Shape-shifter Victory Vaughn fights demons in an alternate present-day Boston, where a few thousand people have been mysteriously zombified and are now confined to the neighborhood of Deadtown along with vampires, werewolves, and other Paranormal Americans. Vicky's sometime boyfriend, Kane, a werewolf, lawyer, and PA rights advocate, gets some competition from human detective Daniel; teen zombie sidekick Tina occasionally wreaks unintentional havoc; and Vicky's sister, Gwen, an inactive shape-shifter and suburban wife and mother, argues with Vicky over their life choices and attitudes toward shape-shifting.
Fine Printing’s Review
For the first review back, have to give a shout out to Boston and another fantastic Massachusetts writer to come out of the woodwork! An urban fantasy novel set right in the middle of Boston or as it is called in Holzner’s world … Deadtown. The plot itself is fascinating, with rich characters who are both funny and sometimes annoying. If you like urbans or para-novels then you certainly get your fill within these pages. Enter a world of post viral attack on Boston citizens and discover the newly dead (zombies), the old dead (vampires), shape-shifters and werewolves. A moral and political battle brews between the norms and the paranormals, while a dark terror breaks out of hell and stalks the Boston streets. Victory, a demon fighting shape-shifter works at uncovering the person responsible for unleashing ‘hell’ on the streets, while struggling to maintain her relationship with werewolf lover, Kane and begin training Tina, a young zombie, in the arts of demon hunting.
Like I said, the story is interesting and will pull you right in. The only downside is a lack of … let’s say ‘hot and heavy’. Must admit that Holzner gets the reader right up to that point of anticipation but, it’s a tease. Outside of that some great scenes, heavy on the violence in some parts but heck … they are awesome!
If you like this novel, Hellforged the second in the Deadtown series just came out (still on the ‘Waiting to be Read’ list), with the third, Bloodstone due out in September. Go Boston!