Raising Hell: A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Novella
Written by: John G. Hartness
Narrated by: James Foster
Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
Publisher: Falstaff Books
“Summary from Audible: Straight out of the pages of the legendary vampire novel Dracula comes a demon hunter for the modern world. Mina Murray and Jonathan Harker had a son. They named him Quincy. His guardian angel calls him Q. Dracula calls him nephew. Demons call him The Reaper.”
When I came across this title, I knew I had to get it. The description really appealed to me. I enjoyed Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files and thought this would be similar. I was right, it is similar to Butcher’s series but I was also wrong. I didn’t like it, I loved it. The only thing I didn’t like was it’s length. It is a novella and runs just over two and a half hours. I enjoyed it so much I didn’t want it to end.
There are so many things I loved about this story. Quincy Harker, the main character, has more attitude than a high school full of teenagers and a mouth that would put the Navy to shame. He is irreverent. When he tries to explain to a man that his daughter is dead, the father continues to grasp for some hope that his daughter can be saved, prompting Quincy to remark, “sometimes I think we should have left hope locked in Pandora’s box. It causes as much trouble as it fixes.” That says so much about the character, someone who has seen and lived through too many terrible things. Quincy also has a great sense of humor. He gives someone, “my most charming smile which I’ve been told reminds people of Anthony Hopkins from Silence of the Lambs.” You have to love a guy who states that a nasty frat boy is in “dire need of defenestration.”
The story just flew. It was fast paced from the first minute and never really slowed down. James Foster did an excellent job narrating it. He conveyed all the attitude Quincy dished out while also making his uncle as chillingly terrify as one expects. Mr. Foster did a wonderful job with all the side characters also. I especially enjoyed his Reinfeld. The production values were excellent.
There are two other Quincy Harker novellas on Amazon. I am hoping the author has Mr. Foster narrate them. I would snap them up.
Story (Plot) 5
Production Quality 5
Attention Holding 5
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