Saturday, February 13, 2021

Audiobook Review: SONS OF DARKNESS by Gail Z. Martin (Night Vigil #1)

Author: Gail Z. Martin

Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer

Length: 5 hours 59 minutes

Series: Night Vigil, Book 1

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Released: Oct. 20, 2020

Genre: Urban Fantasy

We are the Night Vigil. We keep the Vigil, looking for the ones who can still be saved, the ones who aren't too far gone. We're the misfits and the muck-ups, unwanted by Heaven or Hell, given one last chance to atone for all the mistakes and missed chances, the pain we've caused others and ourselves, the good things we were afraid to do, and the bad things we embraced with open arms. 
Unfinished business ties us to the mortal world, to make atonement, find absolution, satisfy retribution, get things right. You won't find a sorrier group of halfway-house heroes. No illusions left - about ourselves, humanity, or what's really out there in the darkness. Just a purpose, to go down fighting the good fight. Because this is our last chance. One final chance to make it right, the thin red line of humanity against the evil that goes bump in the night, your best hope to make it through the hour of the wolf. When a series of disappearances, suicides, and vengeful spirits cause havoc and death along a remote interstate highway, demon-hunting ex-priest Travis Dominick teams up with former special-ops soldier and monster-hunter Brent Lawson to end the problem with extreme prejudice.


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Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and the Assassins of Landria. Together with Larry N. Martin, she is the co-author of Iron & Blood, Storm & Fury (both Steampunk/alternate history), and the Spells Salt and Steel comedic horror series. Newest titles include Tangled Web, Vengeance, The Dark Road, and Assassin’s Honor. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance, with her Witchbane and Badlands series.
Narrator Bio 

Jeffrey Kafer is a full-time SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator. He has narrated over 450 books in almost every genre for such authors Clive Barker, Steve Alten, Maya Banks, Gregg Olsen and many others. He has 2 degrees in cinema and broadcasting and spent the first part of his career as a video game tester for Microsoft before following his true passion of acting. He’s been on stage since he was 13 (his mom still has the bellhop costume she made) and currently lives in Los Angeles with his family and dog.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Gail Z. Martin. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

It’s not often I read or listen to a book that isn’t a romance, but I’ve really enjoyed this authors romance novels and the main characters here in Sons of Darkness, Travis and Brent, have been mentioned in other books and their story naturally piqued my interest.  I was definitely not disappointed and was as sucked into this book as I’ve been with everything else the author has written.

The idea of a group of loosely connected people with supernatural “gifts”, most of whom use those gifts to atone for their actual or perceived sins is intriguing at the very least, and something I think many can identify with, at least the atonement angle.  Brent and Travis being brought together, first by apparent happenstance and later at the urging of someone close to Brent, makes for an interesting partnership and they do complement each others’ strengths.  

You definitely won’t want for action, tension, or drama here as there always seems to be another evil to take on—and the more they face the more it seems they are all connected in a very big way.  You get the chance to encounter several types of supernatural creatures right alongside the characters, and it’s a constant “what’s going to happen next” the whole way through.

With the promise of more adventures to come, Sons of Darkness is a great introduction to Travis and Brent that will snatch your attention and not give it back until it’s done.  I loved the mentions and support from characters from the author’s other books, and am looking forward to reading more in the Night Vigil series.  This story is getting 5 stars from me, and whether you’ve already read the author’s other stories or this is your first you’re going to get hooked.

The narration:  This is the first story I’ve listened to with this narrator, and I think he did a good job at the differentiation of character voices, particularly for Travis and Brent.  The pacing was spot on, and emotion was clearly communicated especially in scenes where the tension was ramping up.  I’m looking forward to listening to more of his work, and am also giving 5 stars for the narration,

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