Hard Day's Knight : Black Knight Chronicles

  • by John G. Hartness
  • Narrated by Nick J. Russo
  • Series: Black Knight Chronicles
  • 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lots of Vampires. No Sparkles. Serious Snark.
Children are missing.
The police are stumped.
Halloween is coming, and an ancient evil is on the horizon.
The vampires are the good guys.
This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood have been hired to save a client from being cursed for all eternity, but end up in a bigger mess than they ever imagined.
Suddenly trapped in the middle of a serial kidnapping case, Jimmy and Greg uncover a plot to bring forth an ancient evil. Soon, they've enlisted the help of a police detective, a priest, a witch, a fallen angel, and a strip club proprietor to save the world. This unlikely band of heroes battles zombies, witches, neuroses, and sunburn while cracking jokes and looking for the perfect bag of O-negative.


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Customer Reviews

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Hard row to hoe, but well done!

The story:
I don’t care for vampires. They are on the bottom of my monster list. Yes, even the ‘scary’ ones are at the bottom of the barrel of things I consider frightening. That said, Mr. Hartness had a hard row to hoe with me on this one.
All things considered, he did very well.
Hard Day’s Knight was a fun read. The characters were charming, the banter was witty and the concepts were traditional enough to make me gag yet different enough to keep me interested. Every writer needs to make the monster his own, which can be difficult when you’re building your own lore around centuries of legends. I liked how John didn’t info dump his vampire tradition all at once, nor did he beat you over the head with explanations at every turn. He kept the ideas streamlined into either dialogue or narrative, or both.
Humor is a hard sell, but I for one love a funny story. John has a wicked sense of humor, as evidenced by his writing. His quick wit shines through almost every page. True, some jokes fall flat, and you can almost hear the eye rolling wah-wah-wah of a tuba somewhere in the background for a few of them, but even these lines will appeal to someone out there. In short, he is hella funny and this book reflects that.
I have to admit, I love the idea of nerdy vamps. The lead tries not to be the nerd he is, while his bromance sidekick embraces it with an embarrassing amount of zeal. As a fellow nerd I can relate to the love of all things weird and unusual. I understand Jimmy is meant to be the heartthrob, but Greg had far more charm and humanity, making him sympathetic and likable. At times I found myself not caring if Jimmy pulled through or not. His tendency toward being a bit of an asshole left me with a bad taste for him. I understand the need for the balance though. They both can’t be bumbling nerds. Someone has to be quasi normal. My only real complaint about the story is the sudden love interest there at the end. Again, I see the appeal of it and understand it provides a lot of potential plot and character advancement, but to me it kind of seemed tacked on at the last minute. She showed little interest in him, then suddenly she’s all over him? Maybe I missed something. Then again, I don’t like vampires, and maybe the character has a thing for them. Who knows?

The narration:
Nick Russo did a fantastic job with this one. He settled into the tone of the story early on and kept a tight grip on the tension throughout. His characters were well done and very distinct. Nothing is worse than not being able to tell characters apart when listening to a book. I loved his ladies too. They were feminine without being redonkulous. I will say that I didn’t care for the Mike character’s voice. It was too, I don’t know, breathy for me. I know he was meant to sound gentle and kind, but somehow it came off like he was whispering all of his lines. And the angel was a little too dramatic. These two aside, again, I think Nick did a fantastic job.

In the end:
I would totally recommend this one to both vampire lovers and loathers. I look forward to listening to the next one.
In total, 4 out of 5 zombie hands for the book.
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- Author Tonia Brown


I love snarky, smart ass characters and Hartness tries very hard to achieve that with his main character James. Humor is one of the hardest things to write and John missed the mark by this much. This was more punny then funny. I would compare this to Kevin J. Anderson's Zombie, PI Dan Shambles. It is cute, seems very YA, and not of the caliber of Sandman Slim or Joe Ledger. He gets close, he is in the same area code, but not the same level.

I liked the romance angle that came in late to the show. A 6ft tall, hard core, serious female cop with big knockers, what's not to like. This occurred fairly late in the story, but really added another dimension to the book.

The story does get better as it goes along, leading to a very good climax.

The narrator is good, but like the story he is not a Ray Porter or Will Wheaton, yet he is in the same area code. I believe Porter and Wheaton could have taken this material and done a lot more with it. Having said that he did make the experience better then reading it.

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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-02-2015
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books