Hellhound on My Trail Viral Ebook A rock band that changes its name for every gig A new bassist with an unpleasant past haunted literally by the ghost of his brother contemplating suicide
Hellhound on My Trail Viral Ebook A rock band that changes its name for every gig. A new bassist with an unpleasant past haunted (literally) by the ghost of his brother, contemplating suicide. Some twists on religious tradition and mythology. A giant attacking hellhound and swarms of demonic giant flies. And lots of guns, knives, swords, and chase scenes.That pretty much sums up Hellhound On My Trail, by D. J. Butler. It's the first book of the Rock Band Fights Evil series, and if the first book is any indication, the series is exactly what it says on the tin. It's a short novel and a quick read that stomps the accelerator in chapter 1 and never really lets off much.The titular "Rock Band" consists of a bunch of musicans who aren't exactly on God's good side. But they haven't thrown in with the opposition either; on the contrary, they have a bone to pick with the forces of evil, for individual reasons.Mike Archuleta is a replacement bassist planning on getting drunk and committing suicide after this last gig, but his plans are interrupted by a fiery monster from hell attacking the band. While his checkered past means he's no slouch with a handgun, he's the newbie on the team, and spends a lot of the time asking the other band members what's going on. That's perhaps the biggest downside to the book, and one I hope to see less of in future installments. At least the mythology Butler builds here is pretty interesting stuff.While there's a smattering of horror and comedy (I particularly love Eddie Marlow's hilarious back-story of a crossroads deal gone wrong), for the most part the book is straight-up pulp-style action and adventure. Which I'm totally down with. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.. Heaven doesn t want them Do they stand a chance in Hell Bass player Mike Archuleta is down on his luck in a major way The shattered survivor of a misspent youth, he is haunted by the ghost of his dead brother, and is now driven to planning his suicide Halfway through the show that s supposed to be his last, a hellhound bursts into the club and attacks the band The banHeaven doesn t want them Do they stand a chance in Hell Bass player Mike Archuleta is down on his luck in a major way The shattered survivor of a misspent youth, he is haunted by the ghost of his dead brother, and is now driven to planning his suicide Halfway through the show that s supposed to be his last, a hellhound bursts into the club and attacks the band The band members pull out karate moves, guns, and even a sword and then things start to get strange Can Mike survive the show What can he do about his brother s ghost And what kind of band is this, anyway Hellhound on My Trail is the first installment of Rock Band Fights Evil, a pulp fiction serial by D.J Butler Read about D.J Butler s books at http davidjohnbutler.. Good Book Hellhound on My Trail I have been known to use hyperbole. I have also been known to love two books with equal passion even when they have absolutely nothing in common, whether one be a time-tested classic (like, say, Anna Karenina) and the second all fun (think Larry Correia).I use no hyperbole, then, when I say that D.J. Butler hits the sweet spot with his Rock Band Fights Evil series opener Hellhound on My Trail. It may not withstand the test of time, but I'd pick it up over Ulysses almost any a dry summer afternoon.If there's one thing that delayed me from picking Hellhound up earlier than I did, it was the cover. But don't let the comic book-like art on the cover dissuade you. Hellhound on My Trail has more in common with the Monster Hunter International series: guns, monsters, and magic, and a rip roaring adventure more fun than a barrel of zombies...and maybe even including zombies, too, as well as demons, monsters, and any number of versions of evil and mythical creatures.Don't be deceived, though. While Butler's Hellhound seems straightforward, it is anything but simpleminded. Rather, Butler seems bent on proving that fun can be intelligent. Whether you get that the title is riffing on Robert Johnson's blues classic or that the incarnation of the devil is a play on the Hebraic translation of Beelzebub or not, the book is a romp to enjoy. And just because his lead character might be one beer from a DUI, it doesn't mean that the supporting cast can't be witty, intelligent, and articulate, either. This doesn't mean you should expect them to spout Shakespeare, but you can at least plan on laughs and no wasted dialogue.One of my favorite exchanges happens between Eddie and Mike as they try to open a door. Eddie has been pulling all sorts of items out of his pockets, including duct tape."Man of action has to be prepared," Eddie sniffed."Maybe you should MacGyver open the door.""You MacGyver open the door," Eddie chuckled. "I'm gonna MacGuyver me a little Baal Zavuv.""I don't think MacGyver used guns."Eddie's eye skewed sideways and then he gritted his teeth and blinked. "I don't think MacGuyver was ever on Hell's Ten Most Wanted list."Delivered during snappy, non-stop action, the lines feel fluid and made me smile. Then there's the narcoleptic "wizard" on the team, constantly dozing off in the midst of crucial moments of the fight. Butler writes him spouting cliches...but never to complete them. Rather than finish the cliche, the wizard breaks off half way through, once you've pegged which cliche it is, and finishes with "and so on" or "et cetera" or something like that. "A stitch in nine, et cetera," he says. And because it becomes almost a verbal tick for the character, it adds to the color and character depth. I found it very clever. If there's one thing that I would have liked to see more of, it's a bit more attention to detail on some of the details that seem to be lost in the rush of action. Mike, the protag, has a death wish and is on the verge of suicide, and has a pretty dark background. Which, of course, is part of the reason he makes a great addition to the band of the doomed fighting Hell. But Butler brushes past it so quick I almost missed it. Perhaps an updated and expanded draft would fill it in a bit more?Hellhound on My Trail is short and fast, one long action scene, really. It's so fast, I almost read it in a single sitting, and would have if I didn't have work the next day. You can pick it up singly, in ebook, or in a collection with other installments in Rock Band Fights Evil in paper back. It's worth it. It's not Tolstoy, but if you like Correia, and I do, this is a fantastic read.