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A Devil in the Details: A Jesse James Dawson Novel (Jesse Dawson Book 1) (udgave 2010)

af K. A. Stewart (Forfatter)

Serier: Jesse James Dawson (1)

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When he saves his brother from a demon, Jesse James Dawson becomes part of an organization of champions who help those who have problems with demons, but when someone starts killing the champions off, he struggles to stay alive.
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Titel:A Devil in the Details: A Jesse James Dawson Novel (Jesse Dawson Book 1)
Forfattere:K. A. Stewart (Forfatter)
Info:Ace (2010), 318 pages
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Vurdering:****
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I picked up the first three books in this series on a whim, and this first one has proven it to be a decent choice. I enjoy Urban Fantasy, and the combination of some martial arts being used to kick some demon butt was pretty cool. The story feels pretty modern and realistic (even better!) that I kept waiting to find out what the main character was going to do. Looking forward to book two! ( )
  Ralphd00d | May 4, 2021 |
Very good Urban Fantasy. I especially liked the strong family dynamic, too often the hero is broken and alone, too damaged to form relationships. Jesse is is a good, honorable man with a beautiful wife and daughter. If you like the Dresden Files, you should enjoy this series also. ( )
  Colette_Miranda | Jul 29, 2019 |
2.5 stars ( )
  WhiskeyintheJar | Feb 14, 2019 |
OK, here we go. The main thrust of the plot is that the protagonist, Jesse James Dawson, fights demons. People sell their souls to demons for some advantage; then they tend to regret this. In these circumstances, a champion (of which Jesse is one) may put their own soul on the line to fight the demon and get the original soul back.

For:
1. The main character (male!) is slightly unusual in the urban fantasy genre in that he is, in fact, male. He also does not have a disastrous love-life. He has a happy marriage and a daughter. This makes for an interesting angle to the story: while most urban fantasy protagonists are lone-wolf types, Jesse has family responsibilities. He has to think about what will happen to his wife and daughter if he is killed in the line of work. He also has a day-job. This makes him a slightly more believable protagonist.

2. He is pretty durable, but equally it's made clear that fighting demons does have consequences in the matter of hospital stays etc.

3. Jesse himself is a likeable character, as is his wife. The dynamic between them is convincing, and Mira (the wife) is not simply a cipher with no part in the plot herself; not only is she a witch (and therefore plot-useful), but the author has not made the mistake of thinking that she can give Jesse a wife and then not have him act and think like someone who is in a strong, committed relationship with someone he loves. He's a bit stuck on the 'chivalry' (i.e., male chauvinism), and if I were married to him I'd have slapped him on several occasions, but Mira seems to be OK with him 'protecting' her by not telling her things in case she 'worries'. She's a strong enough character that if it really bothered her I'm sure she'd have sorted him out, so presumably it works between them.

4. The plot itself works. Unusually, Jesse does not have working magic (although there is a hint that he has some kind of magical ability that he has never worked out how to use), so he's very much almost the 'ordinary joe' making demon-fighting into something between a job and a vocation.

5. K.A. Stewart obviously knows that when it comes to martial arts, you don't get good - and stay that way - without a lot of training. Some people might say that the frequent descriptions of Jesse's training regime are a bit repetitive, but for me they add to the 'realism' - this is a guy who has a dangerous job. Of course he's going to train. A lot. It's going to be a major part of his daily routine, and it's nice to have an urban fantasy protagonist to whom everything does not come easily.

So why does this not get a full 5 stars?
Against:

1. K.A. Stewart does not appear to have had any contact with really good plate armour, if she thinks mail is preferable. There is a reason why plate replaced mail, and that reason is BECAUSE IT WORKS BETTER. Well-fitted plate does not sacrifice much in the way of mobility, and the protection is obviously excellent. Jesse (and Stewart) needs to do some research, or get a better armourer.

2. In some ways, as has been commented before, not much seems to happen in this book in the way of actual action, or indeed in the way of complex plotting. Although it does work well, it's clearly intended to be the first book in a series. Presumably the next book will have more action and/or complexity.

In conclusion, I enjoyed this book (hence 4 stars); I will certainly be reading the next book in the series, starting immediately. If you enjoy the Dresden Files, or the Twenty Palaces books, you'll probably enjoy this. ( )
  T_K_Elliott | Mar 12, 2017 |
Jesse James Dawson is not your average 30-ish year old. For starters he has beautiful long blond hair in a braid, is black belt in karate, he is not slender but wiry, he's married to a witch and he has a five year old daughter.
O yes and before I forget: He fights with demons on a regular basis.
But why can't he just fight a pink fluffy bunny demon that can be easily dispatched?

Jesse James Dawson is a champion. That means this:
Are you in trouble because you couldn't help yourself and made a deal with the devil? Do you want to get your soul back from the demon you sold it too? Then Jesse is you man because he is someone who can fight for you to get your soul back! You must, ofcourse, remorse your decision to have made a deal in the first place, otherwise it's a no go.
Now don't think that Jesse was just born as a champion. This is no fairy tale.
Long ago, Jesse's younger brother, made a deal with a demon. There was only one way to safe his brother and that was to fight the demon to the death.
It worked out quite all right and now he is part of a loose organisation of champions who all put their own souls at stake to help those who get over their heads with demons.
However things are not going the way they used to lately. Two very experienced champions have suddenly disappeared and meanwhile Jesse takes on a new client. What is going on and why is even the longest surviving champion nervous?

There is a certain sound the human head makes when it hits the trunk of a tree. Meatier than a 'crack'; not quite as hollow as a 'thunk' it's unmistakeable.
And when it's my head, I tend to take offence.

In my first review about Warbreaker I mentioned the importance of a good first line in a book. It's a make it or break it.
This first line made it for me. It has humour in it and you can already connect with the narrator. It also makes you a little curious about what is going on right there.
It all start in an active setting. Not a passive pre-story tale about what this book is about and who the narrator is. You'll enter the book in a fight which is already amusing. Some fun facts about Jesse:
1. Demons are categorized in scuttles, snots, skins and shirts. All of this will be explained in the book.
2. His five year old daughter is called Annabelle a.k.a hurricane Anna.
3. He has his own personal demon following him around called Axel. Axel often looks like an animal and he and Jesse play chess together.

This book reminded me a little bit about The Dresden files by Jim Butcher. Though here it's not about magic but about demons and Harry Dresden is a lonely loner while Jesse is a family man.
I particularly liked the part that Jesse is a family man. That means that his life is not controlled by demons but that he has a life. He works, he loves his family and he does karate and can fight with a katana sword. And, like every man should, he fear the wrath of his wife when he enters her dominion and kills her computer.
Jesse is just a person you can relate to. He is not this overly brave, very awesome, greatly respected guy. He just a normal human being who's involved with demons... you see, as normal as it gets really. The author simply did a great job in the keeping-it-real department.

I simply enjoyed this book. It wasn't a tough read, the one person point of view was no obstacle for me in this book. It just had the right thing going on that wanted to make me finish the book the same day I opened it. It was a light and funny read full of humour but a lot of reality (such as everyday jobs, tornado's, families and the like).
To end it all I'd like to give this book three and a half stars because I very much enjoyed myself. ( )
  Mybookfile | Mar 15, 2016 |
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