I have found a new series to follow in K.A. Stewart’s Jesse James Dawson novels.
Dawson is a modern day samurai, a black belt in karate. He is a husband, father, and part-time employee for a hip clothing store in the mall. But his most important job, and the one that really doesn’t pay very well, is being part of a loose organization of champions that fight demons to take back someone’s soul. How does a champion win the soul back? By negotiating a trade — take the champion’s soul in exchange for the other person’s — then fight the demon to the death. It goes without saying that the stakes are very high if you lose…
In A Devil in the Details, an aging baseball player, Nelson Kidd, makes a deal to give up his soul if he regains the skills he had as a younger ballplayer. It works, Kidd has a breakthrough season and his team makes it to the championship. But after the winning, Kidd starts to have second thoughts about what he will have to give up. Like most people, he wants to get out of his “deal with the devil.” He knows a friend of a friend who puts him in touch with Dawson.
In the midst of making the negotiations to win back Kidd’s soul… and recovering from injuries received from the previous demon battle… and dealing with the smarmy baseball agent who is trying to discredit him, Dawson learns that some of the other champions, including a close friend, have gone missing. He and all the other champions are put on alert to watch for anything unusual.
So why do it? Why put myself on the line for people I don’t know, and like even less? Because it needs to be done. It’s not even a choice for me.”
The story is fast-paced and grounded in everyday events, not a whole lot of otherworldly happenings. Sure, the demon fighting is pretty paranormal (and his wife is a practicing wiccan), but you won’t see fairies, vampires, or werewolves in this story. I found it really appealing that the good guy might be someone you might see around the neighborhood – or at the mall. Just a regular person who needs to buy his mom a birthday present…
And I didn’t see the plot twist coming. Love it when an author surprises me! Hoping the rest of the series stays true to this form.
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