Watcher of the Dark

Jeremiah Hunt Chronicles, #3

Watcher of the Dark is an outstanding novel in the Jeremiah Hunt Series! Mr. Nassise is a wonderful writer with a glib gift of the tongue! The characters are ambiguous, their goals the same (yet differ), and the overall dampening effect throughout the story enhances the gloomy dread that something worse is around the bend deftly demonstrates how Nassise wields his craft. These characters, goals, and dampening effect all aid in making Watcher of the Dark a worthwhile book to read.

Everyone has a story, and Jeremiah Hunt is no different. One night Jeremiah wakes up in the same motel room he’s had for over three weeks knowing there is trouble coming. He is a man with the gift of ghost whispering, otherwise he’s blind. Suddenly, a group bursts into his room and captures him resulting in Jeremiah working for Rivera (a knowledgeable man of sorcery), with the Magister of Los Angeles, Carlos Fuentes, leading a group of talents: Grady (thief), Ilyana Verikoff (half human/half demon), and Maximillian Perkins (he finds things/people).

The group traipses along stirring up trouble in the spectral community (both the living and the dead). Hunt is still left in the dark as to why they’re doing these jobs until he finds out they want “the Key” and it comes in three parts. He still doesn’t know why the “Key” is so important until things get dicey and people die for these pieces. Then other names and people appear in the mix (think Michael Durante and the Preacher), which help Jeremiah form his counter-attack plans.

This story is enjoyable from the beginning to end. Watcher of the Dark is the third novel in the Jeremiah Hunt series, yet it comes close to being a stand-alone. There were a few places (people and prior histories for instance) which the reader might struggle. Otherwise this is an all-around excellent novel.

Book Blurb for Watcher of the Dark

A spine-tingling new Jeremiah Hunt supernatural thriller!

New Orleans was nearly the death of Jeremiah Hunt, between a too-close brush with the FBI and a chilling, soul-searing journey through the realm of the dead that culminated with a do-or-die confrontation with Death himself.

Hunt survived, but found no peace. When he performs an arcane ritual to reclaim the soul of the magically gifted, beautiful women who once saved him, he must flee the law once again, to the temporary sanctuary of Los Angeles, city of angels.

In L.A., Hunt must contend with Carlos Fuentes, who sees in the blind exorcist a means to obtain the mystical key that opens the gates of Hell. Fuentes knows Hunt's weakness is his loyalty - to the woman he loves and to another supernaturally gifted friend - and threatens to torture them in order to get Hunt help complete his dreadful quest.

Hunt has learned a lot since his life was irrevocably hijacked by faith months ago. But when enigmatic Preacher calls in his marker for helping Hunt in New Orleans, Hunt knows that all his newfound experience and ability will go for naught unless he can keep both the Preacher and Fuentes at bay long enough to somehow find a way to free his friends from mortal peril.

In WATCHER OF THE DARK, take a trip to the dark underbelly of the City of Angels to experience an engrossing mix of fantasy, thriller, and horror. This book is sure to leave you sleeping with the lights on.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2013 4.50