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.
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.
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.
This would not have been a book I chose for a quiet evening at home, but it pays to step outside your comfort zone.
I loved everything about this fast-paced thrill ride from the beginning when Travis Dominick and Brent Lawson clash while hunting the same demon. Brent comes up short and Travis takes him back to the homeless shelter he runs to clean up his wounds.
Each man doesn’t believe the other understands the dangers of the supernatural, but their antagonistic relationship will grow from grudging respect to a partnership.
Travis’ gift of being able to connect with the dead… and undead, has been a lifetime burden that led him to the priesthood. Pulled into service by a secret organization of the church that dealt with the supernatural felt he was using his gift for good.
Brent’s first paranormal encounter didn’t happen to him, but to his parents and twin brother while he was away at football camp more than a decade ago. Alone and bereaved, Brent joins the military, but feels like a marked man when his unit is attacked by a powerful demon. Surviving the attack, he too is recruited by a secret government organization that deals with the supernatural.
However, after years of service, both men get fed up with bureaucracy and politics and go rogue. They each develop their own ragtag network of others who are gifted and/or aware of the supernatural world and continue their battles to save lives… and souls.
With young women going missing, and murders and suicides on the rise in a small rural area of Pennsylvania, it will take their combined resources to fight a nasty evil that wreaks devastation every fifty years.
Travis and Brent are two great characters who are as much alike as they are different. They’re not super macho alpha males, but two simple men committed to the war of good against evil.
Though he left the priesthood and is often at odds with his personal beliefs, Travis still mixes prayers with his gift. Brent drinks too much sometimes, swears too much all the time and never takes himself too seriously any of the time. He provides much of the low-key humor with snarky one-liners.
The narration helps elevate this story to five stars. Jeffrey Kafer has the perfect voice that not only keeps the story going but kept me IN the story so much, I listened to the entire audiobook in one sitting! (And that wasn’t my intention.)
Sons of Darkness audiobook is the total package of great plot, characters, and narration. However, it is a ‘book 1,’ and I hope this busy author can find time to pen another adventure for the Night Vigil.
I volunteered to review 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.
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