James Crowley met his mortal end in a hail of gunfire. Now, he finds himself in purgatory, serving the White Throne to avoid falling to hell. Not quite undead, though not alive either, the best he can hope for is to work off his servitude and fade away.
His not-so-sacred duty as a Hand of God? Use his new abilities to hunt down demonic beings that have infiltrated the mortal realm.
This time, the White Throne has sent him to the middle of nowhere: a western town called Dead Acre with a saloon, a moldy church, and little else worth talking about. There isn’t even a sheriff. But the local cobbler has gone missing at the same time as a number of graves were desecrated.
Crowley must follow the clues, all while dealing with a cutthroat gang which treats Dead Acre like they own it, an extraordinary woman who makes it hard to focus, and locals not keen on strangers.
Life isn’t simple for a Hand of God.
Point of view:
1st person. Entirely from Crowley’s perspective.
This is the prequel launching the Black Badge series. Rhett C. Bruno & Jaime Castle are new-to-me authors and this is a genre that I’m still pretty new at – but I truly enjoyed this story.
Despite being only 3.5 hours, they offered a nicely developed world and characters. I love how Crowley is just dropped into a town and has to figure out why he’s there. The listener gets to discover the town and mystery right along with him. Investigating a missing person and finding the culprit leads to interactions with lycanthrope, necromancers, and annoying town folks.
Great listen and I’m looking forward to Cold as Hell which releases next week.
Roger Clark is also new to me. (Well, sort of. I knew I recognized his voice from somewhere and I couldn’t figure it out. Finally played a bit of Dead Acre for my older teen and he immediately said, “That’s Morgan from Red Dead Redemption.” Mystery solved!) Clark was perfect for the not-exactly-undead Crowley and wild west setting. Entertaining listen.
About the authors:
Rhett C Bruno is the USA Today and Washington Post Bestselling & Nebula Award Nominated Author of ‘The Circuit Saga’, ‘Children of Titan Series’, ‘Buried Goddess Saga’, ‘Vicarious’, ‘The Roach’, and ‘The Luna Missile Crisis’ (Audible Originals); among other works.
He has been writing since before he can remember, scribbling down what he thought were epic stories when he was young to show to his friends and family. He is currently a full-time author and publisher living in Delaware with his wife, daughter, and dog Raven.
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Jaime Castle hails from the great nation of Texas where he lives with his wife and two children and enjoys anything creative. A self-proclaimed comic book nerd and artist, he spends what little free time he can muster with his art tablet.
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My Favorite Quotes
That’s how I always pictured myself dying. A glass of whiskey in one hand. A gun in the other. – Dead Acre by @thejaimecastle & @RCBruno44 #Audiobook narrated by @rclark98 @BlackstoneAudio #BlackBadge #Paranormal #DemonHunterTweet
They’re ain’t nothin’ more personal than a shootout. – Dead Acre by @thejaimecastle & @RCBruno44 #Audiobook narrated by @rclark98 @BlackstoneAudio #BlackBadge #Paranormal #DemonHunterTweet
Strange things happen here. – Dead Acre by @thejaimecastle & @RCBruno44 #Audiobook narrated by @rclark98 @BlackstoneAudio #BlackBadge #Paranormal #DemonHunterTweet
“What the hell are you?” “Come find out.” – Dead Acre by @thejaimecastle & @RCBruno44 #Audiobook narrated by @rclark98 @BlackstoneAudio #BlackBadge #Paranormal #DemonHunterTweet