Things To Do in Denver When You're Undead by Mark Everett Stone
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
For ten years Kal Hakala has been the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation's top man, the longest surviving agent in its blood-soaked history. There has been no case he couldn't crack, no monster he couldn't kill. Until a plague of zombies in Denver turns into an investigation of a vicious serial killer dubbed The Organ Donor. Fueled by rage and a hatred of all things supernatural, he dives headlong into the one mystery that could finally kill him. (Goodreads)
Really enjoyed this book and the main character, Kal. Kal is a hardcore veteran monster hunter who is very, very good at his job. Full of wise-cracking, cynical black humor, I had a hard time putting this one down! Wanted to find out what drove Kal, why he hadn't quit the Bureau yet, and how he beat the average 3 year life expectancy of an agent.
The Bureau itself is an interesting idea - a worldwide agency that fights the monsters that the rest of the world doesn't believe exist. But Kal is even more interesting as he is an driven man, full of rage, yet somehow remains sane.
While there is some adult language, it fits the characters perfectly and never feels gratuitous. With a short life expectancy and harsh job, you shouldn't expect tea and crumpets from these guys. Usually Kal and his team are in and out of town pretty fast, dispatching the monsters and moving on to the next gig. But this assignment is different in that they seem to be the targets. Sort of like the hunters being hunted for a change.
Gave this one a 4/5 as I really enjoyed the characters, the storyline, the writing, and the dark humor. Love cynical characters, and Kal delivered! This story was original enough that I didn't see some of the twists coming, which is always appreciated. Will keep an eye out to see what the author comes up with next!
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