When monsters and dark magicks came back into the world it looked like Dave Hooper, aka 'Super Dave', might be our only hope. Thankfully not. Super Dave is dumpster fire of regret and disappointment for anyone who relies on him.
Colonel Ekaterina Varatchevsky of the Russian GRU, a deep cover agent operating in the US as Karen Warat, a successful New York art dealer, doesn't want to rely on him. And when she is gifted with superpowers curtesy of killing a Threshrend Daemonum which attacks her gallery and eats rather a large number of Manhattan's 1%, she doesn't have to rely on Dave any more.
She has to target him.
This is her story. Not told by Dave. Because you can't trust that guy.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was fun seeing the change through Katrina s perspective. Oh sometime soon Dave should maybe get to grow past being completely run by his emotion. Great fun stories
Fair but weak ended
I liked it a lot
I loved the Dave Hooper series. Monsters coming up out of the ground is pretty unique and made for some fabulous reading. These 3 Novella’s really add to the original stories, and are well worth reading. This is the first time I’ve read a story from a different characters point of view, from the original story. A brilliant idea from John Birmingham, and so well written.
If you’ve read the Dave books, you know that he isn’t the only one who gained superhero powers by killing a daemon. A Soul Full of Guns is the origin story for Karen Warrat, a.k.a Colonel Ekaterina Varatchevsky of the Russian GRU. Posing as a sophisticated art gallery owner in the US, Karen would conduct missions for the GRU. Until a daemon crashes one of her gallery parties and she’s forced to defend herself by killing one. It just so happens that the party was under surveillance by a US government agency at the time. So now the US knows about her powers, and her own government wants her extracted—keep her away from the US, get her safely to the Russian embassy, give her a new assignment. That new assignment happens to be Dave; but he comes looking for her before she can even start. I really enjoyed Karen’s story. She’s a great character and I hope we get to read more about her in future books. I’m really looking forward to the origin stories of the other “superheros” as well. This novella gets a 4.5.