Devil's Hand

Devil's Hand

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by M. E. Patterson
     
 

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A Las Vegas poker ace with supernatural luck is swept into a world-ending conflict between fallen angels and otherworldly shades, in a thrilling debut novel for readers who enjoy Dean Koontz, Jim Butcher, and Tim Powers.<br /><br />The lone survivor of a tragic plane crash, Trent Hawkins inherited a mysterious lucky streak that made him famous, and hated,…  See more details below

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A Las Vegas poker ace with supernatural luck is swept into a world-ending conflict between fallen angels and otherworldly shades, in a thrilling debut novel for readers who enjoy Dean Koontz, Jim Butcher, and Tim Powers.<br /><br />The lone survivor of a tragic plane crash, Trent Hawkins inherited a mysterious lucky streak that made him famous, and hated, in the poker circles of the City of Sin. It wasn't long before the eyes in the sky threw him on the blacklist and chased him out of town. Now, after years away, Trent returns to Las Vegas, and walks right back into trouble.<br /><br />As a serial kidnapper terrorizes the city, Trent and his wife, Susan, rescue a strange, thirteen year-old girl, only to find themselves caught in a fallen angel's plot to cleanse Las Vegas with an unholy blizzard.<br /><br />As the neon dims and the city freezes, Trent is forced to make terrible sacrifices in order to protect his new charge, and learns dark truths about himself and the creatures plotting against mankind. Poker-playing demons, fallen angels, and otherworldly shades all vie to enlist his strange luck, and Trent must choose his role in the coming War, or watch our world fall to ruin beneath a blanket of shadow and ice.

Editorial Reviews

http://www.austinpost.org/art-patrol/book-review-devils-hand - Austin Post
[Devil's Hand is] a read that goes by incredibly fast, never lets your attention drift and packs two books worth of action. ... With over 1,000 books sold in its first three months, “Devil’s Hand” packs the kind of storytelling that makes a statement: Matt Patterson is here to stay.
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/me-patterson/devils-hand/ - Kirkus Indie
A down-on-his-luck gambler gets more than he bargained for in this supernatural thriller from Patterson. [The novel] flows with eager excitement, a blend of Las Vegas gambling culture, modern cowboy adventure, biblical doom and videogame action. ...a satisfying adventure, a gritty, pulpy tale... keeps up the pace right to the climactic end. A fast-paced fight against demonic forces that will appeal to lovers of supernatural thrillers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013116702
Publisher:
Digimonkey Studios
Publication date:
07/25/2011
Series:
Drawing Thin , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
324
File size:
831 KB

Meet the Author

M. E. Patterson is an author and information technologist. His tales span the gamut from horror to fantasy to sci-fi. He lives with a geochemist and a dog in the Texas Hill Country.

