Days Gone Bad [NOOK Book]

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My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation.

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Overview

My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044308510
  • Publisher: Eric Asher
  • Publication date: 2/9/2013
  • Series: Vesik, #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,442
  • File size: 304 KB

Meet the Author

Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

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    I really liked Eric Asher¿s debut novel Days Gone Bad, Vesik Ser

    I really liked Eric Asher’s debut novel Days Gone Bad, Vesik Series Book 1.  It is written in first person narrative and the storyteller is Damien Valdis Vesik, a necromancer with a sarcastic and witty sense of humor and a great group of supernatural acquaintances.

    The reader is immediately dropped into Damien’s thoughts and at first it was a little unsettling and had me feeling as if I may have missed something but after chapter 2 I was so wrapped up in the story and all the fantastic characters that I didn’t give it a second thought. I really liked Damien. He doesn’t get overly wound up about things and as I was reading the story his voice took on the tone of one of those old detective TV show narrators; which in my opinion means that the author is doing something right if they can get a reader to actually “hear” their characters voices as they read.

    Days Gone Bad is fast paced, full of action, and has a full cast of amazing characters/creatures. It isn’t an urban paranormal romance but more of a urban paranormal action thriller and as you can imagine when dealing with vampires, necromancers, and power hungry demons things might get a little messy and by messy I mean gory. I really didn’t find the gore too bad, it fit with the scenes and didn’t seem like it was put in for shock value, and truthfully when you are fighting zombie vampires you should be “realistic” and expect some gore.

    So lets talk about the characters. Wow…at the characters! There are a lot of them and they are all amazingly fleshed out and just terrific. I found myself grabbing an old grocery list and writing the characters and their roles on the back of it so I could keep them sorted out in my head.  There are necromancers of course, fairies, vampires, zombies, zombie vampires, demons, gods, and I know I am missing some but the point is they are all very vividly described and liking or disliking them accordingly. I would have liked a little more background on how Damien got to know some of them and am hoping that some of those details get filled in in future books.

    I loved the legends and myths that emerge as you read and again the details are amazing.  There is a lot going on in the story but it doesn’t overwhelm you; it just carries you along and before you know it you are at the end. I am anxious to see how the series unfolds and wraps around all the characters that Asher has created.

    This is a wonderful start to not only a great series but also a long and successful writing career for Eric Asher. I have already purchased his recently released book 2 in the series Wolves and the River of Stone and can’t wait to join in on another adventure with Damien and his band of merry misfits.

    *I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.*

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    It took me awhile to be able to finally get this book and read i

    It took me awhile to be able to finally get this book and read it. I'm glad I finally got to. It was so funny and quirky. There was some sadness but a lot more humor. I loved this book. I can't wait until I can get the second one...or win it. Whichever comes first. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

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    Days Gone Bad is infused with humor and stellar writing. The cha

    Days Gone Bad is infused with humor and stellar writing. The characters are amazingly well fleshed out - you feel like you really know them. My favorite character is Damian and not just because he's the main character. He talks to you like you're an old friend, he has a great sense of humor, and he's brave. Plus he's a necromancer - a necromancer who isn't evil. He's become one of my new book boyfriends! I also thought it was really interesting that Damian casts spells to fight against demons and rogue vampires.

    Damian's vampire sister, Sam, is a close second as one of my favorite characters. She's full of life (haha), spunky, and beautiful. I love that she has this gorgeous, straight black hair. Damian and Sam have a close relationship, and they get along well. Damian seemed to be protective of his sister, and that's one of the many things I appreciated about him.

    I really liked how the fairies are bad ass - there is nothing sparkly or dainty about them. Foster, his wife, and his mother Cara are tough cookies - you can tell by the way Cara reacts when she thinks the new employee Damian hired has insulted fairies. They will tear you limb from limb if you aren't careful around them! That's how they should be. ;)

    I liked the gore. That makes me sound demented I suppose, but as someone who's a huge horror fan of both gory horror as well as psychological horror, I like to see the "monsters" get splattered. With all of the supernatural creatures running around wreaking havoc, Days Gone Bad couldn't be told as well without some gore - Damian and his friends are battling for their very lives. There are going to be casualties. Gory scenes are just satisfying, especially when a puppet master rogue vampire is after my Damian!

    Days Gone Bad is packed with action, humor, and some bloody fun. I highly recommend this for readers who enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series, or even if you were disappointed by the series. Asher breathes new life into the urban fantasy genre, and I'm excited to see where the next installment takes us.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2013

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    Days Gone Bad (Vesik #1) by Eric R. Asher 3 1/2 of 5 stars Dami

    Days Gone Bad (Vesik #1) by Eric R. Asher
    3 1/2 of 5 stars

    Damian Valdis Vesik leads an unusual life. He is the owner of a magic shop called Death’s Door (aka Double D or DD) in St Charles, Missouri.  Fairies live in a clock in his establishment, which is also guarded by two cu siths. His sister is a vampire.   Oh and by the way, he’s a Necromancer.

