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The premise of the story line is quite good, but after getting battered by golem type humans the lead character gets a previously known woman to carry a firearm for him to kill the baddies! There is just too much detail of the beatings to have a remote chance of credibility. Yes, I know it is fantasy but this continuous battering is just a step too far. Not for me thank you.
Fade is a fantastic book. It's Supernatural but with a much cooler crew and plot. The origin story is one of the best ones since the original Ghostbuster. It's informative without the annoying infodump and helps move the story along.
The Story is about Paxton a ghostbuster, Supernatural demon hunter and John Constantine occult estoria expert. His mom is some heavy weight bad guy witch who muderered he husband to unleash some demon force but backfired and gave Paxton white hair and some magical powers.
The story revolves around a ghost hunting that's really a message. It's a warning that something bad happens and has to to visit hi mom in prision. The mom's an absolute hoot as the super bad guy and one one the best characterizations I've come across. For all her airy fairy new age schlock make no mistake she's really scary in the end.
As he investigates he gets caught in the middle of some build up of unleashing hell on earth and gets to have a new partner. Julie. I also liked her, she's tough, resourceful, smart and quite pretty. She makes a good foil to Paxton and she's competent with guns. If I have 1 quibble
The ending reminds me a lot of the original Ghostbusters and Zul but with more serious stakes involved. Mom's escaped and now the hunt is one. It's also a great cliffhanger for the next book.
I highly recommend this book. It's fun, entertaining, a literal blast and just so enjoyable. I can't wait to read the next 2 in the series to see what happens next.
A better than average supernatural mystery. I like the world building and the story but it isn’t as good (in my opinion) as Jim Butcher, which I have seen it compared to. A good read, but I wouldn’t pay full price
I really liked this book. It drew me in & was a fast read. The facts about the past had me wondering if I was reading the first book or not. It also fleshed out the main character more though. I liked Paxton & will read more of this series.
Longtime readers will already know that I'm a fan of Daniel Humphreys work. They'll also know the caveat that I have to provide: Dan and I “attended” the same online writing class from Larry Correia, and we’ve participated in the same closed Facebook group that resulted from that class. He’s also provided an excellent blurb for my new novel, War Demons. With that said, these are my honest opinions on his first urban fantasy novel, Fade.
Fade is book one of the Paxton Locke series. Paxton Locke, unsurprisingly the series' protagonist, suffered a rather unfortunate childhood. I can't go into that too much without spoiling the book. Suffice to say, he also developed a bit of magical power. As the book begins, he's using that power to help rid unfortunate people of the traumatized ghosts that haunt their homes. But then one of those ghosts gives him a message from beyond the grave. Everything hits the fan from there and the plot explodes.
I don't actually want to say a lot more than that, because this book has a ton going for it in the plot department. Paxton Locke manages to out-Dresden Harry Dresden. Read it for yourself and enjoy it.
I loved Humphreys' A Place Outside the Wild enough to give it five stars even though I'm not a fan of the zombie genre. I am, however, a fan of the urban fantasy genre. When you add Humphreys' fantastic writing to a genre I love, the result is truly amazing. I blew through this book faster than I could blink, and my only complaint is that Dan is busy writing the sequel to his zombie book instead of this one. Thankfully, he's nearly finished with that book, so we should be getting the sequel to Fade sooner rather than later.
If you liked War Demons, you should definitely check out Fade while you're waiting for the sequel. It won't disappoint you. This is one of the easiest five star reviews I've ever given.
I found this one because I'd read the first two books in Mr. Humphreys Z-Day series and, realizing I had to wait for more, decided to see what else he had. Fade is not within the genre I usually gravitate to, but hey: Z-Day was great, so let's give it a go, yes?
Very glad I did. Fade has a wonderful protagonist with a really interesting back story, and you get caught up in the book almost instantly. Hard to put it down, once you start. It's somewhat reminiscent of the Odd Thomas character, but as much as I liked Odd Thomas, I think I like Paxton Locke better.
Despite his troubled background, and the abilities he possesses that seem often as much a curse as a blessing, his inherent decency and determination to keep it make him a sympathetic character that we can root for. Ultimately, I was fully entertained and enjoyed the ride. Looking forward to more.
A young man given a few arcane powers as a teen by the mother who (perhaps) intended to kill him, and did kill his father, for her own arcane purposes travels the country in an RV getting rid of ghosts for a living -- sometimes for real, and sometimes to indulge people with too much imagination -- until an obvious set-up sends him back to his empty childhood home. It looks like his imprisoned mother's purposes weren't quite as foiled as he had hoped.
I read this book after reading Declan Finn's glowing review -- the synopsis I first read didn't appeal to me but the review did, and I agree completely. This is a great story, an interesting main character, an intruiging premise, and a well-written book that's enjoyable to read (not a plot that's "worth the slog"). I enjoy suspense but not gore, and I've read or watched all the angst I need to for the rest of my life. This character has plenty to contend with, but his own angst is not among his many challenges. The "rules" of this magic / supernatural system are interesting and coherent, and different. The main evil character is awful and psychopathic, but in a way that grabs you without making you want to go wash your hands. In other words, if you want to read about an appealing character fighting evil without the book glorifying evil or dwelling on gore -- but not avoiding them either -- you'll like this. I am new to this author but will be reading the rest of his books.
The book has a few problems. The author uses a technique that I found confusing at first. He writes a section or chapter, then breaks and rewrites the same section, word for word, and then adds new information to it. The first time it happened I thought I hadn’t actually paged forward when I thought I had. After it happened a couple times I realized what was going on.
The story is otherwise well written. Paxton Locke is a like able young man. Despite being exposed to his mother for the first 15 years of his life, he seems to have turned out well. His mother is a batsh1t crazy, murderous, narcissistic, self indulgent, manipulative b1tch. And a Witch.
This book starts the story arc of Paxton dealing with his mother’s breakout from prison. He has some friends to help him. He picks up some more friends long the way. But Paxton is his mother’s son, and not everybody is ready to believe he is on the side of the angels.