In the second book in the Kindle bestselling Drawing Thin series, the world moves ever closer to Armageddon, as old friends and new foes turn against Trent, while his new charge, Celia, spirals dangerously out of control.Six months after the terrifying blizzard that ravaged Las Vegas, Trent Hawkins finds himself deeper in despair than ever before, with his wife banished toIn the second book in the Kindle bestselling Drawing Thin series, the world moves ever closer to Armageddon, as old friends and new foes turn against Trent, while his new charge, Celia, spirals dangerously out of control.Six months after the terrifying blizzard that ravaged Las Vegas, Trent Hawkins finds himself deeper in despair than ever before, with his wife banished to the enigmatic Realms of Shadow, his new 'daughter' a constant test of his will, and his months of working for a demonic cabal grinding down his resolve. To make matters worse, his obsessive search for a way to return his wife to the land of the living takes a dark turn when he falls afoul of the mysterious Mr. Gadreel and the fire-wielding assassin in his employ. The truth of Trent's own past and the supernatural underbelly of modern-day Vegas grow even stranger than before as Trent faces his foes, new and old, and the fate of all mankind may rest on his choices.Meanwhile, in the Realms of Shadow, a surprising journey is undertaken--a journey that might be the key to saving Trent, Celia, and the world. Or, it could be the catalyst that ends everything....
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burning cards Reviews
In his first novel -- Devil’s Hand -- M.E. Patterson treated us to a rollicking good time following the world’s luckiest man as he battled fallen angels, demons, and a blizzard in order to help save the world (and Las Vegas). I gave that book 5 stars because it read fast, was entertaining, and because I truly could not put it down once I started reading. Now, I wish I had given the book four stars. This is not because I think it deserved fewer than five. Rather, the five star review left me no room to show how much Patterson has grown and improved as a writer. The first book told a great story and was worth the price of admission, but there were a few times when the language, the characterizations and the descriptions seemed just a tad off. This could prove a minor distraction, but the story was more than strong enough to overcome this minor flaw. In this sequel, Patterson’s writing is clearer, surer and more confident. His descriptions are better, and his characterizations really shine through. I also really enjoined the action sequences (the motorcycle chase in particular), which were well described and let the reader picture what was happening. I was also impressed with the way that Patterson played around with time in the second novel, and his tricks with verb tenses in some parts of the book were both impressive and well implemented. Moreover, while there are some major plot twists in this second novel (I will not spoil them), the seeds for those were planted in the first book. This shows that Patterson had an overreaching plan for this series and is now executing it flawlessly. What all of this tells me is that Patterson is definitely growing as a writer and, if the trend continues, will one day take his place among the supernatural thriller/horror greats.As for the book itself, the key to a good sequel is that it uses the first book as a foundation and then builds on it to make a better, larger, and more complex story. Patterson does that here. He introduces new and important characters, new settings, and larger and better explanations for his mythos. Where the first book used that mythos as a backdrop, here, the Mythos takes center stage and truly become the driving force behind much of the action. Without spoiling anything, Burning Cards shows us that the third war for heaven and earth is coming, and we get to see many of the major players in the war to come as they set the board for a final confrontation. Set six months after the end of the last book, Burning Cards follows old protagonists Trent, Celia, Ramon and introduces new ones. It also gives us a number of new villains to hate, and gives readers a chance to see locations only hinted at in the first book. I cannot wait to see where Patterson will take us next.Ultimately, Burning Cards is a great second effort from a new and exciting author. Those who are looking to try Patterson’s work should start with Devil’s Hand, but should be confident that a strong sequel awaits them. Those who like the first novel in this series should have no fear in purchasing this work as well.
WOW! Burning Cards is a book that has everything. I thought the first in the series was amazing but this just got better and better. It’s another edge of the seat, fast action page turner that you won’t want to put down once you start it. Not only do you catch up with old characters from Devil's Hand, such as Trent, Celia, Ramon and Charlie but meet some significant and bizarre new ones, Fiamma, The fire girl being one. Loved the great action sequence between the Ducati and the Tuono and the description of the Medicine Man is amazing. This is a story full of twists and turns, good and evil, the real world and "Nowhere". The scene is now set for the War between Heaven and Hell and I for one can’t wait for book 3.Las Vegas will never seem the same again. This book is an absolute must read. I highly recommend it. A note to remember: Demons always lie!!!This is a brilliant supernatural thriller full of non stop action, twists and double crosses. Its many superb characters draw you in and keep you fully absorbed from the very beginning. Once you start this book you won’t want to put it down - so be prepared for a long night.
Holy cow, I've been meaning to review this book for months! That it has stayed with me this long should be your first hint that this is a book worth reading. The author has, if you'll excuse the expression, "a way with words" which manages to reach in and grab hold of my admittedly short attention span and then keeps hold of me for the entire ride. I very much enjoyed the first book in the Drawing Thin series (Devil's Hand) and thus I had some natural trepidation about book two. Would it be as good? Would I find it as enthralling? Yes. YES. Mr. Patterson weaves multiple storylines without dropping threads, and manages to develop all of the associated characters into multi-faceted beings with depth and texture without losing focus.Trent remains my favorite, this flawed and occasionally unwilling hero, leading the charge into epic battles of worlds and realities, of hats and motorcycles, of good and evil, light and dark. It's clear that the author's tale is not yet complete, which gets another HELL. YES. from me. More, please!
Loved the first one.This book was amazing. There wasn't one page where something wasn't happening to someone. I loved it!I love the writer's "voice". Fiamma was my fave character. What a girl! Dibs on the bike!GREAT READ.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book - Had me gripped from beginning to end. Rarely have I found myself wondering what is going to happen next. Great story telling; great characters. I cannot wait for the third book :-)
An impressive sequel to Devil's Hand. Patterson has a plan with this series and I'm looking forward to the next one.You can read my full review at HorrorTalk.com.
There's some interesting imagery, but the jumbled mess that is the story and characters brings the whole thing down. Such a shame.
Even better than the first.
Loved this follow up to Devil's Hand and looking forward to book three.