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Devil's Hand 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
donnas1 More than 1 year ago
From the beginning you are drawn into the world he has created. If you like stories with suspense, horror, non stop action and likable heroes you will love this book. For a debut novel it is amazingly well done. You would think he had been publishing for years. The story drew me in from the beginning and didnt let me go until it was over. Trent is a surprisingly likeable hero that has an uncanny kind of luck. However as he learn more and more, all start to question what kind of luck is it really. He ends up in the middle of a plot to start a modern day Apocalypse. You have an interesting mix of demons, angels, and mixes in between all fighting to be in control. You are pulled along as Trent tries to understand what is happening around him and what his role is in this battle among beings that are not of this world. This is a great book for fans of all kinds of supernatural fiction, suspense or horror. And it is not one to miss. Following along on Trent's journey is an interesting adventure for all who care to join in. I highly recommend this book for those even just looking for a good story. And I am eagerly looking forward to his next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. Scary in all the right places.
Whocan More than 1 year ago
great story idea, strong characters but a little hard to understand some times, week or unclear descriptions. Over all a good SyFy thriller!
LindsayVA More than 1 year ago
Right from the beginning this book grabs your attention. The characters are caught in the middle of a big storm and as they are standing on the side of the road making a car repair, the storm unleashes a fury of FISH! Yes, dead (and living) fish falling from the sky pelting them. Now that is one GREAT way to start a story! Trent, the main character is a likable guy, one that readers will not have any trouble connecting with. The story is griping, in a fearful kind of way. This is a classic story of good versus evil, and fighting a very real "hell on earth." This book has all the classic elements, mystery, suspense, intrigue, demons, magic, fantasy, and it really is a roller coaster for readers. Once of the most impressive things about this book was the setting...using Las Vegas as the place where this story unfolds really added an element that would not have been there otherwise. The author really has a unique writing style, one that is perfect for stories like Devil's Hand. You have to be a certain type of writer to tackle a story where there are SO MANY elements and parts and it is with a creative touch that the author does this successfully. I wonder if the author left so many "open doors" intentionally and is setting reader's up for more books about Trent. I loved how there were so many scenarios left open for this in the future. I heartily recommend this book if you like the paranormal/fantasy realm, and this one will definitely not disappoint. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future! I give this novel FOUR STARS!
TornSack More than 1 year ago
M.E. Patterson's debut novel, Devil's Hand, is a gritty supernatural thriller set against the dark and treacherous backdrop of a snow-covered Las Vegas; a place where angels and demons roam the streets and the things of nightmares lurk in the shadows. Patterson artfully brings these creatures--and the city they terrorize--to life through a quickly unfolding plot that dives head-long towards its apocalyptic finale. Definitely recommended for fans of Butcher and Koontz, or anyone interested in a gritty, fast-paced, action-packed, supernatural thriller.
Heavensent1 More than 1 year ago
Devil's Hand is a Supernatural Occult Thriller. Trent Hawkins is the "luckiest man alive", especially after he falls out of an airplane and is the only survivor of a horrific plane crash. He has been blacklisted from Las Vegas as his uncanny knack at cards has casino owners looking at him with suspicion and bad luck seems to follow those who are around him. When Trent's wife, Susan, is given a job at the Children's Hospital in Las Vegas, they move back with great trepidation. Trent doesn't know if a year away is long enough for old bygones to be let go but for the love of his wife, Trent is willing to do anything for her. Upon arriving back in Vegas, the two are hit with a hail storm that soon turns into falling fish. Bewildered and confused, they chalk it up to high pressure weather fronts and before they are even unpacked, all hell breaks loose and Trent is the only person who can make things right. Children in Las Vegas are being kidnapped and returned to their parents in a vegetative state. No one at the hospital can explain what is occurring and on the night that Trent and his wife arrive in Vegas, Celia, a thirteen year old who is allergic to water, has been rushed to the hospital in anaphylactic shock. Celia doesn't know it yet, but she is being hunted by an Angel named Zamagiel. Zamagiel wants to return to Heaven and he believes by ridding the Earth of all sin, he will get himself a one-way ticket back to his home. He has resided in Hell for far too long and wants to live by the Grace of God once again. He uses Salvatore Cortina as his host body, Salvatore is a street bum who lives in the sewers beneath Las Vegas. He isn't a willing host and is often fighting Zamagiel for control. Trent has gained powers that he has now been forced to understand in order to save humanity from the grips of evil, to stop the War that is brewing amongst the Angels, the Cherubim and the Grigori's, everyone has their own agenda. Some like the order of things as they are and want War diverted in that they may continue enjoying their Earthly pleasures, some want the Prophecy to be fulfilled in order to amend God's severing of the Angels from their Host and others just want more anarchy and chaos and only one group's champion will secure the future. This is a fantastic debut novel by author, M.E. Patterson. It has intrigue, mystery, angels, demons, magic and more included for this engaging ride into the fantastical world of Angels and Demons. Using Las Vegas as a backdrop for the creatures was quickly impressive, if anyone has ever read Hunter S. Thompson's rendition of Las Vegas, you will see the similarities between the reptilian races and the thoughts of the late author had. If I was going to make one place in the world as the core of Hell, then Las Vegas would be the optimal place to locate such. I loved the history being shared about the Angels and their positions held on Earth and in the eyes of God. I enjoyed the expression of faith and free will that the author shared, it was on par with how I view the angelic realms. I thought the characters were wonderfully written and the back stories shared brought enough light to the situations that the characters found themselves in. The written style of M.E. Patterson reminded me of early style Stephen King or Robert R. MacGammon, written with clarity and insight and urged the reader to continue with the story. I found it hard to put down and needed to fi
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Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
This book is guaranteed to keep the reader on his/her toes. There is constant action and excitement with some undercurrents of menace when the antagonists come in. Trent is the main character, he is surprisingly likable, the reader will have no trouble connecting to him. The reader will learn a little bit about Trent's background in the beginning of the novel, then get to know him better further in. Trent and his wife return after being run out of Las Vegas...and they walk right into trouble. They help a thirteen year-old girl and continue to shelter her, leading them into danger and catalyzing the plot of the novel. Who doesn't like to read about an evil antagonist? How about a Fallen Angel? There are many angel novels in the works right now; however, Patterson manages to make the concept appear more believable, even scary. The secondary characters, for the most part, as fun to get to know. The plot is different and intriguing-with a hint of irony (fallen angel literally bringing a cold day in hell to earth). The events are fast-paced and will keep the book moving consistently until the end. This book is recommended to adults.
TangoMike More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read Matt Patterson's genre and frankly did so because he's a local writer and I wanted to support him and his novel. With that caveat, some who read this might think my rating reflects an inflated opinion of his work. They'd be wrong. How do writers engage readers who don't normally read their genres? For me, it's not about my personal reading preferences nearly so much as the display of unique creativity in story telling. This dark and creepy romp through the streets and tunnels and shadowy unnatural places of a blizzard-struck Las Vegas can only come from the mind of an author with an unbounded ability to ask the question "What if?" Where and how Patterson came up with this story might ought to worry his family and friends. And no, I'm not being serious, just making a point that from start to finish, this novel explores a rich and imaginative soup of the real, the unreal, and everywhere in between. If you want an easy read, look elsewhere, and by that I mean you will be kept guessing about what can possibly happen next. Predictability? Forget it. And in the final analysis, isn't that a prime reason we enjoy fiction?
rpetcher More than 1 year ago
Throw fallen angels, the world's luckiest man, and a gigantic blizzard into loss Vegas and what do you get? A very entertaining first novel by M.E. Patterson. I found the book to be a page turner that (unlike many others) didn't skmip on the characterization or details. Patterson expertly layers his take on fallen angels onto a realistically rendered Las Vegas in a way that keeps you turning the pages and which ultimately results in a very good supernateral thriller. The book keeps you guessing, but also provides a satisfying ending that will leave you wanting a follow up. I think this novel compares very favorably to Koontz in his early years, and I got more than a little hint of Hal Duncan as well. I will be eagerly awaiting the follow up.