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Friday, October 7, 2016

The Devil's Only Friend by Dan Wells | Book Review

This is the fifth book in the series, but the first of a new trilogy in the series. This was a well planned well thought out book. It's what I've come to expect from Dan Wells. He always took the story in a way I wasn't expecting and really got creative to make this book an immensely satisfying read. I don't usually like dark books. I'm all about adventure stories with happy endings, but this may be the best book I've read all year. I kind of just want to stop writing this review and go read it again. 

The protagonist John Cleaver has always interested me. He's a sociopath who makes rules for himself so he doesn't follow his desires and kill people. He wants to be a good guy. So he uses his skills to get close to demons so he can learn their weaknesses and figure out how to kill them. Then the special government task force he works with kills the demon. The idea of a sociopath who you as a reader like and are rooting for seems almost impossible to write. Dan Wells pulls it off brilliantly again.

This book kept surprising me. I couldn't guess where it was going to go next or how the problems that arose were going to be solved. They weren't always solved, this was a brutal book, but the answers to the questions were always clever and kept me reading. Without giving anything away I'll just say that the climax of the story was riveting and smart and creative.

This book, though very dark, kept me laughing all the way through. When I wasn't grimacing I was either on the edge of my seat, thinking hard about the situation the characters were in, or suddenly busting out with laughter.

The characters were fantastic in this book. A really cool assortment of people with very scary specialties to hunt and kill demons. They were all interesting and all had a great personality that made them stand out from the rest of the team. Dan Wells used the character's strengths and weaknesses well when they interacted with each other and with demons.

I am going to start the next book in the series right away. I can't wait to start reading it! Sometime after the last book in this second trilogy comes out I'll have to read them all in a row. Man this book was good. I'm so glad Dan Wells didn't stop writing in this world with the first trilogy.

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The Devil's Only Friend (John Cleaver)

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