Hard Day's Knight

Hard Day's Knight

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by John G. Hartness
     
 

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BOOK ONE

The Black Knight Chronicles:

Lots of Vampires. No Sparkles. Serious Snark.

Children are missing.

The police are stumped.

Halloween is coming, and an ancient evil is on the horizon.

The vampires are the good guys.

This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood

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BOOK ONE

The Black Knight Chronicles:

Lots of Vampires. No Sparkles. Serious Snark.

Children are missing.

The police are stumped.

Halloween is coming, and an ancient evil is on the horizon.

The vampires are the good guys.

This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood have been hired to save a client from being cursed for all eternity, but end up in a bigger mess than they ever imagined.

Suddenly trapped in the middle of a serial kidnapping case, Jimmy and Greg uncover a plot to bring forth an ancient evil. Soon, they've enlisted the help of a police detective, a priest, a witch, a fallen angel and a strip club proprietor to save the world. This unlikely band of heroes battles zombies, witches, neuroses and sunburn while cracking jokes and looking for the perfect bag of O-negative.

John G. Hartness is a recovering theatre geek who likes loud music, fried pickles and cold beer. He's also an award-winning poet, lighting designer and theatre producer whose work has been translated into over twenty-five languages and read worldwide. John lives in North Carolina with his lovely wife Suzy and writes full-time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611941678
Publisher:
BelleBooks
Publication date:
12/21/2012
Pages:
198
Sales rank:
445,118
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

John G. Hartness is an award-winning poet and irrepressible drunken snark from North Carolina. He is the author of the novel The Chosen and has now turned his focus to creatures of the night, like vampires and attorneys.

