by Hunter Blain
Series: The Preternatural Chronicles #1
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Length: 8 hours and 39 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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After helplessly witnessing the execution of his family, John is approached by a strange man that promises the power of revenge, for a price; his life for the ability to walk the mortal plane for eternity.
Fast forward several hundred years where John finds himself with an unlikely ally, Father Thomes Philseep. Together, they have the holy mission of doing God’s will by protecting this plane from the nefarious evil that seeks the end of times.
After centuries of feeding on mortal blood, if John’s blackened soul can get a little bleaching at the same time, well, all the better.
Too bad the warlock, Nathanial Locke, who is a lackey of Satan himself, has other plans in mind for John.
Despite his platinum tongue and razer whit, John might need some help from a supernatural buddy who has a hankering for meat and sheds in the winter.
Follow John the vampire as he travels through the centuries learning his powers with his teacher, Ulric, and fighting to control his supernatural predatory side to use his powers for good.
Are you looking for a dark vampire urban fantasy? Do you love references to pop culture, snark, and fast-paced action? Then grab, I’m Glad You’re Dead by Hunter Blain, the first audiobook in the Preternatural Chronicles.
stalk, follow narrators I enjoy, and Luke Daniels is one of those narrators. I listened to him do a reading of this and added to my wishlist but was fortunate enough to win an Audible copy from him.
Dark, gory and filled with snark and pop culture references, I easily devoured this over the course of two evenings. Blain does not deliver sparkly vampires, instead he tells the story of John who lived through a terrible tragedy and wants to avenge his mother. He accepts an offer that will forever change him.
Take spiderman and all that you know about vampires. Weave them together and toss in a little Jim Carrey and you’ll begin to see our protagonist, John.
The tale shares both John’s creation story as a teen in the 1400s and his present-day situation in Houston. John works for the church battling evil and it’s worked well until all hell breaks loose. A warlock named Locke is in league with Satan himself, and John is getting in the way.
Suspense, battles, gore, slap-stick humor and sheer determination drive John and his friends in this battle of good vs evil. Can John stop those trying to summon demons before they expose the supernatural world?
Luke Daniels does a stellar job from pacing to character voices. He enhanced the snark and grit, bringing John and secondary characters from allies to villains to life in vivid 3-D.
While we get some closure, the battle is far from over! I am looking forward to the next installment in the Preternatural Chronicles.
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Luke Daniels is one I look for in new audios as well. Fantastic review – sounds like a good series.
Debbie S Haupt
Hmm spiderman, vampires and Jim Carey whaaa 😉 This does sound like something I could sink my fangs in. Thanks Kim
This definitely looks like a good book that I would quite like to give a go. I’ve been reading a lot recently and think this would be great added to my list.
John sounds like a great character.
Maureen @ Maureen's Books
Hmmm.. Sounds a little too dark for me. I’m glad you liked it though 😉
There’s a bit of Houston in this one, so I’m in haha. I recently moved north from the city, but it was a great place to call home!
Oh my, I love this — the dark vibe to it, and the snark and I like how you described him as “toss in a little Jim Carrey and you have John” — won me right now! It sounds like a little bit different to the norm of what I expect in this genre.
Oh it looks fun and you know I love UF and as I didn’t know about this one, I’ll investigate!
2 Evenings, that’a awesome. I am glad that you enjoyed this!
This sounds awesome. Your description John, a mixture of spiderman and Jim Carrey has my mind conjuring up some funny scenarios. Great review, Kim.
did he got bitten by a radioactive vampire so he’s like spiderman with all the works? I do have a hard time imagining Jim Carrey being a vampire.. would be hilarious the jokes he crack