Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Book Review: Armageddon Bound

Armageddon Bound

By:  Tim Marquitz

Publisher:  Damnation Books, LLC

Publish Date:  September 2009

Format:  Paperback 299pgs, 5"x8"

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  1st book in Demon Squad series.

Recommendation:  If you enjoy rough and tough fighting movies with loads of action, this book very well is one to check out.

Book Synopsis:
Half-devil and miles from anything resembling heroic, perpetual underdog Frank "Triggaltheron" Trigg is the last man standing against Armageddon.  As the favorite nephew of the Devil, Frank has led a troubled life, but he'd always had his uncle's influence to fall back on.  Now, with God and Lucifer coming to terms and leaving existence to fend for itself, his once exalted status as Anti-Christ-to-be does little to endear him to the hordes of angels and demons running amok in the Godless world.

With help from the members of DRAC, an organization of wizards, psychics, telepaths, and low-end supernatural beings, Frank must thwart the pro-Armageddon forces and rescue an angel in whose life rests the fate of humanity.

Better luck next time, humanity.

First Sentence:
There was a time when being related to Lucifer was enough to keep the proverbial wolves from the door.

My Thoughts and Summary:
There are rumors there is another demon planning to rise to be the next Lucifer and to bring about Armageddon.  Baalth is the demon this new power needs to overcome first and Frank, the DRAC, and Frank's Angel cousin Scarlett need to protect Baalth and stop this new threat to the world.  The catch, Scarlett has been after Baalth for some time to stop his bad doings.  Baalth isn't cooperating as willingly with Frank, without some deals.  Oh, and Franks succubus ex-wife has returned to town sending assassins after him.

Frank Triggaltheron, or Trigg, starts the story on his kester bleeding, and visits this position often through out the book.  But he keeps fighting.  Trigg is a man of all men.  And a pig from time to time as well.  But that is what makes this character memorable.  I don't mind the thoughts he has about women, or even the smart remarks to the one delivering the punches (actually many of the quick remarks are funny).  But some people might.  I do have to mention the only thing about Trigg that gave me the willies were his thoughts about his voluptuous cousin.  They just weren't right, but Trigg is the person he is... and I don't think he was made to be loved so dearly.  I think this book is what many male readers would enjoy.  It's fast moving and full of action and fights.  There are loads of blows exchanged and a story that works wonderfully with it.

I liked the story telling style.  This book is told by Frank.  We get the story as it's happening, then there are interjections by Trigg of his inner opinions and thoughts, the ones he keeps to himself although just as smart as the ones he says.  This technique of inner thoughts gives me the feel of the old style mystery gumshoe movies where the detective gives an inner thought or meaning to things as the story goes.  I really liked that feel.  It seemed to me the book is very story driven, and we get a very good story here.

The characters.  Goodness!  There is a large cast of characters.  Well, maybe not that big.  But it felt like many when I was reading the book.  They are not hard to keep straight, which is the surprise to me with as many there are.

The world is our world with a few extras which people don't really know about.  But the difference here is God and Lucifer have come to a truce and left, letting humanity play out as they are and grown to do.  I like this twist a lot.  I like how there are two views to this through out the book.  That God didn't want Armageddon or he would have exterminated the race and started over.  OR.  That Armageddon needs to come about to bring God and Lucifer back.  This seems to be the arguing views in a nut shell.  People don't know their gods are no longer around, only the Angels and Demons are aware, and seem slightly lost with their leaders gone.  Neat take here.

I went into the book aware there where some editing errors, which there are.  But knowing that I was prepared for them.  But I do want to let you know this to as well, in case you go purchase the book, they are there.  I hate to see editing slow down a good book.

I think more men might enjoy this book than women, but I'm not saying don't read it if it sounds like something you might enjoy.  Please go at it.


I have to thank my book friend, BastardBooks, for this read.  We have little challenges going once in a while to try something new and different.  This was a challenge from him to give this book a go, and I think it's a very good start to a new series.  Thank you!


This book qualifies for Speculated Fiction Reading Challenge, hosted by Floor to Ceiling Books.

