Wrath of a Minor God

Wrath of a Minor God (Nightshade Chronicles #4) by Anthony Hains

Special Agent Cole Nightshade has learned how to use the telepathic abilities that have protected him since childhood to apprehend the most brutal of criminals. His latest case involves a serial killer who’s been christened the Vampire of Charlottesville thanks to a unique MO: biting the necks of victims before murdering them and taking body parts as trophies. While investigating one of the crime scenes, Cole is confronted with the vision of an angry, disheveled young man who doesn’t want him to get too close to the truth.

David Fairchild is a freshman at the University of Virginia. Smart, likable, and good looking, he’s the sort who seems destined to achieve great things. But David has a history of disturbing incidents, kept hidden by his well-to-do family, that are precipitated by a man who speaks to him in his mind.

As the investigation heats up, Cole and David’s paths are set on a collision course. Now Cole must put the pieces together before David carries out the will of his secret friend—and the Vampire of Charlottesville claims another victim.

The IndieMuse Review

Confession: I was very reluctant to read this story. For more than a decade, I read crime/police procedurals/thrillers almost exclusively. A little more than two years ago, I felt totally burned out on them and switched to my original first love: horror. When I started this book, I wondered if I would be able to finish it and give it a fair review.

This story is about Special Agent Cole Nightshade, a FBI agent who has telepathic abilities. It takes place in 1977, even though this is the fourth installment in the series. This was my first read of this author.

From the description I knew it was going to be much more crime than supernatural elements and I still think it will draw the crime/thriller fans more than horror ‘only’ readers.

The serial killer has been dubbed “The Vampire of Charlottesville” and, if you are unable to draw your own conclusions as to why, you are probably not ready to move past YA yet. Cole gets visions of a young man as the culprit, but there is a connection to a Bonnie and Clyde / Natural Born Killers couple called Dash and Glo. But Dash is dead and Glo is in prison, so what can it be?

David Fairchild is a rich kid who is attending the University of Virginia. And he is also the killer.

What, you think I should have killed ‘spoiler alert’ before that statement? This is not that type of book—instead of making the reader figure out who the killer is, the author gives you the information in order to explore the history of the murderer.

Will Cole be able to stop him before it is too late—damn, man, I included that sentence because it is a detailed description of just about nothing (and I have never understood why some people feel compelled to use it).

Too late? For what? The end of the book?

Anyway, you should rather ask yourself this: will Nightshade shed some light on the shadows? (How corny is THAT?)

Enough of the messing around. In the end, I really enjoyed the story. I don’t know if my reluctance created such low expectations that it surpassed it in spades. In the end, this story was not difficult to read, finish or digest. Little niggles about predictability toward the end (the misdirection did not work for me at all and felt a little cliché), but well worth the read.

MORT STONE

Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency.

Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm.

While he is almost confidant that his IQ is in the top 50%, his wife regularly reminds him of all the stupid things he does. He will neither admit nor deny the accusations of sarcasm, but he can act like he cares. Most of the time.

As an avid reader of horror and thrillers, and somewhat of a movie buff in those genres, he still blames his insomnia on Global Warming. Because he can.

He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.

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