Thursday 11 May 2023

Demons are Forever - Declan Finn - Love at First Bite Book 2

Demons are Forever
Love at First Bite Book 2
Declan Finn
ISBN 9781951768737

The second story was even better than the first, and I loved the first! I am very  thankful to see this series back in print. Three Ravens released all four novels in under a week. And they immediately jumped to the top of my reading list. I have read the three published short stories in this series and am truly thankful that the novels are back in print. Though, I really do prefer the original title of this volume ‘Formerly Murphy's Law of Vampires’. But that is likely just the Irish Catholic in me coming out. 

I have loved the three short stories in the Love at First Bite Series, and this first novel, this second novel has again exceeded expectations. This is an amazing story in a great series! It was so good I immediately wanted to read book three, and the only thing that stopped me was commitments to review another book with a release date in a few days. This is the Second of the 4 novels in this series they were out of print, but as of April 2023 they are back in print and available electronically and in print. This is great news for fans of Finn’s works, fans of urban noir, or really fans of just great stories.

It has been a few years since I have really read a story or series that has centred on vampires. I seem to go through a phase about every 10 years where something catches my fancy and draws me in. These stories have completely captivated my attention. I finished this yesterday and cannot imagine where the story goes in the next two novels.

Over the last 10 months I have read 43 stories by Declan. I have greatly enjoyed books in several other series. I have loved the Saint Tommy and the White Ops, and I cannot wait for the Pius trilogy of 5 books to be back in print. 

The description of this story is:

“After saving Brooklyn from a nest of vampires, Amanda Colt and Marco Catalano are a little banged up. He's been given a job offer to deal with vampires in San Francisco, and it's a tempting offer - it would get him away from Amanda, his feelings for her, and get her away from the darkness inside him. When a death in the family compels Marco to move to the West Coast, they're both left to fend for themselves.

Then the creature known only as Mister Day leaves their world in tatters, and they must once more join forces against the darkness. Only Day is no vampire, but a creature beyond their experience. It will take the combined might of Marco, Amanda, and all of their allies just to slow it down. They have no weapons that can kill him. They have no way to imprison him. To even fight him is death.”

The action in this story takes place back and forth between San Francisco and New York City. In this story we encounter the Vampire council of New York. We have more interactions with Merle Kraft and unfortunately also his brother. We find out more about Marco’s past and what has shaped him. We also learn more about Amanda Colt and her own past. This story picks up right where the last story left off. And Soon we are neck deep in action on both coasts. The Vatican Ninja’s make an appearance again. And Marco as much as he want to be a lone wolf, seems to build teams and bring people together no matter how hard he seems to try to avoid it. I thought the final battle in the last volume was epic, but this one pumps up the action even more. And we have a surprising appearance and conversation at the conclusion of this battle. Readers will love the main characters and be rooting for them, but the supporting cast is excellent as well. 

I can’t wait to read the next two novels in this series. These stories have a bit of a feel of Blade or John Carpenter’s Vampires, and thankfully no vampires that sparkle. The stories I have read to date in this series are wonderfully written and masterfully executed.

The novels in this series are:

       Formerly Murphy's Law of Vampires

The Short Stories are:

02 Bad Date (During the main story arc)
03 Mad Dog Moon (An Epilogue Story)

Declan has created another incredibly series in a shared world. I am hooked. I am very glad these novels are back in print, I look forward to reading them and sharing them with others. A great story in an incredible series! I highly recommend the book and the series.      

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2022 Catholic Reading Plan

Books by Declan Finn:
Love At First Bite Series:
Short Stories:
     (Murphy's Law of Vampires)

Other books:

Anthologies contributed to:
Luna: Planetary Anhtology Series Book 2
Supernatural Streets
Starflight: Tales From The Starport Lounge
Mercury: Planetary Anthology Series Book 4
Venus: Planetary Anthology Series Book 5
Mars: Planetary Anthology Series Book 7
Places Beyond the Wild: A Z-Day Anthology
Shoot the Devil: Ten Tales of Humans Defeating the Demonic
Fantastic Schools, Volume 6

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