10 comments:

  1. Glad you gave it a shot Mel, it certainly one of my favorite UF series at the moment. I find it to be the most funny, but you have to like dark perverted humor.

    The editing and presentation improved a lot on the sequel, but just a consequence of being with a small publisher with little editing help.

    As for the indecent thoughts, once thing to consider is that this is a demon we're talking about, Lucifer's nephew who was raised in Hell. So, it's no wonder his mind is a bit twisted and a bit sick on that regard.

    Anyways, hope you give the sequel a shot too later on. I think the third book is coming out in December.

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  2. I've got this on my wishlist, and I am looking forward to reading this book. Lots of action and twisted humour - it's me :) If it's anything like J.F.Lewis, I'll enjoy it :)

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  3. I didn't know what to think when I've seen the cover, So I don't look at it. But maybe I was wrong. Thanks for the review, I will add it to my wishlist if it's a nice reading. Thanks for the review

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  4. Nice review as always :) Dunno if it is for me though, I am feeling all meh today

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  5. Hi Melissa

    Wonderful review, you have highlighted all the significant and naughty parts :)

    I concur with B. explanation about Frank's thoughts and his nature. He's a bit slimy but he's on the good side. The humor and the snarky monologues make the books a lot funnier. I hope you give the sequel Resurrection a try as well.

    Mihir

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  6. Bastard - I did enjoy this one. And the dark perverted humor. lol. Glad to hear the editing gets better. I just wanted to give a heads up incase anyone went to get it. I know there are people out there that would go nuts over editing issues, so thought I'd give a small heads up. And yeah, I kept telling myself that Trigg was part demon spent time in hell, so he has a distorted view on things. But it still made me shiver. lol. I do think I'll give the sequel a try here some time too. And the third in December already. Wow. Thanks for the challenge on this one!

    Kara-karina @Nocturnal Book Reviews - You know, I think you would kind of enjoy this one. :) So glad to see it's on your list. :)

    Melliane - The cover was a little spooky at first with that gun. But you get use to it after a few days. :) Thank you, glad you liked the review.

    Blodeuedd - This is a hard one as I do think there is an addience for this book. I don't think I would suggest it to you 100%, but that doesn't mean you wouldn't end up liking it, but I don't know...

    Mihir - Thank you! There are a few things in this book I really wanted to bring to light. And I really like the views of opinion on God & Lucifer leaving. I really think that thinking process here. And that different opinions are out there. Oh, and the story telling style, just loved that. I did keep telling myself Trigg is part demon and spent time in hell, but it still felt strange. lol. The book was fun to read. I will give the second book a try in the future here. :) Thank you!

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  7. That cover certainly shouts "Manly men will enjoy this!" What else can one expect from the Devil's nephew?

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  8. Melissa,

    Thank you for the great review.

    AB was probably rushed into publication and I hadn't yet figured out everything I wanted to do. As a result, Frank came across a little more smarmy than I intended. Taken to Hell when he was just 15 years old, Frank is in a kind of stasis maturity-wise. His lewd commentary toward his cousin is a reflection of that mentality.

    And while the series isn't necessarily aimed solely for men, there is going to be more of a connection with a male audience as Frank is your typical male times a 1000.

    As for the editing and formatting issues, that too were results of the book's guinea pig status with the publisher and the rush to get it out.

    I hope you do read Resurrection. I think you'll find it much better, and hopefully At the Gates even better.

    Thanks again. :)

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  9. @StephanieD

    The dude in the cover reminds me of Dominic Purcell from Prison Break. Or am I alone in this thinking?

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  10. StephanieD - You are soooo right about what else to expect from the Devil's Nephew. :) But it was a fun read.

    Tim Marquitz - Hi! :) Thank you for stopping by. Oh, I can see very well why Frank would have a warped view on many things, and his cousin to boot. It's not a bad thing. And I definitely wont for get the book now. ;D I do look forward to reading Resurrection. I have a some books to get through here, but I will get it in the future. :) Thank you!

    Bastard - You know. You are right. He does look kindo fo like Dominic. I kept thinking he looked familiar. :) lol.

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