Devil's Hand by M.E. Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I liked the way the book flowed, at least at the beginning. It had a smooth vibe that made you comfortable with the characters from the start and comfortable with their initial situation, which then smoothly transitioned from the normal to the supernatural. Once the plot was rolling, though I found things to be perhaps a bit too convenient - decisions too easily made - although I believe the author recognized this and always tried to ensure there were no loose ends.
Fallen angel/demon wars aren't new, but Devil's Hand offered it's own twist on the story that worked, without becoming preachy or even relying on the condemnation of us mere mortals.
I was concerned that the book would rely too heavily on the poker analogies, something I'm not overly familiar with. Fortunately, neither a knowledge of poker or even of Vegas was necessary. The descriptions of Vegas were well done; enough to paint an accurate picture, even for those who have never been there or seen the flashy lights in movies.
Overall, a solid entry for a new author.
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