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Hard Day's Knight 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
When Detective Jimmy Black wakes up tied to a chair with silver the last thing he expects is to find a young man intent on having Jimmy change him over. But the teen is desperate, thinking himself cursed by a witch and his whole family in danger because of his teasing actions. So Jimmy and his partner, Greg, take him on as a client and go to confront the little girl who has this teen so terrified, what they find however is a demonic plot that can lead to Hell on Earth. Can these average Joe's who just happen to be vampires save the world from demons and child possession? With the help of some very unlikely allies they just might have a chance! Hard Day's Knight was a refreshingly fun read full of humor, snarky one-liners, action and mystery. John Hartness, with his comedic writing style, has weaved together a unique tale where vampires, priests, demons, angels and humans collide. Incorporating a bit of religion and a battle between good and evil into an entertaining plot while adding just a dash of romance. The characters weren't exceptional in their abilities but well developed and diverse. The dialogue is smart and witty and helped the story flow at a quick pace. I usually need a bit more romance in a book for me to like it but this one surprisingly kept my interest start to finish. I would recommend it to urban fantasy readers who enjoy comic books as well but don't have the need for romance. Quote: "I don't sparkle, I'm no more perpetually horny than anyone (or anything) else, and I don't use my vampire powers to get laid. Much."
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This book was kind of a joke. I dont recommend it.
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It turns out I like some humor with my vampires. This book is defintely entertaining.
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vvb32 More than 1 year ago
Hilarious. This is not a comedy but the banter and feel of the story kept me smiling throughout. The main characters are young vampires (not your usual 100+ year olds) and the story revolves around modern day dork types (not your usual hunky schmexy emo vamps). I had a good time following along with this vampire detective duo. Looking forward to more investigations with them.
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renthewriter More than 1 year ago
It's refreshing to read about vampires that are not sexy, brooding and mysterious. Jimmy and Greg don't fit the mold whatsoever. They're nerdy, funny, have serious gamer skills and are just nice guys. They don't sparkle, they get their asses kicked and they are totally lame when it comes to women. I like them. A lot. I couldn't stop laughing at the descriptive mayhem that ensues when Jimmy and Greg find themselves in one jam after another. It's hilarious. The dynamic duo finds themselves accompanied by a group of people that are diverse but just as dedicated in their pursuit to bring the bad guys to justice. Or send them back to wherever they came from. I have to say, the fight scene with the demon-possessed children was, by far, the funniest I've read in a long time. I scrolled back to re-read it several times because I couldn't get the visual out of my head. Jimmy and Greg interact as only best friends do. They bicker and fuss with each other, their friend Mike (the priest) and try to solve a case that is way out of their league. Jimmy defers to Greg in certain matters but there's never a hint of competition between them. They know what they can and can't do and it works perfectly. The writing is smooth, very detailed and right on point. There was a moment where it lulled briefly and that was only due to explanation of how Jimmy and Greg were "turned." Other than that, it was was a true page turner all the way. A very impressive first installment for the Black Knight Chronicles
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Tishia More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this is not the type of book I usually read. I love paranormal - but usually go for the romantic/steamy type. I think this book is the funniest book I've ever read! Hard Day's Knight is about a couple of vampire detectives named Jimmy and Greg who seem to have a knack for getting themselves into a lot of trouble. These are not your typical suave and sexy vampires. These are basically a couple of dorky guys who just happen to have vampire speed and strength. It's a nice change of pace really. You can't help but love these guys, and you can't help but laugh through the whole book. The humor in this book was non-stop. The pace of the book was non-stop as well. There was loads of action mixed in with all the humor. Not only do you have sarcastic vampires, you also get zombies, possessed children, and other paranormal beings added to the mix. The book flows really well, and there is no frustrating cliffhanger. I'd recommend this book to a variety of readers - those who like paranormal, investigation, humor... I would definitely read more books by this author.
KBaker91 More than 1 year ago
Hard Day's Knight was a great book and I am really looking forward to the sequel. This book quickly captured my interest with the main character's funny one liners and the original story line. This book is action packed which is a major reason that I liked it. There was not just one climatic moment but several. Jimmy's one liners were always funny and served to lighten a scene so that it was not too dark. I laughed when Jimmy described how he and Greg captured a zombie by hitting him out of the moving car with the baseball bat. I also enjoyed the variety of unique characters in this book. I would never have thought of a character such as a fallen angel or the first wife of Adam. It was very original and the scene towards the end with Phil was unexpected to me but was a nice surprise. I also enjoyed the interactions that Jimmy had with the witch that he encountered. I recommend this book to anyone that wants an action packed vampire novel that also has a lot of humor throughout it. It is very well written and creative and I am looking forward to the next installment.
Syria_Says More than 1 year ago
Storyline: Hard Day's Knight Vol 1 written by John Hartness is a surprisingly refreshing take on the sudden interest in all things fang and blood sucking related. Jimmy and his best friend, Greg, are detectives who also happen to moonlight (Get it! HA!) as vampires. They are, or were, two 20somethings with only a minimal life outside of videogames, being nerds and just flying below the radar. until they were turned into vampires and decided to be good guys. Now, they may have bitten (Oh my God! Somebody STOP me! HA!) off more than they can swallow! It appears that someone or something is kidnapping children in Charlotte, NC for a Halloween ritual that will undoubtedly end poorly for everyone inovolved. Jimmy and Greg, along with the best friend come priest, Mike, must figure out how to stop the dead from rising, the world from ending and the police from arresting them before time runs out. Grammar/Spelling: I noticed a couple of punctuation issues throughout. Hardly worth mentioning. Character Development: The story is told from Jimmy's sarcastic and twisted perspective. He's quick to point out that his strengths (or weaknesses - depending on if someone finds him funny or not) lay in his humor, quick-thinking and his loyalty to Greg and Mike. Jimmy is also more of the action "man" in their partnership; whereas Greg is more the brains of the operation. They definitely have a symbiotic relationship. As much as they would deny it. Both of these guys could be friends of mine - hell! I probably DO have friends like this! Writing Style: From beginning to end, Jimmy's flowing narrative carries the reader from his unfortunate kidnapping to fighting zombies in the middle of town. I really enjoyed the swipes that he took at the more *ahem* sparkly of his brethren and dispelled a lot of misconceptions that are associated with creatures of the night. Mr. Hartness does a phenomenal job with keeping the story fluid (HA! ANOTHER vampire pun! It's like I have a SICKNESS!) and contemporary with enough pop culture references to keep it current without overdoing it. The story contains adult language, violence and situations. So, it's not for everyone. Continuity: No issues with continuity. Overall Rating: 5 I really enjoyed this book and believe that Hard Day's Night Vol. 1 will be a wonderfully entertaining series. Mr. John Hartness has written a fang-tastic (Last one.I promise!) vampire novel that isn't just an ordinary self-loathing, angst-ridden story about a sad vampire who is just trying to fit in. He's started a vampire detective series that I hope has many volumes!
JackalopeKing More than 1 year ago
Wow. First off I feel there are two pertinent pieces of information I must share for this review. First, I love Jim Butcher's Dresden Files; it's my absolute favorite series and within the series is my favorite book. Secondly, I really am on the verge of hating vampires. I think they are overused and have become glorified sex obsessed humans in recent literature. What's the point in knowing those two pieces of information? Well, the main characters in this book were vampires and I thought it [Hard Day's Knight] was on par with Butcher's Dresden Files. Now, that should give a bit of perspective on just how impressed I was with this novel. I'm also moving the sequel to this onto my "release day read" list and on said day I will probably gobble it up in one sitting like I did with this one. What makes this book so great was the characters. It's a relatively small cast for this first book, but they were all great. James Black, the character who's [whom?] we read the book through, is just plain awesome. Ya know, I've read so many urban fantasy novels and I'll keep reading them, but one of the main problems I see in these books is that the protagonist is always made out to be a badass. The authors go on and on about how awesome their character is and why - usually because of some clothing or weapons they carry or some traumatic past experience, but in the end it's always rubbish. Their characters are supposed to be these great, just plain ol' badasses, but they never are. This is where John Hartness excels with his characters. He doesn't need to talk about how awesome they are describe every pain staking detail about them, he let's their actions and their words speak for them. What Hartness has created here, is a genuine, monster ass-kicking badass. His partner, Greg Knightwood, is equally awesome. He's a goofy, lovable vampire that you'll not expect much from at first, but will grow to really enjoy. He is definitely a great match for James Black. In fact, he's more than the typical sidekick and doesn't suffer from being left out of the spotlight. We've also got their friend Mike the priest, Phil the fallen angel, Lilith the ultimate feminist, and Sabrina the straight as a razor's edge detective. So that's the cast of the good guys, or the mostly good guys, and they seem like types of characters used before you say? Well, yes, we've seen these types of characters before, but we've seen every character type before. The different here is that Hartness has managed to actually capture what's great about them and make the characters feel real. They're not just forced cliches an author feels he or she needs to include in their book. They are real characters. As for the story, it's your hero saving the day by having his butt kicked and then proceeding to kick some butt himself. It's simple, but effective and doesn't suffer from a convoluted plot or forced cliches. It's just good fun. What's also nice is that there were little things here and there that feel like hints of what could come in later stories. Mr Hartness has done what many authors have forgotten about - foreshadowing. He didn't try to throw every single idea into one book, but opted to show you that he had more ideas ready. Oh there's even a small appearance by God and ya know what? It's not groan worthy and is actually very touching - and that's coming from an atheist.