Intense and clever. Like Sons of Anarchy with werewolves." - Phillip Tomasso, best-selling author of the Vaccination Trilogy.
Diego de la Torre is officially an outlaw now, a full-fledged member of The Seventh Sons Motorcycle Club. The werewolf MC runs the wild lands of Sycamore with ease. At least until a dead body shows up and points to them as the culprits.
Detective Maxim Dwyer presses the Seventh Sons hard, but there are other guns in play. California bikers look to expand their drug trade. A mercenary outfit seeks revenge. Top that with an overbearing FBI agent who undermines local police, and both detective and outlaw have their hands full.
Brothers or not, Sycamore's about to get a whole lot bloodier.
©2014 Domino Finn (P)2015 Domino Finn
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"Skinning, assassins, werewolves, and cops!"
Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, it works fine as a stand alone.
Maxim Dwyer, the lead detective assigned to Sycamore, has his hands full. The Seventh Sons, the local motorcycle club, is made up mostly of werewolves. He and they have an understanding, but things are about to happen that will challenge that agreement.
This book was excellent. I really enjoyed Book 1 (The Seventh Sons) but I have to say this book is even better. Perhaps that is because it is much longer and the characters and plot have that much more time to engage with me. Maxim and his friend Diege de la Torre are at the center of this plot. It’s part mystery, part shifter tale, part thriller, and all satisfyingly good. I really had a hard time setting this book aside as sleep was over taking me.
Diego, a former CDC assassin, joined up with the Seventh Sons for the camaraderie and the freedom of the road. While the other members obviously know he is not a werewolf, and is immune to the virus that causes lycanthropy, they don’t know he use to hunt and kill errant wolves for the CDC. He has so far resisted engaging in any illegal activity, such as drug or gun running, but that is beginning to rub some of the MC members the wrong way. Diego is sitting on a fence and sooner or later he’s going to be pushed one way or another. And West Wind, an Apache member of the MC, may be the one to push him.
Kaeda Burnett has recently returned home to her Yavapai family from college. She’s never felt truly welcomed there, except by her grandfather, because she is not fully Yavapai. But she felt obligated to visit before she heads out into the world again with her degree. Her two older half-brothers, the Dokas, play pivotal roles in the plot. The Yavapai have historically had a few mercenary werewolves out for hire. This isn’t a secret to Kaeda, but she has never engaged with any of that business. However, with her brothers in a mess, she may have to.
Meanwhile, the FBI have sent in Marshal Boyd to manage the latest case – a person was found skinned on Yavapai land and there are some concerns it was a hate crime. Boyd and Dwyer butt heads from the beginning. Now toss in Los Pistoles, a MC from California, that wants part of the Seventh Sons territory for gun and drug running, and you have several forces in play. When a member of the Seventh Sons ends up dead, there are several people to point the finger at.
My only quibble with this book is that there are only three female characters and really on Kaeda gets to spend time front and center. The other two are Melody (who we met in Book 1) and the female lawyer for the Seventh Sons. These two ladies have perhaps 10 lines between the two of them. Kaeda on the other hand is an excellent character and is central the plot. She’s book smart and patient with herself. She can quickly assess what she is capable of or not, though she usually figures out a work around. Her grandfather gives her good advice, but it is hard for Kaeda to follow through on. It’s obvious the author knows how to write quality characters or either gender, but I do wish we had more ladies in this book.
Despite that, I just loved this book. The plot was intricate with so many motives in play. I absolutely love the Southwest setting because this author does it right showing the great diversity present in this part of the world. While I guessed one or two things concerning the deaths, chunks of the ending were a surprise and this made the wrap up rewarding. I greatly look forward to the next installment.
I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Narration: Jason Jewett did another fine job. His Spanish accent for Diego de la Torre is spot on. His female voices are believable. All his characters are distinct. I love his somewhat gravelly voice for Maxim.
"Still loving the Seventh sons"
Domino Finn has this new side of the paranormal that I've never seen before. It is a detective story-line dealing with the paranormal from the human side of things. That is why his books are on the top of my list of, I love this series. And yes please keep it coming!
Yes the author keeps you on edge from beginning to end. He main character is a detective that understands that keeping an eye on the wolf biking gang is a must. He also understands that he has to protect the people and the law. He is consistently finding himself walking that middle line in the road.
Book 2 is not centered around Detective Maxim Dwyer as book 1 was but Maxim is also my favorite. I can't help but feel he is the true hero in the story-line no matter what anyone else does right or wrong. I like that thin line that he walks for the paranormal and the normal people. Protecting us all from those things we can't protect ourselves from.
Jason Jewett really surprised me this time. When he added the new voices to this story line. American Indians, Mexican accents, and American English bikers. I think he has an amazing talent. His voice really adds that extra drama to the story-line.
No it too long for that but that is nice too. You are entertained for more than a day for an addictive story well written.
Just that I really enjoy getting lost into well written story's. I'm always looking for something new and different and Domino Finn fills that need for new and different.
