The Portable Nine

The Portable Nine by Pete Mesling

Meet Davenport, also known as the Mad Marksman of Malta. He is a hunter. Not of game or fowl, but of men. What he hunts he finds, and what he finds he exterminates—until his trusty revolver fails him at a crucial moment in Italy, that is, leaving a job unfinished and his resolve shaken. Mistakenly thinking the blow has been struck, a criminal mastermind known as the Black Phantom performs a cruel act of retaliation. The once and would-be assassin has no choice but to reunite with a storied band of skilled mercenaries in an effort to exact revenge.

Davenport. Abel Hazard. Miranda Gissing. Dr. Joseph Intaglio. Mr. Bonnet. Twitch Markham. The Butcher. Lovinia Dulcet. Robin Varnesse. These are the Portable Nine. They operate outside the law, but they are not without a code of ethics. Outcasts all, they are heroes to the underdog and enemies of the ruthless. Intelligent and fearless, they will stop at nothing to see that their brand of justice is meted out.


The IndieMuse Review

A team of vigilante mercenaries are reunited after years apart to face off against a ruthless adversary known only as the Black Phantom. When he makes a move against their leader, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.

The story starts slowly as we’re introduced to a wide range of characters, each one unique and memorable in their own way. It picks up pace from there and never slows down as The Portable Nine scramble to keep up with a formidable foe like none they’ve faced before.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book, but I’m glad that I did. It was a compelling and complex story, and I look forward to reading more from this author.


Elizabeth L. learned to read when she was only three years old, and her love of books has only grown since then. Though she reads many different genres, horror will always be her first love. Born and raised in Texas, she shares her home with two kids and a handful of furry critters.

Curation Results: The Portable Nine

Curator Notes: "Riveting series starter! Mesling shows he has the chops for the dark crime genre and not just horror. Recommended!" —gHoster


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