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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Agents of Light and Darkness by Simon R. Green (Nightside #2)

Agents of Light and Darkness (Nightside, #2)Agents of Light and Darkness by Simon R. Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb:  A quest for the Unholy Grail-the goblet from which Judas drank at the Last Supper-takes private eye John Taylor deep into the secret, magical heart of London...called the Nightside.

Just as enjoyable as Something from Nightside (Book 1), if not a bit more polished and filled out. Which is what I would expect as the author starts to flesh out and tidy up his world.  As far as Nightside can be tidied up...

In Agents of Light and Darkness, John Taylor is hired by the Vatican to find the Unholy Grail before the Agents of Above and Below do and start the apocalypse early.   The angels are not nice beings, and proceed to wreak havoc and chaos upon Nightside, killing anyone who might know anything about the Unholy Chalice.  John, with the help of Shotgun Suzie, embark upon - essentially -  a quest for the Grail before the Agents of Above and Below destroy their city.

Unlike book one, where I commented on how each character had a biography to accompany it, new characters were introduced by name and maybe given a couple words as to their uniqueness.  There was more showing, and less telling, which I appreciated.  Less biographical exposition.  More action.  We were also given Suzie's background over the course of the story and I appreciated the focus on one character.    We find out a bit more about John and Alex the barkeep, but just enough to want to keep the reader engaged and wondering what will be revealed in the next book.

These are short enough to finish in a weekend; great for trains, planes, road trips and doctor offices.  Recommended.

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