I think that, so far, Retribution is near the top of my favorites list within the Dark-Hunter universe.
For me, there really isn't anything wrong with the book. I love the characters, the (albeit somewhat dark) humor, the introduction of the Native American pantheon, and the ending.
Jess Brady is very appealing to me because of the dichotomy between his past and present. He is a protector, but the gunslinger that he used to be is still very much a part of him and, when push comes to shove, he will rain heavily on the "offender's" parade.
Abigail Yager was raised believing that Dark-Hunters must be destroyed and that Jess killed her family. Her goal was to one day meet him and, well, destroy him. Once they do meet she learns that the way things are, are not necessarily the way she was taught they were.
As Jess and Abigail work together, along with Sasha, Renegade and Choo Co Lah Tah, there are forces at work to let loose some very nasty things upon the earth and everyone works to stop those forces.
Here is where another facet of what I like about the book comes into play: The introduction of a bit of the Cherokee belief system. I do not know if I am in the minority or majority of the fans on this, but I like the fact that the Dark-Hunter series embraces other pantheons with the Greek one at its core. I think one reason I like it is that the Hunters themselves come from such varied backgrounds and regions that it works.
The ending is a little open-ended and it may not be to everyone's taste. I like it and for me it works based on how the story and the characters were written.
I definitely look forward to reading more of the series.
Harm no human…
A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.
Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief—Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meeting the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.
A gun in the hand is worth two in the holster…
Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who’s assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he’s not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all.
Brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they’ve sworn to protect.