Title: Drinker of Blood (Specter Series 2, #3)
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Publisher: Widdershins Press, LLC
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Page Count: 84
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
An outbreak of demon attacks across Charleston has worn SPECTR agent John Starkweather to the bone. Now a new threat faces his team: a demon with bullet—and bite—proof skin, which can’t be stopped by ordinary means.
John’s only solace comes in the form of his lovers: Caleb Jansen and the vampire spirit Gray. Caleb and Gray have their own problems, however. Unbeknownst to John, they’ve been tracking a mysterious entity across the city. And after they finally come face to face with their quarry, nothing will ever be the same.
Drinker of Blood cannot be read as a standalone and the reader needs to have read the previous books in the series. The WHOLE series.
My comments from earlier books still stand – I enjoy this series because they aren’t overly complicated, I like the characters, there is enough tension to keep me interested, and the premise is interesting. This is like eating my dark chocolate bars – I can consume the whole thing in one sitting, or I can break off pieces as I go. I like breaking off pieces – so I’m a tich biased.
Drinker of Blood picks up after Dancer of Death. John, Caleb and Zahira are barely tolerated by their co-workers and feared by their new Supervisor. Everyone is convinced Caleb is going to go stark raving mad at any moment and take out everyone in a spectacular blood bath. So SPECTER is keeping John and Caleb on a short, tightly controlled leash, which is beginning to chaff Gray.
But something is afoot in Charleston, and Gray and Caleb have been sneaking out at night to hunt this elusive not-demon. Meanwhile, a series of unconnected murders reveals a college cover-up that has people in high places breathing down SPECTR’s proverbial neck to prevent the secret from coming out. It does anyway and the new Supervisor is beyond pissed, despite Zahira, Grey, John and Caleb taking down a Grendel bent on personal revenge. Granted, they had a little bit of help from a very unexpected source…
So I have to circle back to my one concern with this new series – new SPECTR boss. I still maintain he’s over the top in his animosity, which makes wonder where all this is going to lead.
For those of you who have been following this series, I think you’ll enjoy this one. The Grendel was an interesting monster and worth a second look at Beowulf.