Days Gone Bad

Days Gone Bad

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by Eric Asher

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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,


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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Eric Asher
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Vesik , #1
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Eric is a former bookseller, cellist, 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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Days Gone Bad 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
GinsBookNotes More than 1 year ago
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.*
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
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. 
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
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.  
cavdragon More than 1 year ago
Good action with just the right amount of humor. I enjoyed it very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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...)
Dragonskull2523 More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plenty of paranormal action with very little romance. You will like the characters. I had read this book before some time ago and found it just as exciting as the first. Nice beach or weekend read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first it is very hard to follow. You have to be very patient and dedicated to finishing the book. You will be rewarded if you are. FABULOUS characters and story action! The ending was on a good note but left me disappointed that I saw no sign of a "next book." Overall, I really enjoyed this book and will look for more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. The characters are endearing. I sure wouldn't want to go against what they did. You have to read this to find out what I am talking about.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely well written urban fantasy. I would put it on a level with the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, based on this first book in the series. I plan to follow this series for sure!
Denise Campbell More than 1 year ago
Get them all you won'r regret it!
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Hobbit42 More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Just plain silly I lasted 1 chapter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book couldn't put it down, paranormal and definitely was not a romance that's so awesome .
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In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Lots of paranormal action and a great sense of humor. Can't wait for more adventures from Damian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminded me alot of the Harry Dresden stories. A fun and engaging fantasy set in modern America.
Thaumbody More than 1 year ago
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.