Quincy Harker Demon Hunter books 17 to 20 – Could have been great but…

Quincy Harker Demon Hunter books 17 to 20 by John G. Hartness.
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (average) by 5 stars.

Where do you go when you’ve saved the world but given up everything and everyone you love in the process?

The home of the blues, of course! Quincy Harker has retreated to Memphis to lick his wounds and get started on building a new life for himself. He’s determined to be a normal guy (almost) living a (mostly) normal life working as a bouncer in a (not even a little bit) normal bar. But it all goes sideways when someone asks for his help with a little demon problem.

Harker knows there’s no such thing as a little demon problem. He’s right, of course, because his demon problem includes hellhounds, dragons, djinn, angels, artifacts, secret government agencies, and a high school prom. This could absolutely be Quincy Harker’s most dangerous outing yet, and that’s before we even mention the explosions!

Dracula calls him nephew.

His guardian angel calls him Q.

Demons call him The Reaper.

This has been a difficult series to read not to mention review. Quincy Harker is a great, kick ass main protagonist and most of his friends are equally cool. Hell, even the bad guys are mostly cool with lots of charisma. Harker’s dialogues, and monologues, are not for the faint hearted but it is also not just rude words thrown in one after another. His foul language is, shall we say, creative if nothing else. The story is pretty good, at least in the first books. There are obviously a lot of cool action as well.

When I reviewed the first book or rather the first “year book” which was a collection of the first four short novellas in the series I thought the book was overall great but that it was dragged down a bit by the author letting his political views creep in a bit too much.

Year books 2 to 4 was really great, and with a bit less political nonsense, up until the ending of the fourth book.

The four books in this review, which really are books 5 to 8 if you only count the year books but 17 to 20 if you count from the start of the short novellas, kind of go the same way.

I quite liked the first book of these four even though I was a bit miffed that Harker was kind of on the run and had abandoned the rest of his merry gang. That did sort itself out though.

Book two was okay but I didn’t really like this conspiracy and torturing cryptids stuff and it felt rather cheap and uninspired to drag up Mengele. Book three I liked a lot and then it went rather downhill in the fourth book.

First of all, in the fourth book the author seemed to give up on trying to make a creative story. The Nazi angle was just cheap crap. He could have come up with some more creative enemy or at least just used some of the despicable ideologies that are still around today. Instead we got a long kill nazis spree were Harker just jumped from one slug it out sequence to another until he finally got to the “boss level”. Uninspired and a bit boring actually.

Second, after having kept things reasonably contained the author lets the woke nonsense creep in again. Whether it reflects himself or he is just trying to appease the woke mob hoping to be safe from “cancellation” I do not know but it is really ruining the book. Especially when he takes aim at the second amendment and the right to defend oneself.

So, for me, this is another author that is really really good at writing urban fantasy but shoots himself in the foot when he cannot keep politics out of the books. I don’t really understand it. Not matter what side you’re on by pushing an agenda in books that most people read just to be entertained you know you’re going to piss off around half of your potential readers so why not just be neutral and focus on writing a good story?

The author has written a few more books that interests me but I’m hesitant. I have enough good books to read in the pipeline that I can skip the ones where I’m force feed woke, far left nonsense.

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