"When species collide"
This is a mystery/thriller/fantasy, involving cops, motor cycle gangs, Native Americans, and … werewolves. I like the trend I have seen over the last few years to treat such groups as werewolves not as monsters or aberrations, but as one of the many species with which humans share the planet, and with whom they must live. Sometimes when species meet, there are mutual benefits, and things go well, sometimes not. But in such books as this, humanity must come to understand that they might not be the entirely dominant species on the planet. I have also seen werewolves interpreted in many ways, and while, of course, there are certain elements that are common to all of them, each interpretation also has its own unique spin. The author presents this species very well, and even provides an acceptable, if not entirely believable, rationale for their existence.
The plotting in this book is very tight, and the story moves along, sometimes at breakneck speed, which is very appropriate for this story. I have to also admit that the author writes awesome fight scenes, those involving guns and those involving fists. The characters are well done, too, and there are no totally “good” guys and no totally “bad guys”. Each person is a mix, just as are we all, and clearly driven by their own motivations and agenda, as people (or werewolves) must be, so these characters ring true for me.
The writing is strong, straightforward and brisk, and while the author shows the emotions of his characters, he never dwells on them overmuch, which wouldn’t work for this story. Even though it is a action packed thriller/mystery, it has, at its heart, some very serious observations about the nature of families, tied by blood, culture, occupation …or species, and what happens when those ties are strained by guilt, grief and ambition.
The narrator was excellent, with excellent pacing, phrasing, and expression. Each character had his or her own unique “presence”, so that it would have been easy to know, without having to be told, who is speaking at any given time. He also manages a Mexican accented English with finesse.
All in all, this was a very satisfying read, and I give both book and author 5 out of 5 stars, and recommend this book for those who aren’t put off by graphic descriptions of violence.
"Like Peanut Butter and Jelly"
Bikers and wolves, who knew?
This is an exciting sequel to the first book that keeps you guessing throughout. It's a good old fashioned whodunnit murder-mystery that revolves around an outlaw gang of biker werewolves. It also introduces some intriguing new characters and an interesting backstory. Lots of action and a plot that answers some questions while raising new ones that will have to wait until the next ride.
Well done Mr. Domino Finn.
"The Seventh Sons are back!"
Yes indeed. Mr. Finn's writing is well rounded and his characters are fully developed. I can picture each one in my mind as I am listening to the story. When Kayda comes back to the reservation, we see how she feels as someone who is half Yavapai. She feels like she doesn't belong there but at the same time is drawn to actions surrounding her brothers.
Mr. Jewett continues the great narrating he started in The Seventh Sons. With the addition of a few new characters, Mr. Jewett keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. This a book you can't put down!
I was particularly interested in Diego's thought process regarding his relationship with the Seventh Sons. The decisions he makes in the book are true to his character.
Received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I listened to the series out of order and it was still great! All 3 books were great as a series or a stand alone novel. I will be adding this narrator and author to my list of favorites!
"STRUGGLED WITH THIS ONE A BIT..."
maybe the 2nd half, but the first was slow going for me...
the last few hours, YES!!!!!!!!
I have, and he is good, but he mispronounced some important words..and it irritated me...
I liked how Diego, sought his revenge for his brother....he is a great guy!!!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
This book answered alot of questions from book one....but was a slow starter for me...I do like the concept and setting of this story, and would not mind more about it since it is set in my home state....but I struggled in the beginning an it took me a while to get into it....but it is a solid story and I enjoyed it!...
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"A different sort of ride!"
Big bad wolves!
Sons of werewolf anarchy
Enjoyed the story though the narrator made it so difficult to listen. The storyline is unique and twisted. I listened to this before the first book but aside from some character introductions referring to the Seventh Son it was not distracting. The story is fast paced with twists and turns! I love receiving books to review because it turns me onto authors I may not try otherwise. :-)
"A satisfying mystery involving rival gangs."
This was a strong audiobook, well narrated with an engaging story. The story would have been more to my taste if the werewolf/supernatural elements were more in the forefront, but the mystery is engaging and I appreciated the realistic police procedural and the look into life in the Yavapai Nation.
My favorite element was watching the journey of Kaeda Burnett, a Yavapai woman home from college in New York who fights for her people despite the fact that none of them really welcome her.
Jason Jewett brought a serious, strong reading that made me feel as though this story really could happen.
I was especially caught by the scene where Kaeda Burnett rides off on a motorcycle to get to the bottom of things, only to be run off the road. Her struggle to get moving again and save herself was both strongly written and narrated.
Overall, this was a satisfying murder mystery involving the police and rival bike gangs. Well worth the journey.
"More of a Police Crime Thriller than Fantasy"
I would if I only had available to me books that I already listened to and no new titles.The book is very good, but not that I'd go back to listen to it again.
There was lots of action and surprises.
When the young native American woman, who was home from college discovered her own power.Her father was white and she was ever fully accepted by her older full blooded native American half brothers. She also didn't feel fully at ease with her tribe and native American heritage.Her native American grandfather saw her strength and potential, and supported her.The scene where she stood up to her murderous brother and then fulfilled her potential as a leader was one of my favorites.My other favorite was when the detective and FBI agent stopped being adversaries and became colleges and partners with a mutual respect for each other.
“I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot come”If you want a paranormal werewolf book, this really not what you want. The motorcycle gang being werewolves was really just a minor background detail and the story would of been just as good if the gang weren't werewolves.The story was mainly a police/crime thriller about a murder investigation and official corruption.It was a very good police crime thriller with out the supernatural element.
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