    There is a demon in town that he needs to annihilate.  If that isn’t enough he has to attend the wedding of his ex-girlfriend.  One of my favorite parts of this novel is Vesik’s wedding commentary.  It will definitely get you laughing.

    Vesik and his friends have a great sense of humor; which is probably good in their line of work.  Asher does a considerable job portraying his characters.  Days Gone Bad is an excellent start with the Vesik series.   

    ARC provided by in exchange for an honest review.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2015

    Verrrry interesting

    totally enjoyed it.

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  • Posted April 15, 2015

    Great story and great characters! The story quickly grabbed me

    Great story and great characters! The story quickly grabbed me and sucked me right in. If you are a fan of Jim Butcher's Dresden series like I am then you should love this author as well. Eric Asher mixes adventure, danger, comedy, and magic in such a way that you just can't put the book down. 5 stars and 2 thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2015

    Good book

    You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2015

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    Just plain silly I lasted 1 chapter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2015

    Days gone bad

    Loved this book couldn't put it down, paranormal and definitely was not a romance that's so awesome .

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  • Posted February 9, 2015

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    I received a free copy of  this audio book from the author when

    I received a free copy of  this audio book from the author when I met him at Coastal Magic Con.  My husband and I listened to it on the way home and were enthralled.  This story grabbed us from the start. Mr. Asher has built a vivid picture of a world where vampires, fairies, witches, ghosts, Watchers, and others exist side by side with common folk.  His is a world filled with magic and mayhem, humor and love.  William Dufris did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life. This story is not for the weak of heart.  It is often violent and is graphic in its depiction of the violence.  But the story is well worth it and would be diminished without the horror of the violence.  I will most certainly be checking out the further adventures of Damian Valdis Vesik. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2014

    Paranormal humor my fav

    Loved it. Lots of paranormal action and a great sense of humor. Can't wait for more adventures from Damian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Days Gone Bad is the first book is the Vesik Series by Eric R. A

    Days Gone Bad is the first book is the Vesik Series by Eric R. Asher. It's a paranormal/fantasy book
    that follows Damian Vesik, a necromancer [and also my boyfriend (no exceptions on that, ladies and
    gentlemen, I have screamed dibs)] and he hunts demons. There is a LOT going on in this book--
    vampires, Fae, demons, etc.--and usually I don't like when a book goes off track and uses more than
    one paranormal element, but in this case, Asher blew it out of the park!

    I cannot tell you one bad thing about this book--I absolutely loved it. This is the first time in a long time
    I've been completely blown away by a novel. The story is fast paced and keeps you guessing all the way
     through, and Damian is a THRILL. I adore books where the main character/protagonist is male (there
    aren't nearly enough out there), and Damian doesn't disappoint. He's hilarious, sarcastic and snarky,
    not to mention drop dead gorgeous. He had me laughing from the very first page and kept it going until
    the very end.

    I will say this is NOT the book for the weak of stomach... There is GORE (wonderful, amazing gore
    #ilovegore) to the extreme and it's done so epically well... Oh how I LOVE when authors know what
    they're doing with a good bloody scene.

    Again I will repeat that I adore this novel. It is probably the best paranormal I've ever read, and definitely
     one of my favorite books of 2014 so far. I am jumping RIGHT into Wolves and the River of Stone
    TONIGHT and nothing and no one can stop me. Asher has a lifelong fan in me!

    (plus, can I just say cover love...)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Excellent modern fantasy

    Reminded me alot of the Harry Dresden stories. A fun and engaging fantasy set in modern America.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    A Quick Pleasant Read

    Overall I liked the book. It had good pacing, well developed main and supporting characters and an interesting premise. The villains were pretty much cannon fodder types which lessened the main plot, but the various scenes with the main characters more than made up for this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Awesome read and author

    Love Eric Asher story is great cannot wait for more in the series!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Highly recommend

    I found the book to be very interesting and cleverly written. I enjoyed the humor and self deprecation of the main character. I especially enjoyed the references to St. Louis. It's enjoyable to know the places being written about in the book.
    I am not usually a scifi reader, but this book was most enjoyable. I would definitely read another book written by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    I totally love this! !

    I never leave reviews but I LOVE this book. I read the entire book in a day because I was dying to know what happened next! My only complaint: I want more Now!.!!

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

    Great debut novel! Asher is an author to watch! Quick Critique

    Great debut novel! Asher is an author to watch!

    Quick Critique




    Pros: Days Gone Bad is brimming with intense action, gruesome battles, and all sorts of supernatural goodness. It kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.




    Cons: At times there was a little too much going on, and the story didn’t flow quite as smoothly as I would have liked. I do hope that these issues are tweaked in the next book.




