Hand of Chaos

Hand of chaosTitle: Hand of Chaos
Series: The Chaos Theology #1
Author: J. Hamlet
Publication Date: September 4, 2013
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy
Synopsis

Exhausted, cynical, and confused, Anna is always there to report for duty. She’s part of a clandestine government team that defends the nation against supernatural terrorism—a job that understandably leaves her life in shambles and drives her to drink a little more than she should. Toss in a fear of intimacy with a desire to have friends and lovers like a normal person and, well, Anna is a troubled soul wrapped in a special agent with arcane, magical powers. Waking up hungover at five–­thirty in the morning with a zombie­–infested apartment building in the heart of DC to deal with, she knows she’s got the makings of the worst morning possible.

Her team is its own challenge. A battle­–scarred Nigerian shaman, a bookish shape­shifter, an inept summoner, and a brilliant but cantankerous wizard round it all out. Her partner, an immortal and cursed Paladin, is the only person she knows more jaded than herself. Getting them all to work together is never easy, with Anna often caught in the cross fire.

Their target, Ethan Morgan, is one pissed off necromancer. His brother was KIA by his own government, the victim of an experimental magical weapon they decided to test on the battlefield. Now bent on revenge and sponsored by one of hell’s most powerful demons, Ethan has a plan of his own to make us all pay. Anna and her team are fighting against the wake of destruction, but Ethan is always one step ahead. With the number of bodies he leaves and reanimates growing exponentially, Anna’s wondering if they’ll stop him before he engulfs everyone in an undead horde.

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My Thoughts

I continue to push myself outside of my normal reading material.  HAND OF CHAOS was a nice break into more of a fantasy book than I’ve read before.  I think it can often be difficult to write a solid female as a lead character, Hamlet does an incredible job of forming a solid lead female.  Having a strong female lead can often leave the male supporting character less than desirable, but that is not the case here.  Both Anna and Ethan are well written and quite believable.

One of the more difficult tasks of a supernatural/fantasy book is its believability.  It is always enjoyable when an author can take something a bit ‘out there’ and leave a reader considering that it just might possibly happen.  Hamlet does a great job taking this ‘story’ and making it come into the realm of possibility.

With a read like HAND OF CHAOS, it is almost disappointing to have it end.  It is always better to end a read like this knowing that there may be more to come!  I look forward to the continuation of many characters.  Great, quick read!

While a quick read, it does not disappoint.

Author Bio

Final Author pictureEveryone needs a hobby. And, like most people, I hope one day that my hobby will liberate me from my mind–­numbing day job. I chose writing. Not one of the easier ones. I chose it at the tender age of 14, churning out terrible science fiction novels that heaped on the cliches and barely hidden tropes of all space operas. Thankfully, those creations reside in the prison of an old Commodore 64 hard drive and several 3.5″ disks (kids, ask your parents) in a landfill somewhere. And, let me be clear, the world is better for it.

Along the way, I kept writing. Through college. Through grad school. Through the beginning of my career, such as it is. I like to believe I picked up skills. I wanted to write novels that had things I wanted to see. Hand of Chaos, my debut novel, brings together elements of a spy thriller and a police procedural with dark and urban fantasy. I followed that with Scarred Earth, a serial alien invasion novel I’m releasing entirely through tumblr. I’m probably going about this all wrong, but I don’t know any other way.

 

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Posted: Monday, September 8th, 2014 @ 4:55 am
Categories: Books.
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