon has marked him for a prime spot in hell, he pulls out all the stops to protect the one thing he loves more than his own soul— his girlfriend, Maddy.

What James doesn’t count on is that this particular demon knows a little bit more about the art of possession than the average minion and he’s forced to make the ultimate choice between the love of his life or his own soul.

There’s a very nasty demon on the loose and he already has his target in mind. Now it’s up to James Gunn to protect the world – and especially the woman he loves – from the denizens of Hell. What will it take for him to send this evil back to where it belongs? And exactly how much of his soul will he have to sacrifice in the effort?

‘In the epic battle between Heaven and Hell, there are angels and demons… and then there’s James.’ So says the book’s blurb, and I would have to agree with that assessment.

James is a unique character on many levels. As leader of the Diabolus Venator motorcycle club of demon hunters, he has no issue with going for broke in all that he tackles. This goes for his personal life as well, as exhibited by his ability to walk away from the one woman who makes him feel whole – Maddy. Even when it’s killing him inside, he stays away in order to keep her safe. This dedication to her and her well-being is inspiring, if a bit over-the-top at times.

Maddy is the only reason James forces himself to go on. She is the love of his life, and she feels the very same way for him. It’s torture for her, as well, to be separated from him for so long, but she never gives up hope that he’ll one day change his mind. She and James have a lot in common in that they both lost someone they loved tragically. This one common thread is the cause for the majority of the angst between them, but it is also the one thing that holds them together.

Despite the first two chapters coming off in a rather disjointed and confusing manner, the author pulls it all together by chapter three, bringing the story into more clarity and focus, making it easier to follow to its conclusion. While it is definitely worth the read, please be warned that the nasty demon has absolutely no remorse for his victims and, in one case, repeatedly abuses a woman sexually. Although it’s not graphically described to the reader, it is still a sensitive subject and even made my hardened stomach clench in parts.

That aside, Possession is an action packed adventure of a lifetime. Filled to the brim with interesting and exciting characters, you’ll be pulled into their world in no time.