I love most of the work Mike has done in the comic book world, so when I found out he had writen a novel I jumped at it with great enthusiasm. I enjoyed reading Lucifer and Hellblazer and was pleased to find that The Devil You Know was of the same vein. The Protagonist Felix Castor is enough like John Constantine to feel familiar with but just different enough to avoid law suites.
The story drags you along on a thrilling but plesant roller-coster ride of a murder mystery, with plenty of twists, without over doing the action or "fantasy" elements. It is well balance and writen in that perfect way that sucks you right into the reality in which Felix lives. Along with the serious themes their is a good smatering of humor and sarcasm. Best of all there is plenty of back story, character development, and foreshadowing to leave you craving the next Felix Caster book.
Come on Mike give us more...
Yes, particularly because of the genre bending twist that comes out of no where. Its the sort of surprise that realy wakes me up durring a listen. "wait! What?!" I love a book that can through you of balance.
The sociopathic protagonist puts me in mind of the many wonderful 'Dexter' novels by Jeff Lindsay. The surprise supernaturtal elemnts put me in mind of 'The Harbor" by John Ajvide Lindqvist (of 'Let the Right One In' fame). But in retrospect the unsetling mood that inspires great discomfort reminded me of "The Dead Father's Club" by Matt Haig.
Due to the detatched emotionless pressence the main character maintains through most story Nelson's performance is really effective when he really lets loose. The characters are clearly seperate with enough life and depth that you feel for them even for the protagonist and antogonist, each of which the reader may feel guilty sympathising or empathysing for.
John Cleaver is an very interesting character. Ironically the sociopath is more human because of the relationships he has with the people in his life, particularly his mother, his phyciatrist, and his 'enemy'. Like Dexter Morgan, John Cleaver has a 'dark passanger'. He calls this darker nature within himself 'Mr. Monster'. It is his desire to sipress and reluctance to unlease Mr. Monster that makes John a sympathetic character. He knows he is different, but doesn't want to be a killer. Hense the title.
I thought this was a enjoyable story. It is fully selfcontained, but i was plesantly surprised to find out there are more John Cleaver books, that i plan to listen to as soon as possible.
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