By: Theresa Meyers
Copyright: November 2011
Publisher: Zebra Books
They’re the Chosen—Winchester, Remington and Colt—brothers trained to hunt down supernatural beings using the latest steam-powered gadgetry. It’s a hard legacy to shoulder, and it’s about to get a lot more dangerous. . .
A Devil Of A Job
Colt Jackson has gotten his name on many a wanted poster with success in the family business: hunting supernaturals across the frontier. Lately, though, there’s a sulfur stink in the wind and the Darkin population is exploding. A rift in the worlds is appearing. To close it, Colt will have to do the unthinkable and work with a demon to pass arcane boundaries no human alone can cross.
Except when he summons his demon, he doesn’t get some horned monstrosity: he gets a curvy redheaded succubus named Lilly, who’s willing to make a bargain to become human again. He also gets Lilly’s secret expertise on the machinations on the dark side of the rift. And her charm and cleverness help to get them out of what his silver-loaded pistol and mechanical horse can’t. Of course, when all hell breaks loose, he might have to sacrifice his soul. But what’s adventure without a little risk?
Colt was only fourteen years old when his life was changed when he was attacked by a demon. He had been left at home to do some chores while his father and two older brothers were out hunting. Three brothers all named after famous weapons. They were Hunters, a calling that goes back hundreds of years in their family. Colt wasn’t supposed to become a Hunter at such a young age, but after the attack on him left his older brother Winchester with an axe wound to his upper thigh.
Now twenty four years old, Colt was on a number of wanted posters. His career as a Hunter has him travelling all around the west. He’s stopped into the town of Wickenburg to get some ice, ice water that is. When the nearby mines flooded someone got the bright idea of installing freezing units into them and supplying ice to anyone who wanted to pay the price. He’s in a bar right now, and realizes that there’s the smell of sulfur in the air. A telltale sign that a demon is nearby.
Colt is approached by one of the dance hall girls who propositions him. After talking for a minute or two the girl morphs into a vampire and starts to attack him saying, “Now, Hunter, you will die”. He immediately pulls his sting shooter and tells her “Ladies first” and zaps her.
This is our entry into the world of, and the Legend of the Hunters and their Chronicles. Colt is on a mission to destroy the monsters and to do that he must go on a treasure hunt of sorts to find the means of fulfilling it.
Theresa Miles is a well known author in the paranormal and romance genres, this new series which is venturing into the Steampunk genre shows just how multi-talented she is. I’m looking forward to the rest of the books in this series and I’m sure you will too.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher who asked only for a fair and impartial review.