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Albert Johannson lives off the grid. He's forgotten more than he remembers about his past, but those snippets he's retained tell him two things: he's lived a long, looong time and he doesn't trust anyone, particularly gods. He's not any too fond of demons either, particularly the one that materializes in his kitchen wanting to hire him for a special mission. It's as deadly to cross a demon as to deal with him, so Albert reluctantly agrees to investigate, putting him in the path of a prickly arson detective named ...
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Albert Johannson lives off the grid. He's forgotten more than he remembers about his past, but those snippets he's retained tell him two things: he's lived a long, looong time and he doesn't trust anyone, particularly gods. He's not any too fond of demons either, particularly the one that materializes in his kitchen wanting to hire him for a special mission. It's as deadly to cross a demon as to deal with him, so Albert reluctantly agrees to investigate, putting him in the path of a prickly arson detective named Melissa el Hajj with trust issues of her own. Clashing at a crime scene, they uncover a broken seal that seems ancient enough to have been forged by Solomon himself. The seal cries out to Albert that he must mend it or something dark and dire will happen. Albert, who has a special affinity for metal, must first discover exactly what that will do to his kind - and he's only just beginning to understand who and what he really is.
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Two unlikely companions must join forces to foil a demonic plan in Burton's engaging but slow-paced contemporary fantasy. Master smith Albert Johansson has lived a long time—so long that he can't quite remember who or what he is, although he does know he has a special affinity for forging metal. But Albert's quiet world is upended when a demon named Legion appears in his kitchen and tasks him with a strange mission to repair a broken magical seal. Albert soon meets Melissa el Hajj, a tough police officer who has also been recruited by the demon. Together, they set out to discover the importance of the seal, even though neither one trusts the other—or the demon. Burton, a pseudonym for James A. Hetley (Dragon's Bones), has created two unusual and interesting characters in Albert and Melissa, and his narrative is peppered with a variety of religious, cultural, literary, and mythological references. However, lengthy descriptions and Albert's fuzzy recollections of his own memories slow down an already plodding story line. (May)
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Albert Johannson, who remembers little about his past, tries to keep a low profile so his strange affinity for metal will not be noticed. When a demon appears in his kitchen wanting to hire him for a special task, Albert reluctantly accepts the job rather than risk the demon's anger. His investigation uncovers a damaged seal that might have been used by King Solomon to bind demons. Arson investigator Melissa el Hajj, however, has no reason to trust a strange man with dangerous knowledge who might be connected to the crime she is investigating. The author of The Summer Country and The Winter Oak (then writing as James A. Hetley) has created an intriguing occult mystery featuring a man who can talk to metal (and might be more than human) and a sharp-tongued detective descended from the warrior women of the Afghan hills. VERDICT With a pair of protagonists who are much more than their eccentricities and a plot that contains both magic and mayhem, Burton has come up with a winner in the urban fantasy genre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607013365
  • Publisher: Prime Books
  • Publication date: 5/2/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Loved it!

    I didn't know what to expect with this book, but I loved it!

    I never quite know what a new pen name means - is the author going in a new direction that I won't like, will the writing still be in a style that I appreciate, etc... But in this case I liked the writing and the book even better than Hetley's other books.

    The story was intriguing from the start, and just got better, taking turns which I wasn't expecting, but found interesting and thought provoking. The characters were believable and appealing. The wit displayed in the writing was funny and not overdone.

    I was reminded a bit of Neil Gaiman's work, which is always a good thing.

    Definitely recommend this one!

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    Bought the eBook on the recommendation of author Sharon Lee (who

    Bought the eBook on the recommendation of author Sharon Lee (who happens to be James A. Burton's next-door neighbor). Read it in a single sitting; enjoyed it tremendously! The characters are well-drawn and believable, the world-building is excellent, and the pacing of the novel worked well.

    Highly recommended.

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