*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.
Jimmy Kalmaku and George Watters may seem like any other old retirees, but they are both supernatural heroes who saved the world. When George’s grandson vanishes while on vacation in the Louisiana bayou, both men must use their abilities to the utmost in order to defeat the terrifying Deadlight Jack.
This book is like Murder She Wrote or Columbo except with demons and old men using magic. George and Jimmy’s rapport is a pleasure to read. You can tell they’re old friends and are just the best. About 10% George says the line: “The only pickups I’m gonna be making are of pretty girls who like jazz and want to go dancing with the area’s black Astaire.”
I found myself chuckling and smiling whenever they talked. I did find it amusing how people kept mistaking them for a gay couple (especially considering how much gay
smut romance I read…) and that joke is thankfully not overused. It would have been really easy to use that gag to DEATH but Onspaugh kept it at the level such things should be in real life; not that big a deal.
Deadlight Jack is legitimately horrifying; so when the actual plot gets going it’s tense and exciting. The humor is still there but you feel that impending danger. The ending may have been a little deus ex machina but you’re having so much fun, it’s acceptable. I can tell so much love was put in this book. This is George and Jimmy’s second adventure (I plan to read the first just for fun) and the epilogue makes noise about a possible third. I sure hope that’s true because I am totally on board. 4.7 out of 5.