Dave Hooper feels responsible for whatever emergency has gripped the off-shore platform where he serves as the safety officer. He was on shore-leave with two high-class hookers and a bowlful of cocaine when the trouble started. He doesn’t expect to be confronted with other-world demons feeding on his crewmates upon his return though. In an act of luck and stupidity, Dave bests the few demons and finds himself transformed, physically and mentally making him an asset and potentially the only hope in a new war to keep legions of demons from crossing the new breach between worlds.
Dave is a cad throughout the book the rarely taps into his education despite earning multiple college degrees. He easily leans into sexist and racial stereotypes, fixates on one person’s physical disability of a missing limb, and needlessly slings homophobic slurs making it clear that gay = bad. None of these assumptions are challenged by a single character in the book, making the story cringe-worthy quite often. Dave’s views essentially equal the book’s views with nobody calling him out for being unlikable, wrong-headed or even a deadbeat father.
Halfway through the book, another POV character emerges in the form of a lesser demon that understands little of modern earth and maintains a completely different ethic of right and wrong. This character is instantly more likable than the hero of the tale.
A comparison could be made to Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia, but the cad-hero of that series was likable and always trying to better himself, going so far as to even earn a love-interest. That redeeming quality is lacking in this series opener.
I received an advanced copy of this book through Net Galley.
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