Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Jonathan Wood "No Hero" (Night Shade Books, 2011)

This is a fun romp through standard, if well used urban fantasy tropes.  Police detective Arthur Wallace stumbles into a secret world of magic & Lovecraftian horror.  He’s enlisted in the super-secret MI37, whose mission is to protect our reality.  While all his fellow agents have special abilities or skills, he’s just a copper with a job to do.

The pacing is excellent, with intrigue and action propelling you along.  There’s a generous dose of humor used to cut the action and horror.

While utterly entertaining, I found myself wishing that there was something a bit more original here.  Tropes can be great fun, but when the roadmap is followed so closely, it is a bit disappointing.

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