I just finished reading the 3 chapter excerpt of Nightwise by R.S. Belcher. Laytham Ballard is some strong character. And the setting does not fail on the gritty and seedy part of the synopsis at all.
The main character in the book, Laytham Ballard, reminded me of John Constantine on the television show, "Constantine," but more ruthless. This was a man who wouldn't hesitate to use innocent others if it was the only way out of a situation. He proved that at least twice in the course of the 3 chapter sample.
In spite of his ruthlessness, I still liked the main character. I found his circle of friends interesting. And I appreciated that he didn't think it was fair to pull someone into "The Life" by association.
I read the 3 chapter preview of Nightwise quickly. It was action packed and interesting. I look forward to reading the rest of the book. I gave the 3 chapters 4 stars for interesting content and characters and fast paced action.
Disclaimer: I received an excerpt from this book in exchange for an honest opinion.
The synopsis from Goodreads.com:
The acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series set in today’s seedy occult underworld
In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in-between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It’s said he raised the dead at the age of ten, stole the Philosopher’s Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he’s also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.
Now a promise to a dying friend has Ballard on the trail of an escaped Serbian war criminal with friends in both high and low places—and a sinister history of blood sacrifices. Ballard is hell-bent on making Dusan Slorzack pay for his numerous atrocities, but Slorzack seems to have literally dropped off the face of the Earth, beyond the reach of his enemies, the Illuminati, and maybe even the Devil himself. To find Slorzack, Ballard must follow a winding, treacherous path that stretches from Wall Street and Washington, D.C. to backwoods hollows and truckstops, while risking what’s left of his very soul .