Occult Assassin #1: Damnation Code : Occult Assassin

  • by William Massa
  • Narrated by James Foster
  • Series: Occult Assassin
  • 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Driven by vengeance, one soldier declares war against the forces of darkness.
After a decade spent fighting the enemy abroad and keeping his country safe, Delta Force Operator Mark Talon is ready to settle down with the love of his life. But Talon's world crumbles when his fiancée becomes the victim of a murderous cult. The military man now has a new foe in his crosshairs, and this promises to be a very different war.
The person responsible for his beloved's death is a Silicon Valley tycoon allied with the forces of darkness. Fusing cutting-edge computer technology with an ancient evil, the enemy here cannot be stopped by bullets alone. If Talon is to be victorious in his mission of vengeance, he will need to master a new method of warfare - the arcane arts! He must become the Occult Assassin.

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What the Critics Say

"Occult Assassin moves like a bullet exploding from Talon's 9mm Glock. " (Nicholas Sansbury Smith, best-selling author of Extinction Horizon/Orbs)
"The Occult Assassin series evokes the golden age of genre fiction: snappy writing and great plotting, larger than life characters, and a delicious mix of international intrigue and the occult." (Layton Green, best -selling author of The Dominic Grey series)

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fun fast paced urban fantasy concoction

This audiobook is one of the reasons I love that, years ago, I started this humble little audiobook review blog. Because people bring me audiobooks that I may have passed over for whatever reason. It is really hard to keep up with all of the happenings in the audiobook community.

Ok, on to Damnation Code. From the very first scene introducing us to some occult happenings. Enter the protagonist, Talon, just returning home from a tour in Afghanistan. Quickly he finds that his fiancée has been murdered by members of a cult (This is not a spoiler because it is in the summary). Before this happened I thought the whole audiobook moved a bit slowly, however, after this point it moved along at a frenzied pace. Then we find that the cult is a super evil corporation, injecting ancient occult ceremonial magic into the source code of many of it’s devices.

I love that Massa took the time to make a giant technology corporation as the bad guy in this story. It will fit in with many people’s existing thoughts and feelings about such entities. Along with the super evil and powerful CEO. I am also very pleased with the introduction to one of my new favorite heroes, Talon, I see the potential for so many more great adventures for this quick thinking military bad ass.

Damnation Code is a nice mix of paranormal horrors and military action to create a fun fast paced urban fantasy concoction. Interesting characters, great action, gripping storyline, fast paced and a very quick listen. I will be listening to more of this great new series.

Every performance that I have listened to by James Foster has been absolutely stellar. His performance here is no exception. Just read my reviews of Foster’s other work and you will see what I mean. If you don’t want to read those. Foster’s two greatest strengths are. 1. Sounding like an unpolished everyman and 2. pacing fluctuation. These two things are enough to draw me into just about anything.

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A fast paced and thrilling read.

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This was such a speedy and entertaining read. I hadn't heard of it before prior to seeing it come up for review, so didn't really know what to expect when I started! I didn't expect to absolutely devour the book in a matter of hours!

Talon returns from Afghanistan with the intention of spending time with his girlfriend, whom he hopes will become his wife! She accepts his proposal but Talon gets a call that an old army buddy is in need so he goes to help. When he returns, it's to see the love of his life dead in an apparent cult kill. He goes off the rails for a while but swears vengeance on her killers. What starts out as vengeance though, quickly becomes his way of life when he sees exactly what the cult is capable of. Thus the Occult Assassin is born.

What can I say that will do this story justice other than it's simply amazing?? Let's start with the characters first! I loved Talon. He is in peak condition, so of course is bad ass. He adores his girlfriend and wants to marry her, so when he finds her dead, it broke my heart. He deserved some HEA but it wasn't to be! But out of this tragedy, a warrior is born. He has always fought for people but this fight is something he never experience. He has to learn about the supernatural and put aside everything he thinks he knows, in order to survive. He is a character that you just can't help but love.

The plot of this was so fast paced and intense that I listened to it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. I loved how the author brought together technology and the supernatural. It was well done and easily believable, and heck, most of us think that the big corporations are evil ;)

In all this was an unputdownable read and one I can't recommend enough. I can not wait to dive into the next one to see where Talons' story brings us, good thing I have it queued on my kindle!!!

James Foster was amazing in this. He really brought this story to life. He had the pacing perfectly and ramped up the tension with his voice when needed. I was on the edge of my seat thanks to his performance!!

*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2015
  • Publisher: Critical Mass Publishing