• Raising Hell

  • A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Novella
  • By: John G. Hartness
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (176 ratings)

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Raising Hell

By: John G. Hartness
Narrated by: James Foster
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Publisher's Summary

Straight out of the pages of the legendary vampire novel Dracula comes a demon hunter for the modern world. Mina Murray and Jonathan Harker had a son. They named him Quincy. His guardian angel calls him Q. Dracula calls him nephew. Demons call him The Reaper.

"There are things in this world that men and women aren't meant to understand. We aren't supposed to know these things exist, much less how to fight them. The things that go bump in the night, the monsters in the closet, the shadow out of the corner of your eye - that's where I live."

This exciting new series from the author of "The Black Knight Chronicles" and the "Bubba the Monster Hunter" short stories is a walk through the dark side, where things go bump in the night, and somebody has to bump back. Quincy Harker is that somebody.

©2015 John G. Hartness (P)2015 John G. Hartness

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A good lure

This was just plain fun. There is something here that hooked me. It was dark, and full of sarcasm. It gets a little "left-wingy" at times which I could do without, I just thought it was the writer being a bit "snarky". The story did not need jabs at Fox News to have a good story. Also, there was one VERY long and protracted Latin section I could have done without. But as for the story and the characters, all top-notch and I will be digging in to this series in the very near future.

The narrator (James Foster) gave it a real "old-timey" hard-boiled detective sound and feel that really added to the mood. It made me want to find more of his work.

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Very fun paranormal modern detective

At first glance and after the first few minutes of listening I thought Raising Hell was going to be very similar in nature to the Sandman Slim series. Well, really the only thing similar here was the voice choice of the narrator James Foster. I tend to really enjoy paranormal detective mysteries so I had pretty high hope for this title.

Quincy Harker is the nephew of Count Dracula, yes, the Count Dracula. Half vampire himself and has been alive for almost two centuries. In this time he has taken up the profession of demon hunter. Because of his lineage Harker has special abilities; such as super strength and speed, an aptitude with magic, a sharp mind and remarkable talent for pissing off the cops. Raising Hell gives a great introduction to Harker and other interesting characters.

We are introduced to Harker while he is performing a home exorcism. This leads him to a college fraternity and ultimately to a very powerful black magic sorcerer. That’s all you get from me about the plot. Because it is so short anything more would be a spoiler.

I will be the first to admit that I have a weakness for protagonists that are belligerent and have a smart a*s attitude with dialog that is full of one liners. Made me laugh out loud several times. Like a cross between Joe Ledger and Michael Talbot.

Raising Hell is a very quick listen, my only real complaint is how short it is. I would be a supporter of a full length novel series. If you like paranormal modern detective stories you will love this audiobook. Kept me engaged throughout and thoroughly entertained. The writing style was perfect and flowed flawlessly. I am looking forward to more from Harker.

This has to be one of James Foster’s most dynamic performances ever! Somehow making his regular super calm and soft spoken voice into a raspy, gravely treat for the ears, for Harker. While switching back to several characterizations with his normal voice. Keeping them all distinct and easily identifiable. Clearly making Foster a great choice for this series.

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Amazing!

This rocked so much!!! I started this and read in in a day. Absolutely loved it and highly highly recommend!

I'm not going to say too much about the plot because it's such a short book that I don't want to spoil it. I will say that it's extremely fast paced and entertaining. I devoured it and honestly didn't want it to end. I don't know how many times I literally laughed out loud with the banter, but I know my boys were looking at me weird!!

Harker was one of the best characters I've read in a long time. He was super snarky and foul mouthed but so lovable :) He is Dracula's nephew and hunts demons. This starts with him doing an exorcism with his surly attitude and never stops from there! I'm so looking forward to more of Harker!

In all, an absolutely delightful and fun read. Only thing is, I need book 2 now!

I thought James Foster couldn't get any better, but he proved me wrong with this book. His rendition of the surly Harker was phenomenal. He really nailed the performance and I hope he does the rest of the series.

