Narrator: R.C. Bray
Series: Valducan #1
Published by Ragnarok Publications on 18 August 2014
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
Genres: Alternate History, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Source: Author, Submitted
In the same vein as Supernatural, Hellboy, and Blade
A secret society of monster hunters. A holy revolver forged to eradicate demons. A possessed man with a tragic past. A rising evil bent on destroying them all.
Matt Hollis is the current wielder of the holy weapon, DÄMOREN. With it, he stalks and destroys demons. A secret society called the VALDUCANS has taken an interest in Matt's activities. They see him as a reckless rogue - little more than a "cowboy" corrupted by a monster - and a potential threat to their ancient order.
As knights and their sentient weapons begin dying, Matt teams up with other hunters of his kind such as LUIZA, a woman with a conquistador blade; ALLAN, an Englishman with an Egyptian khopesh; MALCOLM, a voodoo priest with a sanctified machete; and TAKAIRA, a naginata-swinging Samurai. As the hunters become the hunted, they must learn to trust one another before a powerful demonic entity thrusts the world into a terrible and ageless darkness.
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Young Spencer and his family are attacked by flesh eating monsters. His family is lost, but luckily for him, a stranger named Clay had been tracking the demons and saves the boy’s life. With nowhere to go, Clay takes Spencer under his wing and trains him as a tracker and killer of the many hidden creatures living among us.
Demons can’t be killed by ordinary weapons, which will only kill the host body they possess; it takes a holy weapon, one blessed with special and rare properties. Clay’s ancient pistol, called Damoren, is such a weapon. When he killed the demons attacking Spencer’s family, one of the bullets passed through the monster, killing it, but also lodging itself into Spencer’s body. Instead of killing the boy, it gave him some special abilities: almost instant healing, the ability to understand and speak any language as well as use his own blood to track demons.
The Valducan are an ancient order of demon hunters who have vowed to protect the blessed weapons which can kill demons. One by one, hunters and their precious weapons are being killed and destroyed. Now they need Spencer and his unique abilities to help them as they become the hunted.
Damoren, Valducan is an exceptionally entertaining book. There are many familiar themes in the novel, but the author has made them uniquely his. He introduces many characters in addition to Spencer (now Matt as an adult), and each is given unique and appealing qualities. They are flawed, make mistakes, but are loyal to each other and to their blessed weapons like lovers.
R. C. Bray performs the story in his unique baritone and could read a dictionary and make it exciting. He is just that good. There are many different accents for him to contend with in the story and he handles all of them well. He has a way of conveying a character’s emotions in his voice that adds greatly to the novel. It doesn’t get better.
Damoren, Valducan book 1 is the first in a series of unknown length. The novel wraps up well enough to stand alone, but exciting enough you will want to continue on to the next in the series. If you enjoy demon hunters, occult, action, adventure with a touch of romance, you will love this series. Highly recommended.
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