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This is ground zero. The place that it all began. For those who don't know, this is sort of like the Secret Origin of M&S, never revealed until know. This is When Monty Met Simon, minus the restaurant scene. And, this is the perfect time for you to get in on the ground floor.
I'm talking about Monty and Strong started out having already been together, Simon was cursed, and Monty was . . . .well, Monty. Fans of the series had been waiting to see how they hooked up and started kicking butt, and the amazing Orlando Sanchez finally gave them what they wanted. In doing so, he answered some questions, and like a good necromancer he raised some more. I get really tired of Harry Dresden and Nate Temple being the end all be all of Urban Fantasy. They are good, but M&S stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and could go toe to toe and be the last one standing. If you like Urban Fantasy then this is the place to start. Don't miss out.
In this story, Monty and Simon meet while investigating the disappearances of children. I liked the Oscar/Felix relationship that they had at first, which was natural if you knew their personalities. They face off against two gods of the Hindu Pantheon, and needless to say you never go against a god and walk away unscathed. At least the pair gain some respect for one another, and we get to see a budding friendship since a bro-mance is out of the question with them.
Sanchez has a punchy writing style, and by that I mean he hits you when you let your guard down. He writes hard and fast, packs in action, as well as intellectual concepts that strike like a cobra. One thing that threw me for a loop was the need for two narrators, not that I am complaining as Logsdon is practically a legend, and Brown does a fantastic job for someone who I believe is new to the gig (I couldn't find anything but this book that he had narrated). Best of all, I finally get to say that I didn't get this book with a code, and its awesomeness is the only thing that spurred me to review it. I heartily suggest that you get this book and introduce yourself to this dynamic duo. Like right now. Seriously, get this now and enter a magical world of Urban Fantasy unlike any that you have seen before.
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love the narrative of this and the story! fantastic job! Highly recommend it to anyone who loves Urban Fantasy