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*

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Super!

demons, angels, law-enforcement, snarky, Dracula

Quincy Harker is the nephew of Dracula, has his own guardian angel, annoys the everything out of a local police detective, meets the government backup, and wreaks vengeance on demons and black magic users. He gets called in by a parent to exorcize the daughter, and it all goes south from there. Colorful language and lots of snarky humor make this a good read.

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Modern take on ancient evil

Just the right degree of ancient evil with a reluctant but very capable leading man. There are demons and vampires mixed into a modern era, told with a fine mix of serious and lightheartedness. I liked the novella length -- there is a complete story and a fine narrator. My only real complaint is the excessive use of foul language that did little to enhance the main character or the story.

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Would make an outstanding television series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, if they were into this genre. The first thing I did when I finished this book was go looking for the next in the series. My only complaint is I wish the book had been a little longer.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Quincy of course. Just like his "what the hell' attitude.

What does James Foster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He didn't just read the book. It was a performance. That's the best kind of narrator in my opinion, someone who can make you forget you're being read to

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

That's exactly what I did.

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Where is the next in the series ??

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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An Awesome Beginning to a New Series, Loved it!

Oh hell yeah! "Raising Hell" was an awesome story. I love, love, love the protagonist, demon hunter Harker and his not give a *hoot* attitude. This story had excellent world-building and a fun, exciting, plot. This was so good that I listened straight through. Also it was a novella but it kept me on the edge of my seat.

I loved when he had no choice but to summon Asmodeus and the barbs they gave each other were great. I'm really excited about this becoming a series. It's a total hit. John G. Hartness has a terrific writing style and right out of the gate this book was fantastic. I look forward to more. Tapping nails on desk, I'll be anxiously waiting. Definitely recommended.

James Foster is amazing. He fits Harker to a T. I thoroughly enjoyed his narration. He's a natural and one of the best. He took a great book and made it an even greater listen. This was a perfect example of author/reader being in sync. Loved it.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

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Demon hunting halfbreed descendent of Dracula

Great story. Great characters and perfectly gritty narrator. Love this series. I actually have this short as part of a collection but was happy to re-listen to on its own. Harker is a great character with the gritty edge of such great dark comics book characters like wolverine, ghost rider and more. The author and narrator deliver on demons, angels, magic and even appearances
Of Dracula himself. Great stuff! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Wow, so much good stuff packed into this!

Quincy Harker, son of Johnathan and Mina Harker, "nephew" of Dracula, is a Demon Hunter. Yes, you heard me right. Blessed with Extraordinary powers to handle Demons, including strength, speed, magic and sharp wits, he has yet to run into something he can't handle. Until now, it seems. He has to deal with an evil magic user while having to fend off the local cops as well, which is actually a trademark of all the John Hartness books I've read. The characters in this book are all engaging, especially Quincy and his uncle, with quick moving action scenes and a plot that never lags. James Foster does a great job Narrating, really bringing the story to life. He is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators. Any fan of urnban fantasy should enjoy this story.
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WHo doesn't love a good hunt?

Would you consider the audio edition of Raising Hell to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I'd wager it is.

What did you like best about this story?

The not so subtle nods to the supposed to be secret identites

What about James Foster’s performance did you like?

yes

Any additional comments?

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  • Tony Bough
  • 12-09-15

This is cool. Just get it!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Raising Hell the most enjoyable?

It's funny. It's engaging. It's just plain good!! That characters are great as is the story. Dracula is great. The only downside is that I want more!!

What other book might you compare Raising Hell to, and why?

Not sure really. It's kind of like a manga movie in terms of a different take on a recognised character set. Really good story with no fear of the subject matter.

What about James Foster’s performance did you like?

It's was good. It gave the story a great edge and really got me into it.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

So you think you know Dracula? Just say uncle...

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  • Helen
  • 05-02-20

amazing book

Enjoyed this audio book very much from start to finish great story line too
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.