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Dirge (Ex Mortis book 3)

Well, yet another twist involving another non-physical realm of existence. The good news? Evil doesn’t die at the end, although we do lose some people getting there.

This is by far the darkest book of the series. I suspect some readers will find the ending depressing, or perhaps less like an ending and more like the slow disappearance of a song that repeats the chorus line over and over, as the volum drops to zero.

Dirge would not feel out of place among post WWI poets, evoking as it does a sense of ending via slow collapse, rather than sudden or violent. It’s a bit like reading Yeats: “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;”

I spent the entire book expecting a right turn back into the spirit of the trilogy. Instead, the book takes a sharp left and you fall out of it, sitting dazed by the side of the road.

If you enjoyed the first two books, you will enjoy this one as well. Just do not expect a nice bit of closure like Fortinbras at the end of Hamlet. Instead, imagine the curtain coming down before he shows up, while the bodies lie dead and bleeding, and open-mouthed spectators stand silently in shock.

You can find Hoffman’s books on Amazon, or, spend a couple more bucks and get an actual book at the author’s website.

See my review for book 2, Full Moon on the Bayou.

See my review for book 1, Death Cramps My Style.

Full Moon on the Bayou (Ex Mortis book 2)

Very rarely does a sequel come a long to best its progenitor. Why? Well, it seems to me one reason is a lot of sequels try to ride the coat-tails of the original. But then you descend into a kind of formulaic presentation where you’ve basically already read the story, just some of the names and locations and minor details have changed.

No, the best sequels are the ones that stay familiar, but bring in a whole new hook to keep things fresh. I’m thinking Alien to Aliens, from helpless humans to humans fighting back, or Terminator to Terminator II, where the evil machine is now the hero, fighting against an even worse machine.

Those fears of a reuse of old ideas you can put away when you pick up Kristopher Hoffman’s 2nd book in the Ex Mortis series. Full Moon on the Bayou takes those same characters from the previous adventure, Death Cramps My Style, and lands them smack dab in the middle of a war between vampires (think Al Capone with teeth) and werewolves (think dreadlock hippies with fangs). And if Evil wants some peace and quiet in his life, to keep his bar from being destroyed, and his friends alive, he has to find a way to get them to knock it off.

If you have read book one and enjoyed it, I think you’ll love book two.

You can find Hoffman’s books on his website.

Death Cramps My Style (Ex Mortis book 1)

I can’t say much about the story of Death Cramps My Style, by Kristopher Hoffman, without spoiling the fun. Let’s just say that some down-to-earth characters, Evil, Feral, and Timber who think the supernatural is nonsense, find out they were premature in their judgement.

The characters are quirky, but believable, and I found myself caring about them despite their flaws. The dialogue is natural and organic, with an original storyline that is a sort of an alternative ending twist on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

If you decide to dive in and read, I’m certain you won’t regret it. Death Cramps My Style is the first in a trilogy of stories featuring these characters, and I for one will be reading the next two.

You can find Hoffman’s books on Amazon, or, if you’d rather not hand over most of the money to a billionaire and not the author, spend a couple more bucks and get an actual book at the author’s website.

See my review for book 2, Full Moon on the Bayou.

I will link to book #3 here after I’ve read it and posted a review….

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