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4.0 out of 5 starsUrban Fantasy Like No Other
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2012
Burnt Offerings collects four tales, three of which feature the undead antihero Sam McCord, former Texas Ranger who stands in the gap between the spirit world and the humans they prey upon -- or as McCord likes to put it, between the wolves and the sheep. Heralded as the Last Knight of Jerusalem by all manner of otherworldly beings, McCord has been alive -- er, undead -- for centuries, and his power-up ability is nothing short of cool. Filled with mysticism and magic, Burnt Offerings is set firmly in our present world, haunted by ancient powers that have no problem making their presence known, and where a monster of a man may be humankind's last hope of salvation.
If you have read any of Roland Yeomans boos, you will be familiar with his character McChord, who owns the Meilori night club in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and is known to be the last Texas Ranger.
Reading Burnt Offerings gives the reader the background of this fierce creature who walks among us mere humans and helps to protect the innocent from the evil monsters surrounding them.
As you read through the book you learn McChord's history as it links to his future and that of the other characters in the novels.
Roland writes in a way which is unique to him and fills his stories with excitement, gore, suspense and detail, creating a world the reader can immerse themselves into completely.
I'm just getting familiar with the urban fantasy genre and find it quite interesting. For a man to admit he's a monster, Sam McCord's actions might seem confusing as he struggles to defend those preyed upon by the wolves of this world. Once a Texas Ranger, always a Texas Ranger, even if he's a tad over two hundred years old. The question is, is he an undead being or an immortal? I found the four tales to be well written but there were some problems with formatting as my Kindle displayed bad indenting and confusing justification. Fortunately, that didn't distract from the story. A good read for those into urban fantasy, but don't expect the usual vampires or zombies. This one's has a host of well-constructed monsters and demons that introduce you to a whole new world.
4.0 out of 5 starsBreathe deeply, you might smell the cinders in these stories.
Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2012
These three stories are perfect to enjoy on Halloween or during the winter. In the dark New Orleans, the city that comes 'alive' after midnight, spirits gather. The first story tells of vanity turned to profit, at the expense of a daughter's dream. The following two stories are all about Samuel McCord, from tracking down evil in Amsterdam to meeting his estranged wife once again, in dire circumstances. Suspense throughout, with cameo visits by other characters from Meilori's.