    Overall: This is a great debut novel, and a remarkable start to this Urban Fantasy series. I recommend Days Gone Bad to anyone that enjoys urban fantasy and a whole lot of bloodshed. I will definitely check out the next book in the series.








    My Thoughts




    Days Gone Bad is a fascinating tale that follows Damian, a necromancer, who is forced to fight a new kind of evil, one that hasn’t been seen before. Lives depend on his success, and he has one heck of a time attempting to vanquish these new monsters. Fortunately for Damian, he has a variety of supernatural allies to watch his back, including his wise old crone of a master by the name of Zola, who I believe was a dominatrix in a former life, as she loves to beat Damian with her cane. She is one of my favorite characters in this book. I love the way she speaks. I could hear her voice in my head while I was reading, and often times caught myself mouthing her words.




    The pages of Days Gone Bad are replete with every type of paranormal and supernatural creature you could want in an urban fantasy novel, from vampires to zombies — including an interesting twist involving both, and demons to fairies. There was quite a bit of fantasy folklore inside these pages, and I had to hit the internet a few times to find out what some of the “technical” terms meant. I felt as though I was preparing for my very first battle in a D&D game. This book didn’t have dungeons or dragons in it, but I know just as much about D&D as I did about some of the history in Days Gone Bad. So, all in all, reading this book was not only wildly entertaining, but educational as well. I feel like I have a much better understanding of the fantasy realm. I now understand what things like “The Unseelie Sidhe” mean. Besides, it gave me an excuse to bust out a cold glass of milk and some Oreo cookies. Hey, in my world, doing a little research warrants having a tasty snack in hand.




    Days Gone Bad had me hooked from the first chapter – a necromancer, a vampire, and Mexican food. Uh, yeah… count me in. Damian is an incredible character, very well fleshed out. He is witty — loaded to the hilt with dark humor, rugged, and supercalifragilisticexpialidociously bad to the bone. I was completely captivated by Damian throughout the entire book. I clung to his every word, anxious to find out what he was thinking, or what he would do next. There were many other characters I adored as well – Foster and Aideen were among my favorites. I am pretty certain I let an, “Awww,” escape my lips during a pre-battle ritual that took place inside Death’s Door. Oh, you want to know what Death’s Door is? Hmmm, well… I’d love to tell you, but I think you should probably read the book to find out.




    "Foster went down on one knee in front of his wife. She gently placed the helmet over his head, brushing his hair carefully behind his ears. He held out his arms, palms facing the ceiling, and she strapped a golden vambrace to each. His greaves were already laced and she double-checked them as he stood. She took a knee in turn and presented his fairy-sized claymore, with her arms raised and head bowed."




    –Eric R. Asher, Days Gone Bad




    Days Gone Bad is a great debut novel, and I will definitely read the next installment in the Vesik series. If you enjoy urban fantasy, and powerful, hair-raising action, this is a book you do not want to miss!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    A Review of Days Gone Bad by Eric Asher. I give this book 4.5 ou

    A Review of Days Gone Bad by Eric Asher.
    I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

    When I picked up this book to start reading I really didn't know what to expect. In this case that was a good thing! I laughed, I winced, and I hurt right along with the characters. From the first chapter I was drawn in and found it very difficult to put the book down. I was surprised at how easily the author pulled you into his world and made you feel right at home. Damian is a main character that sees his own flaws and does the best he can with what he has, most of the time with better results than he expected. His relationships with other characters comes off very strong and I almost feel as if they are my now friends too! The only negative thing I have to say is that I wanted more of the story! This is one book I am really looking forward to reading again and I hope a Book 2 is in the near future! I can't wait to see what Eric will write next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    I can't say enough about Eric Asher's first novel, Days Gone Bad

    I can't say enough about Eric Asher's first novel, Days Gone Bad. The creative genius of Asher mesmerizes his readers and invites them to take part in Damian Vesik's world and his journey to defeat evils beyond one's wildest imagination.
    As a shop keeper of Death's Door and neophyte of the black arts, Damian is a memorable protagonist who encourages his readers to come along for an action-filled ride. Like Bastian in The Neverending Story, I too found myself taking refuge in this book, cheering on Damian and being inexorably drawn in to a realm of fantasy that seemed deeply rooted in Missouri history. Although dark and graphic at times, Asher skillfully juxtaposes the light and the dark, the laughter and tears, and good verses evil. I found myself laughing hysterically at times and crying the next.
    Think about all the things one fears: necromancers, demons, vampires, warlocks, and zombies. This novel has it all and lends itself to prequels and sequels as readers yearn for more adventures and background on some of its most likable characters: a vamp sister named Sam, an elderly mentor with a New Orleans vernacular called Zola, and a clock-dwelling, cheese-loving fairy named Foster. Asher's first novel depicts rich and quirky characters and weaves in many historical references. It is rich in figurative language and makes me want to read the novel again and again. Days Gone Bad definitely delivers. Speaking of delivering, “Ah’s a gonna git me some bacon.”

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